RHINELANDER - Two of the senators who voted against a bill to loosen mining regulations are now facing recall because of their actions.
Democrat Bob Jauch of Poplar and Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center are now the target of recalls by a conservative group after the senators helped vote down mining legislation earlier this month.
The Milwaukee-based Citizens for Responsible Goverment has filed recall paperwork against both senators.
Gogebic Taconite, the company interested in mining in Ashland and Iron Counties, announced their withdrawal from Wisconsin after the vote.
Jauch represents a district that includes the proposed mine site. "He did everything he could to stand in the way of the mine to make sure it did not go forward, even though a large number of his constituents were in support of it," says Orville Seymer, Field Operations Director for the Citizens for Responsible Government Network.
After the recall announcement, Jauch questioned the motives of the group.
"It seems to me that the Citizens for Responsible Government, which is nothing more than a fringe group with a polite title, is more interested in political conquest than working for the common good," says Jauch.
Jauch had worked across party lines with Schultz to propose a mining compromise that stalled in the Senate.
Jauch is particularly concerned about the attack on Schultz, his GOP colleague.
"What is most frightening is that they want to kneecap this official of the Republican Party because he dared work with a Democrat," he says.
More than 15,000 signatures still need to be collected in both districts to proceed with the recalls.
But it now means that six of the 33 Wisconsin senators are currently under recall threat.
Attorney general candidates differ on enforcing and defending Wisc. laws
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin’s attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsin’s candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said he’d look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.