WAUSAU - The campaign trail led to Wausau for U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin. She made the stop with Senator Herb Kohl, who she's hoping to replace.
Baldwin told the crowd when she travels throughout the state she hears frustration from everyone on how tough it's been to get by.
"If that equation is supposed to work-- work hard, play by the rules, get ahead-- I can promise you it's not our work ethic that's changed. So I submit to you it's the rules that have changed," says Baldwin.
Baldwin says she understands the struggles northern Wisconsin has faced through lost jobs. She says she's already been working to bring back the manufacturing sector.
"I introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on China's cheating. That's part of the reason we're losing so many jobs, is they're subsidizing their industry. And my bipartisan legislation got wrapped into a larger trade bill, signed into law by President Obama, and now we have the tools to fight back," says Baldwin.
Senator Kohl believes Baldwin has many of the characteristics he's been known for during his tenure.
"She's not reachable by special interests; she's immune to them. She's a person who is going to be down the line every day working for the many diverse interests that make Wisconsin a state that works. The interests are not necessarily Republican or Democrat; they're not political," says Sen. Kohl.
The latest in-state poll has Baldwin leading her challenger Tommy Thompson by four points.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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