WISCONSIN - Political experts believe Wisconsin's candidates for governor could see increases in out-of-state donations during the 2014 election cycle.
A new report from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that Wisconsin legislators and candidates received $ 4.1 million from out of state donors in 2013.
That's down from the record setting $17.1 million that flowed in during the 2012 election cycle.
UW Madison Professor of Political Science Kenneth Mayer credits the decline to the 2012 recall.
"State politics in Wisconsin became national symbols and they attracted lots of attention and lots of effort and lots of campaign money from out of state because the fate of Scott Walker and the recall became a symbol for very important national issues," Mayer said.
Governor Scott Walker raised $3,726,041 from out-of-state last year, while leading Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke raised $159,784 from out-of-state.
Mayer believes out of state donations will increase again because of the national significance of the race for governor.
"The amount that comes in from out of state, the amount that candidates raise and spend, and the amount of independent activity whether they're state groups or out-of-state groups is going to increase quite a bit," Mayer said.
Out-of-state campaign contributions could impact voters influence in the race. Political experts say a candidate's interest can shift when they get large amounts of money from a certain few groups or people.
"The concern is that people outside the state are not necessarily affected or even all that interested in what happens inside the state," Mayer said.
Mayer says candidates could use that to claim the other side isn't focused on Wisconsin voters, he doesn't believe that will happen in this fall's race for governor.
"It is actually quite rare for this to be a significant factor in a race where there are other major issues as there will be here," Mayer said.
Those include labor rights, mining, job creation and many more issues. Walker has survived two elections since 2010. Mary Burke is favored to represent Democrats this fall.
RHINELANDER - The new Oneida County Fair Coordinator wants to see the fair grow and get the community fully involved.
It's Tom Barnett's first year as fair coordinator and Saturday at Pat's Tavern in Rhinelander he hosted a fundraiser.
He said he didn't have a financial goal for Saturday's event, but says every dollar is more than they had before and makes a difference.
"We really want to bring the community into the fair. We want them to be involved a lot more. With the support from the community the sponsorship, it's only going to help the fair grow bigger and better. We need that sponsorship we need the support from the community to make the fair grown and make it more successful than it has been," said Barnett.
Pixy the Clown and Ms America were two of the many guests at the event. There was also food, drinks and raffles.
MADISON (AP) - Madison is ending its compost collection program because residents were putting too many non-compostable items in their carts and the city can't afford its own biodigester.
Bryan Johnson is the city's recycling coordinator. He tells The Wisconsin State Journal that ending the program will give officials time to study other options for collecting food scraps and other compostable materials.
The program currently has about 1,100 households and 40 businesses involved.
Johnson says separating non-compostable materials is a labor-intensive and slow process that requires additional water. The digester's operator, GL Dairy Biogas, charges a $200-per-ton fee to separate debris from compostable material.
Mayor Paul Soglin says he hopes the city can find ways to work with larger producers before integrating the process into the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce will need to find a new executive director. Maggie Steffen has resigned from her position for personal reasons. In a Facebook post, Steffen thanked the people who helped her during her year and a half as director.
She also said the Chamber made many great strides during her time. When the Chamber hires a new director, he or she will be the sixth director since 2011.
MINOCQUA - In just a couple months, the democratic primary will decide which party candidate will run against Governor Scott Walker.
On Saturday, five of those candidates spent time in Minocqua answering citizen's questions at a candidate forum.
Mike, McCabe, Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Kathleen Vinehout, and Dana Wachs were all in attendance. The forum had candidates answer audience questions on education, healthcare, the environment, and economy issues.
Organizer Jackie Cody said the event was a way to get people informed on each candidate before the democratic primary.
"At this particular point we need to have democrats, and independents, and those who are questioning what's going on with answers before the magic date of August 14th, and this provides people with information," said Cody.
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