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 - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
MERRILL - A 27-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office hopes to become that department's next leader. Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon.
Current Sheriff Jeff Jaeger announced he would retire at the end of his term, which finishes in early 2019. Jaeger has been sheriff for 11 years.
Schneider currently serves as senior patrol supervisor. He started his career with the LCSO as a corrections officer. In the past, Schneider supervised the Sheriff's Office detectives, telecommunications division, and was SWAT team supervisor.
RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.
However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.
Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location. She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.
"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.
RHINELANDER - If you paid attention to the Rhinelander Library's Facebook page Monday night, you would've seen a strange sight. Dozens of furry friends had a sleepover party at the library.
Kids dropped off their favorite stuffed animals, and could then watch what the animals were getting up to over Facebook. Library staff had plenty of activities for the animals including story time, snack time, and play time.
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