RHINELANDER - After Wednesday night's presidential debate both political parties took away positives and negatives for each side.
The first debate of the 2012 election is now behind us and voters, along with political parties gathered a lot of information.
Andy Loduha of the Oneida County Republican Party says, "I think what you saw last night was a successful business executive, Mitt Romney, talking about things he knows and understands. Versus Barack Obama, a law school professor talking about things that he memorized. Mitt Romney clearly understood the things he was talking about."
Jean Roach of the Oneida County Democratic Partys responds, "Romney's vision is one in which the private sector dominates the economy and dominates all facets of our lives. The other vision is Obama's vision is a more balanced one which the private sector has a very important role to play, but the public sector, that is government, also has a very important role to play."
Some look at the debate as a win for Romney, while others say the debate means more than that, Roach says, "It was not about winners and losers. Politics is a very serious issue and I think, probably, most Americans sat down to see what do the two candidates stand for. What's their vision for America?"
Loduha says, "I think on their side they were clearly disappointed and saw how poorly their candidate, Obama, performed when he's up against someone like Romney who's learned from experience and life lessons and business experience and success. Obama's never been in a verbal fight like he was last night."
Either way you look at it, both parties are focused ahead and already preparing for October 16th at the second debate, Loduha says, "On the Obama side they were saying the president is going to bring his "A" game next time. I think Mitt Romney's going to improve his game even more than what he did too. So I think these debates are going to continue to be very colorful, very spirited."
Roach looks forward to it, "I anticipate a very similar kind of debate. I think that it was a civilized exchange between the two men and I think the American people will once again get a window into the important issues in front of the American public."
The next debate is in New York and will be a town meeting format focusing on foreign and domestic policy.
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.
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/.
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