MERCER - We’re making sure you’re informed going to the polls a week from today.
Our election previews continue with Wisconsin’s largest assembly district geographically – and it looks much different than it did two years ago.
Redrawn boundaries in the 74th assembly district mean incumbent Democrat Janet Bewley now hopes to represent a very different area than before.
The 74th now includes all of Price County and the Lac du Flambeau reservation.
But a political newcomer, Republican John Sendra, stands in Bewley's way to Sendra's candidacy focuses on one big issue.
"For me, it's mining," Sendra said. "This is a no-brainer. This is the low-hanging fruit. We have the biggest iron-ore deposit in the United States, why wouldn't we go after it?"
Gogebic Taconite wanted to open an iron-ore mine in the middle of this district earlier in the year.
Bewley voted against easing the permitting process for mines in the state.
"What the bill ended up being is a very lengthy list of very drastic things that came out of nowhere," Bewley said. "Who knows where they came from? Well, we know where they came from. They came from the mining company."
We asked each candidate how they distinguish themselves from their opponent.
"I listen, he preaches," Bewley said. "I listen, I think, I try to do the right thing, not the popular thing."
"Maybe Janet needs to observe a little bit better," Sendra said. "If she doesn't see what's going on in the economy up here, maybe she needs to be preached to."
Bewley won with 53 percent of the vote in 2010.
This district also includes Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, and part of Douglas County.
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.”
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.
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