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GOP Leaders Prepare to Reform Image for Next Round of ElectionsSubmitted: 05/04/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


ROTHSCHILD - Wisconsin GOP leaders and a headliner from Washington rallied party members at today's convention.

Legislators say they're taking stock of the party, learning from a disappointing 2012 election cycle, and strategizing for upcoming mid-terms.

Governor Scott Walker echoed optimism heard from other speakers today. They said Wisconsin is the model the national GOP should follow.

"So I think going forward in 2014 the choice is pretty clear. We don't want to go back to the days of double digit tax increases, of billion dollar budget deficits and record job loss. Do you want to go back?" says Gov. Walker.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the party has the right leaders and the right message. But he says Wisconsin has a disconnect when it comes to getting that message to voters when it matters most.

"And we're winning just about everywhere, almost everything. Except we get into this presidential election cycle. And if we're being honest, we haven't won a decisive presidential race in 24 years. So what's going on? I want to talk to you about that," says Priebus.

Tomorrow night we'll have more from Priebus on his bold challenge to the GOP to soften its image.

I also sat down with 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. He told us how he thinks Republicans can connect with disenchanted voters.

That's tomorrow night on Newswatch 12 Weekend.



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WESTON - A new health clinic in Weston hopes to help women with different health issues.

The Couri and Smyth Health for Life Medical Center had its ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The clinic is led by two doctors, Dr. Kimberly Couri and Dr. R. Louise Smyth, who specialize in helping with women's health issues.

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EAGLE RIVER - After what happened last weekend at Antigo High School's prom, many people can't help but think about increased security measures at other schools. But Northland Pines High School wants teens to think about other issues before their prom on Saturday.

Tri-County Council was at Northland Pines Thursday talking about dating violence. They want kids to be respectful of each other and have fun this weekend.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Wisconsin Rapids Police expect to release the three names from Wednesday's double-murder suicide soon. The department is waiting for today's autopsies to be finished before releasing those names.

Officers search the Wisconsin Rapids home Wednesday morning and found three bodies.

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PHILLIPS - More than 50 people in Price County lost their jobs last year when Georgia-Pacific announced it would close its plant in Phillips.

However, a company in Phillips could re-open the facility, but it wants help from the city and the county before it buys the building.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's Department of Justice is creating a new bureau to handle officer-involved deaths and other sensitive investigations.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the new Bureau of Special Investigations Thursday. In a statement, he said the new bureau will play an important role in maintaining the transparency and thoroughness in officer-involved deaths the public deserves.

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MONICO - A heavy equipment operating class at Nicolet got the chance to do some real hands on learning.
 
The class visited a John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer Thursday in Monico.
 
Nortrax invited students to test out equipment and get real life experience. The students tried a simulator and operated machines.

The Nortrax general manager sees a demand for skilled operators in the industry.

"You can see in the industry today, whether it's the construction industry, forest industry, farming industry, or production class machines, and if you talk to those independent producers or those companies, they'll tell you there's a need for skill operators," said Nortax General Manager Matt Hanson.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/28/2016

- The city of Phillips needs to decide whether or not to loan $3 million to a company that wants to buy Georgia-Pacific, a plant that closed down leaving 50 people without a job. We'll have the details on Newswatch 12 at 5 and 6, and we'll update you on tonight's meeting discussing the loan at 10.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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