Monday, November 20th

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Freshman Assembly Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls), whose district borders Minneapolis, delivers an impassioned speech saying he supports the bill because its effects would benefit even his district, providing jobs that will keep workers in Wisconsin.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman wanted to make at least one thing clear when he announced last week that he was running for an open Senate seat in northwestern Wisconsin. 

Zimmerman, a River Falls Republican, said in his campaign news release that he voted in favor of Gov. Scott Walker's recently approved $76 billion budget bill. 

“I am proud to have voted for the recently approved Wisconsin state budget," Zimmerman said in the windy release. Walker's budget, he continued, "provides the largest increase in K-12 funding in state history and directs funds to training that will close our skills gap all while keeping property taxes in check."

Except Zimmerman was nowhere near the state Capitol when the Assembly took its vote on Sept.

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An estimated 600,000 hunters will be in the field this weekend for the opening of the 2017 Wisconsin gun deer season.(Photo: Paul A. Smith)Buy Photo

Two hunters were found dead in their stands in the same county on opening day of the gun-deer season.

Both men died in Marquette County, one of natural causes and one from a gunshot wound, Coroner Tom Wastart said Sunday.

An estimated 600,000 hunters headed into the woods throughout Wisconsin for opening weekend of the nine-day firearms hunt. 

Also Saturday, two hunters contacted the Juneau County Sheriff's Department after finding human remains. The unidentified remains were found in woods in the Town of Lyndon around 10:30 a.m., the department reported.

In Marquette County, a 62-year-old Shawano County man was found dead in his tree stand on private property in the town of Westfield by a member of his hunting party. The sheriff's department was notified around 6 p.m.

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Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party’s tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Time

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican, answers as question during a town hall meeting at Pewaukee Public Library in February.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON – Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner lambasted fellow Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for “strutting around like a peacock” this week for how he has shown his opposition to tax legislation moving through Congress.

“I wasn’t strutting around like a peacock saying that I didn’t like (a provision in the bill),” Sensenbrenner on Thursday told WISN-AM (1130) host Mark Belling.

“You know, there are ways you can fix things with a phone call rather than threatening to bring down the whole house of cards and the Senate proving itself to be a dysfunctional body.”

Belling asked, “Are you suggesting Senator Johnson is strutting around like a peacock?”

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican, answers as question during a town hall meeting at Pewaukee Public Library in February.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON – Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner lambasted fellow Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for “strutting around like a peacock” this week for how he has shown his opposition to tax legislation moving through Congress.

“I wasn’t strutting around like a peacock saying that I didn’t like (a provision in the bill),” Sensenbrenner on Thursday told WISN-AM (1130) host Mark Belling.

“You know, there are ways you can fix things with a phone call rather than threatening to bring down the whole house of cards and the Senate proving itself to be a dysfunctional body.”

Belling asked, “Are you suggesting Senator Johnson is strutting around like a peacock?”

“Yes,” said Sensenbrenner, the Menomonee Falls Republican who is the longest-serving member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation.

His comments came after Johnson this week said he opposed the House and Senate versions of the tax bill because it didn’t do more for certain types of businesses.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.(Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Ahead of Gov. Scott Walker's re-election announcement, Democratic challenger Matt Flynn attacked by saying that under the two-term Republican incumbent, “average wages, when adjusted for inflation, are lower today than they were under Jim Doyle.”

Doyle, a Democrat and a two-term governor himself, was Walker's predecessor.

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds that a key point is whether you mean average as in the mean, or average as in typical.