Sunday, July 23rd

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

MADISON – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Friday he won’t challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and called a group trying to draft him into the race a “scam PAC.”

“I want to put this to a rest because it’s becoming a distraction. No, I’m not running for Senate,” Clarke told Vicki McKenna of WISN-AM (1130).

Out-of-state groups have been raising money to try to get Clarke into the race, including one led by Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman from the reality TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

“It’s a scam PAC really,” said Clake. “They don’t need my permission to do it.”

Clarke, a conservative who runs for sheriff as a Democrat, said he regularly hears from people who think he’s running and are interested in donating to efforts to help him beat Baldwin.

“Every time I turn around, I talk to people and say, ‘No, I’m not running for Senate, hang onto your money,' ” said Clarke.

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers filed paperwork to run for governor Friday, but said he had not yet made up his mind about whether to formally enter the race.

Evers won re-election to the nonpartisan job as schools superintendent in April, but has been considering a run as a Democrat against GOP Gov. Scott Walker next year. 

In a statement, he called Friday's filing of paperwork with the state as the next step as he considers a run. 

"I look forward to making a final decision in the near future," he said in his statement.

The Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.(Photo: Michael P. King / Associated Press)

MADISON - Republicans and Democrats are joining together to fight cuts to a program for homeless veterans that affects 49 Wisconsinites.

Last week, state Veterans Affairs Secretary Daniel Zimmerman disclosed that federal funding would be eliminated in September for a housing program for the veterans homes in King and Union Grove.

Zimmerman said in a letter to advocates for veterans that he was taking steps to find housing for people in the program but that no new veterans seeking help would be enrolled int he program. 

Eighty-one the 99 members of the state Assembly on Friday sent a letter to the director of the federal homeless program to ask that funding for the program in Wisconsin be restored. 

“For some homeless veterans in our state, especially those in more northern and rural areas, there is simply an absence of necessary resources available to assist these individuals," state lawmakers wrote in their letter to Jeffrey Quarles of the U.S.

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Kevin Fech feeds a banana pudding with vitamins and supplements to his 19-year-old son Tyler, who has Down syndrome and is autistic, at their home in Cudahy. Instead of using an outside personal care worker who would be a stranger, Kevin gets paid through Medicaid to assist his son in tasks that he cannot perform himself.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON – Jessica Nell relies on a stranger to help her get in and out of bed every day. 

If no one shows up to help her, the 29-year-old Green Bay resident is left immobile — potentially for hours. 

Nell, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, is one of thousands of Wisconsin residents who need personal care and home care workers to perform daily tasks they can't do on their own. But finding a worker to come to an individual's home has become increasingly difficult in Wisconsin due to a lack of available workers.

The Murr family poses for a family photo at their cabin on Lake St. Croix.(Photo: Family photo)

In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the owners of a Wisconsin cottage, state lawmakers are proposing a change in state law to let property owners use and sell substandard lots.

The decision "shined a bright light on the tight grip the government holds on private property owners,” Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) said. “We are calling on our legislative colleagues to take action and lead the way in protecting their rights.” 

Last month, the court upheld Wisconsin court rulings that the Murr family, which owns a cottage on Lake St. Croix, was not entitled to compensation over development regulations that bar the sale of the family's adjacent lot.

The Murrs' parents purchased two adjacent lots in the 1960s, built a cottage on one and left the other vacant. Conservation and waterfront development rules adopted in the 1970s made the empty lot undevelopable and essentially merged it into the family's second lot.