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Hudson's Knudson in running for Assembly leadership role; high fire danger posted in 19 area counties; more state news

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MADISON -- Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly were expected to elect a new majority leader Wednesday.

Representatives Bill Kramer of Waukesha and Dean Knudson of Hudson hope to replace Scott Suder of Abbotsford. He officially stepped down Tuesday, after Governor Scott Walker made him a division administrator in the state’s utility-regulating Public Service Commission. The majority leader’s post is the second-most powerful in the Assembly, behind the speaker.

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Steve Dzubay
Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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