Wisconsin roundup: State’s Democrats, Republicans praise choice of Milwaukee for DNC; more state news stories
Wisconsin Democrats celebrated Monday’s announcement that Milwaukee be the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
They will pick their nominee for president at the new Fiserv Forum next July. Wisconsin Party Chairwoman Martha Lanning said, "we couldn't be more thrilled that the DNC has chosen Milwaukee to host its 2020 convention." Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement that "Milwaukee is a first-class city, and we are ready to showcase Milwaukee on one of the largest stages in the world."
The event is expected to bring hundreds of millions of tourism dollars to Wisconsin and showcase its largest city. Milwaukee beat out Houston and Miami Beach. The DNC says this is the first time the Democratic Party has held its national convention in the Midwest outside of Chicago since 1916.
Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker offered words of praise for the Democratic National Committee's decision to hold its 2020 convention in Milwaukee.
The selection made Milwaukee of the smallest cities to ever host such a big event. Walker says Milwaukee is a perfect location for the Democratic National Convention, adding its a "great thing for the city and the state." Walker says having the convention in Wisconsin may motivate Republicans who might have been complacent about President Trump's run for reelection.
Trump wants to cut Great Lakes projects’ funding by 90%
President Donald Trump wants to cut the funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90 percent in his 2020 budget.
The president includes just $30 million for the work to remove toxic pollution, fight invasive species and deal with other long-standing environmental problems. The program has been receiving $300 million a year since it was started in 2010. Congress rejected this reduction when the president proposed it last year.
Reckless homicide charges filed against Neillsville truck driver in fatal crash
A 54-year-old truck driver from Neillsville says he tried to stop for a line of stopped vehicles in a road construction zone, but his brakes failed.
Roger Waltemate faces a charge of reckless homicide in the 2017 fatal accident. Investigators say Waltemate sent a text message on his phone just moments before the impact. He has an initial appearance in Clark County Circuit Court scheduled for Friday. Anthony Phipps was killed in the crash on US Highway 10.
Milwaukee city leaders approve contract with DNC
Members of the Milwaukee Common Council convened a special meeting Monday to approve the city's contract to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
The party chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami earlier in the day. Mayor Tom Barrett says 12,000 volunteers will be needed to make the convention go. Economic experts say the event running July 13-16, 2020, will mean $200 million to the local economy. Republicans meet for their convention two-and-a-half months later in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Wis. congressman still working to get info from ICE
Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan says he will file an appeal to get more information about a targeted operation last October.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement took almost 20 weeks to respond to his Freedom of Information Act request. Local officials say the federal agency didn't inform them of the plans for an operation that resulted in 20 arrests in Dane County. When Pocan got the 411 pages of documents last week, at least 300 were fully redacted with all information blacked out. ICE officials say at least 39 of the 83 people arrested in all locations didn't have a criminal history.
Driver sentenced to prison admits he deserves it
A 22-year-old man sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal accident last June says he deserves the time behind bars.
Gavin Veium apologized to the court for driving while he was under the influence of drugs. Forty-five-year-old Diano McCullough was killed when the SUV he was driving burst into flames after it was rear-ended. The judge noted that Veium violated the conditions of his release on bail at least three times while he was waiting for his trial to start.
UW-Madison student accused of assaulting UWPD officer
A University of Wisconsin student is facing several charges for the alleged assault of UW Police Department officers.
Police were called to Witte Hall early Sunday for a person urinating in a hallway and they say 19-year-old Logan Mitchell became combative and struck an officer in the face. Two additional officers came to help because Mitchell continued trying to fight during the arrest while handcuffed. He was eventually placed in a squad car and taken to the Dane County Jail. Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 and was cited for underage drinking, possession of a fake ID and deposing of human waste. The criminal charges include battery to a police officer and resisting causing injury. The officers were treated and released from the hospital.