Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Meet the Illinoisan trying to buy a Wisconsin Senate seat: Lachlan Markay of the Daily Beast writes: "When Wisconsin airwaves begin drowning in political ads this year, voters in the Badger State will have an Illinoisan to thank. The U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin has drawn by far the most outside spending of any 2018 midterm election contest. And the vast majority of it has come from a single donor: Lake Forest, Illinois, businessman Richard Uihlein. The founder and CEO of shipping product giant Uline has vaulted himself to the upper echelon of Republican megadonors. And the Wisconsin senate race is his number one target. Uihlein has poured millions directly into the contest by way of a pair of super PACs that he funds almost single handedly. But those donations only scratch the surface of the money he’s injected into the race. Uihlein has also provided major cash infusions of late to more established conservative groups that have endorsed his preferred Wisconsin senate candidate, Delafield businessman and Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson. Meanwhile, Uihlein’s family foundation has written large checks to nonprofit groups that, though officially nonpartisan, have quietly boosted Nicholson’s candidacy with ostensibly apolitical activities targeting a Republican primary rival and Nicholson’s would-be general election opponent." Read more.
Ryan squeezed by conservatives on DACA vote: Rachael Bade of Politico writes: "For weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said any deal to shield 700,000 young undocumented people from deportation must be bipartisan. His GOP conference, however, has another idea entirely. House Republicans are pressing Ryan for a vote on a partisan immigration bill that has little chance of passing the Senate. They want floor action on legislation by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), which goes well beyond what the White House has said should be in a deal codifying the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law — and which is unlikely to garner a single Democratic vote. 'It’s a good bill…I think it’s something that bears consideration by the entire House,' said Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), a former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee. 'If I were the majority leader… I would recommend that we bring it' to the floor. Ryan and his top lieutenants have not committed to a vote on the Goodlatte bill, which GOP leaders worry could undermine bipartisan negotiations. And they’re not even sure the text could garner the 218 GOP votes needed for passage in the House. Still, he’s risking a backlash from conservatives if he doesn’t put it forward for a vote." Read more.
Madison’s Steve’s Curling Supplies supplies McFarland Olympians -- and the nation: Erin Hueffner writes in Isthmus: "Steve Brown loves being on the ice. He grew up just steps away from a curling club in Galesville, Wisconsin. After moving to Madison 43 years ago, Steve was curling with the Madison Curling Club and coaching his daughter, Erica, for the Calgary Olympics. He then started selling supplies out of his basement to members of the Madison Curling Club — all while working another job. What began as a hobby quickly turned full-time. 'My employer said, you can keep working here and quit curling, or you can quit working here and keep curling. So I went with my heart, and I went with the sport,' says Steve. Steve shared his love of curling with his children; his son, Craig, was a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Curling Team, and his daughter represented Team USA at three Olympic Games. The Brown family has also coached at the Olympics and World Championships. Today, the business he started, Steve’s Curling Supplies, is one of the largest curling equipment sellers in the country, out of a handful of such shops. In 2010, the business moved into a warehouse on Pflaum Road. Son Craig bought the business in 2012, but he’s worked there most of his life. 'When I was a kid, dad would pay me to put stickers on the brooms,' says Craig." Read more.
Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce reports raising $1.2 million at the end of 2017: Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Randy Bryce, one of the Democrats hoping to take on House Speaker Paul Ryan, raised $1.2 million at the end of last year, his campaign said. During that reporting period, which covers the fourth quarter of 2017, Democratic candidate Cathy Myers, a public school teacher and Janesville School Board member, raised $182,656, her campaign said. Both are hoping to take on Ryan, a Janesville Republican, this fall. Bryce, a union ironworker and military veteran, was asked by Katy Tur on MSNBC in an interview Monday why he's raised so much money. 'People are seeing this wave. This resistance is very real,' Bryce said. 'People have had enough with where the president is taking us, and we're tired of not having a Congress that's acting as a check and balance to stand up to him.' Tur also noted that many of his contributions were coming from New York and California, asking whether Bryce was reaching Wisconsin voters. 'Well, we're getting the message out in the First Congressional District for sure,' Bryce said. 'We are reaching outside to New York and California, that's where a lot of money comes in from. But it's to help us get rid of somebody like Speaker Ryan, who is the number three Republican. And this country, it's going to the wrong place.'" Read more.
Bill would clearly define protections for Indian burial mounds: The Associated Press reports: "A bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature would more clearly define protections for Indian burial mounds. The bill would specify when the Wisconsin Historical Society can protect a burial site and how a landowner can challenge the protections, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The bill also proposes increasing the setback from burial locations from 5 feet to 10 feet. The bill was prompted by another piece of legislation two years ago that would have made it easier for landowners to excavate and potentially develop Indian mounds. The original bill made tribal leaders realize that many lawmakers didn’t know how sacred the mounds are, said Jon Greendeer of the Ho-Chunk Nation. 'A lot of the people that had signed on to the original legislation actually felt like mounds were just piles of dirt,' Greendeer said. A lack of education and reluctance among Native Americans to talk about death has contributed to the lack of awareness, he said." Read more.
Parents arrested after children are found shackled and malnourished: Benjamin Oreskes and Shelby Grad of the Los Angeles Times write: "The 911 call came in at 6 a.m. Sunday. A teenage girl was on the line with an unsettling tale. She had managed to escape from her family’s home in Perris, where her parents had been holding her captive. Her brothers and sisters were still locked inside — 12 of them. Some were chained to their beds, she said. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to find the 17-year-old girl. When they saw her, they were struck by her small size and emaciated appearance. She looked to be only 10, according to the sheriff’s account released Monday. The nightmarish scene deputies discovered when they entered the house on Muir Woods Road was as bad as the girl had described. They found 'several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,' the statement said. The parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, 'were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,' deputies wrote. The couple were arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment and each was being held Monday night in lieu of $9-million bail." Read more.