Gov. Scott Walker tells reporters that his recent ads accusing Trek Bicycle of outsourcing jobs -- while his Democratic opponent Mary Burke worked for the company -- were not an attack on either Trek or outsourcing. His ads have been criticized by the Wall Street Journal for targeting a common business practice. Walker sets the record straight: "We're not criticizing outsourcing itself," Walker tells the Wisconsin State Journal. "We're pointing out the hypocrisy of the Burke campaign." And revealing his own?
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) releases an anti-poverty plan that proposes combining 11 welfare programs into a single block grant that states could decide how to administer.
The Associated Press reports that Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne -- a Democratic candidate for state attorney general -- failed to detail $33,000 in spending his campaign made in a report filed earlier in the week. The report shows numerous ATM withdrawals were made, including one for $200 from New Orleans in May. Well, the Dixieland constituency could really swing this election.
Gov. Walker tells reporters he would support legislation requiring that tax credits and economic development incentives not go to companies that outsource jobs. The Associated Press points out that he has received campaign donations from companies that have done so. Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has also given public money to companies that have shipped jobs overseas.
Early voting begins for the Aug. 12 primary, albeit with reduced hours, after the Legislature prohibited weekend voting. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell worries the new rules will reduce turnout, telling the State Journal: "For a lot of folks, the weekend is the only time they have."
A city committee recommends locating a public food market on Madison's east side, near East Washington Avenue and First Street.
Minority owners of Capital Brewery, led by its former brewmaster Kirby Nelson, file a lawsuit against the company, alleging misconduct by majority owners. The brewery announced in June that it will build an $11 million facility in Sauk City.
UW-Madison announces it will not delay the fall recruiting period for fraternities and sororities. Other universities have instituted the measure to prevent deaths and injuries associated with pledging. But a UW committee scrapped the plans because it did not want to single out Greek organizations.