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a.mKE The List: County Exec. Chris Abele Pushes Park East Workgroup & Gov. Walker Doesn't Challenge Recall Signatures: Today’s Top Stories

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Governor Walker’s Campaign said that it would not challenge any signatures turned in, as an attempt to remove him from office. Yesterday was the deadline for the campaign to file any challenges, but a spokesperson said that the campaign didn’t have enough time to review the one million signatures. The Government Accountability Board has until March 19th to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a recall election. If an election is held, it would represent the third recall election for a governor in U.S. history. 

There’s only two days left in Stan’s 6thannual Share-a-Pair” shoe drive that is helping Milwaukee’s homeless population. People can drop off their new or gently used shoes from 9:30 to 5:30, at any of the “Share a Pair” collection bins. The annual shoe drive has collected over 110,000 pairs of shoes from local residents. Some of these shoes are collected and personally delivered and fit for the homeless at Milwaukee’s Repairers of the Breach Homeless Shelter.

County Exec Chris Abele gave his first “State of the County” speech at UW-Milwaukee yesterday. During which, abele talked about forming a city-county task force aimed at attracting development to the Park East Corridor. The new park east advisory workgroup will “draw on the expertise and perspective of local developers, commercial real estate professionals, business leaders and city and county officials.”

The Plan Commission gave Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s proposed 20-story hotel zoning approval yesterday afternoon. The tribe wants to build the 382-room hotel in front of its casino in the Menomonee Valley. It would be the third largest hotel in the downtown area. The Potawatomi Community plans on starting construction in late spring with the hotel opening during the spring of 2014.

After nearly two weeks of heavy campaigning, Republican Presidential Candidates are headed to Michigan for the primary. Recent polls show that it’s a tight race between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Now when it comes to tonight’s results, it could come down to which candidate is better able to turn out his voters.

Wisconsin has been recognized a lot recently for its manufacturing, and just last week, eight companies were presented “Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards”. The awards recognize manufacturers of all sizes and industries for their contributions to Wisconsin. Some of those winners include: Generac Holdings in Waukesha, Waukesha Metro Products and Cambridge Major Laboratories. All 8 companies are said to represent the top tier of our state’s manufacturers.