January 4 2012
Yesterday Iowa kicked off the 2012 presidential race after six months of campaigning and 13 presidential debates. Front-runner Mitt Romney won by just eight votes over Rick Santorum and Ron Paul finished third. The caucuses started at 7 with results rolling in every hour after that. The big losses of the night were Newt Gingrich in fourth, Rick Perry in fifth and Michelle Bachman in sixth.
For all you who read the Journal Sentinel, access to its online articles is set to change starting today. The change is a digital subscription plan called “JS Everywhere”…so online readers will only be able to read up to 20 articles per month at no charge, but after reaching that limit, readers will be directed to become a print or digital subscriber. However, anyone who already subscribes to the print edition will have free access to all digital products.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is set to reveal a strategy later this week for $450 billion in military cuts over the next 10 years in addition to a carefully shrunk military. Panetta believes the military will be large enough to fight and win one major conflict, while conducting several other smaller operations, such as providing disaster relief or enforcing a no-flight zone.
After years of costly delays and problems, Milwaukee’s Fire Department is switching to a new radio system. Fire Department Officials are confident that the new system will work and it will fix potentially life-threatening problems. The radios were tested to see if they were strong enough to broadcast from basements, schools, and music venues. Overall the new system will reduce background noise, get rid of weak signals and eliminate the public’s ability to listen to dispatch calls on consumer police scanners.
Hunger Task Force is teaming up with Groupon’s “G-Team” initiative, which just launched a local campaign to encourage donations that will provide lunches to children in need for one month. If you donate today or tomorrow, your gift will provide healthy food to kids throughout Milwaukee.
Yesterday afternoon, a committee of Republicans and Democrats chose the candidates for the April Presidential Primary ballot in Wisconsin. Democrats requested Barack Obama be the only person representing their party while Republicans named seven candidates, including Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, and Santorum. Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary is April 3rd, the same day as the spring election for local government positions.