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Rishi Sunak To Be U.K.'s Next Prime Minister As Rivals Drop Out
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak has won the contest to replace Liz Truss as Conservative Party leader. He will become the U.K.'s first prime minister of color and of South Asian descent later this week.
The U.K. has faced extreme political and economic turmoil over the past several months, with Boris Johnson resigning due to a series of scandals and Truss then stepping down after just six weeks because her tax cuts plan caused a run on the British pound.Read More
Democrats Locked In Close Contests With Election Deniers For Key Secretary Of State Posts
Secretaries of state have never gotten more attention than now. Yet Steve Simon is still introducing himself to the voters who elected him four years ago in Minnesota.
It’s emblematic of a broader challenge for Democrats trying to beat back a wave of Trump-aligned candidates for the roles. The once-obscure offices have been on the front lines of politics for two years, after then-President Donald Trump tried to sway state election officers to subvert the results of the vote in 2020. His followers then backed pro-Trump candidates running for the posts this year.Read More
Teen Pleads Guilty In Michigan High School Shooting That Killed 4 Students
A teen accused of killing four students and wounding seven others at a Michigan high school last year pleaded guilty Monday to murder charges.
Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to all 24 charges against him – including one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder – for fatally shooting the four students at Oxford High School on November 30.
Appearing in an Oakland County court, the 16-year-old answered “yes” when asked if he killed each slain victim – all identified by name.Read More
US Midterm Elections: The Six Races That Could Decide The US Senate
Mark 8 November on your calendars: America's going to the polls again.
Control of the US Congress is up for grabs in these midterm elections, including 35 Senate races that will decide who calls the shots in the upper chamber.
Currently the Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, with Democrats in charge because they can call on the vice-president to cast tie-breaking votes.
If Republicans flip even one Democrat-held seat, they will gain the power to thwart President Joe Biden's agenda.
Here's a guide to the six states to watch, and the drama unfolding there.Read More
Here’s How A GOP-Controlled House Might Tackle Inflation
Republicans are expected to take back the House majority in next month’s midterm elections, and they are already signaling steps they would take to try to solve inflation, which is seen as the biggest issue in the November races.
The GOP could have limited power with just the House majority, and even if the party takes back the Senate as well, it is unlikely to have a filibuster-proof majority.
President Biden’s veto pen is another factor, meaning Republicans may need to compromise with the White House and Democrats to enact their policies.
Republicans have given signals about certain areas they intend to focus on, though the specifics of their anti-inflation plans are slim.
Here are a few things the GOP is thinking about doing to counter inflation.Read More
Wisconsin Hunter Bags State’s First Archery Elk In Modern History
A Wisconsin hunter working on an archery Super Slam has taken the state’s first bow-killed elk in at least 140 years. Dan Evenson, of Cambridge, shot the 6-by-7 bull on October 15 in the Clam Lake area after drawing one of only three elk tags awarded in a state lottery that attracted more than 25,000 applications.
An experienced bowhunter who has tagged more than 50 trophy-book big game animals, Evenson has now successfully hunted 25 of the 29 big game species that make up the Pope and Young Club’s Super Slam. In fact, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he’s never shot an animal with a rifle. He learned that he’d drawn the long-odds elk tag while bear hunting in Alaska.Read More
Darrell Brooks Trial, Day 16: Defense Expected To Rest On Monday
Darrell Brooks' defense is expected to rest on Monday and then the jury will be sent home. Brooks examined his remaining witnesses on Friday.
Brooks is accused of killing six people by driving his SUV through a Christmas parade last year. He faces 76 charges in the parade crash Nov. 21 in Waukesha, including six homicide counts. He's representing himself at trial.
Brooks has the right to take the stand on Monday. He suggested he may call his mom to testify, which the court will allow. But she needs to be in court by 9 a.m.Read More
Pete Buttigieg To Visit Wisconsin, Campaign For Barnes
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will be in Wisconsin this week to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes.
He'll be in Madison Friday, where he'll also be joined by Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan.
According to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Buttigieg's appearance is tied to an event where he and the others will encourage Wisconsinites to vote early in the election on Nov. 8.Read More
Waupaca County District Attorney Announces Resignation
Waupaca County District Attorney Veronica Isherwood is stepping down in December, according to the governor’s office.
Isherwood’s resignation is effective Dec. 17. A new district attorney will serve the remainder of Isherwood’s term, which ends in January 2025.
Gov. Tony Evers is seeking applicants for the position. They must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Action 2 News has reached out to the DA for a statement and will update this story.
In August, Isherwood announced a court had appointed a special prosecutor to review the county’s Sheriff’s Office in an investigation involving allegations of altered reports that could impact court cases.
Isherwood and Sheriff Tim Wilz have been at odds over the investigation. Wilz claims his department did no wrong.Read More
Aaron Rodgers, Packers Lose To Commanders, Drop 3rd In A Row
Aaron Rodgers finished the game face down on the turf after sailing a lateral out of bounds on a frantic, failed final play.
This is not exactly what the four-time NFL MVP envisioned when he returned for another season in Green Bay.
Rodgers and the offense sputtered, penalties piled up at the most inopportune moments and the Packers lost their third game in a row, 23-21 to the Washington Commanders on Sunday for their longest skid since 2018.Read More