Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Sen. Johnson compares Obama's apology to running over someone's dog: Jaclyn Brandt and Jon Byman of WTMJ Radio write: "Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is reacting to President Obama's apology for people's health insurance being canceled. The president told NBC News he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he said they could keep. Johnson told 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes that President Obama stopped short in his apology of saying he was sorry for making promises about people keeping their policies in the first place. 'It certainly wasn't an apology. When I heard it, the analogy I was thinking of was, you tell somebody, "Boy, I'm really sorry your dog died," but you refuse to acknowledge you ran over that dog with your car,' Johnson said. 'Those are your tire tracks on that dog.' The senator continued by saying President Obama needs to accept responsibility for the problems with the implementation of the law." Read more.

Elections overhaul, 'revenge porn' ban on GOP legislators' agenda: Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: "GOP legislators are striving to pass a list of high-profile bills this week that would improve care for the mentally ill, overhaul election laws and ban 'revenge porn' and social media snooping by bosses and school administrators. Their calendar could have been more contentious, but Republican leaders chose to remove two abortion bills from the week's to-do list after one Democratic senator vowed 'all-out hell' if the measures came to the Senate floor. Although there are nearly six months left until the session closes next spring, it feels like legislators are aiming to end early. The week will serve up a spread of proposals for all political tastes: from sweet bipartisanship to bitter controversy on bills to change how the state runs elections. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said the fall push sought to avoid an even greater pileup when the two-year legislative session effectively ends on May 1." Read more.

For 2014, GOP’s challenges stem from within: Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times writes: "Art Halvorson makes for an unlikely Republican primary challenger to a six-term incumbent like Representative Bill Shuster. He is a newcomer to this quiet corner of south-central Pennsylvania who retired here after a long Coast Guard career. But in the throw-out-the-bums anger percolating in the election cycle now underway, Mr. Halvorson, 58, believes he might have a shot to displace a name that has occupied this House seat since Mr. Shuster’s father won it in 1972. After two House elections dominated by the small-government philosophy of the Tea Party, 2014 may be driven by a less ideological but more emotional sentiment: clean house." Read more.

DNR allows rifles for deer hunting, but some counties remain shotgun-only: Patty Murray of Wisconsin Public Radio News reports: "The Department of Natural Resources is now allowing rifles to be used statewide during the gun deer season. Hunters should double check the rules in their hunting grounds, however, since some communities have passed ordinances that keep a 'shotgun-only' designation. Shotgun-only hunting zones date back to the 1940s. Originally the intent might have been to prevent the over-harvest of deer, but Matt O'Brien says things have changed over the decades. O'Brien is an administrative warden with the DNR's law enforcement bureau. He says input from Wisconsin Conservation Congress members was in favor of allowing rifles in all zones. The DNR Board approved the rule change earlier this year." Read more.

'60 Minutes' airs apology on Benghazi report: Brian Stelter and Bill Carter of the New York Times report: "Lara Logan was scheduled to deliver a report on Sunday’s '60 Minutes' about disabled veterans who climb mountains. Instead, she appeared in front of the newsmagazine’s trademark black backdrop and issued an apology. Ms. Logan said that Dylan Davies, one of the main sources for a two-week-old piece about the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, had misled the program’s staff when he gave an account of rushing to the compound the night the attack took place. “It was a mistake to include him in our report. For that, we are very sorry,” Ms. Logan said. The apology lasted only 90 seconds and revealed nothing new about why CBS had trusted Mr. Davies." Read more.

No, America is not a Christian nation: Amanda Marcotte of Alternet writes on Salon.com: "It’s common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: 'Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.' Liberals shrug most of the time when they hear such rhetoric. It sounds like an empty platitude, much like praising the troops or waving the flag, that makes audiences feel good but doesn’t actually have any real-world importance. What liberals don’t understand, however, is that what sounds like an empty platitude actually signifies an elaborate, paranoid theory on the right about sneaky liberals trying to destroy America, a theory that is being used to justify all manner of incursions against religious freedom and separation of church and state." Read more.

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Maerzie
Maerzie

It's too bad that Johnson is "working so hard" in the couple days that Congress is in session that he doesn't have time to know the whole story! But, Johnson DOES like to hear himself talk. Each time he opens his partially informed mouth, he makes a worse fool of himself!! Can't wait to vote this useless idiot OUT!! Such a good little boy, though! He's right "on script" with his fellow Teapublicans. Then they wonder WHY they're losing so many elections!!? People would like to see less evil criticism and hatefulness, and something positive and concrete come out of that disastrous combination of letting the TeaParty kill the former G.O.P.! How absolutely STUPID a move that was!! Now they have no "organized" party at all because they "eat their own", even on national TV for all the world to see, and "never the twain shall meet!" They deleted ALL honor and principle, and they haven't done a single positive sign of progress for the American people, producing nothing but dissension and obstruction!

196ski
196ski

Maerzie, what is the whole story?

As a resident of Florence County the ACA gives us ONE insurance company with a Gold and Silver plan to choose from. Both HMO's from Molina Healthcare. Unfortunately Molina Healthcare does not list any physicians in Florence or neighboring Dickinson county or a hospital affiliation. Since our only option is an HMO this is critically important.

I contacted both Senator Johnson's office as well as Senator Baldwin's. Senator Johnson's office responded the next day with an email and followed that up with a phone call. From Senator Baldwin's office....silence. I still have not received even an acknowledgement. At no time during my conversation with Johnson's office was their any hint of disapproval of the ACA, in fact they made no editorial comments at all. They were helping a constituent.

I wouldn't worry too much about the Republicans, they will be fine. The Democrats on the other hand have a great deal of explaining to do to the American people.

Observer5
Observer5

RonJon should apologize for occupying an office far above his level of competency

Wis_BlogRider
Wis_BlogRider

Just finished reading Johnsons statement remembering our veterans today. How disingenuous and hypocritical of Johnson, a demonstrated treasonous obstructionist of our democracy with zero decency or respect for the citizens of this country. Johnson is a total insult to our veterans who sacrificed so much for this nation.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

America is still waiting for Ron Johnson's apology for shutting down our Government and costing tax payers 24 BILLION Dollars!

And what did Ron johnson think about 60 minutes apology for lying about Benghazi ?

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

Let me go out on a limb here and suggest that Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican, Wisconsin has run over someone's dog and never even stopped!

"Did you stop after hitting the dog, Senator?"
"No!"
No is how he responds to all important votes and questions.

Maerzie
Maerzie

Johnson is the one who WANTS the dog out there to get hit!!

snootyelites
snootyelites

Tammy Baldwin an unabashed and unqualified supporter of Obamacare has nothing to say but in hiding according to dairyland sources! LOL

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