Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Wisconsin Senate candidate's parents donate to Democrat he's trying to unseat: Fox News reports: "The parents of a Marine combat veteran running to unseat Wisconsin's Democratic incumbent have reportedly donated the legal maximum to his opponent's primary campaign. Kevin Nicholson is trying to unseat Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in the upcoming midterm elections. Besides the unusual campaign issues, Nicholson has to respond to questions about why his parents appear to prefer his opponent. Donna and Michael Nicholson both donated $2,700 to Baldwin’s primary campaign – the maximum amount permitted under the law for the period, according to a Federal Election Commission filing by Baldwin’s campaign from this month, the Washington Examiner reported. Nicholson’s parents will be allowed to contribute the same amount to Baldwin’s war chest once the general election is officially underway. The Republican hopeful admitted his parents’ politics differ from his, with the mother known for donating to Democratic groups and candidates. 'My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective,' Nicholson told CNN." Read more.
Trump's infrastructure plan may leave Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in road funding quandary: Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "President Donald Trump touted bringing Foxconn Technology Group to Wisconsin as he rolled out his infrastructure plan Monday, but his proposal may leave state Republicans as split as ever when it comes to road funding. The plan Trump unveiled Monday would put $1.5 trillion toward infrastructure over the next decade, but just $200 billion of it would come from the federal government. States, local governments and the private sector would need to come up with the remaining $1.3 trillion. GOP Gov. Scott Walker in recent weeks has noted he would like Congress to adopt a plan that would follow more traditional lines, with the federal government funding 80 percent of projects and states picking up the remaining 20 percent. Walker joined state officials from around the country when Trump made his plans public Monday, and the president gave a nod to Walker — and Foxconn. 'Nobody knows better than you people where you want the money invested,' Trump said. 'That’s the other thing, (for) the federal government to say, ‘Gee, this is what we want you to do in Wisconsin, Scott' — you know exactly where you want to do it, and you’ve done a great job by the way, but you know exactly where that money is going.'" Read more.
Trump’s budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net: Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger of the Associated Press write: "President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year’s promises to balance the federal budget. The president’s spending outline for the first time acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not 'pay for itself' as Trump and his Republican allies asserted. If enacted as proposed, though no presidential budget ever is, the plan would establish an era of $1 trillion-plus yearly deficits. The open embrace of red ink is a remarkable public reversal for Trump and his party, which spent years objecting to President Barack Obama’s increased spending during the depths of the Great Recession. Rhetoric aside, however, Trump’s pattern is in line with past Republican presidents who have overseen spikes in deficits as they simultaneously increased military spending and cut taxes. 'We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,' Trump said in an Oval Office appearance Monday. 'In this budget we took care of the military like it’s never been taken care of before.' Trump’s budget revived his calls for big cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor and middle class, such as food stamps, housing subsidies and student loans." Read more.
Trump's new problem: There's growing talk of a downturn in 2019: Heather Long of the Washington Post writes: "President Trump is beginning his second year in office with a high-risk strategy: Juicing the U.S. economy at a time when it already looks pretty healthy. As his latest budget, released Monday, makes clear, Trump wants growth of 3 percent — or more — a year for the next seven years, a feat that hasn’t happened since Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s. Most economists say Trump’s economic dream is virtually impossible. The latest Survey of Professional Forecasters, for example, doesn't predict growth will hit 3 percent at all in Trump's first term. The United States is in a different place today than it was three decades ago, many say. The population is much older now, making it more difficult to sustain higher growth, especially without additional immigration or some sort of technological revolution that would make American workers the most productive they have been since the 1960s. But Trump doesn’t like being told no. He’s made a career out of defying the odds, and his 'Trumponomics' recipe of cutting taxes and hiking spending is meant to spur so much additional business investment that productivity can hit record levels. In theory, that would then boost growth and wages further." Read more.
Facebook losing young users even faster to Snapchat, eMarketer says: Jessica Guynn of USA TODAY writes: "Facebook is losing young users at an even faster clip to Snapchat than previously forecast, according to new research from eMarketer. Less than half of U.S. Internet users ages 12 to 17 will use Facebook this year for the first time, the research firm says. And the giant social network can no longer count on Instagram to help retain that younger audience, according to eMarketer. Facebook will lose 2 million users under 25 this year, eMarketer estimates. Not all of those users are migrating to Instagram, also owned by Facebook. Instagram will add 1.6 million users in that age group while Snapchat will add 1.9 million users, according to eMarketer. The research firm, which bases its analysis on survey and traffic data from research firms and regulatory agencies, Facebook press releases, historical trends, Internet and mobile trends and other factors, says Snapchat will continue to have more users ages 12 to 24 than Instagram. Facebook declined to comment. This is just the latest in a growing body of research that suggests young people are logging in less frequently and spending less time on Facebook." Read more.
Former commander, 2 staffers charged in dehydration death of Terrill Thomas in Milwaukee County Jail: Ashley Luthern and John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel write: "The former commander of the Milwaukee County Jail and two other jail staffers were charged Monday in connection with the April 2016 dehydration death of Terrill Thomas, with the complaint saying guards 'abandoned' him to die. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Maj. Nancy Evans, 48, is charged with felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer. Jail Lt. Kashka Meadors, 40, and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy, 38, are each charged with neglecting an inmate, a felony offense. Meadors gave the order to shut off the water, Ramsey-Guy physically cut all water to Thomas' cell, and Evans lied about the subsequent investigation, the complaint says. Evans, Meadors and Ramsey-Guy were suspended with pay Monday and Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt said discipline would be handed down Friday. Prior to Monday all three were on administrative duty and did not have contact with jail inmates, Schmidt said." Read more.