Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Lawsuit alleges Wisconsin officials knew fee for DNA database was unconstitutional but imposed it anyway: Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "A lawsuit that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars says the state forced more than 10,000 offenders to pay an unconstitutional fee to maintain a DNA database. State officials three years ago acknowledged collecting the $200 fee from certain offenders was unconstitutional but have not taken steps to reimburse them. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Milwaukee, centers on a 2013 law that greatly expanded the collection of DNA from criminals. The new law required DNA to be collected from anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, rather than just those who committed certain felonies. The law did not kick in at once. It required anyone convicted after Jan. 1, 2014, to pay the $200 fee, but the new types of offenders did not have to provide DNA samples unless they were convicted after April 1, 2015. The law was structured that way so the state would have money on hand to handle the increased number of DNA samples it needed to analyze." Read more.
Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas primaries: The Associated Press reports: "Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas' first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what's ahead in the first midterms under President Donald Trump. Energized and angry Democrats in Texas, where the GOP has dominated for decades, came out in force to surpass 1 million voters Tuesday — the first time the party has eclipsed that benchmark in a midterm primary since 2002, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks. Equally striking was the showing by women on the ballot: Of the nearly 50 women running for Congress in Texas, more than half won their primaries outright or advanced to runoffs. What's more, at least three of those runoffs in May will feature women going head-to-head, including a key race for Democrats in their bid to take control of the U.S. House this fall. 'It's Trump. It's Trump,' said Veronica Escobar, who won her Democratic primary and is now poised to become one of the first Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress. 'I've spoken to innumerable senior citizens, retirees, parents of disabled children, people who understand what this administration means to their families. And they're afraid.'" Read more.
The case for a rally just got murkier with Gary Cohn's departure: Bob Pisani of CNBC writes: "Here's the recipe for a market rally in the days ahead — get President Donald Trump talking softer on tariffs and get a benign wage growth report from the closely watched jobs numbers on Friday. That was the bull scenario for this week, but the case for a rally was made much cloudier with the departure of Trump's top economic advisor Gary Cohn. Stock futures pointed to a sharply lower open after Cohn resigned late Tuesday. True, the markets have had issues with the whole Trump tariff story. It's not about whether a soup can would cost a fraction of a penny more under the tariffs, as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross famously noted on CNBC last week. It's vastly bigger than that. 'We are in the best environment for global trade in more than a decade,' Jeff Kleintop, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, said Tuesday on CNBC. 'The economic trade and earnings backdrop is the best it's been in a very long time.' Joe Duran, CEO of United Capital, is one of many who have noted it is a much broader story. 'It's not so much the tariffs on steel, it's the knock-on effects of that. All tariffs are basically a tax, and they are a zero-sum game. There's no winner when you have a tariff battle because typically you get retaliation, and the scale and scope of retaliation dictates how much we should be concerned,' he said Tuesday on CNBC." Read more.
Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed: Sarah Fitzpatrick of NBC News writes: "Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed the nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her. The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by NBC News, alleges that her agreement not to disclose her 'intimate' relationship with Trump is invalid because while both Daniels and Trump's attorney Michael Cohen signed it, Trump never did. Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, signed both the agreement and a side letter agreement using her professional name on Oct. 28, 2016, just days before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen signed the document the same day. Both agreements are appended to the lawsuit as Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2. The 'hush agreement,' as it's called in the suit, refers to Trump throughout as David Dennison, and Clifford as Peggy Peterson. In the side letter agreement, the true identity of DD is blacked out, but Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, says the individual is Trump. Each document includes a blank where 'DD' is supposed to sign, but neither blank is signed." Read more.
Trump administration sues California over immigration laws: Katie Benner and Jennifer Medina of the New York Times write: "The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a pre-emptive strike against the liberal state’s so-called sanctuary laws. The Justice Department sued California; Gov. Jerry Brown; and the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, over three state laws passed in recent months, saying they made it impossible for federal immigration officials to do their jobs and deport criminals who were born outside the United States. The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them. The lawsuit was the department’s boldest attack yet against California, one of the strongest opponents of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb immigration. It also served as a warning to Democratic lawmakers and elected officials nationwide who have enacted sanctuary policies that provide protections for undocumented immigrants. 'The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,' Attorney General Jeff Sessions planned to say on Wednesday at a law enforcement event in Sacramento, according to prepared remarks. 'I believe that we are going to win.'” Read more.
Conflict over use of Lake Michigan water for Foxconn lies at the heart of public hearing: Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Foxconn Technology Group’s plans to use millions of gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan has prompted sharply different views that will be on display Wednesday night in an important next step in the state’s regulatory review of the massive manufacturing complex. At issue is whether Foxconn should be able to tap Lake Michigan water and what impact the company’s industrial process will have on the lake. The City of Racine wants approval to divert an average of 7 million gallons a day to be used by Foxconn in the Village of Mount Pleasant. The Foxconn complex would cost an estimated $10 billion to build and could employ as many as 13,000 workers. The state Department of Natural Resources is holding a hearing at 6 p.m. in Sturtevant at the SC Johnson iMET Center on the request. The DNR plays an oversight role because Mount Pleasant is situated in both the Lake Michigan and Mississippi River basins. Thus, it straddles both watersheds. Racine officials have touted the economic benefits of the Foxconn project and say the company’s water needs would still fall far below industrial demand of 20 years ago." Read more.