Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Paul Ryan cashes in on White House run: Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan may have lost his bid to become vice president. But the Janesville Republican has hit the political jackpot. New records show Ryan has raised $1.7 million in the first six months of the year, putting him on pace to blow past his old fundraising records. If he maintains his current rate, he could tally nearly $7 million during the current two-year election cycle. He brought in less than $5 million for his 2012 race. Bob Biersack, a senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics, said it's not surprising Ryan's numbers are up, especially as long as he remains in the discussion as a possible presidential candidate. 'He's kind of in another category now — those members who may be looking at significantly higher office in the future,' said Biersack, a former Federal Election Commission staffer who graduated from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee."
Scott Walker, other GOP governors warn party members in Congress not to shut government: Jonathan Martin of the New York Times reports: Worried about the potential impact on the fragile economies in their states, Republican governors this weekend warned their counterparts in Congress not to shut down the federal government as part of an effort to block financing for President Obama’s health care law. Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, a Republican, during a session at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Milwaukee on Sunday. A range of Republican governors, including some who have refused to implement elements of the health initiative in their states, said in interviews that a standoff in Washington before the new fiscal year this fall could backfire on the party if it is seen as being responsible for bringing the government to a halt. 'I have made the case that Obamacare is not good for the economy, but I have some real concerns about potentially doing something that would have a negative impact on the economy just for the short term — I think there are other ways to pursue this,' said Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who hosted about half of the country’s governors here for the summer meeting of the National Governors Association."
Early strong support for new FoodShare initiative: Channel3000.com reports: "With an abundance of fresh produce, fresh vegetables, and fresh music, Sunday seemed like a normal day at the Northside Farmers’ Market on Madison’s Sherman Avenue. But there was undeniably something different. People enrolled in Wisconsin’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – otherwise known as SNAP – got more bang for their buck thanks to the new MadMarket Double Dollars Program. 'The city has decided to do a doubling program,' explained volunteer Lisa Weise. 'For every dollar of our market money that you buy, the city will match that with a dollar of theirs.' The matching dollars come from donors and must be used within the market. The program gives the low-income community more access to fresh produce."
Wiggies one of two proposed homeless day shelter sites submitted to Dane County: Joe Tarr of the Isthmus' Daily page reports: "Would Wiggies make a good homeless shelter? County Supv. David Wiganowsky thinks so. He was one of two people who submitted proposals for a permanent day shelter location. The 3,730-square-foot bar and restaurant, located at 1901 Aberg Ave., would be a great homeless resource center, Wiganowsky says, since it's near Madison Metro's north transfer point and the Dane County Job Center. 'We're looking at retirement,' Wiganowsky adds. It's currently listed at $525,000. Sam Simon Real Estate, which made the proposal on Wiganowsky's behalf, admits the restaurant is a little smaller than the 5,000-to-10,000 square feet the county is looking for. But Sam Simon says it could be easily expanded, since it has a large parking lot. The bar has drawn flack in recent years for violence. Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., also proposed its 11,500-square-foot building at 3939 Lien Road for the day shelter."
New study finds vast online marketplace for guns without background checks: Philip Rucker of the Washington Post writes: "The marketplace for firearms on the Internet, where buyers are not required to undergo background checks, is so vast that advocates for stricter regulations now consider online sales a greater threat than the gun show loophole. A new study by Third Way, a centrist think tank with close ties to the Obama administration, found that thousands of guns, including so-called assault weapons, are for sale online and that many prospective buyers were shopping online specifically to avoid background checks. The study focused on Armslist.com — a popular classified site similar to Craigslist.org that facilitates private sales of firearms and ammunition based on location — and analyzed listings in the 10 states where both of their senators voted against a background checks compromise this spring. At any given time, more than 15,000 guns were for sale in those states, according to the study, and more than 5,000 of them were semi-automatic weapons."
Wisconsin DNR removes, then restores, Facebook page amid national outcry over SWAT-style takedown of fawn: Kristian Knutsen of the Isthmus' Daily Page reports: "Public relations flacks are notorious for trying to bury embarrassing news in Friday evening press releases, but that time of day turns out to be a favored time for squelching public feedback as well. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in the face of an online maelstrom of criticism over a SWAT-style raid on an animal shelter near Kenosha that ended with the killing of a fawn, shut down its Facebook page just as the weekend was starting. It all started on Monday, July 15, when the St. Francis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill shelter in Bristol, was raided by the DNR. A total of 13 law enforcement officers -- nine DNR agents and four sheriff's deputies, as reported by shelter staff -- arrived to execute a warrant to confiscate and destroy a fawn, named Giggles, that was delivered to St. Francis Society by an Illinois family. The incident remained out of the public radar until this week, when the Milwaukee television station WISN aired a story about the raid. A pair of anonymous tips led a warden to surveil the shelter, complete with aerial photography, in order to acquire a warrant." Jessica VanEgeren of the Capital Times wrote this about the euthanizing of the fawn last week.