The Recall Effort Gets The Attention, But Scott Walker May Be Facing A Criminal Investigation Too

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in the middle of a contentious recall fight, which has made headlines around the country. But one story that hasn’t gotten as much attention is the ongoing criminal investigation involving a number of Scott Walker’s former staff members. The investigation is centered on Scott Walker’s time as Milwaukee’s county executive. …

Midwest Memo: Upper Peninsula Enjoys Mining Surge, Scott Walker Wastes No Time Plotting Wisconsin Recall Strategy

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. Upper Peninsula’s mining boom. The mining industry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is enjoying a renaissance more than a century after its best days passed. New technology demands are creating demand for gold, silver, copper and nickel, the Detroit Free Press reports today. Foreign companies …

Efforts To Recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Begin Tonight; Both Sides Already Anticipate Fraudulent Activity

At midnight tonight, opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will kick off efforts to recall him from office. The group United Wisconsin intends to start gathering signatures needed to force a recall election at that time after filing paperwork with the state. A pajama-party rally is planned at the state capitol in Madison. Other groups …

Midwest Memo: UAW Reaches Chrysler Deal, Wisconsin Democrats Begin Effort to Recall Gov. Scott Walker

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. Chrysler and UAW reach deal. Eight days after reaching a tentative agreement with Ford, the United Auto Workers announced today it had reached a tentative agreement with Chrysler. As part of the deal, Chrysler has agreed to add 2,100 jobs by 2015 and invest $4.5 billion …

Midwest Memo: Fracking In Michigan, Walker’s Jobs Problem And Water Rules In Ohio

Emergency Managers on watch A group opposed to Michigan’s emergency manager law appears to have gotten enough signatures to put the law to a voter referendum. Jobs, jobs, jobs The Christian Science Monitor looks at one major obstacle for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker in his recall election: Over the last 12 months, Wisconsin lost more jobs …

Midwest Memo: High Speed Ohio, Bailout Opinions And Gov. Walker’s Decision

Manufacturing promises Reuters asks economists whether the new political focus on manufacturing will actually create jobs. The answer is, basically, no. Driving downloads The state of Ohio is spending $10 million to increase its broadband internet speeds tenfold between colleges and universities. It’s over After 13 weeks, the Cooper Tire lockout in Findlay Ohio is …

Despite Recall Threat, Walker’s Approval Rating Rises in Wisconsin

Although he faces a much-publicised recall effort, Wisconsin voters aren’t negative on Gov. Scott Walker, A poll by Marquette University shows that Walker’s approval rating is above his disapproval rating for the first time since he took office, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Voters approve of Walker’s performance 51 percent to 46 percent disapproval. Fifty …

Midwest Memo: Mining Marijuana, A Gubernatorial Spat And To Export, Or Not To Export?

Underground marijuana farm The Detroit Free Press was granted “exclusive access” to a former mine in the Upper Peninsula where one company wants to grow enough medical marijuana to serve 131,000 Michigan residents. The marijuana would be grown a mile underground. Whose economy is better? The Chicago Sun-Times tries to settle a debate between Illinois Governor …

Midwest Memo: Medicaid Cuts In Illinois, Job Losses In Wisconsin And Ohio Sues BP

A plan for Medicaid Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a $2.7 billion plan to keep the state’s Medicaid program solvent. According to partner station WBEZ, the plan makes deep cuts in coverage and eligibility, and raises revenue by increasing the state’s cigarette tax. Losing jobs Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in March. That could have an effect one …

Midwest Memo: Recall Race Ramps Up, Wage Gap Persists And Michigan Considers Less Oversight

Recall fight The Wall Street Journal reports that what started out as a fight over collective bargaining has grown into a “high-stakes, high-dollar referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker and central elements of his party’s fiscal agenda.” And a new poll shows Walker has a slim lead in the June recall race. Wage gap MLive …