On April 1, two state representatives and two state senators met with Health & Welfare officials and the Attorney General's office to air their concerns that a child support enforcement law, SB 1067, would potentially lead to Idaho having to enforce child support decisions rendered under Sharia law, Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer writes today. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, said he thought the lawmakers' concerns were routine; nine days later, on the final day of this year's legislative session, the committee voted 9-8 to table the bill, endangering $46 million in federal funds and potentially cutting off Idaho's access to the federal system it uses to enforce $200 million a year in child support payments for Idaho kids.
A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker is set to report to jail Wednesday. Kelly Rindfleisch, who worked as Walker's deputy chief of staff while he was Milwaukee County executive, was convicted of misconduct in office and sentenced to six months for doing campaign work at her taxpayer-funded job. Rindfleisch is one of six people convicted as a result of a secret John Doe investigation into Walker's aides and associates. Walker was never charged in the probe.
A county Republican organization in Idaho distributed a newsletter with an article that claimed Muslims are "infiltrating" the state, that have been taught to "be ready to rise up and kill" non-Muslims and have learned how to be "two-faced" to hide their evil intentions. Idaho State University professor Daniel Hummel, a Muslim who teaches political science, condemned the newsletter and said, "This is the same garbage that we've been hearing forever. ... We're seeing hate crimes go up year by year, and so stuff like this read more
A 67-year-old Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, woman has been cleared of criminal charges for the second time after leaving her loaded handgun in a Brookfield church last year. A judge dismissed the most recent charge Tuesday. He noted that Hitchler had a license to carry a concealed weapon, and said her negligence wasn't criminal. Her husband, Gerald Hitchler, left his loaded handgun in a men's restroom at Egg Harbor Fun Park in August. Prosecutors reviewed the incident but didn't pursue charges.
A Lutheran pastor in La Crosse resigned on Tuesday, four days after a vulgar and virulent email threatening to gang rape a Milwaukee bloggerwho criticized police work was sent from his home email address, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod said. The Rev. David Wendt of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse tendered his resignation to the church council, a day after blogger Claire Van Fossen posted the email on social media. Synod spokesman Lee Hitter said he did not know whether Wendt admitted sending the email, and efforts to reach Wendt and church President Mick Schwedler were unsuccessful. Hitter said Wendt told synod President Mark Schroeder earlier in the day that the email address in question was his, but he denied sending the threat. "Obviously, the email was completely unacceptable," said Hitter.