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Republicans hail court ruling upholding union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he doesn't know if the state Supreme Court ruling upholding the collective bargaining law known as Act 10 will lead to the Legislature expanding the law.

Fitzgerald said Thursday he doesn't know if there will be support to expand the law to cover police and firefighters. The 2011 law effectively ended collective bargaining rights for nearly all public employees, except police and firefighters.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says he knows some Republicans will want to expand the law, but it's hard to know what will happen.

Barca says that while the court upheld the law as constitutional, he still does not believe it was advisable or beneficial for the state.


Vos doesn't intend to pursue right to work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he does not intend to pursue making Wisconsin a right to work state next session.

Vos spoke Thursday after the state Supreme Court upheld the 2011 law known as Act 10, which effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

Vos says he remains a backer of right to work, but he does not think this is the time to try it in Wisconsin.

Both Vos and Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald say they don't know whether the Legislature next year will try to expand Act 10 to cover police and firefighters.

Vos says he is open to it, but not advocating for it.


Van Hollen still wouldn't defend domestic registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he stands by his decision not to defend Wisconsin's domestic partner registry even though it was one of the toughest he has made in office.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that the registry giving limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Van Hollen says that despite the court's unanimous decision, he still believes the registry is unconstitutional.

The gay rights organization, Fair Wisconsin, intervened and successfully defended the law against a challenge by Julaine Appling, the head of the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action.


Vos says court ruling could lead to fraud

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the state Supreme Court's ruling that it's constitutional to require voters to show photo identification at the polls could potentially lead to fraud.

In its Thursday ruling the court said the state can't require someone to present documents that cost money, like a birth certificate copy, when applying for a state ID.

Vos says that has the potential for fraud because it's unclear what the process will be to ensure a person is a legal citizen and who they claim to be.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says talks are already underway with the state Department of Transportation to make that provision of the ruling work.

Vos and Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald both say the Legislature may address the issue next year.


GOP chairman: Party competing for black votes

BOSTON (AP) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee says the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.

Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) said the party has established a "full-time engagement program" geared toward black, Latino and Asian voters even as he defended his party's push for stricter voter identification laws that have been unpopular in minority communities.

He spoke Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists' annual convention in Boston.

Priebus has served as party chairman since 2011. He said the GOP is also working to diversify its staff, while also acknowledging it must do more at the senior level.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, will address the convention on Friday


Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The jury is deliberating the case of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and leaving him at an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures.

The attorney for thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith said Thursday the government is misinterpreting her motives.

Prosecutors say she took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in, she put him inside a plastic tote and left him at an Iowa gas station.

Smith says Kayden's father asked her to take him because the parents were moving in with her soon.

Prosecutors say Smith was actually scheming to pass the boy off as her own.

Defense attorney Matthew Noel said Smith already has four children and a stepchild, so she'd have no need to steal a child.


Bucks sign free agent G Jerryd Bayless

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Bayless was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was traded to Portland prior to his rookie season.

General manager John Hammond announced the signing Thursday, and the team did not disclose terms.


Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra from D-backs

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers.

The Brewers added a left-handed bat and two-time Gold Glove winner Thursday ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline. The NL Central leaders are sending outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda to Arizona.

Parra was hitting .259, about 25 points lower than his career average, with six homers and 30 RBIs. The Brewers could use him in a platoon with righty bat Khris Davis, who is hitting just .232 against right-handers.

The 23-year-old Haniger was playing for Double-A Huntsville. He was Milwaukee's No. 3 prospect, according to Baseball America. He was hitting .255 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

Banda, 20, was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA for Class A Wisconsin.

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