Five Years Before You Retire, Boys And Men Of Color Week, This Week In Wisconsin

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In September President Obama called on communities around the country to take the “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge” to tackle the difficulties facing minority boys. Milwaukee is responding with the nation’s first ever “Boys and Men of Color Week,” and we speak with the coordinator. Then we roundup the week in state news and get advice on what to do when you are five years away from retirement.

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  • Weekly News Roundup: Marquette Poll Shows Walker Up 7 Points


    Photo: MTEA (CC-BY-NC)/Shawn Johnson.

    Latest Marquette Poll Shows Walker Ahead By Seven Points

    The latest Marquette University Law School poll released on Wednesday has Gov. Scott Walker leading Democrat Mary Burke 50 to 43 percent.

    The 7-point margin represents a change from the last poll, in which Walker and Burke were neck-and-neck — a shift linked to projected voter turnout and movement among independent voters.

    Among registered voters, the poll shows the governor leading by only 1 point.


    Images courtesy of WPT.

    Attorney General Race Still Close

    The attorney general race between Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ remains very close, with Schimel leading Happ 43 to 39 percent, according to Wednesday’s Marquette University Law School poll.

    Among likely voters, the two are tied at 40 percent, with 14 percent still undecided. Many voters still don’t seem to know enough about either candidate to form an opinion.


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    Early Voting Ends: A Look At The Numbers

    Friday marked the final day of in-person absentee voting, also known as early voting, in Wisconsin.

    As of that morning, 240,308 absentee ballots had been cast. Of those, just over 173,000 were cast in a clerk’s office while just under 67,000 were sent in by mail.

    While these are preliminary numbers, they currently exceed those of the 2012 recall election. The Government Accountability Board expects around 2.5 million people to eventually cast ballots in the midterm elections.


    Photo: Carol Mitchell (CC-BY-NC-SA)

    DNR Orders Review Of Frac Sand Petition

    A group of western Wisconsin residents and an environmental group submitted a petition to the Natural Resources Board this week asking it to direct the state Department of Natural Resources to submit a full environmental report of the impacts of the frac sand industry.

    Board Chairman Preston Cole has directed the DNR to review the petition and report back to the board with its recommendations.

  • The 5 Years Before You Retire

    As retirement approaches, planning gets more important than ever. A finance writer shares tips on making the most of the five-year countdown to retiring.

  • Milwaukee Answers President Obama's Call To Tackle Challenges Facing Minority Boys

    Milwaukee ranks among the worst in the nation for unemployment, health disparities, incarceration rates, and educational outcomes for minority males. In September, President Obama called on communities around the country to embrace the “My Brother’s Keeper” challenge to improve the life outcomes of minority males. Milwaukee is responding with the nation’s first ever “Boys and Men of Color Week.” The week is dedicated to bringing diverse organizations together to help tackle challenges facing the community.

  • State News Round-Up For October 31st, 2014

    WPR’s assistant news director joins us to talk about what’s making news in Wisconsin this week, including results from the latest Marquette poll on the race for governor.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Marika Suval Producer
  • Galen Druke Producer
  • Noah Ovshinsky Guest
  • Emily Guy Birken Guest
  • Jeffery Roman Guest