Sunday, April 21st


Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.(Photo: Jim Matthews / Green Bay Press Gazette)

MADISON - Former Gov. Scott Walker will lead fundraising for a Republican group focused on drawing maps for Congress and state legislatures.

As fundraising chairman for the National Republican Redistricting Trust, Walker will serve in some ways as a counterpoint to Eric Holder, the former attorney general under President Barack Obama who has been active in Wisconsin politics since last year. Holder oversees the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. 

Both groups say they want to ensure redistricting is fair after the 2020 census, but they're likely to differ on what qualifies as fair. 

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States can draw maps to tip elections in one party's favor. Republicans swept the 2010 elections in Wisconsin and many other states, allowing them to carve up maps in their favor.

Climate change will affect lake levels of Lake Michigan and lead to higher average temperatures over time.(Photo: Lauren Schoch)

The Great Lakes — already feeling the impacts of climate change — face more threats in the coming decades, ranging from increased flooding and higher temperatures to deteriorating water quality and fluctuating lake levels.

Scientists predict the impacts will affect the ecology of the lakes, stress water infrastructure systems and pose problems for recreation. The region is already warming faster than the rest of the country. 

A report released on Thursday, largely from scientists at Midwestern universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, highlight current and future impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes. 

It follows other studies, including the federal government’s national climate assessment released last fall, showing how global warming is already affecting the United States. 

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Don Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois, the lead author of the report, said the Great Lakes have faced significant impacts over the past 200 years.