Testing backlogged Wisconsin rape kits leads to 20 DNA matches, with thousands still to test


Attorney General Brad Schimel’s efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated 20 DNA hits during the last half of 2017, according to data the Wisconsin DOJ submitted to the federal government. Interestingly, efforts are underway to speed up testing as Gov. Scott Walker and AG Schimel face re-election in November. > AP News

Two Wisconsin communities win US DOJ grants to improve their domestic violence response

Two Wisconsin communities have been awarded nearly half a million dollars each from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve response to sexual assault and domestic violence crimes. The U.S. DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women awarded more than $30 million to 50 applicants nationwide, including the city of Superior and Sauk County.

> Wisconsin Public Radio

Rep. Gwen Moore asks what steps will be taken to protect teenage pages from Roy Moore if he’s elected

Rep. Gwen Moore

In a letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms, Rep. Gwen Moore warned that if elected to the Senate, Roy Moore could pose danger to the high school students who participate in the Senate page program. She asked what preventative steps would be taken to protect pages from predatory conduct of Senators and Senate staff.” > Talking Points Memo

In TV interview, Zepnick says he believes his accusers but shouldn’t lose his job


In an interview this week, Zepnick said he doesn’t recall the incidents of kissing two women without their consent, but said he believes both women’s stories. Both incidents occurred while he was actively drinking, but he said he is not placing the blame on his alcoholism. > Cap Times

Zepnick on sexual misconduct accusations: ‘It happened’


The Democratic state lawmaker accused of kissing two women against their wishes is admitting for the first time that he did what they alleged. Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) said in a Wednesday interview that, “It happened and I regret it and it wasn’t intended to cause anybody any harm.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Schimel says he doesn’t know whether to believe Roy Moore accusers


Attorney General Brad Schimel has broken with other top Republicans from Wisconsin when it comes to Roy Moore. Gov. Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan have said they believe Moore’s accusers and want him to drop out of the Senate race, but Schimel says he doesn’t know enough about the allegations to say whether they’re true. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel