July 3 – 10

Wisconsin now has a primary enforcement seat belt law. Police can now pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt. Previously, police could issue a citation to drivers not wearing their seat belt, but only if they pulled a driver over for another offense. Wisconsin will receive a one-time federal grant of $15 million for enacting the law. State seat belt usage is 74 percent, below the national average of 83 percent, and ranks 44th in country.

Former Congressman Mark Neumann announced that he will run for Governor as a Republican in 2010. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) already announced his candidacy. Governor Jim Doyle has not yet announced whether he will run or not.

Neumann ran against Russ Feingold (D) for the U.S. Senate in 1998. He represented Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District from 1995 – 1999, and now owns a homebuilding company and is co-chairman of Educational Enterprises.

The Village of Sister Bay added new basketball hoops to the Sports Complex on Fieldcrest Road. The hoops are located on the new concrete poured last fall for the ice skating rink.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker stopped in Door County with 50 co-riders on his annual Harley tour of the state to drum up interest in Milwaukee attractions like the Milwaukee County Zoo, Miller Park, and the Harley-Davidson Museum.