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State Senator Joe Leibham to not seek recount for last week's election

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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Prison guard considers lawsuit over pay dispute

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A state prison guard from central Wisconsin says he's thinking about filing a lawsuit in a pay dispute. The head of the state Equal Rights agency has reversed an earlier ruling, and said Red-granite prison officer Paul Mertz should not be paid for the time he checks in at a daily roll call and walks to his guard station before work. State officials cut off that pay in 2012 -- and equal rights' officer Jeffrey Glick ruled in July that his bosses acted wrongly. Last month Equal Rights Bureau manager Jim Chiolino reversed the ruling, and put the wage cut-off back in place.

After the original decision, officers at 10 other state prisons filed suit seeking back pay for what they lost -- and they're trying to make it a class action suit that demands millions in back pay they lost over two years for the reporting time.

Mertz lost 35 minutes a week due to the prison policy change, which was allowed under the Act-10 law which ended collective bargaining for most state-and-local public employee unions. The attorney for the other officers, Timothy Scheffler, said the ruling against Mertz should not affect the outcome of the larger suit -- which could end up benefiting t3,000 correctional officers. The state has not commented.