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a.MKE THE List: GAB Counts More Than 900,000 Valid Signatures & Parking Fills up at Mitchell: Today’s Top Stories

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With Wisconsin’s Republican Presidential Primary right around the corner, GOP candidates are busy campaigning throughout the state. Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden came to Milwaukee on behalf of President Obama for a fundraiser at the Italian Conference Center. Despite scaling back his campaign, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke at a rally at Marquette University last night. U.S. Rep Ron Paul hosted a town hall meeting in Madison yesterday. And tomorrow, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will be speaking at the Wisconsin Faith and Freedom Coalition in Waukesha.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is joining the Mega Match-a-thon National Shelter for its 24-hour pet adoption event, which starts Saturday March 31stthrough the following day. The humane society’s goal is to find homes for at least 150 animals during that 24-hour time period. Wisconsin’s Humane Society will be one of 55 animal rescue organizations receiving grant funding to participate. 

Well, after weeks of checking signatures, the Government Accountability Board counted more than 900,000 valid signatures, which will force recall elections for both Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Organizers turned in nearly one million signatures for each incumbent back in January and since then, the GAB has been checking them. Moving forward, the GAB will discuss elections in a meeting this afternoon. Primaries are expected, and if that happens, election primaries will be held May 8th and the general elections will be held on June 5th.

If you plan on flying out of Mitchell International Airport anytime soon, it might be easier to get a ride there instead of driving yourself. With spring break here, business travelers flying in and out, and with Easter right around the corner, parking lots are filling up quick. As of Wednesday, the daily, surface and super saver parking lots were at 97% capacity. Off-site airport parking lots along Howell Avenue usually fill up during this time as well. Airport officials are encouraging travelers to get a ride from a friend, take a taxi, bus, or airport shuttle van.

Earlier this week, two separate appeals courts decided that legal challenges to the state’s new voter ID law should go straight to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and an immigrant rights group are behind one of the challenges, saying that the voter ID will disenfranchise certain voters who are less likely to have a photo id or the means to get one. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is behind the second suit. Those who support the voter ID law say it’s needed to prevent fraud at the poll. From here, a seven-member court must decide to take up the cases as requested by the appeals court.

Today kicks off the 2012 Women Leaders Conference… which is a day dedicated to inspiring education. The UWM School of Continuing Education will host the event at the Pfister Hotel from 8 this morning to 5 this afternoon. The conference celebrates accomplished women who have pioneered their fields for success. Topics include empowering women in business and in life, launching tomorrow’s leaders, reinventing yourself, negotiation skills, plus much more. Feminist Activist, writer, editor and lecturer Gloria Steinem will be this year’s keynote speaker.