Wisconsin dairy farmers keep close eye on immigration reform

Wisconsin farmers are keeping a close eye on the immigration reform debate in Washington, D.C.

John Pagel, owner of a 4,500-cow dairy farm in Kewaunee, has 140 workers. About half are not U.S. citizens.

The dairy industry is unique because of the year-round nature of the business. Cows are milked year-round, but some visas only allow foreign workers to stay in this country for months at a time.

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Catholic vote often determines election outcomes

When the state with the 11th highest number of Catholic residents in the country happens to be a presidential battleground, it’s sure thing that followers of the faith will play a key role in deciding the next president.

Roman Catholics make up more than 25 percent of Wisconsin’s population, or 1.5 million people, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies’ 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study.

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