When it comes to Wisconsin’s election for attorney general, the No. 1 issue seems to be the state’s backlog of 4,200 untested rape kits.

   Incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel, who spoke last week for 45 minutes at Ripon’s Little White Scholhouse, points out that he kept his word in cleaning up that backlog.

   Schimel told the five College Republican members from Ripon College and three Green Lake County Republicans that he kept his campaign promise from four years ago by having the kits tested.

   His challenger, Josh Kaul — son of former Fond du Lac resident and attorney general Peg Lautenschlager — contends Schimel was too slow to make good on his promise.

   The more than 4,000 sexual-assault kits dating back to the 1980s had sat dormant on police department and hospital shelves.

   Read the full story in the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.