A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.
April 1st of 1988 was Good Friday, and the Friday before the Wisconsin Presidential Primary. There was a buzz around the community about Democrat Jesse Jackson coming to speak at the Heileman hanger at the La Crosse airport late that night. About 200 people showed up to hear Jackson criticize plans to send more U.S. troops to Panama. He also wanted Attorney General Ed Meese to resign, and asked supporters to "Come Alive April Five," the day of the primary. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts won the Wisconsin Democratic primary. Vice President George Bush won 82 per cent of the Republican primary vote. Bob Dole dropped out of the GOP race, the same week that he campaigned at Heileman Hall in La Crosse. Illinois Senator Paul Simon also went to the brewery, and Senator Al Gore spoke at UW-L.
Another Jackson had a hit song on the radio that April. Michael Jackson was number 1 on the charts on April Fool's Day with "Man in the Mirror." And no joke...Jackson's song followed Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" in the #1 spot, 29 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.
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In the two weeks leading up to the 2016 Wisconsin primary, most of the leading contenders for president campaigned in La Crosse County. There were three Republicans and two Democrats left in the race at that point. Ohio Governor John Kasich was first to the area on Monday, March 28th, campaigning at River Steel in West Salem. Republican Kasich was helped at that rally by former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Tuesday was Hillary Clinton's day in La Crosse. Mrs. Clinton spoke at Western Technical College, but got more attention in social media by pouring herself a beer at La Crosse's Pearl Street Brewery. Hillary's remaining Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, drew a crowd to the Omni Center in Onalaska that Wednesday night.
On the day before the primary, Republican Donald Trump rallied supporters during a Monday morning speech inside the La Crosse Center. Trump would return to La Crosse later in the year as the Republican nominee. After losing Wisconsin to Trump in November, Mrs. Clinton was chided for not coming back to the Badger State during the fall campaign. Ted Cruz did not get to La Crosse before the primary, but sent Utah Senator Mike Lee to represent him at an event on French Island. Trump and Sanders took La Crosse County in the primary voting one year ago, 2016...Yesterday in La Crosse.
The County Board set aside $20,000 for voter information.