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Compared to the rest of the nation, people in Wisconsin are pretty miserly when it comes to credit card spending. A new report finds that Wisconsin has the lowest average credit card debt in the nation. At just over five thousand per credit card holder, Wisconsin is significantly lower than the highest credit card debtor state, Alaska, which boasts an average credit card debt of nearly eight thousand dollars. Credit card debt nationwide has dropped eleven percent in the last year and average debt loads decreased in every state.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A state Veterans Affairs Board member has resigned. Marv Freedman wrote in a letter Tuesday to Republican Gov. Scott Walker that he was upset with a bill Walker signed in July that stripped the board of its power to appoint the state Department of Veterans Affairs secretary. Freedman also criticized Walker's decision to re-hire former Secretary John Scocos to the post in August. The board fired Scocos in 2009, blaming him for financial problems and miscommunications at the agency. Former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Freedman to the board in 2004. Walker's spokesman called Freedman's letter a political ploy and says the governor looks forward to appointing a new board member.
Another board member Doyle appointed, Peter Moran, quit this past summer.
Among those reportedly interested in running for Governor on the Democratic side are Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind, former Congressman Dave Obey, state Senate Democrats Jon Erpenbach and Tim Cullen , and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. How does UW-Political Professor Joe Heim feel about that field of names that would run against Governor Scott Walker in a recall election?
He says a very interesting choice would be moderate democrat, Ron Kind. State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate says it might be March before a field is set.
Three guys face charges for a fifth OWI in La Crosse county court today. 49 year-old Robert White from West Salem and La Crosse guys, 48 year-old Richard Stach and 29 year-old Jon Storandt all got busted this week-end driving drunk for the fifth time. They say Storandt hit it hard before getting behind the wheel. La Crosse cops stopped him speeding at bartime on Sunday on Copeland Avenue. Stumbling drunk, they say. Blew a .25 at the scene couldn't remember where he lived.
A Viterbo student probably picked the wrong butt to slap this week-end. Cops say 22 year-old Andrew Kiel gave one of the La Crosse PD's female officers a whack on the backside with his hand. Trying to be jovial, apparently, while getting liquored up in a bar early in the morning. "Good job," he told the cop. Not sure if he felt the same after she cuffed him and hauled him to lockup. Now Kiel faces a charge of fourth degree sexual assault.