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In the space of two hours on Saturday, you could have seen both Wisconsin's governor and one of his main Democratic challengers campaigning in La Crosse, ahead of Tuesday's recall primary.
Democrat Kathleen Falk was first in town, speaking at the Cowley Science Hall on the U-W-L campus. About an hour later, Governor Scott Walker greeted volunteers at the Republican party office on the Causeway. Falk believes a coalition of many groups will give her an edge in the Democratic voting on Tuesday. Falk says the state would be better off if Walker were to spend less time traveling outside Wisconsin, raising money to offset the massive fund-raising he says Democrats are doing against him.
Walker says he's picking up support from voters in both parties, for standing up for what he believes.
Democrats criticize Walker for traveling out-of-state to raise millions of dollars. Walker says he has to go to other states, to balance the money he says is being raised out-of-state to defeat him.
(AP) Outdoor retailer Cabela's will open on a store on property owned by the Green Bay Packers. Packers CEO Mark Murphy said Friday Cabela's will build a store near the intersection of Highway 41 and Lombardi Ave. in Ashwaubenon. The Packers organization has been trying to develop the property for a couple of years. But, part of the property is a wetland. The Legislature last year changed the law allowing the site to be developed. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and Cabela's plans to open the store in the summer of 2013. It's Cabela's third store in Wisconsin. It also has stores in Prairie du Chien and Richfield. The company also operates a distribution center in Prairie du Chien. Cabela's is headquartered in Sidney, Neb.
(AP) The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest. The DEA's St. Louis office said Friday that the six states covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for disposal. The St. Louis DEA says it collected 21,232 pounds of drugs in Missouri, 8,753 pounds in Kansas, 5,422 pounds in Nebraska, 5,365 pounds in Iowa, 1,490 pounds in South Dakota and 4,424 pounds in southern Illinois. Another DEA office is responsible for the rest of Illinois.
(AP) Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-crafted tax plan that contained breaks for businesses but would have taken money from the state's rainy day reserves. The Republican-led Legislature sent Dayton the bill Thursday night and he had a few days to mull it over, but the Democratic governor struck it down Friday morning. The bill casts a shadow over an impending vote on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan because some lawmakers suggested they would look more favorably on the stadium package if Dayton signed the tax plan. Republicans who crafted the bill have argued that freezing a statewide property tax levy on businesses and relaxing some company sales tax rules would motivate new hiring. Dayton and Democrats complained that it would blow a bigger hole in the state budget.
Ira Robins says he has a plan to put a halt to candidates in the state accepting campaign money from special interest groups. The Democratic Lt. Governor candidate says it's easy.
At a forum last night in Sparta, Robins says his independence makes him
the best candidate for lieutenant governor, especially since he has a
plan, investigative experience, and proven courage required to stop the negative
effects of special interest money on our elected officials. Robins is best known
for his investigation into the wrongful murder conviction of Laurie Bambi