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Thanks to a loophole in Wisconsin elections law, Governor Scott Walker can raise unlimited amounts of money to defend himself in a recall election........the typical limit for gubernatorial races is $10 thousand. Walker raised $5.1 million dollars between July 1st and December 10th. A major advantage in his recall election?
UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim. Out of state donors accounted for almost half of the money raised so far by Walker, according to campaign finance records.
A vote expected this week in Madison on a pro-business mining bill that could have far-reaching impacts throughout the state of Wisconsin. The bill is meant to help locate an iron ore mine locate in northern Wisconsin. Maybe. Kind of hard to say from the minority democrat side of the aisle, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle
Critics worry that the mining bill could restrict public input on any new mine in the state.
There might be several referendum questions facing La Crosse voters when they go to the polls in April. Depends on whether the city council overrides mayor Matt Harter's vetoes of three advisory measures. One referendum for sure; a binding one on whether the city should have a city administrator. The council votes next month on cutting the mayor's salary in half if that gets approved. Harter says he'd rather not comment on the salary issue
Advisory referendum questions vetoed by the mayor involve billboards and city council size.
A Missouri man is in the Monroe County jail after keeping police at bay for 7 hours Sunday morning at a Tomah Motel. 22 year old Kenneth Roark was reportedly in the Super 8 Motel around 2:30am, intoxicated and had a hand gun. After officers confonted him in a hallway......he ran off back into his room.
Several police agencies set up a perimeter around the motel......cleared out 15 rooms on the first floor.....and in the end, flushed him out of the room using chemical agents. Tomah Police Cheif Wes Revels told WIZM's Dan Deicher that the people staying in the rooms that were cleared out were performing work at a local sand mine with Roark.
Roark is being held on suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. He will make a court appearance Monday morning.
2 A's and 2 F's..........that's what you will find in the latest Wisconsin tobacco report card published by the American Lung Association. One reason there are a couple of F's........funding cuts for tobacco programs....are at 75% this year.
Judi Zabel, Co-coordinator for the 7 C’s Health Initiative in the La Crosse area says the enormity of the challenge facing them requires combined resources at both the state and federal levels. Something she's crossing her fingers for real soon.