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It takes more than a pretty smile and some snazzy clothes to become governor in Wisconsin. It took Scott Walker $11 million. That's how much the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says the Republican spent on his campaign to become governor. Over $37 million spent by all candidates and outside groups in the race. And that money, says the Democracy Campaign's Mike McCabe, came from less than one percent of the people in the state.
Also, the $37 million is just the documented amount from the race, says McCabe. He thinks there was likely much more than that spent on the governor's race.
The first lady in Washington tends to tackle pet projects. Michelle Obama's had it out for childhood obesity for the last year. La Crosse county nutritionist Linda Lee loves it. Loves that Ms. Obama got Wal-Mart to sell fruits and veggies at a lower price. Loves that she's working on restaurants to offer healthier choices. Though, Lee also thinks demand plays a key role in restaurant decision making. She says, if customers require healthy choices from restaurants and stores, they're likely to get them. So education about healthy eating is also key. Something the first lady can address, says Lee, while using her very high-profile bully pulpit.
It's not easy, getting up early several days a week to do morning radio...especially if you're in your 80's.
Roscoe Short of La Crosse has had a regular spot on the 'Lead Balloon Show' on WKTY Radio, for about 30 years. But Roscoe says it's time to give up those radio hours.
Roscoe announced his surprise retirement from the radio show today. He still tends bar once a week at the Vogue, the north-side tavern started by his family just after Prohibition.
The La Crosse Loggers probably don't want to be paying for lights that they're not using.
One of the reasons the team's looking for another ten year lease--at least--at Copeland Park. They won't have lights purchased for the city park paid off until then.
Loggers general manager Chris Goodell says they want ten years plus. He says the organization would love to be at Copeland much longer than that. Lease negotiations between the city and the team have been going on for months. Another meeting tonight. The team's original lease at Copeland expires after next year's season.
No need for a committee to fight poverty in La Crosse?
The city council votes on that one tonight. The mayor's recommended dumping the county's Task Force on Poverty. Ironically, poverty's increasing, says Kadie Brueggen from the low-income assistance group, Coulee Cap. And not just in La Crosse county, but in every county they serve, says Brueggen.
Brueggen says, as long as other groups will tackle the issues of poverty, dumping the task force isn't so bad. But she agrees doing so sends an odd message from city hall about priorities.