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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.