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Governor Doyle doesn't have to look far for his new commerce secretary. Yesterday, the governor appointed Aaron Oliver to the job. Oliver has been serving as deputy secretary under Richard Leinenkugel. Recently, Leinenkugel stepped down to run for the U.S. senate. Oliver got most of his higher education at UW-Madison. But, he also was a Rhodes Scholar after going to school at Oxford University. Oliver officially starts his new job on Monday.
Some work to do at the La Crosse Queen at La Crosse's riverside Park today. The floating ticket booth and gift shop at the Queen sunk overnight. Senior V-P of operations for the tour boat, Bill Fieck was on the scene this morning. He wasn't sure how the ticket booth sun. Could have been a floating log that hit the barge. Maybe vandalism. Lifting it out of the water will probably tell the tale today.
La Crosse Queen is close to starting operations for the season. Fieck says dunking of the ticket office and gift booth won't affect that.
The car rescued from the water earlier this month at Pettibone Park by the Dive and Rescue Team? Pushed in, apparently. La Crosse cops say they've busted 48 year-old James Kennedy for pushing his buddies 2007 Malibu into the drink at Pettibone on April 5th. Apparently Kennedy was mad at his friend for an assortment of things. Had a set a keys to the car. His landlord told him he had to move it. So he did. Cops say he just put it into neutral near the Pettibone lagoon and gave it a shove. They recovered the car 18 feet under water about 25 feet away from the shore.
This is not, apparently, further proof of Republicans commingling with Tea Party activists. Wisconsin director for Americans for Prosperity Mark Block says Tommy Thompson is speaking at a tax day Tea party event today in Madison because the former governor just appreciates a good grassroots movement. Block says he hopes Thompson tells those attending that they're making a difference with their activism. He's also expected to say whether he's running for senate this year.
It was a year ago today that the Tea Party launched with Tax day rallies.
Still waiting to see if a group of strippers will have to pay fines in Vernon county.
Nine women were busted in December for some apparently naked wiggle at Gunners Bar in De Soto. But the arrests came under a bogus ordinance, according to Todd Schraeder, an attorney who's representing seven of the wome. He says, generally, the Vernon county rule tries to restrict constitutionally protected expression.
But Schraeder also says the ordinance is overly broad; perhaps even reaching into homes to restrict erotic dancing or even videos of erotic dancing. He's filed briefs outlining those and other arguments with the circuit court in Vernon county.