Walker And Falk Both Meet Voters In Lax Over Weekend
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.
Exit 3 Plans Appear Stuck in Plan Stage
It seemed like almost every comment from the public in La Crosse about moving an interstate exit was a bad comment. Enough to push exit 3 alternative plans right to the brink of the trash can. A city council committee has recommended against approving funding for a study that would have to come before exit 3 construction plans could be put into place. City council president Audrey Kader says she can understand why so many have been opposed to the plans
Rerouting highways 35 and 53 under the plan would displace dozens of homes and businesses.
Meet A Gubernatorial Candidate; Trivedi
Dr. Hari Trevedi is running for Governor in Wisconsin and is not running as a democrat or republican. At a forum last night, the physician and professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, explained why he is running as an Independent.
Trivedi places himself in the middle of the political spectrum and while he's never held elected office, he insists voters should take his candidacy seriously.
TIF Policy Spurned by Council Committee
A new La Crosse city policy that would end cash grants to businesses in TIF districts appears to have stalled for now. A city council committee has rejected a new TIF policy put forward by mayor Matt Harter in response to a proposal from Kwik Trip to expand at their headquarters. In that complicated deal, Kwik Trip stands to get cash back through TIF financing. Harter wants something in place that restricts that. The new policy would do that as well as eliminate job incentives for businesses through TIFs and standardize who receives TIF financing and why. The council committee expressed concern that the new policy simply was not ready.
Meet A Lt. Governor Candidate; Robins
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