Billings Says Having 2nd Convention Might Be Advantage For Dems
When the two major parties have their national conventions in presidential years, the party that's out of the White House gets to go first.
So, the Republicans got their head start in Tampa last week. But one local delegate to the Democratic convention, Jill Billings, says there may be an advantage to going second. The La Crosse state rep says her party could address issues the GOP didn't say much about, such as the war in Afghanistan. Billings tells WIZM's La Crosse Talk that the Democrats will push a message this fall that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can do well.
AARP Takes a Bus to La Crosse Stop
Giving your input on the future of Social Security and Medicare easily done today in La Crosse. AARP has one of the organization's two "You've Earned a Say" buses at Valley View Mall from 10 until 2, providing information about the programs and taking input. Which, says Wisconsin AARP's president Pat Killeen, shouldn't be hard to get out of people
Killeen says the group is trying to get as much input as possible as a way to potentially shape the platforms of candidates for office this election season.
Bike and Ped Plan Presented
People who do a lot of biking and walking in La Crosse probably have a wish list of things that would make it easier and safer to get around. Some of those things might be in the plan getting presented at the Radisson tonight. The city's bike and pedestrian is in its final form and Tim Keneipp, on the committee that developed the plan, says it's a start towards fulfilling wishes
The city council would have to approve the bike and pedestrian plan which contains, among other things, lots of new paved trails and bike lanes. Presentation is between 6 and 8 tonight in the Radisson ballroom.
Alternate Side Parking Exemption Showing Signs of Life
Despite recommendations against it, a city council committee has agreed to keeping an alternate side parking exemption in place around UW La Crosse. Among those who urged the council to ditch the exemption program has been interim police chief Rob Abraham. He's got plenty of reasons. Safety's a big one
Critics say the wintertime exemption doesn't work because people in the area never get around to moving their cars when notified to do so. The full city council will vote on the exemption next week.
United Way Goes For Another 2 Million Goal
Here's a sure sign of fall...another United Way campaign has begun in La Crosse.