Madison Radio Reporter Barred From Sen. Johnson Event
Senator Ron Johnson got some news coverage for the Romney campaign at an event in Madison yesterday...attended by almost all of the Madison media outlets.
WTDY Radio reporter Dylan Brogan says he was kept out of the Monona Terrace event by Romney staffers. He says a Wisconsin representative of the Romney campaign specifically barred him, claiming 'guilt by association,' because WTDY talk host Sly in the Morning organized an anti-Johnson protest last month.
Brogan says police escorted him from the building. The protest by Sly, involving the display of Chinese flags, happened last month in Janesville at a campaign event featuring Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Bridge Over Rail Yard Getting Closer to Construction Date
Getting from here to there by bike on the northside of La Crosse could become much easier in a couple years. A project that's been on the drawing board for more than a decade for a bike and pedestrian bridge to cross the BNSF rail yard on the northside is heading for a start date. Planning for the bridge began at least a dozen years ago but ran into opposition from the rail company and then a complete redesign when BNSF decided it needed room to expand in the future. Now, that redesign is done. Funding's approved. And city engineer Randy Turtenwald expects to break ground on the 4.3 million dollar bridge next year.
City Holding Off on Implementing Sewage Rate Hikes
The latest from city hall in La Crosse: not taking your money. At least not yet. The city appears headed to a second year of holding off on a planned sewer rate increase. No need for the money, says water utility manager Mark Johnson, since he has money to work on current projects
The city has two planned sewage rate increases left in a three year plan.
City Hall Duo Remain on Paid Leave
After more than two months, the investigation of two high-ranking city hall employees in La Crosse has yet to be wrapped up. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator, Lianna Kisken were escorted from city hall at the end of May and have remained on administrative leave since. The city's human resources department confirms for us this week that the two are still being investigated but hasn't said for what. Both continue to draw about six thousand dollars a month in salary while on leave.
League Slams Van Hollens Move
The League of Women Voters takes issue with the state attorney general’s effort to restore the voter ID law in time for the November elections. League Director, Andrea Kaminski, says their campign will continue.
Kaminski said Van Hollen is simply trying to restore an unconstitutional law which will make it extremely difficult or impossible for many qualified Wisconsin citizens to vote. Van Hollen has said the appellate courts are acting too slowly.