Voter ID In Court
(AP) An attorney challenging Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls calls that an ``onerous and unreasonable burden'' during opening statements. A trial began Monday in the lawsuit challenging the law brought by the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants' rights group. NAACP attorney Richard Saks says testimony will show there are hundreds of thousands of voters who don't have the required ID necessary to vote. But Assistant Attorney General Carrie Benedon says the number is far less and the burden placed on voters isn't nearly as large or widespread as alleged. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect pending the trial.
Property Taxes Drop Last Year
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker's administration says property taxes dropped slightly last year. The administration issued a statement Monday morning saying taxes on a median value home dipped 0.4 percent, the first time in 12 years they've decreased. The statement credited the governor's move to strip public workers of their union rights. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau had estimated last year that property taxes on a median value home would increase by nearly a full percentage point in 2011. The governor's statement didn't offer any evidence backing up the numbers. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said he expected a memo from the state budget office later Monday that would detail the decrease. Democrats angry over the union changes have forced Walker and five other Republicans into recall elections later this spring.
Cops Capture Videoed Window Basher
Didn't take long for La Crosse police to solve a broken window mystery downtown. Last week, police posted a video from a phone on the department's facebook page of a drunken guy walking away from where he punched out a big window in the Doerflinger building. On Saturday, the building's owner called cops to let them know that Ryan Lucchesi called him to offer to pay for the window and clean-up. Later, Lucchesi told cops he was out celebrating his 21st birthday and simply made a mistake.
Maybe Reconsider Importance of Endorsements
In the end, all of those union endorsments might not do Kathleen Falk any good. The former Dane County executive proudly touts endorsements from basically all of the unions in her run for governor in the Wisconsin recall election. La Crosse county democratic party chair Vicki Burke says those early endorsements often simply amount to recommendations to union members and maybe shouldn't be taken as seriously as Falk sees them
Falk collected early endorsements from unions as soon as she entered the race for governor with promises to restore collective bargaining to public unions. That was months before Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett entered the race.
Minn. Lawmakers To Discuss Vikes Stadium
Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says state lawmakers need a new plan when trying to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Miller announced last week that he is sponsoring a bill enabling the state to partner with northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Nation to build a casino. As part of the deal, the tribe is willing to pay $400 million up front to fund the state’s share of the cost of a Vikings stadium. Lawmakers are back in sesion today.