City Clerk Says Voter Turnout A Tricky One To Predict
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting voter turnout of 20 percent for the Spring Election tomorrow. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lacrosse City Clerk Terri Lehrke says this election is a hard one to predict.....so extra ballots have been brought in.
Voters statewide will be electing a Supreme Court justice. Locally, they will be electing circuit court judges as well as town, village, city, county and school board officials. Voters will also have special partisan primary elections for the May 3rd Special Election, in which vacant seats will be filled in Assembly Districts 94.
Lehrke says a 30 percent turnout is her gut feeling but ordered enough ballots to cover a 43 percent turnout.
Will Shilling Run For Senate?
Wisconsin Democrats took 21,700 signatures to Madison on Friday.......if 15,600 are validated, they will have taken the next step to recall Senator Dan Kapanke. Kapanke is one of eight Republican state senators they're seeking to oust for backing the governor's divisive union rights law.
So if a recall election is called for, who would run against him? Possibly State Representative Jennifer Shilling? Since you know...she has been asked before.
Shilling says 20 thousand people signing the petitions shows that people want new leadership....but until the signatures are verified, she says no go..........for now.
Friday's filing is the first among efforts to recall eight Republican and eight Democratic senators over their support or opposition to Republican Governor Scott Walker's law that would strip most public workers of collective bargaining rights.
Fire Damages Restaurant
A restaurant fire at Crossing Meadows...
Firemen were called out to El Charro Mexican restaurant, just before 3:30 this morning. They were still on the scene a couple of hours later. No word on the cause, or the extent of damage.
Test Your Private Wells This Week
La Crosse County Health Laboratory is encouraging all private well owners to test their drinking water for coliform bacteria and nitrate during National Public Health Week, April 4 to April 8. The two tests can be obtained for $24 during this week. The regular fee is $47.
Coliform bacteria are an indicator of contamination and should not be present in drinking water. Their presence indicates disease causing bacteria, viruses and parasites may have contaminated the well. Nitrate is a chemical found in fertilizers, manure and discharges from septic tanks and is responsible for “blue baby syndrome,” a serious health condition-affecting infants. Nitrate has also been linked to birth defects, miscarriages and cancer.
Contact La Crosse County Health Laboratory at 608-785-9733 for more information about water testing. Water sample kits can be picked up at the Health Department weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
Recall Petitions Head To Madison
People working on the recall of state Senator Dan Kapanke have gathered enough signatures to force a recall election.
And they did it in just half the time allotted for gathering signatures -- a performance that attests to the energy of some of the recall efforts going on throughout the state. After they are delivered today, the recall organizers have collected them in just half the time they were allotted. Organizers registered the recall effort on March 2nd, and had until May 2nd to collect the signatures.
Lacrosse County Human Services Social Worker, Rochelle Zimmerman led a noon rally of recall supporters.
After the signatures are delivered, the GAB will have 31 days to validate them. In the first 10 days, Kapanke can challenge any of the signatures on the petitions. If the petitions are found sufficient to call an election, one could be scheduled for the Tuesday of the sixth week after they're found sufficient -- which could come as early as June 7th. Just two Wisconsin lawmakers have ever lost recall elections -- Senator Gary George in 2003 and Senator George Petak in 1996.