Minnesota Talks Voter ID
(AP) Former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson are offering themselves as the public face of a fight against a Minnesota constitutional amendment requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls. The pair was introduced today as two of four co-chairs of the Our Vote Our Future coalition's campaign against the ballot measure. Voters will decide in November whether to make government-issued photo identification essential to election participation. The advisory committee is decidedly heavy with former Democratic officeholders. But Carlson says he thinks moderate Republicans will turn against the proposed amendment when they delve into uncertainties over implementation costs and logistics. Mondale told a news conference that he believes the requirement is intended to discourage voting. Supporters argue it's a guard against voter fraud.
Health Care Ruling Being Watched In Wisconsin
(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling expected Thursday in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is unlikely to result in any swift reaction in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker put a stop to implementing health insurance exchanges in January, saying he wanted to wait until after the Supreme Court ruled. Earlier this month Walker went even farther, saying even if the law is upheld he will not do anything until after the elections, hoping that the next president and Congress will repeal it. Republican state lawmakers say they are on board with that approach, even as Democrats and health care advocates say the state needs to move forward with consumer protections and other provisions in the federal law.
Click It Or Ticket Works REAL Well
During a recent Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Click It or Ticket mobilization event, 6 people were handed tickets for not wearing their seatbelts, the primary function of the mobilization. But what others were nailed for really made the event worthwhile. Deputies handed out 39 speeding violations, made 6 drunken driving and 2 drug arrests, made 3 felony arrests and locked up 3 others for warrants. Sheriff, Pete Quirin, said that the goal during Click It or Ticket and for the rest of year is not to write more tickets but to convince drivers and passengers to buckle up every trip, every time.
Bloedorn to Resign From Council
A city council member in La Crosse is resigning. Jim Bloedorn says he'll leave the council by next Tuesday. In his resignation letter to the mayor dated Monday, Bloedorn says he bought a house elsewhere in the district and plans to be moved in by next week. Bloedorn has served on the council for several years and has been a strong opponent to what he has often called the overuse of TIF district financing in La Crosse. Bloedorn has also been a strong ally of mayor Harter and has typically been one of the few voting to sustain Harter's numerous vetos.
Koula Jury Begins Deliberations
Jurors in the Eric Koula trial received the case at about 4 p.m. on Monday, and have retired for the night. They had spent most of the day listening to closing arguments from DA Tim Gruenke and chief defense attorney James Koby. Koula is charged with killing his parents and forging a check from his father's bank account.