Kapanke Brought In Second Highest Amount Of Dough In Recall
Over $8 million dollars was raised last year by the 22 Wisconsin legislators who were involved in recalls and special elections. And another $4 million was brought in by party raising committees. That brought the total to over 12 million dollars collected by the candidates and their direct supporters. Recall candidates were allowed to raise unlimited funds before their elections were scheduled. La Crosse Republican Dan Kapanke brought in the 2nd highest amount....$1.1 million. He was behind Alberta Darling who tallied $1.3 million. Kapanke was one of only two senators recalled last year. The Senate Democratic Committee brought in the third highest amount, at just over $1 million dollars. Also, legislators who were not targeted last year raised at least some money for their campaigns this fall. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said they brought in a total of around $2 million dollars.
Places to Agree on For Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota
Minnesota republican lawmakers and governor Dayton haven't exactly been chummy in the last year or so. But Preston state rep Greg Davids says relationships may thaw a little. The republican chair of the house tax committee in Saint Paul says he's pleasantly surprised with much of what he heard from the governor in last week's state of the state address. Davids says, even the democrat's tone was more positive
Davids says he jotted down several positive notes about issues he'd be willing to work with the governor on. Like one of Dayton's top priorities, a new Vikings stadium.
Does The Region Need Another Amtrak Stop!
Gas prices are expected to hit between $4 and $5 a gallon this summer in some areas......another reason the Empire Builder Amtrak train should have a second daily route. That is currently being studied. Jim Hill of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation.
Hill adds that more frequent service would make trains more convenient for short trips between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities, or from either metro area to a destination such as Wisconsin Dells. A feasibility study will estimate costs, benefits and ridership of expanded Chicago to Twin Cities service.
Iconic Bar in La Crosse Prepares for Grand Opening
Group to Launch Effort in Favor of La Crosse Administrator
Local tea party activists have pitted themselves against the plan for a city administrator in La Crosse for months. Now proponents will take the other side. The Administrator Yes! campaign launches Tuesday morning in city hall. La Crosse voters will face a binding referendum in April on whether to add a city administrator. Those supporting the change say it will lead to cost-cutting efficiencies in city government. Critics say it will just mean more government.