Barrett Says Walker Likes The National Attention, Ignores State
The challenger in the recall race for governor of Wisconsin has his focus on the Badger State...not on a national stage.
Democrat Tom Barrett tells reporters in La Crosse that he has tried to concentrate on statewide issues in his second run against Scott Walker. The mayor of Milwaukee believes Governor Walker has been too eager to make the recall race a preview of the presidential election.
La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind drove Barrett up to Jules' Coffee House on Pearl Street for a local appearance this morning.
City Putting Final Touches on Garbage Rules
Final touches coming today on the latest version of new garbage regulations for the city of La Crosse. City public works director Dale Hexom says the last bits of work have to do with dealing with scavengers. Especially the ones that go after old TV's. Breaking them. Leaving a mess. Hexom says the new rules will assign responsibility for that mess
The city council has been trying to pass updated garbage rules for months. Landlords have, until now, been able to block a vote on new rules. The city's board of public works votes on the final ordinance today.
Where Are The Senate Recalls
So what about the senate recall elections tomorrow. They seem to be buried behind the Governor's recall election. UW-L Political Scientist, Joe Heim, says don't expect any democratic shockers to take place as the republicans all seem to be favorored tomorrow.
New polls last week showed Republicans with healthy leads in three of the four state Senate recall fights.
Driver Following Cop Too Close Gets 4th OWI
A La Crosse guy might have avoided his fourth drunk driving charge this week-end. But tailgating a squad car on fourth street probably didn't help him. Cops say 48 year-old Kenneth Pederson not only tailgated the cop on Sunday afternoon but then sped up to pass around the squad. Pederson, who blew a .18, says he was just in a hurry to get groceries and go home.
Promise Future Center Staffing
So after the announcment last week that La Crosse Promise Future Centers will open in August in area La Crosse School District schools........the question now is who will staff these centers and the La Crosse Promise.
Jerry Kember, former superintendent of La Crosse Public Schools, has been serving as Interim Director of La Crosse Promise and has been a driving force behind the organization since its inception. In December of last year, after two years of extensive study and discussions with diverse groups throughout the region, La Crosse Promise decided to go forward with plans to open Future Centers this fall if they could raise $250 thousand for each of the next 3 years. And they did.