Miller Gets First Opponent For Senate Race
Minnesota State senators serve four year terms, but all state legislators will stand for election in 2012 because of redistricting. One of those is Jeremy Miller of Winona. He was elected to the 31st senate seat in 2010.....and he has his first opponent, real estate agent, Jack Krage. Miller tells WIZM news his focus is not on reelection. So what is your focus?
The Republican Miller narrowly beat DFL'er Sharon Erickson Ropes in 2010 for
Minnesota Egg Producer Under Fire Again
Sparboe Farms, the egg producer featured in a recent WIZM News report, has been accused of false advertising by the animal rights group that captured video of alleged animal abuse at the company's factory style egg farms. One, located in Minnesota. Sparboe Farms Owner and President, Beth Sparboe Schnell.
Mercy for Animals has filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission,
asking the agency to investigate allegedly false claims made by Sparboe.
The egg producer says its hens receive five essential freedoms to ensure
their welfare, Mercy says the company doesn't actually provide those freedoms.
Just recently , Woodmans joined Walmart and Target as companies who have dropped
the eggs from their shelves.
Petition Drive Against Administrator Begins
A referendum petition drive begins today in La Crosse. Citizens for Responsible Government and the local Tea Party are banding together to circulate a petition that would keep the city from adding a City Administrator position
Dave Drewes is with CRG. He hopes to collect 35 hundred signatures on the anti-city administrator petition. Meanwhile, the city council as a whole votes on the issue tomorrow.
Wisconsin Wages Losing Ground Against Nation
Got that feeling that everyone is earning more money than you? If you're in Wisconsin, comparing yourself to other wage earners around the nation, you could be right. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the average wage in Wisconsin is nearly 14% less than the national average and lower than thirty other states. The state is losing ground, as well; the Alliance says forty years ago, Wisconsin wages were ranked at 22nd in the nation. Pay is lower in almost every industry but especially finance, information, and real estate.
County Mulls Over Billboard Ordinance
Lacrosse County Supervisor, Bill Feehan, is disagreeing with a sign ordinance currently being drafted by his counterparts. At issue..........if the ordinance passes it will become an economic nightmare.
Part of the ordinance would not allow existing billboards to be converted to digital ones, would keep electronic signs at least 500 feet from a residential district, have to hold a message for one hour, and digital signs would turn off from midnight until 6 a.m., unless the business is still open. Topics that will be up for discussion at a public hearing Monday night. It's being held at the Onalaska Omni Center at 6pm.