Politics To Really Heat Up Now
Democrats and union supporters will submit an estimated one and a half million recall signatures today. The state Government Accountability Board will then start reviewing the signatures, to see if there are enough to order recall elections against Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four G-O-P state senators. La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan, said at a recent gathering that it's time for Republicans to step it up.
Meanwhile, Democrats say they're against the GAB's effort to hold all recall votes on the same day. State law requires those elections to be held six weeks after petitions are verified and petitions for the smaller Senate recalls are expected to be reviewed a lot quicker than the statewide petitions for governor.
Grandad Bluff Park Reopening Scheduled
A little later than originally planned, but La Crosse's Grandad Bluff Park apparently will open almost as soon as spring arrives. A reopening plan for the park will be presented to the city's parks board this week. Good to have the park among the city's attractions again, says Mayor Matt Harter
Grandad Bluff park closed last May for a big renovation. The $1.7 million project was to be completed last fall but some delays with materials delayed the reopening until spring.
Average Gambling Debt Skyrockets in Wisconsin
People are losing a bundle in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, the average reported debt on the organization's gambling hotline last year was more than $157,000. A whopping increase of over a hundred thousand dollars from the year before, says council director, Rose Gruber
Gruber says more people are maxing-out credit cards, getting short-term loans of all kinds, leaning on friends and relatives, and gambling money they should spend on mortgages or rent.
City Likely to Close Intersections to Head Off Horns
It's going to get loud on the southside of La Crosse if something doesn't change. The city has until June of next year to improve intersections along the Burlington Northern rail spur that runs to City Brewery. Otherwise train horns will start blowing.
City councilman Fran Formanek's district is one of those through which the rail spur runs. He says the city will likely close several intersections that cross the spur to limit the cost of the needed improvements.
Slap on Rear Sends College Student to Jail
A Viterbo student probably picked the wrong butt to slap this week-end. Cops say 22 year-old Andrew Kiel gave one of the La Crosse PD's female officers a whack on the backside with his hand. Trying to be jovial, apparently, while getting liquored up in a bar early in the morning. "Good job," he told the cop. Not sure if he felt the same after she cuffed him and hauled him to lockup. Now Kiel faces a charge of fourth degree sexual assault.