Maybe Reconsider Importance of Endorsements
In the end, all of those union endorsments might not do Kathleen Falk any good. The former Dane County executive proudly touts endorsements from basically all of the unions in her run for governor in the Wisconsin recall election. La Crosse county democratic party chair Vicki Burke says those early endorsements often simply amount to recommendations to union members and maybe shouldn't be taken as seriously as Falk sees them
Falk collected early endorsements from unions as soon as she entered the race for governor with promises to restore collective bargaining to public unions. That was months before Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett entered the race.
Cops Capture Videoed Window Basher
Didn't take long for La Crosse police to solve a broken window mystery downtown. Last week, police posted a video from a phone on the department's facebook page of a drunken guy walking away from where he punched out a big window in the Doerflinger building. On Saturday, the building's owner called cops to let them know that Ryan Lucchesi called him to offer to pay for the window and clean-up. Later, Lucchesi told cops he was out celebrating his 21st birthday and simply made a mistake.
ATC Public Meetings This Week
A third round of public meetings will begin this week, being held by the company that wants to build high voltage transmission lines from just north of La Crosse to Dan County. Sara Justice of American Transmission Company, says they have recieved quite a bit of public comment already.
The first meeting is at 1pm Tuesday at Stoney Creek in Onalaska. Justice says they will have representatives from transmission planning, engineering, real estate and enviromental and construction on hand to answer questions.
Minn. Lawmakers To Discuss Vikes Stadium
Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says state lawmakers need a new plan when trying to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Miller announced last week that he is sponsoring a bill enabling the state to partner with northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Nation to build a casino. As part of the deal, the tribe is willing to pay $400 million up front to fund the state’s share of the cost of a Vikings stadium. Lawmakers are back in sesion today.
Two Justices Not Saying Yet Whether They'll Avoid Prosser Hearing
We don't know yet whether two women on the Wisconsin Supreme Court would recuse themselves from a possible disciplinary hearing against fellow justice David Prosser.
The two that Prosser doesn't want hearing the case are Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, and the justice Prosser is accused of trying to choke, Ann Walsh Bradley. Both women spoke in La Crosse last week, but did not declare whether they would stay out of a hearing in the Prosser case. Abrahamson admits it's a "troublesome" situation.
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission says Prosser violated three ethical rules, but a group of appeals court judges is deciding now whether to send the matter to the Supreme Court.