Minnesota Adds More Jobs
(AP) New data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show the state added 6,200 jobs in February. DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips says the state has now seen three straight months of ``strong job growth.'' DEED says the state has added 32,300 jobs in the last three months regaining more than half of the jobs that were lost during the recession. The state unemployment rate went up a tenth of a point in February to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.3 percent. Most of the jobs came in education and health services. The government and construction sectors also added jobs, but the state saw losses in professional and business services.
No Maps For You
(AP) A panel of federal judges has barred the state elections board from using new Republican-drawn election maps. The decision Thursday marks at least a partial victory for Democrats and a Hispanic-rights group who argued the maps hurt minority voters. The ruling says the new maps redrew two Milwaukee voting districts in a way that violates the Voting Rights Act. The ruling means the two specific districts will have to be redrawn. Critics of the new maps had said the boundaries divided minority blocs and disenfranchised voters. Supporters argued it's impossible to draw maps that please everyone. Election boundaries have to be redrawn every 10 years to account for changes in the most recent
Training Continues For County Clerk
It's a busy week in the La Crosse County Clerk's office this week. Besides training for the upcoming recall elections. Clerk Ginny Denkmeyer explains what else has to be done before May 8th.
The recall elections will target against Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators.
Will Barrett Run!
(AP) Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he will decide between March 30 and April 3 whether he will run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Barrett said that he wants to announce his intentions before the April 3 mayoral election. Barrett says he also wants to wait until after the state elections board meets on March 30 to vote on certifying the recall election. Democrats have been anxious to know Barrett's plans. Three other Democrats are already running. They are former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Barrett lost to Walker in the 2010 election.
District Continues Work On Employee Handbooks
As the La Crosse school district continues to hammer away at creating a new employee handbook, not only are the t's being crossed and the I's dotted....but single words are getting attention.
Superintendent Randy Nelson, says working back and forth with the La Crosse Education Association to make sure everything is out in the open for teachers and staff though the process...has been the biggest help.