Thompson Has Name Recognition
(AP) A new poll shows ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson has the highest name recognition and the most favorable ratings in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race. But the Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows the public is largely unfamiliar with the candidates who want to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. The poll shows 49 percent think favorably of Thompson compared to 31 percent who don't. Other Republicans include former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, who has a 27 percent favorable rating and 18 percent unfavorable. Fifteen percent view Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald favorably, while 18 percent were unfavorable. Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin had a 23 percent favorable rating compared to 21 percent unfavorable. The 701 registered voters were polled by phone Jan. 19-22. The poll has a 3.8 percentage-point margin of error.
State Of The State Tonight
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker plans to announce he will create a new task force to eliminate waste and fraud in the state. In remarks prepared for his second State of the State speech Wednesday night, Walker touts a commission he formed last year to identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government. He says the commission identified more than $400 million in savings. The governor says eliminating waste, fraud and abuse is one of his top priorities. He says he will form the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Elimination Task Force and ask it to follow through on the first commission's report
La Crosse Home Sales Down for Year but Finish Well
Wasn't a banner year for home sales for 2011 in La Crosse county. Final numbers for the year from the Wisconsin Realtors Association finds last year's home sales in the county were almost 14 percent less than the year before. Much different from the rest of the state overall which saw home sales increase by two tenths of a percent from 2010. The median price for a purchased home went up slightly in La Crosse, outperforming the state as a whole which saw the median price for a home drop over six percent to 132 thousand dollars. Median home sale price in La Crosse county is right around 140 thousand.
Vinehout Looking At Run For Governor
A candidate from western Wisconsin could emerge in the recall election for governor. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, who represents the 31st Senate District, says she is seriously considering a run for governor.
Vinehout has served in the Senate since 2006. Vinehout says she expects to announce a decision in the next two to three weeks.
Restore Joins Free Electronic Waste Recycling Movement
For awhile, getting rid of your old electronic gear meant paying someone to take it. That has changed just recently around La Crosse. The county is now accepting e-waste free of charge. And Habitat for Humanity's Re-store just started doing the same thing
Cory Skolaski heads Habitat for Humanity and the Restore in La Crosse. She says they made the move to free e-waste recycling in part to make it easier for people on the southside of La Crosse to recycle rather than illlegally throwing away their old electronics.