Mayor Pay Cut Raises Ire of One Councilman
The line has blurred a bit between two potentially contentious issues in La Crosse. At least it has for some on the city council. The council is moving towards a resolution that would cut the next mayor's salary in half if voters approve hiring a city administrator in the April election. But councilman John Satory says the pay cut is really just an endorsement of the administrator idea. And he doesn't like it
The pay cut would put the mayor's salary at about 38 thousand a year.
First Lady Visits Iowa
(AP) Thousands of students, several well-known athletes and a number of politicians are expected to join Michelle Obama for an event in Des Moines that will promote exercise and healthy eating. Besides the first lady, participants at the Thursday event include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, gymnast Shawn Johnson, figure skater Michelle Kwan and NASCAR champion Carl Edwards.
About 10,000 children will be bused to the event from 45 schools in the Des Moines area. It will be Obama's first stop on a three-day national tour marking her Let's Move initiative, which promotes physical fitness and healthy eating for children. She's been drawn to Des Moines by Iowa's Healthiest State initiative. That program aims to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016.
Sturgeon Fishermen Warned
(AP) The state Department of Natural Resources is warning sturgeon hunters they're responsible for their own safety when Wisconsin's annual spearing season begins this weekend on the Lake Winnebago system. Recent warm weather has left ice on the system in poor shape. The DNR says it's dangerously thin in many areas. Forecasts call for lows in the teens for the rest of the week, which could lead to better conditions. DNR officials say the season will go on and it's up to spearers to judge the ice's safety for themselves. They say the ice is never completely safe no matter how thick it is.
Minnesota Caucaus Numbers Low
(AP) Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll. The GOP says Tuesday's contest drew about 47,800 participants with about 95 percent of precincts reporting. Four years ago turnout was nearly 63,000 after all precincts were counted. Rick Santorum finished comfortably ahead of Ron Paul Tuesday with Mitt Romney a distant third and Newt Gingrich last. Romney, the front-runner for the nomination, won in Minnesota four years ago by casting himself as the conservative alternative to John McCain. It proved to be a winning strategy in a state where party processes are traditionally dominated by deeply conservative activists. The results are a blow for Romney who had the help of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota.
Vinehout Says She Will Run For Governor
There are now two democrats running for Governor and their both named Kathleen. This one is the Senator from Alma. In an announcement today, Kathleen Vinehout says Wisconsin needed a fresh name and a fresh set values.
Vienhout was first elected in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. She and Kathleen Falk are the only two candidates from either side to run in a recall election against Governor Scott Walker.