Fake Candidates Can Run
(AP) Wisconsin's elections board has voted unanimously to allow six Republicans running as Democrats to appear on the ballot in upcoming recall elections. The state Government Accountability Board voted Tuesday to allow the candidates to run because state law doesn't require people to prove they belong to any political party before they can run for office. Democrats objected saying the candidates falsely represented themselves and therefore filed fraudulent paperwork. The recalls target Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent senators. A fourth Senate seat is open. Republicans say the goal was to ensure there is a primary in all the races so the general election will be on the same date. The primary is May 8 and the general election is June 5.
Minnesota Couple Identified
(AP) Friends of a Minnesota couple who died when an Italian cruise ship capsized in January say they're relieved to hear the bodies of Barbara and Gerald Heil finally have been identified. The White Bear Lake couple were active members of St. Pius the X Catholic Church and were known for their service to others. Jerry Heil would visit Diane Vorland, who is confined to a wheelchair, every Thursday to bring her communion and recite the rosary. And he promised to drive Denny Hardy on errands after Hardy lost his license. Vorland says it's good news that the Heils finally have been identified after so long, and that the news should give closure to the family. Hardy says it's nice knowing that the Heils are now safely in the hands of God.
Custody of Rat Leads to Domestic Tussle
Couples get into fights for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes those fights lead to arrests. Happens everyday in La Crosse. But on Friday, one couple got into it over a rat. The man and woman have been split up for awhile. And they share custody of their pet...rat. So the woman went to pick up the rat from her former boyfriend on Friday. But on the way, got into a texting war with the guy. When she got there, cops say he pushed her down and choked her. She's okay. But he got arrested and faces charges for the rat custody brawl.
Broken Bar Window Leads to Bar Owner Rundown
When a drunk guy busted out a window in a bar in downtown La Crosse this week-end at about three in the morning, he probably didn't expect the bar's owner to chase him down. But, cops say, that's exactly how they managed to arrest Justin Halvorsen. The owner of the bar on the corner of fourth and Jay and an employee chased Halvorsen for several blocks after they saw him break one of the bar's windows after closing time. They finally got ahold of him after he jumped out of the bushes trying to tackle the employee. The two sat on the 23 year-old from Caledonia until cops there.
Tax Expert Says Property Tax Claim Not as Good as You Might Think
Great news for Wisconsin property taxpayers. Or is it? Governor Walker's office says property taxes dropped this year for the first time in 12 years. But that's property taxes on a median-priced home. Probably sounds better than it is, says Todd Berry from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance
Berry believes, when the final numbers are tallied, the total property taxes paid in Wisconsin this year will still be slightly higher than the year before.