Caregiver Arrested for Theft
Political Analyst Says Kapanke May Be Harmed by Latest Complaint
Dan Kapanke may feel the pinch of this one. La Crosse political analyst Joe Heim says the latest ethics complaint from the state democratic party about Kapanke's business dealings may stick in the craw of some voters. He says when the headlines scream about ethics and money laundering, those allegations tend to have an impact on the perceptions of voters and are likely to have an effect on the efficacy of a candidate running for office.
Heim feels the democratic party's complaint is based on something relatively minor. Kapanke has said he erred by paying a team debt to the city out of a charitable foundation but has since paid the foundation back out of team coffers.
Rasch says WTC Probably Won't Budge on PILOTs
The city of La Crosse may be looking to get paid by WTC. But the city may have to just go on looking. TC president Lee Rasch says he has no intention of making to the city what are known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOTs. Rasch says, although he doesn't mind paying for some things collaboratively, like streetscaping on 7th street downtown, he also doesn't believe it's appropriate to "shift" tax dollars from one taxing entity to another. Rasch also tells us he can't conceive of a time in the future when he might change his mind on the issue.
This thing might come to a head. The city is currently setting up a system that would require tax exempt organizations sign agreements to make payments for services before development deals could be inked.
Police: Northside Video Poker Machines Hit For Big Dollars, Maybe No Crime
Cops aren't sure how they did it, but they did it, and did it up good. Several bar owners on the northside of La Crosse were stung last night by some guys playing video poker who were either extremely lucky or somehow very crooked. The guys hit the machines for around five hundred bucks each. Some of the bars paid out. One wouldn't pay out until today and at the other bar, they accused the guys of rigging the game and they left with over four hundred bucks of credits on the machine. Police stopped some fellows from out of town who appear to be the video machine scammers but say they've got no evidence the guys did anything criminal.
Dems File Another Kapanke Complaint
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is filing a complaint against state Sen. Dan Kapanke, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
The complaint expected to be filed Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleges that Kapanke illegally used money from a nonprofit foundation that accepts money from groups that employ lobbyists to pay off debt he owes to the city of La Crosse.
The complaint alleges Kapanke used nearly $17,000 from the foundation to pay the city back for lighting it installed at the field where the La Crosse Loggers play. Kapanke owns the Northwoods League team.
Kapanke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He and Bruce Evers are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.