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On the day after being elected mayor of Onalaska, Joe Chilsen has his new routine figured out...
Chilsen will balance his new duties at City Hall with his main job, teaching marketing at U-W-La Crosse before 9 a.m., and then heading to his office to do what he calls "mayor stuff."
Chilsen pledged to work closely with members of the city's executive team who are the experts in different departments. He won Tuesday's election with 77 per cent of the vote over opponent Samantha Carter.
Three weeks ago, Congressman Ron Kind was asked if he had made final plans for this election year, and he said he would have a statement "shortly."
So far, the La Crosse Democrat still has not made that announcement...but another statement today from Kind takes him out of the race for governor. Kind is endorsing Tom Barrett for the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Walker in the spring recall election. He calls the Milwaukee mayor a leader who can 'bring Wisconsin together again.' A few months ago, Kind decided not to run for the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Herb Kohl.
So why didn't we see Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail in western Wisconsin? UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim, says it may have come down to the almighty dollar.
The only sign of Gingrich we saw was a stop by his wife in Sparta 2 weeks a go.
One more spot in the state assembly just opened up. Democrat Mark Radcliffe says that he’s leaving. The Black River Falls lawmaker says four years is enough, and he won’t run for re election this fall.
As part of the state’s redistricting plan, Republicans placed Radcliffe in the same district as his fellow Assembly Democrat Chris Danou of Trempealeau. Radcliffe said the re districting played a role in his decision but even if it didn’t happen, he said he might not have run again anyway. He said his family has been talking about his plans for the last couple of months.
The 40-year-old Radcliffe says it’s time to give someone else a chance.
There's clearly some landlords frustrated with the city of La Crosse. New proposed garbage rules have some crying foul, even after the new regulations were re-worked to be more palatable to landlords. Not enough, says David Olson. He recommends the city look to its own Oktoberfest mess first
The full city council votes on the rules next month. Among other things, the regulations would allow the city to go after the worst mess-makers with fines up to a thousand dollars.