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It would only take a little political will to make monumental shifts in campaign regulations. From Wisconsin Common Cause, Jay Heck has some ideas for making needed reforms
Heck says, with legislation already written for all three reforms, it would take a matter of days to pass all three were the governor to call for a special session of the legislature.
Two days of questioning on the witness stand did not shake Eric Koula from his position of innocence in the shooting deaths of his parents.
During testimony on Tuesday, Koula did say that failing to tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check might make him appear guilty. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg (FRY-berg) also accused Eric Koula of steering police away from the main suspect...Koula himself...by faking the threatening note which said 'Fixed You':
Koula became emotional at times on Tuesday, but mostly he challenged the prosecution's questions and repeated standard answers about his actions around the time his parents were killed.
La Crosse Mayor, Matt Harter, has notified the city council that he has vetoed a resolution approving Kwik Trip's Development Agreement. In the letter, Harter stated that it is not in the best interest of society for the government to grant subsidies to private projects. Harter says every day, in La Crosse, people go to work improving and developing. Some of these improvement and development projects are large, some are small , and not all receive subsidies or reimbursement of tax dollars. The Mayor adds that it is not in the best interest of society for our government to grant subsidies to private projects, large or small.
After a day-and-a-half of questioning, Eric Koula has completed testimony at his La Crosse murder trial.
Koula has been consistent in explaining his actions surrounding the shooting of his parents two years ago, and in saying why he misled police about certain evidence. The West Salem man has said that when he was arrested, he couldn't believe police suspected him of committing the murders. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg followed up on that statement, claiming that Koula thought he was smarter than everybody else.
Koula insists that he went to the Bridgeview Plaza Shopko at about the time that his parents were shot, and was not actually at the scene of the crime. The prosecution argues that Koula went to a second Shopko and grabbed the first plant he found, just so he could get a receipt proving he shopped there.
Look through the travel expense reports from La Crosse city hall and you'll find all sorts of interesting destinations: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston. All places that city employees have traveled to that appear on records for the first five months of this year. We took a look at the travel report and found plenty of travel for training and conferences. Like the nearly five hundred dollar bill for the municipal prosecutor to attend an OWI workshop in Elkhart Lake. Or the thirty three hundred dollars spent by the city's planning department to send three employees to the American Planning Association conference in L.A. A couple of Orlando trips: one for GREAT program training and another for the fire chief to attend a conference. Police spend by far the most on travel. But much of that is paid for through grants. 54 thousand dollars in travel expenses by city employees so far this year.