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It was a purely symbolic gesture, but governor Dayton did it anyway. The Minnesota governor vetoed a voter ID bill yesterday. Doesn't mean a thing because it's a constitutional amendment. Voters get the final say on the measure. Not the governor. Too bad, says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Because, he says, voter ID really is unneeded in the state
Ritchie says the worst part of the bill is that it does away with same day voter registration. He says that's the part of current Minnesota law that keeps the state's voter turnout the highest in the nation.
Long-awaited garbage regulation updates are scheduled for a vote tonight by the full La Crosse city council. Landlords have complained loudly about the new regulations that, among other things, require many more rentals to have dumpsters. But city council member Bob Seaquist, who helped develop the new rules, says the changes are needed to deal with La Crosse's garbage problem. And not just what the city's garbage contractor has to deal with
The new rules would, among other things, mandate that all garbage get put out in a container.
Now, we know the name of the Onalaska man who disappeared while boating on a northern Wisconsin lake...but he hasn't been found yet.
The search for 50-year-old Todd Gordon is scheduled to resume on Tuesday. Gordon's boat was seen on Red Cedar Lake in Barron County on Friday, but he wasn't in it. Search crews, including divers, have been looking in the water for three days.
(AP) U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says Wisconsin's recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker is the second most important election in the nation this year. The rising GOP star from Wisconsin said Monday the June election is a national trendsetting election that's only second behind the presidential election in November. Democrats and their allies are trying to recall Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four GOP state senators, as payback for a Walker-proposed law that stripped most public workers of collective bargaining rights. Ryan says if Walker loses, it will discourage other governors and state legislatures from having the courage to take on structural budget challenges. He says he will actively campaign for Walker. Ryan spoke to a friendly crowd of members of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows judges to order GPS monitoring for people who violate restraining orders. The measure calls for the state Department of Corrections to use GPS monitoring to track violators and call police if they enter areas they must avoid under their restraining orders. Anyone on monitoring would have to pay a $200 surcharge to cover tracking costs. Walker, a Republican, signed the bill at the state Justice Department's crime lab in Milwaukee on Monday morning.