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A La Crosse guy put up a heckuva fight this week-end, but still wound up in the back of a squad car, with taser probes in his back and a spit hood on his head. Police say Shawn Xiong wasn't even the guy they were after when they responded to a domestic throw-down on Saturday night. But, they say, he was drunk and belligerent and causing problems, so they pulled out the handcuffs. But Xiong didn't want to go quietly. A scuffle ensued. They tumbled down some stairs. They tased him. Three times. Finally got him in the back of a squad. And he spit in a cop's eye. Thus the spit hood. Xiong faces a number of charges.
Special election tomorrow for La Crosse's state assembly seat. Democrat Jill Billings faces Republican DAve Drewes. Drewes is a fan of changes that governor Walker has pushed for in Wisconsin
A public hearing on proposed fee increases for La Crosse's public bus service today.
The transit utility wants to boost all fares, senior citizens and disabled riders included. Proposed fare for a regular adult rider would be $1.50. A quarter higher than it is now, but still in line with fares in other like-sized Wisconsin cities. Eau Claire and Janesville are currently at a $1.50. Sheboygan's a little higher at $1.75 for regular bus fare. Other cities like Wausau and Fond du Lac are at $1.25. Oshkosh appears to be the lowest; bus ride there is still just a buck. Fare increase hearing is at 5:15 in city council chambers.
Members of Wisconsin's Assembly might be sleeping in today. That's after back to back days of late nights and early mornings in the state capitol. And it was apparent that some were getting fiesty around 1:30 this morning.
Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca accused the GOP of ignoring the Assembly's tradition of not interrupting the other party's caucuses. After Republican Jeff Fitzgerald responded to Barca, someone in the audience then yelled an obscenity at Fitzgerald, and the speaker pro-tem had the gallery cleared.
Democratic State Senator, Kathleen Vinehout, has had a bullseye on her back ever since she and 13 others left the state back in February to protest a Republican plan to sharply curtail union rights for public employees. Since then, she has been the top Democrat on the republican's list of recall candidates. Until this week.... when the GOP said they have backed off that pledge. Vinehout says she is keeping her ears and eyes open.