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(AP) Former Gov. Tommy Thompson will be speaking at Marquette University this week. He's running for U.S. Senate and is expected to talk about what is driving his decision to run and the current political climate in Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Thompson was elected governor of Wisconsin four times. He was also health and human services secretary in the administration of President George Bush. He'll be speaking Thursday afternoon in Eckstein Hall.
(AP) Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen plans to make an announcement Wednesday afternoon about his plans for the governor's race. Cullen has been saying for months that he will run as a Democrat to challenge Gov. Scott Walker if a recall election is called. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has also announced that she is running. Cullen is a moderate Democrat from Janesville who has been in the Senate since 2010. The 67-year-old previously served in the Senate from 1974 to 1986 before he left to become secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services under Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. He later worked for nearly 20 years as an insurance company executive.
How many times do you hear stories about somebody in elected office getting a pay cut? Could happen in La Crosse if voters approve hiring a city administrator in the spring. A city council committee has approved slicing the mayor's salary by half if that happens
Karl Wiggert spoke in front of the committee about the change. If approved by the entire council next week and depending on the outcome of the referendum vote in April, the next mayor's salary would shrink to about 38 thousand dollars.
It's possible that bad timing will cost La Crosse taxpayers millions of dollars. Ten years ago, Homeland Security grants could have paid for some, if not all, of the cost to replace the radio system for city of La Crosse workers. Now, the city will have to pay up to an estimated four million dollars to upgrade an aging system
County emergency management boss, Keith Butler. He says the current La Crosse city radio system for police, fire, streets crews and everybody else doesn't communicate with the rest of the radio systems in the county.