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Yes, to a quasi-judicial hearing. No, to a long one. Essentially the decision from La Crosse's Ethics Board regarding alleged ethics missteps by mayor Matt Harter. The board has agreed to allow a short, possibly one day hearing for new evidence to be presented by those who have filed an ethics complaint against the mayor. Among other limits, the board has stipulated that any new evidence must directly pertain to issues outlined in a report by an outside law firm that was released in the summer. That hearing should be held soon.
For several Minnesota counties, the great recount of 2010 is finished.
Houston and Winona Counties are among those which recounted all their ballots in the governor's race on the first day of the statewide canvass. The Winona County Auditor, Sue Rivers, says that other than having to retrieve ballots from one machine, her staff's recount proceeded with almost nothing changing. One contested vote went to Democrat Mark Dayton.
Statewide, the Democrat's lead over rival Tom Emmer has gone up 24 votes after one day of recounts. But more than 300 ballots have been challenged so far.
The prizes included Badger Hockey Tickets, a one year membership to the YMCA, a new wardrobe to Macy's sponsored by Macy's, 14K White Gold Diamond Earrings and shopping spree sponsored by Quillins. All incentives to help the Great Rivers United Way make their goal of $ 2 million dollars.
So Dan Hanson.....are you close? 76% there.
He says those monies and hopefully more, will be split up among 28 different non profit organizations throughout the Coulee Region.
You have about a month to help the United Way hit the 100% mark.
Wisconsin lawmakers will be asked to limit increases in U-W tuition and most student fees to four-percent a year. The proposal comes from the incoming chairman of the Assembly Colleges Committee, Whitewater Republican Steve Nass. Aide Mike Mikalsen said Nass realizes that the U-W is trying to get more students to graduate – and that why he proposed a fee cap that’s twice the inflation rate.
The four-percent figure is smaller than any of the annual tuition-and-fee increases since at least 2001. U-W officials say they need higher tuition revenues to make up for losses in the state’s support.
Mikalsen said if the U-W proposes its own ideas for budget cuts, it will be helpful.........but if they come to the table saying ‘We’re the economic engine for the state and you need to give us more money,’ then it’s going to be a difficult time in the next two years.
Candidates for Wisconsin’s spring elections can start circulating nomination papers on Wednesday.
Numerous local government and school board seats will be up throughout the state next spring. Locally, there are 9 positions up for re-election on the Lacrosse City Council, including the District 7 position which is currently empty. Interviews will be conducted this week to fill the slot and whomever gets it will have to run for the spot in the spring. There are 3 spots up for grabs on the Lacrosse School Board.
There’s one statewide race next year. Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has two announced challengers so far – Madison attorney Joel Winnig and Marla Stephens of the state public defender’s office. If all three file, a February primary will narrow the field to two.
Candidates have until January fourth to file their papers and get on the ballot. Primaries will take place February 15th, and general elections will be on April fifth.