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A supreme court recount battle is looming. There's a special election in the 94th assembly district coming up next month. A recall election is somewhere on the horizon. Perfect timing for some activist training. Which is coming to the La Crosse RAdisson tomorrow, courtesy of the group, American Majority
Matt Batzel is state director for the group. He says the training is for people to be more effective in their activism. American Majority's a conservative group, but Batzel insists he welcomes all-comers to the training. Registration begins Saturday at 2:30.
Some folks might be eager to get a few more days off work during the year...
But county prosecutors in Wisconsin are suddenly checking their calendars, looking for times to take state-ordered furlough days. The choice is either take those days off, or be reduced to part-timer status. And assistant D-A Jessica Skemp in La Crosse County says the furloughs are not good for moving court cases along.
Skemp says prosecutors are being told by the state to take six furlough days before the middle of June. And that's in addition to the five days a year they were required to take under former Governor Doyle's budget.
A stunning discovery of votes in Wisconsin could give the state's hotly contested Supreme Court race to the conservative incumbent in a race seen as a referendum on the Republican governor's union rights law. And to one Senate Democrat........it's not surprising. Kathleen Vinehout says one thing is evident...Wisconsin is split right down the middle politically.
Adding another twist, the county clerk who said she incorrectly entered vote totals has faced criticism before for her handling of elections. She also previously worked for a state Republican caucus when it was controlled by the very candidate who stands to benefit from Thursday's revelation.
The corrected totals gave Justice David Prosser a 7,500-vote lead over little-known liberal assistant state attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg.
Citing lower sales, a spokeswoman said Trane laid off 87 hourly workers at its La Crosse operations Monday. That brings to 182 the number of employees who are on layoff at Trane in La Crosse, according to Misty Zelent, director of external communications for parent company Ingersoll Rand. About 1,900 hourly and salaried employees continue to work at Trane in La Crosse.
Zelent says they hope to bring these laid-off employees back as soon as possible, but that will depend on economic conditions and customer demand for La Crosse-made products, along with internal factors such as retirements and attrition.
Zelent also said that depending on economic conditions and customer demand, there is the possibility of additional reductions in the future.
Jennifer Shilling hasn't announced she's running for state senate. Not yet. But the democratic state rep has done everything but by urging people of the 32nd district to stay tuned for a big announcement on Saturday. Shilling has been rumored to be considering running for the seat against Republican Dan Kapanke in a coming special recall election and many considered her to be the most logical choice to challenge Kapanke because of her name recognition, existing campaign structure, and success at overwhelmingly winning her district. The 32nd senate district is typically pretty evenly divided between democrats and republicans but the just-concluded supreme court race saw the democrat-supported Joanne Kloppenburg winning each county in the district.