(AP) Minnesota state lawmakers are just starting to sort through options after the release this week of new state political boundaries. The redistricting maps released by a court panel Tuesday paired up 48 House and Senate incumbents. Those lawmakers are now deciding if they will run against a fellow incumbent, move to a new district or retire from the Legislature.
A few lawmakers are facing off. In southwest Minneapolis, Democratic representatives Frank Hornstein and Marion Greene say they'll run against each other in a primary. Greene says they're friends but neither wants to quit. In the Bemidji area, Republican Rep. Larry Howes and DFL Rep. John Persell will face off. A number of other paired lawmakers say they are still considering their options.
The decision has been made...La Crosse's Post Office will lose its sorting facility.
That's according to a release just sent by the Postal Service to a major postal workers union. La Crosse's post office is one of five in Wisconsin which would stop sorting local mail, sending it instead to a larger processing center. The decision would end overnight mail delivery within the city of La Crosse, because all the items mailed in La Crosse would have to go through St. Paul. Post office boxes and window service would remain at La Crosse's post office on State Street.
The TSA demonstrated new Advanced Imaging Technology at the La Crosse Municipal Airport this morning. AIT safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives, without physical contact. Millimeter wave technology bounces harmless electromagnetic waves off the body, and the energy emitted is 1000 times less than international limits and guidelines. Carrie Harmon says it's all about privacy.
Lawmakers in Madison might not get around to voting on the pet issue of the state treasurer. Kurt Schuller wants to eliminate his office and that of the Secretary of State. He faces a timing challenge; lawmakers have until the end of the current legislative session next month to vote on the constitutional amendment. But there's also some resistance. Like from the current Secretary of State, Doug La Follette
Legislators have to vote for a constitutional amendment in successive sessions before a measure can go to voters for final approval.
A new bill headed to governor Walker for a signature is meant to help businesses in the state. But wetland regulation reforms also pose significant threats to the environment and to flood protection around the state, says Tracy Hames (haims), executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. That's because the new rules allow developers to skip the part of the permit process that gets them to look at other areas besides wetlands to build
Hames says it's silly to think that developers will be able to replace natural wetlands they fill in with ones they build in other areas.