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And then there were two. Retired commercial building inspector Nick Charles says he's running for assembly in Wisconsin in the district currently held by democrat Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse native says he just felt it was time to tackle the daunting task of unseating the popular incumbent who hasn't had an opponent in eight years. Charles joins fellow republican Julian Bradley in the race. Bradley announced his campaign for the 95th district several weeks ago.
One group in the state has started a drive for a constitutional amendment to require that transportation funding only get used to fund the state's transportation system. Constitutional amendment or no constitutional amendment, Wisconsin democrat candidate for governor Tom Barrett pledges not to raid money from the state's transportation fund for other uses. It would be a break from the traditions of the current democratic governor. In the recent past, Governor Doyle has taken hundreds of millions from the fund to help pay for schools.
Now, with Wisconsin's indoor workplace smoking ban in effect, La Crosse bars are hurriedly working on places for their smokers to go. My Second Home on the city's northside had plans for an outdoor beer garden. But a city council committee has voted against the bar's permit. Owner Mike Dwyer says that doesn't make much sense. He says, if denied a beer garden permit, that means his customers will simply spill out into the streets causing a far greater disturbance than if he's allowed to send them out into a partially enclosd patio. The full council votes on Dwyer's permit tonight.
Let freedom ring. Jackson county D-A Gerald Fox says it's past time. At least in his county. Citing this week's supreme court ruling affirming the right of individuals to arm themselves under the Constitution's second amendment, Fox says he's identified a number of state statute's regulating guns that he can no longer prosecute for. The state's statute regulating loaded guns in cars. The one about carrying a gun in a bar. Or in public buildings. Or the big whopper; the law that prohibits people in Wisconsin from carrying concealed weapons. All of those, says Fox, are now simply unconstituional.