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Rick Solem

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La Crosse's most famous person, Wisconsin’s Legislature off 10 months and a message to Gov. Evers
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La Crosse's most famous person, Wisconsin’s Legislature off 10 months and a message to Gov. Evers
UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, in studio discussing the Wisconsin state Legislature being out of session the next 10 months, a look at the most famous person in La Crosse County, and the nonpartisan judge race. Began the show with the legislative calendar and how Wisconsin’s full-time state Legislature is taking the final 10 months of the year off.  The Assembly’s last day was this week and the Senate will meet for one day in March.  So, we discussed how that might go over, hitting the campaign trail on issues such as PFAS and legalizing marijuana, while being a full-time Legislature that could actually legislate, instead of campaign with the promise to legislate. Does this give an advantage to Democrats, who don’t control the Legislature, or outside candidates who want to take someone’s seat?  In the second half of the show, we began with a story about how Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, has bitten an exorbitant amount of Secret Service members. What happens if we bit that many people? After that, we talked about the judge race in La Crosse County between Mark Huesmann and Candice Tlustosch — who both recently were interviewed on the show — and how partisanship comes into play.  Then, we finally got into La Crosse County’s most famous person (27:50), and the most famous people in each Wisconsin county. Sadly, three of the top four spots are literal killers.  Ended the show with a message to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (32:45), and how he could use the state Legislature being out of session for the next 10 months to his advantage.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
UW-L political scientists Chergosky politicians’ fight to keep power, politicization of local election, Trump to pay another $355 million
17-02-2024
UW-L political scientists Chergosky politicians’ fight to keep power, politicization of local election, Trump to pay another $355 million
UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, in studio on the multiple angles how new voting maps plays out in Wisconsin, Donald Trump ordered to pay another $355 million and how partisan politics keeps trickling into local elections. The whole show kind of centers around power in politics. Began with Trump in that regard, as he loses another lawsuit. Trump’s argument is something like the system is going after him, while others argue this is how the system should work.  After that, Wisconsin Republicans’ power is about to be lessened, but by how much? They passed the Democratic governor’s maps and now the conundrum for Gov. Tony Evers is if he’ll sign them. What are the ramifications if he does or doesn’t? Then we got into local elections becoming more partisan. Is that a result of the structure of the system to some degree? La Crosse County Judge, and Branch 3 candidate, Mark Huesmann was just on the show last week — appointed by Evers. Next week, his opponent, Candice Tlustosch, who was a judge appointed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Is that political in a nonpartisan race, or just the system? Beyond that, we talked about the county board races and the local political parties getting involved there, as well, both as candidates and with endorsements. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Onalaska’s Lexi Donarski on rise of women's sports, guarding Caitlin Clark, plus La Crosse’s new school plan
08-02-2024
Onalaska’s Lexi Donarski on rise of women's sports, guarding Caitlin Clark, plus La Crosse’s new school plan
Onalaska native and North Carolina shooting guard Lexi Donarski joined to talk the rise of women’s sports and guarding the most popular athlete in the U.S., Caitlin Clark, and getting ready for Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Duke-North Carolina rivalry. After that WIZM’s Brad Williams talks about the new plan for the La Crosse School District.  With Donarski (2:15), we dive into how she’s lived through a lot of experiences that past athletes have not gone through — good and bad. That includes losing a potential state championship in high school due to COVID, playing as a college athlete through COVID, watching women’s sports rise to its most popular time in history, and what it was like guarding the most popular athlete, in Iowa’s Clark. Plus, she’s about to play at Cameron against Duke as a member of the Tar Heels, a year removed from that Iowa-Iowa State rivalry. She’s also taken 18 summer credits to get her degree, then gone through the transfer portal, and we talk about trying to get her an NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) deal highlighting defense. After that (20:05), Williams joins to talk about the recent decision by the La Crosse School Board to potentially put to a referendum building a new elementary school, instead of the plan that was studied for eight months to close Hintgen and North Woods. Is the school board trying to escape making a tough decision or are they doing the right thing putting the decision to voters? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
La Crosse Mayor Reynolds on pickleball and beer, granny flats, attracting developers
06-02-2024
La Crosse Mayor Reynolds on pickleball and beer, granny flats, attracting developers
La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds in studio discussing pickleball and beer — which is sort of on the council agenda — bringing developers into the city — as all those vacant box stores are filling up — and approving accessory dwelling units. We began the show, however, asking Reynolds who he thinks the most popular athlete in the U.S. is right now, a few days from the Super Bowl. After that (5:30), we got into some city council stuff, just touching the pickleball conversation for a bit, before discussing accessory dwelling units (ADUs or granny flats or in-law suites — basically converting your garage that isn’t attached into a living space. And, for some reason, we also worked in chicken coupe regulations into that conversation. Then we started to get into vacant buildings in La Crosse (14:20). There used to be three vacant Shopkos, a vacant K-Mart and vacant box stores in the Valley View Mall. But then an argument about how to zone areas to better attract developers to the city.  The second half of the show (22:20), we got into the conversation about pickleball, and a company converting the Bridgeview Plaza Shopko into a pickleball facility and wants a liquor license — but a city committee last week couldn't approve it. Quickly, we discussed the probability that the school district would have vacant buildings and if the city would want one of them.  Lastly, we talked about Wisconsin Gov. Tony Every state of the state address and one of those workforce topics being childcare, and how the city continues to see that as a need, though the conversation in the state legislature has died down. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Democrats messed up with new Wisconsin voting maps and Dean Phillips is on WI ballot against Biden — plus agent Taylor Swift
03-02-2024
Democrats messed up with new Wisconsin voting maps and Dean Phillips is on WI ballot against Biden — plus agent Taylor Swift
UW-La Crosse political science professor, Anthony Chergosky, Ph.D., in the WIZM studio, discussing how Republicans perfectly rigged new voting maps and Democrats screwed up the process, plus all the Taylor Swift political phenomenon and Democrat Dean Phillips getting on the Wisconsin presidential ballot. Began the show with the Friday news dump from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, allowing Minnesota state Rep. Phillips on the presidential ballot, after the state Democratic Party tried to exclude him, unless he got the signatures. There was a very funny conversation on how strange Phillip’s argument was about the cost of getting signatures. After that (5:40), the fascination of Taylor Swift in politics — though she has not really inserted herself, yet. But, we mention how Donald Trump just got into the Swifty conversation, and the conspiracy that Joe Biden rigged the entire NFL playoffs to assert the Swift Army. After that (25:10), we discussed the consultants hired by the liberal-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court throwing out the two GOP submissions for new voting maps and taking all the other submissions — and how Democrats should have had one group submit a ridiculously leftist map. Lastly (34:00), back more funny Taylor Swift ridiculousness, including how she’s gotten the GOP to admit to climate change.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Mack and Mac show on La Crosse “granny flat,” rules, selling Lincoln School , chicken coup regs, homeless update
30-01-2024
The Mack and Mac show on La Crosse “granny flat,” rules, selling Lincoln School , chicken coup regs, homeless update
City council members Mackenzie Mindel and Mac Kiel in studio, ahead of committee week, where they'll be discussing accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rules. We also talked chickens, selling Lincoln Middle School and a homeless update. Mindel and Kiel are both on the city’s Judiciary and Administration committee, which meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Began the show with a quick rundown, but did talk about chicken coup regulation quick. After that (6:50), we discussed the recent sale of Lincoln by the La Crosse School District to a group that is looking to build affordable housing, and what that would mean for the city. We also talked about Transit Equity Days (12:45) in the city, where riding the bus is free, and how Mindel and Kiel are taking council office hours during rides. We also discussed the city’s electric busses and, since it was so cold a few weeks ago, if there were problems, would the council know about it. Speaking of cold, Kiel then gave us an update on homelessness (15:45) — as she goes out weekly with an outreach team. It also comes a few weeks after the city-county put out their five-year plan to end homelessness, called Pathways Home. The second half of the show (19:25) consisted mostly of ADU talk, as the council two months ago put off any decision on changing regulations for property owners. In that time, the city held two public hearings on ADUs.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Donald Trump’s hush UP money, plus UW-L political scientist, Chergosky, gets two GOP strategies to win 2024
27-01-2024
Donald Trump’s hush UP money, plus UW-L political scientist, Chergosky, gets two GOP strategies to win 2024
Threw UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, two strategies both Donald Trump and Wisconsin Republicans should have or, perhaps, still could take heading into the 2024 election.  Spent quite a bit of time on federal politics, including Donald Trump having to pay $83 million in a defamation lawsuit — what was deemed on the show as “Hush up” money, as opposed to the hush money Trump paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. After that, we discussed Trump’s involvement in tanking a Congressional deal on the southern border situation and how that’s a GOP political calculation. But, that’s where Republicans have it wrong and where the first strategy in winning 2024 for Trump was thrown at Chergosky — even taking a shot at the latest cold open from Saturday Night Live, where it mimicked Trump. Then, Wisconsin politics, involving the new voting maps, and this is the second strategy thrown at Chergosky, where Republicans could have rigged elections in Wisconsin forever, had they had their act together. This hovers around news a few months ago when the Wisconsin GOP proposed what they called the “Iowa model” for drawing maps. Before all that, however, does gum stay in your stomach for seven years? That’s how we started the show. And, we ended in the same vicinity, where a story out of Lambeau Field lost and found — found many interesting things, including dentures. Who loses their dentures at a football game? La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Robert Kraig on Republicans trying to pass new maps, new abortion bans
26-01-2024
Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Robert Kraig on Republicans trying to pass new maps, new abortion bans
Citizen Action of Wisconsin executive director Robert Kraig joined to discuss some of the details on Republicans’ fast-tracked effort to pass what they call Gov. Tony Evers’ maps, plus how they’re trying to put a binding referendum on ballot for a new abortion ban. Began the show just setting up the interview on both issues, as well as talking quick about President Joe Biden in Superior, Wis., campaigning on the infrastructure bill he got passed by helping get a $1.8 billion bridge built. After that, Kraig joined and we started with the voting maps issue. While we wait for the state Supreme Court to draw new maps or pick from seven submitted maps, Republicans have already chosen  — saying they’ll take the maps Evers drew. Only problem, those aren’t the maps Evers drew. Then we got into school funding for a few minutes, as districts across the state are continually forced to make cuts to balance budgets — as we learned the day before when La Crosse Schools superintendent Dr. Aaron Engel joined. Wrapped up with Kraig talking about Republicans in the Assembly quickly passing a 14-week abortion ban — one that doesn’t have exceptions for rape or incest. The GOP want to put the measure on April’s ballot — which comes months after Republicans denied Evers putting an abortion question on the ballot and the state Legislature passing a bipartisan shared revenue bill that took away local communities’ ability to put any nonbinding referendum on a ballot. La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.