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Yesterday in La Crosse

Wisconsin at the center of the political world, 4 years ago

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In the two weeks leading up to the 2016 Wisconsin primary, most of the leading contenders for president campaigned in La Crosse County.  There were three Republicans and two Democrats left in the race at that point.  Ohio Governor John Kasich was first to the area on Monday, March 28th, campaigning at River Steel in West Salem.  Republican Kasich was helped at that rally by former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.  Tuesday was Hillary Clinton’s day in La Crosse.  Mrs. Clinton spoke at Western Technical College, but got more attention in social media by pouring herself a beer at La Crosse’s Pearl Street Brewery.  Hillary’s remaining Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, drew a crowd to the Omni Center in Onalaska that Wednesday night. 

On the day before the primary, Republican Donald Trump rallied supporters during a Monday morning speech inside the La Crosse Center.  Trump would return to La Crosse later in the year as the Republican nominee.  Ted Cruz did not get to La Crosse before the primary, but sent Utah Senator Mike Lee to represent him at an event on French Island, in 2016, Yesterday in La Crosse. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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