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Joe Biden, Ron Kind to discuss rural La Crosse issues Wednesday in online forum

Brad Williams

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden is scheduled to meet online Wednesday with La Crosse area voters, to discuss rural issues. 

The Biden roundtable will also include U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse). It will start at 10 a.m.  and can be viewed at joe.link/WIroundtable.

Although he’ll be at his home in Delaware, the former vice president will also hold a virtual rally in the afternoon with supporters in the Milwaukee area at 3:30 p.m. and can be viewed at joe.link/WIrally

Kind, on La Crosse Talk PM on Tuesday, says American businesses are not going to bounce back quickly from shutdowns aimed at fighting the coronavirus. 

He voted for a $3 trillion relief bill, which passed the House last week, and says the businesses which have the best chance of recovering will be ones that give customers what they want.

“There also has to be a demand for the product, too,” Kind said. “If people are home, haven’t been working and don’t have any money, this economy’s not going to bounce back that quickly because of a lack of purchasing power.”

One of Kind’s Republican challengers in this year’s election, Derrick Van Orden, claims the HEROES Act is a “wish list” of liberal priorities that ignores what people in Western Wisconsin want.

“What we worked on in the HEROES Act,” Kind said, “was in direct response to the need we heard from state and local governments, and even the private sector — by listening to them and what assistance they need further.”

The HEROES Act passed with 51 percent of the vote in the House (208 Democrats, 1 Republican). There were 23 members who did not vote (11 Republicans, 12 Democrats).

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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