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Political intrigue in ‘0-0-4

Brad Williams

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The 2004 presidential election was won by Bush…George W. Bush.  He won his first term in 2000 through the electoral college, after narrowly losing the popular vote.  Republican Bush seemed assured of a second term with a 3-million vote edge over Democrat John Kerry.  But before the Electoral College met in 2004, third-party candidates and Jesse Jackson wanted an investigation of the counting procedures and crowded polling places in states such as Ohio.  Kerry would have won the election if he had taken Ohio’s 20 electoral votes, but the state went to Bush.   

A Hooters restaurant was opening at 3rd and Jay in La Crosse, but without artificial palm trees outside.  The city board of public works voted against the fake trees.  

“Zuzu” came to La Crosse that Christmas of 2004.  Karolyn Grimes, who played Jimmy Stewart’s little girl in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in 1946, helped La Crosse Community Theatre open a holiday production of George Bailey’s life story.   

And the Heart of La Crosse comedy group did a holiday show, with jokes about retiring Mayor John Medinger, a school holiday concert, and a song about a James Bond type manning a red kettle: “Bell-Ringer,” to the tune of “Goldfinger.” Agent 0-0-4 on duty at Christmas, 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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