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Lawmakers and demonstrators gather in La Crosse to support “Fair Courts”

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It was meant to be an hour-long rally, but they had only 10 minutes of speeches because of cold weather.

About 25 people gathered at Cameron Park in La Crosse on Friday, to oppose gerrymandering of legislative maps at a “Fair Courts” event.

Assembly Rep. Steve Doyle thanked people at the rally for braving the cold to take a stand.

“The fact that it is so dang cold really says a lot about the intensity of the belief in our state in democracy, and that is a credit to you,” Doyle said.

State Sen. Brad Pfaff and city council member Rebecca Schwartz were also among the speakers at the noon hour event.

A decision in the coming weeks by the state Supreme Court will decide Wisconsin’s voting maps for the next decade. The state Supreme Court favors new maps that are very close to the current ones, designed to favor Republicans.

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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