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LA CROSSE TALK PM: Ron Kind on House Speaker drama, recalls Jan. 6 Capitol riots; UW-L’s Chergosky on Wisconsin’s “full-time” Legislature



UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, in the WIZM studio on Jan. 6, 2023, for La Crosse Talk PM.

UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, in the WIZM studio Friday, while retired-US Congressman calls into La Crosse Talk PM.

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.

On the show, we break down some of the US House Speaker drama. We get Kind’s opinion on the matter — and whether he’s happy about to not having to vote over and over again — after he served 26 years in the US House.

Also, Kind recalls his experience at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as well as his opinion on the new, bipartisan-talking Derrick Van Orden, who replaced him as Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District rep.

And we, of course, check in on Kind’s plans post retirement or if the President Joe Biden White house is calling.

After that, we discussed Wisconsin’s state Legislature’s eight-month gap in 2024, where it doesn’t meet in session, as well as Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ justification to using the state’s $6.6 billion budget surplus on tax cuts — floating the flat-tax idea.

Vos on that said, “Just to be clear: [A flat tax is] not about rewarding the wealthy, even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.”

Lastly, we discuss a “Florida (wo)man” story of a House member accused of being a literal witch, and a butter factory in Wisconsin clogging the sewers.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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