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US House candidate Rebecca Cooke on getting to voters, new Speaker



US House candidate Rebecca Cooke in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on Oct. 25, 2023.

Rebecca Cooke, Democratic candidate for US House in Wisconsin’s 3rd District, stopped in studio to discuss getting to voters on both sides of the aisle, issues on farming, unions and her opponent’s absence in DC as a new Speaker is elected. 

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Cooke is one of five Democratic candidates running in the 3rd District to take on Derrick Van Orden, who we didn’t talk about until toward the end of the show.

We did get an update on Cooke’s ride, which she puts 100,000 miles on a year to campaign, that didn’t have air conditioning all summer and apparently no rear window — at least for a bit. 

We also talked about how she tries to get to voters, both in terms of policy but also physically — because of how rural parts of the district are.

Some of the issues she sees as important right now are ones dealing with farmers, as the GOP-led US House let the five-year farm bill expire back in September, and hasn’t put forth a new plan, as well as labor issues, especially when dealing with unions. 

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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    October 27, 2023 at 12:53 am

    Van Orden was unhappy with the briefing on Israel he received from the dim bulbs in the White House so he went to Israel to see things for himself. His vote to elect a speaker wasn’t needed so it was time well spent for the man of action.

    Meanwhile in the cheap seats…

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