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La Crosse County Democratic Party chair Garcia on 3rd District forum, Kamala visit vs. Trump rally, useless campaign strategies



FILE - William Garcia, the Democratic Party chair for both La Crosse County and the 3rd US House District, in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on March 27, 2024.

William Garcia in the WIZM studio Thursday for La Crosse Talk PM discussing the upcoming US House candidate Democratic forum on Wednesday at UW-La Crosse, the peculiar timing of new policies passed by the Biden Administration, Kamala Harris’ La Crosse visit vs. a Trump rally and useless campaign posts.

Garcia is the Democratic Party chair for both La Crosse County and the 3rd US House District here in Wisconsin.

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.

Began the show discussing the first of four US House forums for the 3rd District between Rebecca Cooke, Katrina Shankland and Eric Wilson in Eau Claire and, later in the show (30:10) got into more of how those are conducted and how you can get involved (Email questions to Garcia here).

We then got into the timing of recently passed policies (7:50) by the Biden Administration on overtime pay for salary workers, doing away with noncompetes and airlines having to pay back customers immediately for cancellations, among other things.

That led to a discussion (13:45) on what the US House has done along the same regards of helping everyday people, though it has only passed 27 bills in 16 months — when a typical Congress passes 250-300 bills.

In the second half of the show (20:45) we discussed how politicians have no substance to what they’re doing on the campaign trail, positing pictures of themselves here or there, saying they’re talking about issues, but never relaying any of that information to voters who want to know either where they stand or what they’re doing to combat said issues. 

Next (22:50), we discussed Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to La Crosse and all the things she did during her that campaign stop.

We also talked about the optics and normality of the scope of her visit, that included a round-table discussion and an invite-only speech, vs., for example, a Donald Trump rally. 

In the last segment (34:40) we talk about Republican US Senate candidate Eric Hovde messing up the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this week and how stupid things our politicians do are funny, but we should be focusing on their policies more than their gaffs. 

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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  1. Bob N.

    April 26, 2024 at 8:10 am

    Always nice when Solem gets to spend time with his favorite guy. They always fist-bump upon seeing one another. After the show, Solem returns to writing totally objective news stories.

  2. R head

    April 26, 2024 at 11:25 am

    The number 2 was in town she is dumber than the number 1 guy. Number 2 stinks more, she stinks out loud!!!

  3. Paul

    April 26, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    What is really unfortunate and Sickening is that political figures at all levels of government lie with impunity because of the complacent and downright irresponsible media that does not call them out on their lies. The Social Security system, as well as Medicare and Medicaid are in significant financial trouble. Instead of acknowledging, or addressing this fact, William Garcia distorts the truth for the political gain of his own party. And Rick Solom accepts whatever Garcia says, without calling them out for it. but this comes as no surprise. Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris lie regularly By making up stories about Republicans that are Speculation at best and outright lies at worst. And just like Rick Solom, the national media lets them get away with it. Appreciate the previous commentators sarcasm that Rick Solom will go back to writing objective news stories.

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