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Wisconsin Sen. Brad Pfaff on bike lanes, high-speed rail, farm priorities, the do nothing Legislature



Wisconsin state Sen. Brad Pfaff in the WIZM studio Monday for La Crosse Talk PM discussing bike lanes, missing out on high-speed rail, the priorities of farms, his GOP opponent and the do-nothing legislature.

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.

We didn’t waste any time getting into it. Pfaff (D-Onalaska) brought up June being dairy month and that led to a lengthy conversation about farming crop priorities, meat monopolies and the federal farm bill that has yet to pass.

We then spent a little time (15:00) talking about his Republican opponent, Stacey Klein.

The bulk of the rest of the show was on transportation, led off by how we paraded around the state for Amtrak (17:15) adding a second Chicago-to-Minneapolis line, but for what? Pfaff pointed out how Wisconsin missed out on having a federally funded high-speed rail when Scott Walker first became governor.

We then transitioned to bicycles (21:50), as Pfaff just spent some time on French Island riding with students to school. We discussed how both rural and city roads are mostly unsafe for bicyclists — if not just inconvenient.

Ended the show (35:45), like usual, how the state has sat on what is now $3-5 billion in budget surplus with a “full-time” state Legislature that takes the last nine months of its 24-month term off. 

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. Roy

    June 11, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    It’s great that Rick’s friends come to see him often. They get a photo op-Rick gets audio to do a follow up news story to stretch the exposure cycle for his friends.
    In the old days of air-time, shows like this with Democrat candidates would have to be exactly timed in order to offer the exact amount of equal time to Republican candidates, free of charge. It was called The Fairness Doctrine. Rick’s never heard of it.

  2. walden

    June 11, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    Solem: “I love you, Brad”

    Brad Pfaff: “You know, it’s very difficult to live up to your idolatry”.

    Solem: “Thank you for your effort; did I tell you I love you?”

    All’s well at the WIZM playhouse.

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