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Why nobody campaigns on banning phones in school or helping homeless with UW-L’s Chergosky, plus previewing Biden-Trump debate

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UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on June 21, 2024.

A quick rundown of what we discussed with UW-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky, includes campaigns not talking about a lot of real issues (homelessness, kids using social media), Donald Trump’s proposal getting rid of taxes on tips and the upcoming Joe Biden-Trump debate.


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.

A good part of the show dealt with why politicians aren’t campaigning on easy things like banning phones in school or giant, difficult problems like the housing crisis and homelessness.

We also dove into Trump’s proposal of not taxing tipped wages — a proposal US House Rep. Derrick Van Orden is in favor of, and the fact that the House could pass that bill right now.

Plus, how the Biden campaign could capitalize on that, or copy it, and what the current president has done along those same lines.

And, in terms of Biden-Trump, the debate is set for Thursday, so we discussed that a bit and whether it’s a good strategy to get the candidates on the air more or less. Some argue that got Trump elected in 2016, broadcasting his rallies — essentially free air time. 

Began the show talking about protesters spray painting Stonehenge orange and both how that doesn’t seem like a great way to protest and also, can you just walk right up to the stones?

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. Nathan

    June 21, 2024 at 10:14 pm

    How would banning phones in school work? In theory, could the school board do that? I doubt it, but I’d actually run on that platform. Kids were fine being informed by the office in case of emergencies before cell phones, and they could be again. (Sorry, didn’t listen yet if answered in the show.)

  2. Kent Porter

    June 22, 2024 at 11:37 am

    I AM RUNNING FOR WRITE IN MAYOR. I WILL HELP THE HOMELESS , GET ON THE BUS TO GO TO THEIR NEW HONE IN DELEWARE , WHERE JOE BIDEN HAS SPEMT ONE THIRD OF HIS PRESIDENCY SITTING ON THE BEACH !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Roy

    June 22, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    Solem’s attempt to force the homeless issue into this year’s campaign is a dud. The politicians realize that the issue is a non-starter. La Crosse’s current mayor pledged to solve the problem when he ran 3 years ago. Millions of dollars have been spent been spent locally with no progress to report. The mayor is no longer at the front of the issue, instead hoping others will pick up the banner. If he decides to seek re-election next year, he’s very vulnerable on this issue.
    Solem’s statement that “lack of housing trickles down to homelessness” is a joke. The vagrants sleeping along the river and in the marshes are there for reasons other than the housing situation. They are there because La Crosse allows them to be there. It’s not up to us to clean up their act.

  4. nick

    June 23, 2024 at 11:56 am

    The homeless situation will never be solved; most do not want help.
    Teachers are constantly complaining about cell phone use in classrooms. Have the children place in them in a basket at the start of class.
    If one refuses or has two cellphones and takes the other out, automatic suspension.
    Teachers have to control the school and parents have to start parenting.

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