Walker touts Gundersen’s economic impact, bipartisanship

2012-06-12T00:00:00Z 2012-06-12T16:41:39Z Walker touts Gundersen’s economic impact, bipartisanshipBy Chris Hubbuch | chubbuch@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

Gov. Scott Walker was back in La Crosse on Monday for the first time since winning the historic recall election, and he promised to return often despite losing the county to Democrat Tom Barrett.

Walker toured Gundersen Lutheran’s new Integrated Center for Education as part of his post-election tour of the state.

Despite winning here in 2010 and widening his margin of victory last week in 53 counties, Walker lost the county this time around by about 2,000 votes. He declined to speculate why.

The Republican governor cautioned against personalizing differences in politics and said the majority of state business is not partisan.

“The election is over,” he said. “There is no opponent.”

The media event was attended by two Democratic legislators, Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse and Rep. Steve Doyle of Onalaska, who plan to attend a bipartisan cookout today at the governor’s residence in Madison.

Located in the basement of the former Gund Brewery ice house, the $2 million surgical training center includes a full-size operating room with an automated mannequin patient and computerized monitors that can track a doctor’s every move during training.

Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen’s chief executive, said the center is a long-term investment  that will help the hospital attract top students.

The governor tried out a laproscopic training table that allows surgeons to hone their skills working inside a container meant to simulate a patient’s abdomen. Surgical residents use the device to practice cutting shapes from cloth, tying knots and even peeling grapes, said Dr. Shanu Kothari. Surgery is moving in the same direction as air travel, where pilots practice first in simulators, Kothari said.

Watching on a video monitor, Walker used tiny pliers on the ends of steel rods to move a pencil holder from one peg to another. He dropped the rubber triangle, prompting Doyle to quip that he should stick to politics.

On a serious note, Walker touted the hospital’s role in creating jobs: Not only does Gundersen employ more than 6,000 people, its ongoing clinic expansion is responsible for about 200 construction-related jobs and its cost-effective care creates a draw for other businesses.

“You guys are making it happen right here in the western part of Wisconsin,” Walker said. “We’re proud of the great assets we have in the state — Gundersen Lutheran is part of that.”

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  1. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - June 12, 2012 7:58 pm
    Their has been voter fraud in the Wisconsin Legislature hayseed. Here is your link for proof
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDiQgcVUZ3Q
  2. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 7:49 pm
    Midwestmom is on the money again. There are steps that could be taken in state to drive health costs down. There are steps that could be taken to drive real wages up. There are steps that could be taken to bring back a robust middle class.

    In fact there are lots of problems going unaddressed in Wisconsin, but nobody wants to deal with them.

    Instead we get high profile push button partisan topics that don't do anything for the citizens.
  3. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 6:12 pm
    I wonder if Scoot would have won if we had voter ID?
  4. MIdwest Mom
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    MIdwest Mom - June 12, 2012 5:14 pm
    Gunersen has had a big economic impact on our family, as well. But the Republicans don't want to talk about how to solve the health care problem. They only want to talk about what they would not do.
  5. Mr Bluejeans
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    Mr Bluejeans - June 12, 2012 5:07 pm
    W@nker should have had that brain transplant while at Gundersen.
  6. Country Boy
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    Country Boy - June 12, 2012 4:56 pm
    I wonder if Lehman would have won if we had Voter ID? It's these kind of elections (smaller overall votes) that can really change the outcome.

    http://wisupnorth.com/2012/06/wisconsin-recall-was-there-voter-fraud-in-racine/
  7. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 4:42 pm
    RACINE, Wis. — Racine County officials say their vote canvass shows that Democrat John Lehman picked up 55 votes in his recall challenge against state Sen. Van Wanggaard.

    The canvass Tuesday found that Lehman extended his lead over Republican incumbent to 834 votes.

    Lehman had 36,351 votes, or 50.6 percent, while Wanggaard received 35,517 votes, or 49.4 percent.

    The canvass isn’t official until the state Government Accountability Board certifies the results. That’s expected to happen next week.

    Dan Romportl is with the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate. He says Wanggaard will decide by the end of the week whether to request a recount.

    Brad Wojciechowski is a spokesman for the State Senate Democratic Committee. He says Wanggaard should take the high road and concede the election immediately.
  8. Seriously Now
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    Seriously Now - June 12, 2012 3:29 pm
    Darn, there'd be a lot more people hired if it wasn't that silly drug testing.
  9. Nags
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    Nags - June 12, 2012 2:28 pm
    Maybe they've taken the high road, and are out of view of the people like you that are still interested in continuing the fighting?
  10. Your Mom
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    Your Mom - June 12, 2012 1:01 pm
    The divided and the conquered usually are.
  11. southeast
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    southeast - June 12, 2012 11:14 am
    I thought with the recall over he'd have to go back to his job as governor.
  12. LAX
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    LAX - June 12, 2012 10:48 am
    Wonder how many folks' homes Gundersen Lutheran will foreclose on this week?
  13. deezus
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    deezus - June 12, 2012 10:20 am
    Wow, look at all of that butt hurt below. Stay bitter...
  14. LooneyLeft
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    LooneyLeft - June 12, 2012 9:20 am
    The media event was attended by two Democratic legislators, Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse and Rep. Steve Doyle of Onalaska, who plan to attend a bipartisan cookout today at the governor’s residence in Madison.....the cookout tim.............
  15. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - June 12, 2012 9:13 am
    Did you get the wrong article LL?
  16. Letitsnow
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    Letitsnow - June 12, 2012 9:11 am
    The jobs are out there, but some of these people would rather get the free handout and just complain of no jobs out there. If some of these people that were able to work did, they could help Wisconsin by paying taxes, thus allowing more money for the state. Everywhere you go, there are help wanted signs. The problem is, is they may have to WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!
  17. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 9:11 am
    "Walker used tiny pliers on the ends of steel rods to move a pencil holder from one peg to another."

    This is actually more detailed and complicated than his job plan.
  18. Buggs Raplin
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    Buggs Raplin - June 12, 2012 9:00 am
    I was hoping now that the recall is over, Scooter might stay away from the area.
  19. LooneyLeft
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    LooneyLeft - June 12, 2012 8:51 am
    ok me loons, i got a plan...lets dress up as brats and crash the party....this is gonna be fun.....someone call burnout, LA, jobaba tim and all me loons and we can chant, bang drums and trash the place just like old times.....then we can run to Illinois and be cowards .oh i cant wait......
  20. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - June 12, 2012 8:45 am
    No. I was the guy that was in Walker's Office that got arrested.
  21. Letitsnow
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    Letitsnow - June 12, 2012 8:33 am
    Tim, weren't you the guy they arrested at wal-mart?
  22. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - June 12, 2012 8:22 am
    Talk about quick wit. Boy you are really good Letitsnow. NOT!
  23. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - June 12, 2012 8:12 am
    34 states have HIGHER unemployment then Wisconsin. 5 states have the same as Wisconsin. as of April 2012.
  24. Letitsnow
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    Letitsnow - June 12, 2012 8:11 am
    Oh joblabla, your so smart and have such quick wit. Must come from your advanced age and experience. NOT ! By the whey were is you buddy burnout, in rehab or maybe jail?
  25. Tim Russell
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    Tim Russell - June 12, 2012 8:03 am
    I think he was misquoted. He probably said "you'se guys ...." not "you guys ...."
  26. fish37
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    fish37 - June 12, 2012 7:51 am
    i want him to show how the budget is really balanced, not pushed down the road.. i want him to explain how most of his workers are under john doe investigation and he knows nothing...i want him to explain a defense fund for himself.. why wont he ?? and he was for and started recalls in milwaukee..and waukesha. why isnt he pushing for charges against ryan and romney for giving subs for votes..
  27. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 7:47 am
    Uh...actually yeah. The whole country is doing better now that President Cheney has a new heart.

    And Wisconsin is behind the rest of the country-- FORWARD! so we can catch up!
  28. Jobaba
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    Jobaba - June 12, 2012 7:45 am
    Yes, that is a wonderful photo of our leader. His mouth looks as if it is just barely on the verge of forming the word "jobs". But only just barely.
  29. laxcitizen
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    laxcitizen - June 12, 2012 7:44 am
    agree with Fubar, some of the crybabies are still here,whining, complaining and working with personal attacks. That's the best they can do. Your Mom: where are all the jobs? I'm not a loser under Walker, I am a supporter, and I'm working! I am NOT in the unemployment line. These stupid comments about Walker personally, as well as unemployment comments are not making your position heard. Look at the Wisconsin budget....look at WI unemployment numbers.....and again as Fubar said, this is a national problem, not just WI. I feel embarrassed to know that we have stupidity aside from bipartisan issues, (well, maybe the same)!
  30. SunMan6731
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    SunMan6731 - June 12, 2012 7:42 am
    There are actually 100 jobs listed on the Gundersen Lutheran Website.
  31. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - June 12, 2012 7:24 am
    And the whole country is doing better? This is a national problem, not just a Wisconsin problem.
  32. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - June 12, 2012 7:23 am
    How much work can a man get done when he was forced to spend a year fighting for his job against Liberal babies and their recall?
  33. Country Boy
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    Country Boy - June 12, 2012 7:12 am
    "There's ol sleepy eye, still pretending he did something"
    Yep...you are right. I saw Steve Doyle in the background.
  34. drwho
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    drwho - June 12, 2012 7:09 am
    Love the pic. Walker looks a bit like Marty Feldman.
  35. Stephan
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    Stephan - June 12, 2012 7:00 am
    There's ol sleepy eye, still pretending he did something. How many jobs, forget the seasonal jobs he keeps counting twice, and his accomplishment, nothing.
  36. ShudaElectedBigJimmy
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    ShudaElectedBigJimmy - June 12, 2012 6:43 am
    rufus- Hate changes no mind and hate and rage are not sustainable, just like non-individual funded pensions. It has been a week and reality is sinking in and surprise their hateful rants did not turn minds their way. PS: they need no encouragement.
  37. April Fool
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    April Fool - June 12, 2012 6:39 am
    Scooter looks as confused as ever.
  38. Your Mom
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    Your Mom - June 12, 2012 6:37 am
    The better question is, "Where are all the jobs?" The losers under Walker aren't on "vacation"; they're in the unemployment line.
  39. rufus
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    rufus - June 12, 2012 6:27 am
    Where are all the sore losers?? Used to be anytime Walkers face was on here they would be all over it... Must be on summer vacation.
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