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Moderator Joe Heim stands between Sen. Dan Kapanke and then-state Rep. Jennifer Shilling as they debate Aug. 2, 2011, at the WKBT studios. 

Former state Sen. Dan Kapanke is poised to challenge the woman who took his seat in a recall election in the wake of the passage of Act 10, the law that stripped most public employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights.

The La Crosse Republican's campaign committee, Kapanke for Senate, has registered with the Government Accountability Board.

Kapanke was elected to the 32nd District seat in 2004 and won re-election in 2008 before then-95th District Assembly Rep. Jennifer Shilling defeated him in the recall election in August 2011.

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Shilling was elected to a full term in November 2012 with 58 percent of the vote. Now Shilling leads the minority Democrats in the state Senate.

Kapanke also gave 10-term U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, the toughest re-election campaign of his career. Kind got 50.3 percent of the vote and Kapanke 46.5 percent in 2010 in the 3rd District race.

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I think Kapanke should try to cover his balding forehead with a comb down like Donald Trump. And he should start talking about building a Wall between IL & WI and making IL pay for it.
That will get him elected for sure!

Asiseeit

after July the republican party will be over

awol2009

Neither candidate offers a lot for what our State Senate needs. Jen would be the lesser of two evils to hold this seat. Be careful if Dan knocks on your door with his wife in tow. She's a well-known prescription drug thief ; don't let her past your front door. Dan is a hard campaigner. I'll look forward to kicking him off our property when he's out begging for votes. The guy is creepy with intense, spooky ice blue eyes.

Tee Time

That's weird. Dan is actually pretty nice for a simpleton. "Creepy"? I agree his wife is a druggie, and Dan is just a go-along to get-along establishment goof. But he in my opinion is better than the blowhard anti-gun, baby-killing demon-crat Shilling.

capedcrusader

Prove what you just said.

corys1181

I'll take the monkey over these two

LaCrosseTaxPayer

Are any of the monkeys still alive from Myrick Park? Any one of them would be a much better choice than Kapanke or Shilling, come to think about it, one of the monkeys would be a better choice in Washington also, at least we wouldn’t have to listen to all the B$ and lies like we do now!!

Al Webb

Shilling has been in the State House way too long. Very ineffectual in dealing with the Republicans. No thanks to Schilling!

capedcrusader

Who is ever successful working with Republicans?

oldhomey

An extremely warm and sincere greeting to you, Old Pal Al. It is SO nice to see that you are upset with the way Democrats deal with the Republicans in Wisconsin. Let's see if that changes after the changes that will come with the results in the November elections. Your crocodile tears will perhaps be real, salty tears at that time.

capedcrusader

Where does Kapanke stand on the road through the Marsh issue?

lookout

Kapanke was a disgrace then and still is. His views are still the same as when he got booted out of office so why bother voting for him when he was fired for the views he had back then. Shillings done more to focus on what the people want then he ever did. Kapanke was only in it for the free ride he got out of it. And I don't think the people will ever give him another job in government unless it's a dog catchers job

Al Webb

What has Shilling ever accomplished for the State? Nothing!

capedcrusader

What had Kapanke?

jharrimjr

All Wett, what has Schilling ever accomplished? She has stood against the darkness of the neo-Fascist takeover of the formerly great State of WI. Anyone who takes a stand against the near-treasonous efforts of RepubliClownism has accomplished much.

fish37

you are correct jhar

gn400

Anyone, and I mean anyone would be an improvement over Jennifer Shrilling. Get that whinny nasally voice off the radio and TV news.

oldhomey

gn, we are all SO impressed on how you weigh the efficacy of your elected officials. We're all surely going to follow through on your informed opinion and vote accordingly. Does your wife whinny, or if you are yourself a woman, do you whinny? Horse apples, I say.

Gram2jalen

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Al Webb

I agree!

Tim Russell

It's pretty clear that the La Crosse County Republicans are suffering from the same problem that the State level Democrat Party has - they can't really find any interested candidates. With Julian and now Dan, it couldn't be clearer.

fish37

Kapanke wants everyone to sleep thru this election.

ELI

Jen's worst nightmare just came true. Her governor campaign just got halted and she is actually going to have to campaign only in the 32nd district. She knows, no one, and I do mean no one, will outwork Dan.

RINO Cowboy

Outwork, ELi? Arguable. The only thing that matters is the vote tally. Go Jennifer!

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Watch the sheer stupidity known as Jennifer Shilling:

Shilling Criticizes Unpaid Intern Proposal - Even Though She Uses Unpaid Interns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGCma2gA54

fish37

Good to see cougar got out of the kochs hot tub.

Buggs Raplin

At this time, I wish Dan good luck. I may even vote for him depending on his stance on the issues. I'd never vote for Jen following her capitulation to democratic principles with the Bucks vote, her endorsement of look-alike Hillary Clinton, and her silence on the north/south corridor issue.-

oldhomey

Yes, Buggs, we can all rest easy that Kapanke -- or "Dan" as you prefer because you are so intimately involved with local politics -- is. unlike "Jen", deathly against any sort of public subsidy to sports stadia. Ahem.

Machiavelli

[tongue_smile][tongue_smile][tongue_smile]Dan promises to build a wall between La Crosse and Onalaska. To keep them scrounger commuterbacks out. You know, those Onalaskans are shoplifters and speeders, they smuggle in the booze on Fridays...they dress funny and wear beehive hairdos and lots of other stuff too...[alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien][alien]

hammer

Wish he'd keep selling overpriced peanuts instead.

Wi Fan

I don't belong to any political party, Dan will have my vote as Schilling has never impressed me. In my conversations with her I have found her to be petty, shrill and whiney.

Jobaba

Wow! You must not have been around to hear Hanky after Scoot hung him out to dry!

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Watch this youtube video, Shilling shows what a hypocrite she is as well, what a doofus she is. Dan Kapanke would be a huge upgrade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGCma2gA54

oldhomey

Back on the Koch machine payroll are you, Snow?

takka

I can't wait to vote for Jennifer over old Danny Boy. Trump, Cruz, Bradley, and now Kapanke. The Republican Party should be ashamed of themselves.

Gram2jalen

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sylvester

He ought to stay home and keep His wife out of other people's medicine cabinets.

fish37

TRUE

Frangel45

One more 'wannabe politician' who does not recognize his serious shortcomings. He has no interest in doing the duty to the constituents he claims to want to represent - he just wants to join the lunacy of his destructive GOP friends in Madison. Please spare us all.

Gram2jalen

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oldhomey

I guess Kapanke wetted an index finger, stuck it up in the air and divined that the winds of change are ablowin', and he is going to ride on the coattails of this amazing GOP presidential race right into the depths of purgatory. His political astuteness is open to question.

Gram2jalen

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Jobaba

He's Baaaack! The poster boy for bad career politicians thinks we have all forgotten. Omg, the rock chip in the windshield that was claimed to be a union thug "smashed" window…and other foolish stories. This guy is worse than the new road thru the marsh.

Gram2jalen

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