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Senator Vinehout: Increasing Funding for Voucher and Charter Schools Comes at a Big Cost

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on February 7, 2017 - 4:31pm

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New estimate by LFB shows funding parity price tag is over $100M

ALMA, WI - For many years, voucher and charter school advocates sought funding parity while rural schools struggle to stay open. Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) responded to a new analysis done by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau pegging the parity price tag at over $100M.


Senator Kathleen Vinehout commented, “I cannot sit idly by while voucher and charter school advocates ask for more money when my rural public schools can barely afford the basics.”


Paul Ryan half-heartedly endorses Trump policies

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on February 5, 2017 - 10:13am
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On this morning's NBC NEWS' Meet The Press with Chuck Todd Paul Ryan defended the position of the president on many issues, with just enough pull-back to make himself sound sane. It is interesting to watch the line that Republicans are treading at the moment as they need to defend the antics of the increasingly erratic president while remaining loyal to their party and still looking like they are the adults in the room. He starts by back-tracking on the Iran sanctions


Speaker Ryan, welcome back to Meet The Press.


Thanks for having me.


Let's start with news of the-- of Friday. Iran sanctions, new executive order signed. There is wide support in Congress for more sanctions on Iran—


That's right.


That is clear. Let me ask you this, though. Would you like to see the beginnings of trying to get out of the nuclear deal?


Well, a lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I never supported the deal in the first place. I thought it was a huge mistake. But the multilateral sanctions are done. So—


Done meaning you're not going to be able to put that back together--


Yeah, I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place.


Should we try, though?


So, I don’t think we-- I think we should expend our effort where it can pay off the most. And that's why I think what they're doing now does make a lot of sense. So I think the key is to rigorously enforce this deal. But also, remember, they're testing ballistic missiles. They're still the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Human rights abuses galore.

And so those are where I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, "We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account." This last administration did not do that. This new administration needs to do that. And I think that's what you're getting here.


Is there-- Where is the line here? Are you concerned that Iran might retaliate, and suddenly we're a part of the proxy war in Yemen? I mean--


But look what they were doing, we're appeasing them already. So it couldn't get worse--

Progressive Talk Radio returns to Wisconsin

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on February 2, 2017 - 2:11pm

Progressive Talk Radio returned to Wisconsin yesterday.

Mike Crute, one of the hosts of Devil's Advocates, recently purchased 1510 AM in the Milwaukee area, changing the format from Spanish-Language Sports to all-talk progressive radio. The station has limited coverage in the state (mostly the Milwaukee area) but is available via live stream everywhere.

A great deal of encouragement for this came from the Citizen Action Radio-Active project (link is external) in Milwaukee, which has been monitoring right-wing talk radio in the Milwaukee area for some time now.

Sen. Vinehout - Who Has Been Watching Spending at DOT?

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on January 31, 2017 - 12:28pm
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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“Let me see how much you spent,” my mother said when I returned from the store. As the oldest of five children, I was often sent to the store to buy groceries. When I returned home, my mother checked the grocery bag, the receipt and counted the change.

I knew I could buy no more than exactly what was on her list. She knew how much everything should cost. I needed to answer for every penny I spent. Everything needed to add up.
This simple accountability seems to be completely missing at our Department of transportation (DOT).

The AltGov Twitter List

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on January 29, 2017 - 5:55pm

I've made an attempt at pulling together all of the Alt and Rogue Federal Government Twitter feeds in one place - Please follow along here, or subscribe at the link at the bottom of the widget. Let me know who I missed.

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