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Submitted by Steve Hanson on October 26, 2016 - 1:33pm

Wis.community is a central space for discussions and information about things going on in Wisconsin. Think of it as a collection of mini web sites for different topics and regions of the state. It is a place where you can create an account and talk about topics that matter to you, see news about issues and topics, and keep track of what is going on. We are particularly working on a calendar that imports events from other calendars around the state, and keeps you informed of events. 

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Cranberry Creek Farm CAFO Hearing 3/28/2017

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 28, 2017 - 7:17pm

A hearing was held today about the re-issuance of the WPDES permit for Cranberry Creek Farm. Cranberry Creek is asking to expand from approximately 2000 cows to over 7000. May testified at the hearing today, raising various issues with the state of the permit application, while also questioning the wisdom of a farm fo that scale in an area that is already suffering from groundwater degradation.

This is the second application that has been filed for the farm. The first was contentious because it seemed in many areas to be incomplete or inaccurate, including listing other properties for manure spreading for which no agreement had been made.

Cranberry Creek CAFO Hearing 3/28/2017 Full Testimony

Healthcare: What’s Next? - Senator Kathleen Vinehout

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 28, 2017 - 7:10pm
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Obamacare is the law of the land,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the nation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
The much-maligned Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 will stay in place.
Self-employed older Americans and state budget directors breathed a sigh of relief. The Republican plan would have raised rates for older people on Healthcare.gov, shifted taxes away from the well-off, and shifted to states more costs for low-income, disabled and elderly (through Medicaid).

We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 25, 2017 - 6:19pm
by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, March 22, 2017, 5 a.m.

When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.

"Obamacare" he wrote in January, "does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked ‘Health Choices Commissioner' to determine what coverage and treatments are available to you."

There's one problem with Cassidy's ominous-sounding assertion: It's false.

Five things your ISP can do if Congress Repeals the FCC's Privacy Protections

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 23, 2017 - 10:33am

Interesting article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

1.  Selling your data to marketers

2. Hijacking your searches

3. Snooping through your traffic and inserting ads

4. Pre-installing software on your phone and recording every URL you visit

5. Injecting undetectable, undeletable tracking cookies in all of your HTTP traffic

How do they know this? Because all of these things were done previously by ISP's until they were stopped. 

Are Waters in Wisconsin Meeting Water Quality Standards?

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 22, 2017 - 11:49am
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“The bottom line is: Are waters meeting water quality standards?” George Meyer told the Audit Committee at a recent hearing.
“[Wisconsin is] adding hundreds of impaired waters every year,” Mr. Meyer added. “It’s because of discharged nitrates and phosphorus.”
“Regulations and laws are only as good as enforcement.” Mr. Meyer said. “In the last few years [there has been] a substantial reduction in enforcement actions both in the wildlife area and the environmental area.”
Mr. Meyer knows about enforcing laws to protect our natural resources. For eight years, he served as the DNR Secretary under Governor Thompson.

Paul Ryan - Granny Killer

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 22, 2017 - 11:48am

In the new age of Trump politics, you can count on a lot of alternate truth. Much of it comes from the "Wisconsin Miracle" wrought by our governor and the likes of Paul Ryan. We are about to find out if we are going to take the somewhat flawed Obamacare and replace it with the totally nonfunctional Trumpcare. If this happens we by and large have Paul Ryan to blame. 

Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 15, 2017 - 12:59pm
Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“All we seek is help to get the basic broadband services that you all take for granted,” Justin Fortney from Clifton Township in Pierce County wrote to me.  “It has been frustrating for us families to watch the digital revolution pass us by…We often…pack the family into the car and drive to a relative’s house or commercial business to use their Internet.”
According to the federal government’s most recent information, Wisconsin ranks last in the Midwest in both rural and urban broadband access with only 44% of rural folks accessing download speeds o

Another Trip down Memory Lane with Jack Benny

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on March 12, 2017 - 1:15pm
Jack Benny in To Be or Not To Be

This is partly a test to see if I have fixed the caching problems for the audio player, and partly just because I love old Jack Benny shows. In this one, we go back to the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" contest.  In 1945 as the war was drawing to a close, the show ran a contest with big prizes where you entered by sending in a card explaining why you can't stand Jack Benny.  This was seriously in tune with the self-deprecating humor of the show, and the continual jibes aimed at Jack. Enjoy this show.

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