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Lame Duck Session - where we stand

Wisconsin State Senate Floor Session

The Senate, after several hours of recess, has come back into session. Earlier in the day the Senate voted along party lines to approve 82 appointments that suddenly appeared on the floor. The Senate also voted to pass one of the three bills that remained, covering tax breaks to pass-through tax entities and funding for road construction in the state. This was considered the least controversial of the bills.

Live Streaming from the Capitol

WisEye Morning Minute: News Conference - Pre-JFC Public Hearing

Where we are now?   The Senate has amazingly re-convened after several hours, took up some amendments, at which point the Democrats decided to go into caucus to discuss the amendments. The BOTTOM video is the current live stream of the Senate session. There also apparently are plans for the Assembly to finally convene at 10 PM. 

Live stream of hearing on lame duck bills

Joint Committee on Finance

Watch here!  The stream on the wiseye.org site has been pretty unreliable, probably due to the number of people watching.  They seem to now have a live stream on YouTube which is embedded here. 

$4 dinners at Menomonie Market

Pulled Pork Dinner

A new project at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op is the $4 dinner. Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 the Co-op offers a different $4 dinner. I go almost every week now, and it's a chance to have a wholesome, healthy, filling dinner at a low price. Take-out dinners are also available at the same price. There is a link to the dinner menu for the next few weeks below. 

Opinion

A Long Day's Journey Into Night

Madison Capitol at Night

As Wisconsinites, we have grown used to odd political moves, late-night sessions, and closed-door policymaking. But the events of last night and the early morning are stunning. 

Speed and Secrecy: The Last Act

Kathleen Vinehout

If you were a legislative leader in Wisconsin, and had an opportunity to pass new laws before your party’s governor left office, what would you do? What would you fix as your last act in power?

As I face my last Senate votes, I am working hard to understand what laws my Republican colleagues choose to pass before the new Democratic Governor takes office.

Wisconsin GOP -- elections don't matter, we'll still run everything

Wisconsin voters elected Democrats to the state-wide offices of Governor and Attorney General.  As we are so often reminded by the Republicans, elections have consequences. There is supposed to be a balance of power between the Governor's office and the legislature. Yet the still-GOP-controlled legislature is holding a lame-duck session starting tomorrow with the sole purpose of clawing back power from the Governor's and Attorney General's offices and moving it to the legislature. 

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Wisconsin LWV statement on Extraordinary Session Bills

December 3, 2018
To: Joint Committee on Finance
Re: December 2018 Extraordinary Session Bills
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has long held that the legislature must be
responsible to the citizens. Our positions, which reflect careful grassroots research and
consensus, state that legislative leaders, committees, and members should represent the state
as a whole as well as their own districts. The legislature should make decisions that meet state

League of Women Voters: Lame-duck session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive Director
November 30, 2018     608-256-0827; [email protected]

Changes in the Eau Claire restaurant scene

A few big changes in some highly-valued restaurants in Eau Claire:

The popular coffee shop Racy D'Lene's and the associated breakfast spot The Nucleus are changing hands. They have been purchased by Pablo Properties, currently involved in The Oxbow Hotel and The Lismore in Eau Claire. Pablo Properties has promised to not make big changes in either of the very popular spots, but the new owners do intend to attempt to source more local ingredients.

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