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Gaps, Guardrails And The Fast-Advancing Math Of Partisan Gerrymandering

The arguments driving a potentially landmark court case over partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin may already be outdated.

How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

“Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the ‘Shadow Legislature.’”

These groups are often from outside Wisconsin and often funded by large donors. Behind the scenes, they push for policy, added at the last minute, which is unrelated to the state budget but changed laws.

Conservationists Endorse Patty Schachtner for SD10

MADISON – Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters proudly endorses Patty Schachtner for Wisconsin’s Senate District 10.

The upcoming special election on Jan. 16 in SD10 provides voters one of the first major opportunities to send a message to the anti-conservation elements in Madison and Washington D.C. by electing Patty Schachtner.

Looking Forward to 2018

Kathleen Vinehout

Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.

We’ve seen bitter temperatures to end the year. Like many, the cold caused its share of problems on our farm. I was reminded to appreciate running water when our well pump went out Christmas Eve. When an electric waterer failed, we carried buckets of water to our horses.

Looking Back on 2017

As the year draws to a close, I often look back on my time in the Legislature and think of decisions that have an effect on our families and our neighborhoods.

Sen. Shilling: Senate GOP calls for investigation into organization they dismantled two years ago

Jennifer Shilling

Contact: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, 608-266-5490

Sen. Janet Bewley, 608-266-3510

 

MADISON – Today, Senate GOP Leaders formally asked Attorney General Brad Schimel to investigate the Government Accountability Board, the now defunct agency republicans disbanded in 2015. The vote passed in the Committee on Senate Organization, 3-2, with Senators Fitzgerald, Roth, and Vukmir voting for the request and Senators Shilling and Bewley voting against.

Stepp to Oversee Environmental Protection for Midwest

Trump’s EPA Appoints Former DNR Secretary Who Left the Agency in Tatters

MADISON – In a damaging blow to Wisconsin’s – and its neighbors’ – environmental and public health, former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is now in charge of environmental protection for the entire Midwest.

Rep. Sargent Statement on Calls for Elections, Ethics Commission Resignations

Melissa Sargent

                                                                 December 15, 2017

Contact: Britt Cudaback, , 308-440-2939

 

Republican Bill Second-Guesses, Restricts Local Government

             Republican Bill Second-Guesses, Restricts Local Governments

Assembly bill would add restrictions to local governments raising money for transportation projects

 

Evers Campaign Statement on Foxconn Tax

“Today it was revealed that Wisconsin electrical customers are being asked to foot the bill for 40 years to build a new $140 million dollar facility to provide electricity for Foxconn.  It wasn't enough for Walker to give Foxconn a $3,000,000,000 sweetheart deal paid for by Wisconsin taxpayers.  Now Foxconn wants Wisconsin ratepayers to cough up another $140 million from their own wallets.  This deal just keeps getting worse and worse.  Scott Walker should be ash

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