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LWV Releases Primary Voter Guide

[MADISON, WI] - Ahead of the Spring Primary, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin offers the nonpartisan election resource . This “one-stop-shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help Wisconsin voters navigate the voting process.

Citizen Lobbyists Head to Madison for Clean Water

Lobbyists with Senator Jeff Smith

Clean Water Legislation has been a major issue in the capitol this year. One effective model for people concerned with issues in our legislature is citizen lobbying. On Jan. 30 I took a trip with the citizen lobbyists from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters as they lobbied their legislators for better clean water laws. 

Joe Luginbill Releases Statement

Joe Luginbill

Joe Luginbill released a statement today about his disappearance and the financial troubles he has left in Eau Claire. The document is attached below.

I feel it is important to make a statement to the media at this time. I know that my absence has led many to ask questions, and I regret how it has left people in the dark.

Ripples Continue Through the Community From Joe Luginbill

Joe Luginbill

This morning local TV station WQOW announced that the Eau Claire Police Department into the finances of Joe Luginbill's family foundation in October.

Menomonie Special School Board Meeting 1/27/2020

Menomonie WI School Board Special Meeting 1/27/2020

Our coverage of the Menomonie School District board meetings will resume tonight after missing several meetings due to staff conflicts. The agenda is attached and video of the meeting will become available some time on Tues., Jan 28.

The Poison Squad

Poison Squad

A new American Experience will air on PBS Wisconsin tonight (Jan 28) at 8 PM. The new episode, The Poison Squad, is based on the book by Debora Blum which tells the story of government scientist Dr. Harvey Wiley. In a period where food and drugs could contain almost anything, Dr. Wiley was responsible for research that eventually pushed Congress to pass laws to protect consumers.

Updates to Joe Luginbill Story

Joe Luginbill

We have some short updates to the story yesterday about Joe Luginbill. , Luginbill's family today released a statement:

Dear Eau Claire friends and neighbors,

Jeff Smith - It’s Time to Prioritize Rural Prosperity

Senator Jeff Smith

During the State of the State, Governor Tony Evers reflected on the accomplishments made in 2019 and the priorities we must carry out in the year ahead. As we draw closer to the end of this legislative session, we have a stronger sense of urgency to get things done.

 

Where in the World is Joe Luginbill?

Updated to reflect previous small claims court issue at the foundation's previous address. Note also that recent information that has come to light brings much of his backstory mentioned below into question. Many of the previously-published stories about his life may be in error or exaggerated. 

Our Environmental Film Festival - Right To Harm Canceled

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We just received word from Tugg that they have canceled our film showing because they are "no longer operating in our area". We are more than a little bewildered by this and are exploring alternatives to show the film here. Watch this space.

Democracy Fatigue

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Tired of fighting? Feel like voting / marching / calling Congress / all of it is pointless? Maybe you are suffering from democracy fatigue, which threatens to become both epidemic and chronic in the United States.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Responds to State of the State Address

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden has offered the following statement in response to Governor Evers' 2020 State of the State address:

Gov. Evers Delivers State of the State Speech

Gov. Evers

In tonight's State of the State speech, Governor Evers recognized several bills that have been passed through bipartisan efforts. He then went on to set an agenda of things that need to be accomplished, including creating a task force on student debt in Wisconsin, making higher education more available to people in Wisconsin without the burden of long-term debt.

Jeff Smith - Surprise! It’s a Bill!

Sen. Smith

Last week, Governor Tony Evers assigned homework for the Legislature to accomplish in the new year. Governor Evers urged bipartisan cooperation to tackle some of the most pressing issues in our state and create solutions Wisconsinites support to close the dark store loophole, lower insulin costs, protect our water, address homelessness and more.

 

What Are PFAS And Why Are They A Problem?

A group of chemicals known as PFAS are prompting increasing attention and concern across Wisconsin, turning up in drinking water in Marinette and rivers in Madison and elsewhere

7th CD Democratic Candidate Forum - New Video

Tricia Zunker

Wisconsin Senate District 7 Candidate Forum

Even though it is a little out of our normal coverage area, tonight we will be driving up to Rice Lake to cover the 7th CD Candidate Forum. will include the Democratic candidates (Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale) for the 7th CD seat which is vacant due to Sean Duffy's resignation.

Time to Patch and Upgrade on Windows

Windows

There is lots of security news for your windows computer today. First off, Microsoft has released their January 2020 patch bundle, and you really want to install this one. It features a serious patch to a cryptographic library . Get patching.

Jeff Smith - Good Government Demands Redistricting Reform

Senator Jeff Smith

Every new year is an opportunity to reflect on what we can do better moving forward. When the New Year is the first of a new decade we think even bigger. What can we do in this new decade to become the sibling, parent, neighbor, colleague or citizen we’re expected to be?

 

Appeals Court Blocks Voter Purge

The legal struggle over the purge of Wisconsin voters from the voter polls continues.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Refuses to Expedite Voter Purge Case

In a somewhat surprising move, the state Supreme Court today decided 3-3 not to hear the pending litigation on the purging of possibly-moved voters in an expedited manner. Newly-elected conservative justice Brian Hagedorn joined the two more liberal judges Ann Walsh Bradley and Rebecca Dallet in voting to not hear the case.