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Town Hall in Menomonie with Ron Johnson Aide

Town Hall with aide to Senator Ron Johnson in Menomonie

July 18, 2017

Tom Petri, one of Ron Johnson's aides, held a town hall meeting in Menomonie last night to talk with Senator Johnson's constituents. Approximately 120 people attended the town hall, which was mostly respectful and grateful to Mr. Petri for coming to hear their concerns.

Talk Is All Health Care at the Art Fair

Kathleen Vinehout
July 17, 2017

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“My father-in-law is losing his health insurance,” Pam told me. She stopped to chat as we perused the booths at the Stockholm Art Fair.

Stockholm, population 66, has one of the best art fairs in western Wisconsin. Judging by the license plates, the fair is high on the list for Minnesotans too.

Music, Music, Music

Richard Thompson
July 15, 2017

We're partnering with Trebble.FM to bring some music to the site. We'll have a curated set of music that will rotate from time to time.  This week we're bringing you the inimitable Richard Thompson. This is a nice tool, lets you pull together embeddable music players from a lot of on-line sources. It's still in beta and - not quite perfect, but good enough to use as it is. Enjoy.  If you have suggestions for people you would like to hear and see, let us know.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch'

July 14, 2017

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, July 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

This story has been updated with a response from a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz.

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night.

Town Hall to be held with Ron Johnson Aide in Menomonie

July 14, 2017

This is on our events calendar, but it's particularly notable. Due to a great deal of commitment and work on the part of members of the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin, one of Ron Johnson's aides will hold a town hall meeting in Menomonie on Monday the 17th of July. This is notable since Johnson has refused in-person town halls, and in fact has had very few town hall meetings where one of his representatives has attended.

What Robert Mueller Learned From Enron

July 14, 2017

This story was co-published with The New York Times. It seems safe to assume that nobody read Donald Trump Jr.’s damning emails with a Kremlin-connected lawyer more closely than Robert Mueller. Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, will surely be making calls to everyone involved in the now…

Got Budget? No - and this is not a good thing

July 14, 2017

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

July 11, 2017

by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Danielle Ivory, The New York Times, July 11, 2017, 5 a.m.

President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Lawsuit To Halt Commission Hearing for Failure to Comply With Federal Law

July 10, 2017

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July 10, 2017

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Lawsuit To Halt Commission Hearing

for Failure to Comply With Federal Law

Lawsuit Also Demands Release of Information About the Commission Under Key Government Transparency Law

Eaux Claires Troix

Walk About Talk About - Eaux Claires Troix

July 10, 2017

Thanks to Chippewa Valley Community Television for their coverage of Eaux Claires Troix - a great time was had by all. Now if we could just get Justin Vernon to stop mis-spelling French words ---

Scott Walker Set to Sign Koch Anti-Regulations Bill in Wisconsin

July 10, 2017

A bill with the potential to hobble government agencies' ability to propose regulations, known as the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act, has passed in both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature and Republican Governor Scott Walker's office has told DeSmog he intends to sign it into law. REINS has been pushed for…

Seeking Solutions for State Road Budget

July 10, 2017

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

A tall man stopped me in the hall of the Capitol. “Can’t you just increase the gas tax?” he asked me. “I’m here to ask my Republican Senator to increase the gas tax. We need to fix the roads.”

Who is Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand Lecture Menomonie, WI

July 10, 2017

This lecture is part of the Menomonie Community Conversations series.

Dr Tim Schiell, Professor of Philosophy, UW Stout addressed  such questions as: Who is Any Rand? What were her "objectivist" teachings? How do her ideas apply to real world scenarios? Why has she inspired so many devoted followers but also so many rabid critics? What do you think of Rand's philosophy?

Where a Median-Income Wisconsinite's State Income Tax Dollars Went in 2016

July 5, 2017

When Wisconsin's legislature crafts the state budget every two years, it relies in part on state income tax payments from about 2.5 million households. In 2016, Wisconsinites paid $7.7 billion in state income taxes. These funds accounted for about 51 percent of the state's general purpose revenue, with the rest coming from other sources, including sales taxes, alcohol and cigarette taxes, and taxes on utility bills.

On the 4th - a quick reminder from Neil Young

Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Children of Destiny (Official Music Video)

July 1, 2017

One of the things that makes this country truly great is the will of the people.  Don't forget to exercise it.

Climate Change Effects: Sea Level Rise Speeding Up

June 28, 2017

Sea level rise is real, and it’s getting worse. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that global sea level rise jumped by 50 percent from 1993 to 2014, the most recent year for which data are available. In 2014, sea levels rose 3.3 millimeters—more than an eighth of an inch—while in 1993…

Researchers say we have three years to act on climate change before it's too late

June 28, 2017

If we want a smooth transition into a sustainable future, we need to act fast. A comment article in the journal Nature says we have to act fast if we hope for a painless transition to a low-carbon society. Pexel If you want to lose 10 pounds by a certain date there are, broadly speaking, two…