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Menomonie School board discusses budget, Native American Mascots, and subscriptions for agendas and minutes

Commendations to attendees of Model Schools Convention

Board President Amy Swanson apologizes for a statement she made at the last board meeting which could have been construed as insensitive to homeless people.

Enough of Divide and Conquer Politics

Senator Jeff Smith Headshot

When politicians have no answers, they find a way to distract constituents. Politicians have a knack for finding a scapegoat to blame when a plan is failing. It’s been the game played by politicians for decades.

How polarized are Wisconsin lawmakers?

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Talk of political polarization — epitomized by the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats — is ubiquitous these days. Watch the nightly news, read a newspaper article about a political issue or talk to someone about politics, and the topic of polarization will likely come up.

The perils of a one-man enterprise

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As has probably been apparent, posting and maintenance at Wis.Commuity has been more than a little slow lately. It's one of the problems with having what is essentially a one-man operation (not for lack of trying to spread the work through the community). The gist of it is that if I for one reason or another cannot work every day, things suffer. 

This is No Time for Legislators to Rest

Senator Jeff Smith

Students are floating down the river while friends and families are enjoying outdoor fairs and festivals. It’s finally summer; time for a break, right?

BALDWIN, CAPITO CHAMPION BIPARTISAN REFORM TO IMPROVE PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice workforce to keep pace with patient need and to help improve the well-being of Americans with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

More speeches from Families Belong Together

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More videos of speeches from the Families Belong Together event in Eau Claire. Today's video is speeches from Andrew Werthmann, Ann Francis, and Zoe Roberts.

Riverview Beach Closed in Eau Claire

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Riverview Beach in Eau Claire has been closed due to unsafe bacteria levels.  Full details are available at the link below.

Trust The Voters

Redistricting is right around the corner in 2021. New legislative and congressional district maps will be drawn up after the census by the political party in charge. Gerrymandered maps will give the party in charge a secure advantage for the next 10 years.

Governor Evers signs budget with 78 partial vetoes

This morning Governor Evers signed the budget forwarded from the legislature, but added 78 partial vetoes. The end result is a budget that is a compromise between Evers' budget proposal and the bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. The entire veto messages is included below, but some of the primary items of interest include

Mareya Sigala Valdez speaks about detention camps at Families Belong Together

This speech is by community organizer Mareya Sigala Valdez as she spoke about the detention camps at the border and her experience working at them. I apologize for the fact that we only have audio of this speech, but due to the heat at the event we were having some problems with the video cameras overheating in the sunlight. With or without the video, this is worth listening to. 

Why are taxpayers subsidizing a cable industry windfall in the state budget?

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Cable and phone companies are getting a big windfall in the state budget and taxpayers are
going to pay the bill for the next ten years. Wisconsin Community Media can think of a lot
of better ways to spend tax dollars than subsidizing large telecommunications companies
like Charter Communications, Comcast and AT&T that are making a lot of money here in
Wisconsin through their cable TV, broadband and telephone services. We are asking

Jeff Smith - Independence and Freedom for All

Senator Jeff Smith

 

When we think of the 4th of July, we often think of parades, fireworks and gatherings throughout our community. It’s a day of remembrance and pride for our country. It’s the day we officially recognize that our forefathers declared our independence as a separate nation.

Rep. Jodi Emerson at Families Belong Together 2019

Families Belong Together Rally

Jodi Emerson speaks at 2019 Families Belong Together Rally

A Families Belong Together rally was held in Eau Claire in 2018 when the family separation policies at the Mexican Border first became apparent. This was well-attended, and a second rally was held today in Owen Park in Eau Claire. As several of the speakers pointed out, it is disappointing that not only does this policy still exist, but it has become severely worse in the past year. 

Guest Editorial, Mary Turck - What’ s Wrong With More Money for Border?

Overcrowding of Adult Females in PDT Holding Cell Observed by OIG on May 8, 2019

Yesterday, the House caved in and passed the Republican Senate version of “supplemental emergency” funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. military to use in border enforcement. The bill’s backers said it was necessary to meet humanitarian needs at the border. That’s a perversion of the term “humanitarian.”

The main problems with the bill:

2019 Half-Moon Dragon Boat Festival Canceled

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The 2019 Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled. According to a statement from Mayo Clinic today, the event will not be held this year due to a lack of participating teams.  This is disappointing as the festival has always been a fun event for participants and attendees. Let's hope it comes back again in the future. The photo is from last year's festival. We had noticed earlier in the day that the Facebook event and all associated web pages suddenly disappeared.

The Story Of Wisconsin's Singular Partial Veto

The state budget has gone to the Governor's desk, and at this point, he has a choice of signing it, doing a full veto of the budget, or doing a  partial veto. The partial veto in Wisconsin is much more powerful than in most states. This article, originally published at WisContext, explains how the Wisconsin Governor has ended up with peculiar veto power (though somewhat less peculiar than it used to be).

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on SCOTUS Gerrymandering Ruling

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today on two gerrymandering cases was disappointing but not surprising. And for the vast majority of Wisconsinites who want to ban gerrymandering in our state, this is not the end of the story. Not by a long shot.

Budget Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Tony Evers

The Wisconsin State Senate has passed the GOP Budget Bill and it is now heading to Gov. Tony Evers desk for signature. The bill passed 17-16 this afternoon, with two GOP Senators joining all of the Democrats in voting no. 

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