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A space for civil discussion of Wisconsin (and national) politics. People who do not maintain a civil tone or who are threatening will be removed from this space. In this context consider politics in a wide sense - not just inter-party squabbling.

Lafayette County Board tables SWIG ordinance

Criticizing the reporting of the SWIGG study

In a sometimes-contentious meeting tonight, the full Lafayette County Board let the proposed ordinance to control the release of information on the SWIGG study die for the time being.

Lafayette County committee passes amended rule on SWIGG study information release

Update - I just spoke to board member Kriss Marion. The meeting has ended, and the Land Conservation committee passed the rule with several amendments.

Jeff Smith - Playing the Blame Game

Senator Jeff Smith

President Harry Truman followed the mantra, ‘the buck stops here.’ These are honorable, and even courageous words to lead by. His motto was displayed on his White House desk and was proudly expressed in his speeches.  He reminded us not to pass blame on to others.

 

This is exactly what’s happening now in Wisconsin.

Live Assembly Floor Session including special session on gun safety

The state Aseembly is currently in session. Governor Evers has called a special session to consider gun safety issues. It is expected that Republican leadership will simply gavel that special session in and then gavel out immediately. This should happen some time after 2 PM. Governor Evers is still hopeful that the Assembly will actually discuss the bills under consideration to force universal background checks and to adopt a Red Flag law.&nbsp

Wisconsin Farmers Union on Pfaff firing

Wisconsin Farmers Union appreciates Brad Pfaff's long-time commitment to family farmers, and we are disappointed in the dysfunction witnessed on the Senate floor today.

Senate fires DATCP secretary nominee Pfaff

Brad Pfaff

Today Governor Tony Evers celebrated his 68th birthday sitting in the Senate chamber and watching his nominee for DATCP Secretary go down in flames. The Senate spent much of the day debating rules and jockeying for power over what testimony would be allowed in the discussion about Secretary-Elect Pfaff. 

Senate Live Floor Session DATCP Secretary Pfaff - Pfaff not confirmed

It has often been said that watching laws being made is like watching sausage being made - you don't want to see the details. Here is an example of our Legislature making sausage you just do not want to eat. The Senate is debating the confirmation of DATCP Secretary Pfaff. 

- Update - Pfaff was not confirmed. 14 Ayes, 19 Nos, strictly along party lines. More later. The Senate has re-convened and is now considering other business.

Broadband Expansion: Broadband for Those Who Need It Most

Senator Jeff Smith

We’re facing one of the largest infrastructure challenges in Wisconsin history. The decisions we make today on broadband expansion can either make Wisconsin a leader or allow us to fall behind in the digital age.

 

The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.

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In the glare of the hotly contested 2018 elections, things did not go ideally for ES&S, the nation’s largest manufacturer of voting technology.