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Chippewa Valley Votes holds voter registration Sept. 25

Chippewa Valley Votes

Tuesday Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Chippewa Vally Votes is holding voter registration events throughout the Chippewa Valley Tuesday as part of that effort. 

Potato Disease, the UW and the Wisconsin Idea

Kathleen Vinehout

Late blight is a devastating potato and tomato disease that spreads quickly in late summer. It can wipe out a crop in just a few days. This disease caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s which led to the starvation or relocation of millions of Irish, including my ancestors.

Election Commission will have ambitious meeting before Nov. Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will hold a particularly long and extensive meeting tomorrow, Sept. 25. Part of the meeting will be devoted to getting feedback on plans to spend the $7 million federal grant for election security. Approximately $2.4 million of that money has been allocated to hire additional staff for security purposes, particularly before the November election. This money will be used to hire six additional staff for the next four years.

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Health Care

Questions on Health Care

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Care

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin recently held a forum on healthcare, concentrating on things that can be done for healthcare providers and ways to make it possible to provide more health care providers in the market.

Eau Claire Grassroots Festival

Wisconsin Grassroots Network and multiple other groups are holding a Grassroots Festival on Saturday at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. Wis.Community and Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin will have a table at the event, and if you're coming please stop in to visit. Registration and tabling start at 8 AM in the Ojibwe Ballroom. The actual festival will begin at 9.  The keynote speaker will be John Nichols. Tickets are still available at the link below.

Preview Screening of Dark Money Documentary

Dark Money Photo

Dark Money Trailer #1 (2018) | Movie Trailers

Wis.Community will be offering an opportunity to see the new PBS/POV documentary Dark Money before the national showing of the film on PBS.

Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Echo Reardon interview - 91st Assembly Republican Candidate

Campaign 2018: Echo Reardon (R) Candidate for 91st AD

Echo Reardon is the Republican Candidate for the 91st Assembly District. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Jodi Emerson Interview - 91st District Democratic Candidate

Campaign 2018: Jodi Emerson (D) Candidate for 91st AD

Part of our continuing coverage of the 2018 election and candidates - this is an interview with Jodi Emerson, Democratic Candidate for the 91st Assembly DIstrict. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video. 

November Election Voter Guide from League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Available Now

Date of Release or Mention: 
Friday, September 7, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2018   
Contact:  Eileen Newcomer, Voter Education Coordinator
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  • Steve Hanson
    6:51pm

    Tuesday Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Chippewa Vally Votes is holding voter registration events throughout the Chippewa Valley Tuesday as part of that effort. 

    • L. E. Phillips Library Eau Claire - 3-7:30 PM
    • UW Eau Claire Davies Center - 10 AM- 2 PM - hosted by NexGen America
    • Menomonie Market Food Co-op - 10 AM - 2 PM
    • Community Table - Eau Claire - 4:30-6:30 PM
    • Sojourner House - Eau Claire - 7-9 PM
    • Eau Claire Government Center/Courthouse - 9 AM - 2 PM
    • JAMF Software - 2-3 PM
    • Municipal Elections office 203 S. Farwell, Eau Claire - 8AM - 5 PM

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    3:51pm

    Late blight is a devastating potato and tomato disease that spreads quickly in late summer. It can wipe out a crop in just a few days. This disease caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s which led to the starvation or relocation of millions of Irish, including my ancestors.

    Blight happens when it’s humid and muggy. The disease spreads very fast. Spores can move 40 miles a day. There are 30,000 spores in a patch the size of a dime. Because the devastating disease can “scale up quickly,” state laws exist for its control.

    Wisconsin is home to 63,000 acres of potatoes. Our state is ranked third nationwide in potato production. For over one hundred years, the University of Wisconsin has helped potato farmers work with the weather, disease and new varieties of potatoes.

    “The work of the University of Wisconsin is incredibly important,” an Antigo grower told the Senate Agriculture Committee last year. They have “the best potato research team in America.”

    While explaining the relationship between the UW and the potato growers, one of the growers said, “the UW grows baby potatoes, they test chemicals, they give us advice on the mix we give the co-ops.” The UW potato research team is critical to the success of Wisconsin potato growers. “We pay the UW Inspection Crew to look at our fields.” The team created a “blight forecasting tool” that helps growers predict when plants are most at risk for blight.

    Alex Crockford, a former Langlade County Ag Agent explained to the committee how roughly 9,000 acres of seed potatoes come from the Wisconsin seed potato certification program. “They go to the south, they go internationally. We [UW] are recognized as a national leader in quality and research.” The state farm in Rhinelander is the source of most of the seed potatoes in Wisconsin. “Here, we’ve been able to create very clean potatoes.”

    Controlling disease begins with clean seed and a clean field. The UW is also one of the biggest seed potato growers in the United States. The program began in 1912.

    This was the same year Charles McCarthy, the head of the Legislative Reference Library, wrote a book entitled, The Wisconsin Idea.

    UW’s assistance to potato growers is a shining example of the Wisconsin Idea. The Idea’s guiding principle is for Wisconsin’s public universities and state government to serve the people using the best ideas of the entire nation. The knowledge and work of the university should be spread across the entire state for the benefit of its citizens.

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  • Steve Hanson
    2:47pm

    The Wisconsin Elections Commission will hold a particularly long and extensive meeting tomorrow, Sept. 25. Part of the meeting will be devoted to getting feedback on plans to spend the $7 million federal grant for election security. Approximately $2.4 million of that money has been allocated to hire additional staff for security purposes, particularly before the November election. This money will be used to hire six additional staff for the next four years. These positions are being filled fairly late because although the commission had requested additional security funds, they were turned down until the grant from the federal government was available.

    There has been pressure brought to bear to do more extensive auditing of election results at the local level (by policy local election officials are allowed to conduct vote audits, but are not required to do anything beyond doing tests of the accuracy of the voting machines). Certainly some of the feedback will be to request full audits, further security training, and new equipment for voting.

    The meeting will be held from 10:00 to 4:00 in the State Capitol, Room 413N, GAR Hall.  The agenda for the meeting is available at the elections commission website.

     

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