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Election Day Tuesday - vote like your life depends on it

Vote!

Tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin. Important elections are up throughout the state. Everyone in the state has an opportunity to vote in the primary election for State Supreme Court. the Supreme Court race is interesting as it has candidates of very different judicial attitudes. Tim Burns is running as an unabashed liberal, and essentially as a Democrat, despite this being a non-partisan race. Sauk County Circuit Judge Michale Screnock claims to be non-partisan, and that he will not...

Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation

Kathleen Vinehout

Last Friday afternoon we learned of the 79 bills up for a vote on Tuesday. I spoke with my neighbor shortly after seeing the long list.

“How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.

Legislation moving quickly through the process makes changes to...

Eau Claire Governor Forum

On Saturday, Feb. 10 the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin held a candidate forum at the Eau Claire Children's Theater. The event was attended by over 220 people, and gave 7 of the Democratic candidates for governor a chance to explain their positions. This is a video of the entire event. Candidates present were Paul Soglin, Andy Gronik, Matt Flynn, Kelda Roys, Dana Wachs, Mike McCabe, and Mahlon Mitchell. 

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Farmers Advocate for Agriculture and Rural Communities

Kathleen Vinehout

Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol.

On the day the Governor delivered his State of the State address, farmers shared with their legislators, the state of things in their world.

Safety is always on the mind of farmers. For one farmer, farm safety was a heightened worry when his daughter...

Walker Makes Clean Drinking Water an Afterthought

State of State Address Again Ignores Reality

MADISON –Despite thousands of Wisconsinites living with undrinkable water and the water of hundreds of thousands of others threatened, Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State Address barely mentioned that or any conservation issue. His avoidance of these issues spoke volumes about his administration’s prioritization of his special interest cronies over the health of Wisconsin families....

Rep. Sargent: 10 Things More Believable than Governor Walker’s State of the State

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January 24, 2018

Contact: Britt Cudaback, [email protected], 308-440-2939

 

Rep. Sargent: 10 Things More Believable than Governor Walker’s State of the State...

Common Cause - Another Body Blow to Democracy and Transparency in Wisconsin

For Release: Tuesday - January 23, 2018

Another Body Blow to Democracy and Transparency in Wisconsin
in the State Senate Today

Today, for the first time in state history (according to the Senate Chief Clerk
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Sen. Vinehout on State of the State speech

January 24, 2018

 

Sen. Vinehout Statement on the State of the State

(MADISON) Sen. Kathleen Vinehout - D-Alma, released the following statement prior to the Governor’s State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature.

“The State of...

ACLU on Elections and Ethics attempted firings

With just a few weeks until the first of several important statewide elections this year, the Wisconsin Senate just voted 18 – 12, along party lines, to fire the administrator of Wisconsin's Elections Commission, Michael Haas.

What would you think if you read about this happening in another country? It sounds reckless and suspicious.

Senate leaders have made their move, but ultimately, Wisconsin voters have the final say. If the state Senate's interference in a nonpartisan agency...

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