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Governor Evers Proposes non-partisan maps in state budget

Today Governor Evers proposed a non-partisan solution to gerrymandering in the state, which will be included in the governor's budget which will be released Thursday.

Governor Evers signs executive order to recall National Guard

Governor Tony Evers

Governor Ton Evers has signed an executive order withdrawing 112 Wisconsin National Guard members from the border. The National Guard had been deployed by former Governor Walker. 

A copy of the Executive order is attached.

Jeff Smith: Part Three - Water is Precious

State Senator Jeff Smith

This is the third of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin

 

Former Senator Vinehout's home lost in fire Saturday

Kathleen Vinehout

Former State Senator Kathleen Vinehout's home burned down in a fire on Saturday morning. According to a Facebook post from her official account, the home is a complete loss, but the family is safe. Later posts indicate that Kathleen and her husband escaped the fire with only the clothes on their back. Eau Claire City Council President Andrew Werthmann has started a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for the family for immediate needs.

Jeff Smith: Part Two: Water is Prosperity

Last week I wrote about how water is life. This week I hope to show how important water is for all of us to not only survive, but also to thrive.

4 Forces Feeding Uncertainty About Foxconn's Future In Wisconsin

President Trump at Foxconn Groundbreaking

A bubbling sense of uncertainty enveloping Foxconn's plans for its manufacturing and research operations in Wisconsin has sparked considerable speculation around the state in the opening months of 2019. Industry analysts and other observers are wondering to what extent the company's promises would, or even could, come to fruition as its public commitments evolve at a fast clip.

As Number Of Wisconsin's Women Legislators Stalls, Partisan Mix Shifts

November 6, 2018 marked an historic election in the United States due to the unprecedented numbers of women elected to state and national offices. Iowa, Maine and South Dakota elected their first women governors, Arizona, Mississippi and Tennessee elected their first women senators, and 37 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. These historic results, however, were not equally distributed between the two major political parties.

No Quarters for Kathy

Kathy Bernier
Shame on you, Kathy Bernier. Don't you for a moment try to normalize the prospect of toll roads in Wisconsin. For the first 100 years of automobile travel in Wisconsin, we have ensured that our taxes are enough to provide good roads.

Jeff Smith - Part One: Water is Life

Senator Jeff Smith

This is the first of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin

Anti-Trust Panel at Wisconsin Farmers Union Convention

Antitrust panel at WFU State Convention 2019

The Wisconsin Farmers Union held their annual convention last week. The convention is always a whirlwind of democracy in action as the members vote to set their policy priorities for the coming year, and discuss issues affecting farmers for lobbying action throughout the coming year. This year's convention featured a panel on monopolies and antitrust legislation, including how they affect farmers.

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    The forum panelists will include  Former U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. John Delaney, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Ryan, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Plans are currently slightly sketchy for our coverage of the event - we'll let you know more later in the week.
     
    The forum panelists will include  Former U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. John Delaney, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Ryan, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Plans are currently slightly sketchy for our coverage of the event - we'll let you know more later in the week.
     
    This event is sponsored by Iowa Farmers Union, Huffington Post, The Storm Lake Times, and Open Markets Action.
     
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    As a warm-up to what kinds of discussion you are likely to see, this is the panel on anti-trust that happened at this year's Wisconsin Farmers Union Conference, with Austin Frerick of Open Markets, moderated by Kara O'Connor
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    March 23, 2019

    Contact: Danielle Endvick, 715-471-0398 or [email protected]

    CHIPPEWA FALLS – This spring, Farmers Union chapters across Wisconsin will host film screenings of the “Little Pink House” to raise awareness about the threat of eminent domain for private gain. The film is based on the true story of small-town paramedic Susette Kelo’s fight to save her blue-collar neighborhood from being bulldozed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Kelo emerged as the reluctant leader of her neighbors in a battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court and inspired a nation.

    Government officials have long used eminent domain to build hospitals, schools, roads, and other facilities for public use, but what happened to Kelo and her neighborhood was different – and wrong,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. “Many Americans remain vulnerable and unaware of the threat of eminent domain for private gain.”

    In policy set by its grassroots membership, WFU opposes the implementation and use of eminent domain when unrelated private entities become the beneficiaries of farmers' or private persons' assets and no direct benefit to the local public occurs. The family farm organization calls for fair and balanced eminent domain guidelines that protect the rights of individual property owners and promote the public good. WFU opposes allowing private businesses to condemn public land.

    Viewing locations include:

    • MEDFORD: April 4, 7-pm, Frances L Simek Memorial Library, 400 N Main St.

    • WESTBY: April 4, 6:30pm, Westby Community Center, 206 N Main St.

    • PARK FALLS: April 6, 11am–2pm, Park Falls Public Library, 121 4th Ave. N.

    • DALLAS: April 11,  6–9pm, Valkyrie Brewing Co., 234 Dallas St.

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