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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.

Broadband Expansion: Better Broadband

State Senator Jeff Smith

After spending three days in Denver for a Broadband Summit with legislators from across the country, I came away with even more of an urgency to help Wisconsin catch up to other states on broadband internet expansion.

 

Eau Claire Foxconn Innovation Center on Hold

Foxconn Logo

Yesterday Wisconsin Public Radio that the Foxconn  Innovation Centers throughout the state are on hold, as Foxconn concentrates on their facilities in southeastern Wisconsin. Certainly this comes as no great surprise to anyone who has been following the development of the promised centers in Eau Claire. 

Jeff Smith - Our Financial Future

Senator Jeff Smith

October is “Financial Planning Month,” so we should all think about how we plan for our financial future, especially this week as we recognize “Save for Retirement Week” and “Get Smart about Credit Day” on Thursday.

 

WILL moves veto complaint to Supreme Court, and files complaint with WEC

State Supreme Court Seal

Today the State Supreme Court agreed to hear a brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which claimed that the vetoes that Governor Evers used in the last budget are new laws, rather than vetoes of laws that were passed in the legislature.

Jeff Smith - Recognizing Indigenous People’s Day

Senator Jeff Smith

There’s quite an interest in genealogy these days. We can now order a kit to learn what ethnicities make up our DNA to better understand our heritage and ancestry. Even beyond this initial discovery, we can connect to unknown relatives. It’s a privilege to learn more about who we are from our ancestry.

 

Live Stream of President Trump Rally in Minneapolis

Live: President Trump holds rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Normally we do not do this, but since the rally is so close to home - this live stream should come up when the rally in Minneapolis starts.

State Assembly turmoil over resolution 12 - update

Robin Vos

WisEye Morning Minute: Assembly Rule Changes

The state assembly has been involved in an acrimonious debate over the proposed rule changes in the Assembly. Rep Jimmy Anderson (D - District 37), whose request for the ability to call in to assembly meetings  has been stonewalled by GOP leadership for months, provided a heartbreaking testimony to his attempts to have the Asseembly conform to the ADA by allowing him to call in when he is incapable of attending meetings. This is already allowed by state senate rules.

Assembly Leadership cannot resist slipping in a fast one

The state assembly today will address a set of rule changes that is ostensibly aimed at addressing the request made by Rep. Jimmy Anderson to have his needs accommodated so that he can participate more effectively in the Assembly. Though this particular rule change seems a reasonable accommodation the GOP apparently could not resist sticking a set of poison pills into the bill to make life difficult for the Democrats. The requirements of Rep.

Governor Evers Declares Indigenous Peoples' Day in Wisconsin

Governor Tony Evers

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, signed Executive Order , declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. The executive order was signed on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin. In the executive order, Gov.

Gov. Evers considering new special election dates

Governor Tony Evers

Governor Tony Evers is considering moving the dates of the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the 7th congressional district. Previously Evers had for the primary as December 30 and the final election on Jan. 27, 2020.

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