Politics

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.

Because Scott Walker Asked

Scott Walker

We all knew it was going on, and we all knew it was deplorable. But it's always a great day to see the documentation.

Today's lead article on The Guardian's web site is Because Scott Walker Asked, (link is external) an article based on a leak of the John Doe documentation which has been sealed by the courts. It is not clear who leaked these documents to The Guardian, but it's refreshing to see what it is that the donors to conservatives in Wisconsin have been so keen to cover up for years.  It's what we all expected, but worse to see all in one lump.

Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

By Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebrated 50 years of service to the people of the State of Wisconsin.

 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

No, that's not a quote from Melania Trump's speech.  I wrote it myself with a little help.  Though it does have a familiar ring to it. Not to beat a dead horse.

Actually the flap over the speech brings to mind two things. For one, I think it's typical that the big flap from the Republican Convention seems to revolve around these little score-keeping gotcha moments, rather than the big story of the convention. Republicans have gone completely off the rails and are now running completely on a platform of fear, anger, jingoism, and lies. The Trumpization of the GOP appears to be complete, as even Republicans that we thought had better sense are falling in line behind this disaster of a candidate, and repeating his message in lock-step. Some of the worst offenders in all of this are from our own state.  I'm looking at you, Gov. Walker, Reince Priebus, Sean Duffy, Ron Johnson and parrticularly Paul (I Can't Even Remember What I Believe Any More) Ryan. 

Calls from the floor to jail the opposing candidate?  No problem. Blaming the current president and the opposing candidate for everything that is wrong with the country, including the very poliicies that they pushed through?  For sure. Whipping up a divisive level throughout the country and manipulating grieving families for political ends? It's what the cool kids are doing this year. The massive ignorance and fear being pushed by the GOP at the convention, and the policies promoted by Donald Trump and the party are the big story. Let's not forget it.

Kathleen Vinehout - Delight in the Sun!

 
Delight in the Sun!
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“Don’t you want to sit in the shade?” my sister-in-law asked. “No” I replied. I love the sun. I understand why ancient civilizations worshiped the sun.
 
Somehow, I think my in-laws, Cindy and Norm, love the sun too.
 
They just returned from the Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. The Energy Fair, sponsored by the nonprofit Midwest Renewable Energy Association celebrated its 27th anniversary in June.
 
With over 200 workshops and roughly 15,000 folks attending, the fair serves as a catalyst for clean energy projects all over Wisconsin.
 
Norm and Cindy put to work what they learned. Their yard soaked up the energy from the sun in so many ways.

29th Assembly District Candidate Forum

Wisconsin 29th Assembly District Candidate Forum

Community Conversations sponsored a Candidate Forum in Menomonie for the 29th Assembly District candidates on June 18.  All four of the announced candidates participated.

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