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Thank you, Wisconsin, for the beautiful gift

“Friends in the Wisconsin Legislature, we beg you: Sign that bad deal with Foxconn,” recently wrote the Chicago Sun Times editorial board. “It’s the neighborly thing to do.”

The Wisconsin Assembly obliged the Chicago newspaper and recently voted 50-39 to approve the Governor’s deal with the Taiwanese company, Foxconn.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2017

 

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds Condemns President Trump For

Again Blaming “Both Sides” For Violence In Charlottesville

 

Muslim Advocates Responds to Trump’s Comments on White Supremacist Violence

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, regarding Trump’s on the white supremacist vi

Rep. Gordon Hintz - Where will Wisconsin find the workers?

The shiny object in front of lawmakers’ eyes when talking about the Foxconn proposal is the potential of new jobs.  “13,000 direct jobs!  Another 22,000 indirect jobs!”

 

All of these claims ignore the reality in 2017 Wisconsin faces. If the jobs do materialize, where will the workers come from?

 

"Loving Us” Pow Wow Encourages Recovery

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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“I lost my granddaughter to heroin addiction,” Anita told me. “We’ve lost so many people,” Tena added.

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need to click on the title here to actually see the video in all its ad-laden glory.

Note that this suit seeks the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the http://www.disruptj20.org website. This very well may include you if you were interested in the protests at the Trump inauguration. A hearing on this is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Superior Court in Washington DC.

Don't be a Sucker

Don't Be a Sucker - 1947

Clips from this film have been circulating around after the horrific weekend events in Charlottesville. It's a propaganda film from the War Department in the wake of Word War II. It's propaganda, but it's a fairly well-made film and tells a story that is strikingly true right at the moment.

Kathleen Vinehout - Conversations at the County Fairs

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I love county fairs. I love the sights, sounds, smells and the tastes of the fair. Moreover, I love all the people. Adorable little kids wander around with snow cones. Grandparents catch up on family news. Hardworking 4-Hers show cattle, cakes and cookies.

Wiscontext - What Foxconn Means For The Great Lakes Compact

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At the turn of the century, a Canadian company named Nova Group sparked outrage across the Great Lakes region when it proposed to withdraw millions of gallons water from Lake Superior water and sell it in Asia. In the short term, this led Canada to crack down on freshwater exports.

Foxconn or Fox-Con - The Foxconn story in Wisconsin

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We will continue to update this Storify story as news comes in. Please comment on this if you know of something interesting we have missed.

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Yesterday, September 19

  • Steve Hanson
    6:00pm

    In a news release today Dunn County announced that they are considering implementing a $20 vehicle registration fee for vehicles "normally residing" in Dunn County. This would be in addition to the already-raised state registration fees. The fees would be used to help pay for county transportation needs, primarily roads and bridges (although the money could also be used for trail maintenance, sidewalks, etc.) 

    The registration fee would apply to vehicles registered with automobile or light truck plates. It  would not apply to vehicles for farm use, business use,  or many other classes of license. 

    The fee will be voted on at the Nov. 12, 2019 county board meeting, and would go into effect some time in 2020 for new or renewal registrations.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available below.