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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.

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.

 

Clean Water Activists Eye Assembly Seats for Solutions

[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]Reprinted with permission from Uppity Wisconsin - written by WaterWarriors

Lynn Utesch and David Gorski are two environmental activists seeking to knock off Republican incumbents this November.

The veteran and small farmer, Utesch, and former wrestling champion and counselor, Gorski, are fronting, in effect, for 1,000s of citizens fighting for clean and safe water of their communities.

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.

Kathleen Vinehout - UWEC and Local Business: A Flourishing Relationship Worthy of Investment

“One hundred years ago the Chamber rented a rail car to go down to Madison,” President Bob McCoy of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce told the gathering of business leaders. A century ago, Chamber members traveled to Madison to advocate for a new UW campus in Eau Claire.

“Maybe next time we’ll have to take a high speed train,” he joked.

Kathleen Vinehout - Government Accountability Died the End of June

Government Accountability Died the End of JunebySenator Kathleen Vinehout Government Accountability passed in a quiet death the last day of June. There was no fanfare, no long speeches – just hard working employees packing up personal items. I imagined the nonpartisan judges of the Government Accountability Board (GAB) breathed a deep sigh as they left their service on the GAB and ended the rough and tumble ordeal as broad me

Kathleen Vinehout - Delight in the Sun!

 Delight in the Sun!bySenator 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.

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.

Kathleen Vinehout - Audit Raises Questions About Clean Water Protection

Audit Raises Questions About Clean Water ProtectionBySenator Kathleen Vinehout We all drink water. We expect the water to be clean when it comes out of the facet. We also expect that someone is looking over the safety of our water. Residents in Kewaunee County wonder more than most if the water they drink is really safe.

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