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Foxconn or Fox-Con - The Foxconn story in Wisconsin

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July 31, 2017

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Foxconn: The Hype and the Small Print

Kathleen Vinehout
July 31, 2017

Great News! A big tech company called Foxconn is coming to southeast Wisconsin and bringing with it a lot of new jobs. The new company will build a big factory and make flat screens for computers.

The Governor tells us the company will create 13,000 jobs that pay nearly $54,000. Other businesses will benefit because the company will buy things from Wisconsin businesses.

Counting our chickens before they're hatched

Foxconn Workers
July 26, 2017

All of Wisconsin is apparently agog over the Foxconn plant announcement that is coming this afternoon. Still, color me skeptical. Rumors are that Wisconsin is offering a huge tax break to Foxconn in return for building the plant, and the state has certainly paved the way by stomping on unions and generally making the living wage a past dream, something that Foxconn is certainly going to appreciate.

Tie vote in Senate motion to proceed on health care bill

July 25, 2017

Not surprisingly, after a 1/2 hour long vote in the Senate, the motion to proceed on considering the health care bill has resulted in a 50-50 tie - after Senators Ron Johnson and John McCain voted last to provide the 50 votes. The roll call has just finished (all Democrats held their vote for the roll call) and it appears a certainty that Vice President Pence will shortly vote to break the tie in favor of proceeding.

Health Care: Steps Toward the Future

Kathleen Vinehout
July 24, 2017

An older man contacted me recently with a problem. A visit to the doctor left him with thousands in unpaid bills. Medicare deemed the tests “routine” and not a “medical necessity.” But the gentleman was told, for his occupation, the tests were absolutely necessary.

 

He was left with a medical bill costing more than his 2017 income.

 

Town Hall in Menomonie with Ron Johnson Aide

Town Hall with aide to Senator Ron Johnson in Menomonie

July 18, 2017

Tom Petri, one of Ron Johnson's aides, held a town hall meeting in Menomonie last night to talk with Senator Johnson's constituents. Approximately 120 people attended the town hall, which was mostly respectful and grateful to Mr. Petri for coming to hear their concerns.

Talk Is All Health Care at the Art Fair

Kathleen Vinehout
July 17, 2017

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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“My father-in-law is losing his health insurance,” Pam told me. She stopped to chat as we perused the booths at the Stockholm Art Fair.

Stockholm, population 66, has one of the best art fairs in western Wisconsin. Judging by the license plates, the fair is high on the list for Minnesotans too.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch'

July 14, 2017

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, July 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

This story has been updated with a response from a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz.

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night.

Town Hall to be held with Ron Johnson Aide in Menomonie

July 14, 2017

This is on our events calendar, but it's particularly notable. Due to a great deal of commitment and work on the part of members of the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin, one of Ron Johnson's aides will hold a town hall meeting in Menomonie on Monday the 17th of July. This is notable since Johnson has refused in-person town halls, and in fact has had very few town hall meetings where one of his representatives has attended.

What Robert Mueller Learned From Enron

July 14, 2017

This story was co-published with The New York Times. It seems safe to assume that nobody read Donald Trump Jr.’s damning emails with a Kremlin-connected lawyer more closely than Robert Mueller. Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, will surely be making calls to everyone involved in the now…

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