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Student debt crisis forum

Student Debt Slide

Student Debt Forum Menomonie, WI 11/19/2019

November 23, 2019

Panel on the student debt crisis with Dr. Chris Ferguson, Director of the Honors College, and professor of Economics at UW Stout abd Dr. Tina Lee, Director of Applied Social Science and professor of Anthropology at UW Stout.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

Jeff Smith - Stop the Spread of CWD

Senator Jeff Smith
November 18, 2019

We’re only three days away from gun hunting season in Wisconsin. Hunters are prepared and eagerly anticipating the time to look out from their deer stand. It would seem Wisconsin is prepared for the upcoming hunting season.

 

Lafayette County Board tables SWIG ordinance

Criticizing the reporting of the SWIGG study

November 12, 2019

In a sometimes-contentious meeting tonight, the full Lafayette County Board let the proposed ordinance to control the release of information on the SWIGG study die for the time being.

Lafayette County committee passes amended rule on SWIGG study information release

November 12, 2019

Update - I just spoke to board member Kriss Marion. The meeting has ended, and the Land Conservation committee passed the rule with several amendments.

Jeff Smith - Playing the Blame Game

Senator Jeff Smith
November 11, 2019

President Harry Truman followed the mantra, ‘the buck stops here.’ These are honorable, and even courageous words to lead by. His motto was displayed on his White House desk and was proudly expressed in his speeches.  He reminded us not to pass blame on to others.

 

This is exactly what’s happening now in Wisconsin.

Live Assembly Floor Session including special session on gun safety

November 7, 2019

The state Aseembly is currently in session. Governor Evers has called a special session to consider gun safety issues. It is expected that Republican leadership will simply gavel that special session in and then gavel out immediately. This should happen some time after 2 PM. Governor Evers is still hopeful that the Assembly will actually discuss the bills under consideration to force universal background checks and to adopt a Red Flag law.&nbsp

Wisconsin Farmers Union on Pfaff firing

November 6, 2019
Wisconsin Farmers Union appreciates Brad Pfaff's long-time commitment to family farmers, and we are disappointed in the dysfunction witnessed on the Senate floor today. Pfaff, who was incredibly qualified and already had spent nearly a year in his role, was sacrificed for standing up for the very family farmers he is meant to represent.   

Senate fires DATCP secretary nominee Pfaff

Brad Pfaff
November 5, 2019

Today Governor Tony Evers celebrated his 68th birthday sitting in the Senate chamber and watching his nominee for DATCP Secretary go down in flames. The Senate spent much of the day debating rules and jockeying for power over what testimony would be allowed in the discussion about Secretary-Elect Pfaff. 

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