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Jeff Smith - Housing Crisis in a Pandemic

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 16, 2020

Six months into a global pandemic, we’ve become familiar with language we’ve never expected to use before COVID-19. “Quarantine” was a word most likely associated with popular sci-fi movies, and “safer at home” was a phrase we probably only heard when we were expecting a big snowstorm.

 

Wisconsin Supreme Court suspends mailing of absentee ballots

ballot box
September 10, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today temporarily suspended the mailing of absentee ballots for the November presidential election while the court decides if the Green Party candidate should be placed on the ballot. 

Jeff Smith - Frances Perkins’ New Deal

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 9, 2020

Note: Information about the inspiring life and work of Frances Perkins for this column comes from the .

 

Annually, our country honors the contributions of American workers on Labor Day, but perhaps it wasn’t until this year, while living through a pandemic, when many really appreciated the essential role many workers have in our day-to-day lives.

Recall campaign started against Menomonie School Board Member Jim Swanson

Menomonie School District Logo
August 31, 2020

A recall campaign has been filed against Menomonie School Board member Jim Swanson. Swanson has become the object of some controversy in the past month after an in which some profanity was used.

Jeff Smith - Repair Trust in Pursuit of Racial Equality

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 31, 2020

This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans came together at the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C to commemorate the anniversary of the March on Washington. Activists stood on the same steps, delivering remarks reminiscent to the same call to action shared 57 years ago from Civil Rights leaders.

 

Legislature gavels in and out - yet another special session of no action

Madison Capitol
August 31, 2020

Once again the Wisconsin Legislature has responded to a request for a Special Session by gaveling in and out, leaving the legislature "in recess"  while taking no action. It has now been 138 days since the legislature has passed a bill, and since the Assembly Chamber is currently being remodeled, even if they decided to come back into session it is not clear where they would meet in any case. 

Justice for Jacob Blake protest in Eau Claire

protest march

Jacob Blake Protest against Police Brutality in Eau Claire, WI - the speeches

August 30, 2020

Multiple organizations in Eau Claire organized a protest on Saturday, August 29 to call for an end to police brutality as demonstrated in Kenosha with the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back seven times by a police officer during an attempted arrest.

League of Women Voters to host voter forum

Debra Cronmiller
August 15, 2020

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley (LWV-GCV) will present a voter forum for the general public, "Casting Your Vote in Wisconsin----Get Ready!" via zoom on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.   

Jeff Smith - Pass the Healthcare Heroes Act

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 12, 2020

Back in April, I participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with Wisconsin’s frontline healthcare workers. Amidst the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic in Wisconsin, this group of healthcare workers shared deeply unsettling safety concerns related to the scarcity of COVID-19 testing, the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and healthcare affordability.