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Jeff Smith - Independence and Freedom for All

Senator Jeff Smith

 

When we think of the 4th of July, we often think of parades, fireworks and gatherings throughout our community. It’s a day of remembrance and pride for our country. It’s the day we officially recognize that our forefathers declared our independence as a separate nation.

Rep. Jodi Emerson at Families Belong Together 2019

Families Belong Together Rally

Jodi Emerson speaks at 2019 Families Belong Together Rally

A Families Belong Together rally was held in Eau Claire in 2018 when the family separation policies at the Mexican Border first became apparent. This was well-attended, and a second rally was held today in Owen Park in Eau Claire. As several of the speakers pointed out, it is disappointing that not only does this policy still exist, but it has become severely worse in the past year. 

Guest Editorial, Mary Turck - What’ s Wrong With More Money for Border?

Overcrowding of Adult Females in PDT Holding Cell Observed by OIG on May 8, 2019

Yesterday, the House caved in and passed the Republican Senate version of “supplemental emergency” funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. military to use in border enforcement. The bill’s backers said it was necessary to meet humanitarian needs at the border. That’s a perversion of the term “humanitarian.”

The main problems with the bill:

The Story Of Wisconsin's Singular Partial Veto

The state budget has gone to the Governor's desk, and at this point, he has a choice of signing it, doing a full veto of the budget, or doing a  partial veto. The partial veto in Wisconsin is much more powerful than in most states. This article, originally published at WisContext, explains how the Wisconsin Governor has ended up with peculiar veto power (though somewhat less peculiar than it used to be).

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on SCOTUS Gerrymandering Ruling

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today on two gerrymandering cases was disappointing but not surprising. And for the vast majority of Wisconsinites who want to ban gerrymandering in our state, this is not the end of the story. Not by a long shot.

Budget Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Tony Evers

The Wisconsin State Senate has passed the GOP Budget Bill and it is now heading to Gov. Tony Evers desk for signature. The bill passed 17-16 this afternoon, with two GOP Senators joining all of the Democrats in voting no. 

Budget Vote This Week: Rhetoric or What’s Right

State Senator Jeff Smith

Two weeks ago, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed their version of the state budget 12 to 4, along party lines. The full Senate scheduled a vote this week on the budget, a vote that may demonstrate the true callousness of politics in our state.

LWV - WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF UNDEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE PRACTICES

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision against the Wisconsin Legislature, restoring the laws enacted during the Legislature’s undemocratic lame-duck session. We are disappointed in and respectfully disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case and fails to address the ways in which the Legislature violated the Wisconsin Constitution in convening the December 2018 Extraordinary Session.

Looking Inward for Juneteenth Day

Sentaor Jeff Smith

Wisconsin is filled with beauty. Sometimes we take our state’s beauty for granted because it’s very apparent all around us. It’s always the less apparent beauty that surprises us and compels us to look deeper in ourselves and appreciate everything around us.

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