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Jeff Smith - How “Doing Nothing” Works for Politicians

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 23, 2020

While scrolling through social media recently, I saw someone ask, “Why hasn’t Governor Evers distributed funds from the Heroes Act?” Others jumped all over this comment, claiming the Governor failed because the Heroes Act wasn’t being implemented when it could be.


RBG memorial gathering

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September 22, 2020

25 people attended an informal memorial for Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday Sept 21. The event took place on the UW Stout campus. Several people spoke about Ginsburg's accomplishment and stances on the issues. 

Federal Judge moves voting deadlines

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September 21, 2020

Federal Judge William Conley has ruled that Wisconsin absentee ballots may be counted if they are postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 9. The ruling also extends the date for requesting absentee ballots by one week, until Oct. 21. The injunction does not take place for a week to allow defendants to make an emergency appeal, which is almost certain to happen. The ruling is attached below. Judge Conley is the same judge who allowed similar changes in voting for the April election.

DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman resigns after demand from Gov. Evers

Caleb Frostman
September 18, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced he has asked for and received resignation from Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman. Secretary Frostman’s resignation is effective immediately. Department of Corrections (DOC) Deputy Secretary Amy Pechacek will lead the transition until the new secretary is appointed.

League of Women voters soliciting voter forum questions, hosting Fair Maps Beer Day

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September 17, 2020

The Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Chippewa Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters are soliciting questions from area residents for candidates running for state senate and assembly races to be used in upcoming online forum events.

"Candidate forums seem particularly appropriate and needed at this time when opportunities for candidates to share their views with voters are so limited," said Susan Hall, a vice-president of the local League.

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

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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.