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Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill

Enough of Divide and Conquer Politics

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When politicians have no answers, they find a way to distract constituents. Politicians have a knack for finding a scapegoat to blame when a plan is failing. It’s been the game played by politicians for decades.

How polarized are Wisconsin lawmakers?

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Talk of political polarization — epitomized by the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats — is ubiquitous these days. Watch the nightly news, read a newspaper article about a political issue or talk to someone about politics, and the topic of polarization will likely come up.

This is No Time for Legislators to Rest

Senator Jeff Smith

Students are floating down the river while friends and families are enjoying outdoor fairs and festivals. It’s finally summer; time for a break, right?

Jeff Smith - Politics or the People’s Priorities?

Senator Jeff Smith

My role representing the 31st Senate District didn’t just start when I was sworn into office on January 7th this year. It began last year when I started talking to voters in the 31st Senate District.

A Long Day's Journey Into Night

Madison Capitol at Night

As Wisconsinites, we have grown used to odd political moves, late-night sessions, and closed-door policymaking. But the events of last night and the early morning are stunning. 

New Study: Speed and Secrecy in Lawmaking

Kathleen Vinehout

“The length of time bills were deliberated [in the Wisconsin Legislature] dropped significantly soon after Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators took control in 2011,” wrote investigative reporter Teodor Teofilov.

Senate Bill 281/Assembly Bill 353 attempts to fundamentally change cooperative organization in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Legislature is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 281/Assembly Bill 353 tomorrow. These bills call for fundamental changes to the laws governing cooperatives in the state. In particular, the change in cooperative law will allow 20% of the seats on a cooperative board to be turned over to non-members, and will allow cooperatives to award voting power based on patronage, rather than the current one-member/one-vote rule.

Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill

“Hemp is an agricultural commodity and should be treated as such in Wisconsin law,” said Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) commenting on the recent passage of Senate Bill 119 by the Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism. Vinehout, as a member of the committee, tried to amend the bill so it would “more properly treat the crop as a commodity under the law.” Vinehout also tried to amend the bill to remove the background check on farmers who apply and receive a license from the De

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