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Honoring Our Aging Veterans

Kathleen Vinehout

“How are things at our veterans’ homes?” the Korean War vet asked me at a forum on veterans’ issues. The man was particularly concerned about what he heard about care at our Veterans Homes.

Veterans issues are personal for so many, including my family. Both my parents were veterans. My nephew serves now. My dad was a medic who flew rescue missions into Korea. Like so many, his experiences haunted him. He never talked about the...

Foxconn on the Chippewa

Foxconn Logo

Article corrected to reflect which facility will go in which building.

The big news in the Chippewa business world yesterday was that Foxconn is opening two facilities in Eau Claire. The immense electronics manufacturer is purchasing the former Wells-Fargo bank building at 204 Grand Avenue,  and space on the first floor of the Haymarket Landing development. The space in Yaymarket will be used primarily as an innovation center, developing new technology revolving around Foxconn...

Video of Tammy Baldwin/Bernie Sanders Rally in Eau Claire


Over 1000 people attended the Tammy Baldwin rally today in Eau Claire. The guest of honor at the Rally was Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. There were three guest speakers at the event. Senator Baldwin gave a hearty campaign speech touching on multiple issues, particularly touching on healthcare issues and the threat to civil liberties of the new Supreme Court nominee.

After some brief ribbing  between  Baldwin and Sanders on the relative merits of...

Wisconsin Governor Debate on TMJ4 and WisconsinEye

For those of you who missed the debate on TV or on-line, here is the debate in its entirety. Thank you to TM4 and WisEye for making this avaiailable to other news outlets. We will continue to bring you information on the candidates and the election as we approach the election.

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? A Supreme Court Reading Guide

Re-published from an article at ProPublica

President Trump on Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Anthony Kennedy will vacate at the end of the month. Kavanaugh is a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Below, we’ve gathered some of the best reporting on Kavanaugh.

Did we miss anything? Leave a link in the comments or tweet to us with #scotusnominee.


Vinehout - Critical Needs Go Unmet - Study Provides Insight to Struggling Schools

Kathleen Vinehout

How can a rural school meet critical needs when money for schools is less than adequate?

“A school board member went door-to-door asking for support,” Birchwood Superintendent Diane Johnson said to members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding. “He raised $3,000 to get the front doors locked.” The money raised was for purchase of a long-needed intercom system at the front door. “The doors were not locked during the day...

Primary Elections are Coming! Watch this governor forum

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The primary elections are coming on August 14. Many issues in Wisconsin will be formed by who you elect to represent you. Your vote in this election and in the November election is important. As time goes on we will be putting out reminders for resources to get registered to vote, getting to your polling place, and to help give you information on the candidates.  We will be bringing you the candidate forums we can, either from our own video vault or from other organizations that have made...

From the Menomonie Keep Families Together March

This from my friend Casey Green yesterday (with her permission).

how to move forward from here
saturday, june 30, 2018 3:03 p.m.

the weather was brutal-wet
oppressive-hot and disciplining
like it was sent to mock us or

maybe just to teach us~it is so 

hard to tell~there are invisible lines
everywhere these days~and even
the most learned among us fail to
fully know when begins~one


Keep Families Together in Eau Claire

Over 500 people came to Wilson Park in Eau Claire today to protest the border policies of the Trump administration, particularly the separation of families. This is a quick edit of the entire event, the speeches, and the brief march afterward. The speakers brought a powerful message about immigrants, fairness, and the reality of what immigrants face coming to the United States today. 

Over 700 marches and rallies were scheduled across the United States today. The mission statement for...

Hemp Growing Pains

“I, as a licensed hemp grower, cannot get a list of hemp processors in Wisconsin,” wrote Butch Mondeau. He stressed the problem is "a state road block.”

Mr. Mondeau is an Eau Claire County hemp farmer. He was planning to sell his crop to the company that supplied seeds but recently learned the company will only buy back certified organic hemp crops. Mr. Mondeau’s farm is not certified organic. Looking for someone to buy the crops growing in...

The Two Wisconsin Jails That House ICE Detainees

Kenosha Immigration Facility

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The American public, advocacy groups and elected officials across the political spectrum are scrutinizing federal immigration detentions perhaps more intensely than ever before. The Trump administration's zealous crackdown on undocumented and even legal immigrants — which has included...

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Texas Racial Gerrymandering Decision

June 25, 2018


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Texas Racial Gerrymandering Decision (Abbott v. Perez)



NFU Disappointed by House Farm Bill

June 21, 2018

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
[email protected]

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 213 to 211.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a family farm...



Electronic manufacturing giant, Foxconn, will break ground on June 28th, 2018 in the Village of Mt. Pleasant under the watchful eyes of President Donald Trump, Governor Scott Walker and Foxconn CEO and Founder, Terry Gou. In response, a coalition of nearly 40 organizations will be launching a mass demonstration entitled Operation: Shake the

Dana Wachs suspends campaign; To endorse Evers

According to a Facebook post by his campaign manager Dana Wachs and a press release this morning, Eau Claire Attorney Dana Wachs is suspending his campaign and will endorse Tony Evers for Wisconsin governor. 

From the press release:

Rep. Dana Wachs announced this morning that he is suspending his campaign for governor and endorsing Tony Evers in the Democratic primary:
“I have spent my life dedicated to serving

Andy Gronik Withdraws From Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

June 21, 2018
Contact: Brandon Weathersby, 414-364-6729, [email protected] 

Andy Gronik Withdraws From Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race
Milwaukee entrepreneur Andy Gronik steps aside to help focus resources and momentum on a democratic candidate that will beat Governor Scott Walker

MILWAUKEE - The crowded field of ten Democrats just got a...

Keep Families Together Rally in Eau Claire, Menomonie

I've been asked multiple times if there will be a rally or protest in regard to family separation at the border by ICE. There will be nation-wide protest on Saturday June 30, and one of those rallies will take place in front of City Hall in Eau Claire from 10 AM until 2 PM. More information is available at the link below, and we'll try to keep the calendar event page up to date.

There is also a recently-announced march in Menomonie at 10:00 AM at the Clock Tower Plaza.

Penalizing People for Being Poor: Court Case Challenges Policy

Kathleen Vinehout

Do new strict requirements for Medicaid adopted by states violate the law? A federal court is set to decide after recent arguments presented by policy experts who said the requirements do violate law.

The case arose from Kentucky’s decision to create strict work requirements for getting healthcare through Medicaid. In January, the Trump administration invited states to submit “demonstration proposals” that make it much harder for...

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