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Sen. Vinehout ~ What Can We Do to Protect Our Water?

What can we do to protect our water?” This is a question I am often asked. Many Wisconsin residents are concerned about protecting our precious natural resources, and much of the concern is focused on water quality.

This week we celebrate Earth Day. Forty-eight years ago, Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson first gathered with 20 million Americans in support of environmental issues. Celebrating the earth means being mindful stewards of...

NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, 734.887.7119, [email protected]

 

 

NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill

 

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Attorney General Bill...

Wisconsin Becomes 15th State to Require Criminal Convictions to Forfeit Property, Under Flawed New Law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed SB 61 today, a bill designed to reform the state’s civil forfeiture laws, which let the government permanently confiscate property without ever filing criminal charges. With the governor’s signature, Wisconsin becomes the...

Blue Ribbon Commission Explores School Funding Inequity

Kathleen Vinehout

Linda Brown recently passed away in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Brown was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that struck down school segregation. Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll his nine-year old daughter in the all-white Sumner School. 

 

The day after Ms. Brown’s passing, I joined other members of the...

Remember to Vote on Tuesday

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Wisconsin has two critical state-wide items on the ballot on Tuesday April 3.

We are having a very contentious Supreme Court race pitting two different candidates with very different styles against each other. Most voters are likely to make their decision based on the different beliefs the candidates have about whether the Constitution must be interpreted from the eyes of the founding fathers (Screnock) or that it is a living document (Dallet). The candidates of course...

Ron Johnson on Meet The Press today - Mueller was appointed too soon

CHUCK TODD:
Joining me now is Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. He's chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. And he's fresh off a visit to Asia. Senator Johnson, welcome back to Meet the Press.

RON JOHNSON:
Happy Easter.

CHUCK TODD:
Happy Easter to you, as well. Let me start with a Eurasia country first, and then I want to get to China and North Korea, where you spent -- and that is the state of U.S -Russia relations. On one...

LWV Wisconsin Opposition to AB947

March 28, 2018

To: Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities

Re: Opposition to AB 947 Senate Substitute Amendment 1

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Breaking - Judge Niess refuses Walker Special Election Delay

Judge Richard Niess

Judge Richard Niess just ruled that Governor Walker must stick to the original timeline set by last week's ruling on the two special elections in Wisconsin. This means that Walker must call a special election by noon Thursday, and the attempts to change the law by the state legislature are apparently moot.   The original judge in the case was not immediately available, so the hearing was held by Judge Niess.

It is not...

Navigating The Confusion Of Wisconsin's Voter Roll Purge

Wisconsin's growing mosaic of struggles over voting rights grew even more complex in March 2018, when Milwaukee officials raised questions about a program that deactivated around 44,000 voter registrations in the city. This election-related concerns materialized the same week a Dane County judge...

Walker asks judge to give the state more time to change election law

Scott Walker

The State Department of Justice has asked judge Josann Reynolds to change the deadline for Walker to call new elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature. A recent ruling by the Dane County judge required Walker to call a special election for the seats previously held by Sen. Frank Lasee, (R - De Pere) and Rep. Keith Ripp (R - Lodi) after Walker decided that he would not hold elections as required by the law, but that he would hold off until the Nov. general election.

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Why I am Voting “No” on Eliminating the State Treasurer

Kathleen Vinehout

Spring Elections are here. Voters are going to the polls to elect a new Supreme Court Justice and many local officials, from county board to school board. Voters will also make a decision to change our Wisconsin Constitution. On the ballot will be a referendum question to eliminate the Office of State Treasurer.

 

From the time Wisconsin became a state, we had a...

Activist Madison Judges yet again???

Honestly, you'd think that the FitzVos would at least come up with a new story once in a while. After a (Walker-appointed) judge in Madison ruled yesterday that the Governor can no longer refuse to hold special elections for the two vacant legislature seats, Robin Vos immediately started to decry "activist judges" in Madison...

Dane Co. judge rules Walker must hold special elections

Scott Walker

Dane County Court judge Josann Reynolds today ruled that the state must hold a special election for the two seats recently vacated in the State Legislature. Judge Reynolds was appointed by Scott Walker in 2014. The lawsuit was brought by the National Redistricting Foundation, and affiliate of Eric Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee. 

This is largely seen as a blow to Republicans in Wisconsin....

Evers Demands Action on Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Crisis

Drinking Water Quality in Some Areas of Wisconsin Worse than Flint Michigan;
Evers’ plan targets water clean-up and keeping Wisconsin kids safe



MADISON – Democratic candidate for Governor Tony Evers today announced a new digital video highlighting Wisconsin’s growing drinking water crisis in addition to releasing a series of policies to keep Wisconsin’s kids safe.  Over the last eight years, Governor Scott...

Bi-Partisan Legislation to Update County Population Threshold Passes the State Senate

 

MADISON – Yesterday, the State Senate passed Assembly Bill 836, authored by Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Representative Todd Novak (R- Dodgeville), Senator Luther Olsen (R- Ripon) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona). AB 836 will update references in state statutes to reflect current population numbers and prevent numerous laws...

What's At Issue in Wisconsin's Special Elections Lawsuit

In Newton v. Walker, filed in Dane County Circuit Court on Feb. 26, 2018, voters in the state Legislature's vacant 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District are trying to convince a judge that state law requires Gov. Scott Walker...

Giving a Voice to People Who Live with Disabilities

Kathleen Vinehout

“Many people with disabilities depend on public programs so they can stay healthy and live, work and participate in the community,” Jason Endres wrote to me in favor of a bill I recently introduced.

My bill, Senate Bill 870, would create a Public Assistance Advisory Committee. I drafted this legislation in response to Special Session bills recently passed by the Legislature that modified public assistance...

State Senate interest as Moulton retires, Bernier announces

Rep. Kathy Bernier

This morning there was a considerable amount of interest generated in the 23rd State Senate District, as two-term State Senator Terry Moulton announced that he will not run for another term. This apparently did not come as a surprise to Representative Kathy Bernier, who very quickly followed up by announcing that she will be running for Moulton's...

Bernier announces senate run

Lake Hallie, WI – State Representative Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), announced today that she is a candidate for the 23rd State Senate district, currently represented by Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls).

“Wisconsin is moving forward and it is time to build on that success on behalf of the residents of west-central Wisconsin. I am proud of my record in the State Assembly, and am excited to announce my candidacy for State...

Moulton announces he will not run for another term

Lake Hallie – State Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) issued the following statement:

“Today I am officially announcing that I will not seek a third term in the senate and will be retiring from the legislature when my current term ends in December. When I began my campaign for the senate, eight years ago this month, my goals were to work for smaller government, reduced tax burden, and a better climate for jobs in Wisconsin. We have...

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