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Statement Regarding Senator Jeff Smith’s Swearing-in

MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) was sworn into office today as the 31st District Senator during the opening session of the 104th Wisconsin State Legislature. Senator Smith offered the following statement:

“I feel humbled and honored to represent our Western Wisconsin values in the State Senate. There is much work to be done, but together, we can make our state a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Kathleen Vinehout - Saying Goodbye

And today we also say Good By to Kathleen as a columnist.  We have run a great many of her columns over the years, and we only wish we could look forward to more of them. 

Vinehout - Conversations with Constituents

Kathleen Vinehout

“You all lie, steal and cheat,” the Sparta woman told me. I did not know her, and when I disagreed, she said “Well, you will.”

Then she smiled and handed me a piece of the chocolate bar she was eating.

The year was 2006. I was a rookie candidate passing out literature at the Butterfest parade. I don’t think I will ever forget that woman.

Wisconsin LWV Statement on Signing of Lame Duck Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2018

Phone: (608) 256-0827

Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive Director

608-256-0827;

Statement on the Governor’s Signing of Extraordinary Session Bills

Speed and Secrecy: The Last Act

Kathleen Vinehout

If you were a legislative leader in Wisconsin, and had an opportunity to pass new laws before your party’s governor left office, what would you do? What would you fix as your last act in power?

As I face my last Senate votes, I am working hard to understand what laws my Republican colleagues choose to pass before the new Democratic Governor takes office.

League of Women Voters: Lame-duck session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive DirectorNovember 30, 2018     608-256-0827; Proposed Lame-Duck Session of the Wisconsin Legislature

MADISON, WI –The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has long held that the legislature must be responsible to the citizens.

Vinehout - Preserving our hunting heritage

Opening weekend of gun deer season, conditions were nearly perfect. The weather was cool, but not too cold. The sun came out and warmed us. A light dusting of snow made it easy to see critters’ tracks from the night before.

I saw nine deer opening morning. What an abundance!

Walker concedes to Evers

News Conference: Gov-Elect Evers & Lt. Gov-Elect Barnes Discuss Tuesday Win

The Governor's campaign office has released a concession letter. Evers is now speaking after the concession.

What Does Foxconn Mean to Me?

“Hard to wrap my head around,” the woman shared as she considered Foxconn. Just what do big budget decisions mean to us?

Work has begun on crafting the next state budget. Over the next few months, this work will continue in earnest. One hefty unbudgeted expense added to upcoming budget math is a large taxpayer funded payment to a foreign corporation.

Matt Rothschild, Dr. K. Zagorski on Fair Maps

Fair Maps Panel

Fair Maps/Gerrymandering Panel

Thursday night Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Dr. K. Zagorski spoke in a forum on fair maps and gerrymandering in Menomonie. The discussion, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley clarified the history and current status of gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and what can be done to move forward. Wisconsin currently has one of the most gerrymandered voting maps in the country.

67th Assembly District Candidate Forum

Wren Keturi and Rob Summerfield

Wisconsin 67th District Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley sponsored a candidate forum on October 22 at Bloomer Middle School. Rob Summerfield and Wren Keturi fielded a wide array of questions submitted by the audience, which numbered approximately 35. This video will be the last of our video coverage of area candidate forums. 

Please keep the candidate responses to the questions in these forums and in the various voter questionnaires in mind when you vote on Nov. 6. 

K. Vinehout - WEDC: Facts Don’t Jive with Rhetoric

What happens to state money given to companies to create jobs? Do the jobs get created? How do we ensure the money is not misspent?

These questions came to mind as I recently communicated to a constituent who feared state economic development money was being misused. I encouraged, among other actions, a call to the Legislative Audit Bureau’s Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement Hotline (877-372-8317).

Getting Ready to Vote

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“I talked with a group of women in Galesville,” my friend Mary Lee told me. “They were full of questions about the election, like when is it, where do I vote, how do I find out if I’m registered?” Mary is one of many folks helping to make sure people know and when to vote.

The Future of Voting in Wisconsin

Automatic Voter Registration Forum

Candidates from western Wisconsin participated in a forum on voting in Wisconsin. Issues discussed included automatic voter registration, voting by mail, election security, gerrymandering, and more. The candidates invited had all pledged to support automatic voter registration in Wisconsin, in an attempt to increase participation in voting. It should be noted that the candidates were all representatives of the Democratic Party, the Green Party, or Independent. 

US Senate Debate - Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir

Watch it again: Wisconsin Senate Debate with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Leah Vukmir

If you did not get a chance to watch the Vukmir/Baldwin debate last night, here is another chance to watch it thanks to WTMJ.

Hi-Crush will not be fined by DNR for May sludge release

Hi-Crush Spill photo

The Wisconsin DNR will not fine Hi-Crush Proppants for the May spill of mining sludge that polluted area property and flowed into the Trempealeau River. The DNR will not levy the fine because state law allows WPDES permits to be violated in the case of an emergency (and in this case the side of the pond was breached to save the life of an operator who had fallen into the pond). 

Vinehout - Legislative Audit Bureau: The Sentinels of State Government

Kathleen Vinehout

“As Governor, I would get rid of the programs that don’t work and fund the ones that do,” said a candidate at a forum last summer. I am sure people thought just how would you know that?

President Obama Endorses Jeff Smith’s State Senate Campaign

Eau Claire – Today Jeff Smith has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama in his race for state senate

Ted Auch speaks at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

Ted Auch Speaks about Frac Sand Mining at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

Dr. Ted Auch spoke at the Eau Claire Grassroots Festival about the current status of fracking, frac sand mining in Wisconsin, and what we can expect in the future. The slide deck from his talk is attached to this article. Please note that the audio quality is sketchy as there was a fairly loud presentation going on in the next room, and the room dividers in this building are not great for sound isolation. 

President Obama Endorses Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 1, 2018

Contact: (608) 501-2762

MADISON--Today, President Obama endorsed Tony Evers for Governor and Mandela Barnes for Lt. Governor because of their positive vision for Wisconsin that will bring people together. The President released the following statement:

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