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Looking Forward to 2018

Kathleen Vinehout

Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.

We’ve seen bitter temperatures to end the year. Like many, the cold caused its share of problems on our farm. I was reminded to appreciate running water when our well pump went out Christmas Eve. When an electric waterer failed, we carried buckets of water to our horses.

Bitter cold weather and a...

Looking Back on 2017

As the year draws to a close, I often look back on my time in the Legislature and think of decisions that have an effect on our families and our neighborhoods.

This year, big companies are unwrapping gifts. The luckiest of really big companies is Foxconn. The $3 billion deal to bring the flat-screen TV and computer monitor manufacturer to Racine County is overwhelmingly unpopular in western Wisconsin. I’ve received over one-hundred...

Sen. Shilling: Senate GOP calls for investigation into organization they dismantled two years ago

Jennifer Shilling

Contact: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, 608-266-5490

Sen. Janet Bewley, 608-266-3510

 

MADISON – Today, Senate GOP Leaders formally asked Attorney General Brad Schimel to investigate the Government Accountability Board, the now defunct agency republicans disbanded in 2015. The vote passed in the Committee on Senate Organization, 3-2, with Senators Fitzgerald, Roth, and Vukmir voting for the request and Senators Shilling and Bewley voting against.

“Republicans should be less...

Stepp to Oversee Environmental Protection for Midwest

Trump’s EPA Appoints Former DNR Secretary Who Left the Agency in Tatters

MADISON – In a damaging blow to Wisconsin’s – and its neighbors’ – environmental and public health, former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is now in charge of environmental protection for the entire Midwest.

As regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5, Stepp will oversee all of the upper Midwest...

Rep. Sargent Statement on Calls for Elections, Ethics Commission Resignations

Melissa Sargent

                                                                 December 15, 2017

Contact: Britt Cudaback, [email protected], 308-440-2939

 

Rep. Sargent Statement on Calls for Elections, Ethics Commission Resignations

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Adam Jarchow - Republican Candidate for 10th Senate District

Continuing the series of interviews with Adam Jarchow.

Free Tuition for Two-Year and Tech Colleges Means Freedom to Learn

“Every Wisconsinite should have access to education or training past high school… To be pursued at whatever point and pace makes sense for individual workers and industries,” wrote researchers at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) eight years ago.

Long before the current shortage of skilled workers, COWS anticipated the need for additional training. In 2009, the Center teamed up with the Workforce Development Board,...

State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

web

Update --- the web sites have returned.

I have not seen it reported in the news anywhere, but it appears a large part of the State of Wisconsin web infrastructure has been down all morning, including the state web portal at https://wisconsin.gov .  It's not you, it's really down.

What "Impaired" Means in Wisconsin's Waters

All around Wisconsin, people are feeding a stinky, green and oftentimes toxic life form. Algal blooms are a regular occurrence on Wisconsin's lakes during the summer, and the microorganisms that comprise them need phosphorus to thrive. It's among the essential building blocks of life, but too much phosphorus can throw an ecosystem out of balance.

Excess levels of phosphorus makes its way...

Lisa Lucas - Make Your Voice Matter: Working with the Media

Lisa Lucas

The Do's and Dont's of building relationships with the media, pitching stories, and getting your message amplified. This is a talk given at the Western Wisconsin Citizen Summit on Nov. 12, 2017 in Eau Claire.

Lisa Lucas is the Communications Director at Wisconsin Voices. She has a background in nonprofit and communications management. A Wisconsin native, Lisa holds a BA in Political Science and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

PCCC Backs Randy Bryce for Wisconsin’s 1st

Randy Bryce

On same day that Republicans embrace Trump as face of their party in 2018…

FIRST BOLD PROGRESSIVE 2018 HOUSE ENDORSEMENTS:
PCCC Backs Randy Bryce for Wisconsin’s 1st

Bold Progressives Will be the Face of 2018 Progressive Wave That Wins Democratic House Majority...

Rep. Scott Allen Sides with Crony Capitalists

Nineteen states have called for a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision. Representative Scott Allen won't even allow a public hearing on a resolution that would let Wisconsinites vote on this core issue of our timeWhile many politicians may like unlimited and often undisclosed campaign contributions, the rest of America is disgusted by it.

Last week...

Senate Bill 275 Adds Fuel to the Fire of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

Lisa Subeck Picture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 12, 2017
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)
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Hemp - its time has come

Kathleen Vinehout

Farmers in diverse states like Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine and Minnesota are researching a new crop: industrial hemp. Many states are changing laws to allow growing of hemp.

Wisconsin is slow to get in the game. Hopefully, this is about to change.

Lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee are considering a hemp legalization...

Gill v. Whitford Oral Arguments at Supreme Court today

Oral arguments are being heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Gill v. Whitford case. I hear you asking yourself "why do I care?".





Proposal to De-license Occupations Gains Steam in Senate

Imagine you are with your loved one who is in the hospital. Night comes. You prepare to leave, gently kissing your loved one “good night”.

As you walk down the corridor and into the hospital parking lot, you might wonder how your loved one will feel in the morning. Will things be better, worse or stay the same?

One thing you don’t worry about is the quality of care provided to your loved one because the nurses working the night shift are licensed by the state.





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