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Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

WASHINGTON – Wisconsin civil rights leaders today held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote this week on Brennan’s...

How Domestic Violence Intertwines With Landlord-Tenant Relationships

Wisconsin's latest dispute over landlord-tenant relations has crucial implications for people enduring abusive relationships. The state's regulations on rental housing have been transformed over the past decade, with a new law being enacted every legislative session since 2011. These changes reduce local...

Audit Reveals Serious Management Issues at State Fair Park

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“The State Fair is greatly loved by people all over the state,” Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said at a recent Audit Committee hearing. “But the back-office operations need to be improved.”

Most certainly, improvement must be made to resolve problems revealed by an audit conducted by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB).

The Joint...

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

The book brought back quite a few memories for me, as I was occasionally one of the people in the "...

Rural School Leaders: Schools in Wisconsin are Unequal

“Where kids live should not determine their education,” rural school administrators told members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform.
 
Recently the Commission traveled to Southwestern Wisconsin. We heard from representatives of 20 rural school districts. Administrators, board members, teachers, parents and community members all testified about the struggles rural schools face and the need for change in the way Wisconsin pays for schools....

Not One Penny - Layoffs of Nearly 5,000 Wisconsin Workers Overshadow Vice President Pence's Visit to Milwaukee

4,883 WI Workers Have Been Notified of Mass Layoffs Since Passage of GOP Tax Bill, According to Official State WARN Data

Washington, D.C.Not One Penny spokesperson Tim Hogan released the following statement on Vice President Pence's visit to Wisconsin today:

"As Vice President Mike Pence visits Milwaukee today to tout the benefits of ‘tax reform,’ he'll have to reconcile...

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

Vote

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...

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    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.
     
    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 and Vermont cheddar cheese, Senator Sanders gave a crowd-pleasing speech about the fragility of our current polical lives and what can be done to preserve healthcare, civil liberties, and the rights of immigrants, among other topics. Sanders remarked that although progressives may feel powerless in the current political environment, the antidote for depression is activism.
     
    After some brief ribbing  between  Baldwin and Sanders on the relative merits of Wisconsin and Vermont cheddar cheese, Senator Sanders gave a crowd-pleasing speech about the fragility of our current polical lives and what can be done to preserve healthcare, civil liberties, and the rights of immigrants, among other topics. Sanders remarked that although progressives may feel powerless in the current political environment, the antidote for depression is activism.
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    Music was provided by Eau Claire band Pit Wagon [1]. The music included a small ode to Governor Walker, some of which is included in the video. The video will be available here as soon as it is done processing (approximately 9 PM Saturday).
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