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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


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…

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

DATE: October 12, 2017
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)

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.

Curiouser and Curiouser

I just finished watching the live coverage of the Wisconsin Elections Commission meeting this morning. At the tail end of the meeting the commission distributed an email they had just received from Homeland Security stating that the previous report from Friday that Election Commission web sites had been scanned by the Russians was actually incorrect, but that the scanning had been of the Department of Workforce Development site. Apparently there was some mixup of IP addresses of the servers. We will have more information on this when it becomes available. 

RE: The attempted Russian Voter Hacking in Wisconsin

On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections Commission had not been notified specifically. It turns out that DHS has been very quiet about details. At this point we don't really know anything except  that there was some scanning activity of the SVRS system by some Russian actor.

Foxconn or Fox-Con? Foxconn comes to Wisconsin

The Governor has signed the Foxconn bill, so it is now the law. Take a quick look back through the history, the social media, and the general boondoggle that we have set up for the state. Note that as always the Storify embed is running behind on the new items from today - I'm looking at some newer hipper technology for going forward.

Problems left for the next budget writers

By Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“Policy is who pays, who doesn’t pay and where the money gets spent,” said the President of the NAACP in a recent speech.

Policy making was center stage at the State Capitol when the long delayed $76 billion two-year state budget was rushed to passage just days after a majority of lawmakers voted to give a Taiwan billionaire $3 billion in state subsidies.

Budgets are about choices. Budget writers this year chose to leave major problems for the next budget writers.

Education is the most important job state government does. For years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed the state’s school funding formula was broken.

This budget, there were enough funds to change the formula. Efforts to do so were voted down. Instead, more state dollars were spent on vouchers for unaccountable private schools.

Bob Fest in La Crosse

As you are probably aware, Fighting Bob Fest was on the road this year, with events in Madison, Milwaukee, and La Crosse. I attended the La Crosse event, partly representing Uppity Wisconsin, Wis.Community, and the Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Co-op. 

As always, the speeches were great, and with a little more local flavor in a lot of cases this time around. Jim Hightower was, unfortunately, not able to make it due to a family crisis. 

There will be more pictures and news over the next few days as I look through the pictures. In the meantime I will leave you with a brief video of Nina Turner, head of Our Revolution, who gave a rousing and personal speech at Fighting Bob Fest. 

User Purging and other changes

I've been doing some clean-up on Uppity Wisconsin.  This is largely in preparation for moving all of the Uppity Wisconsin blogs from here to their new home at Wis.community . Over the years (10 of them, hard to believe) we've accumulated quite a few people as users on the site who have never contributed content - many of them created accounts and then never logged in.  I've deleted all of those user accounts today, so if you have never posted to the site or even asked about posting to the site, your account has been deleted. I hope to get the site moved some time before Oct. 1.  Things will work largely as they always have, or at least that is the concept.

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Today, March 21

  • Steve Hanson

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    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 Walker has failed to address rampant lead poisoning in our water while also ignoring runoff pollution from mega farms which are dangerously contaminating wells and drinking water across Wisconsin.  In addition to growing lead contamination through our water, lead paint continues to be the highest source of poisoning for our kids.

    Evers “Safe Water, Safe Kids” proposal:

    ·       Establish a comprehensive and permanent revolving loan program for lead pipe water service lines, lead-based internal plumbing and contaminated well replacements

    ·       Allow school districts and villages, cities, towns and counties to exceed levy limits to replace lead pipe water service lines

    ·       Create a thorough academic and behavioral intervention program for children with elevated blood lead levels

    ·       Allow individuals to claim the Historic Preservation Tax Credit for 25% of costs incurred to remove and replace windows in a historic property to remediate a lead hazard

    “From Watertown to Buffalo County to the City of Milwaukee – communities across Wisconsin are suffering from lead contaminated water worse than Flint, Michigan.  As educators, we see the real impacts on our kids in our schools.  Something more must be done,” said Evers. “There are hazardous levels of lead in the public water systems of one-third of Wisconsin’s counties.”

    “Whether it’s Scott Walker’s allies wanting to arm our teachers with guns, ignoring years of physical abuse and sexual assault at Lincoln Hills, or Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis – Scott Walker has failed to protect Wisconsin’s kids.  Period.  What world are we living in where it’s ok for our kids to get sick from drinking tap water?” Evers asked.

    “The dangerous effects of lead cannot be overstated.  While it’s not something you can actually see with your eyes, it’s there and it’s hurting Wisconsin’s kids,” said Dr. Beth Neary, a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a member of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “There is no safe level of lead. Even at low levels of exposure, there can be permanent effects on the developing brains of children, resulting in developmental and behavioral problems such as lower IQ, difficulty paying attention, concentrating and emotional self-control.”

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    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 designed specifically for Milwaukee County from being applied to Dane County. In the next census, Dane County will surpass 500,000 residents and would, without this change, be subject to laws written for application only in Milwaukee County, where for almost a century it has been the only county with a population greater than 500,000.


    “I am glad to have worked on this bi-partisan bill to ensure that as Dane County grows, laws that were enacted specifically for Milwaukee County will not be arbitrarily applied to our county, as well,” said Rep. Subeck.


    AB 836 updates over 200 references from 500,000 to 750,000, to ensure that the status quo continues for the laws as they apply to Dane County while making no changes to what in current law applies to Milwaukee County. It makes no changes to current powers or duties of county and local government in Wisconsin.


    AB 836 has now passed both the State Assembly and State Senate and will now head to the Governor.