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Legal Challenge filed to Foxconn water diversion

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On 5/25 Midwest Environmental Advocates filed a suit to challenge the recent DNR approval of diverting water from Lake Michigan to suppy the upcomfing Foxconn project.  The gist of the suit is that the DNR mis-interpreted the provision in the Great Lakes Compact allowing water diversions. The compoact requires that water diversions be made for public water supply purposes. Racine had argued that since the city primarily uses residential water that the diversion was appilcable.

Hi-Crush spill slowly pouring into the Mississippi

Spill in Trempeauleau River

I happened to be in Perrot State Park yesterday, and as we were driving up to the park I immediately notieced the plume of yellow silty water flowing into the MIssissippi from the Trempealeau River. The yellow flow of water is slowly starting to disappear into the Mississipi as it becomes diluted, but there is still a fairly heavy flow of silt coming in.

Still little information from Hi-Crush incident yesterday

Field Spillage

The spill from the pond at Hi-Crush yesterday is currently moving down the Trempealeau River toward the MIssissippi and is reportedly still visible. 

Unknown Environmental Damage from Hi-Crush incident today

Hi Crush Spill

Contaminated stream from holding pond breach at Hi-Crush Whitehall frac sand mining facility 5-21-2018

An incident at the Hi-Crush Frac Sand Facility in Whitehall today was widely covered in state news.

Wisconsin GOP declares further war on voters

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During their 2018 convention, Wisconsin Republicans signaled their continued attempt to suppress voting in the state. A resolution was passed at the convention calling for an end to same day voter registration (requiring registration at least 10 days before the election) and requiring that students vote in their home jurisdiction rather than their "temporary" college  address.

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.

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. 

Remember to Vote on Tuesday

Vote

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

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.

Breaking - Judge Niess refuses Walker Special Election Delay

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 .

Listening to Those Who Cannot Hear

"The quality of interpreters is so important. I need someone who has the fluent skills to work with me,” Leah Simmons explained. “Their lack of knowledge reflects negatively on me.” Professor Simmons uses specific jargon and language. Her colleagues and students judge her by the language she uses. She cannot communicate directly to hearing students. Professor Simmons is Deaf.

Election Day Tuesday - vote like your life depends on it

Vote!

Tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin. Important elections are up throughout the state. Everyone in the state has an opportunity to vote in the primary election for State Supreme Court. the Supreme Court race is interesting as it has candidates of very different judicial attitudes. Tim Burns is running as an unabashed liberal, and essentially as a Democrat, despite this being a non-partisan race.

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

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Texas farmer Taylor Wilcox received USDA funding to flood his fallow rice fields, creating habitat for black-necked stilts and other birds.
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