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Epic Systems Lawsuit Ruling Has Wide-Reaching Impact On Employee Rights

Epic Systems, the resident tech giant of Wisconsin's left-leaning Dane County, sits uneasily on its sprawling campus just outside of Madison.

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. A bulldozer and its operator fell into a pond at the site, and needed to be rescued by rescue teams from multiple organizations and companies.

Farmers Union reponds to failed farm bill vote

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill failed on the House floor today by a vote of 198 to 213. Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) opposed the bill as it was presented and stressed the need for a more partisan approach in the next draft.

WFU President Darin Von Ruden issued the following statement in response to the vote:

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WISCONSIN RELEASES ELECTION OBSERVATION REPORT

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Date of Release or Mention: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018
 

For Immediate Release  May 17, 2018    

Press Contact  Erin Grunze, Executive Director

LCV - Same Day Voter registration needs to be protected

Over the weekend, it was reported that at the Wisconsin Republican State Convention passed a

resolution   to abolish same day (Election Day) voter registration among other restrictive proposals

targeting students and other   eligible voters.  The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin opposes any such proposals that would eliminate same day voter registration. 

“Eliminating same day registration is reckless and costly.  It does nothing to protect the integrity of our

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.

J Street: Trump's abandonment of Iran deal is assault on international peace & security

This is not strictly-speaking Wisconsin news, but all of us in WIsconsin will have to live with the outcome.

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018

Contact: Josh Glasstetter at [email protected] or 1-202-905-2921

NAMI: Wisconsinites Helping Those Affected by Mental Illness

Kathleen Vinehout

‘Mental health issues have touched my family in many ways,” Barb Habben recently told me. “Because of this [work with NAMI] has become my second career.” Barb is the local coordinator of NAMI Chippewa Valley.

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.

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.

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).

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. 

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.

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:

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.

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