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Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation

Kathleen Vinehout

Last Friday afternoon we learned of the 79 bills up for a vote on Tuesday. I spoke with my neighbor shortly after seeing the long list.

“How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.

Legislation moving quickly through the process makes changes to...

Vinehout - Moving Broadband Forward for Wisconsin

In a recent committee hearing, I argued majority lawmakers were moving broadband expansion forward by press release and little else.

This week Representative Don Vuwink (D-Milton) and I are circulating bills to actually move broadband forward for Wisconsin.

The Senate Revenue, Financial Institutions and Rural Issues committee debated a bill that would...

Subeck - Assembly Republicans Set to Approve Governor Walker’s $90 Million per Year Election Gimmick

MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), ranking Democratic member on the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform, issued the following statement ahead of today’s Assembly Vote on special session bills that chip away at the safety net for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable families:

 

“Too many Wisconsin families work hard...

Eau Claire Governor Forum

On Saturday, Feb. 10 the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin held a candidate forum at the Eau Claire Children's Theater. The event was attended by over 220 people, and gave 7 of the Democratic candidates for governor a chance to explain their positions. This is a video of the entire event. Candidates present were Paul Soglin, Andy Gronik, Matt Flynn, Kelda Roys, Dana Wachs, Mike McCabe, and Mahlon Mitchell. 

Who is Working Under the Governor’s New “Wisconsin Works” Program?

“With more people working in Wisconsin…, we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines, we need everyone in the game,” stated Governor Walker, calling for a special session to take up bills he nicknamed, “Wisconsin Works for Everyone.”
 
The Senate Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations Committee, of which I am a member, took up the special session bills in a recent public hearing. The 10 bills make substantial changes in eligibility for FoodShare (...

Farmers Advocate for Agriculture and Rural Communities

Kathleen Vinehout

Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol.

On the day the Governor delivered his State of the State address, farmers shared with their legislators, the state of things in their world.

Safety is always on the mind of farmers. For one farmer, farm safety was a heightened worry when his daughter...

Closed Captioning Rule endangers availability of governmental meeting videos

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Confusion is reigning among community television groups in the state as it is becoming unclear if video of governmental meetings can be shown on community tv. The Green Bay Public Television Station (owned by the city of Green Bay) has started to refuse to air the governmental meetings from cities in the Fox River Valley...

Walker Makes Clean Drinking Water an Afterthought

State of State Address Again Ignores Reality

MADISON –Despite thousands of Wisconsinites living with undrinkable water and the water of hundreds of thousands of others threatened, Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State Address barely mentioned that or any conservation issue. His avoidance of these issues spoke volumes about his administration’s prioritization of his special interest cronies over the health of Wisconsin families....

Rep. Sargent: 10 Things More Believable than Governor Walker’s State of the State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

January 24, 2018

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

 

Rep. Sargent: 10 Things More Believable than Governor Walker’s State of the State...

Common Cause - Another Body Blow to Democracy and Transparency in Wisconsin

For Release: Tuesday - January 23, 2018

Another Body Blow to Democracy and Transparency in Wisconsin
in the State Senate Today

Today, for the first time in state history (according to the Senate Chief Clerk
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Sen. Vinehout on State of the State speech

January 24, 2018

 

Sen. Vinehout Statement on the State of the State

(MADISON) Sen. Kathleen Vinehout - D-Alma, released the following statement prior to the Governor’s State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature.

“The State of...

ACLU on Elections and Ethics attempted firings

With just a few weeks until the first of several important statewide elections this year, the Wisconsin Senate just voted 18 – 12, along party lines, to fire the administrator of Wisconsin's Elections Commission, Michael Haas.

What would you think if you read about this happening in another country? It sounds reckless and suspicious.

Senate leaders have made their move, but ultimately, Wisconsin voters have the final say. If the state Senate's interference in a nonpartisan agency...

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout - Kicking Us When We Are Down

Kathleen Vinehout

The little girl walked home through the snow. She took the longer route. Mom asked her to stop at the store to buy milk. She touched the coupons and note. She couldn’t lose them. Mom was so sick with cancer.

Some little girl might be asked next year to show a photo ID to get milk. The Senate Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations committee recently had a hearing on a bill to require those using...

Lisa Subeck - Republicans Pass Giveaway to Wealthy Developers

Lisa Subeck

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: January 23, 2018

CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 608-620-3884 (cell)

 

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Gaps, Guardrails And The Fast-Advancing Math Of Partisan Gerrymandering

The arguments driving a potentially landmark court case over partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin may already be outdated.

Argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2017 and due for a decision by June 2018, the lawsuit Gill v. Whitford centers around several different mathematical formulas that attempt to quantify the effects of redistricting on voters' rights in a...

SD 10 election Tuesday

Patty Schactner

A special election will be held tomorrow, Jan 16 for the Senate District 10 seat left vacant by Sheila Harsdorf. Normally I have not endorsed candidates in the past, but this is a very important race both for the people of SD 10 and symbolically for the country. This race pits a Wisconsin progressive candidate against a die-hard new-style Wisconsin Republican and is being watched nation-wide as a bellweather of things to come in the mid-term elections later in the year. 

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How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

“Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the ‘Shadow Legislature.’”

These groups are often from outside Wisconsin and often funded by large donors. Behind the scenes, they push for policy, added at the last minute, which is unrelated to the state budget but changed laws.

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Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Look and See Poster

We are sponsoring our first Wis.Community community film showing. We hope to do more of these in the coming months - films that enlighten and entertain, and that will not show in local theaters otherwise.

LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

Wendell Erdman Berry (born...

Conservationists Endorse Patty Schachtner for SD10

MADISON – Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters proudly endorses Patty Schachtner for Wisconsin’s Senate District 10.

The upcoming special election on Jan. 16 in SD10 provides voters one of the first major opportunities to send a message to the anti-conservation elements in Madison and Washington D.C. by electing Patty Schachtner.

Patty Schachtner is a conservationist through and through. She is a hunter, an...

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