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The arguments driving a potentially landmark court case over partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin may already be outdated.

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. 

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.

Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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Nick Offerman On The Film "Look & See"

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.

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.

Why Are My Property Taxes So High?

Kathleen Vinehout
“I’m paying higher property taxes and I haven’t had a raise in years.” Sound familiar?
 
You are not alone.
 
Property taxes are a regressive tax – the tax falls harder on those with less means. Property tax bills take a bigger bite out of the paychecks of people who have not received a raise in years.

Looking Forward to 2018

Kathleen Vinehout

Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.

We’ve seen bitter temperatures to end the year. Like many, the cold caused its share of problems on our farm. I was reminded to appreciate running water when our well pump went out Christmas Eve. When an electric waterer failed, we carried buckets of water to our horses.

Looking Back on 2017

As the year draws to a close, I often look back on my time in the Legislature and think of decisions that have an effect on our families and our neighborhoods.

This year, big companies are unwrapping gifts. The luckiest of really big companies is Foxconn. The $3 billion deal to bring the flat-screen TV and computer monitor manufacturer to Racine County is overwhelmingly unpopular in western Wisconsin. I’ve received over one-hundred calls and letters from folks who asked about the lack of taxpayer and environmental protections. They wonder where the money will come from in an already tight budget.

Sen. Shilling: Senate GOP calls for investigation into organization they dismantled two years ago

Jennifer Shilling

Contact: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, 608-266-5490

Sen. Janet Bewley, 608-266-3510

 

MADISON – Today, Senate GOP Leaders formally asked Attorney General Brad Schimel to investigate the Government Accountability Board, the now defunct agency republicans disbanded in 2015. The vote passed in the Committee on Senate Organization, 3-2, with Senators Fitzgerald, Roth, and Vukmir voting for the request and Senators Shilling and Bewley voting against.

Stepp to Oversee Environmental Protection for Midwest

Trump’s EPA Appoints Former DNR Secretary Who Left the Agency in Tatters

MADISON – In a damaging blow to Wisconsin’s – and its neighbors’ – environmental and public health, former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is now in charge of environmental protection for the entire Midwest.

Rep. Sargent Statement on Calls for Elections, Ethics Commission Resignations

Melissa Sargent

                                                                 December 15, 2017

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

 

Rep. Sargent Statement on Calls for Elections, Ethics Commission Resignations

Adam Jarchow - Republican Candidate for 10th Senate District

Candidate Interview: Adam Jarchow (R) Candiate for 10th Senate District

Continuing the series of interviews with Adam Jarchow.

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.

State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

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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.

Lisa Lucas - Make Your Voice Matter: Working with the Media

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas - Make Your Voice Matter

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…

FIRST BOLD PROGRESSIVE 2018 HOUSE ENDORSEMENTS:

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