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Getting Ready to Vote

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“I talked with a group of women in Galesville,” my friend Mary Lee told me. “They were full of questions about the election, like when is it, where do I vote, how do I find out if I’m registered?” Mary is one of many folks helping to make sure people know and when to vote.

The Future of Voting in Wisconsin

Automatic Voter Registration Forum

Candidates from western Wisconsin participated in a forum on voting in Wisconsin. Issues discussed included automatic voter registration, voting by mail, election security, gerrymandering, and more. The candidates invited had all pledged to support automatic voter registration in Wisconsin, in an attempt to increase participation in voting. It should be noted that the candidates were all representatives of the Democratic Party, the Green Party, or Independent. 

US Senate Debate - Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir

Watch it again: Wisconsin Senate Debate with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Leah Vukmir

If you did not get a chance to watch the Vukmir/Baldwin debate last night, here is another chance to watch it thanks to WTMJ.

Hi-Crush will not be fined by DNR for May sludge release

Hi-Crush Spill photo

The Wisconsin DNR will not fine Hi-Crush Proppants for the May spill of mining sludge that polluted area property and flowed into the Trempealeau River. The DNR will not levy the fine because state law allows WPDES permits to be violated in the case of an emergency (and in this case the side of the pond was breached to save the life of an operator who had fallen into the pond). 

Vinehout - Legislative Audit Bureau: The Sentinels of State Government

Kathleen Vinehout

“As Governor, I would get rid of the programs that don’t work and fund the ones that do,” said a candidate at a forum last summer. I am sure people thought just how would you know that?

President Obama Endorses Jeff Smith’s State Senate Campaign

Eau Claire – Today Jeff Smith has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama in his race for state senate

Ted Auch speaks at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

Ted Auch Speaks about Frac Sand Mining at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

Dr. Ted Auch spoke at the Eau Claire Grassroots Festival about the current status of fracking, frac sand mining in Wisconsin, and what we can expect in the future. The slide deck from his talk is attached to this article. Please note that the audio quality is sketchy as there was a fairly loud presentation going on in the next room, and the room dividers in this building are not great for sound isolation. 

Dark Money airing on PBS Monday Night

DARK MONEY (2018) | Official Trailer HD | PBS Distribution

Wis.Community recently held a screening of the film Dark Money in Downsville. This film will be shown Monday, Oct. 1 on PBS stations nationwide (the first showing will be at 9 PM Monday night). The film will also become available for streaming after the national premiere. 

Newly-Formed Covia closing sand mines, reducing production in Menomonie

Fairmont Santrol and Unimin merged in June to form a new company called Covia. Today Covia announced that they are reducing their frac sand production from 36 million tons per year to 32 million tons. This is primarily because many production companies are postponing fracking wells while waiting for more pipeline infrastructure. 

29th Assembly Candidate Forum

John Rocco Calabrese

Wisconsin 29th Assembly District Forum 2018

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley Area sponsored a candidate forum on 9/25/2018 at the Dunn County Judicial Center. Candidates from the 27th District that participated were John Rocco Calabrese (D) and Rob Stafsholt (R) - the incumbent candidate. Brian Correia (L) was unable to attend the forum. Questions were submitted to the candidates from the audience and time limits were set on their responses.

LWVWI: Statement of opposition to ICE arrests in Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive Director
September 26, 2018   

Potato Disease, the UW and the Wisconsin Idea

Kathleen Vinehout

Late blight is a devastating potato and tomato disease that spreads quickly in late summer. It can wipe out a crop in just a few days. This disease caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s which led to the starvation or relocation of millions of Irish, including my ancestors.

Election Commission will have ambitious meeting before Nov. Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will hold a particularly long and extensive meeting tomorrow, Sept. 25. Part of the meeting will be devoted to getting feedback on plans to spend the $7 million federal grant for election security. Approximately $2.4 million of that money has been allocated to hire additional staff for security purposes, particularly before the November election. This money will be used to hire six additional staff for the next four years.

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Health Care

Questions on Health Care

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Care

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin recently held a forum on healthcare, concentrating on things that can be done for healthcare providers and ways to make it possible to provide more health care providers in the market.

Eau Claire Grassroots Festival

Wisconsin Grassroots Network and multiple other groups are holding a Grassroots Festival on Saturday at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. Wis.Community and Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin will have a table at the event, and if you're coming please stop in to visit. Registration and tabling start at 8 AM in the Ojibwe Ballroom. The actual festival will begin at 9.  The keynote speaker will be John Nichols. Tickets are still available at the link below.

Interview with Mel Pittman - Republican Candidate for 31st Senate District

Campaign 2018: Mel Pittman (R) Candidate for 31st SD

Mel Pittman is the Republican candidate for the 31st Senate District. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Tribes and Lawmakers Meet to Resolve Issues - Senator Vinehout

“Can you fix Syria?” a woman asked me. “No,” I said as I shook my head. “Syria is a bit above my pay-grade. My international work [as State Senator] is limited to work with our Native Tribes.”

Native Tribes are sovereign nations.

Tribes have their own government including legislatures and courts. Many federal laws and treaties govern Wisconsin Tribes. But so do our state laws.

Interview with Wren Keturi (D), Candidate for 67th district

Campaign 2018: Wren Keturi (D) Candidate for 67th AD

Interview with Wren Keturi, Democratic candidate for the 67th district. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

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