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This is the in-development Roku channel of Wis.Community. The Roku app is being developed, and we hope that it will go live and appear in the channel store for Roku by late April. 

Why are taxpayers subsidizing a cable industry windfall in the state budget?

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Cable and phone companies are getting a big windfall in the state budget and taxpayers are
going to pay the bill for the next ten years. Wisconsin Community Media can think of a lot
of better ways to spend tax dollars than subsidizing large telecommunications companies
like Charter Communications, Comcast and AT&T that are making a lot of money here in
Wisconsin through their cable TV, broadband and telephone services. We are asking

Jeff Smith - Independence and Freedom for All

Senator Jeff Smith

 

When we think of the 4th of July, we often think of parades, fireworks and gatherings throughout our community. It’s a day of remembrance and pride for our country. It’s the day we officially recognize that our forefathers declared our independence as a separate nation.

Rep. Jodi Emerson at Families Belong Together 2019

Families Belong Together Rally

Jodi Emerson speaks at 2019 Families Belong Together Rally

A Families Belong Together rally was held in Eau Claire in 2018 when the family separation policies at the Mexican Border first became apparent. This was well-attended, and a second rally was held today in Owen Park in Eau Claire. As several of the speakers pointed out, it is disappointing that not only does this policy still exist, but it has become severely worse in the past year. 

Guest Editorial, Mary Turck - What’ s Wrong With More Money for Border?

Overcrowding of Adult Females in PDT Holding Cell Observed by OIG on May 8, 2019

Yesterday, the House caved in and passed the Republican Senate version of “supplemental emergency” funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. military to use in border enforcement. The bill’s backers said it was necessary to meet humanitarian needs at the border. That’s a perversion of the term “humanitarian.”

The main problems with the bill:

2019 Half-Moon Dragon Boat Festival Canceled

Dragon Boats

The 2019 Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled. According to a statement from Mayo Clinic today, the event will not be held this year due to a lack of participating teams.  This is disappointing as the festival has always been a fun event for participants and attendees. Let's hope it comes back again in the future. The photo is from last year's festival. We had noticed earlier in the day that the Facebook event and all associated web pages suddenly disappeared.

The Story Of Wisconsin's Singular Partial Veto

The state budget has gone to the Governor's desk, and at this point, he has a choice of signing it, doing a full veto of the budget, or doing a  partial veto. The partial veto in Wisconsin is much more powerful than in most states. This article, originally published at WisContext, explains how the Wisconsin Governor has ended up with peculiar veto power (though somewhat less peculiar than it used to be).

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on SCOTUS Gerrymandering Ruling

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today on two gerrymandering cases was disappointing but not surprising. And for the vast majority of Wisconsinites who want to ban gerrymandering in our state, this is not the end of the story. Not by a long shot.

Budget Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Tony Evers

The Wisconsin State Senate has passed the GOP Budget Bill and it is now heading to Gov. Tony Evers desk for signature. The bill passed 17-16 this afternoon, with two GOP Senators joining all of the Democrats in voting no. 

Menomonie School Board Transparency - What do you think?

Menomonie School Board Meeting 6/24/2019

One of the topics of conversation in this week's Menomonie School Board meeting was making the board's activities more transparent. We started video taping the school board meetings because of some issues of transparency raised by some of our readers. The school board is currently considering multiple ways that the board can make its activities clearer to the Menomonie citizens. 

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