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Walker threatens to cut off all our noses to spite the court's face

Scott Walker

So - the never-ending political circus in Wisconsin continues. If you've been following from home, the US Supreme court will soon consider whether they will hear a case to re-open the John Doe investigation in Wisconsin.  Call it John Doe III. Yup, worse than the Rocky films.  The point of contention here basically is that the state Supreme Court had a conflict of interest when ruling to shut down the John Doe because several of the court justices had received donations from groups with an interest in the outcome.

The recent cache of documents from the investigation that was released by The Guardian has made this more interesting, since it's now a lot clearer that the suspected coordination between the Walker administration and the Wisconsin Club for Growth was much more real than imagined, and possibly included some extra pay-for-play that nobody seems to have been aware of. But hey, it just involved kids and lead poisoning, so - what the hey.

But in a particularly bizarre turn of events, the Governor has apparently decided that rather than just lie low and wait for the outcome, he was going to start throwing his weight around. Walker is adopting a "there's nothing to see here, and if you look I'm going to cause you a world of hurt" attitude.

Bill Iwen Tips Hat to Water Warrior, Lynn Utesch

Lynn Utesch

William Iwen is a retired dentist living in Algoma in northeastern Wisconsin.

Iwen penned a letter endorsing water warrior, Lynn Utesch, candidate for the First assembly district.

Utesch is running against a pretender, a front-man for the polluters.

From the Capital Times:

The CAFO industry relies on free water from our aquifers and when millions of gallons of aquifer water is polluted with animal waste and unknown, unmeasured, undisclosed chemicals, hormones and antibiotic residuals, this dangerous waste is dumped back on karst countryside.

Lynn Utesch, who is running to represent District 1 in the Wisconsin Assembly, is a small organic farmer who does not need high-capacity wells or monocultures of chemical-dependent GMO corn, soy and alfalfa. He does believe in job creation for young people yearning to get back to the land as sustainable farmers on the land they love.

How to Fund Roads: A Balancing Act

Kathleen Vinehout

How to Fund Roads: A Balancing Act

       By Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

Funding roads is an important job for state leaders. Nine cents of every state budget dollar goes towards transportation. In the vagaries of Wisconsin state budgeting, this includes dollars the feds send Wisconsin (about forty cents of every road dollar comes from Uncle Sam).

A prudent fiscal manager must balance several factors to make wise transportation decisions. He or she must maintain our current investments, plan for future growth, pay scrupulous attention to efficiencies and quality construction, and reconcile spending with revenue.

In short, a prudent transportation budget is a balancing act.

Republican Labor Platform of Sixty Years Ago

If you really want to know how corupted the Republican party has become over the past sixty years, take the time to read the Republican Platform from 1956 as Eisenhower was running for a second term.  This is the America I grew up in.  This isn't the America Trump and the Republicans want now.  "Make America Great Again?"  How about including the 1956 labor plank in the the 2016 party platform.

Here is the Labor Platform of the Republican Party in 1956...read it and weep!

David Gorski Hits Republican Krug's Sellout to Anti-public School Extremists in Dist 72 Race

David Gorski has joined forces with central Wisconsin citizens fighting a proposed massive factory farm

Water warrior fights for Wisconsin public schools

Said water warrior, David Gorski, "Scott Krug sold out to extremist, school-privatization ideologues to get reelected. This betrays our public schools and the families our schools serve. More than ever we need healthy, fully funded public schools for the sake of our children, our future."

Because Scott Walker Asked

Scott Walker

We all knew it was going on, and we all knew it was deplorable. But it's always a great day to see the documentation.

Today's lead article on The Guardian's web site is Because Scott Walker Asked, an article based on a leak of the John Doe documentation which has been sealed by the courts. It is not clear who leaked these documents to The Guardian, but it's refreshing to see what it is that the donors to conservatives in Wisconsin have been so keen to cover up for years.  It's what we all expected, but worse to see all in one lump.

Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Kathleen Vinehout

Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

By Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebrated 50 years of service to the people of the State of Wisconsin.

 

Wisc Assembly Candidates Utesch and Gorski Back from Factory Farm Summit

Nancy Utesch, Lynn Utesch and Dave Gorski at Factory Farm Summit in Green Bay, Sept. 10, 2016

Fellow water warriors, Lynn and Nancy Utesch and Dave Gorski, attended the Wisconsin Factory Farm Summit in Green Bay this weekend.

The some 300 attendees at the conference are working to guarantee the future of clean water in Wisconsin against unanimous Republican Party opposition to this effort.

Lynn Utesch is a candidate for the First Assembly District.

Gorski is a candidate for the 72nd Assembly District.

Both Utesch and Gorski are making the future of clean water, small farming, tourism and recreation the basis of their campaigns.

Dakota Access Pipeline

The protests at the Dakota Access pipeline site continue with very little coverage in national news. The company building the pipeline has apparently purposely destroyed Native American burial and sacred sites, going out of their way to target exactly the sites the tribes have been trying to preserve.  Today a judge ruled that the construction can continue, overruling an emergency stay in construction.  This is coverage from Democracy Now from yesterday.

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