Bernie Sanders Town Meeting in Eau Claire

Date: 

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:00am

Just in - Bernie Sanders will hold a town meeting starting at 10 AM this Saturday at the Zorn Arena at UW-Eau Claire. Doors open at 10 AM - the actual event should occur around noon - Hillary Clinton will also be in town on Saturday, and rumor has it that Donald Trump is also coming and has reserved a building.

RSVP at https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/rally/44dhv

Bernie Sanders for a Town Meeting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

Which One Claims He's The New Democrat?

I was thinking of starting an informal survey. Hey - who knows maybe some paper or university polling apparatus will stumble upon this post and do one. I'd like to ask registered Democrats who professes to be of an elite coalition  in Congress that calls themselves "The New Democrats". My bets in the high 80% of respondents people would say Bernie Sanders. Well they are wrong. As a matter of fact they couldn't be wronger.

Western Wi Organizing Co-op First Member Assembly!

Date: 

Thursday, April 7, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

In January leaders from Western Wisconsin launched the second ever "Organizing Cooperate", now we are over 200 strong in Western Wisconsin! To celebrate this fact, meet the other member-owners and discuss what comes next, join us for the first ever "Member Assembly"! All are welcome, even if you have not yet become a member-owner!

Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Requires an Education Campaign, Which the State Hasn't Funded

Originally published on ProPublica

Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Requires an Education Campaign, Which the State Hasn't Funded

by Sarah Smith ProPublica, March 24, 2016, 9:53 a.m.

On April 5, when voters cast ballots in Wisconsin's Republican and Democratic primaries, the state's controversial voter ID bill will face its biggest test since Governor Scott Walker signed it into law in 2011. For the first time in a major election, citizens will be required to show approved forms of identification in order to vote. The law mandates that the state run a public-service campaign "in conjunction with the first regularly scheduled primary and election" to educate voters on what forms of ID are acceptable.

But Wisconsin has failed to appropriate funds for the public education campaign. The result is that thousands of citizens may be turned away from the polls simply because they did not understand what form of identification they needed to vote.

This is why we can't have nice things in Wisconsin

Although we've all understood the management changes at the DNR have changed the attitude of the state toward the environment, it's interesting to see Cathy Stepp explain her disdain for her employees, for the environment, and what the previous attitude of the DNR was. Earth Day --- apparently those old geezers are hippies. Here we see Secretary Stepp explaining that her employees are curmudgeons, discussing once again how she is trying to make the DNR more like the private sector, and that the DNR is now becoming reponsive to everything but the environment. 

Hat tip to James Rowen for pointing this out, but I thought you'd like to see it for yourself. This is how the head of the DNR sees her job and the challenges involved. It also sheds a lot of light on her attitude toward government.

Denison Best Practices Forum - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Contraception Misconception - Chris Taylor

Contraception Misconception

By Representative Chris Taylor

Justice Rebecca Bradley’s consistent and alarming positions on reproductive health care should concern anyone who believes that women have constitutional rights to make child bearing decisions, because she has made it remarkably clear that she does not. This is especially relevant because over the last five years, Governor Walker and Republicans in the legislature have launched an unprecedented attack on access to reproductive health care, causing litigation in Wisconsin over hospital admitting privileges and medication abortion that shows no signs of easing. The only relief from the myriad of abortion restrictions and limits on birth control is our courts.

My Kind - Not My Kind

In last week's post I discussed some of the trials and tribulations of Myron Buchholz trying to mount a campaign for the 3rd Congressional District of Wisconsin as a progressive Demorcat against a long establishment incumbent. In that post titled "MyRon and Not My Ron" I mentioned our struggle in getting changes to the bylaws of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) to allow access to candidates like Myron to the Voter Activation Network (VAN) service that the Democratic Party across the nation subscribes to.

The Next Well that Goes Bad May be Yours

Kathleen Vinehout
March 23, 2016
 
The Next Well that Goes Bad May be Yours
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“I feel like the state failed to protect the people,” Stacy told me. “Nobody really cares because it’s not affecting them.”
 
Stacy is one of several Lincoln Township residents in Trempealeau County who lived through two years of well problems. An industrial sand mine and processing plant set up shop in the neighborhood.
 
Mine owners wanted to avoid county zoning rules. The owners negotiated with the cities of Whitehall and Independence – some say pitting one city against the other – to annex the mine into Whitehall and the processing plant into Independence.
 
The residents of Lincoln Township were left out. They had no voice in the rules placed on the mine and processing plant by the City Councils.
 
The mine negotiated with Whitehall to provide water for sand processing. Industrial sand mine processing is a very water intensive process. The city’s pipes were unable to handle the high pressure needed to pump water miles away to the mine. Residents told me the city tried to drill a well just for the mine but couldn’t find water.
 
The mine needed water to operate. Locals said the mine made a deal to use an old nearby agriculture irrigation high capacity well to supply water to the sand processing plant.

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