Citizen Koch in Mother Jones - and Eau Claire

There's an interesting interview in Mother Jones today about how Citizen Koch was produced after the funds to finish the film were cut off. Remember, those of you in Western Wisconsin can see this film August 20 in Eau Claire - tickets are on sale now and we need to sell a minimum number of tickets by August 13 to have the screening happen.

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin were steeped in the production of a documentary on the influence of money in politics, but it wasn't until funding for their project was unceremoniously yanked last year that the power of big donors truly hit home.

Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication



July 17, 2014


Contact: Laura Kendellen


Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication

MADISON, WI— Earlier today, a state court granted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s motion for a declaratory judgment, which ensures Wisconsin women will continue to access safe and legal medication abortion. On December 12, 2012, Planned Parenthood filed suit against the attorney general and other officials responsible for enforcing Wis. Stat. Sec. 253.105. The lawsuit sought relief from the vague and ambiguous provisions which threatened criminal prosecution of physicians providing medication abortion services.

New Animation of Enbridge Pipeline spill in the Mackinac

I spent some time this AM on a conference call about this new animation and the possibility of an oil spill under the Mackinac Bridge from a 61 year old Enbridge pipeline.  The pressure on the old pipeline is being doubled, and the outcome of a spill from the pipeline would be horrendous.

National Wildlife Federation – University of Michigan



CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589, lubetkinatnwf [dot] org

Jim Erickson, University of Michigan, (734) 647-1842, ericksnatumich [dot] edu


New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes


Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for oil spill, says lead researcher.


ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.

“If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”

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