Whose Property Rights Are Most Important?

Kathleen Vinehout
 
Whose Property Rights Are Most Important?
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“My neighbor likes to expand his lot,” Kelly told me. “First he put up a stone fence on our property and then he built a jungle gym for his kids on his other neighbor’s property.” The fence stayed but the jungle gym came down.
 
Laws and fences help make good neighbors.
 
Often these “laws” are ordinances passed by local communities. We decide collectively what works for our neighborhood, and what works in some areas will not work in other areas. You can’t have roosters in most cities. But in some cities, you can keep a few hens.

Katherine Cramer discusses her new book

I am looking forward to reading this book. Interview is from last week's Here and Now program on WPT.

Cramer is the director of University of Wisconsin's Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her new book, "The Politics of Resentment," connects Scott Walker's political rise to a rural resentment against the "liberal elite." This resentment, she says, represents how one's place-based identities influence his or her understanding of politics.

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Save The Mounds

Date: 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join the Ho-Chunk Nation in Madison, Wisconsin for a rally to ask our elected officials to protect these historically significant sites. The rally will take place on the East side of the Capitol at 1 pm on January 12, 2016.

Sign the petition and learn more at http://savethemounds.com/

Transportation may be provided from designated areas across Wisconsin, as well as Saint Paul, MN and Chicago, IL.

Email [email protected] for more information

Looking Forward to the Challenges of 2016

Kathleen Vinehout

Looking Forward to the Challenges of 2016

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“I spent all day trying to get an ID for my mother,” Joe from Union Township told me. His mother, age 84, recently gave up her driver’s license because of a vision problem. She’d moved into an apartment in Eau Claire.

 

By changing her address and surrendering her drivers’ license, Joe’s mom was without the necessary current “government ID” she needed to legally vote in 2016.

 

Happy New Year! And welcome to Wisconsin, a state that now has some of the strictest voter identification laws in the nation.

Surreality spreads

Bruce Hagen

Bruce Hagen, mayor of Superior, Wisconsin is contributing to the surreal vibe in the state. Yesterday he commented on a picture in Facebook of Michelle Obama by saying

Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of democracy that was so very hard fought for!

When questioned about this the mayor stood his ground by saying that he and many others believe the President is not a Christian.

Possible new organizing group in the Chippewa Valley

Eau Claire Meeting

Last night I attended an initial discussion about a new organizing cooperative in the Chippewa Valley. Citizens Action is interested in helping to promote organizing and political action throughout the state. They have followed a successful model in the Milwaukee area of starting a local group that is paying for a professional organizer, and starting action in the area. They are hoping to extend this model to other areas throughout the state, and the Western Wisconsin region is of particular interest.

Looking Back on 2015

Kathleen Vinehout
Looking Back on 2015
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
Happy Holidays! While Santa is making a list of who is naughty and nice, I spent time making a list of what folks cared about enough to call or write.
 
I am always impressed by how many people take the time to become engaged in their government. “Democracy” is truly a verb for the 7,007 individual people who communicated with me in 2015. Many offered their opinion not once but several times. My office recorded a total of 15,811 contacts with citizens.
 
This year was a budget year. It was also the year the Governor ran for President. Both had an influence on the amount and type of communication I received.

The Surreal Has Taken Over

Bob Gannon

We've seen a lot of stuff happen in Wisconsin over the last few years that beggars belief. School teachers have been made the subject of ridicule. Corruption becomes ensconced in law. The state Supreme Court has its own sort of continual judicial shenanigans. But I never really thought I would see a state legislator recommend that we all become a bunch of armed vigilantes, packing heat when we go to the mall just in case someone might use a gun.

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