Primary Challenge to Ron Kind - Myron Buchholz

Buchholze

Retired Eau Claire teacher and activist Myron Buchholz will announce Monday morning that he is opposing Ron Kind as a Democrat in the August primary. Buchholz is currently on the board of the Chippewa Valley ACLU, and local low-power radio station WHYS. He is also active in  many local progressive organizations. 

From his press release:

Gordon Hintz - The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1

Gordon Hintz

The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1

1)      The Action is Inaction: According to the Wisconsin Blue Book, February 18 is the earliest end date to a legislative session since 1970.

 

2)      State Finances are Unstable

·         Budget Gimmicks: Last Spring, Republicans balanced a $132 million shortfall in the 2013-2015 budget by delaying a $108 million debt payment and raiding $98 million from compensation reserves.

 

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Lisa Subeck - Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”

Lisa Subeck

Remember the good old days when the Governor signed bills at the Capitol and other neutral territories rather than parading the bill signings around the state to show the businesses and special-interest groups what they've bought?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)
 
Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”
Claims by Assembly Republicans that AB 310 and SB 238 were anything but politically motivated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood fall short as Governor Walker signs bills at anti-abortion facility

A Day Without Latinos or Empathy

Day Without Latinos - Rebecca Kemble

For other people like me, who are not in Madison, the Day Without Latinos protest in Madison is going on full force.  I've not seen a crowd like this at the capitol since the Act 10 protests. More power to them. Sadly, the anti-immigrant laws are but a small portion of the "Big Pot o' Bad Ideas"  racing through the legislature. With over 100 bills roaring through it's pretty hard for anyone to keep track, including the legislators.

As to the reaction of our governor and the rest of the GOP - pretty much the same as always.  People of the state don't count -- we and our contributors know what's best for you. Protests are just a distraction from what's important.

East High Students - courtesy Emily Mills

Thanks to Rebecca Kemble for the photo lifted from her Facebook stream and to Emily Mills for the second photo. Video courtesy of the Journal Sentinel and Youtube.

Scott Walker reacts to 'Day Without Latinos' protest

“This Land is Our Land” Or it used to be…

Kathleen Vinehout
 
“This Land is Our Land” Or it used to be…
Mississippi backwaters cut off to locals by railroad “police”
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
One of the best spots to ice fish is south of Alma just down the dugway from Carrol Iberg’s rural home.
 
Down there “ice fishing is really good,” Mr. Iberg told me. He fished five days a week and caught mostly pan fish, and a few northern and bass.
 
To get to one of the most accessible ice fishing areas around, just south of the power plant, you have to cross the railroad tracks.
 
The rail is owned by BNSF. The company is exerting its authority to enforce a trespassing law by hiring railroad “police” to guard the track.

The Clairvoyance of Rebecca Bradley

Justice Rebecca Bradley

Justice Rebecca Bradley is one of the candidates for Supreme Court Justice in Tuesday's primary election. Her rather rapid advance through the court system hierarchy has been largely the responsibility of Governer Walker, as she has been appointed by him three times, most recently to the state Supreme Court. Past experience with the governor's atititude toward the courts suggests that he is somewhat less interested in fairness than in getting conservative outcomes.

Not all is dire

Russ Feingold

It's easy these days to be discouraged as a progressive in Wisconsin. Sometimes it seems that between gerrymandering, the makeup of the state legislature, and the laws coming out of Madison, that there's no real hope for the future.

Last night I was reminded that in fact there really is a growing discontent and that we still have progressive champions wanting to make a difference.

Remember - Voter ID is now required in Wisconsin

Bringit Wisconsin

Just want to remind you that the upcoming February primary is the first election in Wisconsin requiring ID to vote. Please don't forget, you cannot vote in future elections without a valid voter ID. Confused about what the rules are? The state GAB has a site to explain Voter ID to you - at least as long as we continue to have a GAB. Of course, they have not been given enough money to actually promote the site to people, so let's help out a little.  You can go to http://bringitwisconsin.com (there are multiple other URL's that work as well) to get all the current information about Voter ID. Spread the word.

WLCV Statement on Polluter Grab Bag Legislation

Editor - The hits against our state's environment and our way of life continue through the current legislature's grabs for power.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
CONTACT: Jonah Hermann, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, (920) 860-1416 -or- [email protected]

Polluter Grab Bag (AB 600/SB 459)
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' Statement

MADISON, WI -- Today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy had a public hearing on the Polluter Grab Bag, AB 600/SB 459. This hearing marks the final public opportunity for Wisconsinites to voice their concerns with the legislation. In response, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Executive Director, Kerry Schumann, issued the following statement:

“The Polluter Grab Bag goes right to the heart of the policies that protect our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. If passed into law, we’ll see filled in wetlands, dirtier rivers and streams, more development around lakes, and less public access to the waters that are supposed to belong to all of us.

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