Well, isn't that special?

Take a quick trip over to http://jebbush.com - see where life takes you.

Shouldda registered ALL those domain names, I guess.

He's going to be president one way or another if he can find a way.

By the way --- anybody notice that The Donald now wants to ban all Muslims from immigrating?

This sort of thing is the reason I have not been blogging lately - the  truth is  too depressing.

Terror is where you find it

Let's talk about terror. It's the new black. The president spoke about it last night, and it seems to be overwhelming Americans. One one hand, I want to remind everyone that the odds of being injured in a terrorist attack are still lower than the odds of being injured by many more common hazards in life. It's been said that we are so bad at judging relative risks that we will be afraid of being killed by a terrorist, so we light up another cigarette.

Changes for Work and Workers In the “Gig Economy”

Kathleen Vinehout
Changes for Work and Workers In the “Gig Economy”
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“If my company followed the rules, they couldn’t survive,” my niece Becky told me as we traveled home from our “Small Business Saturday” shopping trip.
 
Small retail businesses are owned by local folks and regularly use local workers. The money we spend in our local communities usually stays local.
 
But in this changing economy, sometimes your small business is not local. Sometimes the company is not even American.

Enjoying Thanksgiving on the Farm

Kathleen Vinehout
                             Enjoying Thanksgiving on the Farm
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
Tundra Swans arrived Friday.
 
These magnificent birds spend a brief time in Buffalo County on their way from the tundra of Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds on the East Coast.
 
The brilliant, white birds with a 6 1/2’ wingspan are migrants through our valley. They love the swamps and back waters. And when they gather they are very social.
 
The swans love to converse. I listened to their excited chatter sitting in my deer blind in the early dawn hours. They sounded like enthusiastic teenagers.
 

Wisconsin Report Card Provides Info on Progress, Problems

Kathleen Vinehout

Wisconsin Report Card Provides Info on Progress, Problems

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“My son’s grades improved at report card time,” Mari told me. Her son struggled in school for many years. “We had a great teacher conference. He got mostly Bs and Cs – which was an improvement.”

 

Wisconsin recently got its own report card. Our state also got mostly Bs and Cs. Although in several cases, these scores represent benchmarks that are not improving.

 

The report published by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) tracks statistics reflecting the economy, education and quality of life in Wisconsin.

 

Our focus on education has historically been a great strength of our state. The report card reviewed education through “workforce readiness” and assigned Bs for all benchmarks measured – the only category to receive this consistent high mark.

The Wisconsin idea dies in the Assembly - watch it and weep

The Assembly is currently in the process of concurrence with the changes in the far-reaching bills the Senate recently passed. Democrats are currently trying to drag out discussion on the bill, while the Republicans are are attempting to cut off debate under Assembly rules. Democrats are attempting to question the outright lies brought out by the Republicans on campaign finance changes.

Friday Night in Madison

Kathleen Vinehout
Friday Night in Madison
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
It was Friday night at 5:00 pm.
 
Most people were leaving work and looking forward to the weekend. Maybe they headed to see friends and family at the fish fry or watch the prep football playoffs.
 
At that same hour, Senators received details on two very important bills. Legislation that rewrote laws related to elections, campaign finance, lobbying and the ethics of elected officials.
 
Leaders kept details about changes to the bills secret until the last minute. Details we had not seen; the press had not read; no member of the public had an opportunity to provide comment. 
 
By 7:00 pm, the Senate debate on the two bills began. Final Senate passage happened before the sun came up on Saturday morning. Most Wisconsinites did not hear the debate or see the vote. No TV news cameras observed the Senate. Most reporters had gone home. Senate galleries were mostly empty.   

Canada and Wisconsin: Friends and Partners

Kathleen Vinehout
Canada and Wisconsin: Friends and Partners
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
Did you know a third of everything Wisconsin sells to the world we sell to Canada? And more visitors come to Wisconsin from Canada than any other country?
 
Wisconsin recently celebrated Canada Day at the Capitol. We welcomed Canadian Consul General Roy Norton. He brought along a host of facts about Wisconsin’s relationship with Canada.
 
Many of us think the ideal summer vacation is going north – this summer my husband and son enjoyed a canoe trip in Canada. Fortunately, Canadians like to head south. Wisconsin welcomed over 300,000 Canadian visitors who spent $65 million last year.
 

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