Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Linda Kleinschmidt
Chief of Staff

Office of State Senator Kathleen Vinehout
22 South State Capitol - PO Box 7882
Madison, WI  53707-7882

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October 17, 2013                                        Sen. Kathleen Vinehout



Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s statement on release of a sand mine bill that rolls back local powers:

“Why should politicians in Madison control our communities? They don’t live here.”

 “Senator Tiffany’s bill takes away people’s ability to protect against a health threat or an extreme nuisance. Should mining companies blast on Sunday? Should they be able to tear up the road driving 400 trucks a day past the school? Should people have local protection so their wells don’t dry up?

“If mining companies can’t convince their neighbors that this is a good thing, why should Madison politicians get involved?”

“I don’t know why any legislator from western Wisconsin would turn control over our land to politicians in Madison.”

Sen. Vinehout represents the 31st Senate District which has more frac sand mines than any other region of the state.

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Honor the Earth Indigo Girls Tour

Fri, 09/06/2013 (All day) - Sun, 09/08/2013 (All day)

HONOR THE EARTH and the INDIGO GIRLS would like to announce 3 very special acoustic duo shows,

September 6-8, 2013, in the upper Midwest to benefit HONOR THE EARTH.

Sept. 6-Madison, WI @ The Capitol Theater

with special guest, KELLY JACKSON

Sept. 7-St. Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Auditorium


Sept. 8-Washburn, WI @ Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

with special guest, KEITH SECOLA

 Details at

Earth Day Showing of The Price of Sand Downsville

Repeats every 2 days until Wed Apr 24 2013 .
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 7:00pm
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 7:00pm

This is a special showing of Jim Tittle's new documentary on frac sand mining in Western Wisconsin.  The Price of Sand is an hour-long video exploring the issues and controversy surrounding frac sand mining in our area, and covers the issue both from the viewpoint of anti-mining activists and the sand mining companies. The video and aerial photographs from this film have been featured in multiple web sites and news stories. Come see the now-completed film in the beautiful 19th-century restored octagonal school house at Simply Dunn in Downsville, WI simultaneous with the film's official premiere at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. The showing has been arranged by the Director, Jim Tittle, Uppity Wisconsin, the Frac Sand Awareness Project, and Simply Dunn.



Al Gedicks' article on the mining bill

I wasted an afternoon a while back reading AB1/SB1 - the "mining bill".  Well, not exactly wasted, but it was a disgusting experience, particularly if you compare what the blil says to what the Republicans are saying is in it. I've been trying to write an article about this for a while, but Al Gedicks has done a better job of this than I could.  So I suggest you go read Al's article about the mining bill.  Link below.

Statement of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Regarding Governor Walker’s Mining Remarks in the State of the State Address

For immediate release: January 15, 2013
Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, 608-208-1129 (direct), 608-658-0186 (cell), anneatconservationvoters [dot] org

Statement of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
Regarding Governor Walker’s Mining Remarks in the State of the State Address

Governor Walker’s theatrics and fabricated job numbers don’t change the facts. His plan to rollback protections for Wisconsin’s air, water, and land to benefit a single out-of-state mining company threatens to contaminate our water with toxins like arsenic, lead, and mercury and cause irreparable damage to our tourism economy.

Mining interests agree - mining bill was crazy

It's interesting when our legislature has so seriously drunk the "stop regulation" Kool-Aid that the folks you are trying to write the bills for think you went too far.  Apparently even representatives of the mining industry think that Wisconsin law should not go out of its way to be in conflict with Federal regulations.

Honestly, if the Republicans are going to insist on reviving the mining bill in January, perhaps they could at least write a bill that would be workable this time around and that will not just embroil Wisconsin in continual conflicts and lawsuits. And maybe this time they could at least give a passing thought to environmental effects.

Walker administration releases emails - we think

A huge dump of emails has been piling up today on scribd.  At the moment we're not completely sure who has actually posted the emails, or if it's the releae of emails promised in regard to Kelda Helen Roys' Open Records requests from December.   Reading through the first part of the emails would lead me to believe that is not what this is, but a response to some other request.

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