Mike McCabe spoke to the full Assembly Meeting of the Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Co-op yesterday. I was slightly surprised by the Q&A portion of the talk, which lead with the question "when are you running for Governor". We'll be talking to Mike more about this later in the week. This takes place at the beginning of the Q&A video. Do yourself a favor and watch the whole talk, though. It made for an interesting and fruitful afternoon. Please excuse the video quality - it was a great time and a great room, but the lighting was terrible for video.
I would like to today offer you something we see less and less of in the media - two smart informed people having a thought-provoking conversation. I bring you Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky talking about the fresh hell being brought upon us by the Republican Party.
Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Committee Passage of AB 128
MADISON – State Representative Lisa Subeck (D – Madison) released the following statement today after the Assembly Committee on Health passed AB 128 which would eliminate currently provided coverage for medically necessary abortion care for public employees under their health plans.
“Republicans are once again using women as political pawns in their quest to advance their extreme political agenda. Over the last six years, Republicans have repeatedly attacked access to women’s health care, and this bill is simply the latest of their litany of attacks. AB 128 means more interference by politicians and, in this case, one’s employer into health care decisions that should be made privately by a woman and her doctor.”
it is once again Earth Day, a day with deep ties to Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, and the Wisconsin Idea. Sadly the last few years have seen massive retrenchment in our commitment to the environment as a country. Our state, under Governor Walker's leadership, seems to have left no stone unturned while looking for ways to lessen our protection of the environment.
On a happier note, I joined many local Menomonie folks this morning on an Earth Day march for belief in Climate Change, and belief in Science. You would not think that in 2017 it would take an organized effort to convince the country to believe in science, but in the current political climate this is apparently a revolutionary idea. I urge you all to join the revolution.
When it comes to paying the bills you’ve got to deal with what’s real. You can’t spend rhetoric.
Lawmakers are doubling down to deal with the state budget. Public hearings and town hall meetings are scheduled across the state. Many civic groups are hosting legislators in a discussion of the state budget. Many are burning the midnight oil to get to the bottom of the state’s financial matters.
Though it is often said that everything old is new again, I have to say I was surprised to see that an old childhood friend of mine is once again relevant. Old feelings I have not had since the Cuban Missile Crisis have raised their ugly heads again, but I am pretty sure that Kennedy could tell the differrence between ships heading to Cuba and ships heading away - somehow the fact that the current administration cannot tell where our own ships are heading is disconcerrting. In that spirit - I bring you the re-awakening of my childhood fears in the body of Bert the Turtle.