Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Kathleen Vinehout

Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

By Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebrated 50 years of service to the people of the State of Wisconsin.

 

Wisc Assembly Candidates Utesch and Gorski Back from Factory Farm Summit

Nancy Utesch, Lynn Utesch and Dave Gorski at Factory Farm Summit in Green Bay, Sept. 10, 2016

Fellow water warriors, Lynn and Nancy Utesch and Dave Gorski, attended the Wisconsin Factory Farm Summit in Green Bay this weekend.

The some 300 attendees at the conference are working to guarantee the future of clean water in Wisconsin against unanimous Republican Party opposition to this effort.

Lynn Utesch is a candidate for the First Assembly District.

Gorski is a candidate for the 72nd Assembly District.

Both Utesch and Gorski are making the future of clean water, small farming, tourism and recreation the basis of their campaigns.

The Brainwashing of my Dad film showing

Date: 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day)

DFA sponsored special showings of the film The Brainwashing Of My Dad.

In Northwestern Wisconsin the showings are as follows:

Downsville - Simply Dunn - 6 PM -

Rice Lake - Democratic Campaign Headquarters, 6 PM - 

Buffalo City - 6 PM -- 

To sign up to attend any of these showings (or to search for other showings around the country) and to get the addresses, please visit http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/brainwashing-my-dad-house-parti...

Dakota Access Pipeline

The protests at the Dakota Access pipeline site continue with very little coverage in national news. The company building the pipeline has apparently purposely destroyed Native American burial and sacred sites, going out of their way to target exactly the sites the tribes have been trying to preserve.  Today a judge ruled that the construction can continue, overruling an emergency stay in construction.  This is coverage from Democracy Now from yesterday.

Scott Krug Used Wisc Office Phone for Campaign Fundraiser

Lake Camelot in Rome, Wisconsin is being betrayed by State Rep. Scott Krug who fights for polluters

The worst enemy of clean water in Wisconsin is Gov. Scott Walker.

The second-worst is State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Rome), explaining why Walker held a fundraiser for Krug on Labor Day weekend.

Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) listed his district's office phone for a campaign finance fundraiser Friday, Sept. 2, using taxpayer dollars.

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Here's the Kellner Cornfest parade crew. We had a blast meeting folks, Aug 21

Happy Labor Day 2016! I will be visiting with folks around the district this weekend. Just wish to pay my respects to the people who brought us Labor Day, paid for with blood, lives and a lot of work from the American Labor Movement. Thank you. From our friend, Ralph Nader: "Labor Day should be used to reflect on the historic victories of American workers such as establishing the minimum wage and overtime pay, the five-day work week and banning of the use of child labor. Many in the U.S. would find it difficult to imagine living in a country where these things weren’t a given."

Who Will Be My Teacher?

Kathleen Vinehout
Who Will Be My Teacher?
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“Who will be my teacher?” my son asked me years ago. For a brief point in time, the teacher was the most important person in his young life.
 
As children head back to school and parents scramble with new schedules, schools are facing their own scheduling headaches. This year a teacher shortage hit many local schools. Around the state, school districts have hundreds of vacancies.
 
Recently, I presented an overview of state education budget issues in Viroqua. At least a dozen local superintendents, school board members, principals and teachers were in the audience. Following my presentation, the conversation turned to the teacher shortage.
 
Educators described an environment in which teachers in certain high demand subject areas move from one school district to another based on the best offer.
 
Two superintendents from neighboring school districts laughed when they realized they spent the summer bidding against each other to snag the same teacher. “Now we have teachers who come back [to our school] and say, ‘I’m getting a $6,000 increase in an offer from another school.’”
 
A staff member paid a $12,000 raise creates problems in districts where teachers went seven years with little raise in pay. John, a local teacher, told the group, “The impact on morale is just horrendous.” 

Scott Walker to Hold Fundraiser for Big Ag's Man, Scott Krug

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Scott Walker is attending a fundraising reception in honor of State Representative Scott Krug (R-Neekosa) as Republicans work to raise money for the polluters' caucus against water warriors in central Wisconsin.

Krug is being challenged by David Gorksi in a closely watch race pitting the environmentalist Gorksi against the polluters' man, Krug. David Gorski said today, "For Scott Krug to take the side of polluters against the people of the 72nd assembly district is a further betrayal that continues what Krug and Walker have done to Wisconsin. People are being brought to tears as they watch their homes and futures be sacrificed for corporate profits. We should be promoting our region's tourism and recreational treasures, not destroying them."

Finding Help for Flooded Families and Farms

Kathleen Vinehout
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“It gets overwhelming,” my neighbor told me. We were walking through her flooded barnyard. Floodwaters left silt everywhere: in the house, the garden, the barn, and the farmyard.
 
Family members were working hard to clean up. But they were filled with unanswered questions: where to go and what to do?
 
Western Wisconsin was hit with several severe rainstorms in the past few weeks. Early morning on August 11 parts of Buffalo County received 5 ½ to 11 ½ inches of rain in just 45 minutes. The beautiful rolling hills intensified the power of the water as it raced towards the lowest point.
 
Huge gullies opened up. Roads washed out. Crops were damaged. Fence lines washed away. Pastures became lakes. Cattle and pigs were lost. Concrete buckled. Trees were uprooted. Small sheds floated away. Farm machinery flooded. Flower and vegetable gardens were covered with black muck.

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