This morning Russ Feingold announced that he is running against Ron Johnson for US Senator. This isn't a big surprise since there have been indications over the last few month that he is running. Good luck to Russ in the upcoming election - you have the support of progressives throughout the state.
The Uppity Fund 2016 donation pool will be set up and running within the next few weeks, so you'll be able to donate to Russ and other progressive candidates right here.
A few minutes ago Judge Ismael Ozanne ruled that officer Matt Kenny will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson. Looking distinctly nervous during the press conference, Ozanne first spoke to the issue that racial discrimination is still a serious issue in law enforcement in this country, and discussed the events leading up to the shooting and the evidence that he used in coming to his decision.
This perhaps softened the blow of the decision in a community that has been very concerned about this shooting since it happened. There will certainly be marches and protests over the next several days, including a scheduled march tonight. Here at Uppity Wisconsin we ask you to please help to make these marches peaceful and respectful to all - there's no point in any escalation of violence in this truly sad case.
“When do we return the economic development initiative and the checkbook to the control of a state agency” John Dunn of Mauston asked in a letter to Legislators. “The WEDC has again failed to follow state law and its own policies in awarding taxpayer-funded incentives to state companies. We need accountability to taxpayers.”
Not following the law, and not acting in a transparent and accountable way is a frequent criticism of the state’s economic development operations.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), created in 2011 as an independent authority, fell under criticism again with the recent release of another audit showing that WEDC failed to follow state laws and its own policies when awarding grants, loans and tax credits to businesses and failed to independently verify whether or not promised jobs were actually created.
Scott Walker, a former Marquette University undergraduate student has announced that he has enrolled in a five day non-credit study abroad course offered by “Our American Revival”. He will be attending on a “full ride” scholarship provided by “Our American Revival”.
The delusional undergraduate imagines himself as a member of some unknown royal family as he continues to use the “royal we” as he describes his non-credit study abroad experience.
A contentious court case in Northwestern Wisconsin ended today with the sentencing of Kevin Elberg. Elberg beat Sao Lue Vang last year after he accidentally trespassed on Elberg's land while squirrel hunting. Many in this part of the state saw this as a test of whether a Hmong immigrant who served in support of the US military could receive justice after being beaten by a much younger and stronger man who appeared to have been drinking at the time. A 10 day sentence with 2 years of probation and some community service hardly seems just.
The previous sentencing hearing for Elberg was cancelled due to an inability to reach a successful plea bargain. Muliple protests in Durand over the last several months were held in concern that the case would be plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor, which it was. Sao Lue Vang received multiple injuries in the beating, including a lacerated liver and many internal injuries.
John Nygren says the UW independent authority proposal supported by the governor and the regents of the University is dead in the water. This proposal was part of a package that included a huge cut in money to the University system, but with the independent authority as a way for the University to get back some of the money.
Now what remains to be seen is if the legislature still makes draconian cuts to the budget while taking the authority away. This is another of those recent rebellions against Walker's plans and I'm certain we will be seeing more of it. Normally I would congratulate changes against Walker's budget proposals, but it sounds likely that this will set up a lose-lose situation for the University system.
I used to believe that the big print giveth and the small print taketh away. In the Walker administration it's beginning to look like the small and big print are both taking.
Citizen Input Provides Important Details of Conservation Budget Cuts
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?”
It can be difficult for legislators to know the full effect of cuts without the critical input of citizens.
For example, news of cuts to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made its way to western Wisconsin. Constituents communicated back to me the effect of these cuts. Through emails, phone calls and office visits I was able to piece together the real effect of a few lines of DNR budget cuts.