I just finished watching the live coverage of the Wisconsin Elections Commission meeting this morning. At the tail end of the meeting the commission distributed an email they had just received from Homeland Security stating that the previous report from Friday that Election Commission web sites had been scanned by the Russians was actually incorrect, but that the scanning had been of the Department of Workforce Development site. Apparently there was some mixup of IP addresses of the servers. We will have more information on this when it becomes available.
On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections Commission had not been notified specifically. It turns out that DHS has been very quiet about details. At this point we don't really know anything except that there was some scanning activity of the SVRS system by some Russian actor.
The Governor has signed the Foxconn bill, so it is now the law.
Take a quick look back through the history, the social media, and the general boondoggle that we have set up for the state. Note that as always the Storify embed is running behind on the new items from today - I'm looking at some newer hipper technology for going forward.
“Policy is who pays, who doesn’t pay and where the money gets spent,” said the President of the NAACP in a recent speech.
Policy making was center stage at the State Capitol when the long delayed $76 billion two-year state budget was rushed to passage just days after a majority of lawmakers voted to give a Taiwan billionaire $3 billion in state subsidies.
Budgets are about choices. Budget writers this year chose to leave major problems for the next budget writers.
Education is the most important job state government does. For years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed the state’s school funding formula was broken.
This budget, there were enough funds to change the formula. Efforts to do so were voted down. Instead, more state dollars were spent on vouchers for unaccountable private schools.
As you are probably aware, Fighting Bob Fest was on the road this year, with events in Madison, Milwaukee, and La Crosse. I attended the La Crosse event, partly representing Uppity Wisconsin, Wis.Community, and the Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Co-op.
As always, the speeches were great, and with a little more local flavor in a lot of cases this time around. Jim Hightower was, unfortunately, not able to make it due to a family crisis.
I've been doing some clean-up on Uppity Wisconsin. This is largely in preparation for moving all of the Uppity Wisconsin blogs from here to their new home at Wis.community . Over the years (10 of them, hard to believe) we've accumulated quite a few people as users on the site who have never contributed content - many of them created accounts and then never logged in. I've deleted all of those user accounts today, so if you have never posted to the site or even asked about posting to the site, your account has been deleted. I hope to get the site moved some time before Oct. 1. Things will work largely as they always have, or at least that is the concept.