Court rejects Walker pee-in-a-cup plea

A federal court has stymied the state of Wisconsin’s effort to drug test food stamp applicants.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) championed the drug test policy as he launched a doomed presidential bid in 2015. The Obama administration said federal law doesn’t allow states to drug test food stamp recipients, so the Walker administration asked a federal court to decide.

And they decided.  Once again proving that the current administration has very little concept of how federal law works, the court basically said that you cannot ask for a test on a law you have not written yet. This is  not quite the same as rejecting the plan to drug test benefit recipients, just that the Walker administration would need to first have their law be rejected, and then appeal. One more case of our govrernment's time and money being sucked up by legal posturing for pointless ideological purpooses.

Community Conversations Menomonie - expansion of family farms


Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 1:00pm
Community Conversations on Sat., October 8, will feature a presentation by Jeff Smith about expansion of Factory Farms.  The Cranberry Creek CAFO proposed expansion is located in the Town of Rock Creek in southern Dunn County.  The herd of 1,720 may be permitted to increase to 7,250.  That expansion includes the plan to dispose of 5.6 million gallons of liquid manure and 600 tons of solid manure per year.  Adjacent landowners, those who lease lands to the dairy, and area residents have expressed concerns about the expansion of this factory farm.  Those concerns include “the long term quality and quantity of ground water and the impact this has on residents and farmers.”  Rock Creek Township officials and adjacent towns, are concerned about ground water quality and truck traffic damaging roads in their township.  Neighbors are concerned about contamination of their wells and other health concerns.  Come join us in the presentation and discussion that follows.
Community Conversations
Dunn County Non Partisan Issues
Topic:  Expansion of Factory Farms
Speaker:  Jeff Smith
Menomonie Public Library Meeting Room  
Saturday, October 8, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Public is invited

Video: Water Warriors in Central Wisconsin Fight for Dave Gorski; Water Is Life

Water warrior Dave Gorski fights for clean water in central Wisconsin

Water is life. Right on.

Can a cause in central Wisconsin get some 75 people to show up on a Monday morning with 30 hours notice?

Yes, clean water, stopping the proposed Wysocki Inc.'s factory farm, and electing Dave Gorski over Big Ag man, State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) gets people out in the streets.

Inspiring video by Eric Peterson:

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Endorses Gorski in Assembly Race

Water Warrior David Gorski Nails Polluter Scott Krug

David Gorski for State Assembly in central Wisconsin

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters held a press conference in Wisconsin Rapids along the Wisconsin River this afternoon.

The purpose is to refute claims by Scott Krug that the League had endorsed Krug for the 72nd District Assembly seat. In fact the WLCV has endorsed David Gorski. With avowed dedication to fair water usage laws and renewed attention to Public Education, David Gorski IS the Krug Krusher !

Taking Credit for the Sun Coming Up

Kathleen Vinehout
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Wisconsin lowered taxes and reduced regulation and that increased jobs in the state, right?” A journalist from a national newspaper asked about the state of our economy for a story he was writing.
“The assumption you are making is that the only thing holding back growth is taxes paid by business,” I told the reporter. “And regulation,” he added.

John Doe II - it's dead

Scott Walker

This morning the US Supreme court rejected the appeal on the John Doe II case. The case, which was brought by three county district attorneys, was the last hope for continuation of the John Doe probe in Wisconsin. We can now assume that the investigaition is officially dead, and that the corruption, pay-for-play, and flow of dark money into the state will continue. 

School Privatization Group Throws All-in for Rep. Scott Krug

State Rep. Scott Krug gets endorsement and support from the American Federation for Children Action Fund, Wisconsin Committee

A far-wing group, American Federation for Children (AFC) Action Fund, Wisconsin Committee, working to privatize public schools has dumped more money in its campaign elect State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa).

Krug is facing water warrior, David Gorski, the Democratic Party nominee for assembly district 72 in central Wisconsin.

Ever-Changing VoterID implementation leaves potential voters out in the cold

Update -- On Friday federal district court Judge James Peterson demanded the state investigate the DMV's implementation of Voter ID and the ID process. The state must produce a report by Oct. 7.  At the same time the state ACLU filed a motion in the 7th District Court alleging that the state is not giving ID's to people who request them. This is a lot of litigation and expense to solve a problem that does not exist.

I try to keep track of these things - but if you were to ask me exactly what the status is of getting an ID to vote in Wisconsin if you cannot come up with, for example, a birth certificate, I'd have trouble remembering what today's story is. The state has been scrambling to find some sort of way to more-or-less conform to court rulings on voter ID while still managing to in practice make it hard to get those ID's.

According to a new story in The Nation, it sounds like they are succeeding admirably as people try to continue to go through the voter ID hoops, only to find that apparently nobody at the DMV offices actually understands the current rules, and even if they do understand the rules they are not very good at carrying them out.

Legal experts say they’re extremely troubled by the state’s continued failure to fairly enforce the voter-ID law. “Wisconsin has promised the court that voters would be able to get an ID with whatever documents they have,” says Sean Young of the ACLU. “They’ve completely failed to live up to that promise.”


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