Government


Marathon County’s Ka Lo: Keynote Speaker at State OWR Convention

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF-wgTWygl4Marathon County Board Supervisor and the head of the Marathon County Progressive Dems, Ka Lo, was invited to be the keynote speaker at Our Wisconsin Revolution's (OWR) State Convention.Among other critical issues, she discussed the Marathon County Board's decision to raise its own compensation even while a significant number of its constituents live in poverty, the unfortunate outcomes that occur in elections when progressives are unfairly shut out, and the need to strive for workers' wages that allow citizens not simply ...

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What Can One Person Do? A New Tactic for Change

We do not have a functioning democracy. Too often the will of the majority is ignored. The politicians and their big money donors do what they want. Money rules. Corporate lobbying trumps public opinion. Voters are apathetic. Crazy reactionaries succeed and common sense reforms go nowhere.Too often we organize, march, write letters, contact our legislators, sign petitions, seemingly to no avail. It is time progressives try new methods. We need a new protest tool that will demand attention. I believe we need to use our economic power as consumers to demand sensible ...

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Tax Fairness

While President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Sean Duffy and other Republicans are trying to convince us that the December 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act is benefiting the working class, more evidence is surfacing that proves it is a tax bill of, by and for the rich.A recent analysis by Americans for Tax Fairness, a political advocacy group devoted to tax reform, found: Only 67 of the Fortune 500 corporations have announced plans to share their tax cuts with employees. Only 4.3 percent of workers will receive a one-time bonus or wage increase tied ...

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Fixing the National Debt with Better Alternatives

Government, like individuals, borrows money and has debt. Debt can be a problem if you have too much and can't make the payments. It can be a problem if you are using debt for the wrong reasons. Partying on the credit card is not good. Using debt to invest in your future (buying a house, starting a business, going to college) can be a wise choice. Unfortunately much of our federal spending is not spent wisely to build the public good or invest in our people's future.There are three major causes of federal debt: excessive military spending, excessive health care costs, ...

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UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME… ARE WE READY FOR IT?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea that has been around for a while. With automation replacing blue-collar and white-collar jobs, UBI is needed. Forty-eight percent of Americans favor UBI.Universal Basic Income is a simple system where the government gives people a set amount of money each month. Would UBI replace the safety net? Many details would need to be worked out. The system gives an equalizing floor from which all people start.How much per month? Some say $1000 a month, some say more and some say less. Child allowance could be $250 or $300 each month. ...

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NINE MORE COMMUNITIES VOTE TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Wisconsin residents in nine communities voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech.All referenda passed with overwhelming majorities: Green County (78%), St. Croix County (77%), the cities of La Crosse (88%), Marshfield (81%), Sun Prairie (83%), Rice Lake (81%), the villages of McFarland (79%) and Wittenberg (83%), and the town of Sand Creek (77%) in Dunn County.That brings the total to 129 Wisconsin communities that have called for ...

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Supremely Important Election April 3rd

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The April 3rd election in Wisconsin is very important. A Supreme Court justice will be elected. Spring elections often involve minor local issues and offices and these elections have very poor voter turnout. Many voters are not even aware this election is happening! As a result major decisions get decided by a very small number of citizens.The two candidates in this race are Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock. The two candidates vary widely in experience, qualifications, and stature in the professi...

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ANOTHER DAY AT THE RALLY

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees, (AFSCME) and Friends, rallied in Solidarity at the Capitol of Wisconsin in Madison.This Rally was part of a National Day of Action where Labor Unions and their Supporters gathered across the Country in a show of Solidarity. The themes echoed what one might expect to see, i.e., “…Unrig the System”, “It’s about Economic Justice!” and the like.I’d guesstimate a few hundred folks joined in the activities and chanting. I was taken aback at seeing a lot of the same folks I saw ...

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Demonstration, February 27: Demand Further Soil Tests on Thomas Street

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Middle Wisconsin will be in attendance at the event below. We hope you are, too! There has rarely been such a sustained citizen-driven effort on a Wausau policy issue or project.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Concerned citizens are invited to gather on the sidewalk in front of City Hall steps to demand further environmental testing of the neighborhood’s surface soils. This will take place at 5:30pm in front of 407 Grant Street in Wausau.Elevated Dioxin Levels in Soils Recently Identified:  In February, private ...

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Lessons from a false alarm

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued an alert warning of an imminent missile attack. It was a false alarm, but many residents, and the media, received the text message. Given the saber rattling regarding North Korean missile tests, the alert seemed credible. Certainly the fear it generated was real.There are lessons to be learned (and hopefully acted upon) from this incident. Ralph Hutchinson, an advocate for abolishing nuclear weapons, discusses this incident in the context of our national nuclear weapons policy. His lessons and ...

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