Politics


THE SUMMIT IS AROUND THE CORNER

With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public schools is now. Wisconsin Public Education Network's 3rd Annual Summer Summit is your invitation to come together. Register today and be a part of the public education event of the year. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT LAKE MILLS HIGH SCHOOL 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agenda has something for everyone: from veteran teachers, board members, administrators and ...

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FIREFIGHTERS EARNED AND DESERVE THEIR PENSIONS

By Steve Wilding, Fire Fighter, Oak Creek Local 1848 Every day, firefighters like me put our lives on the line for communities across the state. Whatever time of the day it is, when the bell rings in the firehouse, we take the call. We strap up, hop on our trucks, and race to the car accident, house or office building fire. We do it without question, knowing the risks or dangers that may lie ahead. We work hard and long hours and our bodies deteriorate quickly due to long-term stress, but we know that we can retire with dignity thanks to our defined benefit pension. ...

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ACTIVISM WORKS

Senate Health Care Bill did not pass. It's not clear what Republicans will try next but it is clear that engaged citizens can and do make a difference. We can't promise it will always work. But we can see that voter resistance can force a change of course. So when Trump and McConnell and Ryan cook up their next nasty "tax cut masquerading as healthcare" stew, you'll know just what to do. Josh Marshall has what I think is the best explanation of why the Republican plan to repeal the ACA has come such a cropper. First he acknowledges the vital role played by how unpopular ...

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WINNING IS THE ONLY THING

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo wrote an important post last week arguing that Voting Rights Defeatism is Toxic. It's his response to some of the ways people and pundits reacted to John Ossoff's loss in the Georgia special election. Complaining about voter suppression may provide some emotional balm. But "the simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. The fact that that is challenging and unfair doesn’t change the reality of ...

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LOVE WATER, NOT OIL

This year the 5th annual Love Water Not Oil tour includes stops and events along the Enbridge pipeline route in Wisconsin. There will be three featured musical performers and maybe as many as 40 horseback riders from around the country. The schedule outline is below and more detailed information can be found at http://www.honorearth.org/lwno2017 July 9th - Kick-off event in Madison, WI @Majestic Theater featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, Gingger Shankar Purchase Tickets online and RSVP Doors open @6PM - Show starts @7PM $25 Advanced | $30 at the door July 10th ...

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Constitutional Roulette

The far right efforts to re-write the U.S. Constitution moved closer to happening this week. The Wisconsin Assembly passed several resolutions calling for a national constitutional convention. This highly risky proposal is unnecessary. It is a dangerous gamble with our democracy and current political system. And it is a con job designed to achieve an objective very different than claimed by its supporters. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows a convention for proposing amendments if two-thirds of the states (34) call for one. Amendments and other changes must be ...

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DRINKING LIBERALLY IS ON JULY 11

DRINKING LIBERALLY IS ON JULY 11. Please note the change of the date for Drinking Liberally. Due to the 4th of July holiday being on our regular meeting time this month, we are going to postpone the July Drinking Liberally get together until the second Tuesday, July 11th. This is a one-time change so that we all can celebrate with family and friends. Join Drinking Liberally instead on Tuesday July 11th from 5:30 to 7 PM at Malarkey's. Hope to see you then and happy 4th! Malarkey’s Pub is 408 Third Street, Wausau. Phone: 715-819—3663 For more ...

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WHAT CHOICES WOULD YOU MAKE?

In the next few weeks, state lawmakers are voting on how Wisconsin spends money over the next two years. The choices legislators make will affect our communities and our lives. Lawmakers are working off a spending plan submitted by the Governor earlier this year. Changes have already been made to his proposal. For example, the budget writing committee removed much of the new money for the University of Wisconsin System. Big spending cuts in the last budget forced, among other things, a reorganization of UW-Extension, which may leave local communities without their ...

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ANOTHER LOOK AT 2016 ELECTION

While we await developments on a number of critical fronts — Will the Republicans running our state ever agree on transportation funding? Will the US Senate stumble as it tries to formulate a healthcare bill that can pass both the Senate and the House? Will the Supreme Court issue a stay in Gill v Whitford? Will James Comey's testimony on Thursday offer the bombshell the national press is hoping for? You might want to have a look at an analysis of How And Where Trump Won Wisconsin in 2016. Malia Jones at the UW Applied Population Laboratory has run the numbers and ...

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WHAT MOTIVATED 2016 VOTERS?

Professor Katherine Cramer Walsh, author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (March, 2016), finds the split between rural and urban voters' choices to be rooted in what she calls "group consciousness." In an article published years before her book, she concludes that rural voters, at least in Wisconsin, perceive themselves to be deprived and attribute "rural deprivation to the decision making of (urban) political elites, who disregard and disrespect rural residents and rural lifestyles." But there appear to be ...

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