Voting/Elections


SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION

School Accountability
A letter to the editor:Sit up and pay attention!Pardon me. I just used what my son calls my school teacher voice. It's that important, neighbors. On January 14th the Wisconsin legislature holds hearings on the so called school accountability bill (A co-sponsor is Assemblyman Jarchow).I urge you to watch carefully as the party of small government takes more control away from our local school boards. The plan is for a 13 member academic review board established by the legislature to oversee and grade public schools, for-profit schools, and private voucher ...

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NOT A DEMOCRAT . . . . A HUMBLE OPINION

Democrat Donkey
As the dust settles on the November elections and the Democrats assess the damage, one thing seems increasingly clear. . . it is no longer clear at all just who or what is a Democrat. Given the apparent identity crisis, a process of elimination may be in order. . .If you are not willing to openly fight the historic wealth inequality that has replaced democracy in America, you are not a Democrat.If you are not publicly advocating the breakup of “too big to fail” Wall Street banks, you are not a Democrat.If you do not rigorously support criminal prosecution ...

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Vote “No” On the Constitutional Amendment to Isolate Transportation Funds – It Is a Bad Idea!

Constitution
Vote “No” On the Constitutional Amendmentto Isolate Transportation FundsIt is a Bad Idea!It is poor public policy to use constitutional amendments to isolate tax revenues for special interests’ benefit. Changing the state's constitution is no small thing.   States, municipalities, school districts, etc., create budgets to cover our local and state community needs. Our needs change all the time. Sometimes, disasters strike - homes and businesses are damaged and need immediate repair, people are injured and need extensive medical services, water mains break and ...

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Updated Voting Instructions for November 4, 2014 Elections – No Photo ID Required for Voting!

Ballot Box
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Blocks Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law(http://gab.wi.gov/node/3412)Late Thursday, October 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law for the November 4, 2014 General Election.More information about the impact of this decision will be posted as soon as it becomes available.Information stating that voter photo ID is in effect for the November 4, 2014 General Election should be disregarded.Questions about Voting? Contact your municipal clerk’s Office(https:...

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“Ask the Candidate” – Issue Specific Questions

Debate
The Middle Wisconsin Editorial Board is excited to share with its readers a compilation of issue specific candidate questions.  We are hopeful that these questions can be utilized as a guide during a dialogue between citizens and candidates on some of the issues which face communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.  We encourage anyone using these questions to relay back to us some of the answers given by candidates so we may publish them on our website.The importance of an active citizenry is more important today than at any other period in our history.  A ...

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Reducing Money in Politics

Election Sign
Do you think there is too much money in politics? Do you think politicians are bought by big money contributions? We need to do something about the extreme amount of money being raised and spent on elections. But it is unlikely that the politicians, or the industries that profit from the current mess, will allow change. What can we do? We can reduce the influence of money in politics if more of us participated in elections. First we should recognize that politics is the way we make decisions in a democratic society. It is how we decide priorities, spending, and public ...

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Let’s Pay the Bills First – Senator Kathleen Vinehout

Budget
The following article is a reprint of a recent news release by Senator Kathleen Vinehout to the people of Wisconsin. Middle Wisconsin feels strongly that the citizens need to be aware of the harm being done to our public schools and our children by the transfer of tax dollars to private institutions. Let's Pay the Bills FirstbySenator Kathleen Vinehout“I don’t want another cent from the state until you guys pay the bills,” the business-owner from Durand told me. “I am tired of hearing about tax cuts and deficits.”“I want all the bills ...

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Political Candidates and Middle Wisconsin Members Supporting the Fast Food Workers Strike

Middle Wisconsin and Candidates
From left to right: Paul DeMain - State Senate Candidate 29th District, Joyce Luedke - MW Member, Randy Radtke - President of Marathon County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Nancy Stencil - State Candidate 86th Assembly, Dave Svetlik - MW Member, Dorothy Miller - Chairwoman Marathon County Democratic Party, Rita Pachal - MW Member and Head of Wausau area Move to Amend, Kelly Westlund - US Assembly candidate Wisconsin 7th Congressional District.

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Supporting Public and Private Sector Workers

Snow Plow
Wisconsin communities benefit from the crucial work done by Wisconsin's public employees and private sector employees. Our neighbors, families, and friends work together to build thriving, caring communities.One of my grandsons lists public school personnel as his friends: the ladies in the lunch room, the playground supervisors, and the school secretary. He knows these people care about him.Public school teachers work more than 50 hours a week teaching and preparing lessons to meet the diverse needs of our children while maintaining high quality public schools. ...

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Mary Burke Speaks at Wausau Women’s Network

Candidate
Mary Burke spoke at a meet-and-greet with the Wausau Women’s Network on Thursday, September 4, at the home of Dr. Bart and Lila Hobson. Donna Seidel asked Burke several pointed questions regarding the gubernatorial candidate’s standpoint on such areas as job creation, education, women’s rights, healthcare reform, and more.While she addressed each of Donna's questions in detail, Burke also stressed that the platform she’s running on is built on 3 overarching themes: Putting the needs of the PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN over the needs of SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS...

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