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Wisconsin Primary and Strategic Voting

Wisconsin has a primary election on August 9th. How much do people know about the candidates and issues for this election? Local local news sources offer little of value. This article tries to help people in Douglas County and NW Wisconsin get the information they need to be informed voters. Primary elections are just as important as the general election. If you don't have good candidates winning the primary you don't have good choices later and we all wind up with bad political leadership. To begin with, people in Douglas County need to be aware that their ...

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We All Need Clean Water

As you may, or may not know, a Canadian company called Green Light Metals has applied for a drilling permit in eastern Marathon County. Water is one of the most important things in our lives. Plans were recently announced to commence a sulfuric acid mineral exploration drilling project to evaluate if an open-pit gold mine will be constructed. Citizens from the region are very concerned that groundwater will be placed in jeopardy of contamination. Without access to clean drinking water, many aspects of everyday life will become burdensome and unhealthy. Every ...

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Kickass

Kickass, the doorstop dog, informs the keeper that if the Earth were a tennis ball, no dog would fetch it, there being no fun in playing with what is coming to resemble a rotting meatball being picked over by opportunistic vultures and consumed by rich magots. The keeper agrees and adds that it is only a matter of time: The once tenuous coatings of truth and intelligence on the big ball have been licked off by the tongues of narcissistic greed and downright stupidity, and it is about to sink into a galactic cesspool. Some key indicator words, phrases, and circumsta...

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The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement

On April 6, the Hmong American Center, Inc. hosted The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement April is Hmong Heritage Month in Wisconsin. Since the arrival of the first Hmong family in 1976, the Hmong people have lived and worked in Wisconsin for over 45 years, and have greatly contributed to the state's rich history, culture, economy, and public service. Wisconsin is made stronger by the Hmong people who have found a home here. The Guest Speaker for this event was Lee Pao Xiong, who is currently the founding Director of the Center for Hmong ...

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Statement on the Ukraine War Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP)

Statement on the Ukraine War Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP)   BACP supports an armistice halting the fighting in Ukraine. BACP supports a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine ending the war.   BACP opposes the U.S. arming Ukraine, training Ukrainian soldiers, imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine, or sending U.S. troops to Ukraine. These actions prolong the Ukraine War and risk a war between the United States and Russia. Instead of taking measures which prolong the war or risk a war between the United States and Russia, the U.S. should ...

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Shout Out to Jeff

We have to give a shout out to one of our own once in a while. Jeff Starr is the former Vice President of the Marathon County Central Labor Council and a lifetime union member, IBEW 388. Jeff received the Ralph A. Jirikowik award for outstanding service to his community. Sadly, Covid delayed his award until now. Each year Jeff puts on the Labor History in Films in north central Wisconsin, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. The event is a day of films mixed with a few brief lectures explaining how unionization began in the United States. Films shown are ...

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Local Elections Matter

I am sending you a little last-minute reminder if you have not already voted early or voted by mail, Tuesday, April 5, is your day to get out there and vote. Local elections are so important. Often our local elections are won by a small margin. Local elections can affect us more so than a larger race, such as a presidential election. Something equally important I want to share with you is trusting in our elections. Anyone who has worked the polls before knows that people of all political persuasions participate as election workers. Each of Wisconsin’s 1,850 municipa...

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“Investigating January 6 Insurrectionists” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast Matt Brusky

  Our panel discusses Speaker Robin Vos’ meeting with conservative conspiracy theorists who are urging illegal decertification of the 2020 presidential election. Will Trump be returned to power via midterm coup? The Wisconsin Election Commission does not pursue charges against Wisconsin’s fake electors. What does it mean? We review the implications of Gannett closing its West Milwaukee printing plant where it prints the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and numerous other Wisconsin newspapers. Is there any future for corporate-owned newspapers? Finally, the progress...

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GET OUT AND VOTE

Spring elections are just around the corner and generally have a low turnout. It seems so many people vote in a presidential election but not in their local races. Are you aware that local and state governments have a more direct power over our everyday lives than state and federal elections?  Take a look at municipal races, the people you elect for these positions are deciding zoning policies, transportation, and roads in your area, as well as parks, policing, and libraries! School board races are another important race. Elected people here are looking at how to recruit, ...

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Ukraine: An Opportunity for Peace

“War is always a choice and it is always a bad choice.” World Beyond War in their publication    “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War.” The war in Ukraine is both a wake up call about the folly of war and rare opportunity to move toward a more peaceful world. War is not the answer whether Russia is invading Ukraine or the United States is invading Afghanistan and Iraq. It is not the answer when any other nation uses military violence to pursue some political, territorial, economic or ethnic cleansing goal. Neither is war the answer when the ...

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