Voting? No Photo ID Required, Yet

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 29, 2014 “I haven’t voted in three years,” a Galesville fairgoer told me this summer. He leaned up against the pole barn at the Trempealeau County Fair and shoved his fingers in his pockets. “I don’t want to show up and be told I can’t vote.” Changes in voting rules are confusing. A requirement to have ...

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A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 22, 2014 “Tell us about the Transportation Constitutional Amendment,” the Eau Claire man asked. On November 4th people have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution. The question, paraphrased, is: should money collected in gas tax and motor vehicle registration fees be kept in the Transportation Fund and used only for transportation ...

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Is Drug Testing Applicants for Public Programs a Wise Idea?

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 15, 2014 “If you require drug testing for unemployment insurance claims are you going to drug test farmers for crop insurance next?” the Colfax farmer asked the candidate. In several recent legislative forums, local candidates advocated for a proposal to drug test people making Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and unemployment insurance claims. Is this a good ...

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New Studies: Sand Mines Place “Communities at Risk”

Oct 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 8, 2014 “What new information do we have about the mines?” the Eau Claire reporter asked me. The reporter was referring to two sand mine studies recently released; one by a committee under the charge of the Trempealeau County Board and the other by the Boston Action Research group of the Civil Society Institute. Communities at Risk, ...

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Statement from the office of Senator Kathleen Vinehout on the passing of her father

Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 8, 2014 Senator Vinehout’s father, William Vinehout passed away early Wednesday morning, the 8th of October. Bill died peacefully at the home of Kelly Vinehout and Douglas Smith in Woodstock, Illinois. Bill was a medic in United States Air Force during the Korean War. His years of service and his veteran status colored his life. He ...

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WEDC: New Audit Raises More Questions

Oct 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 1, 2014 “I’m really uncomfortable with all these questions,” Linda told me. We were discussing the most recent audit of the state’s job creation agency: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is a quasi-private entity formed by the governor in 2011 in an attempt to boost job creation. It is run almost entirely with state tax ...

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Eau Claire, WI 54702