Archive | August, 2012

Free Speech On Life Support In Wisconsin Capitol

Will Chief Erwin Pull the Plug? By Nicole Desautels Schulte Last February 14, Valentine’s Day, Jason Huberty, a geologist and First Amendment enthusiast, was arrested in the Wisconsin Senate Gallery and charged with Disorderly Conduct for holding a 2″ x 3″ piece of paper on which he had printed the words, “Have a Heart.” Video […]

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VP Role for Paul Ryan Has His Former Parish Priest Worried

By Jonathan Rosenblum Article originally posted August 15, 2012, on the Center for Media & Democracy – PRWatch. Article re-posted here with permission. ____________________________________________________________________________ “Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Faculty at Georgetown University ____________________________________________________________________________ The entrance to St. Mary […]

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Wednesday, August 29

Committee on Education and Corrections Committee members 10:00 AM 411 South State Capitol Informational Hearing Briefing on Impacts to Public Education from Act 32 The committee will hear invited testimony relating to how Act 32 impacted public education in Wisconsin and previewing federal sequestration of nondefense spending cuts imposed by the U.S. Budget Control Act […]

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Tuesday, August 28

Joint Legislative Audit Committee Committee members 10:00 AM 411 South State Capitol Public Hearing Audit Report 12-3: FoodShare Benefits Spent Outside of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Audit Report 12-8: FoodShare Wisconsin Department of Health Services Audit Follow-up: Correspondence from the Department of Health Services to the Committee Co-chairs on FoodShare Benefits Spent Outside Wisconsin, […]

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Freedom of the Press? Only if your colleagues behave.

By Leslie Amsterdam WTDY News reporter Dylan Brogan was barred from covering a Mitt Romney campaign event today in Madison featuring US Senator Ron Johnson. The event, held at the Monona Terrace, was open to the Press. Mr Brogan, carrying WTDY press credentials, was denied access to the meeting room and ultimately escorted from the […]

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Walker Recruits DOJ in Escalating Clampdown on Dissent

By Nicole Desautels Schulte and Edward Kuharski It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. -Noël Coward Photo by Anton Podgaiko. On the same day that a Russian court found three women guilty of “hooliganism” and sentenced them to prison for a “punk prayer” stunt in which […]

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Thursday, August 16

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules Committee members 10:30 AM 225 Northwest Public Hearing Emergency Rule 1206 An order to repeal and re-create chapter Jus 17 and chapter Jus 18 relating to licenses authorizing persons to carry concealed weapons; concealed carry certification cards for qualified former federal law enforcement officers; and the certification of […]

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This Is Far From Over: Chalkupation at the Capitol

A few dozen activists chalked the sidewalks outside the Wisconsin State Capitol Sunday afternoon after Steve Books, a Madison veteran and peace activist was arrested, handcuffed, cited and released Saturday for writing “This is Far from over” in chalk on the public sidewalk. The citation issued was for “other conduct prohibited” under Wisconsin Administrative Code […]

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Friday, August 10

Joint Committee on Finance Committee members 10:00 AM 412 East State Capitol 13.10 Wisconsin Statutes Meeting Department of Employee Trust Funds– Robert J. Conlin, Secretary The Department of Employee Trust Funds requests a supplement of $2,702,500 SEG in fiscal year 2012-13 from the Committee’s appropriation under s. 20.865(4)(u) to the department’s automated operating system appropriation […]

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Privatization of Voting Machines Threatens Wisconsin Election Integrity

Last week Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, the state’s election authority, held two public meetings to demonstrate new electronic voting machines to be used in Wisconsin. Dozens of citizens concerned about election integrity attended the demonstrations and tried to raise their questions, but most were told that the meeting was simply for demonstrating the machines, not […]

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