Archive | January, 2013

UPDATED: Bayfield County Board Says No to Mining

January 30, 2013  by Barbara With In a stunning 11 to 1 vote, last night the Bayfield County Board voted overwhelmingly not to support mining legislation. Citizens packed the courthouse in response to a “responsible” mining resolution that was being brought before the Board. The only vote for the resolution was cast by Neil Schultz […]

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Not on Our Land, Not in Our Lifetime: Protesting Mining Legislation in Wisconsin-January 2013

January 29, 2013  by Leslie Amsterdam. The rapid introduction of a mining bill in the new 2013 legislative session has brought a swift response from the anti-mining community. Activists, fueled by the energy of sovereignty of #IdleNoMore, came together quickly at hearings and protests to call attention to the one player in this struggle with […]

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Friends of Paulie Heenan Postpone Grief in Search for Justice

[This letter was written by Amelia and Nate Royko Maurer, who were close friends with Paulie Heenan. Paulie had recently moved in with them and was on his way to their home when he was fatally shot by Madison Police Officer Stephen Heimsness. – Editors] Dear Mayor Soglin and City Attorney Michael May, We write […]

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Wednesday, January 30

Committee on Corrections Committee Members 10:00 AM 328 Northwest Informational Hearing The Department of Corrections will provide an overview of the agency for committee members. Following the agency briefing, Wisconsin State Employee Unions Executive Director Marty Biel will provide an overview of corrections from the workers perspective. Invited Speakers only. No public testimony will be […]

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Tuesday, January 29

Committee on Energy, Consumer Protection, and Government Reform Committee Members 1:00 PM 400 Southeast Informational Hearing Informational Hearing on the Strategic Energy Assessment, Electric Reliability, and Renewable Portfolio Standard Compliance Invited speakers only. Invitees include Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Utilities Association, American Transmission Company, Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Cooperative Network, Dairyland Power, Citizens […]

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Monday, January 28

Committee on Judiciary and Labor Committee Members 8:30 AM 300 Southeast Executive Session Shier, Victor Of Kewaskum, as a member of the Employee Trust Funds Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013. Senate Bill 2 Relating to: the publication and effective dates of acts.

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Wisconsin Tribal Members Speak Out on Mining Bill

January 25, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 a joint hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly mining committees was held in Madison as the one and only opportunity for the public to weigh in on a controversial mining bill being rushed through the legislature. The hearing was announced just four […]

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The Million Dollar Bill

January 24, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Shortly after 9pm last night, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) abruptly adjourned the one and only public hearing on a controversial mining deregulation bill after being called out as the second largest recipient of campaign donations by groups that lobbied for a similar bill last session. Of the nearly $1 […]

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Wetlands Deregulation Bill Passed Under False Pretenses

January 22, 2013    by Rebecca Kemble At a press conference unveiling Sen. Tim Cullen’s (D-Janesville) alternative mining bill today, Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) said the controversial wetlands deregulation bill he helped craft last year only passed because of assurances by Scott Walker’s administration and the Department of Natural Resources that the provisions in it […]

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Secret Mining Meeting in Hurley Draws Criticism

January 21, 2013   by Barbara With and Rebecca Kemble On January 14, 2013, failed Tea Party candidate for Wisconsin Assembly 74th district John Sendra issued a press release announcing that a meeting of legislators and business owners had taken place the Friday evening before in Hurley. The topic of discussion was SB1/AB1, the proposed mining […]

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