Archive | January, 2013

Wisconsin Mining Bill SB1/AB1: A Review of AB426

January 22, 2013 by Barbara With In a recent press conference, State ALEC co-chair Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) declared he does not plan to hold any public hearing for the new SB1/AB1 mining bill in the northern part of the state near the proposed mine site. The only chance for the public to give testimony […]

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Walker’s Back Alley Proclamation

January 21, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Last November Scott Walker avoided several direct questions about his support for Wisconsin Right to Life policy agenda with a statement about how his administration has turned the state budget around and added, “I think people want us to focus on creating more freedom and prosperity for people in […]

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Republican Mining Bill Ignores the Truth of Wisconsin’s Mining History

January 19, 2013 by Barbara With Wisconsin Republicans have finally released their next version of a mining bill, waiting until late Friday afternoon to do so. The only public hearing on the bill will be held in Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in a small hearing room at the Capitol in Madison. Critics of the bill, […]

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Jauch Calls New Mining Bill a “Hoax”

January 19, 2013 by Barbara With Just days after releasing their next version of a mining bill, Wisconsin Republicans announced on late Friday afternoon that the only public hearing on the bill will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in a small hearing room at the Capitol in Madison. Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) issued this […]

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Capitol Crackdown gets a Smack Down

[EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is an open-source correction/continuation of a January 18, 2013, Department of Administration Press Release which shows Stephanie Marquis does not understand legal rulings or perhaps just selects and omits facts as she pleases. We are happy to report that she did not misspell “Huebsch” this time around, perhaps because he is not […]

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Wisconsin Dept. of Justice Dismisses Another Case for Capitol Activist

January 19, 2013   by National Lawyers Guild – Madison Chapter Yesterday, after over a hundred citations have been issued to citizens for holding signs and banners and singing in the Capitol Rotunda since September, the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office dismissed the last of eight citations against Jason Huberty for “obstructing access-no permit” under Wis. Administrative […]

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UPDATED: Jurors Not Allowed to Consider First Amendment in Political Dissent Case

January 17, 2013   By Rebecca Kemble Earlier today, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Julie Genovese approved the State of Wisconsin’s motion to prohibit Jason Huberty from giving instructions to a jury relating to the First Amendment. His case stems from an alleged administrative rule violation for  holding a banner that said “Solidarity” in the Capitol […]

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Capitol Police Prevent Possible Tragedy at Capitol Building

January 17, 2013   By Lisa Wells [EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is an open-source correction/continuation of a January 16, 2013, Department of Administration Press Release. We also fixed the misspelling of “Huebsch” for Ms. Marquis. We at WCMC appreciate the Capitol Police’s role in ensuring public safety, but banners are not the same kind of safety hazard as […]

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EDITORIAL: How The Will of the People Becomes the Law of the Land

January 14, 2013   by Barbara With Maybe you all don’t remember Joe McCarthy‘s attempt to install a fascist government in the 1950s. Actors, politicians, average citizens were put on “watch lists.” They were banned from their trades because McCarthy and Company decided their exercising freedom of speech was “communist.” Now in 2013 it’s deja vu […]

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Capitol Police arrest chalkers on Saturday, deliver candygrams on Sunday

Just when it seemed like the Capitol Crackdown had slowed down again,  five new citations were issued over the weekend. Three citations were given out on Saturday morning during an anti-abortion rally on the State Street steps of the Capitol. Two women with a small group protesting the rally were chalking messages on the sidewalk […]

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