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Hancock County Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa. The wind farm has been in operation since 2002 without any reported adverse health consequences.

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

Walker dismantles care systems

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 13 March 2015 08:35

While Gov. Scott Walker struts around the country campaigning for president, bombshells from his proposed state budget continue to shred the lives and hopes of millions of Wisconsinites.

The latest example of reckless overreach by Walker is his proposal to overhaul the state’s long-term care system for people with disabilities and the elderly. It had the usual elements of “shock and awe.” It forecloses public input, regional control and transparency. It rewards campaign contributors and destroys an effective public service that was decades in the making.

ACLU statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by ACLU of Wisconsin executive director,
Chris Ahmuty
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:13

On March 6, a Madison police officer shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed African-American man. As further details of the shooting become known, the Madison Police Department and the city it serves will hopefully learn how to reduce officer-involved deaths. 

Mr. Robinson is the third individual to be killed by a Madison police officer in the last 10 months. Madison has a problem that cannot be ignored. Whatever this problem’s causes may be, the Madison Police Department needs to take all steps possible to reduce the likelihood of excessive use of force incidents and other types of misconduct, including biased policing.

Gwen Moore: Walker continues assault on working-class Wisconsin

Written by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore,
D-Milwaukee
Monday, 09 March 2015 11:25

In the ongoing assault on Wisconsin’s working class, Gov. Scott Walker signed another crippling anti-worker bill into law.

This so-called "right to work" legislation is nothing but a bald-faced attempt by our Republican governor and Legislature to protect special interests at the expense of working class families. I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said, "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights."

ACLU to Milwaukee Common Council
Regarding fire and police commission nominees

Written by Christopher Ahmuty Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:50

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin seeks to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.  Advocating for police accountability has been a priority of our organization for many years.  The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that the City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has important duties including oversight of the departments to ensure adherence to the rule of law and the provision of unbiased professional public safety service in every neighborhood. 

Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated Dr. Fred Crouther to the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.  If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Paoi Lor bringing the total number of sitting commissioners to seven until July, 2015 when Commissioner Morgan’s term expires.  State law allows the Mayor to appoint an additional two commissioners, which his office has indicated he will do after the hiring of an executive director. 

Selling names of state parks is obscene

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:31

Wisconsin's state parks. Is Scott Walker putting names up for sale?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker created a $2.2 billion deficit by reducing taxes on his wealthy cronies, and now he's scrambling to mend the gap as he gears up for a presidential run. A spreadsheet awash in red ink is an albatross around the neck of a tea party leader, but so is raising taxes. That leaves him with few options.

Urban League statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by Urban League of Greater Madison Monday, 09 March 2015 11:57

The Urban League of Greater Madison is deeply disturbed and saddened by the police shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Urban League movement go out to the friends and family of Mr. Robinson.  

Thanks to recent statewide legislation championed by state Rep. Chris Taylor and others, there will be an independent investigation. The Urban League is confident that Madison police will fully cooperate with this investigation. 

Dane County NAACP statement on fatal shooting by police

Written by Dane County NAACP Monday, 09 March 2015 11:04

The Dane County NAACP extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of Tony Robinson, the 19-year-old African American male who lost his life in a police-involved shooting.

Each new case of an African American person killed is a grim reminder of the urgent need for reform in the use of force against American citizens. Although excessive use of force disproportionately affects African Americans and people living in poverty, it can affect people everywhere regardless of race, age or gender.

Iron mine is halted, but battle scars remain

Written by Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:25

Gogebic Taconite hired armed mercenaries to protect the area around its proposed open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin from environmental activists.

In late 2011, Bill Williams stood on a ridge in the Penokee Hills, overlooking his company’s proposed site for a $1.5 billion iron ore mine. A reporter asked him about the environmental challenges posed by such a project.

Coalition fights for cycling, against cuts

Written by Dave Cieslewicz Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:38

The Bike Fed has been hard at work trying to restore what would be lost if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget passes unchanged.

With your help, we’re making progress. So keep up the pressure. If you haven’t contacted your state senator and representative yet, please do that soon, as we go through public hearings.

Madison Mayor Soglin statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin Monday, 09 March 2015 11:51

At the scene of the shooting, I said this is a tragedy beyond description. Today, we begin what will be a difficult period for our city. Madisonians honor and respect the young life of Anthony Robinson. I say this without knowledge of the indispensible facts of what happened Friday night but out of respect for the dignity of every person.

His mother and father, siblings, relatives and friends lost a loved one. His parents are living their worst nightmare. Our hearts, our thoughts go out to the family and friends who are grieving.

Law against political falsehoods sets high bar for prosecution

Written by Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:00

Dan Robinson is not claiming that a false statement made about him in a mailing to voters last fall cost him the election. But still, he thinks it was possibly a crime.

“This is why people lose faith in politicians and our system of government,” he says.