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21
Apr
2017

clean-drinking-waterMilwaukee session offered concerned citizens and water experts an opportunity to discuss the varied and growing threats to our shared waters and to learn about the crucial steps needed to best safeguard them.


MADISON, WI - Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) and Rep. Jonathon Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) held the first listening session of their Save Our Water Tour, which accompanies the reintroduction of the Save Our Water Act (Senate Bill 176). The listening session offered an opportunity for concerned citizens and water experts to discuss the varied and growing threats to our shared waters and to learn about the crucial steps needed to best safeguard our waters. Future listening sessions are being planned for Appleton and Madison.

“We live in perilous times where climate change, lead, invasive species, overuse, pollution, and privatization threaten our shared waters,” said Sen. Chris Larson. "As we learned today from water experts and our neighbors, these growing threats to our water cannot be ignored. Today’s listening session made it clear that we must protect our water as an invaluable resource and safeguard access to clean water as a basic human right in order to ensure the health, safety, and security of our communities."

amanda-stuck“Water is one of Wisconsin’s most precious resources, something which we all rely on whether living in big cities like Milwaukee, along once polluted rivers like Appleton, or relying on ground water for drinking and agriculture, our abundance of water is something that sets our state apart,” said Rep. Amanda Stuck. "We heard from many people about the challenges facing our water and the need for Legislators to work on efforts to increase the quantity, quality, and sustainability of our fresh water in Wisconsin."

“Water is a fundamental and sacred human right, plain and simple," said Rep. Jonathan Brostoff. "That right is more important than the profits of the already wealthy out-of-state shadow interest groups that are putting Wisconsin communities at risk for their own short-term gains. This bill is a clear statement of our values: The people of Wisconsin come first.”

Last session, Republican legislators pushed for a bill to allow out-of-state, for-profit companies to come into Wisconsin and buy up our public water utilities, even limiting transparency and citizens’ ability to stop such takeovers. While the bill passed the State Assembly, it never received a vote in the State Senate and did not become law. Sen. Larson and Rep. Stuck introduced the Save Our Water Act, an anti-privatization legislation in response and were joined by Representative Brostoff in reintroducing that legislation this session. The GOP takeover bill, combined with the tragedy in Flint have helped build awareness to the threats facing our water.

Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
 
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21
Apr
2017

green-bay-citydeckBrown County's proposed Town of Holland landfill site will dump over 8 Million cubic yards of waste at the head of the East River impacting communities and the environment downstream in De Pere, Allouez, and Green Bay.

Written by Steve Deslauriers, Green Bay   
 
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19
Apr
2017

money-behind-politicsLegislators hope to stem the growth of Super PACs and dark money groups and the resulting overkill of TV ads, mail and robocalls.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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18
Apr
2017

donald-trumpOver 90% of Americans believe there are too many tax loopholes for wealthy people and corporations. People have a right to know what potential conflicts exist for their President.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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Apr
2017

hearingWhile much of our attention has been on transportation, health care and education spending decisions, Sen. Vinehout also discusses the importance of our modest revenue estimates and lesser known budget realities.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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Apr
2017

dick-bennettWisconsin's remarkable success in Basketball is based upon Dick Bennett's five pillars: Humility. Passion. Unity. Servanthood. Thankfulness. Qualities in short supply elsewhere in the Capitol these days.


ALTOONA, WI - Any idea which college has won the most NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament games in the past four years?

If you’re guessing North Carolina, guess again. If you think it’s Duke, you’re thinking wrong. Kentucky? Incorrect. Kansas? Wrong again. Villanova? Louisville? UCLA? Gonzaga? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The answer is the University of Wisconsin, with 13 tourney wins and four trips to the regional semifinals known as the Sweet Sixteen, two Final Four appearances and one run all the way to the national championship game.

The Badgers have made it to the national tournament the last 19 years straight. That streak started under coach Dick Bennett. The program’s remarkable success is built on a foundation of Bennett’s five pillars: HumilityPassionUnityServanthoodThankfulness. In fact, those five words to live by are literally cemented in the foundation of the arena the Badgers call home.

Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
 
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