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Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 21 November 2019 10:24

sondlandSondland confirms the President ordered it and everybody knew.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:41
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Barnes to Join U.S. Leaders at U.N. Climate Talks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Press, Earl Arms   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:56

clean-airLt. Gov. Barnes' attendance at talks in Madrid will highlight his work on equity and sustainability in Wisconsin.


MADISON — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced today he will join American leaders at the U.S. Climate Action Center at the upcoming UN climate talks in Madrid. These leaders from state, city and tribal governments, businesses, colleges and universities, healthcare and other institutions, are stepping up as the federal government steps away from global climate leadership.

mandela-barnes"The time is now for leaders across our country to step up and show the world that we’re serious about combatting climate change," Lt. Gov. Barnes said on the call. "Despite our President’s ill decision to formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, we will continue to do this work urgently and diligently."

This delegation of over 70 American leaders will be larger than the official U.S. government delegation. Collectively, coalitions of U.S. institutions taking action in support of the Paris Agreement represent nearly 70% of U.S. GDP and nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Lt. Gov. Barnes' attendance will highlight his work on equity and sustainability in Wisconsin. Currently, the lieutenant governor serves as the Chair of Gov. Tony Evers' Task Force on Climate Change, as well as co-Chair of the NewDEAL Forum Climate Change Policy Group, a national network of rising state and local elected leaders.

In August, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #38, creating the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, with the goal of moving Wisconsin to 100-percent clean energy by 2050.

In a joint statement, the delegation vowed to continue making progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and outlined what they hope to accomplish by attending the U.N. climate talks. Several organizations, including Climate Action Reserve, The Climate Registry and Georgetown Climate Center, worked together to host and coordinate the delegation. At COP25, Lt. Gov. Barnes will meet with foreign governments, businesses and local leaders to share their efforts to meet the United States’ Paris climate targets and explore opportunities for collaboration to jointly raise their ambition further.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:15
 
House passes spending stopgap measure ahead of shutdown deadline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:01

nancy-pelosiWASHINGTON, D.C. - The House on Tuesday passed a month-long continuing resolution (CR) in a 231-192 vote, pushing off a government shutdown fight until December 20, even as more comprehensive spending negotiations stalled.

“This CR will allow additional time to negotiate and enact responsible, long-term funding for priorities that make our country safer and stronger and give working families a better chance at a better life,” House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said.

Read the developing report here

 
Stop the Spread of CWD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 15:01

hunting-deerThree days away from gun hunting season, Sen. Smith writes about the threat CWD poses to the future of hunting in Wisconsin and legislation introduced to help stop the spread of this disease.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 15:29
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State Honors Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 10:07

daniel.d.buschBusch was a U.S. Army Ranger and a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Delta Force whose helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Somalia.


PORTAGE - Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 77, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 23 on Tuesday. This bipartisan bill designates a portion of State Highway 33 as the Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway between Portage and Baraboo.

Staff Sergeant Busch was a U.S. Army Ranger and a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Delta Force. While serving as a Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia, his helicopter was shot down by enemy fire. He survived the crash, but was killed shortly thereafter by enemy fire as he provided fire to protect his team members. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal and a Purple Heart.

tony-evers“Staff Sergeant Busch is a hero. He sacrificed everything for his team and country, and we are eternally grateful,” said Gov. Evers. “It is an honor to sign this bill into law so his legacy of selflessness and courage can live on in his community and our state. My condolences are with his family, friends, and community as they continue to mourn his loss and remember his life.”

Assembly Bill 77, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 23:

  • Designates roughly 9.5 miles of STH 33 outside Portage as the Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway.

Gov. Evers Tuesday also vetoed Assembly Bill 249. Veto message for AB 249.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2019 10:28
 
CWD Crisis Worsens as Republicans Turn a Blind Eye PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:49

deer-huntingDemocratic proposal for CWD Testing Kiosks Rejected by Senate GOP


MADISON, WI – As hunters across Wisconsin prepare for the opening weekend of deer hunting, Democrats are doubling down on efforts to provide additional resources for testing, research, and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management.

The package of bills, known as the Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt package, would provide critical investments and funding for research to prevent the spread of CWD. Despite 56 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties having reported cases of CWD, the Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt package is blocked in the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry.

In an effort to address this issue before the Senate adjourned for the year, Democrats made a motion to provide funding for CWD testing kiosks across the state where hunters may drop off deer carcass samples for testing. The motion was rejected on a party-line vote by Republicans.

jennifer-shilling“Wisconsin’s wildlife and sporting tradition is an iconic and vital part of the Coulee Region’s heritage,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “The ongoing spread of CWD is a serious threat to Wisconsin’s deer herd, which limits hunting opportunities and impacts the tourism industry in communities throughout our state. In rural Wisconsin, a successful deer season drives business to rural restaurants, hotels and is an invaluable source of food security for families. Democrats want to ensure the preservation of Wisconsin’s wildlife and sporting heritage for future generations and these bills are an important step in the right direction.”

Senate Republicans limited floor debate to 9 days during the 2019 legislative session. The ongoing spread of CWD will continue to threaten Wisconsin’s deer herd due to Republican inaction.

 
Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:13

williams-vindman-swornFour witnesses leave few questions about their role, or Trump's, in the Ukraine affair.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:37
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Green Bay Press Conference Highlights Trump’s Broken Promises to Working People PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:44

donald-trumpGreen Bay City Councillor Randy Scannell, AFL-CIO State Treasurer Dennis Delie, Green Bay Area Resident With Pre-Existing Condition Sarah Conklin, Community Leaders, Brown County Democrats, Outagamie Democrats, Working People to speak out.


GREEN BAY, WI - On Wednesday, at 10:00 AM CT -- ahead of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Marinette -- Green Bay City Councillor Randy Scannell, AFL-CIO State Treasurer Dennis Delie, Green Bay Area Resident with a pre-existing condition Sarah Conklin, Community Leaders, Brown County Democrats, Outagamie Democrats, and other working people will hold a press conference to highlight Trump’s broken promises to Wisconsin. Trump came to Wisconsin promising to stand up for hard working Wisconsinites, but at every turn he has done just the opposite. He has threatened the well-being of people with pre-existing conditions, broken his promise to lower health care and prescription drug prices, raise wages, and revive the industrial economy in Wisconsin.

WHAT: A press conference highlighting Trump’s broken promises to hardworking Wisconsinites.

WHO: Randy Scannell AFL-CIO State Treasurer , Green Bay District 7 Alderman

Dennis Delie, AFL-CIO State Treasurer

Sarah Conklin, woman with pre-existing condition

Brown County Democrats

Outagamie County Democrats

Community Leaders

Working People

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 10:00 AM CT

WHERE: Brown County Democratic Headquarters -- 118 S Chestnut Ave, Green Bay, WI 54303

 
AB-52 To Address Youth Homelessness PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:01

youngBipartisan bill allows unaccompanied 17-year-olds to contract for admission to a shelter facility.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers earlier this morning signed Assembly Bill 52, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 22, a bipartisan bill allowing 17-year-olds who are homeless and unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to contract for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program if they are not already under the supervision of a social service agency.

tony_evers“No kid should have to worry about where they are going to sleep at night, but the reality is that there are thousands of homeless and unaccompanied kids across our state,” said Gov. Evers. “This bill gives some of those kids the ability to access safe, emergency housing when they are experiencing a crisis. With the cold winter months already here, I hope this is one of many bipartisan initiatives we can take to make sure folks experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity are able to be safe and warm this winter.”

Assembly Bill 52, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 22:

  • Provides a mechanism for homeless and unaccompanied 17-year-olds to contract for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program;
  • Requires the minor not be under the supervision of a county department, a child welfare agency, the Department of Children and Families, or the Department of Corrections;
  • Requires a school's homeless liaison to confirm, with the minor's consent, that the minor is unaccompanied; and
  • Allows an employee of a shelter facility or transitional living program to confirm a minor is an unaccompanied youth, if a school's homeless liaison is unavailable.
 
Governor Signs Public Health and Safety Bills in Oshkosh PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:43

healthcareBills range from making vaccines more accessible, to emergency medical care, to a new grant program for 9-1-1 service upgrades.


OSHKOSH — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Assembly Bills 137, 427, and 471 in Oshkosh at Aurora Medical Center.

“Each of these bills will play an important role in the health and safety of Wisconsinites across our state,” said Gov. Evers. “From making vaccines more accessible, to emergency medical care, to a new grant program for 9-1-1 service upgrades, I am proud to be able to sign these bipartisan bills into law that will help promote safer and healthier communities in Wisconsin.”

Assembly Bill 137, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 24:

  • Allows a pharmacist, with the appropriate training approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or the Board, to administer a vaccination that is prescribed by a physician or follows the current immunization schedules recommended by the federal advisory committee on immunization practices;
  • Allows a pharmacist to administer a vaccine to a child under 6 years old, if the vaccine is issued within 29 days of a prescription issued by a physician and the pharmacist has completed a training course that includes the administration of vaccines to children under the age of 6; and
  • Requires any person who administers a vaccine to update the Wisconsin Immunization Registry within 7 days of administering the vaccine.

Assembly Bill 427, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 25:

  • Allows an EMS professional to provide emergency medical care as delegated by a health care provider, if the actions are within the scope of the health provider's license and the health care provider is confident in the knowledge and training of the EMS professional.

Assembly Bill 471, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 26:

  • Creates a competitive grant program through the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs to update 9-1-1 service infrastructure. Grant funds can be used for advanced training of telecommunicators, equipment or software expenses, and incentives to consolidate the functions of two or more public safety answering points.
 
Volker says he rejected Biden 'conspiracy theory' pushed by Giuliani PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:12

kurt-volker-impeachment-hearingVolker testifies charges that former Vice President pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to prevent an investigation into Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden, his son, on its board are groundless.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:40
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