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Blue Jean Nation 'Wisconsin’s biggest problem' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:19

wisconsin-rustedIn recent years, Wisconsin appears to have lost its ambition to be first or best. Roads are going to hell, we rank 49th in Internet speed. We’re lagging badly in renewable energy development and jobs. Recovery starts with wanting to be a state of firsts again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:45
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WI Democracy Campaign 'Inspiring/Appalling' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 21 April 2017 10:48

madison_capitolReferendum to overturn Citizens United, hate Jill Stein bill is bad, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and more...


MADISON - I spent a lot of time in the State Capitol in Madison this week, and some of it was inspiring and some of it was appalling.

matt-rothschildOn the inspiring side, I attended a terrific press conference on Wednesday, where Rep. Lisa Subeck and Sen. David Hansen discussed the legislation they were introducing for a statewide referendum on amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Grassroots organizers from around the state held up hand-made signs saying how popular the vote was in their communities for just such an amendment. Here’s our post on this:

Why we need a statewide referendum to help overturn Citizens United

On the appalling side, I attended a hearing on a lousy bill to limit the ability of candidates to call for a recount, even if they agreed to pay for it, and I was astonished by how rude the Republican legislators on the committee were to their Democratic counterparts, whose questions repeatedly were interrupted or cut off. Here’s the testimony I gave on this bill:

Why the “We Hate Jill Stein” bill is bad

Also appalling in the Capitol this week was an effort by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to torpedo a good bill brought by Republican Sen. Robert Cowles that would help homeowners pay to replace their lead water pipes. God forbid we help homeowners deal with a public health hazard!

WMC opposes bill to help you get rid of lead pipes

And finally, I went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court this morning to watch the justices debate whether they should pass a tighter recusal rule. I was disgusted by what I saw:

Hack job at high court in Wisconsin on recusal petition

But back to the inspiring side of the ledger: It’s Earth Day on Saturday! I’m looking forward to all the celebrations and protests, and I hope you can join in, too.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Inexperienced President Should Follow World Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Debbie Metke, Franksville, WI   
Friday, 21 April 2017 09:35

trump-nuclearWars easy to start, peace takes hard work.


MILWAUKEE - So our new president’s inexperienced eyes have been opened and he is now forced to see what is really going on in the world; and his choice is to start making unilateral bomb strikes using some of the biggest weapons we have. It appears our country loves to use the macho “hammers” in our toolkit, easily starting wars that ultimately cascade into unending quicksand bogs of death and bankruptcy, while creating more terror and hatred to last generations.

nagasakiDon’t get me wrong. I, like everyone, am heartsick over the suffering in Syria and scared by North Korean’s nuclear tests. But will these strikes and threats start a peace process? What else could we do?

Einstein knew, as did Walter Cronkite, H.G. Wells, Winston Churchill and even Ulysses Grant: We citizens must demand a layer of world law that outlaws war and in-country genocide. Countries could start by revamping the United Nations, especially changing the Security Council voting structure.

The greatest minds have long plotted out the ideas needed, but hopefully world citizens will demand their representatives start the process before we are all scrapping out an existence in a pile of ash.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 April 2017 09:58
 
Blue Jean Nation 'Treasure in sport, rarity in politics' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Monday, 17 April 2017 10:57

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 11:29
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