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Time to Renew Assault Weapon Ban PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Laura Kiefert, Green Bay Progressive   
Friday, 04 December 2015 12:48

gun-ad-2015Why are military style assault weapons like those used in San Bernardino County Wednesday so easily and legally available? While it is obvious that a ban on assault weapon sales would not stop all types of gun crimes, we can certainly stop handing these murderers the weapon of their choice to kill us.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2015 14:24
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Appeal the John Doe Decision! PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 03 December 2015 15:27

walkerMADISON - Yesterday, as you may have seen, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court came down with another terrible decision on the John Doe II investigation and essentially fired Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz on the spot.

I wrote about Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s superb and scathing dissent, which you can read here:

Justice Abrahamson slams the canning of the John Doe prosecutor

We then posted the reaction of Prosecutor Schmitz, which is amazing. He says the rightwing groups he had to contend with in this case were trickier than the “violent criminals and terrorists” he used to have to deal with:

Read the defiant statement of the John Doe II prosecutor

We also sent out a letter to five district attorneys in Wisconsin, urging them to take up this battle and appeal the decision of the State Supreme Court straight up to the U.S. Supreme Court:

Open letter requesting DA intervention in John Doe II case

Now it’s your turn: If you’re in any of the five counties — Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Iowa, or Milwaukee — please call or send an email to your district attorney. Their contact information is at the top of the open letter.

The two likeliest DAs to take this up are John Chisholm of Milwaukee County and Ismael Ozanne of Dane County. So if you live there, be sure to contact them. Here’s their info:

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Phone (608) 266-4211

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Phone (414) 278-4646

We can’t let this horrendous State Supreme Court decision stand.

It would impair our ability to impose sensible limits on campaign spending in the future.

If you believe in fighting for democracy, as I know you do, please contact these DAs today.

Thanks for your activism.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2015 15:41
 
Changes for Work and Workers In the “Gig Economy” PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 30 November 2015 16:22

business_peopleThe new “gig economy” has people working as free-lancers or independent contractors. Companies do not have to provide benefits and do not have to follow labor laws. This type of system shifts the risk to workers and the implications for workers and the economy can be great.

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Defining Representation Down PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Monday, 30 November 2015 13:49

protest-capitolThe phrase “defining deviancy down” describes the tendency of societies to respond to destructive behaviors by lowering standards for what is permissible. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve grown more tolerant of political corruption, our “representatives” ignore our wishes, they work to make it harder for us to vote. Why do we call elected officials our “representatives” if we do not feel they represent us?

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 17:25
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