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Don’t Click on that Email from the IRS! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:48

elderly-people-on-computerThe IRS has witnessed a significant increase in email scams using the IRS name to lure people into giving up important personal information.  Sen. Kathleen Vinehout shares information about what the IRS won’t do and how to report a scam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:07
Blue Jean Nation - "You and I can’t run for governor" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:55

county-demsIs it realistic for people who are truly reflective of the general public to run for governor, the House of Representatives? Doesn't seem so. That’s because nearly all Americans can’t realistically run for major political office. Our country is the poorer for it.

ALTOONA, WI - Representation is the foundation our political system is supposed to be built on. For authentic representation to be possible, it has to be realistic for people who are truly reflective of the general public to run for office.

By this measure, you can see that American democracy is on very thin ice when you consider what’s involved in seeking and holding an office like governor.

Those doing the campaigning in Wisconsin’s last election for governor spent well over $80 million. The popular assumption is that candidates need to have as much money as their opponents — or close to it — to be taken seriously. That thinking is mistaken, but widely accepted. That fact alone leaves nearly everyone on the outside looking in. Only a select few are able to put millions of dollars of their own money into a political campaign. Among the multitudes who can’t, most are unwilling to sell out their beliefs and principles to win over special interests capable of supplying them with the financing to compete.

Not having a personal fortune or a willingness to take out a second mortgage on your soul is not the only characteristic separating those who can run from others like you and me who can’t. Elections for governor are partisan contests, and America has a two-party system. The major parties expect candidates to join their ranks. Most Americans are turned off by both major parties at the moment, and have no interest in joining one. Candidates not only are supposed to be dues-paying party members, they are expected to take the position that their party can do no wrong and the other party can do no right. You and I and most Americans don’t believe that and aren’t comfortable pretending that we do.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:21
It’s Time to Take Action to Prevent Senseless Acts of Violence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 08:52

orlando-nightclub-shootingWe have a right to live free of terror. We must stand up to the gun lobby that refuses to change and we must reject excuses from politicians who refuse to make an effort to prevent future tragedies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:39
Birth, Life and Death of a Bad Idea on Family Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 13 June 2016 16:45

people_with_disabilitiesSen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about the governor’s proposed changes to the Family Care and IRIS programs, the fighting spirit that saved them from privatization, and the lives many from being so ill-advisedly disrupted.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 17:08
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