Senator Kathleen Vinehout Statement on the Actions of the Senate:

 
Linda Kleinschmidt
Chief of Staff
Office of State Senator Kathleen Vinehout
22 South State Capitol - PO Box 7882
Madison, WI  53707-7882
608-266-8546
1-877-763-6636
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
 
 
 
Senator Kathleen Vinehout Statement on the Actions of the Senate:
 
“Senate Bill 324 makes absentee voting difficult for both urban and rural people.”
 
“Many of my constituents and I vote on the weekend or in the evening at our town clerk's kitchen table. Senate Bill 324 makes illegal this practice of setting up an appointment with a town clerk to absentee vote on the weekend or evening.”
 
“Many people who live in rural areas commute to larger cities for work every day. Many others drive trucks or cover large sales territories and simply cannot be home during the limited voting hours. Still others work several jobs – all of them located away from home.”
 
“Urban areas will be required to cut back the hours for early voting – including the city of Eau Claire.”
 
“Wisconsin has a long tradition of making sure people can exercise their fundamental right to vote.  Across this state, people in both urban and rural areas will rightly be angry when they learn early voting will become more difficult.”
 
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Kelly Westlund Delivered Thousands Of Signatures To Rep. Duffy In Support Of Raising The Minimum Wage

Westlund Speaks Out About Importance of a Living Wage for Hard-Working People and Their Families

 

February 20, 2014 Wausau, WI - Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund joined local activists for a press conference outside of Rep. Sean Duffy’s office in Wauasu today and delivered over 10,000 petition signatures from across Wisconsin calling on Rep. Duffy to support raising the minimum wage.

 

The petition to Rep. Duffy states:

 

With the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us, working-class Americans deserve a raise. I support raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour, and call on Rep. Sean Duffy to tell us where he stands- with working people who just want to put food on the table, or with corporate CEOs who just want bigger bonuses.”

 

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Senator Vinehout statement on not running for governor this year

ALMA --- “After careful consideration I have decided not to run for Governor this year.”

“The severity of the injury received in the car accident last month -- a splintering of the bone in my upper right arm – and the time required to recover and rehabilitate make it impossible for me to run the intense, grass roots campaign that I want to run and would be necessary to win.”

“I have many thanks to give to all the individuals across the state who have encouraged me to run and offered their support in countless ways. I will continue to work supporting the grassroots efforts of so many. The vision we share for our state and our communities will not fade.

“I wish success to Mary Burke and others who may offer their time and talents in leading our state.”

 

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Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s Decision to Run for Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 7, 2013
CONTACT: Melissa Baldauff, WisDems Communications Director
(414) 367-7350; melissabatwisdems [dot] org
 
Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s Decision to Run for Attorney General

MADISON – Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s decision to run for Attorney General.

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Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Linda Kleinschmidt
Chief of Staff

Office of State Senator Kathleen Vinehout
22 South State Capitol - PO Box 7882
Madison, WI  53707-7882
608-266-8546
1-877-763-6636

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           CONTACT:

October 17, 2013                                        Sen. Kathleen Vinehout

         608-266-8546

 

Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s statement on release of a sand mine bill that rolls back local powers:

“Why should politicians in Madison control our communities? They don’t live here.”

 “Senator Tiffany’s bill takes away people’s ability to protect against a health threat or an extreme nuisance. Should mining companies blast on Sunday? Should they be able to tear up the road driving 400 trucks a day past the school? Should people have local protection so their wells don’t dry up?

“If mining companies can’t convince their neighbors that this is a good thing, why should Madison politicians get involved?”

“I don’t know why any legislator from western Wisconsin would turn control over our land to politicians in Madison.”

Sen. Vinehout represents the 31st Senate District which has more frac sand mines than any other region of the state.

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Co-op Fest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Contact: Nichali Ciaccio

Tuesday, September 17                     Phone: (414) 366-0853



Co-op Fest Highlights Local, Regional Cooperative Economy

Riverwest Cooperative Alliance boasts “cooperation among cooperatives”

 

MILWAUKEE – A group of cooperatively run businesses called the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance (RCA) will be hosting the first annual Co-op Fest in Riverwest on October 12th. Cooperatives and organizations from around the city and the region will be in attendance, and it is open to the public.

 

The festival, which takes place on Saturday in Garden Park (Locust at Bremen), will feature family friendly fun, food and beer, and plenty of information about the cooperative business structure. “The RCA is really interested in educating the public about cooperatives,” said Nichali Ciaccio, spokesperson for the festival. “Saturday in the park will be a farmer’s market atmosphere with food and drink and some tours of the neighborhood co-ops, and at Woodland Pattern and People’s Books we’ll feature workshops and get down to the nitty gritty of starting and running cooperative businesses.”

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Press Release on Heimsness ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 09/11/13 Contact: Amelia and Nathan Royko Maurer Cell: 608-217-7453

We are extremely disappointed to hear that Judge Albert feels financial interests outweigh the statutory authority of the Madison Police and Fire Commission as well as the public interest in finding out if Officer Heimsness' actions to take Paul Heenan's life violated any departmental policy. By preventing our complaint, which was found to have merit, from moving through the only process available to citizens who wish to lodge a grievance against a Madison Police Officer, Judge Albert's decision will certainly have a chilling effect on anyone else wishing to do the same. His decision suggests that not even Chief Wray could have used the PFC to fire Heimsness for policy violations once Heimsness chose to resign.

Keeping Heimsness on payroll, without a review of his actions, saves taxpayers nothing. Being fired is not the same as being allowed to resign. The two options for termination of employment exist for a reason. Officer Heimsness is being allowed to exit without any public review of his actions. This sends the message that, if you're a police officer with a bad record, you can do the same.

This is the opposite of how this process was described to us, as a populist, egalitarian oversight mechanism intended to give the public a voice in how they are policed. Until something changes, Judge Albert's decision ensures that the well armed lawyers of the WPPA have far more leverage over this process than the average citizen ever will.

We would expect the PFC to appeal.

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Sporting Heritage Grant Rigged - League of Conservation Voters

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2013

Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, 608 208-1129 (direct), 608-658-0186 (cell), anneatconservationvoters [dot] org

Follow the latest on this issue on twitter at @wiconservation or facebook https://www.facebook.com/conservationvoters

Government Handout to Political Front Group Cheats Wisconsin’s Authentic Hunting Organizations
Statement of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is committed to protecting and fostering Wisconsin’s proud hunting heritage by advocating on behalf of Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women. We support hunter education and training. We support the concept of the Sporting Heritage Grant. What we do not support is a rigged process for awarding the grant that reeks of cronyism.

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Attorneys Representing Capitol Dissidents Deplore Capitol Police Brutality and Racial Profiling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Lawyers Guild Madison Chapter

Two well publicized arrests of African Americans at the Solidarity Sing Along August 26 in the Wisconsin State Capitol showed Capitol Police officers using excessive force and pain compliance techniques. Christopher (C.J.) Terrell’s arms were wrenched behind him and police applied to pressure to the front and side of his neck to immobilize him, after he sat down during his arrest, then he was dragged out with arms pinned behind him. Six officers tackled Damon Terrell, pinned him to the marble rotunda floor, twisted his wrist, and carried him out in a prone position face down; he was later charged with felony assault of an officer although he appears to be the victim. On August 21 a young woman was arrested using pain compliance as well. [Read our full press release here]

Video of the events, showing excessive use of force by police officers, is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVSiwtPnoH8&feature=share&list=UU0KqL-bBS7IOW30HcbNNcYA.

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Citizens United Advisory Referendum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              For more information, contact:

July 23, 2013                                                                          Rep. Chris Taylor, 608.266.5342       

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