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Overpass Light Brigade, Madison WI on the eve of the legislature hearing the mining bill

EDITORIAL: More Sign on to Repeal Act 1, Wisconsin’s Million Dollar Mining Law

March 11, 2014 A year ago today, Scott Walker signed Act 1, a new ferrous mining bill, into law. Written by Gogebic Taconite (GTac), it was financed with over $1M in political contributions to Wisconsin legislators. Despite the overwhelming opposition from citizens around the state, lack of local support, and the obvious danger the bill […]

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SOS Protect Our Water from Bodies on the Ice 3.9.14 Credit: David Doering, SunRidge Moving Pictures, LLC.

SOS Protect Our Water-Bodies on the Ice

March 10, 2014 by Leslie Amsterdam Almost 200 hundred men, women and children laid down on the ice of Lake Superior Sunday to spell the message “SOS Protect Our Water” with their bodies. The display, labeled “Bodies on the Ice”, was photographed aerially before the group stood up and joined hands, forming a large circle. […]

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Wisconsin Pushing for Slave-Wage Labor Force

- March 6, 2014 by Nicole Desautels Citizens showed up in droves March 3 to testify against SB 626, an anti-living wage bill introduced by Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield). The bill prohibits living wage ordinances in any city, village, town or county which receives state funds. Highlights […]

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GTac President Bill Williams talks to Linnea Schmid in a recent one-to-one meeting.

GTac Meeting Reveals Bill Williams Continuing to Mislead the Public

February 24, 2014 by Barbara With Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams, about to stand trial in Spain for crimes against the environment while overseeing operations of Cobre Las Cruces copper mine in Seville, recently claimed that the arsenic that has allegedly contaminated the aquifers of Seville was naturally occurring, and that the charges against […]

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GTac lobbyist Bob Seitz, President Bill Williams and Lobbyist Tim Meyers. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

GTac’s Bill Williams Indicted in Spain

February 19, 2014 by WCMC The Seville Office of the Environment has formally filed written charges, similar to an indictment, against Bill Williams for crimes against the environment and criminal damage to the public domain. The charges allege that Williams and his co-defendants, who were employed as managers at the Cobre las Cruces mine in […]

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Citizens to Challenge Mining Laws

Press Release February 14, 2014 For More Information Contact: Barbara With – 715- 209 5471 Paul DeMain – 715-558-2991 Wisconsin Citizens Target Illegal Mine Company Pandering Moore Park Siding, Wisconsin - Wisconsin citizens working to protect the pristine environment of the Penokee Range in Northern Wisconsin from morally illegitimate mining exploration and socially unacceptable environment degradation will gather on Sunday, February […]

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Amelia Royko Maurer and Paulie Heenan.

Civilians, Law Enforcement Share Views On Officer-Involved Deaths, Greater Investigative Oversight

February 11, 2014  by Nathan Royko Maurer, Amelia Royko Maurer, Michael Bell, Mark Caras and Michael Scott [Paulie Heenan was fatally shot by Madison Police Officer Stephen Heimsness in November, 2012. Kenosha police shot and killed 21-year-old Michael Bell, Jr. in November, 2004.- Editors] On Feb 6th 2014, an unprecedented gathering of civilians, sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, law […]

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Michael Crute was arrested on July 24, 2013, for "unlawful assembly." Photo by Erica Case.

Judge Markson Declares Administrative Code Unconstitutional, Dismisses Charges

By Joseph Skulan and Jason Huberty February 5th, 2014 BREAKING NEWS Dane County Judge John Markson dismissed charges against political dissidents arrested during Scott Walker’s failed crackdown on unauthorized singing in the Wisconsin State Capitol. Defendants Michael Crute and John Bell, among others, had challenged the constitutionality of the emergency rules, arguing their First Amendment […]

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Former WI Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager appeared before Judge Anderson as defense attorney for David Newby, former director of WI AFL-CIO. Newby was arrested last August for singing in the Capitol without a permit. Photo: Leslie Peterson

Judge orders DOJ to conduct cost-benefit analysis on Capitol Crackdown cases

January 31, 2014 By Jason Huberty, Joseph Skulan, and Leslie Peterson Tea Party Governor/Presidential candidate Scott Walker’s crackdown on unauthorized dissent suffered an embarrassing setback Friday when a Dane County Judge ordered Walker’s Department of Justice (DOJ) to detail, and justify, the costs of prosecuting nearly 400 cases of illegal singing. Dane County Circuit Court […]

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High Capacity Well Deregulation Bill Scheduled for Quick Hearing

January 29, 2014  by Rebecca Kemble A bill that would make it easier for large agribusiness, mega-sized dairies known as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), frac sand mining companies and anyone else who wants to exploit Wisconsin’s groundwater for financial gain to obtain a permit for high capacity wells has just been scheduled for a […]

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