Author Archives | Rebecca Kemble

Grothman to Mellen Residents: “Trust the Company”

February 9, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Wisconsin’s north woods have been crawling with downstate legislators for the past few weekends as a controversial mining bill hurtles toward a final vote. AB1/SB1, a bill that would massively deregulate iron mining activities in the state, passed out of committee earlier this week. For the past two weekends, […]

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Mining Advocates’ Talking Points Fail

February 5, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble and Nicole Schulte On Monday, the authors of SB1/AB1, a bill that offers iron mining companies special exemptions from many of Wisconsin’s environmental protection rules and regulations, held a press conference in an attempt to put a bipartisan shine on several amendments they plan to introduce when Senate and […]

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Wisconsin Tribal Members Speak Out on Mining Bill

January 25, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 a joint hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly mining committees was held in Madison as the one and only opportunity for the public to weigh in on a controversial mining bill being rushed through the legislature. The hearing was announced just four […]

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The Million Dollar Bill

January 24, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Shortly after 9pm last night, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) abruptly adjourned the one and only public hearing on a controversial mining deregulation bill after being called out as the second largest recipient of campaign donations by groups that lobbied for a similar bill last session. Of the nearly $1 […]

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Wetlands Deregulation Bill Passed Under False Pretenses

January 22, 2013    by Rebecca Kemble At a press conference unveiling Sen. Tim Cullen’s (D-Janesville) alternative mining bill today, Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) said the controversial wetlands deregulation bill he helped craft last year only passed because of assurances by Scott Walker’s administration and the Department of Natural Resources that the provisions in it […]

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Walker’s Back Alley Proclamation

January 21, 2013   by Rebecca Kemble Last November Scott Walker avoided several direct questions about his support for Wisconsin Right to Life policy agenda with a statement about how his administration has turned the state budget around and added, “I think people want us to focus on creating more freedom and prosperity for people in […]

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UPDATED: Jurors Not Allowed to Consider First Amendment in Political Dissent Case

January 17, 2013   By Rebecca Kemble Earlier today, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Julie Genovese approved the State of Wisconsin’s motion to prohibit Jason Huberty from giving instructions to a jury relating to the First Amendment. His case stems from an alleged administrative rule violation for  holding a banner that said “Solidarity” in the Capitol […]

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Occupy Madison Listening Session Yields No Answers

November 27, 2012 by Rebecca Kemble Madison and Dane County elected officials, Dane County staff, neighbors and members and friends of Occupy Madison, a community of homeless people, came together to discuss the recent eviction of the Occupy encampment from Lake View Hill during a tense, three hour meeting at the Dane County Human Services […]

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Late Night Crackdown on Occupy Madison

November 19, 2012 by Rebecca Kemble A little after 10 pm on Sunday night two Dane County Parks Division pickup trucks and four Dane County Sheriff cruisers drove across the lawn of Lake View Hill Park shining spotlights on the dozen or so tents set up along the edge of the woods. A few people […]

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Fightin’ Bob La Follette Must Be Rolling in his Grave

October 31, 2012 By Rebecca Kemble Participants in the Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin State Capitol are known for their creative song lyrics as well as their witty signs and banners. Today, on Halloween, they added masks and costumes to render their messages in defense of free speech and against the authoritarian rule of […]

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