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Extreme Mining Advocates Ramp Up Propaganda in Face of Mining Bill Failure

March 11, 2012 by Barbara With On March 6, the Wisconsin State Senate rejected the Joint Finance Committee’s Substitute Amendment to AB426, the Assembly version of a ferrous mining bill authored by Gogebic Taconite, the mining company seeking to open a 22-mile open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. After the Senate voted it down, […]

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Fitzgerald Reveals That Corporations Wrote Mining Bill

March 8, 2012 by Lady Forward Fitzgerald: “…I go back to the beginning of the session, when the corporations started building that bill…”

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Senators and Tell Them to Vote NO on Today’s Mining Bill

March 6, 2012 by Barbara With Yesterday, after much debate, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) once again rubber stamped AB426, the Assembly version of the mining bill through committee. Co-chairs Rep. Robin Vos (R) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R) held a press conference before the committee met to introduce new amendments to the bill that […]

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The Tyler Shale: Waste Overburden or Phosphate Ore?

March 1, 2012 by Hematite Proponents of the proposed iron mine in the Penokees claim that there are two kinds of rock: overburden waste rock (the Tyler shale) and iron ore. To date, the main concern with the Tyler is the presence of sulfide in the form of pyrite, or iron sulfide. When disturbed by […]

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Proposed Mining Bill Proof That Republicans Are Not Smarter Than Wisconsin Fourth-Graders

February 17, 2012 by WCMC Madison, WI – When fourth grade students travel from across the state to take a tour of their State Capitol, they possess a basic knowledge that Republican legislators do not. As the following press release shows, not all rocks are the same. Some attract magnets while others do not. Yet […]

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Wisconsin Fascist Republicans actually seig heil to Fascist Overlord Jeff Fitzgerald

January 30, 2012 by Barbara With In a stunning display of Nazi-inspired fervor, on January 26 Wisconsin Assembly Republicans openly show their loyalty to their leader Jeff Fitzgerald (R-ALEC) by giving the familiar Sieg Heil salute on the floor as they all claim to have authored illegal mining bill AB426. Using their majority to pass […]

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Heartbeat of Red Cliff Band Arrested in Capitol

January 27, 2012 by Barbara With Sam Morris of the Red Cliff Band was arrested for drumming a prayer in the Wisconsin state capitol just after noon today. He was escorted out of the building by Capitol Police officers and was issued a $260 ticket for disorderly conduct. Tribal attorney Glenn Stoddard was nearby and attempted […]

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Menominee Elder Offers Blessing to Opponents

January 25, 2012 by Barbara With Rebecca Kemble and Orman Waukau share a warm embrace late in the evening of the public hearing on mining on January 11. Members of the Menominee tribe were kept waiting nine hours before they were allowed to testify. The hearing was held at the Hurley Inn, Hurley, Wisconsin — […]

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Wisconsin ALEC Republicans Caught Breaking Treaty Rights; Fitzgerald Announces Fatally Flawed Mining Bill Will Pass Anyway

January 13, 2012 by Barbara With On January 11, Rep. Mary Williams brought her Jobs, Economic and Small Business Committee to Hurley, WI to hear public testimony on the new mining bill. Although Williams denies association with the right-wing Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC), seven of the eight Republican legislators on the Jobs committee […]

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UPDATE: Ashland Cty Board Ad Hoc Committee on Mining Rescinds Support

March 4, 2015 UPDATE: Gogebic Taconite (GTac) allegedly closed their Hurley office on March 1, 2015. With the price of iron ore crashing, GTac said it was the proliferation of wetlands in the Penokees Hills that made the area un-mineable. However, the power of the people coming together to protect the water also gave the seeds of justice a chance to prevail. This blog, originally published […]

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