Tag Archives: Wisconsin legislature

Open records request reveals overwhelming opposition to lame duck session

October 14, 2019 by Erik Gunn This article was first published by the Wisconsin Examiner on September 3, 2019. Republican lawmakers who voted late last year to shackle the powers of incoming Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul did so despite thousands of messages from voters imploring them not to, newly revealed correspondence […]

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Janet Bewley betrays the water

October 21, 2019 by Barbara With The Senate hearing for SC386—the Anti-Protester bill—begins today, and one of the bills co-sponsors, Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Mason), will be listening to testimony from people from her district who will travel to the capitol to express their objections to the corporate bill. While many of the objections to the […]

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International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Brief: Critical Infrastructure Bills: Targeting Protesters through Extreme Penalties

October 17, 2019 REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE ICNL The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) works in the United States and around the world to promote a legal environment that advances the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly, thereby providing an enabling environment for civil society, civic participation, philanthropy, and civic space. They have […]

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Hearing scheduled for Anti-Protester Bill: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:00 AM 330 Southwest

October 17, 2019 by Barbara With The Wisconsin Senate has scheduled a public hearing for SB 386, the Anti-Protester Bill being co-sponsored by five Democrats.  Written by American Petroleum Institute lobbyist Marcus Bentley, SB 386 is based on ALEC “Infrastructure Safety” model legislation and makes trespassing on an energy provider’s property/easement or destroying their property […]

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Janet Bewley demonstrates how to be a corporate fascist

October 17, 2019 by Barbara With On October 15, 2019, the Price County Democrats hosted a “listening session” with Sen. Janet Bewley, currently co-sponsoring SB386, the “Anti-Protesting” bill written by Marcus Bentley, lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute. Based on the 2017 ALEC “Infrastructure Safety” model legislation, the bill is designed to criminalize protesters and protect […]

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The Corporate Fascism of Wisconsin Part 1: The Republicans

October 14, 2019 by Barbara With Corporate Fascism: When corporations collude with politicians to write and pass laws to benefit the corporations at the expense of the people, land, water, natural resources, communities, civil and human rights, and democratic process. In January 2011, Wisconsin experienced a hostile corporate takeover of the government. Funded by the […]

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Wisconsin Democrats sign on to support Trump Administration energy policies

September 30, 2019 by Barbara With Five Wisconsin Democrats have signed on to support SB 386 and AB 426, what have been dubbed the “Anti-Protestor Bills” and are being pushed by the Trump Administration. Read about the details here. Sens. Janet Bewley (25) and Patty Schachtner (10), and Reps. Christine Sinicki (20), Don Vruwink (43) […]

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Bewley and other Dems sign onto unconstitutional ALEC anti-protesting bill

September 24, 2019 by Barbara With Sen. Janet Bewley (D-25), along with four other Wisconsin Democrats, have signed on to co-sponsor SB 386, dubbed the “Anti-Protestor Bill.” SB 386 expands on original legislation that was passed in 2015, (which Bewley voted against and which was based on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation) that […]

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6th Anniversary of the “(Un)Forbidden Zone” of Northern Wisconsin

February 17, 2019 by Barbara With On Sunday, Feb. 24, people from around the state will gather once again in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin to celebrate what was once designated “The Forbidden Zone” by the state legislature. For the sixth consecutive year, water protectors will snowshoe to the top of the hill at […]

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Lawmakers Drinking on the Job Shielded from Press Scrutiny

July 11, 2015 by Barbara With On July 8, about four hours into the 2015 Assembly budget debate, the State Capitol was evacuated for what police called a “credible bomb threat.” During the evacuation, a group of male legislators headed to a sidewalk tavern across the street from the Capitol for what the Capital Times dubbed a “bipartisan beer summit.” Among the beer […]

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