A bill introduced by state Sen. Paul Farrow and Rep. Mark Honadel would bar lawsuits over stray electricity against providers that are “in compliance with all applicable engineering and safety standards.” Liability remains for “reckless, wanton or willful acts or omissions or intentional misconduct.”
State Sen. Paul Farrow, R-Pewaukee, accused UW officials of “mismanagement and unethical behavior,” saying they’d shown disdain for the Legislature and contempt for the laws and directives it passed.
The Legislature’s action, wrote Hall, would “diminish opportunities for students” and “limit the freedoms of faculty members to determine how best to teach.” Continue Reading
ITVS allegedly dropped “Citizen Koch” to avoid further aggravating billionaire industrialist David Koch, a major backer of both conservative causes and public TV. Continue Reading
Mark Pertschuk of Grassroots Change credits a group he calls “the other NRA” — the National Restaurant Association — with advancing food-rule preemption legislation in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Mississippi, and now Wisconsin. Continue Reading
Some GOP lawmakers oppose expanding the voucher program; others tie their support for the budget to its inclusion. Among the latter is state Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, who won a tight race last fall. The Federation for Children told the state it spent $145,000 on the race; it told supporters it spent $325,000.
It’s hard to deny that Walker is doing pretty much exactly what he promised to stop. But that doesn’t mean the pork projects and policy items included in his budget are bad ideas.
The movement teems with youthful exuberance. The main website for the anti-Palermo’s campaign is called sliceofjustice.com. One of its rallying cries is “No justice. No piece.”
Politicians including Gov. Scott Walker have put the kibosh on CWD-eradication strategies seen as detrimental to herd size. And James Kroll, Walker’s deer trustee, has recommended “a more passive approach” to the disease.
As the dust settles on the epic battles over union rights for public workers in Wisconsin, two new major works — the film “Citizen Koch” and the book “More Than They Bargained For” — aim to put these events into perspective.
Newly released numbers show that lobbying in Wisconsin during the tumultuous 2011-12 legislative session totaled $62.9 million — not exactly chump change, but lower than the session before. Continue Reading