Expect him to throw in his opposition to new US EPA clean air rules, somehow linking a federal court ruling on one thing to an agency ruling on something unrelated.
And the wolves, or the environment they help maintain?
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I want to alert the public of information that has come to our attention regarding the potential of disruptive tactics. A credible source has informed us that several anarchist groups led by outside persons, are gathering in the Milwaukee area to plan disruptive activities both before and after the decision by Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm regarding the Dontre Hamilton case.
The information indicates that the groups have exploited the tragic situation involving the death of Mr. Hamilton, to destabilize daily activities of law-abiding citizens in public and private spaces open to the public. This includes the use of blockades on the interstate system and around other roadways to prevent law enforcement from responding quickly to emergency situations. These leftist groups use the tactic of hiding among legitimate peaceful protestors to conduct their illegitimate campaign.
We are asking members of the public to report any activities like those described to law enforcement as soon as possible and to provide detailed descriptions of any actors involved.
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A federal judge has overturned an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.Even worse, the judge, Beryl Howell, had served as an assistant US Attorney and narcotics section chief during the Reagan years and as an appointee to a federal sentencing commission during George W. Bush's administration before being nominated to the bench by President Barack Obama.
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In its monthly report, the agency added: "The numbers, while preliminary, suggest Wisconsin for the first time has recovered all private-sector jobs it lost during the deep national recession."Chastened Workforce official:
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Now they're after partisan control of elections, lobbying law and official ethics, too.
Making no secret of the plan.
How much one-party rule will other elected officials and editorial board watchdogs in this state tolerate as Wisconsin is permanently consigned to the backwaters?Ultimately, the decision is Scott Walker's. He can shut down Vos' mean-spirited power play and ploy with a phone call, but I suspect Walker will let Vos play it out, leaving Walker free of any taint until he signs into law what he will claim with a straight face is the will of the Legislature.
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|With less public input, you get more of this|
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A hound dog training license allows you to purchase, possess and use captive raccoon or bobcat for dog training purposes, and use captive black bear possessed under the authority of a captive wild animal farm license for dog training purposes.
In addition, rabbit/hare, coyote and fox may be purchased, possessed or used for dog training purposes if held in a permitted hound dog training enclosure…
Captive raccoon, rabbit/hare, coyote, fox, bobcat or bear possessed for dog training purposes shall be treated in a humane manner and confined under sanitary conditions with proper and adequate space, shade and freshwater...
Any coyote or fox injured during a dog training exercise shall be submitted to a veterinarian for treatment at the owner or operator’s expense, or euthanized and shall be reported to the department within 24 hours. Primary and transportation enclosures shall meet the requirements in § NR 16.30 to 16.38, Wisconsin Administrative Code...
Captive bear, bobcat and raccoon, if lawfully obtained, may be used for dog training and trials, provided:
- Any bear is also possessed under authority of a captive wild animal farm license. Bear, bobcat and raccoon, when not being used for trailing purposes, are housed in accordance with s. NR 16.30 and 16.38.
- (See separate DNR informational pamphlet on Captive Wildlife Pen Specifications & Transportation Standards for details.)
- The bear, bobcat or raccoon is kept in a cage at all times...
- When the cage is elevated in a tree or on a pole for training or trial purposes, the cage shall be raised a minimum of 10 feet off the ground. All individuals except the owner of the captive animal, the owner's designee or the dog handler shall be kept at least 4 feet from the cage...
- Dogs shall be kept a minimum of one foot from the cage at all times by restraint, cage design or barrier fence except where the cage is covered by solid material, which prevents all physical contact between the dog and the captive animal. The one foot minimum distance does
not apply to raccoon training or trials with the use of roll cages..
- Roll cages may not be used for dog training with bear or bobcat.
- Training & Trialing periods: a. The length of time that captive wild bear, bobcat or raccoon may be used for training exercises may not exceed 12 hours within a 24-hour period. b. Captive wild bear, bobcat and raccoon shall be provided with a minimum of 8 consecutive hours of rest within a 24-hour period.
Captive rabbits/hares, coyote and fox, if lawfully obtained and possessed, may be used for dog training and trials...
- c. A bear, bobcat or raccoon used for training, may not be housed in an enclosure that does not meet the primary enclosure standards in s. NR
16.30(4), Wis. Adm. Code for a period of more than 72 hours.
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These programs are truly on the front lines of hunger relief serving families, children, individuals and senior citizens all wondering where their next meal will come from. These are people and families making tough choices, such as choosing between paying their rent and buying food. These people are a recently laid-off worker whose bills have stretched her budget so that there is little or no money left for food. These people are senior citizens living on fixed incomes who spend what limited money they have on their prescription medication, leaving nothing left for groceries.Guided by the group's formula as a guide - - and note that its territory overlaps the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission - - the cost of this year's taxpayer-provided private club dinner for SEWRPC Commissioners, some senior staff and invited guests of $1,848.85 could supply more than 9,000 meals to people in need.
As noted to you in previous years, the dinner which follows the Commission’s December meeting is an awards dinner and gathering for SEWRPC Commissioners. The dinner honors the service of those Commissioners who have left the Commission in 2014 and those Commissioners who have served the Commission for 10 years and 25 years. The dinner helps build relationships and understanding among the Commissioners from the Region’s seven counties. The dinner is attended by current SEWRPC Commissioners, former Commissioners who left the Commission in 2014, and select SEWRPC staff.
Commissioners spend many hours reading and reviewing reports, directing and advising staff, meeting and consulting with local officials from their Counties, and attending Commission, Commission Advisory Committee and other Commission-related meetings including public meetings and hearings. Their only compensation is $50 per Commission meeting. The dinner and gathering was held on December 3rd at the University Club. The cost was $1,848.85.I also note that this year's dinner tab was about twice the $995 cost from SEWPC's taxpayer-supplied annual budget of the 2009 event and about 80% above the $1,080 average expense to put on the dinners over a five-year span, according to data supplied by SEWRPC.
You look at his [Bush's] past as governor and the stuff he talks about, he often has a whole theme of things he does. And I think it's as simple as that."Simple as what, exactly?
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Asked if he believed Saudi Arabia was a free and open country and what he made of the United States' relationship with that country, Walker said: "They're making a few moves right now but those are things that can be easily altered, at least in terms of Cuba. In terms of Saudi Arabia, we haven't — those are things I guess folks at the federal level would ultimately have to comment on in terms of whether its consistency or not. The difference I think with Cuba is that's a policy the United States has had for some time. To change that, I think there has to be substantial change in terms of the positions that the Cuban government has."In other words, in terms of knowing anything, he doesn't.
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|Heading for Mayfair this weekend from Milwaukee? Find another route.|
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"It's quite possible that was done by an intern or someone on staff who never actually sent the letter off," Walker said Tuesday.* The workplace chupacabra bedeviling Walker operations had also struck when the page-count of high-profile jobs plan released by his 2010 campaign was inflated to contain one more page than opponent Tom Barrett's more detailed plan by displaying Walker's document in giant type. (A side-by-side comparison, here.)
A campaign staffer, who had previously been an intern, sent a fundraising appeal for the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) asking people to give money to Walker’s reelection rather than go shopping on Black Friday for their kids. The staffer also had a series of offensive tweets on her personal account. Explanation: “We didn’t know about them. I think like most employers, we don’t spend time going back trying to find out years and years ago what people may or may not have said in social media,” Walker said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The staffer was fired.
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It turns out that Jews are among the most progressive voting blocs in the country. According to a comprehensive Pew Research poll conducted last year, 82 percent of Jews believe homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with 57 percent of the population overall. By 54 to 38 percent, Jews would prefer a larger government that provides more services to a smaller one that provides fewer; only 40 percent of the overall population favored a larger government, while 51 percent supported a smaller one. A whopping 89 percent support a woman’s right to an abortion, compared with 54 percent of the population overall.Oy!!!
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At the intersections of S. Kinnickinnic, S. Howell and E. Lincoln Avenues, the ArtStop is the product of a unique partnership between the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and Business Improvement District #44.
With its unique artistic design, the ArtStop shelter will strengthen the already distinctive and bustling business district, and it will also be a significant aesthetic improvement over a somewhat dilapidated bus shelter that has been at the location for years.
Alderman Tony Zielinski said that he felt the triangle at the three-way intersection needed a functional public art bus shelter, which has been dubbed the ArtStop, to maximize the economic and aesthetic potential of that business district.Exactly as streetcar stops would work along the route.
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|Streetcars are popular nationwide. These are running across the Twin Cities, MN|
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Clean Air Tip of the Week
For the week of December 14, 2014:
"While traveling this holiday season, keep busy with this car game...count the number of solar panels you see. These panels can be installed on homes, buildings, in a field, or attached to a road sign. More road signs and traffic signals are being designed to use solar technology to power the lights. For more information, visit US DOT [exit DNR]."
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After the state of Wisconsin commissioned the trains from Talgo in 2009 for the Hiawatha line between Chicago and Milwaukee and ultimately spent $52 million on them, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican administration clashed with the company, canceling a maintenance contract and disputing testing costs in 2012.
The state halted payments, eventually leading Talgo to end the contract.
Talgo then sued the state in Dane County Circuit Court, asking a judge to declare that it properly terminated its contract. The suit is ongoing, but if Talgo wins, it will keep the trains and the tens of millions of dollars the state already has paid the firm.
However, Lester Pines, Talgo's attorney, said there was no dispute that Talgo owns the trains, and he expects the lawsuit to be resolved soon. The company has an obligation to try to sell the trains and mitigate its damages from the state's alleged breach of contract, he said.
"The state breached the contract and doesn't want the trains," Pines said. "They're Talgo's trains, and Talgo is the damaged party."Taxpayers also lose when they are forced into court to fight voter suppression, or have to hire attorneys to force a state agency like the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to do basic water law enforcement job because the DNR puts Walker's 'chamber-of-commerce' environmental disregard over the public interest.
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I don’t know that there’s a terrorist treated better anywhere in the world than what has happened at Guantanamo. It is — we have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility that has more comforts than a lot of Americans get.Five-star rated on the CIA's secret Yelp! website.
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The families of more than a half-dozen black men and boys who have been killed by police addressed thousands of protesters who marched in Washington, D.C., Saturday, demanding Congress adequately tackle police brutality...
Protesters gathered Saturday in other cities too. Thousands marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City, holding signs that read, "Black Lives Matter" and "Who do you protect?" And hundreds shouted the same messages in Boston, where they also staged "die-ins" and blocked traffic, according to New England Cable News.OK: back to the Wagner re-broadcast, which was from his Wednesday show about a Tuesday news story he'd seen and read about the arrest of one person at City Hall who had been protesting the lack of charges in the Milwaukee police shooting of Dontre Hamilton downtown months ago.
Thousands of demonstrators streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, shouting “Black lives matter,” “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe” to call attention to the recent deaths of unarmed African American men at the hands of police...
“The Washington march was one of a wave of demonstrations across the nation. Separate marches were held from San Francisco to New York, including a Millions March and rally near New York University, and a demonstration before the nationally televised basketball game between two top teams, the universities of North Carolina and Kentucky...
Thousands of protesters crowded New York’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the first large-scale, organized protest in the city since a grand jury on Staten Island declined to indict a police officer for the death of Eric Garner.
The crowd reflected the diversity of the city, if not the high-income neighborhood in Manhattan’s West Village. “I’ve never seen something so beautiful,” said Josh Toney, an African-American man in his 20s. “Seeing the Asian community, seeing Union workers, seeing people who probably don’t even speak English.”And since Wagner often talks about subscribing to and reading closely The Chicago Tribune, he might be further irked to see a big story there Saturday about the national protests and the Chicago iteration, too.
The march in Washington coincided with demonstrations across the country, from iconic Fifth Avenue in New York to the streets of San Francisco and the steps of the Boston Statehouse - mostly peaceful protests although about two dozen people were arrested in the Massachusetts capital for disorderly conduct…
Organizers had predicted 5,000 people at the Washington march, but the crowd appeared to far outnumber that. They later said they believed as many as 25,000 had shown up. It was not possible to verify the numbers; Washington police do not release crowd estimates.
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