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jim schmitt Open Government
Wisconsin

City of Green Bay Denies Open Records Request, Again

The Green Bay Mayor’s office is sticking by its contention that departmental spending requests are not subject to the state’s open records law. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert refused the request, saying the requests are drafts and therefore are exempt from the open records law. On Monday […]

Freedom-of-Speech Organizations
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Liberals Want to Repeal the 1st Amendment

They may not say it publicly, but many Democratic state legislators in Wisconsin clearly have issues with the First Amendment. Why else would they be openly advocating to change it with continued demands to amend one of the country’s first freedoms? While campaign finance reformers will never admit it, what they’re advocating will do exactly that. […]

jim schmitt Policy
Wisconsin

Did Green Bay Get the Law Right on a Recent Open Records Request?

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests  that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]

uw-barron-county-campus Education
Wisconsin

Democratic Lawmaker Pushes Red Herring on UW Merger Plan

If demographics are destiny, then the announcement this week by University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Due in large part to smaller families and declining birth rates, enrollment is declining throughout the UW System. As a result, the UW’s 13 two-year colleges have been hardest hit by this new reality. In the […]

Mining moratorium hearing Policy
Wisconsin

Familiar Arguments Repeated at Hearing on Mining Moratorium Repeal

As expected, many environmental groups testified against lifting the mining moratorium at a public hearing before the Assembly Labor Committee Friday; countered by assurances from others testifying that  mining under the new legislation would still uphold environmental standards, and be done “safely and responsibly.” The bill’s Senate author, Tom Tiffany, began the hearing reiterating that […]

Protest Picture Organizations
Wisconsin

Email Calls for the Walker “bird-dogging” to Begin

Although a protest group wanted to retain the element of surprise, Media Trackers has found out that Mark Rice, assistant state director of EXPO(EX-Prisoners Organizing), is calling on supporters to protest Governor Walker at the Wisconsin Business and Industry Luncheon in Madison on October 16th.  The email calls on supporters  to “bird dog” the event. The leaders of […]

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