Monday, December 27, 2010

Disregard for human life continues to Doyle’s last days in office

Part of Governor Doyle’s legacy in office is his disregard for human life.  As Governor, he was a strong proponent of embryonic stem cell research which comes at the expense of human life as opposed to the life affirming adult stem cell research. Even in his final days in office, the Wisconsin Radio Network reports that Doyle hopes this [embryonic] stem cell research will continue and touts it as being a “significant contributor to the state’s economy”.  The story then indicated, “Doyle hopes science overcomes the politics of the issue”.  (See story: http://www.wrn.com/2010/12/doyle-optimistic-stem-cell-work-will-continue/  )

Since science tells us life begins at conception, we would hope our State under new leadership will fight for the sanctity of life for ALL it’s citizens.
 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor to Give Welcoming Address to Atheists

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has:
  • Fought against displays of the 10 Commandments
  • Brought suit challenging the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer and requiring a National Day of Prayer Proclamation by the President
  • Filed suit to challenge tax benefits for ministers of the Gospel who have a parsonage exemption
  • Sued to stop religious engravings at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
  • Sued to halt prayers at the President’s inauguration
  • Filed suit over the words “under God” in the pledge in New Hampshire schools
  • Sued the federal government to remove “In God We Trust” off our national currency

At present they are running an “Out of the Closet Campaign” planned to “go around the nation, one region at a time” to promote their “freethought” message.  Some of these signs may show up either as bus signs or on billboards.  Some of the messages include:
  • “Being kind with an open mind is my religion”
  • “I have faith in myself, not in a god”
  • “I don’t need a god to be happy”
  • “Keep your theology off my biology”
  • “No one died for my sins”
  • “I freed my mind when I left God behind”

Other billboards and/or bus signs they have featured include:
  • “God & Government A Dangerous Mix Keep State & Church Separate”
  • “Reason’s Greetings”
  • “Keep Religion OUT of Government”
  • “In Reason We Trust”
  • “Enjoy Life Now  THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE”
  • “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” – Richard Dawkins
  • “I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.” – Clarence Darrow

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding their 33rd annual Convention in Madison the weekend of October 29-31, 2010.  According to their program, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, Barbara Lawton will be giving a “welcoming address at the convention opening on Friday night”, October 29th.

Keep in mind the preamble to the Wisconsin Constitution states, “We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare, do establish this constitution.”

Why would an elected official representing the people of the State of Wisconsin who’s Constitution recognizes our gratitude to God for our freedom speak to a group that denies God’s existence and seeks to remove the name or recognition of God from our currency, our nation’s buildings, our pledge and our motto?

To share your views with Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton about her participation in this event you may call her office at (608) 266-3516.  To share your views via email:  ltgov@wisconsin.gov  .  And to share your views with Governor Jim Doyle you may call (608) 266-1212 or email:  governor@wisconsin.gov  .
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

La Crosse Mayor Vetoes Council's Attempt to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Tuesday October 12th, the Mayor of La Crosse, Matt Harter vetoed legislation passed a week earlier by the La Crosse Common Council that would decriminalize first time offenders who possessed fewer than 25 grams of marijuana.  The matter now goes back to the Common Council who will consider a veto override.  A two- thirds majority vote will be needed to overturn the mayor’s veto.  Last week the council voted 9-7 in favor of the decriminalization with one abstention.  To share your views with the La Crosse Common Council you may call them at (608) 789- 7510.  The Council is next scheduled to meet November 11, 2010.
 

Monday, October 11, 2010

La Crosse Common Council Casts Vote To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Last Thursday the La Crosse Common Council disregarded the advice of the police chief and voted 9-7 to decriminalize possessing less than 25 grams of marijuana for a first time offender.  This matter is now on La Crosse Mayor Mathias Harter’s desk either to sign into law or cast a veto.  You may contact the La Crosse Mayor with your views at (608) 789-7500.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Milwaukee Common Council Denies Application for Strip Clubs

A victory for morality and decency took place today.  This morning the Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously to reject the applications for new strip clubs in the Downtown and in the Walker’s Point Neighborhood. 

 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Milwaukee Common Council Committee Rejects License Application for Strip Clubs

Recently we alerted you that individuals were petitioning the city to obtain a license for a new strip club named “Satin”.  Such clubs were to be located both in Downtown Milwaukee and in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.  On Monday, September 20th the Licenses Committee of the Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously to reject these applications for licensure.  Despite the unanimous vote against the strip clubs, the matter still goes before the full Common Council with the Committee’s negative recommendation.  The full Common Council next meets Tuesday morning, September 21st at 9am on the 3rd floor at City Hall, 200 East Wells Street.  It is critical for residents of Milwaukee to contact their Alderman so their views can be represented.  The number is (414) 286-2221. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Milwaukee Common Council Considers License For Strip Club

Petitioners have come before Milwaukee Alderman to obtain a license for a new strip club named “Satin”, to come to the Walker’s Point Neighborhood at 117 West Pittsburgh Avenue.  The Milwaukee Common Council’s License Committee will hold a hearing on this matter, this Monday, September 20th  in Room 301 B at City Hall, 200 East Wells Street.  The Committee meeting begins at 9:00am with action on this item scheduled for 10:00.  This is an opportunity for the public to address this issue.  Those on the Licenses Committee include: Aldermen Bohl, Coggs, Hamilton, Kovac and Zielinski.  Citizens wishing to address their views on this matter may attend this meeting Monday, in addition you may contact your Aldermen at (414) 286-2221. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Milwaukee Public Library co-presents Milwaukee Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Film Festival’s advance screening of “Howl�

A press release went out today announcing the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival will present an advance screening of “Howl” in recognition of Banned Book Week. This film showing is taking place September 15th at the UWM Union Theatre.

This film is based upon a poem written in the 1950’s by Allen Ginsberg and was originally considered to be obscene with its vulgarity and extensive perverse sexual content. The film follows the lawsuit filed in the '50's by the ACLU supporting the poem.

According to their release, Howl is “co-sponsored by the UMW Union Theatre and Equality Wisconsin, and co-presented by Woodland Pattern Book Center, the Milwaukee Public Library, UWM Libraries, Milwaukee Film, and the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation in anticipation of Banned Book Week, September 25-October 2”.

Here are a couple links promoting the event:


Want to contact the Milwaukee Public Library with your views? The central library number is (414) 286-3000

Monday, August 9, 2010

Warning: Planned Parenthood Goes to Park to Woo Youth

Planned Parenthood, known for being the largest provider of abortion and who successfully lobbied for comprehensive sex education in the public schools is now going to the park this summer using music to draw young people to them.  Their purpose:   “to educate and engage [youth and young adults] around reproductive and sexual health issues”.   They will be in Washington Park August 26th.  This is part of Planned Parenthood’s 75th Anniversary Celebration.

As they engage young people on these issues they will be having free giveaways. Parents:  a good day NOT to let your children go to the park!

Here’s their release:

 
 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wisconsin’s Next Casino in Sheboygan?

Despite the issues of problem gambling in our state, it’s being reported both in print and broadcast media that Sheboygan officials have laid the groundwork to bring a casino to the community.   It’s reported that discussions have been going on for several months now with no formal agreement having been reached.  According to the Sheboygan Press, the mayor has been pursuing a casino since shortly after taking office in 2009.  To this point the public has been left out of the discussion.

Before such an agreement comes about it’s vital for Sheboygan city and county residents to communicate with their elected officials whether or not they want a gambling facility in their community.    

To share your views you may contact:
Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan at (920) 459-3317.
 
Sheboygan  aldermen can be contacted using the following link:

Sheboygan County Board Chairman, Michael Vandersteen and County Administrator, Adam Payne at (920) 459-3103.

Sheboygan County board members can be reached at:
 
The time to share your views is prior to negotiations being set in stone.

Some of the media reports on this matter can be found at:


 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cedarburg Schools Consider Human Growth & Development Curriculum Tonight

Tonight, July 20th the Cedarburg School Board will be voting on a Human Growth and Development Curriculum.  As you recall in the last legislative session, schools which offer human growth and development must meet new state requirements. These requirements include teaching children about the use and health benefits of contraceptives.  In Juneau County, the District Attorney urged schools not to offer human growth and development as dictated by the state.  In his written warning to school board members in his county he stated the new mandates promote the sexual assault of children, exposes teachers to possible criminal liability, undermines parental authority, requires school districts to condone controversial sexual behavior, provides access to our children by the contraceptive industry and may expose districts to civil litigation.  Tonight the Cedarburg School Board will be voting on whether or not to approve the human growth & Development Curriculum.  The public is invited to speak at the beginning of the meting which gets underway at 7pm at the Cedarburg District Office, W68 N611 Evergreen Blvd in Cedarburg.  To contact school board members you may call (262) 376-6100. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wisconsin Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Marriage Amendment

In November, 2006 voters overwhelming in Wisconsin passed (59%-41%)  a marriage amendment which stated

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state .

In July, 2007 William McConkey, a voter and taxpayer Wisconsin brought suit against the Amendment challenging its constitutionality, specifically claiming that this violated the separate amendment rule, in essence claiming the issues in the Marriage Amendment were two separate issues. 

Today, The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled unanimously 7-0 that indeed this Amendment is Constitutional.  The concluding paragraph of their decision reads:

We hold that Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin
Constitution——the marriage amendment——was adopted in conformity
with the separate amendment rule in Article XII, Section 1 of
the Wisconsin Constitution, which mandates that voters must be
able to vote separately on separate amendments. Both sentences
of the marriage amendment relate to marriage and tend to effect
or carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal
status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one
woman.

Praise the Lord for this decision!!

To read the full text of the Court’s decision you may use this link:

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Milwaukee City Hall to host LGBT Exhibit

From July 12th thru the 26th the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda will be the home for the Milwaukee Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Community Center’s Anti- Violence Program Postcard display.  Expect another round of promotion for LGBT issues.
 

Friday, June 25, 2010

MPS Board Members Vote in Favor of Arizona Boycott Resolution

Following approximately 25 minutes of discussion, the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors voted 5-2 in favor of Director Miller’s Resolution to support a boycott of Arizona over their passage of legislation to protect their borders and curb illegal immigration in their state. 

Voting in favor of the Resolution were Directors:  Bonds, Blewett, Woodward, Miller and Falk.
Voting in opposition were Directors Petersons & Voeltner
Director Spence was temporarily absent and did not vote
Director Thompson was not present for this School Board meeting
 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Milwaukee County Supervisors Refer Arizona Boycott Measure Back to Committee

On Thursday, June 24th the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 17-2 to refer Resolution File #10-238 back to Committee.  This Resolution calls for a boycott of Arizona and companies in Arizona due to the State’s passage and enforcement of legislation to stem illegal immigration in their state. 

Sponsoring supervisors recommended it go back to committee with one supervisor stating they will revise the Resolution so that the State of Arizona is boycotted, but not businesses in the state. 

Prior to the vote on sending it back to Committee a motion was made to table the Resolution.  The motion to table failed on a vote of 9-10. 

As a result of today’s vote, this Resolution, File #10-238 will now go back to the Finance and Audit Committee.  Supervisors on this Committee include:  Coggs, Thomas, Mayo, Schmitt, Johnson, West and Jursik.  The measure will come at a future date to the full Milwaukee County Board.  To contact supervisors with your view you may call the Milwaukee County Board at (414) 278-4222.
 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Milwaukee County Board and City of Milwaukee Also Consider Boycott of Arizona

Milwaukee County    
Not to be outdone by Milwaukee Public Schools, last week the Finance and Audit Committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution #10- 238.  It’s summary says: 

“A resolution by Supervisors West, Broderick, Coggs and Dimitrijevic, directing the Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law to boycott travel to and doing business with the State of Arizona, and companies headquartered therein, until Arizona rescinds SB1070 or the law is otherwise ruled to be unenforceable.”

The “Be It Resolved” Section of the legislation states:
            BE IT RESOLVED, that until Arizona rescinds SB 1070 or the law is otherwise ruled to be unenforceable, the Milwaukee County Boar of Supervisors directs the administration to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law to: 1) refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase goods or services from any company that is headquartered in Arizona; 2) prohibit travel by Milwaukee County employees to conferences or meetings being held in Arizona; and 3) to review existing contracts for the purchase of goods and services with companies headquartered in Arizona and to discontinue those contracts consistent with the terms of those contracts and utilizing principles of fiscal responsibility; and
            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors urges Milwaukee County’s U.S. Senators and Congress members to advance and support comprehensive federal immigration reform legislation that respects the due process protections of all individuals in the United States and provides a path so people have the opportunity to become citizens.”

Today it was announced the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will vote on this resolution at their meeting Thursday, June 24th at 9:30am in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.  Those wishing to contact their supervisors may do so at (414) 278-4222.  You may also follow this link to contact your Supervisor directly:  http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/FindSupervisor

City of Milwaukee    
City of Milwaukee Aldermen have also passed (File #100068) in committee language that would bring about a boycott of Arizona.  Their “Be it Resolved” Section states:

“Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Congress of the United States is strongly urged to swiftly enact comprehensive immigration and naturalization reform that preserves the civil and human rights of all persons, and that promotes domestic commerce; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee opposes practices by state and local jurisdiction that risk racial and ethnic profiling in efforts to address immigration and naturalization; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council shall not participate in or authorize its representatives and employees of the City to participate in any conferences or meetings in the State of Arizona so long as Arizona’s restrictive regulation of national immigration is enforced; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council shall not authorize any new City investments in financial institutions with companies based in or having a major presence in the State of Arizona until Arizona’s S.B. 1070 is repealed, and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the City Clerk send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.”

City of Milwaukee Aldermen may be contacted at (414) 286-2221 or utilizing this link:
 

Monday, June 21, 2010

MPS Schedules Full Board Vote on Arizona Boycott

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has released their agenda for the School Board meeting Thursday, June 24th. Included on the agenda is the resolution (read June 15th post below) to launch a boycott of Arizona over their passage and enforcement of immigration laws designed to curb illegal immigration. (By the way “illegal” means something that is prohibited by law). As of this writing, it is # VIII, Section D, Number 1 on the agenda:
http://mpsportal.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_65012_0_0_18/100624RBnotice.pdf

The “Be It Resolved” Section is modified as follows:

COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION
Your Committee recommends that the Board adopt the following resolution in lieu of
1011R-003:
BE IT RESOLVED, That, until Arizona rescinds SB1070 and HR 2281, or the laws
are otherwise ruled to be unenforceable, the Board direct the MPS
administration, to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law, to:
1. refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase
goods or services from any company that is headquartered in Arizona;
2. not send MPS employees to conferences or meetings being held in
Arizona; and
3. review existing contracts for the purchase of goods and services with
companies headquartered in Arizona and to discontinue those
contracts, consistent with the terms of those contracts and utilizing
principles of fiscal responsibility; and
4. where no alternatives are available, an exception my be provided for
purchases necessary to support existing programs or curricula within
MPS; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors urges the
district’s US Senators and Congress members to advance and support
comprehensive federal immigration-reform legislation that respects the dueprocess
protections of all individuals in the United Stares and provides a
path so people have the opportunity to become citizens; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution is to effective immediately upon the
Board’s approval.
* * * * *

At the Committee hearing last week, all Committee members present supported the proposed boycott resolution. The full board meets Thursday, June 24th at 6:30pm at 5225 West Vliet Street. You may contact the MPS Board of Governance at (414) 475-8284 or via email at: governance@milwaukee.k12.wi.us .

SPECIAL NOTE: WVCY-TV (Milwaukee Channel 30) will air the Public Hearing from last week’s committee meeting regarding the AZ boycott on Tuesday, June 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm and again on Wednesday, June 23rd from Noon to 2pm.

Madison Considers Forcing Contractors to Provide Domestic Partner Benefits

Following the lead of Dane County, a proposed ordinance will be soon introduced in Madison requiring companies which seek to obtain city contracts be required to offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.  (See story)

Residents may contact their alderman on this issue by contacting the Madison Common Council at (608) 266-4071 or directly at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/whoAlders.cfm

 

Friday, June 18, 2010

MPS School Board Committee Backs Arizona Boycott

Last evening the Legislation, Rules and Policies Committee of the Milwaukee Public School Board unanimously passed a resolution to support an economic boycott of Arizona regarding their passage and enforcement of immigration laws in their state. Voting in favor of the Resolution were Directors Blewett, Bonds, and Falk. The Resolution will now go before the full School Board. Although the agenda has not yet been set (as of this writing) the full Board meets next on June 24th. Those wishing to contact the School Board may do so at (414) 475-8284.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Milwaukee Public School Directors to Vote on Boycott of Arizona Over Immigration Enforcement

On Thursday, June 17th at 6:30pm the Milwaukee Public School Board Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies will be voting on a Resolution to participate in an economic boycott of Arizona due to their passage and enforcement of immigration laws. (Copy of the resolution is below).  If passed by this committee, it will move on to the full school board for a vote.  To speak out on this issue you may attend this meeting at 5225 West Vliet Street.  You may also share your views with the following Directors who sit on this committee:  Directors Blewett, Thompson, Bonds, Falk, Spence at (414) 475-8284.


(ITEM 2) ACTION ON RESOLUTION 1011R-003 BY DIRECTOR MILLER TO PARTICIPATE IN
AN ECONOMIC BOYCOTT OF ARIZONA UNTIL THAT STATE’S RECENTLY
ADOPTED IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE REPEALED
This Item initiated by a Board member
B ACKGROUND
At its meeting on May 27, 2010, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors referred
Resolution 1011R-003 by Director Miller to the Committee on Legislation, Rules and
Policies:
WHEREAS, In April 2010, the Arizona legislature passed SB 1070, a bill making it a
state misdemeanor to be in the state of Arizona without legal documentation
and giving law enforcement broader abilities to enforce federal immigration
laws; and
WHEREAS, While bill SB 1070 mandates law enforcement to detain people who
are “reasonably suspicious”, the legal definition of “reasonably suspicious”
states that it must be based on specific and articulable facts and inferences;
and
WHEREAS, The only articulable facts and inferences that could lead law
enforcement to reasonably suspect that someone is undocumented are skin
color, physical features, or vocal accent; and
WHEREAS, Making the decision to detain someone purely on the basis of these
criteria is the very definition of racial profiling; and in no way indicates that
a person is in the country illegally and, similarly, it in no way proves that
someone of a different skin color without an accent is here legally; and
WHEREAS, The bill requires detained individuals to show documentation that
they are here legally, such as a driver’s license or immigration papers, which
violates the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens who are not required to
carry identification but could be detained and forced to prove their legal
status; and
WHEREAS, Many people already have a distrust of law enforcement, and this bill
will further strain the relationship between law enforcement and residents;
and
WHEREAS, The legality and enforceability of Arizona SB 1070 is questionable
since the Constitution of the United States grants authority over immigration
matters to the federal government, not to individual states; and
WHEREAS, Arizona SB 1070 discounts the efforts of immigrants who are following
immigration laws and struggling to navigate their way through the
bureaucratic process of becoming legal citizens; and
WHEREAS, Arizona SB 1070 is merely reactionary and does nothing to be
proactive in bringing about the nation-wide immigration reforms that the
United States needs; and
WHEREAS, In May of 2010, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281, a bill
restricting and prohibiting the teaching of ethnic studies in Arizona public
schools; and
6 Milwaukee Board of School Directors
June 17, 2010
WHEREAS Arizona HB 2281 prohibits teaching classes designed primarily for
pupils of a particular ethnic group or to advocate ethnic awareness and
solidarity; and
WHEREAS, Ethnic-studies classes throughout the U.S. have historically taught
critical thinking, ethnic pride, and a fuller unbiased depiction of all people’s
journey in American history; and
WHEREAS, Omission of the experiences and contributions of many ethnic
minority groups has stood in the way of students’ understanding the full
spectrum of American history; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Milwaukee Public Schools participate in the economic boycott of
Arizona until SB 1070 and HB 2281 are overturned; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That this boycott include, but not be limited to, products
and services coming from Arizona, travel to Arizona, entertainment venues,
and tourist attractions; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That this boycott shall not apply to products and services
of businesses, organizations, and venues from Arizona that have taken a
position against these laws; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution is to be effective immediately upon
adoption by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
 

Friday, May 28, 2010

House Passes Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; Vote Pending in Senate

On Thursday, May 27, 2010 the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to repeal what is known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allow open homosexuality in the military.  This was added as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

Voting in favor of the repeal were Congressmen:  Obey, Moore, Kind, Kagen, and Baldwin.

Voting against the repeal were Congressmen:  Petri and Sensenbrenner

Not Voting was Congressman Ryan

A final vote is still pending in the U.S. Senate.  Wisconsin residents can share their views with their U.S. Senators.  Senator Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323 and Senator Herb Kohl at (202) 224-5653.
 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Congress Considers Overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Following the lead of President Obama, the House of Representatives is poised to vote on legislation this Thursday to repeal what is known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  If this policy is approved, it will allow for homosexuals to serve openly in the military.  Retired Chaplains have issued great concern as to how this will impact the chaplaincy ministry, veterans groups like the American Legion and VFW have gone on record for being against the change as has the Center for Military Readiness. It is being reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attempt to ram through this amendment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act straight from the floor of the House of Representatives.  You may contact your Congressmen and Senators as follows:
Congressional Phone Numbers

District                                    Name                           Phone
1                                  Paul Ryan                    (202) 225-3031
2                                  Tammy Baldwin         (202) 225-2906
3                                  Ron Kind                    (202) 225-5506
4                                  Gwen Moore               (202) 225-4572
5                                  James Sensenbrenner  (202) 225-5101
6                                  Tom Petri                    (202) 225-2476
7                                  David Obey                 (202) 225-3365
8                                  Steve Kagen                (202) 225-5665


Senate Phone Numbers
                                    Russ Feingold             (202) 224-5323
                                    Herb Kohl                   (202) 224-5653
 

Monday, May 24, 2010

UW Health Committed to Second Trimester Abortions

Although the Madison Surgery Center no longer appears to be the venue for the planned second trimester abortions approved by UW Clinics and Authority Board, according to the May 5, 2010 Capitol Times, UW Health issued a statement denying it had dropped its plans [to provide second trimester abortions].  “UW Health remains strongly committed to a comprehensive women’s reproductive health service that includes this important procedure.  All of our clinical programs are designed and implemented to best serve the needs of our patients.  Because of the sensitive nature of this clinical program, we do not consider it in the best interests of our patients to discuss the timing or location of these services.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that area women have access to a comprehensive women’s health program.”  The Wisconsin State Journal also quoted UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board chairman David Walsh that they had not gone back on their decision to offer the abortions.  To voice your concerns on this issue you may contact the following:

UW Health – UW Hospitals & Clinics
Main:  1-800-323-8942
Patient Relations:  (608) 265-0400

David Walsh
Chair of the UW Hospital Clinics Authority Board
(608) 258-4269

Donna Katen-Bahensky
President & CEO UW Health
(608) 263-8025

Ronald Gilmore
V.P. Public Affairs UW-Health
(608) 263-5800

Jeffrey Grossman
President & CEO
UW Medical Foundation
(608) 263-7013

UW Chancellor Biddy Martin
(608) 262-9946

UW Office, Board of Regents
(608) 262-2324
 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wisconsin Legislative Session Ends

The 2009-2010 Legislative Session is now done.  Here are several updates we bring to your attention:

Assembly Resolution 21 (AR-21) & SR-11 – Introduced 4/8/10 - authorize the Attorney General to file or join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, the Govt takeover of healthcare (Efforts to give the Attorney General such authorization have failed in the Senate 18-15 and failed in Assembly 51-44)

AJR-123 – Introduced 4/8/10 by Reps. Kessler and Pasch requesting that the Attorney General join in defending Obamacare.  (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

SJR-62 – Healthcare Freedom Amendment – A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or participate in any health care system or plan (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

AJR-109 & SJR 61 – A constitutional amendment that places major restrictions on the use of partial vetoes by the Governor in appropriations bills, saying if he strikes any part of a section of the bill, he must strike the whole section.  (SJR-61 passed the Senate on April 13th 21-12 vote / SJR-61 passed the Assembly April 20th on a 50-48 vote.  Because this is a proposed constitutional amendment, it will have to be passed again next session by both houses and then forwarded to the voters to be decided by a referendum)

AB-480, AB-481, SB-337 & SB-344 – Expanding hate crimes in Wisconsin to include gender and giving extra penalty enhancers (AB-480 & AB-481 passed Assembly; The Senate took no action, therefore legislation is dead)

SB-460 & AB-653 – Expedited Partner Therapy (The Senate passed SB-460 on a 17- 15 party line.  SB-460 passed the Assembly 51-46.  All Republicans voted in opposition, all Democrats voted in favor except Rep. Ziegalbauer who voted against it)

AB-649 & SB-450 – Global Warming Bill
 (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

AB-751 & SB-549 – Electing President by National Popular Vote
            Surrendering our Electoral Votes to whoever wins the national popular vote (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

AB-440 & SB-115 – Licensing of Dieticians (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

SB-279 & AB 408 – A new ethanol mandate for Wisconsin (original bill 31 pages with multiple amendments.  SB-279 passed Senate 25-8 and was passed by the Assembly 67-31 on April 20th.  The bill now goes to the govern for his signature)

SB-295 – Allow kids to perform in taverns and nightclubs (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

SB-368 & AB-554 – The legalization for marijuana use for medical purposes (On Tuesday, April 20th the author of the legislation, Mark Pocan told his supporters the legislature would not be able to act on this legislation this session – this legislation is now dead)

SB-585 & AB-831 – Prohibits discrimination against an employee who declines to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer or his representative in which the primary purpose is to communicate opinions about religious or political matters.  We are told that a Christian bookstore that is not a part of a church would not be exempt from this law. (SB-585 was passed by the Senate on 4/15/10, It was passed by the Assembly on 4/22/10 by a vote of 52- 46)

SB-640 & AB-895 – Change Election laws in Wisconsin – (No action taken – this legislation now dead)

AB-828 Of concern to many comes under a section entitled, “Health Care” (Page 2). In this section it says:
“The bill allows an advanced practice nurse prescriber to examine, diagnose, and treat a minor with a sexually transmitted disease without obtaining the parent’s or guardian’s consent and relieves the advanced practice nurse prescriber from civil liability for not having that consent.”  (Bolded emphasis added)

Amendment 1 was drafted to eliminate this section of the Bill.  (On April 20th AB- 828 was passed including the amendment to strike the offensive language above from the legislation.  AB-828 along with the passed amendment now goes to the Senate. The Senate took no action, therefore the legislation is now dead).

AB-193 – Privilege of Self Defense – (Passed Assembly on April 15th by a vote of 68-29, the Senate did not act, therefore the legislation is now dead)


AB-578 – Requires the Dept. of Health Services to set up rules to specify what cleaning products and equipment can be used in cleaning public buildings and schools including private schools.  The products include restroom cleaners, general purpose cleaners, hand soap, vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors.  (AB-578 was tabled by the Assembly on April 20th, no further action taken, it is now dead)

AB-279 – Registration of Livestock Premises – Current law generally requires a person who keeps livestock to register that location with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  That person must also provide information about the type of livestock kept and the type of livestock operation being conducted at each location.  The DATCP assign a premise identification code to each location that is registered.  This Bill, AB-279 makes the livestock premises registration program voluntary.  (A Public Hearing on AB-279 is was held Monday, April 19th however no action was taken.  The legislation is now dead.)

High speed rail – the Joint Finance Committee approved spending $810 million of federal stimulus money for high speed rail between Milwaukee and the Madison airport.  The state will need an additional 7.6 million in operating expenses each year to cover the cost of the project (AB-282 for the creation of Regional Transit Authorities – no final action taken, legislation is now dead)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wisconsin Senate Confirms Controversial Appointment

Moments ago, the Wisconsin Senate confirmed Roger Axtell to continue serving on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board. This confirmation comes despite Mr. Axtell’s voting to approve the Madison Surgery Center killing babies during their 2nd trimester. The vote cast today was 18-15 to approve the confirmation. Speaking in opposition to the appointment, Senator Grothman reminded senators of Mr. Axtell's support for 2nd trimester abortions. Speaking in support of Mr. Axtell, Senator Erpenbach called this "a petty attack on a really good man". Senator Luther Olsen stated, "I feel bad we would tarnish him."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wisconsin Senate Contemplates Controversial Appointment

Just over a year ago, the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board voted to approve the killing of babies in their 2nd trimester at the Madison Surgery Center.  Although these atrocities have not yet begun, one of those who served on this board voting in favor of allowing the Madison Surgery Center to conduct 2nd trimester abortions was Roger Axtell.  Late Wednesday afternoon, April 21st the Wisconsin Senate announced they will be voting on re-appointing Roger Axtell to serve on this board until July 1, 2015.  The Wisconsin State Senate will reconvene on Thursday, April 22nd at 11am.  On Thursday, they will decide whether or not to reappoint Roger Axtell for another 5 years.  To contact your Senators on this issue you may call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  Or follow this link: http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx


 

One Day Left in Wiscosnin Legislative Session

This is the final floor period week for the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate.  Both bodies will again meet on April 22nd.  They are rapidly passing and considering hundreds of Bills in this short period.  Here are several updates we bring to your attention:

Assembly Resolution 21 (AR-21) – Introduced 4/8/10 - authorize the Attorney General to file or join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, the Govt takeover of healthcare (Efforts to give the Attorney General such authorization have failed)

AJR-123 – Introduced 4/8/10 by Reps. Kessler and Pasch requesting that the Attorney General join in defending Obamacare.  (Final action still pending)

SJR-62 – Healthcare Freedom Amendment – A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or participate in any health care system or plan (Final action still pending)

AJR-109 & SJR 61 – A constitutional amendment that places major restrictions on the use of partial vetoes by the Governor in appropriations bills, saying if he strikes any part of a section of the bill, he must strike the whole section.  (SJR-61 passed the Senate on April 13th 21-12 vote / SJR-61 passed the Assembly April 20th on a 50-48 vote.  Because this is a proposed constitutional amendment, it will have to be passed again next session by both houses and then forwarded to the voters to be decided by a referendum)

AB-480, AB-481, SB-337 & SB-344 – Expanding hate crimes in Wisconsin to include gender and giving extra penalty enhancers (AB-480 & AB-481 has already passed Assembly just waiting for final action in the Senate)

SB-460 & AB-653 – Expedited Partner Therapy (The Senate passed SB-460 on a 17- 15 party line.  SB-460 is scheduled to be voted on in the Assembly on Thursday, April 22nd)

AB-649 & SB-450 – Global Warming Bill
            State Rep. Jim Ott states, “Mandating that Wisconsin produce 25% of our electricity from expensive renewables by 2025 is an outrage.  We are only at 5% today, and utilities will struggle to reach our current mandate of 10% of 2015.  The claim of the bill’s authors that it will reduce costs for consumers is pure fiction.  In Iowa and Minnesota utilities have already requested rate increases of 14% and 19% respectively, following the recent adoption of renewable standards.  Setting a goal that Wisconsin reduces its overall electricity consumption by 2% annually by 2015 sends a message that job growth and commerce are not welcome in Wisconsin. Knowing the negative impact this will have on business many of the municipal chambers of commerce are in opposition to the legislation as is the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, the Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Retail Council. (The Assembly delayed action on AB-649 until Thursday, April 22nd, the last day of the legislative floor period)

AB-751 & SB-549 – Electing President by National Popular Vote
            Surrendering our Electoral Votes to whoever wins the national popular vote (action still pending)

AB-440 & SB-115 – Licensing of Dieticians – opponents have said this is a dangerously restrictive bill and will jeopardize your access to a wide variety of nutritional healthcare practitioners.  They state this will destroy the practices of nutritionists who are not dieticians licensed by the state.  Health food stores would only be allowed to give general nutritional information, but for others, one must be a dietician or medical practitioner to be able to recommend any nutritional care therapy.  Greatly opposed by the Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition.  It essence it limits who can discuss and teach about nutrition and limits what can be said (Final action still pending)

SB-279 & AB 408 – A new ethanol mandate for Wisconsin (original bill 31 pages with multiple amendments.  SB-279 passed Senate 25-8 and was passed by the Assembly 67-31 on April 20th.  The bill now goes to the govern for his signature)

SB-295 – Allow kids to perform in taverns and nightclubs (Final action still pending)

SB-368 & AB-554 – The legalization for marijuana use for medical purposes (On Tuesday, April 20th the author of the legislation, Mark Pocan told his supporters the legislature would not be able to act on this legislation this session)

SB-585 & AB-831 – Prohibits discrimination against an employee who declines to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer or his representative in which the primary purpose is to communicate opinions about religious or political matters.  We are told that a Christian bookstore that is not a part of a church would not be exempt from this law. (SB-585 was passed by the Senate on 4/15/10, it is scheduled to be voted on in the Assembly on April 22nd)

SB-640 & AB-895 – Change Election laws in Wisconsin – allowing on-line registration, changes to how electors are challenged, allowing municipalities to set up satellite absentee ballot stations for early voting.  Senator Grothman said these stations apparently could be done in college dorms, outside of bars or other inappropriate locals.  Automatic motor-voter registration of everyone who gets a driver’s license, yet to require someone have to show the photo from a driver’s license to vote is against the law  Further Senator Grothman indicated this bill will force local municipalities to hire speakers of a foreign language if at least 5% of the adults in their district are not English proficient.  Some have also dubbed this the ACORN Assistance Act due to a last minute amendment given by Senator Lena Taylor that would give a nationally focused non profit community organizing group access to the entire Dept. of Transportation database to help people register to vote. This database used to belong only to the State of Wisconsin, but now would be open to groups in the entire country.  Rep. Roth asked the attorney present if this meant such an organization could include the Democratic Party, or ACORN and its subsidiaries and the attorney admitted those types of groups would apply the way the amendment is worded.
(No action was taken on AB-895 by the Assembly.  Election laws issue still pending)

AB-828 Of concern to many comes under a section entitled, “Health Care” (Page 2). In this section it says:
“The bill allows an advanced practice nurse prescriber to examine, diagnose, and treat a minor with a sexually transmitted disease without obtaining the parent’s or guardian’s consent and relieves the advanced practice nurse prescriber from civil liability for not having that consent.”  (Bolded emphasis added)

While parents give written consent for a school to give Tylenol to their children, the above would allow an advanced practice nurse (even in schools) to examine and treat a child with a STD without the parents even knowing and then removing them from any civil liability for that treatment.
Amendment 1 was drafted to eliminate this section of the Bill.  (On April 20th AB- 828 was passed including the amendment to strike the offensive language above from the legislation.  AB-828 along with the passed amendment now goes to the Senate).

AB-193 – Privilege of Self Defense – (Passed Assembly on April 15th by a vote of 68-29, AB-193 is yet pending in the Senate)


AB-578 – Requires the Dept. of Health Services to set up rules to specify what cleaning products and equipment can be used in cleaning public buildings and schools including private schools.  The products include restroom cleaners, general purpose cleaners, hand soap, vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors.  (AB-578 was tabled by the Assembly on April 20th)

AB-279 – Registration of Livestock Premises – Current law generally requires a person who keeps livestock to register that location with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  That person must also provide information about the type of livestock kept and the type of livestock operation being conducted at each location.  The DATCP assign a premise identification code to each location that is registered.  This Bill, AB-279 makes the livestock premises registration program voluntary.  (A Public Hearing on AB-279 is was held Monday, April 19th however no action was taken.  The chair of the Agriculture Committee is Amy Sue Vruwink.  Her number is 1-888-534-0070.)

High speed rail – the Joint Finance Committee approved spending $810 million of federal stimulus money for high speed rail between Milwaukee and the Madison airport.  The state will need an additional 7.6 million in operating expenses each year to cover the cost of the project (AB-282 for the creation of Regional Transit Authorities is still pending)

To contact your legislators on any of these issues you may use the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  You may also follow this link: http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

To learn more you may also check out these websites:

www.wicapitolwatch.com  and click on 2009-2010 Bills of interest

To read any of these bills, follow this link and type the bill number into the designated area: