Monday, November 14, 2011

Ashland City Council Considers Ban on Prayer

The Ashland Current reports in this article  that Ashland Mayor Whalen has been urged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to stop prayer at Council Meetings. This matter came before the Council on November 8th which has tabled this issue until their December 6th meeting. 

The question is this, “Should the Mayor and City Council of Ashland ban prayer at the City Council Meetings as requested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?” You can share your views with the Mayor and Council using the contact numbers listed here .  (Remember the area code is “715”.)
 

Important Public Hearings This Week

Two important Public Hearings are being held this week on two separate bills:

Assembly Bill 337  – “Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act” peels back the Planned Parenthood Human Growth & Development Mandates passed in the last session.  This bill enables school districts to have an abstinence centered curriculum. Specifically, this legislation will: 1) present abstinence as the preferred behavior choice for unmarried pupils; 2) emphasize that abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections; 3) provide instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage; 4) explain pregnancy, prenatal development and childbirth; 5) explain the criminal penalties for underage sexual activity; and 6) explain the sex offender registration requirements.

The Assembly Committee on Education has called for a Public Hearing on AB-337 Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00am in Room 417 North in the State Capitol.  To contact members of this committee you may click here .  You may also contact your own legislators here  or call 1-800-362-9472.

Assembly Bill 154  prohibits coverage of abortions through health plans sold through exchanges.  The Assembly Committee on Insurance has scheduled a Public Hearing on AB-154 on Thursday, November 17th at 10:00am in Room 417 North in the State Capitol.  To contact members of the Insurance Committee you may click here .  You may also contact your own legislators here  or call 1-800-362-9472.
 

Friday, November 11, 2011

WI Governor Comes Under Fire For Recognizing Christmas

The Racine Journal Times reported in this article  that Governor “Walker said the evergreen decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star in the center of Wisconsin’s Capitol Rotunda is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as it’s been called for the past 25 years.” 

The article also pointed out that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed using the term “Christmas tree” saying “it offends nonreligious people and amounts to a government endorsement of Christianity.”    Annie Laurie Gaylor, the president of the group, “called Walker’s decision rude and insensitive to non-Christians.”

The Governor’s spokesman Cullen Werwie said, “It’s a Christmas tree.  In all honesty, I don’t know what more to say about it.”

To commend Governor Walker you may call his office at (608) 266-1212.
 

Sen Kohl Votes to Repeal DOMA

On November 10th Senator Herb Kohl cast a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of S.598 to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Passage by the Committee of S.598 to repeal of DOMA now propels the matter to the entire Senate.

To share your views with Senator Kohl you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5653
Appleton (920) 738-1640
Eau Claire (715) 832-8424
La Crosse (608) 796-0045
Madison (608) 264-5338
Milwaukee (414) 297-4451
Anywhere statewide:  1-800-247-5645

To share your views with Senator Ron Johnson you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5323
Oshkosh (920) 230-7250
Milwaukee (414) 276-7282
 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Senate Judiciary Committee Delays Vote to Repeal DOMA

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided during their November 3rd business meeting to hold over their vote on S.598, a bill to repeal DOMA (See below) until their next meeting.  The Committee has re-scheduled their vote for this Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10am Eastern Time.  Senator Kohl sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  To share your views with Senator Kohl, you may use the numbers in the previous post.
 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sen. Kohl to vote on repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

S.598  is the so-called, “Respect for Marriage Act”.  The legislation is misnamed because if passed it would repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.  Sen. Kohl is presently a co-sponsor of this legislation.  The committee he sits on, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be voting this Thursday morning, November 3rd to repeal DOMA.

To share your views with Senator Kohl you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5653
Appleton (920) 738-1640
Eau Claire (715) 832-8424
La Crosse (608) 796-0045
Madison (608) 264-5338
Milwaukee (414) 297-4451
Anywhere statewide:  1-800-247-5645

If passed in the Judiciary Committee it will go before the full Senate.  To share your views with Senator Ron Johnson you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5323
Oshkosh (920) 230-7250
Milwaukee (414) 276-7282
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Challenged

Many parents across the state were outraged at the so called “Health Youth Act” which banned any school district from providing an abstinence only curriculum in human growth and development.  Legislation to rollback Planned Parenthood’s plans for the classroom was introduced as SB-237 .  This Bill will be voted on in the Senate Education Committee, Thursday, October 27th at 9:00am in Room 400 Southeast in the State Capitol.  You may contact the Committee members with your views by clicking here

Companion legislation has now been introduced in the Assembly as AB-337 .  It has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.  You may contact these committee members with your views by clicking here .
 

Expanding Liquor Retail Sales Hours Advances

On Tuesday, October 25th the Wisconsin Assembly passed on a voice vote, AB-63 (see below) which enables retailers to begin selling beer and intoxicating liquor at 6:00am (unless a community passes more stringent measures).  AB-63 now advances to the Wisconsin Senate which is slated to take up this Bill and vote on it during the afternoon of Thursday, October 27th.  Those who wish to contact their Senators regarding this may do so by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Green Bay City Council Rejects Domestic Partner Benefits

Last night the Green Bay City Council voted 7-4 to block a move by Alderman Ned Dorff to grant new special benefits to the domestic partners of city employees.

Voting in favor of granting these new special benefits were:  Aldermen Amy Kocha, Dan Haefs, Ned Dorff & Brian Danzinger

Voting against the expansion of benefits were:  Aldermen Tom DeWane, Andy Nicholson, Tony Theisen, Chris Wery, Guy Zima, Steve Deneys & Pat buckley.
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Senate Committee Advances Expanded Liquor Sales Bill

On a 4-1 vote today, the Senate Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations Committee advanced SB-44, legislation which increases the number of hours that retailers can sell beer and intoxicating liquor.  An amendment  was also passed enabling municipalities to impose more restrictive hours than those provided in the Bill.  SB-44  will now advance to the full Senate.  It’s companion legislation, AB-63  also passed recently in Committee and is also advanced to the full Assembly. To share your views with legislators you may use the Legislative Hotline at 1-800- 362-9472.  For direct numbers or to find out who your legislators are, you may click here .
 

Friday, September 30, 2011

WI Senate Committee Upcoming Vote to Expand Liquor Sales

The Senate Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations Committee will be voting on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00am on SB-44 .  This legislation increases by two hours every day the number of hours that retailers can sell beer and intoxicating liquor.  This will allow such sales beginning at 6:00am.  If passed, the measure will move on to the full Senate. Your views on SB-44 can be expressed to the following Senators who make up this Committee:

Sen. Zipperer (Chair) 1-800-863-8883
Sen. Kedzie (Vice-Chair) 1-800-578-1457
Sen. Galloway 1-877-496-0472
Sen. Risser (608) 266-1627
Sen. Erpenbach 1-888-549-0027

The Assembly version of this Bill, AB-63 passed out of Committee 5-2 on September 13th.  You may also contact your own Senator regarding SB-44 or your Assemblyman regarding AB-63  using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Green Bay Council Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Green Bay Alderman Ned Dorff requested that the Green Bay City Council approve the same insurance benefits to registered domestic partners as are given to legally married couples. 

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette , Dorff told the members of the Personnel Committee that the city is wrong to provide such benefits to married men and women, but not to gay couples calling the current policy, “discriminatory”. 

According to the September 27, 2011 minutes from the Personnel Committee Ald. Dorff indicated that the way the benefits are set up now “doesn’t necessarily attract the best employees.” Beyond health benefits, Ald. Dorff also believes that granting additional benefits are also in order including, “bereavement, sick leave, or anything that married couples currently enjoy.”

Also pushing for this new special benefit was Alderwoman Amy Kocha who said it was “the moral thing to do.”

  The Personnel Committee voted 3-0 against granting these new benefits.  The measure now moves to the full City Council which next meets on Tuesday, October 4th.  To share your views you may contact the Green Bay City Council members here .
 

Friday, September 9, 2011

WI Assembly Committee Considers Expanding Liquor Sales

Wisconsin has a drinking problem. One can hardly look at a newspaper without reading of arrests for OWI or innocent people being killed by drunkards. Marriages are being torn apart and families are being shattered by alcohol. Divorce, separation, spousal abuse and child abuse all are impacted by alcohol consumption. While all these things are true, the Wisconsin State Assembly is considering the passage of AB-63 which allows for the expansion of hours that retailers are able to sell beer and liquor. Present law allows such retail sales beginning at 8am, and this new proposal moves it up by 2 hours to 6am? Is it really necessary to increase the hours for beer and alcohol to be sold by 6am?

AB-63 will be voted on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30am in Room 328 Northwest of the State Capitol by the committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs. If they pass it, it will move on to the full State Assembly. You may contact the members of this Committee with your views as follows:
Rep. Van Roy (Chair) 1-888-534-0090
Rep. Kuglitsch (Vice-Chair) 1-888-534-0084
Rep. Ballweg 1-888-534-0041
Rep. August 1-888-529-0032
Rep. Kooyenga 1-888-534-0014
Rep. Danou 1-888-534-0091
Rep. Zamarripa 1-888-534-0008
Rep. Bewley 1-888-534-0074

You may also share your views with your own Representative (and Senator) using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Important Public Hearing This Week

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Ethics will be holding a Public Hearing this Thursday, August 18th at 11:00am in room 417 North in the State Capitol. Members of the public are invited to speak out on:
Assembly Joint Resolution 26  – relating to deleting from the constitution the offices of secretary of state and treasurer (first consideration); and
Assembly Bill 153  – which fines legislators $500 per day for absence without leave from a legislative session.

In addition to these two items, this Committee will also vote on Assembly Bill 69   relating to the privilege of self-defense.

You may contact member of the committee here .  To share your views with your Assemblyman you may call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to Sign Domestic Partner Benefits Bill

With looming deficits and moral decay increasing, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office announced this morning that he will be signing the Domestic Partner Benefits Resolution this afternoon at 3:00pm.  To share your views you may call the County Executive’s Office at (414) 278-4211.
 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Milwaukee County Board Forces Taxpayers to Fund New Benefits

Despite a looming $55 million shortfall for 2012, on Thursday, July 28th the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on a 13-5 vote approved a measure championed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to force County taxpayers to fund domestic partner benefits for Milwaukee County Employees.

Supervisors voting in favor of this new benefit include:  Eyon Biddle, Gerry Broderick, Lynne De Bruin, Marina Dimitrijevic, Jason Haas, Nikiya Harris, Lee Holloway, Willie Johnson, Patricia Jursik, Theo Lipscomb, Peggy Romo West, Johnny Thomas & John Weishan.

Supervisors voting against the new benefit include:  Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt.

The new benefits take effect January 1, 2012.
 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It’s Official: Milwaukee County Board Considers Domestic Partner Benefits.

At the behest of Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Abele, today a contingent  of Milwaukee County Supervisors introduced a Resolution  to offer a new benefit to Milwaukee County Employees – Domestic Partner Benefits. Despite the fact that statewide public employees are seeing their benefit structure readjusted and reduced, Milwaukee County is proposing this new additional benefit. 

This benefit would be offered to unmarried same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partners.

In an article  that appeared earlier this month in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County could face a $51 million budget shortfall next year.  To deal with this the County Executive said he would not rule out wage cuts or layoffs.  While those pushing the benefit state they project approximately 1% of County employees to take this benefit (low estimate compared to two years ago when the estimate was 3% at  $4 million), still the initial year’s cost is anticipated to be approximately three- quarters of a million dollars.

Board Chairman Lee Holloway has referred this matter to the Finance & Audit Committee (which next meets July 21st) and the Personnel Committee (which next meets July 22nd).  If passed by the Committee it will move to the full County Board. You may contact all members of the Finance Committee here .   And you may contact all members of the Personnel Committee here .  You may also contact all Supervisors here .  Or you may call them at (414) 278-4222.
 

WI Legislators Introduce Penalty Enhances For Crimes Based on “Gender”

To further assist the LGBT Agenda, Senators Coggs, Risser, and Taylor have introduced Senate Bill 145 .  Co-sponsors of the legislation include Representatives Berceau, Sinicki, Spanbauer and Pocan.  Senate Bill 145 will add “an enhanced penalty” for certain crimes if the person committing the crime intentionally selects the victim based on his or her belief or perception of the victim’s “gender”.  It also “creates a civil cause of action for a person who suffers physical, emotional, or economic harm as a result of a gender-based act.”  This bill has been placed in the Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations .  To share your views you may contact the Committee Members and also contact your own Senator and Representative at 1-800-362-9472.  To find out who your legislators are and their contact numbers, you may click here .
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

United Way in Wisconsin Under Fire For Referring Raped Teens to Planned Parenthood

“The United Way in Wisconsin is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for launching a new campaign to raise awareness about statutory rape that refers teens and young women to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.”  See this LifeNews.com article .
 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Baseball: America’s Sport Celebrates Homosexuality

Thinking of heading to a game across the border?  The Chicago Cubs have created a video celebrate you whether you’re “gay or straight”.  See the story .
 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Madison VA Celebrates LGBT Pride Day

The William S Middleton VA Hospital in Madison is making an all out effort to celebrate homosexuality.  The EEO Committee is presenting Veterans Administration -LGBT Pride Day in Madison at an event being held Friday, June 17th at 10:30am in the VA Auditorium.  This event features Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin who they bill as being "the first woman from Wisconsin, the first out lesbian, and the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress".  Following the presentation they will have a rainbow sherbet social.  They welcome veterans, families, staff and their friends to celebrate VA Pride.  Whether you’re a veteran or a concerned taxpayer you may contact the William S Middleton VA with your views regarding this event.  The toll free number is 1-888-478-8321.  You may also contact Deborah Thompson the Director of the Center at (608) 280-7091.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

La Crosse Mayor Vetoes Attempt to Decriminalize Possessing Some Marijuana

On Tuesday afternoon, June 14th the La Crosse Mayor, Matt Harter vetoed a measure passed by the La Crosse Common Council to decriminalize possessing up to 7 grams of marijuana.  The La Crosse Tribune reports the story here .  The Common Council will decide whether or not to consider overriding the mayor’s veto.  You may contact the La Crosse Common Council with your views at (608) 789-7510 or by sending an email to them at this link .
 

New Milwaukee County Exec Pushes Domestic Partner Benefits

Chris Abele, the new Milwaukee County Executive issued a press release  Monday that he would work with the County Board toward adopting an ordinance that would extend health care and other benefits to domestic partners of Milwaukee County employees. In 2009 Scott Walker issued a veto for measure to study the issue. According to this article , Abele said he would move ahead with the type of benefits package that Walker rejected. 

Residents of Milwaukee County should share their views with Mr. Abele at (414) 278-4211 or by emailing him at:  countyexec@milwcnty.com  .  Further, it is vital to contact your own Milwaukee County Supervisor you may do so following this link . (This same link can be used to find out who is your Supervisor).
 

West Bend School Board President Reverses Vote: Grants Approval to Gay Straight Alliance

West Bend School Board President Randy Marquardt reversed his earlier vote and granted approval for a Gay Straight Alliance to receive official recognition as a school-sponsored club.  The final vote for approval was 4-3.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article , Marquardt said he was “still opposed giving the group club status but said he did not believe a legal fight was in the district’s interest.”
 

Monday, June 13, 2011

West Bend School Board to Vote on Gay Straight Alliance

Tonight the West Bend School Board will be deciding whether or not to approve a Gay Straight Alliance Application for recognition as a school-sponsored club.  The Board had earlier defeated such a measure and it is coming back for a vote tonight. The West Bend School Board will be meeting at 7:15pm at the Badger Middle School Cafeteria, 727 South 6th Avenue in West Bend.  To get a message to the school board you may call (262) 335-5435.  For individual school board members names, phone numbers and email click here .


 

Friday, June 10, 2011

La Crosse Common Council Votes to De-criminalize Possessing Some Marijuana

Despite the growing evidence of the harmful effects of marijuana use, during the Thursday, June 9, 2011 La Crosse Common Council meeting, the Common Council voted 11-4 to de-criminalize first offenders who possessed up to 7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as a municipal offense rather than a criminal charge.  You can read the story here .

The issue now goes to Mayor Mathias Harter who will have to decide whether or not to veto this ordinance.  He has until 5:00pm Tuesday, June 14th to make his decision. 

To share with Mayor Harter your views you may call his office at (608) 789-7500 or email him at:  harterm@cityoflacrosse.org

You may also share your views/concerns with the La Crosse Common Council at (608) 789-7510 or you may email all the Council members here .
 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Appleton Diversity Coordinator Pushes Council to Use Tax Dollars for Businesses to Prove They’re LGBT Friendly

The city of Appleton, WI has a full-time Diversity Coordinator located in the Mayor’s office.  According to the city’s website, “This position was established in 1997 by the Appleton Police Department to proactively address issues in the community that affected culturally diverse populations.”

However this program now goes beyond “cultural” diversity to additionally focus on sexual preference and using tax dollars in the process.

The Appleton Common Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee received a proposal from Kathy Flores, Appleton’s Diversity Coordinator, during their April 25th Committee meeting.  Her proposal was to adopt a “Welcome + Inclusive Campaign” for Downtown Appleton in hopes that “all diversity groups feel welcome to the City of Appleton”.  Flores is seeking to market and brand Appleton “as supportive of diversity”. They will seek to get downtown businesses, organizations, churches and schools to support their effort and those that indicate they will sign a pledge will receive a window cling to display.  The proposal is that these window clings will be paid for in part by taxpayer dollars.

In their proposal they indicated the Buying Power of various ethnic groups including Hispanic, African American, Native America, and Asian American.  They also presented the buying power of Lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgenders which they say is “expected to hit $2 Trillion by 2012”.  They also site, “Gay consumers can be very loyal to specific brands, wishing to support companies that support the gay community and also provide equal rights for LGBT workers.”

Those businesses that sign the pledge not only get the window cling, but “The Diversity Coordinator will work with local Human Resource departments as they recruit and retain diverse employees.

Their proposal to Alderman also included a sheet that described what Businesses and Organizations can do to foster a “Welcome + Inclusive Environment”.  In their suggestions, they suggest that businesses, churches, schools and organizations “use inclusive language when advertising.  Instead of ‘husband/wife’, use ‘partner or significant other’.  They also encourage that these groups have a gender option bathroom that includes ‘unisex’.  Further they encourage businesses, churches & schools to “hire diverse staff”.  (Emphasis added)  The full proposal can be read here .

At the end of discussion the Committee voted to send this back to the staff for more work.  However this issue will come back again before the Committee.  The Community and Economic Development Committee will meet next on June 6th and again on June 20th.  Should this pass out of Committee it would go before the full Appleton Common Council.  To express your views you may contact the Committee members below as well as to your own Alderman.

Members of this Committee include:
Peter Stueck, Chair – (920) 735-1888
James Clemons, Vice-Chair – (920) 749-9298
Jeffrey Jirschele – (920) 739-9532
Cathy Spears – (920) 730-1091
Christoph Wahl – (920) 731-2170

Or, you may leave a message for the Committee by calling the City Clerk at (920) 832-6447.  For additional contact information including email, click here .
 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Public Hearing Set to Opt Wisconsin out of Abortion Coverage in Nationalized Healthcare

On Wednesday, May 25th the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue will conduct a Public Hearing on SB-92 , which prohibits coverage of abortion through health plans sold through exchanges. 

The Hearing begins at 9:00am and will be held in Room 411 South at the State Capitol.  You may attend the Public Hearing, you may also contact the specific Committee members here  or by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472
 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Voter ID Discussed on WVCY-TV

An interview was conducted with State Representative Don Pridemore on the topic of Voter ID.  This interview was aired live, Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:00pm.  The legislature is poised soon to vote on this legislation.  You may share your views with your Representatives at 1-800-362-9472.  You may watch the interview here  to learn more about this issue.
 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wisconsin Governor & Lieutenant Governor Appear on In Focus

Recently on In Focus, Jim Schneider interviewed Governor Scott Walker (4/18/11). You can watch the interview here

An interview was also conducted with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (4/11/11).  You can watch the interview here
 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Special Elections, Tuesday, May 3 – Assembly Districts 60, 83 & 94

Tuesday, May 3rd is Election Day for those who live in Assembly Districts 60, 83, &
94 which include the following areas:

Assembly District 60
Portions of Ozaukee County - Saukville, Port Washington, Cedarburg, Grafton, Part
of Mequon
Portion of Washington County

Assembly District 83
Portions of Waukesha, Walworth & Racine Counties

Assembly District 94
A good portion of La Crosse County and a portion of Monroe County

For voting information, location, sample ballot, etc. visit the website:
http://www.yourwisconsinvote.org

Monday, February 21, 2011

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

On Friday, February 18, 2011 - By a vote of 240-185 the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood for this current fiscal year.  It was added as an amendment to H.R. 1, the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011.

The Wisconsin Delegation voting in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood included:  Representatives Duffy, Petri, Ribble, Ryan & Sensenbrenner.

Wisconsin Delegation voting against included:  Representatives Baldwin, Kind and Moore

This legislation will make it’s way to the Senate for consideration.  You may share your views with your senators as follow:

Senator Johnson – (202) 224-5323
Senator Kohl – (202) 224-5653
 

Budget Repair Bill

To read the budget repair bill, click here

To contact your legislators with your views click here

Or use the legislative Hotline – 1-800-362-9472
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

WI Primary – Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Wisconsin Primary is Tuesday, February 15, 2011.  Votes will go to the polls to cast ballots to narrow the field of candidates for the April 5th General Election.  Each municipality will have a variety of issues.  Some will vote on school board seats, aldermen, mayors, trustees, county supervisors, county executives and possible referendum questions.  To view a sample ballot or to know your polling location, visit this link:  https://vpa.wi.gov/

One statewide race is on the ballot, that is for a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice who will be elected to a 10-year term.  To obtain non-partisan information on those running for this office, you may visit this link:  http://www.yourwisconsinvote.org/

Please vote prayerfully!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Prayer Challenged at Marshfield City Council

According to the Marshfield News Herald the Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint with the city of Marshfield urging the City Council to discontinue the practice of prayer at their meetings, claiming “the prayers violate the constitutional principle of separation between church and state”.  According to the article, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation” said, “’We don’t want them to be praying at all,’ adding that no prayer during meetings would ensure the council is in compliance with the Constitution.” You can read the full article at this link: http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20110204/MNH0101/102040629/1732&located=rss

Marshfield Residents can be in contact with their elected officials as follows:

Mayor Chris Meyer (715) 384-2919
City Clerk (715) 486-2023

Aldermen:
#1 - Michael Feirer (715) 384-4581
#2 - Alanna Feddick (715) 305-1877
#3 - Dave LaFontaine (715) 384-9193
#4 - Gordon Earll (715) 387-4214
#5 - Ed Wagner (715) 387-1857
#6 - Russell Stauber (715) 384-9635
#7 - Gary Cummings (715) 384-9060
#8 - John Spiros (715) 389-2640
#9 - Tom Buttke (715) 384-2261
#10 - Peter Hendler (715) 384-7671
 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Oshkosh Mayor Interested in Installing Video Gambling Machines - Public Invited to Speak

The Oshkosh Northwestern reports that Paul Esslinger, Mayor of Oshkosh wants to discuss installing video gambling machines in the Lakeshore Golf Course Clubhouse. The article points out that “The machines are illegal under state law, but local police and sheriff’s departments do not have jurisdiction to enforce gambling laws with regard to them.”  The mayor was quoted as saying, “We’re desperately looking for new sources of revenue and I think this would be a great source of revenue.”  You can read the full article here: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110124/OSH0101/101240374/Mayor- wants-to-discuss-installing-video-gambling-machines

The Oshkosh Common Council has listed this as item #29 on the agenda at their Common Council meeting, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Oshkosh City Hall. These video gambling machines are listed on the agenda as, “Amusement Machines”. 

This Common Council meeting will allow the citizens to speak on this issue.  If there is support at the Tuesday Common Council meeting, the Mayor plans to forward the idea to the Parks Advisory Board.

Besides speaking at this meeting Tuesday night, citizens of Oshkosh can also contact the members of the Oshkosh City Council as follows:

Mayor Paul Esslinger – (920) 426-9750
Deputy Mayor Jessica King (920) 376-0706
Steve Cummings – (920) 231-5692
Steve Herman - (920) 573-0799
Tony Palmeri - (920) 235-1116
Bob Poeschl – (920) 312-0529
Burk Tower – (920) 426-3236

Residents may also contact the City Attorney, Lynn Lorenson with concerns at (920) 236-5115
 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Voter ID Bill to Have Public Hearing

A Public Hearing will be conducted on Wisconsin Senate Bill 6 a Bill which would require the showing of photo ID in order to vote.  The full text of the SB-6 can be found at:  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/SB-6.pdf

The Public Hearing will be held Wednesday, January 26th at 10:00am in Room 411 South at the State Capitol.  You may appear at the Public Hearing to express your views.  You may also contact your Senators using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800- 362-9472.
 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Legislation Introduced to Deny Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana has introduced H.R. 217 “The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act” which would block funds to organizations that perform abortions.  In his press release he stated,

“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion.  It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.

"Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts.  During that same time, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions.

“The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.

“The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions.  It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.

"I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors of this important legislation and look forward to voting to enact the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.”

Three congressmen from Wisconsin are among those who are co-sponsors of H.R. 217.  They include:  Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble. 

You may contact your Wisconsin Congressmen with your views on this legislation as follows:

Paul Ryan                    (202) 225-3031
Tammy Baldwin         (202) 225-2906
Ron Kind                    (202) 225-5506
Gwen Moore               (202) 225-4572
James Sensenbrenner(202) 225-5101
Tom Petri                    (202) 225-2476
Sean Duffy                  (202) 225-3365
Reid Ribble                 (202) 225-5665