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Local Lawmaker Places Blame for Dead Mining Legislation

Sen. Alberta Darling says the state missed a real chance at creating hundreds of jobs, while Democrats rejoice over the rejected bill.

Legislation that would have streamlined a new iron mine in northern Wisconsin appears dead, and local lawmakers have begun the finger pointing.

Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills issued a statement Wednesday saying the Senate missed its chance to create an environment for hundreds if not thousands of good paying jobs, when it rejected the bill.

“I am amazed to see senators, who have watched for years as MMSD dumped raw sewage into Lake Michigan, raise environmental concerns over a bill that provides real protections for the water near the proposed mine,” said Darling who represents Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Fox Point and Menomonee Falls. “I will continue to look for real solutions, but I fear the Democrats in the Senate feel it's more important for Scott Walker to lose his job than it is to provide jobs to thousands of folks in our state."

In response to the rejected legislation, mining company Gogebic Taconite LLC. announced it would abandon the project and was ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine, according to Wispolitics.com.

Sen. Dale Schultz, a Republican from Richland Center, crossed party lines and voted down the bill.

Republicans say the mine would have created 600 to 700 jobs in the area.

Democrats have balked at the concept of a northern mine, arguing it weakens water protections and would have a stark impact on the quality of drinking water.

after it passed the Assembly on a party-line vote. She called the legislation a damaging political giveaway and special-interest handout, and advocated parties to work together on a bill that would create quality jobs, promote the public interest, protect public health and preserve vital natural resources.

The Legislative session will end next week, and if no mining bill is realized, Gov. Scott Walker might call a special session, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Rolando Peabody March 08, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Senator Facelift will sell our health and our environment to the highest contributor to her campaign fund.
Bob McBride March 08, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Getting a little catty here, aren't we?
$$andSense March 08, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Call 'em like you see 'em. Can't handle the truth? Then stay home and be quiet.
Bob McBride March 08, 2012 at 12:43 PM
You mean the truth that she's had some plastic surgery? Yeah, I guess so. That takes some real intestinal fortitude to call her out on that.
Lyle Ruble March 08, 2012 at 01:01 PM
@$$andSense & Rolando Peabody...C'mon, step up out of the gutter. You don't help out our side and positions by dropping to the language and accusations of the "Teahadists". Show some class please. I understand your sentiments, but it can be expressed with some civility and dignity.
Bob McBride March 08, 2012 at 01:14 PM
"Teahadists"? Et tu, Lyle? The admonition might have seemed a bit more sincere if you hadn't felt the need to issue it from a podium only slightly above the baseline established by the audience you were addressing.
Jay Sykes March 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!
Keith Schmitz March 08, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Looks like those thousands of mining jobs would not have come as fast as the GOP as they would, or at all http://host.madison.com/ct/business/biz_beat/biz-beat-mining-company-pullout-hardly-a-shocker/article_3d2aec38-68aa-11e1-904d-0019bb2963f4.html
Keith Schmitz March 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If you want a guide for how to deliver civility Lyle, better check out how nobody does it better than Rush Limbaugh.
Lyle Ruble March 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
@Bob McBride...I don't think it is appropriate to attack anyone with absurdity. I did use the term "Teahadists" to indicate a constant flow of vile filth by a few individuals on the right that have continually made a nasty habit of personal attacks, which have little or nothing to do with the discussion. This is something that I would never accuse you and other respected people on the right of doing. We may disagree but we also don't stoop to disrespecting each other. I don't think conservatives or people on the right are evil or nefarious, and, I won't use language that exudes that kind of hatred. However, I have been continuously assaulted with every kind of negative claim you can think of. I don't respect people on either side of the aisle that hide behind a nom de plume and spill out vile statements about others that oppose their positions. You and I have covered this before and I think it's important to monitor our sides and call them out when they step across the thin line of civility.
Lyle Ruble March 08, 2012 at 06:39 PM
@AWD...Does that mean that I should sell all my slaves for risk of losing them?
Bob McBride March 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Lyle, c'mon. If you were interested purely in calling them out for lack of civility, you would have stopped at that. I know what you're doing here, Lyle. You've got the same problem with Nick, who can't even see the irony behind his most recent article (the one the that mesmerized you) about the "concealed", which is nothing more than a poor attempt on his part to conceal his own beliefs that Paul Ryan and the Republicans have historical counterparts in the Bund and Nazi sympathizers in this country. If you want to waste your time playing mother hen, that's your own business. but when you make either direct or back-handed excuses for their behavior, you do damage to your own credibility in the process.
Jack Carroll March 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
One opportunity has been missed, which is a shame. It is also a shame that the state senate did give full consideration to the bipartisan compromise that might have made both sides happy, and kept the mining firm interested. Instead, those controlling the senate tried to steam roll another piece of legislation, which at the outset, did not have enough votes to pass. When will the blame game end?
Dave Koven March 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Stop pointing the finger of blame and do something about creating jobs. If a project is environmentally irresponsible, don't do it. If it is not , but the wrong set of political cronies aren't being rewarded, do it. Stop legislating as if you politicians have some other planet to go to when this one is ruined.
Craig Johnson March 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Darling's comment sounds just like the Governor's. Blame others, but never your own party, which couldn't compromise on meaningful contested case hearings to give citizens a voice.
Ima Hippee March 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Meanwhile, back in Milwaukee. What would MMSD do? I can't wait for another million gallon raw sewage dump into Lake Michigan.
Ima Hippee March 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Keith - how does Rush Limbaugh do it? Like John F. Kennedy in the pool? Like Bill Clinton in the Oval office on an intern? In the Oval Office? Bill Maher is a personality. Maher says some uncivil things. Actually, he says lots of uncivil things. Ed Schultz is a TV personality (at least to his small audience). He has said some uncivil things.
Lyle Ruble March 09, 2012 at 02:18 AM
@Ima Hippee...What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh, Ed Schultz and Bill Maher? Rush is on the public airways, you have to purchase access to Ed Schultz and Bill Maher.
Ima Hippee March 09, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Lyle - not quite. I do not have to purchase Bill and Mr. Ed. I can find out what they said amazingly free and without charge. Regardless, what they said is wrong. A couple of them even apologized.
$$andSense March 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
@ Lyle Sorry I didn’t get to you sooner. I have a day job and all. Shouldn’t stick my nose in your neighborhood, but Alberta, like good ole’ Glenn in mine, doesn’t have a clue either when it comes to business like mining and the like. Big problem with elected officials making legislation on things that should be put in the hands of professionals such as engineers and scientists which it seems our state agencies are very much short of, especially those with any kind of experience. Yeah, I got personal with Alberta. Mea culpa. Sorry.
$$andSense March 09, 2012 at 03:29 AM
@Lyle I still don't like her. So there.
Lyle Ruble March 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM
@$$andSense...I don't care for the woman and think that she is a waste. I also agree that we should leave the decisions concerning environmental impact to the paid professionals. I don't know what pushed the legislature to try to push this thing through, there must be something that we, the general public, don't know.
Bucky March 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Sen. Dale Schultz, a Republican from Richland Center, crossed party lines and voted down the bill. Thank You Sen. Schultz
Bucky March 09, 2012 at 04:47 AM
BTW ... Is that Alberts prom picture ?
$$andSense March 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
@Lyle I feel the need to absolve myself of my internet transgressions against Alberta. Mother always said that if you cannot say any good about someone, shut your mouth. Well, here goes : “Alberta, darling (and you too Glenn), you excel at beating up the union kids (especially the teachers) on the playground for their milk money”. I feel much better now. Is this acceptable?
Lyle Ruble March 09, 2012 at 01:11 PM
@$$andSense...You are granted absolution. ;-)
Don Jacobs March 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Please take note all private business union members on the status of what was once a proud Democratic Party. Look past the spin and look at the actions of our State representatives..
$$andSense March 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
@Lyle Which now brings my attention to you. Don’t know what to think about you. I have been following your postings and I am sick and tired of the overlapping Judeo-Christian sense of justice, decency, logic and respect for all fellow humans. Can’t we find something to fight about? I will start. You’re old! (Sorry, my 14 year old daughter originated that). So there!
Lyle Ruble March 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
@$$andSense....Your daughter and you are correct, I am old. I had three daughters that all were fourteen at one point, you have my sympathies. Justice is that my oldest also had a daughter who was fourteen five years ago. Vengeance is so sweet. I'll think about coming up with something that we can adamantly disagree about.
$$andSense March 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Well, work on it. I am not a patient man at 54 years of age.

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