Thursday, January 24, 2013
Backers and opponents of mining legislation filled a more than 100-seat hearing room and two overflow rooms in the Capitol to be heard on the prospect of a mine in the state.
Last March, one Republican lawmaker held up passage of a GOP-backed bill that would have paved the way for construction of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. With a majority in the state Assembly and Senate this legislative session, GOP lawmakers labeled mining legislation a top priority and began their push with an all-day public hearing Wednesday. Backers and opponents of the mining legislation filled a more than 100-seat hearing room in the Capitol and two overflow rooms to be heard on the prospect of a mine in the state, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Those backing the legislation say it would bring jobs to a local economy that currently doesn’t offer many opportunities, while the opposing faction says the bill …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
State Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) talks about America's perception of those with mental illness, gun regulations and putting politics aside "to make a sincere and bold effort to prevent future tragedies," like the Newtown, CT shooting.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Connecticut — which left 27 people dead — Americans have been trying to find some sense or understanding of how such a terrible act could have taken place. As the facts and evidence continues to get sorted out, we must ourselves sift through the speculation and consider that there were likely many factors that influenced 20-year-old Adam Lanza to commit such horrific acts. What we must not do is allow this devastating event to incite more hate and anger and contribute to our already overheated political culture. While there will certainly continue to be disagreements on matters of policy and politics, we must come together to show support for those lost during the tragedy and engage in a sincere …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Following the shift of power to Democrats in the Senate, Sen. Lena Taylor, who will soon represent Shorewood and parts of Milwaukee, will help guide the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.
Following the shift of control in the state Senate to Democrats, Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee has been appointed as co-chair of the Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance, the senator announced Tuesday. Taylor, who will represent Shorewood and parts of Milwaukee after redistricting takes effect this fall, was appointed before the Senate was to meet for the first time with Democrats in the majority following the recall victory of Sen. John Lehman of Racine. “I am grateful for the honor to be named as the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance,” Taylor said in a statement Tuesday. “More than ever, Wisconsin needs a finance committee that is focused on job creation, economic development, infrastructure investment, and …