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Trump heads to WI as both parties prepare for an epic 2020 election fight
Evers won’t meet with Trump in Green Bay
Vos: Budget compromise on education with Evers possible
GOP Leaders: Evers’ Medical Marijuana Proposal Won’t Be Approved
GOP Lawmakers Defend Foxconn Amid Mixed Signals About Job Creation
GOP legislators seek to intervene in more lawsuits at taxpayer expense — this time over environmental laws
WHITE HOUSE ^top^
– Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin … “Donald Trump Lied To Wisconsin Workers,” a front-page ad to run in Friday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette and paid for by Sanders’ campaign alleges. “In a Bernie Sanders White House, we will end the corporate greed behind the Shopko closures, Kimberly-Clark layoffs and Foxconn scam.” … Sanders campaign also pointed to Kimberly-Clark using savings from a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul signed by Trump in 2017 for a restructuring plan that included layoffs in Wisconsin…. spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to questions about the Sanders’ ad. Rehash Walker deal to stop K-C closure. Review MU Law poll.
– John Nichols: Here’s a Handy Impeachment Refresher for Donald Trump, The president’s latest idiocy reveals his staggering ignorance of the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.
– State Dems plan listening session tonight in CF … post-election debrief and listening session Thursday night … at the Democratic Party of Chippewa County office
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Progressive Caucus Leaders Didn’t Disclose Ties To Dark Money Group, Violating House Ethics Rules, Lawyers Say … Jayapal and Pocan’s omission of their ties to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) could open them up to civil and criminal penalties, lawyers told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
– U.S. Rep. Pocan to hold Town Hall in Beloit; April 27
– Steil hears trade concerns from farmers: at USMCA town hall
CIVIL LIBERTIES ^top^
– Rastafarian church in Downtown Madison distributes cannabis as city tries to stop it … Since March, Jesse R. Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert, Madison natives who live in Stoughton, have been operating the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church [registered with DFI, IRS], and openly smoking cannabis and distributing it as a sacrament to church members for donations, from a modest rental space at 555 W. Mifflin St. … “Wisconsin’s first & only lawful Rastafari cannabis sanctuary” … offers membership cards with electronic sign-up as well as examples of gifts, cannabis sacrament and religious books. Schworck: “We just live life according to life itself. It’s what we know. We talk it and walk it. We are exercising inalienable rights. … We’re not trying to convert people to something.” On March 26, Madison police visited and confiscated several jars of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On April 10, police sent landlord Charajeet Kaur a formal notice of public nuisance, allowing a five-day notice to vacate. Kaur met Monday with MPD Capt. Freedman, City Atty. Zilavy. If Kaur fails to act, state law allows the city to seek a court order to declare the property a public nuisance and order the building closed and sold. Freedman and Kaur could not be reached. Zilavy said a police investigation is ongoing, believes it is merely a front for illegal pot sale. Ald. Verveer favors legal pot but supports efforts to stop selling pot there. Schworck seeking federal injunction to stop religious persecution.
– Beloit Community Criticizes School District’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Allegations
– Boy arrested at La Follette after repeatedly groping 15-year-old girl, police say
– Jefferson Middle School student arrested after allegedly attacking officers, Madison police say
– School buses are a danger zone for bullying. Is that something schools can fix?
– These State Lawmakers Want College Athletes to Get Paid … Bills are under consideration in Duke’s home state of North Carolina, along with California, Washington state and Colorado. In Maryland, a bill had a committee hearing but was not voted on by the panel and died last month, at the end of this year’s session. The U.S. Congress also has legislation in the works that would allow compensation for student-athletes. Graph shows UW-Madison ranked 14 for top annual sports revenue at $146.4M.
– ‘Culver’s makes kings, and it can crush them, too’: Onion warns 2020 candidates to visit Culver’s — or else
– Will DNC Convention Help Small Businesses? Common Council seeks ways to spread economic impact beyond Downtown.
– Feds Off [$1K] Reward For Information After Pets, Wildlife Poisoned in Northern Wisconsin
– To divert wasted food, the city looks into digesters, returns to composting
– Dane County begins turning gas from landfill’s trash into vehicle fuel … As representatives of the county, contractor BioFerm Energy Systems and CNG seller Kwik Trip cut a ribbon Thursday at the gas-processing facility … resulting methane to be injected into an interstate pipeline owned by ANR Pipeline Company. “You know that banana peel someone threw out six months ago and rotted? The gas from that banana peel is being cleaned and put in the pipeline and fueling vehicles,” County Executive Joe Parisi said. After contract with MG&E ended because wind, solar are less expensive now. Combusted methane turns to CO2, considered a cleaner exhaust. About 30% of the county’s fleet, 85% of Kwik Trip’s fleet use CNG. “Long term, our goal is to have zero emissions” from the landfill, County’s Welch said. Facility itself isn’t running on green energy yet, but will add solar from airport array. Parisi expects the $29M facility will pay for itself in four years.
– Highway KR widening resolution advances to County Board
– Foxconn: ‘I think we need to take a deep breath’, Foxconn’s U.S. Director of Strategic Initiatives said Thursday the company is in discussions with state officials over potential changes to its contract with the state of Wisconsin.
– Foxconn executive’s ‘crystal ball’ tweet gains attention
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Feds Say Doctors Going Too Far Limiting Pain Pills … [CDC] clarification … made public on Wednesday along with a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by doctors who wrote the guidelines. … concerned that some patients are taken off painkillers too quickly or can’t find a doctor, some patients with cancer or surgical pain couldn’t get opioids even though the guidelines are only meant for those with chronic pain. UW Med. Dr. Abd-Elsayed agreed, “I think we went from one extreme of being liberal about prescribing opioids to another extreme of no opioids.” Patient advocate McIlwain told of chronic constipation patient who “was just cut off. … now has been two weeks without a bowel movement and she is at risk of perforating,” happy for the CDC-NEJM effort to clarify policy. Earlier in April, 39 AG’s [including Kaul] wrote to HHS urging low doses for short periods, weighing alternatives, to avoid cascading opioid prescribing, addiction. Kaul at drug take-back day said reducing Rx reduced addiction, “It’s certainly important that doctors follow the guidelines accurately and if there are patients for whom an opioid prescription is appropriate, those guidelines shouldn’t be preventing doctors from making an appropriate prescription. But it’s also important we work to address over-prescription.” CDC is currently evaluating the intended/unintended impacts of opioid Rx guidelines.
– Unitedhealth Group Com Com (UNH) Holder Groesbeck Investment Management Has Lowered Stake; As Marsh & Mclennan (MMC) Stock Price Rose, Shareholder Dsm Capital Partners Cut Position … Some Historical MMC News … Mercer Study Highlights Companies’ Best, Brightest Ideas; 07/05/2018 – WisPolitics.com
– Ashland tops lists of state’s most-dangerous cities … Two recent analyses of FBI crime statistics show Ashland to be at or near the top of the list of Wisconsin’s most-dangerous cities. Local police say stats tell only half the story, and that their rate of arresting criminals is far higher than average. And even victims told the Daily Press that they still consider Ashland a safe place to live.
– Rock County receives grant for new family drug treatment court … Rock County is one of two counties in the state that received the $187,509 two-year grant, which retroactively took effect Jan. 1. The grant will be used to establish a court aimed at delivering treatment for drug-addicted parents or caretakers and reunifying them with children who were removed from their homes.
– Drug, alcohol coalition offers free Narcan training in Elkhorn
– Sawyer County has Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in Wisconsin
– West Allis native Donald Hying named new bishop of Diocese of Madison
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ^top^
– Can Husky prevent another explosion?
– Hayward officials monitoring Smith Creek for possible flood
– $2 million investment boosts coffers of Imbed Biosciences
– Milwaukeeans Getting Worse at Driving, Crashes up 51% since 2009. Is cell phone use by drivers helping drive numbers?
– ‘It’s out of control’: Car crashes increase by 2,000 over 2017 in Milwaukee
– In wake of Girl Scout tragedy, bill would give new protections to roadside cleanup workers … state law already allows for doubling the maximum fine or forfeiture for speeding or driving recklessly in a work zone when construction workers are present. The proposed legislation, Assembly bill 151, would be expanded to include “roadside cleanup or maintenance work, including the collection of litter.” … Chippewa County highway supervisor Brian Kelley — whose daughter, 9-year-old Jayna, died in the crash that killed four people who were cleaning debris alongside a road Nov. 3 in Lake Hallie — testified on a bill in Madison on Tuesday
– PolitiFact: Wisconsin state senator [Johnson] hits pothole with [$2300] claim on costs of bad roads … When the focus is on road conditions, TRIP’s figure for Milwaukee is $944 per year — one that is more in line with other studies … Mostly False
– ‘Invisible’ American Indian women say they need help to stop sexual violence
– Alliant’s new plant is 84 percent complete
– RENEW WI’s Michael Vickerman: Renewable energy offers Wisconsin a sustainable economic development model
– Libby Sobic and Will Flanders: Evers education plan hits districts benefitting from open enrollment
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