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30 Sept

Mercer voters oust Hiller from school board
"Incumbent Shannon Hiller finished last in a three-way primary recall election Tuesday for his seat on the Mercer School Board.  Karl Anderson received the most votes, 211. Deanna Pierpont received 172 votes, and Hiller got 51."
Hurley wins Indianhead battle
"Hurley improved to 3-0 in the Indianhead Conference with a 3-1 win over Butternut on Tuesday night. The Midgettes won the volleyball match 26-24, 25-11, 23-25, 25-17."
Red Clay Classic to host four divisions
"The addition of WISSOTA Midwest modifieds to the 34th annual Red Clay Classic marks the first time in the long history of the event that four divisions will be run."
Tigers sweep Midgettes
"The Northwestern volleyball team continued its strong season with a non-conference sweep of the Hurley Midgettes Monday night.  The Tigers (15-3 overall) cruised to a 25-14, 25-20, 25-9 victory."
Uninsured Report
"The report predicts the number of uninsured could increase as much as 36 percent, to about 740,000 people."
Deer Donation Program Celebrates Anniversary
"This hunting season marks the 10th year of hunters donating deer that are processed into ground venison and given to needy families.  The Department of Natural Resources established the program in 2000 to encourage hunters to shoot more antlerless deer, primarily does, as a way to check the growth of an overpopulated herd. "
Governor Doyle To Sign Wind Rule Bill
"Gov. Jim Doyle says he will sign a bill that calls for state regulators to come up with statewide rules for wind farms.  The state Public Service Commission's rules would trump any local ordinances."
Deal would offer $350M for struggling milk farmers
"Some $290 million would go for direct support of dairy farmers under a program to be devised by the Agriculture Department, according to Rep. David Obey and Sen. Herb Kohl, both Wisconsin Democrats. An additional $60 million would cover purchases of surplus cheese and other dairy products in hopes of raising prices. Food banks and other nutrition programs would get the goods."
More Wisconsin Shares child care providers cut off
"Key lawmakers on both sides of the aisle scrambled Tuesday to deal with fraud and other problems in the troubled Wisconsin Shares child-care program, questioning top administrators and crafting legislation - including a bill that would hold government workers accountable.  Meanwhile regulators announced Monday that they cut public funding to 35 more child-care providers suspected of defrauding and otherwise violating the program, bringing the total to 69, following the Journal Sentinel's continuing reports of ongoing fraud."
Experts fear Asian carp could ride floodwaters into Lake Michigan's ecosystem
"In recent weeks the Army Corps of Engineers has boosted the power on its new $9 million electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which has until now been considered the primary pathway for the fish to make the jump from the Mississippi River basin to the waters of the Great Lakes.  The problem is the carp also have recently migrated up the adjacent Des Plaines River, and that river has a history of flooding its banks and spilling into the sanitary and ship canal. The distance between the two waterways is, in places, only a matter of yards."
Plain Talk: Banks too big to fail? Break ’em up - Dave Zweifel
"Particularly galling is the banking association's opposition to reforming the Pell Grant program, which provides financial assistance to needy college kids. With backing from the Republicans in Congress, the banks have had a cool deal for themselves. The feds provided private banks with capital and then paid them a subsidy to lend that capital to the students. Plus, the government guaranteed the loans so banks don't have any risk.  The program has been worth about $8 billion to the banks every year. There would be hell to pay if poor people received such largesse."
Report: Wis. would hurt without health care reform
"The report predicts the number of uninsured could increase as much as 36 percent, to about 740,000 people.  It says in a worst-case scenario, the average state resident would spend 66 percent more on health care and employers' premiums would double."
Church of God in Christ Endorses Health Reform Bill - Charisma
"The nation's largest Pentecostal denomination announced its support for President Obama's health reform plan and called on the faith community to "set a moral example" by supporting the president's efforts to address the issue... He also said his organization opposes abortion coverage in the proposed health plan. "In accord with our commitment to Christian teaching, we wholeheartedly affirm the president's position that medical costs related to the abortion of fetuses shall not be covered by health care plans funded by this initiative," Blake stated."
Health insurance companies are breaking out the scare tactics to go with their outright lies to fight health care reform. - AFL-CIO
"Humana and several other health insurance companies recently sent letters to seniors with Medicare Advantage policies, claiming that health care reform legislation would cause “millions of seniors and disabled individuals” to lose their benefits. Says Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans:  "What Humana is doing is unconscionable. Although payments to Humana under Medicare Advantage have increased drastically in the last several years, benefits and services for seniors have not."
Newsmax Columnist: Military Coup May Be Needed 'To Resolve The Obama Problem' - TPM
"Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible."

29 Sept

Now ACCEPTING Student Applications For Military Academies
"Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) announced today that he is now accepting applications from those interested in competing for a nomination to one of the United States military academies for the class of 2014. The deadline for applying is November 15, 2009."
Rousing send-off
"The 2nd Platoon of the 312th Engineer Company, based in Hurley, will soon be deploying overseas, and family members and friends came from all over to support them at a send-off party at the Memorial Building in downtown Ironwood Saturday."
Tigers top Midgettes
"Northwestern swept Hurley 25-14, 25-20, 25-9 in non-conference volleyball Monday night."
Mellen High School selected as a National Blue Ribbon School
"U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced that Mellen High School is one of 314 schools throughout the United States that have been selected as a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School. In addition, only eight schools in the state of Wisconsin were chosen for this national honor."
Too many poisonings in northern Wisconsin
"Poisonings are a major cause of hospital admission for persons in Wisconsin as well as other places. In fact, for persons ages 15 to 44, poisonings are the leading cause of injury that results in hospital admission exceeding falls, motor vehicle accidents and any other injuries. And nowhere in Wisconsin is the problem of poisonings greater than in some areas of northern Wisconsin."
Forecast for 2050: A warmer Wisconsin
"New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is projecting climate change will push the average temperature 5 degrees higher in the summer, and as much as 9 degrees higher in the winter by mid-century."
Energy Rebates Could Be Expanded 
"Rebates of between $25 and $200 could be available to Wisconsin residents for buying new energy efficient appliances.  The new rebates would be paid for with about $5 million in federal stimulus money.
National Forest Map
"If you'd like a say in how and where motor vehicles can be used in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, you've got a little over two months to get your voice heard.  The CNNF will continue to accept public suggestions for the 2010 Motor Vehicle Use Map until November 30th."
New Manpower subsidiary targets federal government
"A white paper issued by the company notes that the federal government - excluding the U.S. Postal Service - is the nation's largest single employer. Manpower estimates that within three years, 24 government departments could lose 20% to nearly 50% of their employees to retirement. Technological advances, the current economic setback and changing roles in federal government also contribute to what Manpower sees as a growing market for its consulting and staffing services."
Flu threat may mean early school testing
"Madison schools spokesman Joe Quick says the district is pushing principals to start administering the test earlier than usual because there might later be widespread absences from swine flu.  The state Department of Public Instruction is allowing schools to give the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam as early as Oct. 9. The usual testing period is between Oct. 26 and Nov. 27."
Pol seeks newspaper tax exemption -- even though reporters 'jerk me around'
"Schneider says that rocky relationship will protect him from accusations that he's doing favors for the industry. He says it's all about preserving newspapers in a time of staff reductions, mergers and bankruptcies.  There is no cost estimate yet on how much it would cost to allow newspaper buildings to be exempt from property taxes."
Vets waiting for GI Bill benefits can get emergency aid
"Although many universities and colleges -- such as UW-Madison and Madison Area Technical Collge -- are deferring tuition payments, the delays have forced students to take out loans, rack up credit card debt and consider dropping out of school in order to meet living expenses.  So, starting Friday, veterans can request a $3,000 advance on their housing and book allowances by bringing a photo ID, course schedule and eligibility certificate to one of the VA's 57 regional offices."
UW joins in genetic studies
"The National Human Genome Research Institute announced it has awarded the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin grants to establish a Wisconsin Center of Excellence in Genomics Science program in Wisconsin.  The program will allow researchers from the three institutes to work cooperatively to develop technologies that will help scientists understand how the human genome functions."
Feingold's clean water bill swims into strong currents of opposition
"To Feingold, the bill would restore the intent of the 1972 Clean Water Act, which gave the federal government jurisdiction to regulate and protect the navigable waters of the United States, including connected water bodies and adjacent wetlands.  Two Supreme Court decisions narrowed the scope of what water bodies could be regulated under the Act, however. Feingold proposes fixing that by removing the word 'navigable' from the Clean Water Act, thereby giving the federal government jurisdiction over all waters of the United States."
A new push to define 'person,' and to outlaw abortion in the process - Los Angeles Times
"Abortion foes, tired of a profusion of laws that limit but do not abolish abortion, are trying to answer the question in a way that they hope could put an end to legalized abortion.  Across the country, they have revived efforts to amend state constitutions to declare that personhood -- and all rights accorded human beings -- begins at conception."
Global Unions: G-20 Made Progress, But Not Enough - AFL-CIO
"Trade unionists around the world will continue to pressure their governments to stimulate the global economy to put people back to work. Guy Ryder, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), said that while he is glad the G-20 agreed to put jobs at the heart of their economic recovery agenda, big questions remain in some key areas."
The War on Language - TruthDig
"The infantile slogans that are used to make sense of the world express, whether in tea party rallies or in Gaza street demonstrations, a very real alienation, yearning and rage. These clichés, hollow to the literate, are electric with power to those for whom these words are the only currency in which they can express anguish and despair. And as the economy worsens, as war in the Middle East and elsewhere continues, as our corporate state strips us of power and reduces us to serfs, expect this rage, and the demented language used to give it voice, to grow."

28 Sept

Mercer gears up for Tuesday recall vote
"Voters will be asked to vote for one candidate. The two highest vote getters will then face off in an Oct. 27 general election.  Incumbent Shannon Hiller is the target of the recall and is being challenged by Karl Anderson, who served on the school board for seven years, and Deanna Pierpont, who was defeated in a previous bid for the board."
Appointments made to vacant Pence posts
"Joe Olson was appointed as supervisor to fill the vacated position of Joe Manzanares. Manzanares resigned as supervisor on Sept. 11 after scrutiny intensified over allegations of board members pulling a bid from one contractor an awarding it to another without calling a board meeting. Lori Genisot of Montreal was appointed as town clerk, filling the unexpired term of Shirley Seibel, who resigned on Aug. 29.  Maffesanti appointed Janine Franzoi as treasurer, pending bonding."
Northern Wisconsin hunting format changes
"It will be an "old-fashioned" buck-only gun-deer season in many northern units this year, said Mike Zeckmeister, WDNR Northern Region wildlife supervisor. Hunters and last year's cool winter brought the units within or below management goals, Zeckmeister said."
Midgets blast Speedboys
"The orange and black rushed for 341 yards in the first half as Hurley drubbed a short-handed Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco squad 54-0 in Great Western Conference action."
Steiger tops Eagle Bluff golfers
"Tim Steiger won the 2009 Eagle Bluff Club Championship by defeating Scott Erickson on the  first playoff hole."*+
Most deer units back to regular seasons this year
"Now, with the deer populations in most of the units at or near their population goals, these units have returned to a “regular” season. Gun deer hunters will need to purchase unit specific antlerless permits to harvest an antlerless deer. Archery hunters will need to use the statewide antlerless permit they received with their archery license and/or purchase a unit specific antlerless permit."
Great Lakes Experts Meet in Milwaukee
"The sessions will deal with Lake Michigan fisheries, invasive species, harmful algae blooms and climate change.  Discussion will also center on water levels, beach restoration and cleaning up contaminated sediment."
Obama, Doyle forge tight bond
"So when the two-term Wisconsin governor announced last month that he would not seek a third term, eyebrows raised again over whether a White House job might be in his future... Doyle maintains that he has been adamant about completing his term as governor, and he doesn't talk about his plans when his term is up at the end of 2010."
Student start-ups receive grants from UW-Madison
"Four student-run start-ups have received grants from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Corporate Relations to help grow their businesses.  The businesses, all run by UW-Madison undergraduate students, each received $3,000 from the office's Student Venture Seed Grant Program, the university said Monday."
Rep. Wood: I have checked myself into the hospital after OWI arrest
""I have been taking medication prescribed to me by my doctor to treat anxiety. Due to recent events I have checked myself into the inpatient AODA program at the (Veterans) hospital in Minneapolis.""
Wood asked to resign for arrest
"Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater wrote to Rep. Jeffrey Wood, I-Chippewa Falls, and respectfully asked Wood to resign his position in the Assembly. If Wood refused, Nass said he would draft an Assembly Resolution of Expulsion under Assembly Rule 21 and Article IV, Section 8 of the Wisconsin Constitution and force Wood to leave."
Christian Convert Couple Wins Right to Asylum in U.K. - ASSIST News Service
""This represents a critical victory in the ongoing challenge to protect those who take great risk in proclaiming their Christian faith," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ECLJ and ACLJ.  "At a time when so many Christian converts face real persecution-including the threat of death-it's encouraging that this couple can now stay in the U.K. We're delighted we were able to provide assistance in this very important case," he said."
A Little ‘Buy American’ Goes a Long Way - AFL_CIO
"Instead of using foreign inputs, which are less stimulative for job creation, domestic steel is being used to create 30-foot I-beams to support the bridge deck. Steel rebar is also used in the project. The local engineer also reports that the Buy America requirements are not burdensome and are not an impediment to the project. The project came in under budget with $600,000 allotted, but only $430,000 needed to complete the project. The bridge construction is moving quickly and is expected to be completed shortly."
Abandoning Middle America - IBEW
"Verizon wants to shed wireline and broadband systems in rural parts of Illinois, Washington, California, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas and Oregon. They are areas of low population density where the company believes it will be too expensive to install its next-generation, high-speed fiber optic lines. Verizon stands to make $8.6 billion from the deal, but, thanks to a loophole in the law, won’t pay a dime in taxes."
As Seen On TV! Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born? - TPM highlights
"For a $30 contribution, viewers also get a fax sent in their name to the 50 state attorneys general and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that President Obama produce his real birth certificate."
[I would hate to think that this was a scam to rip off well meaning although misguided conservatives. - Bob]
Maddow: 'The Truth About the Lies About ACORN' - Brad Blog
"Her report follows on a new study, "Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong," just out from Occidental College and the University of Northern Iowa, detailing, as she describes it, "the embarrassing extent to which the media has gotten the ACORN story really really wrong.""

25 Sept

Bill to protect medicare beneficiaries passes house
"Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) said today that the House passed legislation to protect seniors from planned increases in their Medicare Part B premiums. The Medicare Premium Fairness Act spares 11 million seniors and people with disabilities from an unfair increase in their 2010 Medicare Part B premiums. The current law provides a “hold harmless” that will be extended to all Medicare Part B recipients."
  • Hurley hangs on
    "Hurley needed five games to beat a pesky South Shore team Thursday night.  The Midgettes improved to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the Indianhead Conference. They won 26-24, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-8."
  • Mellen drops W-M
    "Mellen edged Wakefield-Marenisco 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-23 in non-conference volleyball on Thursday."
State officials optimistic about regional transit future
"Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) met with representatives from Bay Area Rural Transit (BART), the Red Cliff and Bad River Tribes and others Wednesday for an update on Recovery Act funding coming to the area, as well as to answer questions about a potential regional transit authority for Ashland and Bayfield counties."
Bayfield Police Chief Arrested for Drunken Driving
"The chief of police in Bayfield has been arrested for first-offense drunken driving after the State Patrol noticed his vehicle going north in the southbound lane of Highway 51 in Lincoln County."
State Rep. arrested for OWI
"State Rep. Jeff Wood of Bloomer was arrested Wednesday night near Wausau on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, his fourth offense, just 10 months after his last arrest... A witness following the vehicle told authorities she saw the car hit a curb and almost crash into another vehicle, police said."
Ashland and Bayfield mayors endorse Lawton for governor
""I've really been impressed by the way the lieutenant governor has seemed to have treated us up here in the northland," he said. "She comes up here quite often and she always seems to bring initiatives from Madison up here personally. It's not just to Ashland, she goes to Bayfield and to Superior; she's all over the northland."
New vehicle registrations in Wisconsin surged 38.6% in August
"A total of 23,486 new vehicles were registered in the state last month, a jump of more than 53% from July and the best month for car dealers since June 2007, according to according to Cross-Sell, an industry consulting firm based in Lexington, Ky.  The top vehicle segments in the state were compact car, mid-sized car and small sport utility vehicle.  It was a bright month during an otherwise dismal year for car sales. Registrations are down 20% year-to-date, with September expected to be a down month for dealers."
New effort to promote state manufacturing exports
"The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership has struck an agreement with the State Commerce Department to provide export-development expertise to small and midsize manufacturers.  Under the effort, department specialists will help manufacturers analyze markets, seek potential customers and connect with agents. The partnership, a nonprofit consulting organization, will pay the department up to $170,000 a year for the services."
More than 1,200 drunken drivers arrested in statewide crackdown
"The crackdown was part of a national effort called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.," which made federal funds available to law enforcement agencies for extra patrols working longer hours on highways.  About 2,700 officers from more than 320 police departments, sheriff's offices and the State Patrol teamed up for the crackdown, coordinated through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety."
Pollan advocates shift in food ideology
"Consistent with the spirit of the project, hundreds of Wisconsin farmers attended the event wearing green shirts that read “In Defense of Farming: Eat Food, Be Healthy, Thank Farmers” in an act of solidarity expressing their opposition to some of Pollan’s ideas."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 25 Sep 09
Orlando-based evangelist says Bill Maher movie ruined his life - Orlando Sentinel
"He has sued. He has been sued. His speaking engagements are down. He can't pay the rent on his family's five-bedroom home in the Rio Pinar community, court records show.  "All of these things that have happened have hurt the ministry," Cummings said. "I'm struggling to try to keep my family together." ... Last year, he told the Los Angeles Times how he got people to talk to him: "It was simple: We never, ever used my name. We never told anybody it was me who was going to do the interviews. We even had a fake title for the film.""
Union leaders from around the world say job creation must top the agenda at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. - AFL-CIO
"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today the world’s major economies need continued short-term stimulus, more progressive tax systems and serious public investment in job creation and regulation of the financial system—coordinated internationally—to prevent the wealthy few from benefiting at the expense of workers. We need to create new norms for responsible business conduct and make sure the economy is benefiting workers, Trumka said."
So Off Message - TPM
""Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?"
     Favor 65%
     Oppose 26%"
How ACORN Took Over the Illinois Republican Party - AfterDowningStreet
"While 50 ACORN members were in the Illinois Republican Party headquarters, the phone rang, and an ACORN member answered it "ACORN, Can I help you?"
On the other end, they said, "What, ACORN? Wait a minute, this is the Republican Party in D.C. calling the Republican Party in Illinois."
The ACORN member said, "ACORN has taken over the Republican Party in Illinois. Can I help you?"
The response: "Oh my God.""
Angry TownHall Press Release

24 Sept

Hurley seeks input for service learning program
"Hurley's student service learning program is off to a good start, according to Gerry Traczyk, community education director.  Traczyk told the school board this week Aaron Ruotsala, of Ironwood Township, who lost his son to cancer and has since started COLE's Foundation, addressed the students on Sept. 11 as a service learning initiative."
Hurley man faces domestic violence charges
"The Poplar Street resident is charged with two felony counts -- substantial battery, domestic abuse-infliction of physical pain, which carries a penalty of not more than three-years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine, and second degree reckless endangerment, with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine."
ATV Trail Nation
"The shoot in Forest County lasted for about two hours, and the crew consisted of a cameraperson, a producer, and the co-host.  Daniel Peters, who is a Natural Resources Technician, said "They were excited to get out here and see the trails. They wanted to know a lot about the wildlife in Forest County; what the trail users typically see for wildlife.""
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind's Campaign Plans Announcement 
"Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind planned to make what he called an "important announcement" on Thursday.  Kind has been mulling a run for governor next year.  Kind has been making the rounds across Wisconsin in recent weeks meeting with Democratic party leaders and others to discuss a potential run.  The only announced Democratic candidate currently is Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton."
Report: Kind won't run for Wis. governor
"U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) is expected to announce Thursday that he's not running for governor, according to an article on Wispolitics.com, citing top Democratic sources.  Kind has planned a press conference in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon. Kind has been mulling a run for governor next year. His staff would not confirm to the Journal Sentinel Thursday morning his plans for the gubernatorial race."
Legislature weighs puppy mill bill
""Wisconsin law provides for violations of animal cruelty, but the threshold is so high that even the worst offenders often come away with little more than a slap on the wrist," said State Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, who co-authored the bill.  Breeders are actually relocating to Wisconsin to take advantage of the state's reputation as a regulation-free zone, said Yvonne Bellay, humane officer and veterinarian with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection."
UW schools deny ads
"Both the Advance-Titan of UW-Oshkosh and The Pointer of UW-Stevens Point decided not to run a 12-page insert created by the Human Life Alliance because both papers believed the insert would cause an unnecessary controversy while not providing a direct service.  “(The decision) actually had nothing to do with the content that was in there; I sat down with my advisor and advertising manager and we discussed it,” said Andrew Munger, editor in chief of the Advance-Titan. “They don’t provide a service of any sort, just an ideology.”"
Lutheran bishop warns about withholding donations  - Journal Sentinel
"The presiding bishop of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination warned Wednesday that withholding financial support to protest a recent gay clergy vote would be "devastating" to the church... The ELCA churchwide assembly voted last month to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that gay clergy remain celibate."
OK to disinherit kids who marry outside faith
"The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a Jewish husband and wife were within their rights to disinherit any grandchildren who married outside the faith.  Chicago dentist Max Feinberg and his wife Erla had set up their estate to disinherit any grandchildren who married someone who wasn't Jewish."
Paper companies say China, Indonesia not playing fair - Journal Sentinel
"Unfair foreign competition could have made a difference in the closing of a paper mill in Kimberly last year and continues to impinge on domestic makers of certain coated printing papers, the chairman of NewPage Corp. said Wednesday.  That's why NewPage, two other North American papermakers and the United Steelworkers of America have filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against competitors from China and Indonesia."
Unemployment Benefits Extension Moves to Senate
"The U.S. Senate is expected to act by the end of this week on a bill approved by the House yesterday that will provide an added 13 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for jobless workers in high unemployment states who have exhausted their benefits without finding new work.  H.R. 3548, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), passed 331-83, with 66 Republicans and 17 Democrats opposing the measure, which will extend benefits in states where unemployment is more than 8.5 percent."
Something terrible is happening! - Move On - Funny or Die
"Will anyone stand up for the "real" health care victims: the super-rich health insurance executives!?! Thankfully, Will Ferrell and friends are - check it out: Watch the video »"
Eye Opener: Census Worker Found Hanged - Washington Post
"A part-time Census Bureau field worker was found hanged in Kentucky Sept. 12 with the word "fed" scrawled across his chest, according to a law enforcement source. Bill Sparkman, 51, who was white, was found at the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky..."
Statement of US Senator Russ Feingold - Common Dreams
"That is why I have introduced the JUSTICE Act, S. 1686, along with Senator Durbin and eight other Senators."

23 Sept

Important Mercury Products Bill Passes
"Today Wisconsin took another important step to reduce the amount of toxic Mercury in the environment. The Wisconsin Assembly and Senate approved legislation to ban the sale of certain products containing mercury. The bill, authored by Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and Representative Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau), is a practical measure to significantly reduce environmental contamination by an element that threatens our resources and public health."
Key Invasive Species Legislation Passes
"“Unchecked spread of aquatic invasive species poses economical and ecological peril to Wisconsin waters and increased enforcement authority is one of the keys to preventing that damage” said Jauch."
"Take Days Off" Update
"... and the current tally is ... 493!  
Only 207 donations away from 700 and Wisconsin Public Radio's Fall Pledge Drive is one day shorter! For every 700 donations made ahead of time, a day comes off the drive, giving you more programming and less on-air fundraising!  Contribute now to take days off and don't forget to choose a thank-you gift for yourself!
Wisconsin to speed up student testing process
"K-12 principal Jeff Gulan outlined to school board members Monday why changes in the testing system will be better for the district.  He said the changes instituted by Department of Public Instruction state superintendent Tony Evers will greatly speed up what has been an "unpopular" testing process."
Midgettes win IC opener over Mellen
"The Hurley volleyball team started the Indianhead Conference season with a 3-0 win over Mellen Tuesday night. The Midgettes (2-4) won 25-10, 25-21, 25-11."
Public Hearings Possible on 16 Day Gun Deer Hunt
"The Natural Resources Board is to decide today whether to conduct public hearings on a proposal to start the gun deer hunt a week earlier and extend the season to 16 days in 2010."
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Another Wisconsin County
"The destructive emerald ash borer has been found in a sixth Wisconsin county.  The state agriculture department says the tree-killing beetle has turned up in Kenosha County. "
Audit raises concerns over sex offenders
"A new audit finds that addresses of four registered sex offenders in Wisconsin are the same as those of licensed child care providers.  The Legislative Audit Bureau report released on Wednesday says it could not determine whether registered sex offenders were actually providing child care at the addresses."
Bold Feingold could lead the way out of Afghanistan
"Then there is Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold. By everyday standards, he is a cautious person, calling for a "flexible timetable" for American troop withdrawals but also for "continued strikes on Taliban and al-Qaida leaders." Sounds like an uncertain trumpet. But in the culture of the Senate, Feingold is considered downright hyperactive, often accused of being a loner who doesn't play well with the senior oligarchs."
Assembly expands invasive species rules
"The bill prohibits operation of any vehicle in state waters if aquatic plants or animals are attached to it. Currently the prohibition applies only to boats.  The measure also broadens wardens' authority to order the plants or animals removed from vehicles, enter buildings where invasive species might be stored and inspect records or reports on invasive species."
Assembly passes shield, breastfeeding bills
  • "The proposed shield law for reporters, which was approved on a voice vote, is aimed at assuring those who want to step forward with information about public or private malfeasance that reporters couldn't be compelled to reveal their sources."
  • "Laws banning lewd behavior in public do not apply to breastfeeding, but nursing mothers have complained of harassment by security guards and others when they feed their babies in such places as malls and restaurants."
Kindergarten bill goes to governor
" It's up to Gov. Jim Doyle to decide whether Wisconsin 5-year-olds will be required to go to kindergarten before moving on to first grade.  The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday that makes attending kindergarten mandatory for all students in the state, according to the Associated Press. The vote was 17-15 with all Democrats voting for it and all Republicans against it."
Flu cases decreasing on UW campus
"UHS Executive Director Dr. Sarah Van Orman said the campus isn't out of the woods yet.  "It's much too early to pronounce the outbreak over," Van Orman said. "However, the students of this campus should be commended for taking steps to try to limit the spread of disease."  The outbreak has been attributed to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, commonly known as swine flu."


Seventh Order. Advice and consent of the Senate
"QUESTION: Shall the appointment be confirmed? ...
Erickson, Larry, of Hurley, as a member of the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2012. (Report confirmation recommended by committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources, Ayes 7, Noes 0)"
Grace Church trial took financial toll on both parties in lawsuit - Colorado Springs Gazette
"A few weeks ago, St. George’s Anglican Church — a congregation that started as a breakaway group from the Episcopal church — asked its members for a one-time family donation of $1,500 each to defray about $750,000 in legal costs, as well as tens of thousands in fees that were assessed as part of a settlement. ... The legal expenses and a decline in the stock market resulted in a colossal loss in the diocese’s investment income, dropping from $4.9 million in January 2006 to $750,000 in August, records show. It will take years to recover the funds, said Chuck Thompson, assistant treasurer for the diocese."
We’re Sick of Insurance Company Abuses - AFL-CIO
"We’re sick of insurance companies telling doctors what they can and can’t do. That has to stop. We’re sick of our family members and neighbors getting denied coverage because they once got sick. That has to stop. We’re sick of insurance company policies that reward denying claims. That has to stop. And we’re sick of their using our premium money to work against the health care reform we need."
GOP Rushes To Defend Insurance Companies From Dem Attack - Huffington Post
"The free-speech argument, however, is complicated by the government-subsidy. Medicare Advantage is a GOP-created program that gives private plans an average of 14 percent more tax dollars than the government pays for coverage of patients under traditional Medicare.  Democratic health-care proposals would cut payments to those plans by about $123 billion over 10 years... Communication between the private Medicare Advantage providers and beneficiaries is strictly regulated because the private companies are using public dollars."

22 Sept

Hurley enrollment down 23 in Friday count
"Patritto announced the numbers at Monday's regular monthly school board meeting.  He had predicted on the first day of school that the enrollment decline would be between 20 and 25 students."
Fair Wisconsin Looks to Get Rid of New Domestic Partnership Registry
"The Department of Health Services says 970 couples have been added to the registry since the law went into effect in August.  Registering gives them limited legal protections such as the right to visit each other in the hospital and take medical leave to care for an ill partner."
Lac du Flambeau Special Election Results
"his election is for positions of secretary, treasurer, and four council seats. According to the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Election Code, the winning candidates in the primary election shall be the candidates for Tribal Council with the eight largest vote totals and the candidates
for each officer position with the two largest vote totals."
Feingold's anti-war stance gaining Senate support
"Feingold appears to have public opinion - as well as a burgeoning number of Senate Democrats who have begun questioning U.S. involvement in Afghanistan - on his side. Now, President Barack Obama is making clear that his administration is re-examining U.S. strategy, even as his top U.S. commander in Afghanistan warns that additional troops are needed."
Two thirds of state's corn, soybeans in good or excellent condition
"Nearly two-thirds of the state's corn and soybean crops are rated in good to excellent condition, the Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting.  Dry weather, though, has slowed pasture growth and forced some farmers to begin feeding hay bales, according to a report issued this week by the Wisconsin office."
Invasive mussels found in Isle Royale waters
"The worry is that they could now spread to the island's inland lakes.  "Our inland lakes and fisheries have been healthy and naturally evolving without invasive species since glacial times, and protecting them is a priority," park superintendent Phyllis Green said in a news release."
Tech: BTN to stream at least 200 ‘minor' sports events
"The Big Ten Network announced that it will double its commitment to several Olympic sports this season by streaming at least 200 live events on www.BigTenNetwork.com -- more than double the 100 last season."
Tech: Another black eye for DirecTV
"But things reached a new low for the satellite provider Sunday when subscribers with the NFL Sunday Ticket package with the Superfan add-on package who tuned in to watch the games in High Definition were greeted with screens showing them a 721 error code instead of the game they wanted to see,"
Fair Wisconsin seeks to join court fight over domestic partnership law
"Since the law went into effect in August, 970 couples have been added to the registry, Department of Health Services spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said. Registering gives them legal protections such as the right to visit each other in the hospital, take medical leave to care for an ill partner and inherit assets when a partner dies.  Members of Wisconsin Family Action, a social conservative group, claim in the lawsuit that the registry violates the constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions approved by voters in 2006."
UW honors domestic partnership
"“This occurrence has been a long time coming,” UW spokesperson John Lucas said. “Up until now, the state had continually blocked the university from offering benefits to domestic partners, which has been a tough issue for faculty and staff. The lack of domestic partner health insurance actually resulted in the University of Wisconsin’s loss of prospective faculty and staff.”"
State receives stimulus money for green transportation
"The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that Wisconsin will receive millions in stimulus funding for various state transportation projects.  In a statement, Gov. Jim Doyle’s office announced the state will receive $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to go toward the reduction of common, contract and private freight companies’ diesel emissions.
Christian nurse under fire over wearing cross to meet hospital officials - Telegraph
"“For about 30 years I have worked in the NHS and nursed patients day and night and on no occasion has my cross caused me or anyone else, any injury – and to my knowledge, no patient has ever complained about me wearing it.  “I feel that I’m being bullied and victimised because of my faith.”"
Rallies Set Across Nation to Protest Big Insurance - AFL-CIO
"Here’s the way we in labor see things—America is in a big fight over health care. The American people are on one side. Big Insurance is on the other side. Only one of us will win. We know if the insurance companies win, we all lose."
Census Data Show Recession-Driven Changes - New York Times
"A smaller share of Americans married, drove to work alone, owned their own home or moved to a new residence last year than the year before.  More lived in overcrowded housing. Property values declined. And fewer immigrants arrived, which meant that for the first time since the beginning of the decade, the total number of foreign-born people in the country did not grow.  Those were among the findings released Monday in the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, a wealth of data comparing the nation’s profile in 2008 with that of 2007."
[I remind my Republican friends that this study involves only the last year of the Bu$h administration. - Bob]

21 Sept

Iron County tobacco-free program snuffed out
"The Iron County Finance Committee on Sept. 10 voted unanimously to end the tobacco-free program Friday.  Program coordinator Karen Hagemann's employment with the Iron County Health Department also ended Friday."
College Prep
"High school students from Hurley, Bessemer, Ewen-Trout Creek and Wakefield-Marenisco schools checked out more than 50 colleges and military organizations at the Gogebic Community College fair Wednesday."
Midgets win a wild one
"Hurley survived a 90-point game with a 54-36 win over Northland Pines in non-conference action on Friday night."
Ancient farm equipment lives again at Aged Iron show"n fact, that's where some of the tractors, hay balers, threshers, and other farming implements were rescued from. They are the stars of the fifth annual Northern Aged Iron Club's antique tractor, threshing bee and hit-and-miss motor show, set to take place Saturday in Highbridge."
Gov. Doyle Says DNA Situation Needs More Study
"Speaking by phone from Shanghai, the governor says he's been briefed on the situation and he's not convinced the Justice Department's numbers are accurate.  Doyle was the attorney general in 2000, when Wisconsin passed a law mandating convicted felons give up DNA samples.  He says there was a huge push then to get as many people in the state's DNA database as possible, but the system for DNA collection should be in place by now."
Crashes, brawl injure 11 amid Ride
"The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department responded to five crashes, three drunken driving incidents and one brawl during the 28th annual Fall Ride motorcycle rally in Tomahawk.  The event, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, brings up to 40,000 visitors to the Northwoods.
4 in 10 state students qualify for lunch subsidies, study says
"Nearly four in 10 Wisconsin elementary students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch last school year, and the proportion of low-income elementary students has climbed every year of this decade, according to state Department of Public Instruction data analyzed by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism."
Doyle touts importance of water technology for China
"By coincidence, Doyle was in China at the same time that the top executives from A.O. Smith Corp. as the Milwaukee-based company finalized its $77 million acquisition of what it calls "the leading residential and commercial water purification company" in the world's most populous nation. Doyle, like Milwaukee's business community, hailed the A.O. Smith acquisition as a sign of the growth potential for Wisconsin's water engineering industries."
Democrat to challenge Sass
"Dan Bohrod announced his candidacy on Monday. Sass is a first-term Democrat whose office has been besieged with questions lately over a backlog in processing unclaimed property claims, her decision to force out her chief deputy, and to hire her niece for a part-time summer job."
Job market looking up
"The DWD release said Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for August 2009 was 8.4 percent, down from June’s 9.2 percent. Unemployment in the state started the year at 7.7 percent in January and 8.8 percent in February. The national rate for August was 9.6 percent, compared with July’s 9.7 percent.  The report said at both local and national levels August rates are about 3.8 and 3.5 percentage points higher respectively than they were in 2008."
Assembly Natural Resources Committee wants revisions to NR115
"Specifically, the committee asked the DNR if the agency would consider unspecified revisions to the rule, an action that presumably gives the Legislature time to formally object to the rule, if it desires to do so.  Committee members were given until Monday to specify what modifications they would like to see. The agency has until Sept. 24 to respond."
Huckabee wins Values Voters' straw poll - Washington Times
"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday won a 2012 presidential-preference straw poll of social and religious conservative activists from 49 states gathered in Washington, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said at an afternoon press briefing at the Omni Shoreham Hotel."
Workers Paying More for Health Coverage; Docs Back Public Option and Other Health Care News
"The average family health insurance premium has jumped by 131 percent during the past decade while wages have increased by just 38 percent and inflation by 28 percent, finds the Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KKF’s) annual health benefits survey released this week.  Today, the annual premium for employer-provided health insurance is $13,375, with the employer paying $9,860 and workers footing $3,515 of the premium costs.  As a result, many employers say they plan to cut back health care benefits even more than they already have with higher co-pays and deductibles for workers."
Health Insurance Companies Say C-Sections Are A Pre-Existing Condition Because Having A Child Is A Choice - Feminist Peace Network
"On the one hand you’ve got the faux family values folks telling us that we are baby killers if we exercise the right to end a pregnancy and we also have the insurance companies  sticking us with the risk of going bankrupt if we have a c-section.  Some choice."
Canadian Health Care, Even With Queues, Bests U.S. - Bloomberg
"The allegations are wrong by almost every measure, according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other independent studies published during the past five years. While delays do occur for non-emergency procedures, data indicate that Canada’s system of universal health coverage provides care as good as in the U.S., at a cost 47 percent less for each person."

18 Sept

House passes bill to help more students afford a college education
"Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) said today that The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) which was passed by the House of Representatives today is a good bill that will, “end another ten years of government subsidies to banks, estimated at $87 billion, and use the savings for more aid to college students.”"
Feds publish rule returning wolves to endangered
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a rule Wednesday that formally returns gray wolves in the upper Great Lakes region to the endangered species list.  The rule fulfills a deal made with environmental groups in July, when the agency promised to reinstate the wolves’ protected status while considering its next move."
Midgets outlast Mercer
"There were plenty of thrills to go around Tuesday night when the Butternut Midgets and Mercer Tigers faced off in their Indianhead Conference volleyball opener.  After dropping the opening game, Butternut seemingly took command with a pair of impressive wins. But after the Tigers clawed their way back, the Midgets had to regroup for a 16-25, 25-13, 25-14, 23-25, 15-12 win."
Kimball native playing Little Finland on Sunday
"A Kimball native whose act includes a singing frog will perform Sunday afternoon at Little Finland.  Arne Salli, of Wausau, plays guitar and sings Finnish and American folksongs."
Consultant to Ohio -- again
"Williams, known to many area businesses as consultant Ty Williams from Level 5 Consultants of Washington, D.C., waived extradition in Iron County Circuit Court on Wednesday."
Devils sweep triangular with Speedgirls, Tigers
"It was a night of volleyball with many twists and turns, but Ironwood came away with a sweep over Bessemer and Mercer on Thursday. "
Flu Immunizations
"Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake says while people are closely watching for the swine flu, they shouldn't overlook the threat of seasonal flu."
  • Nearby states hit harder by downturn
    "Wisconsin had 3.9% fewer jobs last month than in August 2008, a drop of 112,000 positions.  Iowa was set back 3.2% in the same period. Minnesota fell 4.3%. All other nearby states had 12-month job losses exceeding the national rate of 4.4%. Ohio was down 12.4%."
  • State jobless rate is 8.4% as job losses continue
    "But after even wider deficits from March through June, Dennis Winters, the state's chief labor economist, took heart from the latest data.  "The fact that we're under 4% now in year-to-year job losses is another indicator I think that things are slowly turning around," Winters said."
Research results that don't surprise anyone
""Mmmmmmm ... Cheap beer: When drinks are cheap, patrons tend to consume more of them, according to a survey of 804 patrons exiting seven bars adjacent to a large university in the Southeast. But as prices rise, patrons still drink -- just not as much. Researchers at San Diego State University's Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies will publish their findings in the November issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research."
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 18 Sep 09
Groups Seek to End Legal Hiring Bias by Religious Charities - Washington Post
"The groups, which include a who's who of religious denominations and civil rights advocates, want the president to fulfill a campaign pledge last year in which Obama said that he would curtail federal funding to religious organizations that proselytize and that hire only people who are members of the same faith."
Working together, unions around the world can provide a strong counterbalance to the power of multinational corporations
"Resolution 9, “A Labor Movement Agenda for a Stronger, Cleaner and More Just Global Economy,” lays out principles to bring together unions across national borders, to counterbalance the power of multinational corporations, encourage international cooperation to recover from the financial crisis and protect the lives and rights of workers around the world."
Insurance Company Must Pay $10 Million For Revoking Policy Of Teen With HIV - Huffington Post
"The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. The court called the 2002 decision by the insurance company "reprehensible."  That appears to be the most an insurance company has ever been ordered to pay in a case involving the practice known as rescission, in which insurance companies retroactively cancel coverage for policyholders based on alleged misstatements - sometimes right after diagnoses of life-threatening diseases."
Real Tyranny  - Mother Jones
"Members of the panel, all appointees of Republican presidents, characterized Ashcroft's detention policy as "repugnant to the Constitution, and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history."... the panel considered such preemptive detentions "an engine of political tyranny.""
The Illiteracy of Teabaggers and 9/12 Protesters - Buzz Flash
"We have seen a number of signs from teabaggers and 9/12 protests. Their creators took considerable time and effort to make those signs. But they didn't always spellcheck them. We received a nice collection of these misspelled signs. Enjoy!!"

17 Sept

Mierzewski/Thier win men's league title at Eagle Bluff
"Night beat morning at Eagle Bluff's men's league championship. Gary Mierzewski and Eric Thier, evening league champions, defeated Bill Heikkinen and Wayne Mathis, morning league champions, in the final nine-hole match."
AHS spikers notch sweep of Midgettes
""We're having a hard time getting our offense going," said Hurley coach Liz Constantini. "Our defense is coming around a little, but our offense isn't where it needs to be."  Stephanie Nevala paced the Midgettes with 10 kills and three aces, and Joanna Aijala dished out 14 assists."
Bull Moose Encounter
""This is in the front yard, this is one of the very first pictures I got."  Stelter says a Bull Moose wandered into his yard--hung out for a few minutes and then went back where he came from."
State jobless rate hits 8.4% as job losses continue
"The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that employers had 112,000 fewer jobs last month than in August 2008, a 3.8% drop that was slightly larger than the 12-month gap in July.  Job cuts continued across most major sectors, except educational and health services and government. Manufacturing has lost 49,800 jobs since August 2008."
State computer project costs 7 times more than estimate
"Consolidating servers so far has cost $90.9 million, far above the original estimate of $12.8 million, according to a sweeping report Thursday by the Legislative Audit Bureau. The project is supposed to wrap up next summer.  The computer project is part of a broad effort to streamline state government launched by Gov. Jim Doyle in March 2005 that has often come up short."
New exotic pests attack state's tree population
"The pests – an insect and a fungus – work in tandem and are responsible for causing beech bark disease.  The disease affects only American beech trees and was found recently in Door County."
Rep. Davis to look into run for lieutenant governor
"Among Republicans, Superior Mayor Dave Ross has said he'll run for lieutenant governor. Several others are considering it, including Tom Farley of Madison, who is the brother of late comedian Chris Farley."
Teen Birth Rates Higher in States Where Religion Is Widespread - US News and World Report
"In the study, researchers compared U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on teen birth rates with data from the Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscapes Survey. A state's level of religious belief was determined by averaging the percentage of respondents who agreed with the eight most conservative opinions in the survey, such as "Scripture should be taken literally, word for word.""
Memorial Service Held for Slain Anti-Abortion Protester - NY Times
"The police said the man charged in the killing, Harlan J. Drake, a local truck driver, had been bothered by Mr. Pouillon’s graphic opposition, displayed as children came to school. Mr. Drake is also charged in the murder of a local businessman who was killed the same day over a separate grudge, according to the authorities, who said that a third victim might have been killed if the police had not intervened."
"Today’s affiliation marks a huge step forward in the push for unaffiliated unions to rejoin the AFL-CIO. In the coming months, Trumka will continue to lead conversations on reaffilation to strengthen the labor movement and fight for an economy that works for all."

"On 9.12.2009, we went to Washington DC to document the Tea Party protests against, well, a lot of things, including health insurance reform, the IRS, abortion, global warming, and our "socialist/communist/fascist/Nazi/Muslim " president, Barack Obama. Some of them called for a return to McCarthyism, while others called for Glenn Beck to run for office--indeed, it seemed the only thing that everyone agreed on was Fox News."

Poll: One in Three New Jersey Conservatives Thinks Obama Might Be the Anti-Christ - Washington Independent
"Public Policy Polling’s habit of asking revealing, bizarre questions continues with a survey of New Jersey voters that find ... Eighteen percent of “conservative” voters think Obama is the Anti-Christ. Seventeen percent are not sure."

16 Sept

  • Midgettes drop home opener
    ""I think we're getting better," Hurley coach Liz Constantini said. "Our offense needs to step up a little bit. Ashland's a bigger school. They have a pretty good program.""
  • Swartz wins round two
    "Sometimes the sequel does live up to the billing. Hurley's Katelyn Swartz won in three close sets and a tiebreaker to beat Ironwood's Abbey Moore 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) on Tuesday."
Report: Great Lakes toxic cleanups lagging badly
"Cleanup of the most polluted sites in the Great Lakes is moving so slowly it will take 77 more years to finish the job at the existing pace, according to a federal report.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still does not know the full extent of the problem even though the highly contaminated spots were identified two decades ago, said the report by the agency’s inspector general."
Safe Prescription Drug Disposals Run Through November
"Many people flush them down toilets, but studies show the drugs can affect aquatic life or end up in trace amounts in drinking water.  But drugs also shouldn't be tossed in the garbage because kids might find them.  So the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has distributed $75,000 in grants to county and municipal governments to fund the free collections."
Energy Efficient Farm
"Energy efficient equipment like this low cost lighting, a milk plate cooler that cools milk by using electricity produced by well water, and this vacuum pump system that has a motor that doesn't have to run at full speed.  Breitenmoser says he gets a lot of his ideas from a group called Focus on Energy."
Democrats to tackle drunken driving, jobs
"Democrats also still are working behind the scenes with Gov. Jim Doyle and others on a bill that will ensure Wisconsin can qualify for more than $4 billion in federal education stimulus money."
Tosa school chief says he was wrong to ban Obama speech - WauwatosaNOW.com
"Ertl said he has received a lot of feedback from district residents and staff regarding the issue. That feedback continued at Monday's School Board meeting, when all seven board members and six residents roundly criticized Ertl's decision to not show the 20-minute speech that was focused on working hard in school, setting educational goals and taking responsibility for learning. No one present spoke in support of Ertl's decision."
Transition to new area codes begins for 715 and 920 regions
"In a letter this week to local governments posted on the PSC's Web site, the commission said that beginning Oct. 17, callers in the 715 area code may start using 10-digit dialing - including the area code - to connect calls within the area code. Ten-digit dialing will become mandatory in August, a month after the new 534 area code is activated."
Man charged with 5th OWI for scooter-on-interchange incident
"Daniel Samplanski, 35, of Milwaukee was charged Tuesday with drunken driving on a three-wheeled electric scooter - in the middle of the Marquette Interchange.  How does one drive a piece of health care equipment onto the ramp from southbound I-43 to eastbound I-794? According to the criminal complaint, Samplanski was too drunk to say."
Senate adopts stronger penalties for no-call list violations
"State senators voted Tuesday to make it more expensive for telemarketers who violate the state's no-call list, increasing the maximum penalty from $100 per violation to $10,000 per violation.  The Senate also voted to set uniform state standards for building windmills and wind farms."
Flu cases up 74 percent at UW-Madison
"University Health Services reported that 345 students with flu-like symptoms were evaluated in week two (Sept. 6-12) of the fall semester, compared to 198 in the first week (Sept. 1-5).  While the number of flu cases is up, UHS' executive director, Dr. Sarah Van Orman, said she didn't think the outbreak was growing exponentially."
College education 'on verge of radical reordering'
"Colleges also sell information, with a slightly different promise -- a degree, a better job and access to brilliant minds. As with newspapers, some of these features are now available elsewhere. A student can already access videotaped lectures, full courses and openly available syllabuses online. And in five or 10 years, the curious 18- (or 54-) year-old will be able to find dozens of quality online classes, complete with take-it-yourself tests, a bulletin board populated by other 'students,' and links to free academic literature.""
As cases increase, H1N1 contingency plans surface
"The first level involves canceling large events and gatherings, while the second involves shutting down all campus operations, according to Van Orman.  In anticipation of this second tier, professors are being encouraged to prepare for a 12-week semester in addition to their 16-week course plan."
The Time Is Now for Health Care Reform, Safe Workplaces - AFL-CIO
"With a vote on health care reform coming soon to Congress, delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention today passed two strong resolutions to provide quality affordable health care and another to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.  They also took immediate action on the floor to mobilize against the insurance industry that is profiting by denying health care to patients who need it and raising premiums."

The Health Insurance Racket - Brave New Films
"Welcome to the American health insurance industry. Instead of helping policyholders attain the health security they need for their families, big insurance companies get rich by denying coverage to patients. Now theyre sending lobbyists to Washington, DC to twist the arms of lawmakers to oppose reform of the status quo. Why? Because the status quo pays."


15 Sept

Sustainable Design Tour set for next month
"The event is designed to educate participants on principles of sustainability and energy-efficiency as related to homes and landscaping.  The guided tour will feature four sites, each highlighting various aspects of eco-friendly design."
Hurley stops Phillips
"Hurley's Kristina and Kayla Williams lost the first set in No. 1 doubles 5-7, but came back to win the next two games easily -- 6-0, 6-1 -- over Phillips' Emily Eklund and Nicole Scherh."
Wisconsin Bill Would Ban Young Drivers From Using Cell Phones
"Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch of Milwaukee says the Legislature should discuss banning everyone from using a cell phone while driving. But she says starting with younger drivers is a good first step."
Cost for employer-provided insurance up 5% this year
"The average cost of health insurance provided by employers rose to $13,375 for family coverage this year, with employees on average paying $3,515 and employers paying $9,860, according to an annual survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association."
It's a date: NASCAR schedules include Mile
"“All I can say is that our discussions with the promoter have gone very well and Milwaukee is currently on the 2010 schedule; like all other events on the schedule there is a sanction in place,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in an e-mail.  The NASCAR dates were in jeopardy because the previous promoter, Wisconsin Motorsports, failed to pay the sanctioning body at least a portion of what it was owed for races this June."
State Treasurer blames deputy for hiring Dem loyalists
"Reversing herself from a past statement, Sass said in an interview last week the politically motivated hires included two that had been called into question by a Wisconsin State Journal report last year and said they had been suggested by Gov. Jim Doyle's office.  A Doyle spokesman denied the claim."
Results of LdF primary thrown out, new vote Sept. 21
"Lac du Flambeau tribal member Crystal Poupart was one of a small group of protesters that gathered Friday afternoon at Hwy. 47 and Peace Pipe Road to protest the recent decision to nullify the Sept. 1 tribal primary election results and schedule a new Sept. 21 primary election following allegations of electioneering filed by candidates Mike Christensen and Mryon Doud."
State church group pushes health care reform  - Journal Sentinel
"The Wisconsin Council of Churches is urging all people of faith to lobby their Congressmen on Tuesday in support of health care reform, part of a nationwide call-in by advocates for universal, affordable coverage.  "We've always believed that health care reform is fundamentally a moral issue," said Scott Anderson, executive director of the council, which represents about 2,000 Christian congregations."
A.F.L.-C.I.O. to Push for Overhaul With Public Option - NY Times
"The labor federation — representing nearly 10 million workers and one of the most powerful lobbying forces in the nation — is scheduled to approve the resolution the same day that Mr. Obama speaks at the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s convention in Pittsburgh.  The resolution states, “For more than 100 years, America’s unions have called for universal coverage built on a social insurance model.”"
Physician Views on the Public Health Insurance Option and Medicare Expansions - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"A RWJF survey summarized in the September 14, 2009 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 62.9 percent of physicians nationwide support proposals to expand health care coverage that include both public and private insurance options ... A majority of physicians (58%) also support expanding Medicare eligibility to those between the ages of 55 and 64."
Beck loses 50 percent of his advertising dollars. - Think Progress
"ColorOfChange.org launched their campaign at the end of that week and since then, 62 advertisers have distanced themselves from Beck. Data collected for the week ending September 6, 2009 shows Beck’s estimated ad revenue at $492,000, equal to a loss of $568,000."



14 Sept

HURLEY CITY COUNCIL - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
  • Police, Fire & License Committee – 6:00 P.M.
  • Board of Public Works
  • Finance Committee
  • City Council Meeting - 6:30 P.M.
Midgets emerge with big victory over CF-FP
"In a back-and-forth slugfest between two Great Western Conference powers, it was the Hurley Midgets who had the final say in matters.  Josh Thiede’s 4-yard run with 5:50 provided the game’s sixth and final lead change between the Midgets and Crystal Falls-Forest Park. From there, the Midgets held on for a 28-21 victory over Trojans Friday night."
Regular season Canada goose begins Sept. 16
"Regular season Canada goose hunting in the Horicon and Collins zones will begin on Sept. 16. Similar to last year, the 2009 regular season in the Exterior zone will not open until Saturday, Sept. 19, which also marks the start of the two-day Youth Waterfowl hunt."
Ashland named one of best places to live by Outdoor Life
"The magazine used extensive datato score 200 towns on available sporting opportunities and quality-of-life for its second annu al ranking. Lewiston, ID, population 31,794, took top honors on the magazine’s “Best Places to Live” list.   Ashland, Wis., came in at number 43 on the list... Marquette, Mich., the easternmost town in the top ten, jumped five spots to No. 2 on the list."
Teaching service
"Abbey Hallberg, AmeriCorps VISTA for Iron County, and Aaron Ruotsala, president of COLE's Foundation, led the assemblies, where students' past service learning accomplishments were celebrated and students brainstormed for upcoming projects."
  • Hurley girls finish 1-3 at Ashland
    "The Hurley volleyball team went 1-3 in its first action of the season Saturday at a tournament in Ashland."
  • Finally! Hurley beats Forest Park
    "Hurley finally -- yes, finally -- beat Crystal Falls Forest Park in a 28-21 thriller at Veterans Memorial Field.  Hurley joined the Great Western Conference in 2000 and lost the first nine games to the Trojans, who appeared in the last five MHSAA state final games."
Radio Network
9/11 a day to remember and to serve
"A volunteer expert with the government says people all over are taking part including some in Wisconsin. Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service, says Americorps VISTA members will hold three assemblies in Hurley, Wisconsin for high schoolers on serving their communities. In the following weeks the students will canvas their neighborhoods to create such programs."
Drunken Driving Laws
"In a state that's known for its taverns and breweries, the topic of drunken driving laws evokes some strong opinions.  Now there's increasing pressure on lawmakers to make those laws tougher."
Interest in sustainable-energy buildings grows
"Energy-efficient lights and heating, ventilation and cooling systems and construction materials that give off fewer fumes are among the measures taken to obtain the certification, Aspirus officials said."
Tuition increase, budget cuts prompt UWM rally
"Critics of $20 million in budget cuts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plan a noon rally Monday.  The protesters, who are expected to include students and staff, are calling for a cut in tuition, for rescinding a pay cut for university employees and rescinding budget cuts."
Curiosities: Why are coyotes, bears moving closer to cities?
"Animal populations constantly shift in response to predators, diseases and the food supply, Treves notes, and that is what we are seeing. "These populations have been recovering, and they are expanding their ranges, and that brings them closer to people. And we create habitat that is good for them, with ample food. Coyotes don't need much space, but they do need groundhogs, chipmunks and rabbits, which are easy to find in cities and suburbs.""
Domestic violence victims have a "pre-existing condition"? - SEIU
"Words cannot describe the sheer inhumanity of this claim. It serves as yet further proof that our insurance system is broken, destroyed by the profit-mongering of the very companies who's sole purpose should be to provide Americans with access to care when they need it most."
Republic Windows CEO charged in plot to loot the company - Chicago Tribune
"After Republic Windows and Doors abruptly shuttered its North Side plant last winter, some of the 200 union workers who lost their jobs peacefully refused to leave for several days, demanding wages they'd earned and becoming a national symbol of the economic crisis.  On Thursday Cook County prosecutors made a startling allegation: The sudden plant closing was all part of a monthslong plot by the head of Republic Windows to loot the business, steal key manufacturing equipment and set up a new operation in Iowa."
ABC News Was Misquoted on Crowd Size - ABC
"Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, the group that organized the event, said on stage at the rally that ABC News was reporting that 1 million to 1.5 million people were in attendance... At no time did ABC News, or its affiliates, report a number anywhere near as large. ABCNews.com reported an approximate figure of 60,000 to 70,000 protesters, attributed to the Washington, D.C., fire department. In its reports, ABC News Radio described the crowd as "tens of thousands.""
EIA: Clean air, clean water, clean energy jobs bill would make America more energy independent, cutting U.S. foreign oil bill $650 billion through 2030, saving $5,600 per household - Climate Progress
"Overall oil imports would decline by 590,000 barrels per day by the year 2020 under ACES, according to EIA . This is roughly equivalent to the total amount of oil we imported from Iraq in 2008 (620,000 barrels per day). Over the next twenty years, America would save $650 billion on foreign oil (cumulatively through 2030). This is in constant 2007 dollars, and is calculated by applying EIA’s forecast of oil prices to EIA’s projected savings in oil imports."

11 Sept

Local partnership seeks part of $475 million in Great Lakes Funding
"The funding would be used to target significant problems in the bay area watersheds such as removing invasive species, reducing sources of non-point source pollution, and cleaning up contaminated sediment and significant erosion. Projects will also address effective monitoring and citizen education surrounding these regional issues. The grant will focus in part on the unique natural resources of the area and how preserving those resources is one of the key elements of a watershed wide restoration initiative."
Timber sale to play large role in range's future
"The fate of the Pence Archery Range is tied to a fall timber sale.  A timber sale on the north 80 acres of a 152-acre parcel in the town of Pence was authorized Thursday by the Iron County Finance Committee.  The sale of hardwood and softwood will be awarded to the highest bidder, said county clerk Mike Saari. Iron County will get the stumpage payment."
Marathon comeback
"After two sun-drenched hours, Ironwood's Abbey Moore prevailed over Hurley's Katlyn Swartz 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).  The Midgettes already had won the day by that point and most everyone stayed to watch the exciting match."
Youth Hunting Receives Funding
"The Department of Natural Resources has laid out a plan that includes about $35,000 to reimburse organizations that hold hunting education events for young people.  The agency also plans to put $8,000 toward starter kits for new turkey hunters."
Update To Groundwater Protection Laws
"Black says the group will be focused on drafting proposals to better protect drinking water supplies as well as lakes, streams and wetlands dependent on groundwater.  The group will seek input from scientific experts, affected industries, municipal water utilities and conservationists."
Senators support Obama on health care reform
""I'm glad he laid out the need and value of a public option approach," Feingold said. "I hope he doesn't negotiate it away."  Another major issue in health care reform is how to control rising costs in the system, something Sen. Herb Kohl discussed with Obama and about a dozen moderate Democrats on Thursday."
Tom Farley, late comedian's brother, might run for lieutenant governor
"If he runs, Farley would face Superior Mayor Dave Ross in a Republican primary next year. Milwaukee Ald. T. Anthony Zielinski is running as a Democrat, and other candidates on both sides are considering a run.  Democratic Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton is running for governor."
Clunkers program gave huge boost to August vehicle sales here
"The Cash for Clunkers program did what it was intended to do, according to August vehicle sales statistics for south central Wisconsin reported by Reg-Trak Inc.  In Dane County in August, there were 2,194 new vehicle sales, up 40.4 percent over the 1,562 in August 2008. That included 1,192 new car sales, 42.0 percent above the 839 a year ago, and 1,002 new truck sales, 38.5 percent more than the 723 a year ago."
For those who wonder about the lack of articles from the Capital Times lately, it is because the articles on their website and the WS Journal's website are identical.  The newspaper business is collapsing.  Sorry. - Bob
WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 11 Sep 09
Faith-Based Double Standards - The Wall Street Journal
"This scant media attention is all the more incredible given that, as Americans United for Separation of Church and State has noted, Mr. Obama has left "the entire architecture of the Bush Faith-Based Initiative intact—every rule, every regulation, every executive order." More controversially, the office has become a major hub of political outreach"
More Poverty, Lower Wages, Shrinking Health Care. The USA Today - AFL-CIO
"In 2008, median earnings for workers who worked full-time, year-round were $41,030, down 2 percent (in inflation adjusted terms) from 2007, when earnings were $41,869. This is the largest drop in real earnings for full-time, year-round workers since 1981. EPI reports the number of full-time, year-round workers in 2008 fell by an incredible 4.2 percent over 2007 employment, representing a loss of 4.6 million full-time, year-round workers."
Shimkus The 2nd Grader - Progress Illinois
"Yesterday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jamie Riley wrote in response: "Wilson offered an apology to President Barack Obama today. Now it’s Shimkus’ turn to apologize."  Sounds right to us.  It's fine to disagree with the president. But at least have the decency to hear him out in full."

10 Sept

Eagles, Midgettes claim meets
"Hurley, though, got a sixth from Channel Youngs in 18:07 and made up ground when Erin Gulan took ninth in 18:22 and Caitlin Maki and Courtney Houtari wound up 12th and 13th in 18:36 and 18:44. With Miranda Manzanares and Jessica Mackey both finishing before Ironwood’s final two scorers in 17th and 19th, the Midgettes were able to squeak out the win."
Delivery to continue as usual for Gile boxholders
"The survey results are in and boxholders at the former Gile Post Office will continue to pick up their mail at the Gile facility until the U.S. Postal Service determines its next course of action."
Nearly 9 Percent In WI Without Health Insurance
"That's 8.9 percent of Wisconsin's 5.5 million people, down from 9.1 percent in 2007 and far below the national rate of 15.5 percent in 2008.  Only three states, Minnesota, Hawaii and Massachusetts, had lower percentages of people with no medical coverage than Wisconsin in 2008."
Apostle Islands to be featured on quarter
"Five coins will be minted each year, but Wisconsin's won't be minted until 2018.  "Not only are the Apostle Islands one our state's most beautiful destinations, but they are a testament to our history of stewardship and the bright future ahead of us," Doyle said in a statement.  A list of all 56 sites to be honored in the quarter program is available at www.usmint.gov."
Road rage incident pits Smart car vs. SUV
""From there, they sped down Pilgrim Road at speeds up to 70 mph. While driving down Pilgrim, hand gestures were exchanged," Horter said.  The speed limit on Pilgrim Road in Brookfield is 35 mph.  Pilgrim Road narrows from four lanes to two lanes south of Lisbon Road. At that point, the Smart car driver was in front of the SUV. The SUV tried to pass on the left and the Smart car went in front of him, Horter said.  The SUV driver then tried to go around on the right, and the Smart car cut in front of him again, Horter said.  The SUV veered to the right, left the roadway, hit a utility pole and rolled over, throwing the driver out of the car, Horter said.
State's alt-fuels grant is biggest in U.S.
"A $15 million alternative fuels grant won by Wisconsin recently from the U.S. Department of Energy is the single largest grant awarded across the country, the governor’s office said Wednesday.  The grant will be used to help more than 119 Wisconsin communities and businesses invest in more than 500 alternative-fuel vehicles."
UW-Madison takes steps to prevent massive outbreak of swine flu
"The entryway to the basement of Carson Gulley Commons on the UW-Madison campus isn't blocked off with hazard tape, but visitors might want to enter at their own risk.  The Lakeshore lounge area has been transformed into an "isolation room," or a space where students with the flu can stay to avoid infecting other students.  Furnished spartanly, but stocked with thermometers, cable TV and water bottles, UW-Madison has designated a handful of such rooms across campus in an attempt to avoid a massive outbreak of H1N1, or swine flu."
INDEPENDENT: How a rag became the paper of record
"“The Badger Herald remains, to this day, vigorously independent of UW subsidy and entirely self-managed and controlled,” Loniello said.  The UW Board of Regents at one point wanted to match the funding it provided to the Cardinal, but Loniello continually refused, telling them the Herald would not accept the money even if they voted to grant it.  Today, the Herald continues to operate off advertising revenue, with nearly 70 salaried employees and dozens of contributors."
Sounds of Silence - Christianity Today
"Meanwhile, the government has shown support for the politically connected New Methodist Church by approving a crusade at a 20,000-seat national sports stadium for the newly created rival denomination, according to The Australian.  Observers say the government's restrictive attitude toward the Methodist Church stems from concerns that the ethnic Fijian-dominated church could destabilize the current regime and its efforts to remove employment and electoral protections for indigenous Fijians from island law and life."
Employee Free Choice Act Backers Out by the Hundreds of Thousands This Summer - AFL-CIO
"In a letter to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Michael Day, a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) in Louisiana, writes that in the face of more than 25,000 acts of discrimination against employees trying to form a union every year, Congress must pass the Employee Free Choice Act:..."
Take our Facebook quiz and find out: What do quizzes really reveal about you? - ACLU
"Even if your Facebook profile is "private," when you take a quiz, an unknown quiz developer could be accessing almost everything in your profile: your religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pictures, and groups. Facebook quizzes also have access to most of the info on your friends' profiles. This means that if your friend takes a quiz, they could be giving away your personal information too."
"You LIe!"
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09 Sept

Iron County Stormy Kromer Pursuit 2010
"Iron County, Wisconsin lies in the snow belt region of Lake Superior and receives ample snowfall on a regular basis. The Stormy Kromer Pursuit will let you discover two of Iron County's Nordic areas while challenging your classical and freestyle capabilities. The race weekend will start in Historic Montreal on Saturday with the classical 10km race. Then on Sunday take a short drive to Mercer for the 15 km freestyle event."
Lakes turn back Midgets
"Lake Linden-Hubbell quarterback Brett Gervais connected with Travis Ambuehl for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:44 remaining Saturday afternoon to left the Lakes to a 22-14 victory over the Hurley Midgets in a clash of Great Western Conference heavyweights."
Hurley the Hot Spot
"Silver Street in Hurley was abuzz with excitement Saturday as a steady flow of people patronized 45 vendors who displayed their wares during the annual Festivale Italiano celebration. The event was sponsored by the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce."
Local Lawmaker Deployed to Iraq
"tate Rep. Scott Suder, an Abbotsford Republican, says he will ship out later this fall to join members of the Wisconsin National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing. Members of the wing were ordered to Iraq in August. They're expected to leave later this month."
Machine ignites small fire at Falls Harley plant
"Nearly 100 workers at the Harley-Davidson plant on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls evacuated the building Wednesday morning after a parts washing machine overheated and started on fire, authorities reported.  Employees doused the flames with fire extinguishers, and firefighters spent about an hour venting smoke from the manufacturing space."
State revokes Hurtgen's law license
"A former state official who later pleaded guilty to being part of a pay-to-play corruption scheme in Illinois had his law license revoked Wednesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court... In Wisconsin, Hurtgen worked for then-Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, rising to the No. 2 job in the Administration Department..."
UW may suspend doctor's note rule
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising universities not to require a doctor's note for sick students and employees, saying doctors may be extremely busy and unable to provide documentation in a timely fashion."
Doyle renews push for transit plan
"Gov. Jim Doyle announced a revised plan to jump-start regional transit Tuesday, including giving Milwaukee County the authority to raise local sales taxes by 0.5% to help pay for local bus service and a commuter rail line."
Gubernatorial candidate Neumann wants to limit spending to below inflation rate
"Neumann made the pledge Tuesday morning as he formally announced his run for governor in an unusual online news conference.  Neumann said as governor he would limit the growth in government spending to 1 percent below the rate of inflation."
Swine flu continues spread through campus
"Defining flu-like symptoms as a fever more than 100 degrees accompanied by either a sore throat or a cough, epidemiologist for UHS Craig Roberts said before last week, only 3 percent of UHS visits were for such symptoms.  Over the course of last week, however, the percentage of UHS contacts relating to the flu jumped to 15 percent."
Judge won't reduce bond in church fraud trials - Miami Herald
"Prosecutors say Reeves and his three sons - Chip, 44; Chris, 40; and Josh, 32 - set up a company called Alanar Inc. and used it to dupe church members into a Ponzi scheme that played on their faith. They are accused of urging the members to purchase bonds to support church construction projects and using the money to buy themselves planes and sports cars.  They are accused of duping about 11,000 people into buying bonds worth $120 million, diverting money from new investments to pay off previous investors and pocketing about $6 million."
Worker “Prisoners Of AT&T” Sent Home For Wearing Protest T-Shirts - Workers Independent News
"As a result of the stalled negotiations, some workers represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1298 wore t-shirts that read “Prisoner of AT$T” where the ampersand is replaced by a dollar sign. The company refused to let workers who would be dealing with customers directly to wear the shirts on the job and according to the company offered the workers the option of changing shirts or going home for the day."
A Threat to Fair Elections  - New York Times
"If corporations are allowed to spend from their own treasuries on elections — rather than through political action committees, which take contributions from company employees — it would usher in an unprecedented age of special-interest politics.  Corporations would have an enormous say in who wins federal elections. They would be able to use this influence to obtain subsidies, stimulus money and tax loopholes and to undo protections for investors, workers and consumers."
Your Local Fire Department Now Doubles as Health Care Provider - AFT-CIO
"Says Fire Fighters (IAFF) President Harold Schaitbeger:
The EMS transport and emergency care systems are being used for health issues that are more appropriate for a family doctor—and it’s not free. It’s paid for by the insured in the form of higher premiums and by taxpayers as taxes are raised to cover the extra cost."

08 Sept

Airport to host fourth annual fly-in on Saturday
"Aircraft will be on display at the Gogebic-Iron County Airport on Saturday, during the airport's fourth annual fly-in celebration.  The annual fly-in is free to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the stone hangar on Airport Road, according to airport manager Duane DuRay."
Lakes down Hurley on late touchdown pass
"With Hurley and the Lakes tied 14-14, Brett Gervais found Travis Ambuehl open in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown with 1:49 left. Lake Linden held on to beat the Midgets 22-14 for the fifth straight year in a thrilling Great Western Conference game on a hot afternoon."
Army Corps inks wetlands agreement with Bad River
"According to a news release issued by the Army Corps’ St. Paul District, the agreement discusses how the Bad River Band and the Corps will work together to review Section 404 permit application under the Clean Water Act and in determining wetland compensatory mitigation on lands within the Bad River Reservation."
Bigboy to face Wiggins in Bad River election
"Incumbent Bad River Tribal Chairman Eugene Bigboy will face off against Mike Wiggins in the November 3 general elections after the two emerged as the leading vote-getters in a tribal caucus earlier this week."
Foreclosure Recommendations
"Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, a Democrat from Janesville, says he'll outline recommendations for changes in state law being made by a task force that studied foreclosures.  Sheridan's office says the Legislature will act on the recommendations this year."
Summer Business
"Despite a rocky start to the season and a weak economy, business owners in the Northwoods say they had a pretty successful summer.  At the St. Germain Flea Market, staff say this has been one of their best summers yet."
Auction this week to bring state vehicles sold to 500
"Assembly Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald is a Republican from Horicon. He says Doyle used the selling of state vehicles to distract from more dire budget problems.  Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance president Todd Berry says the move is more symbolic than substantial, but people can understand reducing the state car fleet better than most other budget decisions."
Out of ammo
"And when you can find it, it's not cheap. Pro-gun chat rooms are rife with gun owners reeling from prices that have nearly doubled over the past year, in some cases costing more than $1 a bullet.  Police also are feeling the pinch. An officer with the Madison Police Department has to fire at least 350 handgun rounds and 50 to 100 rifle rounds a year to maintain proficiency. Multiply that by 430 officers, and you're talking some real money."
Texas schools scrambling over Bible literacy law - Associated Press
"To ensure religious neutrality legislators mandated teacher training, state-approved materials and curriculum standards considered adequate by the attorney general. However, lawmakers did not specify what that training would include or provide funding.  The state Board of Education provided little additional guidance. It said the curriculum for independent studies classes in English and social studies already covered the biblical material. Texas Education Agency officials said they did not request funding because materials and training were already covered for those two courses."
Health care reform 'too important an issue' to fail, labor leaders insist  - Chicago Sun Times
""I just think this is too important of an issue," said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. "There will be health care reform."  With the average family health insurance premium costing $12,000 a year and expected to double by 2016, inaction isn't an option, union representatives contend."
Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers - AFL-CIO
"The large majority of our respondents (86 percent) worked enough consecutive hours to be
legally entitled to at least one meal break during the previous week. Of these workers, more than two-thirds (69 percent) received no break at all, had their break shortened, were interrupted by their employer, or worked during the break—all of which constitute a violation of meal break law."
Laura Bush defends Obama school speech - CNN Political Ticker
"I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same,"
Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case - Yahoo News
"A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled Friday that the claims of a former University of Idaho student plausibly suggest Ashcroft purposely used the material witness statute to detain suspects whom he wished to investigate and detain preventively.  "We find this to be repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history," Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. wrote."
Obama's Big Question - TPM
"President Obama is going to speak to Congress on Wednesday about Health Care Reform. He should start with this chart and simply ask, "Will everyone who thinks this system is working please stand up?""
[To see the large version of the graphs, click here. - Bob]

07 Sept


Pullman StrikeHaymarket Massacre, Battle of Virden, Battle of Homestead ... Happy Labor Day!

"The Iron County Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:00 AM at the Iron County Courthouse, Hurley, Wisconsin. The meeting is open to the public per Chapter 19, sub Chapter V, Wisconsin Statutes. (Open Meeting Law)"
Hurley lands fire funds
"The Hurley Fire Department has received a 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $37,655, with the funds earmarked for turn-out gear.  Hurley fire chief Darrell Petrusha applied for the grant in April 2008."
DOT Audits Road Construction
"Legislative auditors questioned in May whether the state was doing enough to ensure highways are being built with enough concrete to make them last. They found some road builders were not documenting required measurements of the pavement's thickness."
Pedal Pubs in Wisconsin?
"The bar is set on four car tires with patrons seated on either side, each with a set of pedals to power the vehicle. One person steers and brakes, which allows others to pedal, quench their thirst and socialize."
Unions focus on energy, economy
""The labor force creates the middle class," Holden said. "The middle class carries the load on pretty much everything; we make the economy move. ... The middle class is shrinking rapidly.""
Daily News
Wiring the Northwoods
"According to the tribe’s vice chair, Angela Moe, the tribe was looking at a future beyond gaming and realizing that information infrastructure was essential for growth.  “The partnership between One Prospect and the Forest County Potawatomi tribe began way before the money was available,” Moe said. “We were looking to the future. Looking at the growth that providing technology could bring to the area. It was part of our plan to diversify."
Village will begin charging for fire crew responses
"The Hobart Village Board has approved an ordinance that establishes fees for fire department services, becoming one of a small but growing number of Wisconsin communities to charge property owners and businesses when fire crews respond to accidents and fires, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette."
Weatherization projects get boost in Wisconsin
"More than 40 states have received about half of the $5 billion allotted for weatherization efforts in the $787 billion stimulus package, according to the Department of Energy. Because that money was sent to hundreds of nonprofit groups scattered across the country, there isn't a clear estimate of how much has been spent so far."
Job losses will make this Labor Day tough for Wisconsin workers
"When the recession began in December 2007, the state's unemployment rate was at 4.5 percent. Since that time the state has lost 137,000 jobs, 85,000 of those in manufacturing and construction, according to July data from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy at UW-Madison. The state's unemployment rate is now 8.7 percent."
Calvin College professors call for discussion about memo warning against homosexual advocacy - The Grand Rapids Press
"Maag said most professors didn't hear about this action until they received the memo.  "The way this was handled feels strange, and there is fear that we'd be heading down a slippery slope when the next issue comes about," she said.  The college in 2008 affirmed its commitment to the Christian Reformed Church's position on homosexuality: that the practice is sinful, but a person's orientation is not.
Fewer workers on this Labor Day - Workers Independent News
"If the numbers include part-timers who would like full time jobs and those who have given up looking the number is estimated to be as high as 16.8 percent. Still, even as those numbers climb the numbers of jobs being slashed each month continues to slow."
A Back to School Message from NASCAR - You Tube
"As school gets started across the country, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya share a motivational message for America's students."
Email: "I Am Honored To Do This" (ACLU) - Media Matters
"FactCheck.org has actually posted an entire article on this exact email.  It says "The claim that the American Civil Liberties Union sued to have crosses removed from military cemeteries is a false one that first circulated six years ago."  And goes on, rightly, to point out that "if the author of this message is really a committed Christian, he or she might profit from a review of the biblical Commandment against bearing false witness. This message violates it repeatedly."  http://www.factcheck.org/2009/07/aclu-and-cemetary-crosses/"

04 Sept

Mercer a Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition
"During a ceremony on Oct. 20 at the State Capitol, representatives of the Promise schools will receive a plaque and $2,000 award, according to a news release Tuesday from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction."
715 Area Code Is Running Out Of New Numbers
"So in 2010 new phone numbers will have the 534 exchange.  The change will start to be phased in for November."
Fall Colors Season Nears
"About 100 observers will be providing updates in all 72 counties so people across the state can find out where the colors are best.  The report is available at TravelWisconsin.com.  State officials say it will be updated regularly, including on Wednesdays so people can use the information to make weekend plans."
State traffic deaths remain low in August
"The department recorded 52 deaths in roadway crashes in August, 35 fewer than the 2008 tally of 87 and below the five-year average for the month. Through the end of August, 350 people had died in traffic crashes in the state, 52 fewer than in the first eight months of 2008."
Deputies to hit road in force during Labor Day weekend
""The deputies will have a zero tolerance for traffic violators, including seat belt violators," Schaffer said.  The extra patrols are made possible through a grant from the Bureau of Traffic Safety of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
CNN, students talk health care reform
"Velshi added the tour is almost a counter to some of the town halls that we’ve seen on television where there is yelling and screaming; people can disagree, but there isn’t the same heat, Velshi said.  “People aren’t talking to a politician, so they don’t have to be angry at me, so I can really hear what people are thinking,” Velshi said."
Backers of climate bill spend more on ads - USA Today
"Also spending heavily: the American Values Network, a religious advocacy group that has pumped about $400,000 into an advertising and e-mail blitz in support of the bill in 14 states, including ads on Christian, country and talk radio.  Executive Director Eric Sapp said he hopes to spend another $400,000 this fall, much of it aimed at senators from manufacturing states that "will come under the most pressure" to oppose the bill."
Young Workers In Free Fall: 1/3 Under 35 Live With Parents - Huffington Post
"On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO released the results of a disturbing new Peter Hart survey, "Young Workers: A Lost Decade" that found that about a third of workers under 35 live at home with their parents, and they're far less likely to have health care or job security than they were ten years ago. Even then, in a 1999 survey, when they faced economic insecurity, they still had reasons to be hopeful.  Those days are long gone. A quarter of young workers say they don't earn enough to even pay their monthly bills, a 14% rise from the last survey."
The Secret’s Over and Out: Bush Chemical Exposure Rule Killed - AFL-CIO
"The secret rule could have led to increased exposure of workers to dangerous chemicals and toxins by changing the way worker exposure is measured. The rule was pushed by Bush political appointees over the objections of career health and safety professionals and kept secret until media reports in July 2008 revealed the plan. "
California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims - California Nurses Association
""With all the dishonest claims made by some politicians about alleged 'death panels' in proposed national legislation, the reality for patients today is a daily, cold-hearted rejection of desperately needed medical care by the nation's biggest and wealthiest insurance companies simply because they don't want to pay for it," said Deborah Burger, RN, CNA/NNOC co-president."
AP again botched net cost of health care plan - Media Matters
"Accounting for bill's savings and revenue increases, CBO found House bill would increase the federal budget deficit by $239 billion. In its July 17 cost estimate of the House tri-committee bill as introduced, CBO explained that its "estimate reflects a projected 10-year cost of the bill's insurance coverage provisions of $1,042 billion, partly offset by net spending changes that CBO estimates would save $219 billion over the same period, and by revenue provisions that [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimates would increase federal revenues by about $583 billion over those 10 years." CBO thus concluded the legislation "would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period." Contrary to the AP's suggestion, CBO has not released a cost estimate of "Obama's proposals." The House bill is the only complete health care reform bill CBO has scored."

03 Sept

Representative Sherman Appointed As Co-Chair of State Technology and Computer Project Oversight Committee
"Representative Gary Sherman (D-Port Wing) has been named co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology. The committee, charged with the important task of monitoring computer upgrades and initiatives on behalf of taxpayers, will hold regular public meetings to review reports from state agencies. Sherman will serve alongside co-chair State Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls)."
Obey visits Hurley to see construction projects
"U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, breezed through Hurley Wednesday morning to discuss construction projects with local officials.  While here, Obey, Hurley Mayor Joseph Pinardi and city council members Jamey Francis and Robert Lanctoe learned from engineers that soil contamination was found at the Poplar Street bridge construction site on the Michigan side. The group walked from city hall to the construction site to check out the progress."
Pence officials resign
"After the Aug. 11 town board meeting, chairman James Maffesanti and supervisors Mike Paternoster and Joe Manzaneres retracted a paving contract they had awarded during that open session, and then awarded the bid to another contractor, without holding another meeting."
How you like dem apples?
"Driving along country roads on the Gogebic Range, it's apparent there's a bountiful and colorful apple crop this summer.  Branches on many trees have snapped under the weight of the apples and the smaller trees seem to be overloaded and bending to ground level."
Visitor Center to test wind power capability
"A preliminary assessment, completed in 2007 by Focus on Energy, showed wind speeds at the center between 10.2 and 11.7 miles per hour — speeds not capable of sustaining a wind farm-scale development, but that could supplement some of the natural gas used to power the center."
Obey hears of positive impact of youth programs
"Congressman Dave Obey, R-Wausau, visited the northland Wednesday for briefings on how American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars have affected programs in the area, stopping in Hurley to see a bridge project and Port Wing to see a $1.4 million wastewater treatment upgrade."
Lac du Flambeau Police Chief Fired
"Tribal officials with the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Band say they made the decision to let Chief Elliot Rising Sun go as of Friday.  According to Tribal President Carl Edwards, "Working generally with the Law Enforcement Committee we felt it was time for a change of direction based on job performance. We'd like to thank Elliot for his 10 years of service with the our police department.""
Senator Feingold To Hold Two Listening Sessions
"The Lincoln County listening session will be held at 10:30 in the morning in the County Board Room at the Lincoln County Service Center in Merrill.  Meanwhile, the Langlade County listening session will be held at 1:15 in the afternoon at the Antigo Public Library."
UW-Madison already seeing students with flu symptoms
"Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are already coming down with symptoms of influenza, university officials said Thursday, though it is not yet clear whether these are cases of the novel swine flu strain that swept through Mexico and the U.S. this spring.  The possible flu cases at UW appear to be part of an early trend at the nation's colleges and universities. The American College Health Association reported that more than half of 165 colleges and universities it surveyed have reported cases of influenza-like illness. The 165 institutions serve more than 2 million students."
Traps in 4 counties turn up only 1 adult ash borer
"Despite a flurry of discoveries this year in Wisconsin, inspections of 279 traps in the four counties turned up only a single adult beetle in Kenosha on Aug. 10.  That's a bit of good news for tree owners in the four counties.  But a state official said Wednesday that Wisconsin remains in the early stages of searching for the invasive pest, which has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States."
Former Regent assistant dean, wife guilty of child sex abuse - HamptonRoads.com
"Court records show the McPhersons manipulated the teens into submitting to fondling, kissing and other sex acts. They cited Bible verses that they said justified the abuse and, afterward, would pray together for God's forgiveness.  On Wednesday, the McPhersons admitted in separate hearings in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to committing the crimes. "
The Public Option is Popular, Moral and Inexpensive, Therefore it Must Die - Huffington Post
"What I'm about to write is old news, but with the apparent prevalence of breaking news stories on cable news about bears wandering into suburban swimming pools, I suppose it's easy for people to forget. Nevertheless, here it is. You may recall that the CBO scored the Kennedy HELP bill as costing around $1 trillion over ten years. But that was an early version of the bill without a public option included. What did the bill cost with the public option inserted into the mix?  $400 billion less."
GOPers Decrying "Socialized Medicine" Go To Govt. Hospital For Surgeries - Huffington Post
"Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.), meanwhile, has warned of the rationing of care, expensive costs, and reduced quality that would come under a government-run health care plan. In April 2003, however, he traveled to Bethesda Naval Hospital to undergo hip replacement surgery in an attempt to alleviate degenerative arthritis in his left hip."
Workers strike after health care yanked - Chicago Sun-Times
"Workers found out their insurance was dropped after they noticed no health care insurance premium deductions were taken out of their paychecks, Berg said.  The union has been in discussions with the company, but has been unable to resolve the matter, which prompted the unfair labor practices strike, he said."
Governor's race heating up with Doyle bowing out - Daily Cardinal - Madison,WI

02 Sept

Festival Italiano, September 5
"The 11th Annual "Festival Italiano" will be held Saturday, September 5, along Silver Street in downtown Hurley. Sponsored by the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce, the event includes a flea market and arts and crafts show from 11am-5pm, live music throughout the day and evening, food, games and fun for the whole family!"
Pumpkin Run ATV Rally, October 8-11
"Iron County boasts the most extensive ATV trail system in the state of Wisconsin. Every thousands of ATV Riders come to Hurley for the Annual ATV Rally. The Hurley and Mercer Chambers are working together to organize the popular and rapidly growing Pumpkin Run ATV rally in the fall in Iron County! The Pumpkin Run has been a big success and organizers plan to reserve Columbus Weekend every year for the annual rally."
LaBarre to make another run for 74th Assembly seat
"LaBarre, a Navy veteran and business owner along with her husband, Ed, said in a statement residents in the the 74th District — which includes all of Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties, and much of Sawyer County — "deserve a representative who works tirelessly to bring jobs to the area instead of voting for measure that send businesses packing."
Senator Feingold To Hold Two Listening Sessions
"Both sessions are expected to last up to an hour.  Senator Feingold has pledged to hold listening sessions in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties each year of his six-year term.  These sessions will mark the 61st and 62nd listening sessions of 2009."
Voter Intimidation Issue To Be Heard Wednesday
"It would increase the penalty for publishing false information about a candidate or referendum from $1,000 and up to six months in jail to $100,000 and up to five years in prison.  The penalty for forcefully trying to stop someone from voting would also increase up to a $100,000 fine and three years in prison."
Median mowing cuts a spending divide
""This is Milwaukee County, this is urban; I think there's a higher expectation of maintenance here. This isn't Hurley, Wisconsin."  No disrespect to Hurley, the Iron County city that uses "Wilderness, Waterfalls and Wildlife" as a slogan. But if you're accustomed to freshly shorn blades on your medians, things might feel a bit rural in certain areas."
Assembly panel advances DNR secretary appointment change
"The Assembly Natural Resources committee voted 10-4 for the change, which would end the current system of the governor appointing the secretary... Supporters of the change say a board-appointed DNR secretary would be more insulated from political pressure than one appointed under the current system."
We Energies announces $250 million biomass plant near Wausau
"The 50-megawatt power plant would generate enough electricity to supply 40,000 homes and would be built by 2013, if approved by state regulators. We Energies will file a formal application for the project early next year.  The project is the first renewable biomass power plant announced by the Milwaukee utility, and the third announced in the state in the past year. Others are planned for Ashland and Madison."
I predict that somewhere in America today, a partisan Republican who thinks his/her waitress at a local retaurant needs to "grow up and buy health insurance" will consider buying health insurance for his/her poodle.
Fragment from world's oldest Bible found hidden in Egyptian monastery - The Independent
"Nikolas Sarris spotted a previously unseen section of the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from about AD350, as he was trawling through photographs of manuscripts in the library of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.  The Codex, handwritten in Greek on animal skin, is the earliest known version of the Bible. Leaves from the priceless tome are divided between four institutions, including St Catherine's Monastery and the British Library..."
AFL-CIO: Young Workers In U.S. Much Worse Off Than Ten Years Ago - Workers Independent News
“We found that young workers are significantly less likely to have health care and economic security than they were yen years ago. We owe them better. The country owes them better. And unless we change it their economic standards are gonna define a very new norm, a norm of lower job and living standards in this country.”
Ridge: Don't Believe Everything You Read -- Especially On My Book Jacket - TPM
"In The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege, Ridge wrote that although Rumsfeld and Ashcroft wanted to raise the alert level, "There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None. I wondered, 'Is this about security or politics?'""

01 Sept

Health Care Telephone forum
"Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) tonight expressed his appreciation to the more than 13,000 constituents who at one time or another participated in a conference call to discuss health care reform. By allowing thousands of people from all across the Seventh District to participate from their own homes, tonight’s forum was the most constructive way to involve the largest number of people possible in a good discussion on this important topic with Congressman Obey."
Obey telephone forum raises health care reform questions
"The Wausau Democrat hosted a large-scale conference call involving a computerized program that contacted some 50,000 households in the seventh district on a random basis, asking residents if they wanted to be part of the hour-long forum."
Hurley blanks Ironwood
"The Hurley Midgets used a touchdown just before the half to jump out to a 22-0 lead Friday night, and the Midgets rolled past the Ironwood Red Devils 36-0 in non-conference football action.  This marked the fourth straight win for the Midgets over the Red Devils. The only other time that had happened was from 1948-51."
Forest Service issues emergency firewood closure order
"In response to the threat of EAB reaching the CNNF, the Forest is tightening restrictions on the movement of firewood. The revised restriction prohibits the possession, storage, or transportation of firewood originating from a distance of more than 25 miles into the forest (unless certified), as well as any firewood from a federal or state quarantined county or area."
Festivale Italiano returns
"Sponsored by the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce, the event includes a flea market and arts and crafts show, live music throughout the day -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., food, games, and fun for the whole family.  Most of the chamber member businesses along and near Silver Street will feature an Italian food menu, according to chamber executive director Jessica Bolich."
Sheriff promoting back-to-school safety
""School's Open" bumper stickers and litter bags are being distributed to the public by the Iron County Sheriff's Department.  Those interested can pick up a free bumper sticker and litter bag at a display set up in the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley, according to sheriff Bob Bruneau."
Obey Holds Healthcare Reform Forum on the Phone
"People on both sides of the debate called in to ask the Congressman questions ranging from how to pay for a healthcare reform bill, to whether or not Power of Attorney rights will be cut."
Officials to Declare Lead Levels in Air Safe
"Wisconsin environmental officials are preparing to declare lead levels in the state's air are safe.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised lead air standards last year.  The state Department of Natural Resources
believes lead levels statewide are within those standards."
Increase In Your Monthly Phone Bill
"The money collected will go to county and local governments to help support police and fire protection services. If phone companies separately list the new fee on bills, it will appear as the "Police and Fire Protection Fee.""
Obey defends health care reform
""It is bound to be controversial, it is bound to be confusing, but I hope that we will bear with each other so that we can finally find a way to clean up a lot of the problems we've had in the health care area for years," the Wausau Democrat said.  Calls went out to about 50,000 residents in the 7th Congressional District, both randomly and by request, Monday evening. In between his own remarks, "
Time Warner drops WisconsinEye programming
"A recent long-term distribution agreement with Charter Communications prompted the move to discontinue service to Time Warner Cable since Time Warner does not have the same type of contract. Discussions throughout the summer between representatives of WisconsinEye and Time Warner didn't reach an agreement in time to avoid ending service on the cable network."
RisingSun out as Ldf tribal police chief
"Lac du Flambeau Tribal chairman Carl Edwards told The Lakeland Times Monday that RisingSun was relieved of his duties Friday morning.  According to Edwards, current Tribal Police Capt. Robert Brandenburg is now the acting head of the department."
Land of milk and Houdini: A Wisconsin Jewish heritage tour
"To fully experience Wisconsin Jewish history, however, you must plan a statewide road trip. The Dairyland-scape is dotted with former synagogues large and small, all with intriguing histories. Jews are remembered in dedicated museums in Milwaukee and Stevens Point, at an apartment building near Hurley’s former red-light district and in business districts from Ashland to Beloit. "
[For further information check Jewish family in early Hurley Sharey Zedek Synagogue. - Bob]
Best-selling Bible translation to be revised, evangelicals to debate gender-inclusive language  - Associated Press
""We want to reach English speakers across the globe with a Bible that is accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand," said Keith Danby, global president and CEO of Biblica, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian ministry that holds the NIV copyright.  But past attempts to remake the NIV for contemporary audiences in different editions have been plagued by controversies about gender language that have pitted theological conservatives against each other."
AFL-CIO, Dems push new Wall Street tax - The Hill
"The AFL-CIO, one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful allies, would like to assess a small tax — about a tenth of a percent — on every stock transaction.  Small and medium-sized investors would hardly notice such a tax, but major trading firms, such as Goldman, which reported $3.44 billion in profits during the second quarter of 2009, may see this as a significant threat to their profits."
Extremely Important 58%
Quite Important 19%
Not that Important 7%
Not at all Important 15%
Not Sure 1%

SurveyUSA Health Care Data Gathered Using NBC News Wall Street Journal Questions: - Survey USA
"In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance--extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?"

Health Care Reform for the Heartland - statefairstories.org
"Across the United States, millions of Americans are struggling without access to health insurance. And many, many millions more have insurance --- but the costs are exploding, or the care they receive is limited by all kinds of complicated rules and hoops to jump through. These problems are multiplied for folks living in rural communities. In many small towns and rural counties, there is only one insurance company to "choose" from --- so if they won't cover you of they're too expensive, you're out of luck."