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How Scott Walker Made Wisconsin the National Poster Child for Dark Money Corruption - EXPOSEDbyCMD. State projects future revenues to be down $282 million from last estimate | Politics and Elections. State revenue projections are revised downward by $282 million for the two-year budget cycle starting in July, the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal bureau projects. The figures come from a revenue estimate for the state's general fund released by the bureau Wednesday.

It indicates the state will have about $1.8 billion in new revenue available during the next state budget cycle, bureau director Bob Lang said. The cycle goes from July 2019 through June 2021. The state also is projected to end the 2018-19 fiscal year in June with a balance of about $692 million in its general fund, according to the fiscal bureau. That's in addition to the projected $1.8 billion in new future revenue. Those figures help to frame the coming debate over taxes and spending in the next state budget. The Republican leaders of the Legislature's budget-writing committee, Rep. "Gov. Evers has said he'll push hard for a $1.4 billion infusion of new revenue to school districts. Foxconn changes focus of massive Wisconsin project | Local News. Foxconn Technology Group is changing the focus of its planned $10 billion Wisconsin campus, while insisting it remains committed to creating 13,000 jobs as promised. The world's leading electronics manufacturer said in a statement Wednesday that because of a changed global marketplace, all of its projects including the one in Wisconsin are being "adjusted to meet these new realities.

" "We remain committed to the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park Project, the creation of 13,000 jobs, and to our long-term investment in Wisconsin. As we have previously noted, the global market environment that existed when the project was first announced has changed," the company said. The statement comes after Foxconn official Louis Woo told Reuters in a story published Wednesday that its plans to build liquid crystal display panel screens are being scaled back and possibly shelved. "In terms of TV, we have no place in the U.S. ," Woo told Reuters. Former Gov. Gov. Nelson, Karla, Emily, Amogh: Immigrant stories | Immigration news. Final recommendations of school funding panel released | WASB Legislative Update. The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding was released Jan. 7 by co-chairs Rep.

Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). The report was compiled by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau staff and contains the Commission’s recommendations for school funding reforms in 13 different areas. Those topic areas range from adjusting revenue limits for inflation and how to calculate revenue limits for districts with declining enrollment to increasing state aid to local school districts to help cover the costs of services provided to special education students, English language learners, and students in need of mental health services, to modifications to sparsity aid, high cost transportation aid and the timing of the distribution of school aids.

Read the Commission’s recommendations. Related School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning December 20, 2018 In "State Budget" Fact Checking the Lies About National Emergency | Immigration news. 'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties. Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation. Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work.

Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker. “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years.

“They’re not taking anything seriously. “I was bringing up Myanmar over and over and over,” she said. Eu.jsonline. Despite Protests, Republicans Approve Proposals to Limit New Gov’s Power | Madison365. Despite protests at the Capitol and many hours of testimony against them, the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved three bills to limit the power of incoming Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, but did not advance a proposal to move the state’s presidential primary to March 2020. The bills now go to the full Legislature today. The State Assembly is scheduled to convene at 1 pm. The JFC heard more than nine hours of testimony from constituents, each person limited to two minutes. In that time, no one testified in favor of the bills. Governor-elect Tony Evers has said he would dismantle the WEDC, an agency installed by current Governor Scott Walker to replace the Department of Commerce.

Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul and Evers have both promised to withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. “On November 6th, the people of Wisconsin turned out in historic numbers and elected Tony Evers as our governor. Despite Protests, Republicans Approve Proposals to Limit New Gov’s Power | Madison365. Untitled. Gov. Scott Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald began their reign of error almost eight years ago with a “budget repair bill” that attacked public employees and the unions that represent them and paved the way for attacks on public education and public services.

The impact was disastrous. While neighboring states experienced rapid growth in a period of economic recovery after the Bush-Cheney recession, Wisconsin struggled to keep up. Even now, when compared with states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin is underperforming. That’s one of the many reasons why voters swept Walker out of office on Nov. 6, in an election that saw Republicans lose every statewide race.

Walker still refuses to acknowledge that he started off on the wrong foot, and the same goes for Vos and Fitzgerald. Never in the history of Wisconsin has a transition of power been so warped as this one. “Our democracy is founded on having three separate but equal branches of government. Common Cause Wisconsin: The Entire Lame Duck Session Agenda Should Be Rejected This Week. For Release: Monday - December 3, 2018 "This is no way to run a state government.

" - Wisconsin State Journal, 12-2-2018 Exercising raw, hyper-partisan political power in secrecy, without regard to the views or even the basic expectations of the citizens of Wisconsin, is nothing new for State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). That has been their go-to modus operandi for the last eight years. But to attempt to ram through a whole host of measures specifically designed to enhance their own power right after the voters sent a resounding message that they want more balance of power and an end to one-party control of state government, demonstrates just plain contempt and a total lack of respect and regard for the citizenry of Wisconsin. We are also gravely concerned about a measure in this package that would further curtail early voting in Wisconsin by stipulating that it can only occur for up to two weeks before an election. Never surrender. Untitled.

Progressive magazine looks for donations after 110 years. NBC and Fox News pull Trump campaign's racist ad after 'Sunday Night Football' backlash. Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn factory boondoggle. It was a veritable lovefest in Milwaukee in July 2017 when Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn chairman Terry Gou announced their plan to create a heavily subsidized manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Walker gushed that Gou, who founded his Taiwan-based company in 1974, was “one of the most remarkable business leaders in the world.”

Gou returned the favor by saying, “I’ve never seen this type of governor or leader yet in this world.” Effusive, yet ambiguous. The details of the deal were famously written on the back of a napkin when Gou and the Republican governor first met: a $3 billion state subsidy in return for Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in a Generation 10.5 LCD manufacturing plant that would create 13,000 jobs.

The size of the subsidy was stunning. It was far and away the largest in Wisconsin history and the largest government handout to a foreign company ever given in America. And the Foxconn deal was beyond big. It all seemed so promising. Reported Outside Electioneering at $24M Led by GOP Groups - Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. October 24, 2018 Spending by GOP outside electioneering groups outpaced Democratic groups about 2.5 to 1 as reported spending by special interests in the fall elections neared $24 million.

Republican express advocacy groups have doled out $17.3 million compared to $6.6 million by Democratic groups, according to reports filed by the groups as of Wednesday morning. Express advocacy groups sponsored broadcast and online advertising, mailings and other electioneering activities that use the magic words “vote for” or “vote against” or their equivalents. A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review of the reports showed the vast majority of the outside spending – about $17 million - was in the governor’s race, where GOP Gov.

Scott Walker is vying for a third four-year term against Democrat Tony Evers. By office, reported outside spending topped $3.4 million in 32 of the 116 legislative races on the Nov. 6 ballot. Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $5.8 million. Hundreds of Thousands of Wisconsin Voters Purged from Rolls Since 2016 General Election - EXPOSEDbyCMD. The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire. Lauren Hills knew that she wanted to be a news broadcaster in the fourth grade, when a veteran television anchor came to speak at her school’s career day. “Any broadcast journalist will tell you something very similar,” Hills said recently, when I met her. “For a majority of us, we knew at a very young age.” She became a sports editor at her high-school newspaper, in Wellington, Florida, near Palm Beach, and then attended the journalism program at the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

Before graduation, she began sending résumé tapes to dozens of TV stations in small markets, hoping for an offer. Hills showed me the list she had used in her search. Written in pen in the margin was a note to herself: “You can do it!!!!” Hills was hired as a general-assignment reporter at a channel in West Virginia, in 2005, and began covering what she called “typical small-market news”—city-council meetings and local football games. There’s little glamour to working in local news. Riding Backroads for Change in Rural Wisconsin. Everyone knows Jeff’s truck – it’s a red pickup with a big, hand-stencilled sign in the back that says, “Stop & Talk.” If you travel the back roads of western Wisconsin, most people have met its driver, the “stop and talk guy,” Jeff Smith. That’s because this Eau Claire native has logged thousands of miles in his grassroots candidacy for Wisconsin’s State Senate in District 31, which includes parts of nine counties.

Smith is a bit like George Bailey, the small-town hero of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” After high school, Jeff ran a successful window-cleaning company in Eau Claire with his father, then got involved in activism when his children attended the city’s public schools. He served on a state task force for educational excellence and was elected to Wisconsin’s State Assembly in 2006. Now Smith and a rising generation of activist politicians are poised to take Wisconsin back for progressive values this November. There’s so much at stake. Wilbur Ross Lied, and Bannon and Kobach were Masterminds of Census Question | Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

By Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director October 17, 2018 A recent court filing has brought to light two startling facts: first, that the original idea for the citizenship question on the 2020 census came from Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon, and second, that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied about this to Congress. Here’s the background: The Trump Administration’s push to require a citizenship question on the 2020 census is highly discriminatory. It would lead to an undercount of immigrant communities, as many people would be afraid to answer that question and would choose not to participate in the census.

This would “yield a grossly inaccurate census, which would violate the U.S. The Commerce Department, which runs the census, has been at the center of the controversy over the citizenship question, and Democrats in Congress grilled Secretary Ross about it back in March. Rep. Ross responded: “I’m not aware of any such.” Turns out, both of those statements were false. The Expanding News Desert | Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics. Potholes, Public Health, Politics: Try Your Hand at County Leadership - Daily Yonder. An online game shows players the promise and pitfalls of holding office in a county government. The game’s developers, iCivics and the National Association of Counties, hope some friendly competition will teach Americans about the challenges of sustaining successful local governments.

I love to play games, primarily of the in-person playing-card and board-game type. You want to throw down some pitch, a night of poker, maybe some Sorry or Scrabble to pass the time? I’m your guy. It’s not something that happens often enough in my life today, but that’s what I grew up doing between jobs and chores and school activities in rural Missouri. Today, most gaming happens on phones, computers, and tablets.

Enter iCivics, an online gaming developer seeking to link youth passion for online gaming and apps with civic participation. One group of gamers are the students of Onaway High School (Michigan) social studies teacher Kymberli A. For the teacher, iCivics isn’t just games. Untitled. “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” Ernest Hemingway, 1954 The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. Materializing answers from the air turns out to be the easy part – the part a machine can do.

The real difficulty kicks in when you click down into your search results. At that point, it’s up to you to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes. “Crap detection,” as Hemingway called it half a century ago, is more important than ever before, now that the automation of crapcasting has generated its own word: “spamming.” The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception. Today, just as it was back then, “Who is the author?” Know how to use online filters. The Factory That Ate Wisconsin. This June, Foxconn Technology Group broke ground for a new flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The Taiwanese company plans to invest $10 billion there, but the state will give it tax credits of as much as $4 billion, by far the largest corporate subsidy in Wisconsin history.

It will also be the biggest handout in American history to a corporation based outside the United States. Governor Scott Walker, who is running for a third term, and President Trump have both praised the deal as clear evidence that Republicans have brought manufacturing back. For state Democrats, the Foxconn plant represents a challenge: how to come up with a more compelling way to create good jobs, both to defeat Walker this fall and in order to provide a sustainable alternative to the corporate-driven one Republicans offer. For Walker, the stakes of the Foxconn deal are high. Unsurprisingly, Walker did not come close to fulfilling his promise on jobs. Untitled. Scott Walker misleads in claiming Tony Evers could have revoked teacher license in porn viewing case | PolitiFact Wisconsin.