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The ultimate Daily Kos Elections guide to all of our data sets. Amp.jsonline. Gotostage. The stories we should be writing after the Parkland shooting. A candlelight memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Wednesday’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reminds us once again of the tug-of-war between gun rights activists and mental health advocates over who’s responsible for these tragedies. Each side points to the other as the death toll mounts. The day after the shooting, which killed 17 people at a high school, Donald Trump played into this dichotomy, urging people to report erratic behavior to authorities. The press responded by focusing largely on gun laws. I hope reporters won’t be duped into this thin binary. Countless stories are just waiting to be told, from every town and city in America.

Where does a person go when in psychiatric crisis in your town? None of it is glamorous. ICYMI: Donald Trump isn’t the only existential threat facing journalism Sign up for CJR's It’s still happening. It’s so hard to move the needle. Menomonie City Council denies 2 excessive assessment claims | Leader-Telegram. Share Tweet Email MENOMONIE — The City Council on Monday night denied two excessive assessment claims from Walmart and Andersen Distribution and approved a resolution that attempts to push back against these types of claims.

According to the claim filed with the city on Jan. 8, Walmart wishes to see the assessment on its property located at 6100 3M Drive dropped to $23 million. Right now it is assessed at $35.5 million. In a claim filed with the city on Jan. 24, Andersen Distribution wants the assessment on its property at 5929 Packer Drive N.E. dropped to $17 million. Both claims are seeking relief from 2017 city taxes. The council discussed both claims in closed session but later exited closed session and voted unanimously to deny both claims. The resolution the council unanimously approved asks the state Legislature to close a tax avoidance tactic know as the “dark store theory.” The resolution will be sent to local legislators and Gov.

Those lawsuits were dismissed in October. A Crash Course in Political Engagement | Wisconsin Farmers Union. I’m a new member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and a new farmer. I’ve been growing vegetables going on three years; first in Madison and now near Stevens Point. I haven’t had much personal exposure to local politics of any sort, unless you count paying sales tax and visiting one city council meeting in a high school government class. The Wisconsin Farmers Union annual convention changed that by offering an up close look at personal political involvement. In particular, the Groundswell seminar encouraged me to engage with the political process, and reminded me that I have something to add to how my community and my state are run. The Groundswell seminar was a fascinating glimpse into the functioning of local government. The chance to speak to people personally involved in their county and city governments was inspiring, especially because the presenters were more like me than not.

So how would I sum up my experience at convention? Election Security in All 50 States. No experience necessary - Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. While a student at Marquette University Law School, Sean Brown interned at various organizations, including the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee. After graduating in May 2017, he landed a job at the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Nine months later, he’s getting a huge promotion — on Monday he begins work as a division administrator at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). As the administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection, Brown will oversee three bureaus — trade practices, consumer protection, and weights and measures — with 140 employees and an annual operating budget of $14.4 million, according to Bill Cosh, communications director for the department. Brown will make $99,590 a year. Department Secretary Sheila Harsdorf announced Brown’s appointment in an internal departmental posting obtained by Isthmus.

Cosh said he was prohibited from providing Brown’s age. Will the crowded Democratic field impede efforts to beat Scott Walker? | Paul Fanlund. The sprawling Democratic field for governor and the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team have something in common this winter — both are causing angst. The basketball team, of course, is a shadow of its usually glorious self, a perfect storm of recruiting misses and key injuries rendering the offense stagnant, the defense porous. The implied question when someone mutters “What about that basketball team?” Is whether this year is anomalous or an unhappy sea change. Among political progressives, a similar tsk-tsk reaction is common when talk turns to the crowd of Democratic candidates for governor who hope to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Walker, a similar shake of the head and look of concern. About a dozen candidates have declared, with nine regarded as top tier, but none as yet seems to clearly stand out. Yes, these candidates have varying attributes, especially the most prominent of them, but the frequent reaction here in Madison is more often worry than excitement.

I agree. Barnes & Noble is killing itself. I’ve been chronicling the slow demise of B&N for years now, watching the company bleed out, drop by drop, until it has become a shell of its former value. B&N was a cultural center in places without cultural centers. It was a stopover on rainy days in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland and it was a place you could go to get your kids’ first books. That’s mostly over now. On Monday the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. On Monday morning, every single Barnes & Noble location told their full-time employees to pack up and leave.

Further, the company laid off many shipping receivers around the holidays, resulting in bare shelves and a customer escape to Amazon. It is important to note that when other big box retailers, namely Circuit City, went the route of firing all highly paid employees and bringing in minimum wage cashiers, stockers, and salespeople it signaled the beginning of the end. Update on Nestlé: Michiganders Mobilize to Take Back Public Water.

By Miranda Fox The Swiss multinational Nestlé has been facing increasing scrutiny in Michigan. Outside of the small town of Evart, a mere 128 miles from Flint, Nestlé is attempting to increase how much spring water it is taking for water bottling. Nestlé submitted an application with Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) late last year to increase pumping from 250 to 400 gallons per minute at its White Pine Springs well No. 101 in Osceola County. However, local residents and Michiganders across the state came together in droves at the last public meeting to speak out against Nestlé's proposal. More than 500 attended the meeting, and nearly everyone opposed the application. I spoke with Jim Maturen, a local police force retiree and avid trout fisherman, who rejected Nestlé's presence in his county when it first appeared in Michigan nearly 20 years ago.

Jim served on the Osceola County Board of Commissioners at that time and continues to oppose Nestlé's water grab today. Trump pushes 90% cut to America's most important public lands program; here's what the Land and Water Conservation Fund does. Randy Bryce’s Campaign Is Not Just Pro-Union—It’s Unionized. Wisconsin congressional candidate Randy Bryce is a union man. He’s a proud member of Ironworkers Local 8 in southeastern Wisconsin. He has organized with workers, marched picket lines, and rallied against Republican assaults on labor rights. Bryce maintains a heart-and-soul faith that working men and women have a right to representation. Including, he says, the working men and women who staff congressional campaigns.

So when Nate Rifkin, the digital director for the Democratic challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan, brought up the idea of organizing workers on the campaign, Bryce recalls that his immediate response was: “Let’s do this.” Rifken and other Bryce campaign staffers contacted the Campaign Workers Guild, a new national union that organizes non-management campaign staff.

Under the groundbreaking contract, the eight members of the Bryce campaign staff secured a 1 percent pay raise and reimbursements for health-insurance premiums. But it may not be unique for long. You have five months to switch your website to HTTPS. As far as Google is concerned, unencrypted HTTP web connections should be nearing the end of the road. In 2014 at the I/O conference, it declared “HTTPS everywhere” as a security priority for all web traffic, followed in 2015 by the decision to downrank plain HTTP URLs in search results in favour of ones using HTTPS (where the latter was available). A year ago, it started labelling sites offering logins or collecting credit cards without HTTPS as ‘not secure’. In a symbolic moment, it has now confirmed that with the release of Chrome 68 in July, this label will be applied to all websites not using HTTPS. It’s a small change that streamlines the slightly confusing way Chrome denotes the presence or absence of HTTPS in address bars.

Other browsers (Firefox, Edge, Opera) rely on green or grey padlock symbols to denote HTTPS sites, dropping back to more than one type of grey icon for non-secure HTTP. No matter how worthy Google’s dream of HTTPS everywhere, there’s still a lot of work ahead. Vintage Sewing Patterns | FANDOM powered by Wikia. How Facebook Is Killing Comedy. Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content. Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, Matt Klinman took to Twitter, writing, “Mark Zuckerberg just walked into Funny or Die and laid off all my friends.” It was a strong sentiment for the longtime comedy creator, who started out at UCB and The Onion before launching Pitch, the Funny or Die-incubated joke-writing app, in 2017.

But Klinman explained in a thread: “There is simply no money in making comedy online anymore. Facebook has completely destroyed independent digital comedy and we need to fucking talk about it.” We’re not sure about you, but that certainly piqued our interest. So: What happened at Funny or Die? Funny or Die just went through a period of changing their business model. Judge Orders Portage County Drainage District To Pay Farmer To Restore Trout Habitat | Wisconsin Public Radio.

Historian Makes Case For 'What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia' In New Book. Many journalists and pundits refer to J.D. Vance's memoir Hillbilly Elegy for a better understanding of the people who live in the Appalachia region. That doesn't sit well with historian Elizabeth Catte, so she wrote her rebuttal in What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.

Appalachia is this long, diagonal region that stretches from New York state down to Alabama - 400 counties, 25 million people. And the story of Appalachia has been told many times over the decades often by writers and photographers who travel there to show poverty and struggle. More recently during the campaign of Donald Trump, who got a lot of support in Appalachia, the story of the region was told by a writer named J.D. Vance wrote about his family history of drug addiction and violence. ELIZABETH CATTE: There's a projection of his realities onto the lives of everybody in the region, and it's not in my mind accidental. MCEVERS: How do you think people think of Appalachia now because of projects like this? Chris Christie Joining ABC News Is a Lesson for Journalism. The great ongoing tragedy in my profession is that, at its highest levels, journalism often behaves as though it’s a whorehouse with 500 piano players. For example, there is the latest news from ABC News, wherein Big Chicken has found a home to roost in his richly deserved obscurity.

From Politico: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The news, first reported by NJ Advance Media, is expected to be announced by ABC News’ daily tip sheet “The Note” on Tuesday morning, with Christie set to make his debut on “Good Morning America.” There is absolutely no legitimate journalistic reason for ABC to hire an ill-tempered slug who has demonstrated all the intellectual nuance of block of cheese and all the political skill of an andiron. (Also, his new ABC colleagues are a senator’s daughter, and the guy who put together the loathsome “hands” ad on behalf of Jesse Helms. Getty Images But, this time, there is an evil punchline to this story. Hey, Tom Steyer. How do you support your local newspaper when its owners are destroying it? “Subscribe to a local newspaper, even if you aren’t going to read it.”

Because you’ll be helping rescue democracy. A variation of this statement has been made a lot lately, when major national stories highlight the impact of a local newspaper’s reporting — like the Indianapolis Star’s work in getting justice for more than 150 sexual abuse victims. Or when we hear about financial troubles at a newspaper that’s done important public accountability reporting — like the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail filing for bankruptcy.

Amen! It’s complicated. That’s not meant to be an anti-capitalism or anti-corporatism or contrarian stance, or a waving of the white flag when it comes to saving local newspapers. The San Jose Mercury News, still one of the biggest-circulation local newspapers in the country and located in a place of tremendous wealth, has gone from 440 newsroom employees in the 1990s to 39 represented by the Guild today. That’s at a major metro. 39% of water Foxconn takes from Lake Michigan will not return to lake - TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI. MOUNT PLEASANT - Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, and about 40 percent of it won't be returned to the lake. If the Department of Natural Resources grants permission to Foxconn, 39 percent of that water will not return to the lake because that's how much is expected to be consumed by the factory.

Foxconn To Have Ripple Effect On Supply Chains Foxconn Technology Group said one of the biggest reasons it picked southeastern Wisconsin for its massive panel display factory was the ability to use freshwater from Lake Michigan. "The main use is probably going to be for power generation, they will have cooling towers," said UW-Milwaukee Freshwater Sciences professor Michael Carvan. Wisconsin Congressional delegation okay after train hits truck in West Virginia - TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI. WEST VIRGINIA -- Members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation onboard a train that hit a truck en route to a legislative retreat are not hurt, TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned. Rep. Glenn Grothman spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson via phone, telling the reporter he was safe and adding "we knew we hit something.

" Rep. Sean Duffy tweeted that he, his wife, and children were all safe as well: Rachel, the kids, and I are okay but we are awaiting more details and praying for those who were in the truck— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) January 31, 2018 House Speaker Paul Ryan is also fine, an aide confirmed to CNN. Amtrak reported there were no injuries to passengers or crew members, multiple outlets reported.

TODAY'S TMJ4 will continue to update this story as we learn more. Wisconsin Video Hub HOME Page. The Untold Story of the Pentagon Papers Co-Conspirators. UW employees resigned or had jobs ended after at least 11 sexual misconduct complaints | Politics and Elections. Department of Public Instruction proposes changes to teacher licensing requirements | Local Education. The Zuck promises to give you more local news – and so save the world.

Article_ba0edcc9-51b1-50d0-8913-14242c226fe6. DNR appeals to reinstate high-capacity pumping from vulnerable aquifers | Just Ask Us. Foxconn provides details on first environmental permit submitted to Wisconsin officials. Green Bay says Fox Cities cablecasts must include closed captions. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is slowly strangling his agency. Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History. Paul Ryan, Silent Partner in Trump’s War on the Rule of Law. Facebook And Google's Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble. If Your Children Came Home This Week. EPA Withdraws Air Pollution Policy. The people who listen to those with a story to tell | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News. Rep. Gwen Moore calls for investigation of city's troubled lead program.

Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die. Wisconsin | The American Jobs Project. The Purge: Senate Republicans undermining Wisconsin ethics, election laws | Views. Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels. Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse. AP FACT CHECK: Walker State of State Claims Take Rosy View | Wisconsin News. Campaign Cash: Walker Donor Given State Park Land » Urban Milwaukee.

3 browser annoyances and how to fix them - CNET. 2018 Menomonie Destination Guide. Journalism Accelerator: A forum about innovation in journalism, beyond the usual suspects. 2017 LION Summit: Keeping it real: Local news results | LION Publishers. Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says. Walker's dealmaking raises questions from opponents. Donald Trump criticises Mayor of Puerto Rican capital for 'poor leadership' | The Independent. 'WE ARE DYING': Puerto Rico mayor says the island is 'inching close to a genocide' The new reality of old age in America - Washington Post. A massive new study reviews the evidence on whether campaigning works. The answer's bleak.

Beyond 800 words: new digital story formats for news. The DOJ’s new anti-gay legal posture just got shut down in federal court. Dan Rather on how to be a journalist in 2017 and how the fight for civil rights has evolved. GOP tax plan could trash the value of two popular tax breaks. The Political Environment: Walker hearts Trump, GOP tax gift/kill-healthcare-bill.

A MAN CALLED OVE | Official UK Trailer [HD] - in cinemas now. The Country Today - Country Life News. How Facebook May Secretly Foil Your Activist Plans. Problems left for the next budget writers | Uppity Wisconsin.