Republicans are pushing hard for the open-pit mining bill to pass through the Wisconsin State Senate, claiming it will create jobs. Many citizens have pushed back because they know it will take years to see those jobs, there won’t be that many of them, and more importantly, they recognize the damage this open-pit mine will do to their communities. This morning I received a message from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, which served as an excellent reminder that the Wisconsin GOP’s motives have less to do with jobs and more to do with keeping a mining magnate’s yacht afloat.

The mining magnate is Chris Cline, owner of Gogebic Taconite, and he’s the one proposing the open-pit mine. According to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, he also owns a luxury yacht called “mine games.” There’s nothing wrong with owning a yacht, of course, and that’s not the issue, but it’s relevant.

Here is why the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is so concerned, and why those of us who appreciate the finer things in life, like safe drinking water, should be, too:

Why are Governor Walker and mining magnate Chris Cline so hell-bent on passing the open-pit mining bill?

  • Governor Walker owes Chris Cline. The Cline Group and its affiliates have already donated $10K to Walker’s campaign – with $8K of it coming directly out of head honcho Chris Cline’s own pocket!
  • Gogebic Taconite gets a deal – and Chris Cline gets another yacht (while we foot the bill). If the open-pit mining bill passes, the amount Gogebic would have to pay the DNR would be capped at $1.1 million, leaving Wisconsin taxpayers to foot the bill for a potential $2.7 million shortfall.

Of course, this may all just be a coincidence, and I could be wrong about the reasons behind Governor Walker’s and the Wisconsin GOP’s burning desire for this mine.

But I’m not.

Recall Walker.


Photo of Chris Cline's yacht from WI League of Conservation Voters

5 Responses to Is Governor Walker playing “mine games” with the people of Wisconsin?

  1. Joanne Brown says:

    You know, of course, that many of those yachts are built up in Sturgeon Bay — so this is really part of the famous Walker “jobs plan”! (I still puzzle about what the plan is, since I have never seen anything in writing that lays it out. Have I missed something?)

  2. Gareth says:

    Recall? Hell, put the bastard in prison.

  3. Recall Walker, you bet!

  4. […] Governor Walker has received generous campaign contributions from Chris Cline, the company’s owner, which may explain why he has been so hell-bent on fast-tracking this mining bill. […]

  5. This link here will shed more light on Walker’s cronies he hired hiring more cronies on his behalf… i.e., Representative Bruce Braley questions Walker and Walker has a Dr. Phill moment wherein he tries to side step the question with a cocky retort, and Bruce says, I think if Dr Phill were here he would be saying; “hows that working out for you”… the video nails his a$$ big time… LOL

    Here’s another link to more information on the Republicans fraudulent MaryBurke website:

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