Black Earth Meats, NIMBY and WEDC

As the consumer interest continues to grow for organic, sustainable, and humanely butchered meats…the media is finally starting to catch up.

The New York Times published an article about hogs raised humanely outdoors and the small farms that practice humane practices. One of the drivers behind the return to this type of farming is local [...]

The best and worst states to live in

While admittedly not a super-scientific study, POLITICO MAGAZINE has come out with their list of the best and worst states to live in, and the results are certainly interesting. With this in mind, Politico Magazine rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [...]

Marijuana Legalization Gains Traction

Marijuana legalization took a step forward in New Hampshire this week. The State Assembly voted 170-162 in favor of legalizing up to one ounce of pot for adults over 21 years of age. This is a huge step forward to see that state representatives are now becoming more receptive to the will of the people [...]

Something Overlooked In the Kleefisch Child Support Bill

Yeah, I am sure you are all tired of the brou ha ha surrounding the Child Support Bill introduced and withdrawn by State Representative Joel Kleefisch. As Zach published earlier, Rep. Kleefisch received help in preparing the bill from wealthy campaign contributor Michael Eisenga. I am not going to recount all of that…but I did [...]

Scott Walker’s style of governing: “We suck. We’re bad.”

Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where a member of his own administration summed up Walker’s job creation efforts thusly: “We suck. We’re bad.”

“We suck. We’re bad” could also serve as an apt description of just how ineffectively Scott Walker’s administration has run state government, with that ineptitude extending to an inability of the [...]

Sales Tax Holiday? Funny You Should Have Asked!

Two Wisconsin legislators are proposing two small sales tax holidays each year. By now you have probably heard that State Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) and Seator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) are pushing a proposal for a back to school tax holiday in August with a second one early in November for energy efficient [...]

An Open Letter To The Editors Of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dear Sirs and Madams,

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a staff writer for the local liberal blog site, Blogging Blue. I am a regular reader of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its companion website JSOnline. However, I generally don’t read other blog sites on a regular basis because I don’t [...]

Wisconsin’s Incarceration Problem

President Obama pardoned 13 people last week and commuted the sentences of eight others. Each of these commuted sentences was related to violations concerning crack cocaine. President Obama was able to do so by invoking the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Prior to the passage of the FSA, possession of crack cocaine held a far [...]

Jonathan Brostoff Enters Race for the 19th Assembly District

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Senator Chris Larson’s District Director, Jonathan Brostoff, has entered the race to replace Representative Jon Richards in the 19th Assembly District. Mr. Brostoff is now the fourth announced candidate for the hotly contested seat and joins County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic and attorneys Sara Geenen and [...]

Strengthen our Safety Net to Strengthen our Economy

Congress has missed their first deadline in the budget negotiations that were constructed after the government shutdown. Paul Ryan and Pat Murray are co-chairing the committee, and Ryan is peddling his usual cuts to entitlement programs. Republicans persistently talk about cutting entitlement benefits under the guise of cutting the deficit and encouraging people to pull [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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