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just sayin’…it would be a start!

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It may be something of a surprise that I am endorsing Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet in the Supreme Court primary this coming Tuesday February 20, 2018. Yes she is not the most liberal and not exactly an openly Democratic candidate despite speaking at last year’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention.

But being the most moderate in the the group is a plus for me. Yes the current Wisconsin Supreme Court is unbalanced and heavily conservative…and yes we need new justices on the bench to moderate the court…but I don’t think electing a full blown liberal is the best route to take.

I also like that Judge Dallet has been a judge for more than a few years…has already won elected office…and that before joining the circuit court was a lawyer in a variety of other positions in the criminal justice system. To be effective on the current court…I think we need some real courtroom experience.

Her opponents are Madison attorney Tim Burns…the professed liberal who is a very successful corporate attorney. I feel that he could be a divisive factor on the court and I am not comfortable with his experience as a lawyer.

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock is the avowed conservative in the race. He was a defender of Governor Walker’s attack on public unions, was appointed to his position by Governor Walker and is endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Now, whom ever you support in the race…remember to vote this Tuesday!!

Wisconsin Supreme Court primary on Feb. 20 will leave just two

And the candidates web sites:

Judge Rebecca Dallet for Supreme Court

Burns for Wisconsin

Judge Michael Screnock for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Assembly approves bill to allow more development of wetlands under state control.

MADISON – The state Assembly ventured into the contentious waters of wetlands this week, sending to the Senate a bill to roll back regulations designed to avoid or minimize construction on these ecologically important lands.

The legislation has emerged as the biggest battle this year between business and conservation groups, with proponents saying the changes will give more leeway in building while environmentalists have decried the potential impact on flooding and water quality.

The measure, Assembly Bill 547, passed, 58-39, late Thursday.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said the bill was tailored to address a small subset of wetlands that have slowed development, particularly in urban areas.

First an aside: I find it amusing that a rural legislator is concerned about development in urban areas with this bill when they are totally antagonistic to the two largest urban areas in Wisconsin on nearly every other piece of legislation they pass.

As someone with a rural background as a child…who appreciates wetlands large and small…I oppose this bill. That’s probably obvious from some of my past posts. But it is apparent this thing will pass and there is no doubt that the governor will sign it. So I have suggestions for three amendments.

One: Property insurers should be exempt from covering flood damage for properties built on filled in wetlands.

Two: Developers should cover potential flood damages on the wetlands they fill in…they should have trust funds for such coverage…and if they are no longer available…responsibility falls to the State of Wisconsin.

Three: Deeds must disclose that properties or improvements were built on reclaimed wetlands.

I don’t think individual property owners, particularly future property owners with no knowledge of the history of their property, should suffer flood losses caused by the negligence and greed of developers.

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John Crescitelli, a doctor with a 15-year-old daughter at the school, learned about the shooting at work. A familiar feeling — empty, hollow — hit him. His brother was a firefighter in New York City during the 9/11 attacks. All those years ago, Crescitelli didn’t know whether his brother was dead. Now he didn’t know about his daughter. The two were eventually reunited.

“I never thought I would live across the street from a Columbine,” he told reporters.

the fire alarm blared through the classrooms and hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.

Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.

Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.

No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.

Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.

Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.

To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.

In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”

We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.

I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.

Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.

In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.

And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.

Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.

Most of this statement is insincere hogwash…and once I get over my outrage I may try to address some of it.

All of you know how I feel about gun violence. All of you know that I support sane and rational gun control laws. All of you know that am sickened every time we have a mass shooting like this…particularly when it’s at a school and children are slaughtered. It can be fixed. Here is an article on how Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepared for an active shooter incident…please read it (although I am going to post a few snippets here). But we shouldn’t need to spend scarce educational resources on security. Children should be safe in school…at the park…in transit…and at home. Always.
‘I’m not really shocked’: Florida high school prepared for the worst. Then it happened.

The system then barked again: code red. That meant active shooter, Gard knew from his training. He snapped the classroom’s locks, cut the lights and huddled his students into a closet at the back of the room.

Gard and his students waited. When the teacher heard helicopters thump overhead and the growing scream of police sirens, he knew what was happening outside his classroom was no drill.

“We did everything that we were supposed to do,” Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at the school, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Broward County has prepared us for this situation, and still to have so many casualties, at least for me, it’s very emotional.”

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Then fix it. Fix it. You actually have the power and authority to do something about this. Unlike most of the other wimps in the Republican Party you don’t need to be beholden to the Big Insurance Companies or Big Pharma. Make sure every American has affordable health care including comprehensive mental health care.

And if you can’t control guns in general, at least keep those with challenging mental health issues away from guns!

BTW: Europeans had school shootings, too. Then they did something about it.

If you don’t recognize the name, Mr. Cruz is the 19 year old who shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County Florida on February 14, 2018 killing 17 as of this post.

Apparently the Robert Palmer ‘girl’ is back in style:

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