Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Growing state debt is unsustainable

From my email inbox: “I was wondering how Wisconsin’s state debt has been trending over the last several years,” Dave from Durand wrote me. “I’m also curious to know why there has been no talk of paying off the state’s debt.”

The state’s debt is important. Before any other bill gets paid, or any other [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: How a State Law Obstructed Reward for Teen’s Hard Work and Good Grades

From my email inbox. Joel knew from the 8th grade he wanted to be valedictorian of his high school class. His cousin just graduated at the top of his class. Because of this achievement, the cousin received a scholarship.

Joel (not his real name) talked to his cousin and learned more about the scholarship. I’m [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: Tennessee Guv: Absolutely Free 2-Year & Tech College Tuition

From my email inbox: “So, what’s the best jobs plan?” The Governor asked his State of the State audience. “Easy answer: education. If we want to have jobs ready for Tennesseans, we have to make sure that Tennesseans are ready for jobs.” With this introduction, Governor Bill Haslam announced a plan to bring absolutely free [...]

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Plan Unveiled to Gradually Privatize Public Schools

From my email inbox comes the latest from Democratic Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. “If I was going to write a bill to privatize public schools,” the Senate staffer told our small group, “this is what it would look like.” We were reviewing a new version of a bill to test students attending private schools using state [...]

With Vinehout Out, What Happens To Mary Burke?

Editor’s Note: What follows is a repost of an entry originally posted by Eric Brant and then deleted. Deletion of posts should only be done under the most extreme of circumstances, and this wasn’t one of those circumstances, so I’ve restored the original post. -ZW

After months of speculation Kathleen Vinehout has announced that she [...]

Report: Kathleen Vinehout will not run for governor

According to a report in The Progressive, Democratic state Senator Kathleen Vinehout will announce later today that she will not be seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this year. Several sources close to Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout told The Progressive on Thursday that she has decided against making a run for governor. Vinehout, who has [...]

Senator Vinehout Won’t Run for Governor??

The Life in Wisconsin blog by Mike Kahlow at the Daily Kos is reporting that Senator Kathleen Vinehout will announce that she is not going to run for governor:

Several sources close to Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout told The Progressive on Thursday that she has decided against making a run for governor.

Vinehout, [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: Let the People Speak on Nonpartisan Redistricting

From my email inbox comes Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout’s thoughts on nonpartisan redistricting. “Look at this map,” the man directed. “There are lots of squiggly lines in Wisconsin and Illinois but Iowa has real neat boxes.” The maps he showed me were the lines of Congressional Districts in the three states.

For many years [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: Independent Charter Schools: Siphoning off Public Money to Private Interests

“Will the Legislature allow statewide expansion of charter schools and how will that affect my local public school?”

This question is one I hear so often particularly in communities where people are worried about the future of their small local schools.

Last fall, the Senate Education Committee debated Senate Bill 76, which takes away local [...]

Mary Burke, Scott Walker, and Kathleen Vinehout seem to agree on one thing

As reported by Jack Craver in the CapTimes, there’s one thing Democrats Mary Burke & Kathleen Vinehout and Republican Scott Walker seem to agree on: public employees should continue to pay increased health insurance and pension contributions.

Although Mary Burke, the only declared Democratic candidate for governor, has said she supports the right of public [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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