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Evers Goes Organic

Evers Goes Organic

On the campaign trail Gov. Tony Evers vowed to eliminate the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a public-private partnership that provides economic assistance  to help businesses keep and grow jobs in Wisconsin. After the election, Evers said he’d defund the agency in his first budget.Well, he didn’t, and the full flop must have made the governor dizzy. Instead of eliminating the agency he called inefficient and ineffective, Evers has replaced WEDC’s chief executive, a man who spent 40 years as banking executive, with, wait for it …. A lawyer for an organic farming cooperative.

Missy Hughes, chief mission officer and general counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative, will serve as the next secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.Hughes earlier ticked off the Organic Consumer Association when she lobbied Congress to override state laws requiring companies to label food containing genetically modified ingredients.That move earned her the scorn of liberal groups like Food Democracy Now!, Center for Food Safety, and Food & Water Watch.

No word on whether Hughes backs Evers’ plan to raise taxes on farmers and manufacturers by capping the state’s manufacturing and agriculture tax credit, but we do.The credit has led to the creation of at least 42,000 jobs in Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study.

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Evers’ team’s sneak attack on property rights

Evers’ team’s sneak attack on property rights

The Evers administration and their government lobbying pals just got busted trying to sneak in a change to Wisconsin’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights that would have watered down protections against unwanted home assessments. 

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February 17, 2020
Leave it to Evers: Tony’s No. 29!

Leave it to Evers: Tony’s No. 29!

Gov. Tony Evers has been described as sub-mediocre on milk toast. The latest rankings of U.S. governors backs up that south-of-middling assessment. 

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February 17, 2020
Plot thickens in Oconomowoc mayoral ballot mess

Plot thickens in Oconomowoc mayoral ballot mess

An Oconomowoc mayoral candidate is launching a write-in campaign after the Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled he did not obtain enough valid signatures to appear on the spring ballot. 

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February 17, 2020
Tool of the Week: We Choo-Choo Choose these Milwaukee tools

Tool of the Week: We Choo-Choo Choose these Milwaukee tools

We’ve got a tool tie this week, and, interestingly, both of our “winners” come from a town known for tool-making. 

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February 17, 2020
Pritzker promises ‘busloads’ of activists pouring into Wisconsin

Pritzker promises ‘busloads’ of activists pouring into Wisconsin

The Illinois Democratic Party machine has earned a well-deserved reputation of playing dirty in politics. 

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February 15, 2020
Serious questions arise about jury leader in Roger Stone trial

Serious questions arise about jury leader in Roger Stone trial

Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted former Trump adviser Roger Stone on obstruction charges last year.

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February 14, 2020