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(1 comments) Sunday, June 30, 2013 Iron County Residents Urged to Protect Themselves from Possible GTAC Mining Abuses by Former Wisconsin DNR Head
George Meyer, a former Wisconsin secretary of the DNR, recently spoke to Iron County citizens on effective metallic mining zoning. He urged local residents to make sure they protect themselves with appropriate mining ordinances from potential mining abuses and accidents. Gogebic Taconite (GTAC), owned by Florida based Cline Group, has proposed to create one of the world's largest open-pit iron ore mines in Northern Wisconsin.
(2 comments) Monday, June 10, 2013 Wisconsin Inc., for sale to Top Donors like GTAC, Koch and Cline Industries
Republican Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republican legislators recently passed and signed into law a corporate written mining bill for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to begin mountaintop removal iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills of Northern Wisconsin. The Penokee Hills rise up at the headwaters of a watershed and environmentally sensitive wetlands that drain into Lake Superior and pass through a Native American reservation
(1 comments) Sunday, November 20, 2011 Super Committee Failure Not a Bad Thing: Why Doing Nothing May Prove Beneficial
Super Committee failure may prove to be the first event in decades to force a slow down in runaway spending on behalf of the military industrial complex. The United States defense budget already exceeds that of all other military budgets in the world combined. Americans would see after the forced cuts in military spending that the world would not end, we would not be invaded, and life would go on.
(1 comments) Sunday, May 2, 2010 Is the Minnesota and National GOP Overplaying their Tea Party Hand?
The Minnesota Democratic DFL convention recently made history by nominating its first female gubernatorial candidate to replace outgoing GOP governor Tim Pawlenty. Minnesota's Republican party is placing their bet on Tea Party favored candidate Tom Emmer who was also recently endorsed by Sarah Palin. Do the extreme politics of Tom Emmer, similar to that of Michele Bachmann, have a chance of resonating statewide in Minnesota?
(6 comments) Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Democrats Baucus and Conrad Alone Prevent Passage of Public Option Amendment in the Senate
Public option amendments offered by Senators Jay Rockefeller and Charles Schumer to the Senate Finance committee are defeated in votes closer than expected. The debate provides public option proponents new insights into what form a public option might ultimately need to pass in a final health insurance reform bill.
(1 comments) Tuesday, September 8, 2009 The AFL-CIO and the Public Option Plan: A Big Line in the Sand
The AFL-CIO has taken a page out of history when FDR so famously said, I argee with, I want to do it, now make me do it. The AFL-CIO and its 11 million members are sending a strong and clear message to President Obama, pass the public option plan.