State representatives unveiled a series of bills Friday seeking to curb the rise in heroin use throughout the state.
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The Senate and President Barack Obama recently released separate, but fairly similar, outlines for immigration reform. Since immigration policy has been a dismal failure for multiple decades, it is an exciting prospect to see the federal government “fix the system.” Unfortunately, neither the Senate’s Gang of Eight proposal nor President Obama’s proposal will do anyone much good in the long run.
If you look at poll numbers, pundit columns and anywhere else in the news, you know now is the golden age of Bill Clinton. According to Gallup polling, 69 percent of Americans view him “favorably.” Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech was the most “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over, leading to people wanting him to be “Secretary of Explaining Stuff.” Even many Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have been caught testifying of the 42nd president’s greatness.
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Editorial Board pointed out some “good news” in Dane County public schools. This news was not an increase in the graduation rate or any other academic achievement.
Graduation time is coming, and with it follow the concerns of getting a job and paying back loans. The timing could not be better for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to visit Madison and gubernatorial hopeful Kathleen Falk to release her plan to fix what many are calling a student debt crisis.
Next November’s elections will feature a fight for Sen. Herb Kohl’s, D-Wis., seat in the United State’s senate. The Democratic candidate will be Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and one of the biggest names on the Republican side is Tommy Thompson, former four-term governor of Wisconsin.
The issue of diversity has been prevalent in the last year and a half of my life. When I interned at McDonald’s Corporation, I had multiple trainings on different types of diversity, including cultural, generational and racial. Hearing from the company’s diversity officers, the idea of diversity and inclusion were shown as a way to promote a better corporate culture that benefits everybody from being able to better deal with challenges and an ever increasing global community.
It is easy to look at the upcoming Spring elections and focus solely on the potential recall of Gov. Scott Walker. It has become a national issue, and millions of dollars from both Wisconsin and out-of-state are being thrown into the election. But there is another important choice to make on the ballot: two candidates for Madison school board representatives.
In the face of recall, Gov. Scott Walker is continuing to push for changes. His most recent plan calls for education reform, focusing mainly on teacher evaluations and improving reading levels. While these programs will improve Wisconsin’s public education system, Walker would do the state’s students even more good if he looked at reforms happening on America’s coasts.
The United States Postal Service is burdened with high health-care, pension and labor costs, not to mention falling sales. It faces fierce competition in e-mail and private delivery systems, yet bailout talks are in the works. Are big banks and auto manufacturers the only organizations that are too big to fail?
Horse trading sounds fun, but political horse trading is exactly what former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich committed to receive 14 years in jail. He was charged with 17 counts of corruption pertaining to his willingness to trade political favors and donations for facilitating public funds to certain projects, including children’s hospitals, race tracks and President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.
However much it pains me to say it, I am too dependent on the Internet. I use Google and JSTOR to research papers and articles. When I miss my TV shows, I quickly rush online to see if Hulu has them. I use Facebook to keep in contact with my friend in the Army and my brother in Colorado. So when two current bills in Congress would allow the government to censor the Internet, I can't help but feel like parts of my life, however small or large, are in jeopardy.
When religion meets government, there is often a much-deserved hullabaloo. This occurs especially around the holiday season. People rightly worry about the government promoting one religion and discouraging others. The recent decisions by Gov. Scot Walker and President Obama have put a renewed political focus on one aspect of the holiday season: the Christmas tree.
This week the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker finally began. For months, anti-Walker Wisconsinites have been heartily preparing to kick their least favorite governor out of office. Now that the time has finally come, Wisconsin will be subjected to more annoying political ads, more out-of-state presence and more political divisiveness. To put it bluntly, I am not a fan of recalls.
Versions of bills focusing on increasing venture capital investment in Wisconsin are circulating in the state Legislature. Lawmakers are rationalizing support for versions of the bill by saying it will help create jobs in the state, especially those in high-tech industries. Investing in these firms is risky, mainly because they are in their nature risky investors. If the legislators want to proceed with a bill they must do so with caution.
There is something curious about the current field of Republican presidential candidates. They're all about the same. Sure, there is a woman, an African-American and a couple of Mormons. But in general, they all favor lower taxes, fewer regulations, and repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, another commonality among the candidates is opposition to legislation for protecting the environment.
Mayor Soglin seems to have established a pattern for his latest stint as mayor. He proposes some controversial policy, hears the complaints, then compromises. First, he asked Central Library to secure private funds before construction. Then he floated the idea of ending Ride the Drive. He eventually, and wisely, softened the Central Library project fund-raising requirements and found a way to continue Ride the Drive.
This Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. It is a day that shaped the United State for the next decade and beyond. Our government responded with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as controversial homeland security measures like the Patriot Act. Many citizens responded to the attacks by uniting with a strong sense of patriotism and pride .
On the day after Labor Day, it is important to look at the tumultuous state of the labor movement.