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  •  There isn't much good news (8+ / 0-)

    We successfully fought the mine last year, but this year the GOP has majority control again, thanks to their severe gerrymandering, to ram it through.  

    That said, groups are out there actively protesting, contacting State Legislators even though the Republicans tune us out, and this issue continues to be a hot topic in our media.  Naturally, the GOP gives lip service to environmental concerns and their very bloated, dream on projections of "jobs" from mining are aimed at making Wisconsinites feel better about allowing our state to be raped by the extraction industries.

    Worse, though, is that the mine would be located in a far distant and sparsly populated area of the state so the NIMBY crowd could care less.

    There is an ace in the hole that the tribes have - tribal rights and treaties.  Yes, they can make a federal case out of this if they have to (and that looks increasingly likely).

    In the meantime, aside from activities to prevent our environment to be sold out to the highest bidder, we're working on the upcoming (April) State Supreme Court election.  Money is already being spent by the usual suspects (RW astroturf groups) starting with the odious Club for Growth to try to "buy" re-election for Patience Roggensack.  Ads are already running promoting her as a "moderate" legal jurist (yes, they try to do that with a straight face).  If we can toss her out, our 4/3 RW State Supreme Court will become an avenue to pursue state action.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:03:37 AM PST

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    •  Thanks much depends on the next (4+ / 0-)

      couple of years in our laying the legal, executive and legislative foundations to restore sane, moderate government to WI, and other states, like MI, IN, MN, ND, SD, PA, OH...a much too long list of 'rust belt' states.  

      So many of our states are being screwed over by GOP power grabs on behalf of their 1% constituencies, power grabs gained by appealing to those in our society still easily persuaded by coarse prejudice, intolerance, and hatred, and who tend to believe they've been held back by our government mandating the indulging of minorities and tribes far too much. The GOP/billionaires club is trying to do as much as quickly as possible because they sense the tide is turning against them.  And the GOP in WI has already hurt us so much with the feverish partisanship already flexed without mercy.  This harsh, unrelenting hateful partisanship is especially repugnant since we have had decades of relatively sane government in the past, where fairness, moderation and progress that respected our special environmental resources were values shared across the political spectrum, along with decades of making reasonable compromises, and where parties did have basic respect for each other and maintained civililty.

      The divisive GOP approach of taking no prisoners, crushing resistance, and shutting down all dialog that might lead to compromise has indeed stolen our sense of being a United Wisconsin, moderate but steady, reasonable and seeking the sane way forward. GOP efforts now seem aimed to salt the fields, burn down the civil service, destroy state services to replace them with crony privitized and unaccountable versions, and sell off infrastructure and resources to their impatiently waiting billionaires will leave us poorer, and perhaps irreversibly losing some pristine areas of Wisconsin along with privatizing major institutions--universities, state and county owned medical and research facilities, etc. Handing mining corporations rights to pollute and take from areas protected by tribal treaty is a travesty.  They imagined they could kill the unions to benefit the richest, but instead awoke an entire state to the realization that the labor of civil service and teachers does matter, that fairly paid labor, organized to care about work conditions and real progress, has been key to the past many decades of successes of our state. Cutting the safety nets and schools isn't making our economic engines purr, and in fact is causing exodus of people from the state who see the Wisconsin hope as already too far gone to be relied upon, at least not returning in time to survive as families needing good schools, fairly paying jobs, or where it's possible to have careers with futures.

      It's not just the economy, it's our rich tradition of loving nature and lands and waters in their natural states, of being people who love the outdoors and enjoying what it can offer, and glad there is some natural wildness not far away from any of us.  We need to keep in mind that essentially our whole state came into being with treaties in force which obligate us, our entire state, to keep all of our state's lands, air and water suitable for traditional tribal life of hunting, fishing and gathering of wild foods, and careful use of renewable resources. Billionaires see so much undeveloped land here, much of that now under some sort of control of our tribes. They press hard for GOP representatives, and via these proxies now demand access to it, as their right by virtue of their waiting wealth, to 'develop' whatever they can, often on a one time basis, for as much profit and little cost to them as possible, with no regard for the future of that land or how that affects the state's residents and tribes.

      Even longtime Republicans in Wisconsin see there is a real danger in giving the mining companies too much of a free hand, especially if lands and waters are left in polluted states that shut down hunting and fishing for regular white folks (besides the indians). We've seen also how GOP being so pro big 'agribusiness' causes family farms and dairy co-ops to be crushed, disrupting town and country economies along with that, and changing forever lands that have been conservatively farmed with longterm ecological concerns in mind.

      Raping and pillaging Mother Nature, Mother Earth and women all seem high on the GOP agenda--they came promising jobs, jobs, jobs and God, God, God, traditional family values, but instead have shown themselves greedy barbarians, scoundrals, hypocrits, and set up as vangaard for the most rapacious of the rich, greedy, and power loving cynical souls. We indeed need to keep fighting back, and win definitively, undo the gerrymandered districting, and then dig deep in for decades to come to rebuild Wisconsin, and fortifying WI against future invasions, and cope with real problems posed by climate change impacting our lakes and lands, amending misguided economic policies, and investing to rebuild eviscerated school systems and unmaintained infrastructure.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:51:53 AM PST

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      •  The seeds of this were laid over 30 years (1+ / 0-)
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        The takeover of talk radio by hate, corporatization of our media means that only money talks, only their message gets through, and it's easier to fool voters.

        But in that lies their destruction as they will come after more and more that "their" voters value.  We saw that in the protests when even Republicans were shocked at the candidates and party they worked for and donated to.  As farmers (reliable Republican voters) joined in when they saw what the cuts to education and Badger Care would do to them and their families, more and more people will be begin to "see" with new eyes.

        Sadly, what's been destroyed within a mere 2 years will take decades to rebuild.  We can only hope that the GOP will find itself at the fringes soon so better legislators and executives can rebuild our state.  I hope it won't be too late.


        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:15:23 PM PST

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      •  Couldn't have said it better myself (0+ / 0-)

        Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

        by Mark Mywurtz on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 04:19:36 AM PST

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