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PTO presidents consider education challenges

PTO presidents consider education challenges

Although the school board elections are over, education-related issues still weigh on parents’ minds.

For Suzanne Swift, the president of Franklin-Randall Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization, the issues are the same as they have always been, despite certain ones being used by candidates to "hang their hats on.”

Filmmakers, political figures to take part in 'We Are Wisconsin' screening

Filmmakers, political figures to take part in 'We Are Wisconsin' screening

Documentary on Act 10 protests, movement to show at Alliant Energy Center  

On the second anniversary of the signing of Act 10 -- the 2011 bill passed by Gov. Scott Walker that stripped unions of nearly all bargaining rights -- activists will mark the date with screenings of a documentary on the anti-union law, "We are Wisconsin," plus a live webcast of a town hall discussion Monday at 6 p.m.

Senate passes mining bill

Senate passes mining bill

The state Senate has approved a Republican bill that would dramatically overhaul Wisconsin's mining regulations.

The measure is designed to ease the regulatory path for Gogebic Taconite's plans for a huge iron mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior.

The GOP contends the mine would create hundreds of jobs. Minority Democrats counter the bill would relax environmental protections and open the door to pollution that would devastate the pristine region.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill 17-16 Wednesday after nearly nine hours of debate.

Democrats said they are disappointed but not shocked that the bill passed because they knew early on they didn't have the votes to stop it.

Republicans defended their bill and the process used to pass it all day as well as afterward to reporters.

Senator to talk with seniors on mining bill

Senator to talk with seniors on mining bill

Democrat will discuss issues on the controversial legislation at forum    

The Madison Senior Center downtown will host a presentation with Senator Tim Cullen in mid-February on mining legislation.

Cullen, D-Janesville, will talk about mining issues and take questions on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. in a political forum at the center.

As part of a Senate committee on mining, Cullen heard testimony from experts and people affected by the proposal to mine iron ore in Northern Wisconsin. He drafted a bill to permit mining without changing environmental protections.

County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."

Public tours of the Governor’s mansion to showcase Christmas decor

6 days in December scheduled for community guests

Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette will invite the community to take a tour of the executive residence in early December. According to the governor’s office, the tour will include views of the main rooms on the first floor. Groups will see six specially decorated Christmas trees among other holiday decor.

There is no charge for admission; however in a news release, Scott and Tonette Walker encouraged touring parties to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food bank.

Tours are offered the following days:

  • Dec. 5 - Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 -- 10 a.m.-noon
  • Dec. 12 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 -- Noon-2 p.m.

Groups of 20 or more are required to make a reservation by calling 608-246-5501.

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Mayor says idea stemmed from summer ‘Meet and Eat’

A food truck experiment this summer lead to the mayor establishing a council this fall to continue work bringing affordable healthy food options for low-income families.

At the first meeting of his Madison Food Policy Council on Oct. 24, National Food Day, Mayor Paul Soglin made the opening statements explaining its importance.

“In terms of the farmers’ market, we have one of the best known markets in the world,” Soglin said. “When it comes to food policy, there is this enormous gap. I see that as an opportunity to take us to another level.”

The MFPC is an extension of the Dane County board. It joins the Dane County Food Council and Coalition, but aims more to answer the question of accessibility and affordability than connecting producers to buyers, which is the focus of the county’s council and coalition.