This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Friday, December 27th
Matt Rothschild here with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Happy to be on the Insurgent Radio Kiosk, but I’m not happy about a recent report that Wisconsin Manufacturer’s and Commerce put out called “Local Out of Control. The giant lobby and huge campaign spender wants its hired hands in the legislature to pass a law to limit the ability of villages, towns, cities and counties to engage in lobbying. Essentially, in a dual with local governments, WMC which has the big guns, wants to disarm its already poorly-equipped opponents.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce doesn’t like the fact that local governments want to curb factory farms and close the darkstore loophole and support mass transit. They and their corporate members want absolutely nothing to stand in their way of making a profit no matter the social cost. They’ve already savaged labor unions and gutted state regulations; now they’re going after the power of local officials to affect public policy. Wisconsin CEOs rank this as the top issue to pursue, in a recent WMC survey, the report said. And they’re not content to stop there. The report also assails the effort to influence state lawmakers via nonbinding referenda. Now that’s a direct attack on you as a citizen. They don’t want you to have a voice, even a nonbinding voice, in the state legislature. they want to be the only voice, or certainly the loudest voice. Their report proves one thing: Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is an enemy of democracy. I’m Matt Rothschild, and that’s how I see it.
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It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Enjoy a free, family-friendly screening of the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz”, on Saturday, December 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 North High Point Road. Phone 824-1780 for information.
Need help with basic computer skills? Free one-on-one drop-in computer assistance sessions covering email, printing documents or filling out on-line forms will be offered on Saturday, December 28th from 1 to 5 p.m. at Madison’s Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street. Phone 266-6300 for information.
Need a walk and some fresh air after the holiday festivities? Join Master Naturalist Julie Melton for a bird and nature hike from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive, to the Edna Taylor Conservation Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m on Saturday, December 28th. For information, phone 221-0404 for information.
The Street Pulse newspaper seeks innovative ways to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty. They are looking for volunteers to write, interview, edit and fundraise. The Street Pulse staff meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Union. Check the “Today in the Union” board for room location. For more information visit streetpulsenews.org.
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This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. With Engineer Greg, I’m Chali Pittman. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.