From energy policy to sick leave: WNPJ members in the news

WNPJ member groups are taking action, speaking out and making a difference across Wisconsin! If you've made the news, let us know at diane@wnpj.org.

Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL) co-filed "a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to try to halt the Wisconsin link ... of CapX2020, a series of more than 700 miles of high-voltage transmission lines from the Dakotas to Wisconsin," reported the Wisconsin State Journal.  (Photo, left: SOUL members discuss energy policy with state Sen. Shilling.)

"We still believe there should be a law banning" campaign fundraisers while state Assembly members are considering the state budget, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe told the State Journal.

"[I]t can’t be that we turn our attention just to mental health issues related to gun violence because people suffering from mental illness make up a very small percentage of the perpetrators of gun violence," Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) director Jeri Bonavia explained to the Capital Times, which also reported on WAVE's new Madison chapter.

The ACLU of Wisconsin and Solidarity Sing Along participant Michael Kissick filed a lawsuit arguing that "the permit policy being enforced at the Capitol violates the U.S. Constitution because it is content-based, vague, overly broad and restrictive," reported the State Journal.

An environmental scientist hired by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger warned that "the U.S. Army’s proposed method of cleanup for portions of a decommissioned military plant near Baraboo" would not be adequate, noted the State Journal.

"The Madison-based Workers' Rights Center and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice recently released a restaurant survey that showed most workers have gone to work while sick," the Capital Times mentioned in a story on flu season and the debate over paid sick days.