WNPJ members in the news: Compassion, campaign disclosure and Medicaid funding

Meditation is not the pathway to compassion. "Meditation does not make one more compassionate. I wish dearly that it were otherwise," says Rick Vogle of Alliance for Animals, A WNPJ member group. He goes on to criticize the Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and a friend of the Dalai Lama and meditation proponent. Davidson's work is involves invasive studies of monkey brains. The Dalai Lama supports such work and eats meat, practices Vogle believes are incompatible with the compassion for all sentient beings Buddhism promotes.Capital Times, 6/8/13.

Go Vegan for June Dairy Days. Lynn Pauly, co-executive director for the Alliance for Animals urges readers to consider "turning away from dairy products and opting for a vegan diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons." Wisconsin State Journal, 6/8/13.

Soglin's donation disclosure proposal clears first hurdle. The Madison Board of Estimates approved a proposal by mayor Paul Soglin to require businesses and groups that contract with the city to disclose donations to political advocacy groups. “It’s an important and very necessary response to the Citizens United decision,” says Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a WNPJ member group. The proposal is later rejected by the Council. Wisconsin State Journal, 6/11/13.

The cost of rejecting Medicaid funds. The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to turn down federal money to expand health insurance for Wisconsin's poor. "It's a self-inflicted wound, and it's bad fiscal policy," says Robert Kraig, executive director of Wisconsin Citizen Action, a WNPJ member group. He predicts that the number of uninsured in Wisconsin will increase significantly as a result. Isthmus, 6/14/13.