On Nov. 20, 2013, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters hosted a Civil Dialogue with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The leaders covered many topics related to the end of the 2013 legislative floor period.
WisconsinEye’s Steve Walters recently hosted a Capitol Roundtable with a handful of the state’s most well-known Capitol correspondents, Scott Bauer, AP; JR Ross, WisPolitics; Mary Spicuzza, Wisconsin State Journal; Bob Hague, Wisconsin Radio Network. The journalists provided an interesting take on what happened during the first half of the 2013-14 Legislative Session and what sort of messaging they see shaping the agenda and their reporting.
The Senate and Assembly have adjourned their last regular sessions for 2013. Both houses had busy agendas as they moved to get bills passed before the end of the calendar year.
Iron ore mining features heavily in Wisconsin’s history, but that is not the only type of mining the state is known for. Wisconsin has long been considered one of the nation’s best sources of industrial sand and stone. While many quarries have dotted the landscape for past 100 years, the sand mining boom in Western Wisconsin has taken the state’s production to a new level. Senate Bill 349/Assembly Bill 476, relating to the regulation of nonmetallic mining, is designed to address some of the industry’s growing pains.
Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) is something of an enigma in the Wisconsin Senate. Formerly one of the state Republican Party’s leaders, Schultz is now on the outs with many members of the party after voting with Democrats against the 2011 budget repair bill and against the mining bill in 2012. Schultz now faces a Republican challenger should he choose to run for re-election in 2014.