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Sanders Supporters Get Their Day In Court Against Wasserman Schultz

This piece at the Independent Voter Network U.S. Website. I am presenting it for information purposes and news value. It is not intended as a thread to continue fighting the primary or damage the reputation of any Democrats.

The class action lawsuit Wilding, et. al. v. DNC Services, d/b/a Democratic National Committee and Deborah “Debbie” Wasserman Schultz will be heard Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The lawsuit was originally filed on June 28, 2016.

The lawsuit, filed by a group of Bernie Sanders supporters, alleges that leaders in the Democratic Party propped up Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary over Sanders, violating the DNC’s own rules on neutrality. The lawsuit was filed nearly a month before WikiLeaks dumped over 20,000 DNC emails, some of which indeed showed explicit bias in favor of Clinton and efforts to marginalize Sanders’ campaign.

These emails included plans to target Sanders’ religious beliefs, pitching a story that his campaign was in disarray, media collusion, and prepping statements about the end of his campaign in April. Then DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz even reportedly sent an email calling Sanders’ campaign director an “ass” for declaring that his candidate would continue to fight on to the convention.

Wasserman Schultz resigned her position in wake of the email scandal.

Read more: https://ivn.us/2017/04/24/sanders-supporters-get-day-court-dnc/

Proposal would allow homemade baked goods sales in Wisconsin

MADISON (AP) — The sale of homemade baked goods in Wisconsin would be allowed under a bill being circulated in the state Senate.

Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. There is a pending lawsuit filed by home backers in Wisconsin challenging the law.

Similar bills have passed the state Senate with bipartisan support the past two sessions but died in the Assembly. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes the bill, saying it creates an unequal playing field.

The latest proposal from Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Jim Ott, both Republicans, would allow up to $7,500 of home-based good sales each year. The seller would have to register with the state and meet requirements about labeling, training and documenting sales.

Read more: http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2017/04/24/Proposal-would-allow-homemade-baked-goods-sales-in-Wisconsin.html

An Eau Claire stay-at-home mom never considered political activism. Then Donald Trump was elected.

Anna Rybicki was always a voter, but that was about the extent of her political involvement.

The Eau Claire stay-at-home mom didn’t post political messages on Facebook out of fear of offending someone, and she certainly never considered herself a political activist. But that all changed with the 2016 presidential election.

“Like many others, I was surprised at the election of Donald Trump, and it led me to do some real soul-searching,” said Rybicki, who couldn’t understand how the American people could elect a leader she finds so abhorrent.

That reflection is what led Rybicki to join about 30 others outside the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club in Altoona earlier this month to protest an appearance by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., at an Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce event. Rybicki, who brought her 1-year-old son, Leo, to the rally, clutched a sign stating “Toddlers for Financial Transparency,” as other protesters sang the resistance song from “Les Miserables.”

Read more: http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Front-Page/2017/04/23/Power-play.html

Paul Ryan's national popularity sags

Like other House speakers before him, Paul Ryan is seeing his national image sag while he presides over an unpopular Congress struggling to get things done.

As the House returns this week from recess with a difficult to-do list, the Wisconsin Republican is suffering the worst polling numbers of his career.

His favorability ratings have gone from positive to negative for the first time in Gallup’s polling.

In a poll by Pew, his approval rating is 29%, his disapproval 54%.

In a survey by Quinnipiac, 28% of voters view him favorably, 52% unfavorably.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/blogs/wisconsin-voter/2017/04/22/paul-ryans-national-popularity-sags/100788972/

Lesson on Islam sparks debate at Menomonie School Board meeting

MENOMONIE — Whether Islam should have been taught at the Menomonie Middle School dominated the school board meeting Monday.

Earlier this year Menomonie Middle School eighth grade students in language arts classes were assigned to read the book “I am Malala,” a memoir by a young Pakistani girl who pursued her education despite restrictive bans from the Taliban.

Malala became internationally famous when she was shot and nearly killed because she fought for her right to be educated. As Malala is a practicing Muslim, teachers asked a speaker to tell the students a bit about the religion of Islam to help them better understand the cultural context Malala lived in and her religious background.

Nearly 100 people attended Monday’s school board meeting. Many spoke in favor of diversity education, although a few expressed concerns that religion should largely be taught at home.

Read more: http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Front-Page/2017/04/24/Lesson-on-Islam-sparks-debate.html

Lawsuit Filed Against Fox News Channel Alleges Racial Discrimination

Source: AP

NEW YORK — An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment."

The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

Fox News said it vehemently denies the allegations, calling them "copycat complaints." It said Brandi denies the claims against her.

The original lawsuit was filed in late March by two black women who worked in the network's payroll department, and a third colleague later joined it. The expanded lawsuit, incorporating the other employees, seeks unspecified compensatory damages and an elimination of unlawful employment practices at Fox.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lawsuit-filed-against-fox-news-channel-alleges-racial-discrimination-n751071

Wisconsin DOJ: James O'Keefe's Project Veritas tape did not show election law violations

MADISON – Covert videos of Democratic activists released in the run-up to last year’s presidential election showed no violations of Wisconsin laws, a review by the attorney general’s office found.

The blunt conclusion is at odds with how Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel initially reacted to the videos by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, who has a track record of mischaracterizing his recordings and was found guilty of a misdemeanor in 2010 over one of his operations.

Schimel’s office released a statement in October calling the actions by Democrats on the undercover videos “apparent violations of the law” and saying Schimel was “very concerned” about them.

But one of Schimel’s assistants came to the opposite conclusion when he reviewed the recordings.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/25/wisconsin-doj-james-okeefes-project-veritas-tape-did-not-show-election-law-violations/100885192/

Lawmakers look to help homeless, boost broadband

MADISON - Wisconsin would get a strategy for helping the homeless and would expand broadband internet into rural areas, under bills the Legislature's budget committee passed Monday.

From veterans to children, tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents experience homelessness every year, but the state has done little to coordinate its response to the problem or develop measures to track progress since a neglected 2007 plan by then-Gov. Jim Doyle's administration, advocates say.

That could start to change under legislation the Joint Finance Committee unanimously approved Monday.

Assembly Bill 234 would bring together eight agencies to target homelessness through a coordinating council to be chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who has been working on the issue.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/24/lawmakers-look-help-homeless-disabled-teens/100838428/

Wisconsin Democrats see new energy, challenges

MADISON – In the first three months of this year, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin got money from twice as many new donors as she did in all of 2016 — more even than she did in her first full quarter as a Senate candidate in late 2011.

She’s done it while decrying President Donald Trump and while meeting with new liberal groups that didn’t exist last fall when Democrats were dealt a bitter defeat by Trump and other Republicans.

There’s renewed energy on the left — both in Wisconsin and in national races like last Tuesday’s special congressional election in Georgia. Its impact is already being felt in policy fights in Congress over issues such as Obamacare.

But will it reach all the way to Baldwin’s re-election bid in 2018? How about GOP Gov. Scott Walker's own re-election race?

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/22/wisconsin-state-democrats-see-new-energy-challenges/100748020/

Anti-government suspect declines to stand for judge in court

MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House failed to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment.

Joseph Jakubowski appeared in court in Madison Tuesday on felony possession and theft of firearms charges.

Jakubowski didn’t stand as Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker entered the court, nor did he speak during the brief arraignment. WKOW-TV reports that public defender, Joe Bugni, entered not guilty pleas on Jakubowski’s behalf.

Prosecutors say Jakubowski mailed a rambling manifesto to President Donald Trump then stole 18 firearms from a store in Janesville, April 4. He was arrested 10 days later while camping on private property in southwestern Wisconsin, about 140 miles from Janesville.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/04/25/anti-government-suspect-declines-stand-judge-court/100892476/
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