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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 19 items )  

2019 Evangelical Lutheran Church Churchwide Assembly Summary of Actions
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 14 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America issued the following news release: Gathering under the theme "We are church," voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. More than 900 voting members: * Reelected on the f  more

Association of Equipment Manufacturers Releases July Ag Equipment Sales Numbers
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Aug. 12 -- The Association of Equipment Manufacturers issued the following news release: July 2019 saw decreases in U.S. sales of self-propelled combines and 4-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. 2-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to July of last year, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). U.S. 4-wheel-drive tractor sales decreased 4.7 percent July compared to last year and U.S. July self-propelled combine sales decre  more

Barbara Dittrich Pledges to Support Congressional Term Limits
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from state lawmakers across the nation. Its mission is to get 34 states to apply for an amendment proposal convention specific to term limits on Congress. Wisconsin state Assemblywoman Barbara Dittrich (district 38) has committed support for term limits on Congress by signing the Term Limi  more

Clean Wisconsin Sues EPA Over Clean Power Plan Replacement
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 14 -- Clean Wisconsin issued the following news release: Clean Wisconsin and nine other environmental organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday opposing the Trump Administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, arguing the rule unlawfully sidesteps the Clean Air Act by relaxing emission standards that will increase carbon emissions and harm public health. "The so-called Affordable Clean Energy rule is a desperate and illegal attempt by the Trump   more

Clean Wisconsin: Gov. Evers Takes Action to Promote a Clean Energy Future
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- Clean Wisconsin issued the following news release: * * * - Executive order sets tone for state action on climate change * * * Clean Wisconsin strongly supports Gov. Tony Evers in signing an executive order to formally set a statewide goal of producing 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and to establish an Office of Sustainability & Clean Energy. "This order by Gov. Evers sets the tone for state action on promoting clean energy and tackling climate change," s  more

FFRF Denounces Religious Staff Event in Miss. School District
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Mississippi public school district to refrain from unconstitutional religious promotion after district staff members were subjected to proselytization during a mandatory event. A district community member reported to FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, that Lee County Schools hosted a professional development event at The Orchard church on   more

FFRF: Oppose Rule to Legalize Taxpayer-funded Discrimination in Name of Religion
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 15 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a formal comment condemning a proposed Department of Labor rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against employees based on "sincerely held religious tenets" of the corporation or business. In an alarming new twist, the rule would protect a federal contractor engaging in discrimination based on conduct that the employer sa  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Issues Second Warning to Mobile County Schools Over Unconstitutional Prayer
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 14 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again calling for an end to unconstitutional prayer at a mandatory staff event in Mobile County Public Schools. Multiple Mobile County Public Schools staff members have reported that on August 2, all district employees were required to attend an institute "pep rally" to kick off the new school year. As part of the mandatory staff event, a student r  more

International Psychogeriatrics Journal Issues 14 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Aug. 11 -- International Psychogeriatrics, a peer-reviewed journal that says it deals with all aspects of the mental health of older people throughout the world from the International Psychogeriatric Association, published 14 research articles on the following topics in its July 2019 edition: * A clinically-translatable machine learning algorithm for the prediction of Alzheimer's disease conversion: further evidence of its accuracy via a transfer learning approach * A com  more

Livongo Joins JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes to Support Type 1 Diabetes
NEW YORK, Aug. 13 -- JDRF, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding type 1 diabetes research, issued the following news release: On August 10, JDRF kicked off the 2019 La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ride to Cure Diabetes to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The charitable bike ride attracted more than 660 riders, including 136 Livongo employees, friends, and family who this year raised $319,000 through individual fundraising and corporate sponsorship toward JDRF  more

National Taxpayers Union Adds State Affairs Staff With Hire of Jessica Ward
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 13 -- The National Taxpayers Union issued the following news release: The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today announced the hire of Jessica Ward to be Director of State Affairs, adding to their growing state advocacy team. Ward, a longtime veteran of Wisconsin state politics, will add her expertise to an organization prepared to lobby for taxpayer interests in more states in coming legislative sessions. "I am excited to join the team at the National Taxpayers Union,  more

PETA Issues Statement on Amputation of Monkey Leg at University of Wisconsin
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 13 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following statement by Vice President Alka Chandna on the amputation of a monkey's leg after mishandling at the University of Wisconsin: "Mishandling, incompetence, and carelessness at the University of Wisconsin have once again led to pain and suffering for monkeys and other animals--and PETA is calling on the National Institutes of Health to pull funding from this horror show. "New federal documents show th  more

Sigma Xi: Seven Tracks to Explore at the Annual Meeting
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Aug. 12 -- Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, issued the following news: Featuring a wide variety of session topics, the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference on November 14-17, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin, is the place to be for professional and student researchers. The following is a partial list of sessions; see the full schedule at www.sigmaxi.org/amsrc19-schedule. * Our Changing Global Environment Symposia: Life and Health  more

Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman Visits Kohler Power Systems
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 15 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) visited Kohler Power Systems in Sheboygan, Wisconsin earlier this month, where he toured the manufacturer's marine generator production facility and spoke with employees about the company's operations and challenges facing the recreational boating industry. Plant visits with elected officials are an important opportunity to highlight the industry  more

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Nine Companies Win Business Friend of the Environment Award
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: * * * - Sustainability, Innovation and Stewardship Honored * * * For the 30th year in a row, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) has recognized companies with the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. This year, companies were chosen for programs that demonstrate an innovative approach to environmental protection and going above and beyond what is required by regulatory c  more

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Applauds Gov. Tony Evers for Focusing on Workforce Development & Talent Attraction
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 14 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) was excited to hear Gov. Tony Evers focus on workforce development and talent attraction during his remarks at the organization's Policy Day event on Tuesday. While speaking to the crowd of business leaders, Gov. Evers said, "the things that keep me awake at night, I'm guessing, might be keeping you awake at night, also. So, we need to make sure that w  more

WMC, Ogletree Deakins Honor Human Resources Professional of the Year Award Winners
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Ogletree Deakins announced on Tuesday, Aug. 13 the winners for the 2019 Human Resources Professional of the Year Awards. The awards were presented to individuals at WMC's Policy Day in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the field of human resources and a strong record of giving back to the community and the HR profession. "Human resou  more

Women in Trucking Association President and CEO Ellen Voie Named Cinderella to CEO of the Year
PLOVER, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- Women In Trucking Association issued the following news release: Women In Trucking Association (WIT) President and CEO Ellen Voie was named the 2019 Cinderella to CEO of the Year, along with winning her award category, "Climbing the Beanstalk" for cultivating an innovative improvement to the workplace to create inroads for women to achieve career goals and enhanced work-life balance opportunities for all genders. The Cinderella to CEO Awards recognize women who ha  more

World Council of Credit Unions: Innovative Loans Enable Kenyan Farmers to Access Climate-Smart Irrigation
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- World Council of Credit Unions issued the following news release: * * * - WOCCU/KUSCCO loan product developed through USAID Cooperative Development Program * * * A farmers' cooperative in rural Kenya commissioned a new crop irrigation system Wednesday--made possible through an agricultural lending product developed by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO). The irrigation system, consisting   more