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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 27 items )  

2019 College Football Hall of Fame Profile: Joe Thomas
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 11 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release: Joe Thomas may have grown up about 70 miles East of Madison, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, but he admits that he took a "grass is greener" approach to his college recruitment. He visited a lot of schools, he said, but it soon dawned on him that there was no place like home. Thomas laid his roots near the University of Wisconsin, where he blossomed as a two-time First-Team All-Big   more

Amber Guyger Judge Can Spread Forgiveness, Not Religion, Freedom From Religion Foundation Asserts in New Letter
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The proselytizing judge in the Amber Guyger case has inadvertently confessed to the validity of an ethics complaint against her, the Freedom From Religion Foundation points out in a follow-up. FFRF had complained to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct when Judge Tammy Kemp presented convicted murderer and former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger with a bible at the close of the t  more

America First Policies to Host 'USMCA: A Better Deal for American Workers' Event in Pleasant Prairie, WI
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- America First Policies issued the following news release: * * * - Special Guest Vice President Mike Pence to Address Attendees * * * America First Policies will host the 7th in a series of trade policy events with special guest Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, October 17th at the Uline Warehouse in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The series, "USMCA: A Better Deal for American Workers," features guest speakers discussing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA),   more

American Football Coaches Association: Wheaton Defeats North Central to Climb to No.6
WACO, Texas, Oct. 7 -- The American Football Coaches Association issued the following news: Wheaton's (Ill.) 35-21 victory over then-No. 5 North Central (Ill.) secures their No. 6 spot in the AFCA Division III Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Wheaton looks to move to 5-0 on the season as they travel to face North Park (Ill.) this coming weekend. Holding steady ahead of Wheaton is No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), who received 45 first-place votes after a 79-0 blowout win over McMurry (Tex.). Mount Union (  more

American Humane Association: National Humanitarian Medal Awarded to Zoologist Dold for Rescuing, Caring World's Animals
DENVER, Colorado, Oct. 8 -- The American Humane Association issued the following news release: American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, which saves, protects, and improves the lives of some one billion animals every year, awarded its prestigious National Humanitarian Medal to renowned zoologist, veterinarian and conservationist Christopher Dold, DVM. Dr. Dold has been working for decades to care for, rescue, and assist in the conservation of the world's animals. After  more

Association of Equipment Manufacturers Releases September Ag Equipment Sales Numbers
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- The Association of Equipment Manufacturers issued the following news release: September was a fairly solid month overall for retail sales of tractors and combines in the United States and Canada, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Total farm tractor sales in the U.S. increased 18.7 percent in September compared to last year, while self-propelled combine sales increased 12.3 percent. Year to date, total U.S. tract  more

Celebrate International Credit Union Day With World Council of Credit Unions
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- World Council of Credit Unions issued the following news release: * * * - World Council social media to feature ICU Day 2019 celebrations from across the globe * * * World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will spotlight International Credit Union Day 2019 on Thursday, October 17 with a truly global celebration of the 71st anniversary--featuring a daylong social media promotion of ICU Day activities and events spanning multiple continents. International Credit   more

Center for Biological Diversity: Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Signals Midwest Endangered Species Act Success
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: * * * - Habitat Management, Cowbird Control Pushed Population Increases in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ontario * * * The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the Endangered Species Act recovery of the Kirtland's warbler, a songbird that nests in young jack pine forests. It is found primarily in Michigan, but also Wisconsin and Ontario. As a result of this recovery, the bird has been removed from   more

Church Partnership With Tennessee Public School Unconstitutional, Freedom From Religion Foundation Warns
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A new partnership between Kingsport City Schools and a local church is unconstitutional, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the district. A local community member reported to FFRF that John Adams Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., has entered into an official partnership with Christ Fellowship Church to set up a "mentoring ministry program" for students. The Christ Fellowship  more

Dairy Defined Podcast: FARM Program Leads in Animal Care
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Oct. 7 -- The National Milk Producers Federation issued the following news release: The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program spent last week at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, talking to farmers about the initiative's updated standards for animal care. Emily Yeiser-Stepp, FARM director, said closer relationships between farmers and veterinarians, enhanced care standards for calves and non-ambulatory animals, and workforce train  more

EVENT Nov. 1-2, 2019: Industrial Fabrics Association International Schedules 2019 Marine Fabricators Association Great Lakes Regional Workshop
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota, Oct. 6 -- The Industrial Fabrics Association International will host the 2019 Marine Fabricators Association Great Lakes Regional Workshop at the offices of Marine Tops Unlimited Inc., Wisconsin, Nov. 1-2: Agenda and Speakers: Bimini Design for Wakeboard Towers Speaker: Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers * * * Marine Flooring Fabrication Speaker: Rob Kotowski III, Lake Shore Boat Top * * * Manually Patterning a Bimini Top Speaker: Dan Lesch, MFC, Lesch Boat Cove  more

EVENT Nov. 4-6, 2019: Credit Union Executives Society Michigan Council Schedules CEO/Executive Team Network
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 6 -- The Credit Union Executives Society will host a CEO/Executive Team Network event at the Omni Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida, Nov. 4-6: Agenda and speakers include: Transform Your Credit Union With the Power of Data and Analytics Speaker: John Papadia and Emily Engstrom, AdvantEdge Analytics Data and analytics have the power to transform credit unions. A comprehensive data analytics strategy is the key to a credit union's successful data and digital tr  more

Ex-Muslim Scholar on Freedom From Religion Foundation TV Show This Sunday
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A prominent ex-Muslim talks about his heretical life and work on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Freethought Matters" TV show. Ibn Warraq, who was raised Muslim but is a nonbeliever, is the founder of the Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society. He's the author of the 1995 classic Why I Am Not a Muslim. His other pioneering works include The Origins   more

FFRF Revisits Proselytizing Ky. School
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 8 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again urging a Kentucky district to correct numerous constitutional violations in its school after successfully having a religious advertisement removed from the district's Facebook page last month. A community member had reported to FFRF that Tyner Elementary School in London, Ky. was advertising a program sponsored by a local church on its website and   more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Announces Contest, Billboards to Protest Ky. 'In God We Trust' Law
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a two-pronged campaign to combat Kentucky's unwise new law requiring "In God We Trust" to be displayed in every public school. FFRF is organizing an art contest with a cash prize for the best student artwork protesting the new law. The Kentucky law specifically states that "In God We Trust" displays may be in the form of "student artwork," ope  more

Joe Thomas Set for Oct. 12 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 10 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release: * * * - Wisconsin and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Thomas, a 2019 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, when the Badgers host Michigan State. * * * The University of Wisconsin and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor 2019 electee Joe Thomas with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute  more

Military Officers Association: Meet the Only Father-Son Medal of Honor Recipients
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: Only two father-son combinations have been awarded the Medal of Honor since its inception in 1863. Arthur and Douglas MacArthur and Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., were awarded this signal of honor for their gallant efforts dating from the Civil War through World War II. MacArthur Family Arthur MacArthur, served during the Civil War assigned to the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry R  more

Minnesota Historical Society Welcomes New Split Rock Lighthouse Manager
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Oct. 9 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release: Starting Nov. 1, Split Rock Lighthouse will have a new site manager overseeing operations of the historic site, which welcomes 150,000+ visitors annually. The Minnesota Historical Society has hired Hayes Scriven, current executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin, to take on the role. A 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Scriven h  more

Minnesota Historical Society Welcomes New Split Rock Lighthouse Manager
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Oct. 10 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release: Starting Nov. 1, Split Rock Lighthouse will have a new site manager overseeing operations of the historic site, which welcomes 150,000+ visitors annually. The Minnesota Historical Society has hired Hayes Scriven, current executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin, to take on the role. A 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Scriven   more

N.C. Sheriff's Office Cohabitation Policy Unconstitutional, FFRF Warns
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 9 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A new religious discriminatory policy has raised serious legal and constitutional issues, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the Scotland County Sheriff's Office. FFRF was made aware that the sheriff's office has impermissibly endorsed religion through threats to the employment of those who do not comply with a new policy: Effective immediately! The policy has been changed in re  more

One Wisconsin Now: Board of Regents Picks Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Over Protecting Students
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Advances Proposal to Threaten Students With Expulsion for Protesting Hate Speech on Campus * * * The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents today advanced a proposed administrative rule restricting free speech on campuses that includes threatening students with investigation, suspension or even expuls  more

One Wisconsin Now: Free Speech Crackdown on Agenda for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 8 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Regents Seem More Interested in Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Than Protecting Free Speech * * * The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents is poised to push forward with a controversial plan to limit campus speech that, according to One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Analiese Eicher, appe  more

Plumbing Manufacturers International Says Proposed Revisions to Lead and Copper Rule 'An Important Step Forward'
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- Plumbing Manufacturers International issued the following news release: Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) today called the EPA's long-awaited proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule "an important step forward." The revisions were announced yesterday by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an event in Green Bay, Wis. The proposed rule represents the first major overhaul of federal protections for lead in drinking water in two decades. The rule  more

Supreme Court Rejects W.Va. School District Appeal of FFRF Victory
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 7 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The nation's highest court has sided with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and let stand an important ruling ensuring that parents can bring suit over religious instruction in public schools. The U.S. Supreme Court declined today, Oct. 7, to hear a case by a West Virginia school district that sought to overturn a resounding victory for the state/church watchdog and a parent of a public sch  more

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce & Johnson Financial Group Announce 2019 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Oct. 9 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: After more than 240,000 votes were cast, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group announced the Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy All-Weather Rifle as the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The winner was unveiled at the WMC Foundation Business & Industry Luncheon on Tuesday in Milwaukee. The fourth annual contest featured nearly 160 nominees that competed in a popular v  more

Women in Trucking Association Announces Continued Partnership With BMO Transportation Finance
PLOVER, Wisconsin, Oct. 8 -- Women In Trucking Association issued the following news release: The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today that BMO Transportation Finance has renewed its Gold Level Partnership, helping the association advance its mission: to encourage the employment of women in the industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize the obstacles they face. BMO Transportation Finance has supported WIT since 2014. In addition to providing financial support, the comp  more

World Council of Credit Unions: State Employees' Credit Union Gifts $125,000 to Project Storm Break
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- World Council of Credit Unions issued the following news release: * * * - Generous donation pushes fund past $348,000, with work underway to repair and rebuild Bahamian credit unions * * * State Employees' Credit Union (SECU), based in Raleigh, North Carolina, made an overwhelming donation of $125,000 to Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions to support Project Storm Break--exceeding expectations for the disaster relief fund helping credit unions in The Bahamas  more