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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 14 items )  

Council of Chief State School Officers to Support Project Improving Measurement of English Learner Growth
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- The Council of Chief State School Officers issued the following news release: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced its participation today in a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and improve ways to measure the progress of English learners. Led by the Mississippi Department of Education, the four-year project will evaluate English language progress models among seven participating states. The states are Arizona, Ar  more

Credit Union National Association: 10 FinTech's Selected to Pitch Their Solutions at VentureTech 2019
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- The Credit Union National Association issued the following news release: 10 FinTech companies from across the country will pitch their credit union-business solutions to industry investors at the 2nd annual VentureTech in hopes of earning investment capital to bring their ideas to the credit union market. Created by CUNA Strategic Services, Open Technology Solutions and The Veridian Group, this event recognizes rising FinTech's whose products and services can give  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Applauds Passage of N.Y. Law Codifying Nonprofit Electioneering Ban
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a recent move by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that codifies a federal restriction on nonprofit politicking into state law. The restriction, known commonly as the Johnson Amendment, prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from intervening or participating in political campaigns. The passage of this legislation (S. 4347/A.623) today  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks Congress to Reauthorize Religious Freedom Body -- With Modifications
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 25 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, but with more oversight and less politics. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will expire in late November unless Congress reauthorizes it. USCIRF commissioners are appointed by the president, speaker of the House, and Senate majority   more

Freedom From Religion Foundation: Pastor Burning of FFRF Attorney's Book Shows Christian Nationalism Run Amok
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: Oblivious to the disturbing connotations of his act, a pastor yesterday on social media burned a copy of a Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney's new book on Christian Nationalism. When Pastor Greg Locke vehemently denounced FFRF's freethinking ad featuring Ron Reagan during the most recent Democratic primary debate, Seidel sent Locke a copy of his book The Founding Myth: Why Christian N  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation: Sam Brownback Must Condemn Italy Blasphemy Conviction
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 25 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Trump administration's top "religious freedom" official to voice his objection to an Italian blasphemy conviction. An Italian court recently enforced the country's law against blasphemy, fining famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani 4,000 Euros for pointing out the disturbingly violent imagery inside a typical Catholic church. Sam Brown  more

Global World Council of Credit Unions Movement Surpasses 274 Million
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- World Council of Credit Unions issued the following news release: * * * - World Council 2018 Statistical Report shows substantial growth in membership * * * The international credit union movement added more than 14 million members in 2018 to reach a new high of more than 274 million in 118 countries, according to World Council of Credit Unions' newly released 2018 Statistical Report. African credit unions saw the largest increase in membership, with a 21% jum  more

Pioneering Secular Scholar on Freedom From Religion Foundation TV Show This Sunday
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A pioneer scholar of secular studies is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Freethought Matters" TV show. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, founded the country's first secular studies program at that institution. He has done groundbreaking work demonstrating that more secularly inclined countries have a bett  more

Wisconsin Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Governor Evers for Announcing Special Legislative Session on Gun Safety
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 21 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - After Virginia's Special Session on Gun Safety, Called After Virginia Beach Mass Shooting, Gun Safety Is Now a Key Issue In That State's Elections Next Month * * * The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement: "It's past time Wisconsin lawmakers   more

Wisconsin Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Respond After Majority Leader Fitzgerald 'Nixes Special Session' on Gun Safety
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - After Virginia's Legislature Failed to Act in a Special Session Called After Virginia Beach Mass Shooting, Gun Safety Is Now a Key Issue In That State's Elections Next Month * * * The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action, both parts of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following  more

WMC Releases Manufacturing Month Video Highlighting Wisconsin Technical Colleges
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 22 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will be promoting the state's top industry throughout the month. In addition to making a number of stops throughout the state on its Manufacturing Tour - sponsored by M3 Insurance - WMC is releasing a series of videos promoting the industry. Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wi  more

WMC's Nick Novak Promoted to Vice President
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 24 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) announced on Thursday that Nick Novak has been promoted to Vice President of Communications & Marketing. Novak joined WMC in 2016 as Director of Communications & Marketing, and was promoted to Senior Director earlier this year. Prior to his time with WMC, he served in communications roles at Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin and The John  more

WMC's Scott Manley Promoted to Executive Vice President
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 21 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) announced on Monday that Scott Manley has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Government Relations, after serving as Senior Vice President since 2015. Manley joined WMC in 2005 as Director of Environmental Policy and was promoted to Vice President of Government Relations in 2013. Prior to his time with WMC, he served more than a decade in nume  more

World Council of Credit Unions: Ukrainian Regulators Advocate for Exemption From EU Directives
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 22 -- World Council of Credit Unions issued the following news release: * * * - WOCCU CAP Project team organizes meetings with DG FISMA, EU Members of Parliament * * * World Council of Credit Unions' Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project team joined a group of key partners for meetings with European Union (EU) officials to ensure Ukrainian credit unions are exempt from certain EU directives. Officials from Ukraine's current and future credit union regulator  more