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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 32 items )  

2019 Solstice Greetings From Freedom From Religion Foundation to Eugene, Oregon
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 16 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought its seasonal Winter Solstice display to Eugene, Ore., for the second year in a row. A large Solstice banner, which will be up through Dec. 27, spans 30 feet by 4 feet and stretches above Oak Street at Broadway. The display contains the message: "Celebrate the Solstice. TIS THE SEASON OF REASON." The Winter Solstice, occurring this year on Sat  more

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association: How Costco Might Could Be Changing the Overall Price of Beans
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 18 -- The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association issued the following news release: Over the last several decades, market concentration has been increasing in agricultural procurement, food processing, and retailing sectors, raising concerns about reduced price competition and enhanced opportunities to exploit market power in the food system. The trend towards consolidation among food retailers has implications for market price outcomes in both farm product   more

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association: Are Drones Reaching New Agricultural Heights?
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association issued the following news release: The agri-food sector has stepped into the era of automation and digitalization: automatic milking systems are quietly gaining popularity, machinery blueberry harvesters are replacing manual labor, drones are being used to support precision farming, etc. In an AAEA session taking place at the Allied Social Science Association's Annual Meeting entitiled "Automation and Digitaliza  more

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association: Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries - Constraints on Adaptation and Mechanisms for Relaxing Them
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 14 -- The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association issued the following news release, dated Dec. 16: As climate change accelerates, its impacts will be felt on agriculture around the globe. The IPCC predicts that it is likely or very likely that by the end of the century we will see increases in temperature, longer and more frequent heat waves, and longer and more frequent droughts (IPCC 2013). Increased temperatures, heat waves and droughts have all been show  more

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association: Studying Innovation in Agriculture - New Data and New Tools
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 17 -- The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association issued the following news release: The role of research and development (R&D) in agriculture has long been recognized as critical, and there is a large literature linking agricultural productivity gains to R&D spending by the public and private sectors. In a world that confronts the challenges of climate change and a growing population, continued innovation to sustain productivity gains in agriculture will be of  more

American Society of Agronomy: Star Fruit Could Be the New Star of Florida Agriculture
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- The American Society of Agronomy issued the following news release: It's not just oranges that grow in Florida. Carambola, or star fruit as most in the United States call it, is gaining popularity. One researcher from Florida International University is researching how cover crops can help the sustainability of star fruit farms. "Tropical fruit production has become a prominent practice in Miami-Dade County," says Ariel Freidenreich. "For this reason, it is vital  more

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists: Telehealth Services Simplify Clinic Workflow, Add Convenience for Patients
BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec. 21 -- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following news: Before the outpatient oncology service at University of Wisconsin Health in Middleton implemented the MyChart telehealth messaging platform, the clinic's pharmacists were spending an hour or two each day trying to track down patients by phone for follow-up, says Heather Jones, Pharmacy Manager for Oncology Services. Now, she said, instead of being tied to the phone -- and unavailable for  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Defends Delaware City's Decision Prohibiting Nativity Scene on Public Property
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is defending the city of Rehoboth Beach, Del., for its decision to uphold the constitutional principle of the separation between state and church by prohibiting a church from placing a Nativity scene on public property. In order to avoid the appearance of endorsing religion, the city reportedly decided in 2018 that it would no longer allow Saint Edmond's C  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Denounces President's Assault on Nonbelievers
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning President Trump's attack on America's nonbelievers in the wake of a Christianity Today article calling for his removal from office. On Thursday, Dec. 19, Christianity Today, an evangelical Christian magazine founded by Billy Graham published an editorial calling for Trump's removal from office: "But the facts in this instance are unambiguous:  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Exposes Ala. Public School Team Baptism
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A team baptism in Tallapoosa County Schools on school property with staff in attendance is constitutionally all wet, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Nov. 21, the football team of Reeltown High School (located in Notasulga, Ala.) participated in a baptism event that was held on school premises with school staff members, including the head football coach, present. It is well s  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Places Bill of Rights 'Nativity' in N.J. Town
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made its mark in the Garden State. Its Bill of Rights "Nativity" display went up over the weekend in Maplewood's Ricalton Square and will be there through the new year. The exhibit was placed there last year for the first time to balance multiple religious expressions in this square, such as the town Christmas tree, a local church's manger and a local   more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Provides Freethinking Perspective in Golden State
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 21 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Sacramento chapter have returned to the California Capitol. The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF has put up a whimsical "Nativity" cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue of Liberty) gazing in adoration at a "baby" Bill of Rights. A sign reads: "At this Season of the Winter Solstice, join us in honoring the Bill of Rights, adopted  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Solstice Greetings to Washingtonians Vandalized
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 17 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice banner at the Washington Capitol has been battered and downed by vandals. FFRF's Solstice sign, which was set up to be displayed till Dec. 28, was erected thanks to Darrell Barker, president of FFRF's "Unfettered Freethinkers of South Sound" chapter. It reads: "At this season of the Winter Solstice, Let reason prevail. There are no gods,   more

Freedom From Religion Foundation's Ron Reagan Ad to Air During Thursday Democratic Debate
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 17 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Freedom From Religion Foundation's "unabashed atheist" commercial with Ron Reagan will run on CNN during the Thursday, Dec. 19, Democratic presidential primary debate. It is the same commercial that ruled the internet during the Democratic debate on CNN in mid-October, when the name of Ron Reagan, the progressive son of President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, became the most searched t  more

Gerrymandering Prevents States From Passing Tougher Gun Laws, Center for American Progress Report Finds
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following news release: States could save lives by passing tougher gun laws, but partisan gerrymandering keeps progress out of reach, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. The report examines the strong public support in the United States for gun safety measures and how partisan gerrymandering has blocked efforts toward sensible reforms in several key states, including Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsy  more

Huge Flying Demonstrations for 75th Anniversary 0f World War II's End at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2020
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- The Experimental Aircraft Association issued the following news release: * * * - Comprehensive, chronological World War II aviation story throughout week * * * EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 will feature expanded warbird flying activities, as the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The 68th annual EAA fly-in convention takes place July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.  more

International Psychogeriatrics Journal Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 21 -- 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 research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Core Symptom Index (CSI): testing for bifactor model and differential item functioning * Life review therapy for older adults with depressive symptoms in general practice  more

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Challenges Unjust Voter Purge
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- The League of Women Voters issued the following news release: Late Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and two registered Wisconsin voters filed a federal lawsuit to challenge a planned voter roll purge that was based on unreliable data. Hundreds of thousands of voters were given 30 days to respond to a letter informing them of their purge status, but Wisconsin law only calls for such a timeline when the purge is based on "reliable information." "Wit  more

Missouri School District Promises Freedom From Religion Foundation Probe Into Chaplain
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: A Missouri school district has promised the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it will investigate a public high school football team chaplain. Chris Collier, a youth specialist with the Missouri Division of Youth Services, has been acting as a football chaplain for the Jackson High School football team for a decade, according to a resident who complained to FFRF and going by press reports  more

Nature Conservancy: New Wisconsin State Director
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 16 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following news: * * * - Former Wisconsin Deputy State Director Elizabeth Koehler chosen as new Wisconsin State Director * * * The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Koehler has been chosen as the new state director in Wisconsin. Koehler brings more than 20 years of non-profit management experience, fundraising leadership, and board and staff development to the job, most recently serving as deputy st  more

One Wisconsin Now: Dan Kelly's Extremism - Social Security Edition
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 19 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Supreme Court Candidate Kelly Tried to Hide Writings Comparing Social Security to Slavery SHARE * * * Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Dan Kelly compared funding for Social Security to slavery in a blog post he tried to scrub from the internet and hide from public view. Kelly posted extensively on a b  more

One Wisconsin Now: Supreme Court Candidate Dan Kelly Tried to Hide Blog Posts From Public After Judicial Appointment
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 17 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Dan Kelly's Failed Attempt to Scrub Writings Reveals Extreme Views and Contempt for Transparency * * * Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Dan Kelly attempted to hide years of controversial blog posts he authored from the public after being appointed to the state high court, according to a report from th  more

One Wisconsin Now: TBT - Voter Purge Not First Time Right Wing in Wisconsin Tried to Rig Rules for Dan Kelly's Court Campaign
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Flashback to 2018 When Republicans Ignored Court Order on Voting Rights, Schemed to Move Date of 2020 Presidential Primary * * * The right-wing effort to impose a voter roll purge in Wisconsin is just the latest effort to rig the rules to give their favored state Supreme Court candidate Dan Kelly an unf  more

Opener Named Presenting Sponsor Of EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2020 Innovation Showcase
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin, Dec. 16 -- The Experimental Aircraft Association issued the following news release: Opener, the company that designs and builds the all-electric BlackFly personal aircraft, has been named the presenting sponsor of the Innovation Showcase at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020. The 68th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and annually draws 600,000 people and 10,000 aircraft. The Innovation Showc  more

Pediatric Obesity Journal Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
LONDON, England, Dec. 19 -- Pediatric Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features obesity during childhood and adolescence from the World Obesity Federation, published research articles, including the following topics, in its January 2020 edition: * Body fat accrual trajectories for a sample of Asian-Canadian and Caucasian-Canadian children and youth: A longitudinal DXA-based study * Circannual growth in Wisconsin children and adolescents: Identifying optimal periods of obesity prev  more

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Schedules Event
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 16 -- Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has announced the following event: * * * Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association 26th Annual Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium, April 2-4, 2020, Caribe Royale, Orlando * * * For more information about these events, click here: https://pcna.net/professional-development/event-calendar/ [Category: Health CareEvents]  more

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer to Host Unique 2-Day Workshop Focused on Interrogating the Tumor-Specific Surfaceome for Immune Targeting
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 21 -- The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer issued the following news release, dated Dec. 17: The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) will host an innovative workshop on April 23-24, 2020, in San Diego, which will focus on the identification and biology of cancer cell surface molecules, and implications for cancer immunotherapy drug delivery and targeting. The SITC Surfaceome Workshop is geared toward academic and industrial researchers from a variety of fie  more

Striking Indiana UNFI Teamsters Extend ULP Pickets to MN and WI
FORT WAYNE, Indiana, Dec. 17 -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release: In the fifth day of an unfair labor practice strike at Fort Wayne's United Natural Foods, Inc. [NYSE: UNFI] distribution center, Teamsters Local 414 members this morning extended pickets to Hopkins, Minnesota and Green Bay, Wisconsin. UNFI is under investigation for violation of federal labor laws in Fort Wayne. More than 700 Teamsters Local 120 members at the Hopkins facility and 150   more

Study Finds Biological Signs That Increasing Speed of Nerve Signals Reflects Myelin Repair - May Improve MS Clinical Trials
NEW YORK, Dec. 19 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Researchers funded in part by the National MS Society have found biological evidence that the recovery of nerve signaling speed along the optic nerve after its insulating myelin coating has been damaged - detected using a method called visual evoked potentials (VEP) - may reflect myelin repair. This affirms the potential value of VEP in future clinical trials of myelin repair strategies for MS. The team is l  more

Winter Solstice Special on Freedom From Religion Foundation's TV Show This Week
MADISON, Wisconsin, Dec. 20 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The celebration of the Winter Solstice -- the real reason for the season -- is the focus of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Freethought Matters" television show this Sunday. Co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor guide us on a warm personal and historical tour of the real holiday. FFRF Attorney Patrick Elliott takes us on the road to explain constitutional versus unconstitutional  more

Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments Schedules Events
KIMBERLY, Wisconsin, Dec. 18 -- The Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments has announced the following events: Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards EH Specialty Meeting, Jan. 16, 2020, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards Northern Regional Meeting, Jan. 23, 2020, Minocqua, Wisconsin Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments Operations Conference, Feb. 4-5, 2020, Wisconsin Dells For more information ab  more

Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor & LSU's Grant Delpit Headline 2019 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Teams
WACO, Texas, Dec. 19 -- The American Football Coaches Association issued the following news: Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and LSU defensive back Grant Delpit headline the 2019 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Teams announced by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the p  more