The new DNR priorities

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby doppel » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:02 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:The Stewardship Fund is being shortchanged and the DNR will be selling off land, but money for a gun range is in the budget.


But how does that make you feel?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:03 pm

Worse than it makes you feel.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby rabble » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:36 am

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board rejects permit for contested frac sand mine
The vote Thursday night was 6-2 against the mine, which has been proposed on land just a couple of miles east of the Iowa border on the Wisconsin River. In an earlier memo, somemembers of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board called a frac sand mine a bad idea but added that a "loophole" in state law might require the board to approve the permit.

"The members felt that visual intrusions from potential dust and lighting would cause the activity to become visible from the river," said Mark Cupp, executive director of the board.

Pattison Sand said it was disappointed with the board's decision.
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The company said it would still mine on the land outside of the protected area.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:28 pm

Likely to directly affect rural Wisconsin workers:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed long-awaited rules on Friday to limit crystalline silica, a move it said would prevent nearly 700 deaths a year by reducing exposure to these very small particles that can cause lung cancer and other diseases....

Crystalline silica — tiny particles no more than one-hundredth the size of grains of sand — is created during work with stone, concrete, brick or mortar. It can occur during sawing, grinding and drilling and is common in glass manufacturing and sand blasting. One government study found that many workers in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, were exposed to 10 times the permissible level of silica.


Not only the workers, but those downwind of sand mining operations are exposed. That exposure is not covered by OSHA regulations.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/busin ... l?hpw&_r=0

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:05 am

While the DNR is busying selling off public land and opening gun ranges, other parts of the latest state budget authorizes big buck spending on training programs for hunting, fishing and trapping. And that money doesn't seem to be wisely spent.

A $500,000 sportsmen's grant slipped into the state budget earlier this summer is set to go to a group with ties to Republican insiders that has praised GOP politicians and lobbied for legislation such as lowering regulations on iron mining and development in wetlands.

The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc., a group formed in January with no record of its own in outdoors training, is the only applicant for the scantly noticed two-year grant to promote hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin that is being reviewed Thursday by a special panel.

If the grant is approved, the state could end up paying it every two years to United Sportsmen, which has said in its application that it would use most of the money to pay its staff and consultants.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby wack wack » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:21 am

Come on Henry, you left out the best part!

The carefully crafted grant requirements were unanimously voted into the state budget in May after just seven minutes of discussion by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, which acted on a motion drafted by outgoing Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) and Rep. Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade).

United Sportsmen has ties to several Suder allies, including his donors, lobbyists, a former lawmaker who worked on major concealed-carry legislation, and his former chief of staff.

The ties between Suder and United Sportsmen are making one budget committee member rethink his vote in favor of the grant. Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) said he thought it would be more competitive and that other groups could more easily apply for it.

"In hindsight, it seems like a sweetheart deal for one group that has ties to Scott Suder," Mason said. "That was not how it was described."

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:33 am

Anyone ever work for a company where they post new positions internally, and the requirements do everything but list the name of the guy they are going to ultimately give the job too?

This part was especially nice. Don't want to miss out on throwing money at as many GOP friendly lobbying groups as possible:

The application also required a state group to "have a relationship with a nationally recognized organization that provides proven and successful firearms safety education" and can use that relationship to host shooting events. In addition, the group is required to work with a "nationally recognized shooting expert."

For United Sportsmen, that group is the National Rifle Association and the shooting expert is Darren LaSorte, a former longtime Washington lobbyist for the NRA. LaSorte, who until last year was a registered lobbyist in Wisconsin, worked closely with GOP lawmakers such as Suder and Galloway on gun rights legislation such as the concealed-carry law. LaSorte is now based in Texas and works for Ackerman McQueen, an advertising and public affairs firm whose clients include the NRA.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:56 am

wack wack wrote:Come on Henry, you left out the best part!

"In hindsight, it seems like a sweetheart deal for one group that has ties to Scott Suder," Mason said. "That was not how it was described."

Suder seems like a great choice for the PSC.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:05 pm

Another part of the Journal Sentinel article I left out:
After the Sporting Heritage Committee meets next week, it will be disbanded, said the DNR's Paul Heinen. If conditions such as the matching funds are met, the grant will be paid in perpetuity, he said.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby other i » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:41 pm

It's a side issue but doesn't the whole "let's get the kids huntin' and shootin'" thing reeka bit of social engineering?

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:47 pm

other i wrote:It's a side issue but doesn't the whole "let's get the kids huntin' and shootin'" thing reeka bit of social engineering?

Not really, plenty of kids already hunt because their families hunt. The classes are required for kids and it doesn't hurt to make sure that kids who are out there are informed of the actual rules, rather then what Dad or Mom think is the right way to do it.

Given the financial costs as well as the time costs, I doubt many non-hunting parents are going to be signing their children up to learn to hunt (even if the kid begs).

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby jman111 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:25 pm

...the only applicant for the scantly noticed two-year grant to promote hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin...

Seems to me that more than just offering of classes would be involved.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby DCB » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:42 pm

[Suder] wasn't aware that United Sportsmen would include his former chief of staff, Luke Hilgemann, in the application as one of its educators.
Wow, what a coinky-dink!
Hilgemann recently left his job overseeing and lobbying for the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity to take a job in Washington as the No. 2 executive for the group favoring conservative economic policies.

AFP, of course, is another Koch front group.

They aren't going to be do any training.
The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc., a group formed in January with no record of its own in outdoors training,
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If United Sportsmen receives the grant, Pantzlaff said the group plans to hire full- and part-time staff. He said it also would partner with existing groups and utilize existing facilities to run its programs as efficiently as possible.
They are just going to be middlemen who scarf up most of the money and pass along some crumbs to people who do the real work.

And they'll use that money to fund their vote-rigging schemes:
Themis is the Koch Brother’s magical vote munching machine. It’s a data mining operation.
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The Themis machine was able to get the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin to identify Democratic voters, send them letters saying here’s where you mail in your ballot, and here’s the deadline. The address was a phony, it was their own, and the date was after the legal date for submitting an absentee ballot. So, either way, you were fucked like a duck. The Sportsmen basically were hunting Democrats.


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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby snoqueen » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:27 pm

More on these "sportsmen:"

http://journaltimes.com/news/opinion/ed ... 963f4.html

Messages in the comments section say all the Democratic legislators, as well as all the Republicans, voted for this. Some clarification is needed as to whether this refers to just the so called sportsmen's money, or the whole budget, or what.

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:37 pm

snoqueen wrote:Some clarification is needed as to whether this refers to just the so called sportsmen's money, or the whole budget, or what.

From the JS article it seemed like it reffered specifically to the sportsmen's money being added to the budget in committee.

The Joint Finance Committee approved the grant in a quick 16-0 vote in its final action of the day on May 29 — just one routine vote among many in its weeks of grinding work on the budget. Once the committee adds an item to the budget, it can be difficult to pull out.


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