Vinehout backs universal background checks for firearm sales, knocks Foxconn subsidies

Dem guv candidate Kathleen Vinehout says she’d support universal background checks for all gun sales.

These checks, she added, would be applicable to federally-licensed dealers as well as gun sales among private individuals, which she argued should be allowed to continue.

“It’s a protection for the owner as much as for society,” the Alma senator said at a WisPolitics.com luncheon Thursday in Madison.

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BustED Pencils: A Dairy Farm Democrat for Governor

Kathleen's interview with BustED Pencils is now available online!

#BustEDPencils Episode 46: A Dairy Farm Democrat for Governor 


Diana Vance: Kathleen Vinehout would work on behalf of the people

Dear Editor: Where are the heroes and the patriots? Are the Bobby Kennedys and Martin Luther Kings not around anymore? The Republican-controlled Congress is not concerned with people’s lives. Look at that horrible tax bill they just passed. Same goes for the state Legislature and governor.

But then I heard a woman’s powerful voice one evening and my despondency left. That woman was Kathleen Vinehout from a farm near Alma. Vinehout is a state senator who has amazing energy and that complements her ideas.

She has done the math and said: “With the same money in the budget we can fix schools, take care of health care, and other priorities.” She went on to say: “We must embrace policies that affect people’s lives.”

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The Cap Times: Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Free tuition for two-year and tech colleges means freedom to learn

"Every Wisconsinite should have access to education or training past high school … to be pursued at whatever point and pace makes sense for individual workers and industries,” wrote researchers at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) eight years ago.

Long before the current shortage of skilled workers, COWS anticipated the need for additional training. In 2009, the center teamed up with the Workforce Development Board, Skills2Compete and others to study “Wisconsin’s forgotten middle-skill jobs.”....

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Wisconsin Gazette and WIZM Coverage of Freedom to Learn Bill

Wisconsin Gazette: 

Vinehout introduces legislation for tuition-free tech and 2-year campuses

“Expanding our skilled workforce is the surest way to grow our economy and raise wages which are 18th lowest in the country,” Vinehout said in a news release. “Other states that have moved in this direction have seen enrollments  increase.”

Vinehout’s proposal would make tuition free for all Wisconsin residents.

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WIZN News Talk 1410 92.3:

Alma Sen. Vinehout proposes free tuition to two-year, UW colleges

A bill for free tuition for all interested in attending two-year schools in about to make it's way through the Wisconsin legislature.

Kathleen Vinehout, the Wisconsin Sen. from Alma, proposed the bill for those who went to attend a state school or tech college.

"The idea is to open wide the doors of higher education so that anyone who wants to go to college doesn't have to see finances as a barrier," Vinehout said.

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WEAU: Wisconsin senator proposes free tuition for tech and 2-year campuses

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Free tuition to college may seem too good to be true but a state lawmaker is looking to make it a reality.

Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) is proposing a bill that would make tuition free at Wisconsin's technical colleges and two-year campuses.

Vinehout says her own struggle to save enough money in order to attend a two-year college after graduation is a driving factor for the legislation.

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Vinehout proposes free tuition for tech, two-year colleges

Legislation to make tuition free at Wisconsin’s technical colleges and two-year campuses was unveiled Monday by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma.

“Expanding our skilled workforce is the surest way to grow our economy and raise wages, which are 18th lowest in the country,” Vinehout, one of several Democratic gubernatorial candidates seeking to unseat GOP Gov. Scott Walker, said in a news release. “Other states that have moved in this direction have seen enrollments increase.”

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State Senators: No Reason Governor Shouldn't Allow Wisconsin Farmers To Grow Hemp

Legislature Gave Unanimous Approval To Join More Than 30 States In Allowing Farmers To Grow Industrial Hemp

Two state senators say they see no reason why Gov. Scott Walker won't sign into law a bill that would make it legal for Wisconsin's farmers to grow industrial hemp

Both the state Senate and Assembly approved a bill earlier this month that would establish a pilot program to allow farmers to grow hemp with a license.  

The 2014 federal Farm Bill opened the door to allow states to decide if hemp, which is closely related to marijuana but with much lower levels of THC, the active ingredient that makes people high, could be grown. More than 30 states, including neighboring Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, have legalized growing hemp. 

The bill's Senate author, state Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, said unanimous approval in the Legislature sends a strong message to the governor that lawmakers should support legalized hemp. 

"We import $500 million annually of industrial hemp from Canada," he said. "This is a prime example that we can lessen our dependence on foreign imports by growing it right here in the state of Wisconsin." 

From food to textiles, hemp is a versatile crop that can be used in hundreds of products. 

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, who is challenging Walker in the 2018 election and has supported legalizing industrial hemp since she was first elected, said Wisconsin had the last hemp processing facility in the U.S. in the 1950s 

"The crop was well-suited to our climate. It grew well, and it was profitable for farmers. Somehow in the 1950s, hemp got all mixed up with its cousin (cannabis) and poor hemp lost out," she said. "Over the years, people have realized that hemp is a commodity, like corn and soybeans." 

The governor is still reviewing the bill and it's unclear if he will sign it into law.

-John Davis

Click here to listen to the program on WPR from November 20, 2017

UPDATE: Gov. Scott Walker announces re-election bid

Sunday, both Vinehout and Wachs discussed people first policies.

“I am running for governor to put people first, people as the center of state policy, the top priority when it comes to spending state dollars,” Vinehout said.

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Democrats Dana Wachs, Eau Claire, and Kathleen Vinehout, Alma, aim to prove that out-state candidates can win the governorship

With a huge field of Democrats vying to challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker in next fall’s election, the only thing certain is uncertainty.

Of the 17 Democrats so far who have registered to run for governor in 2018, experts say eight to 10 are considered serious candidates. Two of them, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma and state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire, are from west-central Wisconsin.

That raises a key question for Democrats seeking to deny Walker a third term: Would it be an advantage or disadvantage to select a candidate from regions outside the traditional Democratic strongholds of Madison and Milwaukee?

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