By Jack Pladziewicz For the Chippewa Valley Post The ongoing national debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or “Obama Care”) and replacing it with a GOP-designed American Health Care Act (“Trump Care”) has engaged both houses of Congress, the White House, hospital and doctors associations, the AARP and other advocacy groups on […]
By April Barker, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a very welcome executive order regarding the state’s open records law.
It notes that “the American republic and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the basis of broad accountability of government to the people.” And it declares that ”the free flow of information from the government to the people instills trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable, and open.”
By Katherine Schneider for the Chippewa Valley Post A very reliable friend recently missed a bridge game. After several phone calls were unanswered, another friend drove by and found a light on, but nobody answered when she knocked. After some discussion, we decided to call the Eau Claire Police Department and ask them to do […]
By Rachyl Houterman, Staff Writer for The Spectator Journalism in America has entered uncertain times, but liberty isn’t guaranteed without it On Feb. 17, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet stating the media “is the enemy of the American people,” making it clear he was referring to CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and The New […]
By Doug Mell For the Chippewa Valley Post This is a memorial I wrote recently upon learning of the death recently of a good friend, bon vivant, thoughtful and caring journalist, and a great husband and father. Brian Leaf graduated from UW-Eau Claire in the early 1980s and went on to a long newspaper career […]
By Mark Pitsch, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Two days before the new president’s inauguration, the Society of Professional Journalists and dozens of other media and government transparency groups sent a letter asking Donald Trump for a meeting to discuss his administration’s relationship with the press. Among other things, the groups wanted Trump to affirm […]