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It's not a done deal yet. But very nearly. The Holmen village board has gotten close enough to working agreements on seven pieces of property where a new library will sit that they're ready to talk about actual location. Village board president Nancy Proctor says the facility is planned for about 9 acres on a swath of land stretching from the southern hand of Halfway Creek Park to Wall street. Final decisions on purchasing property for the new library are likely to be made next month.
The next tactic for public unions: boycott. State police and fire unions are among those signing on to a letter going out to businesses around Wisconsin, threatening boycott unless those businesses stand against governor Scott Walker's moves to take away collective bargaining rights. This is part of the letter we received from Wisconsin Professional Police Association head, Jim Palmer. (Other unions signing on:
Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin
International Association of Firefighters
Madison Teachers, Inc.
Green Bay Education Association
Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
Madison Professional Police Officers Association)
March 11, 2011
The threats talk about slitting his throat, drinking his blood, putting his head on a spike in Madison. State senator Dan Kapanke has received those threats and more since his vote on Wednesday for a bill that would strip most collective bargaining rights from most public employees in the state. Kapanke says he's bothered by the threats and very worried about his family but refuses to allow the threats to keep him from reaching out to all the people in his district regardless of their views on how he voted on that bill or any other. Kapanke also says he has been cautioned by police but appears to have no additional security at this point. The republican is one of many senators to get death threats.
Mike Huebsch in contempt? A Wisconsin union has filed a motion in Dane County court to have Department of Administration secretary Huebsch found in contempt for locking down the capitol on Wednesday night prior to a Senate vote on portions of the controversial budget repair bill. The motion was filed before the same judge who, last week, ordered Huebsch to provide better access to the capitol and also laid the groundwork for getting protesters removed from the building in a peaceful way.
Keith Marchbanks hopes that his family will forgive him someday...for apparently trying to kill them a year ago.
Marchbanks is headed to prison for 22 years, and may not get to contact his ex-wife and children again, sating his "final goodbye" to them in court.
The West Salem man set his wife's house on fire last March, and was shot as he threatened a policeman with a butcher knife. Judge Elliott Levine challenges the claim of Marchbanks's brother that Keith never got angry until the night of the fire.
One of Marchbanks's daughters wanted him locked up for a long time, so she could raise a family without fear of him getting out of prison.