Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ron Johnson, R-Ignorance, blames, punishes those w/ pre-existing conditions

Wisconsin Tea Party/GOP Senator Ron Johnson 
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himself has a serious pre-existing condition:

Knowledge deficits.

So deep and wide that he'd be disqualified from working as a back-up town government lawn mowing summer part-time intern, as he thinks people with pre-existing medical conditions should pay more money for their health insurance because drivers with poor records pay more for their auto insurance.
Ron Johnson: People with preexisting condition don’t deserve insurance like ‘somebody who crashes their car’
Someone needs to take Johnson aside and explain to him that many pre-existing health conditions arise involuntarily at birth or arrive through no-fault spread of disease, or have unknown origins.

Seriously, what is wrong with this man?

Kids at Children's Hospital with spina bifida or seniors in nursing homes with little money and Alzheimer's disease, or babies born with the Zika virus are comparable to habitual speeders or drunk drivers?

Who would suggest pricing sick people - - at the risk of their lives or financial survival or their families' well-being - - out of the health insurance market.

Are there no limits to Johnson's ignorance, lack of heart and infinite capacity to embarrass the State of Wisconsin and people with a normal amount of commonsense and, dare I say what Johnson and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan lack - - compassion?

In the last few days, Johnson has also failed to grasp that the upper-income tax-cut bill secretly-crafted by his party and disguised as a health-care measure wipes out federal funding to cities and states to infections prevent diseases and bioterrorism and also said cuts to Medicaid coverages for sick children, nursing-home bound seniors and many disabled Americans were not cuts at all.

Then again, what would you expect of a man who neither encouraged a young GOP staffer to report a sexual assault by a state legislator or supported a state bill to make it easier for child sexual assault victims to sue their molesters' place of employment?

Or who says that climate change is due to sunspots and scientists who point to human activity as the cause are "crazy.
  "I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change," Johnson said. "It's not proven by any stretch of the imagination."
Johnson, in a [2010 interview], described believers in manmade causes of climate change as "crazy" and the theory as "lunacy."
"It's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time," he said.

Ron Johnson: your 'health' bill quickly cuts disease prevention $$

[Updated from 6/14/17] I noted in a post yesterday that Wisconsin Tea Party/GOP Senator Ron Johnson was busy parsing the meaning of the word "cut" 
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when denying that his party's high-bracket tax-cut bill crafted in secret and disguised as a health-care plan cut the life-saving Medicaid program - - watch this video, Senator - - which is absolutely targeted for deep and massive cuts to pay for the big tax cut Johnson and his party have long sought for upper-income Americans which keep the GOP afloat: 

As The New York Times disclosed increases for high-income Americans that Democrats used to help pay for the Affordable Care Act are being scrapped entirely.
A 3.8 percent tax on investment income over $250,000 for a couple would be history, as would an 0.9 percent surcharge on payroll taxabove that same level. The Tax Policy Center estimates that would amount to an average tax cut of $54,000 for households making over $1 million.
Here's another cut in the hurriedly-drafted Senate bill I haven't heard the former Oshkosh plastics manufacturer address - - the one that would wipe out funding for disease and bioterrorism prevention which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides to cities and states (that would include Wisconsin and Oshkosh), as The Washington Post explains:
The health-care bill that Senate Republicans released Thursday would eliminate critical funds for core public health programs that make up about 12 percent of the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money supports programs to prevent bioterrorism and disease outbreaks, as well as to provide immunizations and screenings for cancer and heart disease.
The Senate bill would end funding starting in fiscal 2018, which begins in October. That’s more quickly than theHouse GOP legislation, which would gut funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund starting in October 2018...
The CDC’s own immunization program received $324 million from the fund last year, dollars that were sent directly to states and local communities to improve immunization registries and infrastructure.... about 40 percent of the CDC’s total immunization program budget last year.
That support has been especially crucial given the increase in recent years of vaccine-preventable diseases outbreaks such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough. An ongoing measles outbreak in Minnesota has already exceeded the total number of measles cases reported in the entire United States last year.
I am waiting for Johnson to address those cuts.

Perhaps he'll settle on a 'financing reprogramming,' or 'negative dollar allotment.'

Or say nothing.

Past clues to Ron Johnson's health 'care' bill stance

[Updated from 6/23/17] So Wisconsin's ultra-right wing GOP/Tea Party US Senator Ron Johnson is signaling along with government haters like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul that they're not ready to vote for the tax cut bill masquerading as health-care reform his party unveiled Thursday after weeks of secret crafting.

A suggestion: don't get your hopes up that Ron Johnson is growing a heart. 

His objections to the bill so far appear to be procedural, and he's on the record parsing what the word "cut" means when it comes to extracting hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program that provides health insurance for disabled adults and sick kids and half the births in the US and tens of thousands of low-income seniors in nursing homes.

But Johnson's record offers some clues about the way he reacts when presented with other people's suffering.
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Here's one blog posting with links to his record:
*  Video of Ron Johnson's testimony before a Wisconsin legislative committee that put him in the spotlight even before he ran for US Senate.   
The question was whether to make it easier for claims to be filed: Johnson appeared in opposition. 
*  And do not forget Johnson's silence after being told that a female aide had been sexually assaulted - - a matter that led to more revelations and the eventual ouster and jailing of the abuser - - a high-ranking Wisconsin GOP legislator.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Trump's EPA chief enters Great Lakes Twilight Zone

Well, maybe a fabulist zone is the better descriptor, as the budget proposed for the US Environmental Protection Agency  zeros out Great Lakes restoration funding, yet Trump's EPA chief Scott Pruitt traveled to Ohio and told officials there he fully supports clean lakes.
EPA chief says he wants clean Great Lakes despite seeking cuts
Pruitt did speak some words:
"We recognize the importance of the Great Lakes," said Pruitt. "We will work with Congress to ensure that those objectives are attained."
Who's reassured, especially as there was this news just the other day.
Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan as Trump pushes budget cuts

Add media stonewalling to WI DNR's science, public interest divorce

I appreciate the Green Bay Press Gazette's meticulous unmasking of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources intentional media stonewalling policy.

And I add it to the agency's calculated divorce from the people and science and its legacy mission ordered up by right-wing GOP Gov. Scott Walker and his hand-picked "chamber of commerce mentality" cudgel, Cathy Stepp.
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp proudly shows off her first deer, taken opening weekend last year. In the upcoming TV Special "Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2012, Stepp urges male hunters to take more girls and women hunting. "The secret's out," she says. "Hunting is a lot of fun, so don't keep it to yourselves."  photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

After Cambria mill blast & deaths, reject Trump's labor safety cuts

[Updating from 6/6/17, with news of fifth death
Given the discovery of the fourth fatality in a deadly corn mill blast in Cambria, Wisconsin and learning that the factory has had known safety issues, consider that GOP President Donald Trump's proposed budget 
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includes a big reduction at the Department of Labor which houses worker safety programs:
Trump's slash to Labor Department budget could jeopardize workplace safety enforcement
The White House gave few details on what would have to be whacked if the Labor Department lost a fifth of its budget.
But there’s at least one program already believed to be on the chopping block — and it’s dedicated to worker safety, said Jordan Barab, the Labor Department’s former deputy assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“The Susan Harwood grant program, started in the 1980s, provides $10 million a year for safety training for workers,” Barab said... 
The Harwood grants have been in the crosshairs of conservative Republicans for decades, and it’s one of the first programs that will disappear if the department’s funding dries up, Barab said.
The training Harwood grants provide is vital in part because OSHA is so small to begin with: 1,838 inspectors to check 8 million worksites across the U.S., according to the AFL-CIO.
Sound like a good idea? 

Updating Wisconsin budget deadline fail

This predictable Saturday news story:

State officials have already missed their deadline to pass a budget — it's just that not everyone has realized it yet. 
Updates this June 13 blog posting:
Wisconsin GOP State Senate Majority Leader and Senior FantasyLand elf Scott Fitzgerald said on Mike Gousha's Sunday morning newsmaker show that he's hoping that the Legislature wraps up work on the state budget by July 1.
And teaches you something about the dysfunction in Walker's GOP-led state government, where GOP legislators threw out most of Walker's proposed line items, now can't agree on substitutes and don't have a clue about which of your pockets to pick to fix the transportation budget Walker and his road-building legislative servants have drowned in borrowing and red ink, let alone the potholes and project backlogs also spreading across the political environment.

Friday, June 23, 2017

WI expert explains Medicaid cuts Ron Johnson said didn't exist

I noted in a post yesterday about WI GOP US Sen. Ron Johnson's obfuscation 
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about whether he'd support his party's 'health-care'-cum tax cut plan - - (definitely, if there are deeper program cuts, apparently) - - and I included a link about Johnson denying that cuts to Medicaid were coming:
Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that he doesn’t see cuts to Medicaid spending in the new Republican health care law.
“From my standpoint, I keep hearing about these cuts in Medicaid. I don’t have the numbers yet, but what I’ve seen — I might define cuts differently, cuts to me is actually deduction in spending year to year — I don’t think anybody is proposing any cuts,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on MSNBC.
Setting aside the full-strength swampian-parsing that Johnson has totally mastered now that he's into a second six-year DC term, here are some facts from Lynn Breedlove, long-time Wisconsin social services expert and all-around straight-shooter, about what's in store for the 1,250,000 state kids, seniors and other lower-income Wisconsinites who are covered by Medicaid in line for Trump-supported, GOP-drafted 'reform.'
Recently, the House of Representatives voted to cut the program by 25 percent over the next 10 years. The Senate’s health care plan would cut Medicaid over a longer timeline than the House bill, but the cuts would be deeper because the bill changes the program’s funding formula.
In the House bill, our state would need to increase state spending on Medicaid (the largest program in the state budget) by 30 percent in 2021 to avoid cutting services. That won’t happen...
Not to mention: 
At the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, 54 percent of the patients have their health care paid for by Medicaid. Do you believe all those kids will get the care they need with federal funding cuts that big? I don’t...
And here's more that Johnson didn't acknowledge: 
And what about schools? In the 2016-17 school year alone, Wisconsin schools received $187 million in Medicaid funding for school services. The cuts Congress is considering would likely cost many school nurses, psychologists and therapists their jobs.
If it's a contest between Johnson and Breedlove, I'm betting on Breedlove, because he understands that a cut is a cut is a cut.

Walker keeps escaping responsibility for Lincoln Hills prison atrocity

US District Court Judge James Peterson on Friday pledged remedial actions and had harsh words about management practices that have spawned brutal conditions which continue at the state's prison for juveniles:
In issuing his ruling, Peterson said DOC's practices of routinely using pepper spray on inmates, placing shackles on inmates without evaluating their need and keeping teen inmates locked up in solitary confinement sometimes for longer than two months likely violate their constitutional rights and said prison administrators demonstrated a "callous indifference" to the harm being inflicted on the inmates through the use of the practices.  
"This is the most severe and damaging type of solitary confinement that is used in the American penal system. Ted Kaczynski has less restrictive confinement than the youth at Lincoln Hills," Peterson said, referring to the domestic terrorist known as the Unabomber, currently held in a supermax prison in Colorado.
And while a probe into conditions there has been going on for two-and-a-half years, somehow GOP Gov. Scott Walker - - supposed supervisor of the Wisconsin Corrections Department Secretary - - has evaded all political and moral responsibility for what months ago I called a humanitarian crisis.

Why doesn't the buck stop with Walker and accountability begin there?

On Walker's watch, Lincoln Hills is a humanitarian crisis 
When it comes to the state-sponsored nightmare that has been festering at Wisconsin's Lincoln Hills youth prison, what language suits you? 
Humanitarian crisis too harsh? 
Given the power differential between the state and underage inmates, I don't think so... 
Why should it take a federal lawsuit to bring this nightmare more fully to public attention, and to the authorities to bring the nightmare to a close?
Does Walker have to be confronted with deaths there - - as have victims, their families and Milwaukee County taxpayers who endured four deaths last year in Sheriff David Clarke's jail - - before some serious remedial action is taken, or ordered?


White House real estate mogul embraces charnel house model

So the US won the Cold War, Putin and Russia are winning the Cyber War - - read this stunning Washington Post report - - and the casualties of that 2016 electronic battle could include twenty-some million American children, lower-income elderly and disabled citizens who are one US Senate vote as close as 51-50 away - - with a quick House concurrence - -  from losing life-giving prescription medications, home assistance, hospital services and nursing home care.

Trump calls the scenario that set this catastrophe in motion "fake news," but it's really crime news which the Post correctly calls the political crime of the century.
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And all that stands between that political crime turning into negligent homicide on a mass scale is the courage and good will of a handful of moderate Republican Senators willing to prevent their crafty Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an equally-cold and reprehensible Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Putin's White House Puppet-in-Chief turning the shining city on a hill into a colossal charnel house.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WI wants to OK killing groundhogs 24/7/365 - - even Groundhog Day

As I noted a while ago, the same Wisconsin Legislature that can't agree on a budget or a way to finance road repairs or guarantee clean well water for people who live near ever-expanding industrial-scale farms and feedlots is getting closer to setting up a no-bag-limit open groundhog killing season.

Someone call Bill Murray.

Wisconsin Supreme Court strengthens GOP secrecy embrace

Republican and right-wing public officials love to absorb special-interest campaign money and then behind close doors to use their incumbencies to undermine the public's business.

As they did when drafting the tax-cuts-for-the-rich bill masquerading as a 'health care' measure which GOP US Senators rolled out today, and a Wisconsin legislative gerrymander drafted in secret that has embedded the GOP in power and which the US Supreme Court has agreed to review.

Now we are learning that Wisconsin Supreme Court's 5-2 Republican-supported, right-wing majority elected and solidified with the help of big trade associations and conservative policy organizations has just voted with the strong backing of the retiring Scott Walker servant Justice Michael Gabelman - - 

Justice Gableman
- - to hold more of its policy-making discussions in secret:
For instance, the justices in April debated in public whether they should tighten court rules that dictate when judges must step aside from cases involving people or groups who spent money in their elections. The court rejected the rule changes, 5-2.
The same majority voted Thursday to stop holding such discussions in public. As such, when the court next takes up its ethics policies, it will do so behind closed doors.
And you can see why. 

Remember that some of the same right-wing advocacy and donor groups which invested in the Wisconsin Supreme Court's reactionary majority also wrote the current 'ethics' code that enables state judges and the justices themselves hear cases in which their donors are parties

In response to [a tougher, independent proposal], the Wisconsin Realtors Association (“Realtors”) and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (“WMC”) filed separate amend the Judicial Code of Conduct to provide that recusal is not required in a proceeding based solely on any endorsement or receipt of a lawful campaign contribution from a party or entity involved in the proceeding. The petitions also sought clarification that a judge does not need to seek recusal where it would be based solely on a party in the case sponsoring an independent expenditure or issue advocacy communication in favor of the judge.
In a 4-3 decision...the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied the [tougher] petition and adopted the Realtors and WMC’s petitions. 

More material about state park, related preservation for 6/23 comment deadline

I've been calling attention to a regularly-scheduled meeting next week by the oversight Wisconsin Natural Resources Board where there will be a discussion of possible amendments to the master plan for the popular Kohler Andrae State Park.

Amendments to the park master plan could lead to the loss of state parkland and related changes that would facilitate the construction of a privately-owned high-end golf course on an adjacent 247-acre nature preserve woodlands, wetlands, and rare dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

This is happening while there is also a push by the golf course developer to have the nature preserve quickly annexed to the City of Sheboygan, effectively foiling objections to the project in the  much smaller Town of Wilson where the nature preserve is located. 

Though the oversight board's meeting is across the state in St. Croix County, public comments can be filed electronically about the matter by Friday, June 23rd at 11:00.  

Email them to 

Also: Here is a link to a substantial file of comments and attachments already sent to the oversight board by the grassroots preservationist organization Friends of the Black River Forest making clear why it is against the giveaway of public land for the benefit of one private owner.

As the former Kohler Andrae State Park park superintendent has said, where's his acreage there for a hotdog stand?

Anyway, please send in a comment that supports the integrity of Kohler Andrae State Park and maintains the nature preserve's land, water and native cultural legacies.

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Senate Republicans release unhealthy tax cut bill

Well, US Senate Majority Leader and Putinesque secrecy maven Mitch McConnell finally released the Republican's long-sought, long-promised super-huge $800 billion tax cut for the wealthy.

Media and Republicans are calling it a 'health-care plan,' but that is misleading because it removes health insurance from many millions of elderly and disabled Americans (Congressional analysts will release a careful estimate on Monday, three days before the bill is scheduled for its no-hearing quickie Senate vote) and additionally targets low-income women by defunding Planned Parenthood and the health-care it already provides.

The biggest impact will fall on Medicaid recipients, a group whom Trump repeatedly said he would not target, and which is being hit hard by deindustrialization, an opiod epidemic and falling life expectations in states like Ohio which Trump carried.

And which includes many formerly-middle class Americans who lost their homes and jobs in the Great Recession triggered by reckless, self-serving banking practices which House Republicans under the leadership of best-friend-of-the-rich Paul Ryan just voted to put back in place
Paul Ryan's official Speaker photo. In the background is the American Flag.
Ryan has said he's been dreaming of defunding Medicaid since he was a college student. 

Go figure.

However, to the extent that anyone's health is protected by the bill, look to Republican members of Congress whose seats, incomes, privileges and future careers as lobbyists are cushioned, even posted, because many of the bill's most uncivil measures don't kick in until after the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Tax cuts for the rich. Incumbency protections for GOP Senators and House members.

Republican health care at work.

Kohler golf course comment deadline is 6/23

The headline corrects an earlier post with an incorrect deadline date.  My apologies.

Earlier Wednesday I put up a post about the City of Sheboygan slowing down a fast-tracked annexation of hundreds of acres in the neighboring Town of Wilson where the Kohler Co. wants to bulldoze, cut, fill and otherwise convert a nature preserve into a high-end golf course along Lake Michigan.

Here's how to email your objections about the project to the state, but the comment deadline is just around the corner, so heads up.

A regularly-scheduled meeting in St. Croix County of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board - - the separate body which oversees the Wisconsin Natural Resources Department - - has on its June 28th agenda a proposed rewriting of the Kohler Andrae State Park's Master Plan which could make it easier for the golf course to proceed and even take some parkland.

*  Here is the specific item on the agenda.

*  Here is the Board's full agenda with meeting site information.

*  Here is information about where to email your objections to this project, and please note the deadline is this Friday morning, less than 48 hours away, as Friends of the Black River Forest and other opponents reminds you.:

Comments are due by Friday, June 23rd at 11:00.  
Tell the DNR you are opposed to the both the destruction of the beautiful, rare, open and forested Great Lakes sand dune ecosystem and the give away of publicly owned state park lands for the exclusive use and destruction by Kohler, a for-profit, private company. 
Kohler Company is requesting to take State Owned land to build an entrance to the golf course and a maintenance building. He wants all of this built on our STATE LAND.  He has his own access to the property and plenty of room to build a maintenance building. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Comment deadline 6/23 on Kohler golf plan's state park impact

Updated with corrected headline:
"Comment deadline 6/23 on Kohler golf plan's state park impact"
Earlier today I put up a post about the City of Sheboygan slowing down a fast-tracked annexation of hundreds of acres in the neighboring Town of Wilson where the Kohler Co. wants to bulldoze, cut, fill and otherwise convert a nature preserve into a high-end golf course along Lake Michigan.

Here's how to email your objections about the project to the state, but the comment deadline is just around the corner, so heads up.

A regularly-scheduled meeting in St. Croix County of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board - - the separate body which oversees the Wisconsin Natural Resources Department - - has on its June 28th agenda a proposed rewriting of the Kohler Andrae State Park's Master Plan which could make it easier for the golf course to proceed and even take some parkland.

*  Here is the specific item on the agenda.

*  Here is the Board's full agenda with meeting site information.

*  Here is information about where to email your objections to this project, and please note the deadline is this Friday morning, less than 48 hours away, as Friends of the Black River Forest and other opponents reminds you.:

Comments are due by Friday, June 23rd at 11:00.  
Tell the DNR you are opposed to the both the destruction of the beautiful, rare, open and forested Great Lakes sand dune ecosystem and the give away of publicly owned state park lands for the exclusive use and destruction by Kohler, a for-profit, private company. 
Kohler Company is requesting to take State Owned land to build an entrance to the golf course and a maintenance building. He wants all of this built on our STATE LAND.  He has his own access to the property and plenty of room to build a maintenance building. 

Golf course plan which includes state park land taking on hold

Facing opposition, unanswered questions and the likelihood of costly litigation, the City of Sheboygan Common Council put off deciding until July 17 whether to annex land for a Kohler golf course which had been on a fast-track:
After council members voted to send a pre-annexation agreement back to committee, City Administrator Darrell Hofland recommended they put annexation and zoning decisions on hold. He said if the council approved the annexation without the pre-annexation agreement, it would lose its leverage over development details.
Kohler Co. is pushing for the annexation of more than 400 acres to build an 18-hole golf course on land it owns in the Town of Wilson along Lake Michigan. The project also could involve using land in the nearby Kohler-Andrae State Park. 
The Sheboygan Common Council streams and archives its meetings, here.

The project would need multiple permits and approvals from agencies and interests as varied as the US Army Corp of Engineers, several Native American tribes and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, regardless of its final location.

Here's a recent posting about the direction that the DNR has been taking since right-wing GOP Gov. Scott Walker installed what he termed "a chamber of commerce mentality" atop the DNR management structure. 

You can find multiple posts about the issues on this blog, including this item from last year which focused on the project's demand for land inside the neighboring Kohler Andrae State Park:
 [Updated] I'd supplied some fresh information earlier today about the ongoing battle documented on this blog for the last two years over whether a privately-owned, high-end golf course proposed in a Lake Michigan nature preserve - - 

- - by a major Scott Walker campaign donor should win approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 
The plan proposes turning over to the development between four and twenty acres of the adjoining Kohler-Andrae State Park.

Of rulers and princes and sons

Trump and the Saudi King are closer than you'd have thought weeks after Trump's visit..
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One of them exercised his ruling family's prerogatives and elevated his son with a big mission and princely, Middle East status.

The other was also in the news.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brown water, black water state AGs blend their 'expertise'

The Attorney General of West Virginia, where coal companies have been known to pollute the drinking water, has linked up with our own Brad Schimel, the corporately-obeisant Attorney General of Wisconsin, where contaminating, industrial-scale animal feeding operations have been turning the drinking water brown.
Kewaunee County, WI feedlot runoff
A marriage made in heaven?

Here's the goal of the partnership, reports the Capital Times, and let me be the first to say, "I won't drink to that."

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is partnering with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey in an effort to push back against federal environmental regulations they say infringe on states' authority.
Schimel and Morrissey led a group of 20 states that sent a letter this week to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt seeking changes and clarifications to the EPA's "waters of the U.S." rule, implemented under then-President Barack Obama's administration and currently under review...
 One bit of information about where Schimel's heart lies:
Attorney General Brad Schimel is trying to send a closely watched case involving the expansion of a large dairy farm to appeals judges in conservative Waukesha County — and keep the case away from judges in liberal Dane County.
More, here:
WI ignores lessons of self-inflicted MI water crises.
...file under 'with governing comes responsibility.'
5 Michigan Officials Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Connection With Flint Water Crisis
I'm not saying there is perfect equivalency between what happened in Flint and what is going in Wisconsin's Kewaunee County, for example, where the state has not moved aggressively against known, long-standing drinking water contamination - - 
Complete DNR fail: Massive fecal pollution in Kewaunee County wells
 - - and where lax pollution inspections and enforcement has been organized against by citizens and advocates, and documented:
State audit finds DNR ignoring own rules on water pollution

- - but the Michigan tragedy with multiple victims which will linger for years is certainly a lesson in personal responsibility, smart policy-making - - unlike Wisconsin's laws blatantly-tilted towards factory farming - - and the consequences, logical or unintended, of public policy failure.
And quietly shipping Kewaunee residents bottled water as the 2018 election looms, and after years of inaction while government kept expanding the big feedlot operations while reducing inspections and pollution enforcement, speaks volumes.