Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Last Thursday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would greatly improve how America treats our veterans. Senate Bill 1982 (the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014) would have allowed better access to health care and educational opportunities for returning veterans.
The most important thing that happened in politics last week was the release of thousands of Kelly Rindfleisch e-mails. However, Walker's embarrassing ducking and dodging of media questions about the documents is well-covered, so I will not say anything further (at least this week) on the subject :)
The Wisconsin legislature is currently in session. With 769 Assembly Bills and 603 Senate Bills so far listed on the legislature's web site, it is hard to keep up. Many of the bills regulate some obscure area of commerce, such as shooting ranges, tattoo parlors, or mobile dentists. Some make good sense, such as increased penalties for drunk driving. Still other bills are evil, crazy, or downright silly. This blog lists just a few bills that we should all be aware of.
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to hear gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke speak in West Bend. Mary was impressive in her talk to a packed house at the County Democratic Headquarters. Since she is the only major announced Democratic candidate, it appears that November's general election will be between Mary Burke and Scott Walker.