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Kathleen Vinehout

Born June 16, 1958; married; 1 child. B.S. with honors in education Southern Illinois U. 1980; M.P.H. St. Louis U. 1982; Ph.D. St. Louis U. 1987; A.D. in agriculture. Organic farmer. Former dairy farmer, university professor, health care manager.

Member: Wis. Farmers Union; Wis. Farm Bureau Federation (fmr. bd. mbr., Buffalo Co.); Alma Chamber of Commerce; Democratic Party of Buffalo Co. (fmr. chp.); Andrew Blackfoot American Legion Auxiliary Post 129. Former member: Buffalo Co. Agricultural Fair Assn. (bd. mbr.); American Federation of Teachers (treas., Local 4100). Recipient: Wis. Farmers Union Friend of Farmers Union Award 2013; Wis. Congress of Parents and Teachers Joan Dykstra Friends of Children Award 2012; Wis. Aquaculture Assn. Friend of Wisconsin Aquaculture 2011; La Crosse Area Development Council Triangle of Achievement; AFSCME Council 40 Protector of Quality Services Award 2010; School Administrators Alliance Legislator of the Year 2010; Wis. Academy of Family Physicians Friend of Family Medicine; Wis. Grocers Assn. Friend of Grocers 2010; Wis. Crop Production Assn. Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award; Wis. Assn. of County Homes 2010 Outstanding Legislative Service Award; Wis. Troopers Assn. Legislator of the Year 2010; Wis. League of Conservation Voters Conservation Champion 2008; Wis. Assn. of PEG Channels Friend of Access 2008; Wis. Assn. of FFA Honorary State FFA Degree 2008; Pharmacy Soc. of Wis. Legislator of the Year 2008; Wis. Federation of Cooperatives Friend of Cooperatives 2008. Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission 2004-present.

Elected to Senate 2006; reelected 2010. Minority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2013, 2011; Majority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2009. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism; Education (also 2011); Jt. Com. on Information Policy and Technology; Jt. Com. for Review of Admin. Rules; Jt. Legislative Audit Com. (co.-chp., 2011 eff. 7/24/12, 2009); Mississippi River Parkway Comn. (also 2011). 2011 — Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education; Financial Institutions and Rural Issues. 2009 — Agriculture and Higher Education (chp., also 2007); Children, Families and Workforce Development; Economic Development; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation. 2007 — Health and Human Services (vice chp.); Economic Development, Job Creation, Family Prosperity and Housing; Judiciary and Corrections.

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Democratic Candidate Guide

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Democrats Make Closing Arguments

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Race for Governor: Liberal Groups Won’t Endorse For Governor
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Liberal Groups Won’t Endorse For Governor

None of four Democratic finalists got more than one-third of online vote.

Op Ed: State School Funding Has Steadily Declined
Op Ed

State School Funding Has Steadily Declined

Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding finds schools struggling with unmet needs.

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Murphy’s Law

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Roys Leads Democrats in Money Raised

Also leads seven other Democratic candidates for governor in cash on hand.

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Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds roughly one in three Wisconsin voters still undecided one month before primaries

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Democratic Candidates Duke it Out

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UWM to host Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial debate on July 12
Press Release

UWM to host Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial debate on July 12

All eight Democratic candidates have agreed to participate.

Op Ed: Growing Pains for Hemp Industry
Op Ed

Growing Pains for Hemp Industry

It’s legalized, yes, but state could be more supportive.

Op Ed: UW Officials Stonewall State Audit Bureau
Op Ed

UW Officials Stonewall State Audit Bureau

Legislators consider ways to compel their compliance.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds many Wisconsin primary voters undecided, unfamiliar with candidates
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds many Wisconsin primary voters undecided, unfamiliar with candidates

Walker, Baldwin hold modest advantages over challengers

Race for Governor: Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’
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Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’

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Race for Governor: Vinehout Is Different Kind of Democrat
Race for Governor

Vinehout Is Different Kind of Democrat

A policy wonk, populist and hunter, whose stance on guns annoys some party members.

The State of Politics: Fall Election Could Be Fascinating
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The State of Politics: Six Questions for Democratic Convention
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Six Questions for Democratic Convention

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Op Ed: Audit Shows Big Problems at State Fair Park
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Audit Shows Big Problems at State Fair Park

Management issues, revenue shortfalls, contracts not tracked, environmental laws violated.

Kelda Roys Wins 2nd Congressional District Democratic Straw Poll
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"Today’s results show that Wisconsin Democrats are looking for hope, optimism, and someone to vote for, not just something to vote against."

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Elevating the Next Governor of Wisconsin; Wisconsin’s Choice Campaign Narrows Field to Nine Candidates in Endorsement Process

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How Can We Protect Our Water?

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Op Ed: Changes in School Funding Formula Needed?
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Changes in School Funding Formula Needed?

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Op Ed: Why We Need a State Treasurer
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Why We Need a State Treasurer

The referendum to eliminate position will give more power to governor.

Op Ed: Gov. Walker’s Common Sense Welfare Reforms
Op Ed

Gov. Walker’s Common Sense Welfare Reforms

Critics are wrong, it’s all about workforce readiness.

Op Ed: Deaf Community Ill-Served by Legislature
Op Ed

Deaf Community Ill-Served by Legislature

Republicans water down bill to upgrade skill levels of sign language interpreters.

Murphy’s Law: Abortion Issue Dogs Vinehout in Governor Race
Murphy’s Law

Abortion Issue Dogs Vinehout in Governor Race

Her past views against abortion and birth control haunt her campaign.

Op Ed: A Wheelchair Is Not a Trampoline
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A Wheelchair Is Not a Trampoline

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Marquette Poll Proves Matt Flynn’s Message is Resonating with Wisconsin Voters
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Marquette Poll Proves Matt Flynn’s Message is Resonating with Wisconsin Voters

Flynn is the candidate who has most consistently opposed the state's deal with Foxconn, and voters agree with Flynn.

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Walker’s Work Rule Makes No Sense

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Op Ed: Kicking Us When We’re Down
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Kicking Us When We’re Down

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The State of Politics: Can Democrats Win State Senate?
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Can Democrats Win State Senate?

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GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

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The State of Politics: Politics May Doom School Funding Panel
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Politics May Doom School Funding Panel

Nearly everyone agrees system needs reform, but can’t agree how to do it.

Op Ed: New Approach to Funding Schools Needed
Op Ed

New Approach to Funding Schools Needed

Blue Ribbon Commission studying the many problems with current approach.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
Press Release

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Op Ed: WEDC Admits They Don’t Follow the Law
Op Ed

WEDC Admits They Don’t Follow the Law

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Op Ed: Hemp’s Time Has Come
Op Ed

Hemp’s Time Has Come

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Op Ed: Can WEDC Oversee Foxconn Deal?
Op Ed

Can WEDC Oversee Foxconn Deal?

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Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill
Press Release

Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill

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Plenty of Horne: We’re All Running For Governor
Plenty of Horne

We’re All Running For Governor

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Op Ed

Illinois Loves Our Foxconn Deal

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Smart Politics: Evers vs. Walker Would Be Historic Race
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Evers vs. Walker Would Be Historic Race

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Plague of Floods Caused by Climate Change

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The State of Politics: Medicaid’s Future A Key Campaign Issue
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Medicaid’s Future A Key Campaign Issue

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Op Ed: Meth Epidemic Overwhelming Counties
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Meth Epidemic Overwhelming Counties

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Campaign Cash: Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550
Campaign Cash

Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

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Murphy’s Law: The Muzzling of the DNR
Murphy’s Law

The Muzzling of the DNR

Gagged by the Walker administration, its staff no longer provide any information.

Op Ed: Don’t Eliminate The State Treasurer
Op Ed

Don’t Eliminate The State Treasurer

Wisconsin is the only state where treasurer doesn't oversee cash management.

Op Ed: More Funding for Local Roads Needed
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More Funding for Local Roads Needed

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Op Ed: Walker’s Budget Makes Schools More Unequal
Op Ed

Walker’s Budget Makes Schools More Unequal

Old equalized aid formula is broken. Governor makes inequity even worse.

Op Ed: Who Is Minding DOT’s Spending?
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Who Is Minding DOT’s Spending?

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Op Ed: State Pension Fund’s Risky Investments
Op Ed

State Pension Fund’s Risky Investments

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Op-Ed: Special Education Vouchers Raise Concerns
Op-Ed

Special Education Vouchers Raise Concerns

Plan hatched in secret. Law is long and complex. Vote was speedy and partisan. Results?

Op-Ed: State Gave $472 Million in Business Tax Credits
Op-Ed

State Gave $472 Million in Business Tax Credits

Hand-outs to Amazon, Kohls, Quadgraphics and 16 other companies bleed state treasury.

Op-Ed: Rising Property Taxes Replace State Funding
Op-Ed

Rising Property Taxes Replace State Funding

Portion of local schools funding coming from state has plummeted since mid-1990s.

Op-Ed: DNR’s Clean Water Protection Questioned
Op-Ed

DNR’s Clean Water Protection Questioned

State audit shows DNR issued no notice of violation in 94% of cases where it was warranted.

Op-Ed: State Computer Systems Have Major Problems
Op-Ed

State Computer Systems Have Major Problems

Audit Bureau finds “significant deficiencies.” Result could be loss of federal funds, other problems.

DOC audit needed to improve safety
Press Release

DOC audit needed to improve safety

“Taxpayers, correctional officers, children and families deserve better.”

Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout
Press Release

Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout

“While the Governor talks about helping make college affordable and the importance of education, his feel good proposals do not undo the damage to higher education and our public schools.”

Republican agenda features familiar ideas
Press Release

Republican agenda features familiar ideas

Dem proposals on school funding, broadband and student loan debt gain support

Op-Ed: Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy
Op-Ed

Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy

Citizen after citizen testified: "We don't know what's in the bill."

Op-Ed: Bill Would Limit City Control of Development
Op-Ed

Bill Would Limit City Control of Development

Proposed state law would increase developer "property rights" at expense of others.

Op-Ed: Don’t Kill the Government Accountability Board
Op-Ed

Don’t Kill the Government Accountability Board

Award winning GAB is nation's only nonpartisan watchdog agency.

Op-Ed: WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency
Op-Ed

WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency

Top brass of jobs agency miss opportunity to apologize and fix problems.

Republicans’ Brazen Attack on Open Government Continues
Press Release

Republicans’ Brazen Attack on Open Government Continues

Newest Speaker Vos Proposal Will Severely Restrict Records Access

Rep. Barca Testifies About Problems Plaguing Privatized Medical Transportation Program, Will Offer Alternative
Press Release

Rep. Barca Testifies About Problems Plaguing Privatized Medical Transportation Program, Will Offer Alternative

Rep. Barca Requested Audit in Response to Constituent Concerns

Sen. Vinehout: Reps Craig and Jarchow Display “Staggering Ignorance” of Legislative Audit Bureau
Press Release

Sen. Vinehout: Reps Craig and Jarchow Display “Staggering Ignorance” of Legislative Audit Bureau

“Their bill embeds auditors in the agencies making them ripe for corruption by executive staff and partisan leaders.”

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?

Five candidates seek the difficult job of trying to revive the minority party in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

Data Wonk: Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?
Data Wonk

Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?

Opposition to a pro-business Democrat could help Walker win reelection.

Conservation Scorecard Reveals Bipartisan Conservation Cooperation
Press Release

Conservation Scorecard Reveals Bipartisan Conservation Cooperation

Engaged Conservation Voters Trumping Polluters

State Releasing Far More Sex Offenders

State Releasing Far More Sex Offenders

Number released from mental lockup has quadrupled, but officials say risk to residents is low. First of a three-part series.

Murphy’s Law: Telephone Company Rip-Off
Murphy’s Law

Telephone Company Rip-Off

Now that the telecom industry is deregulated, AT&T can gouge customers with late fees.

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Politician

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Murphy’s Law: Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Increased
Murphy’s Law

Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Increased

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Murphy’s Law: Can Burke Beat Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Can Burke Beat Walker?

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Walker’s Year Of Political Danger

Walker’s Year Of Political Danger

Weak poll results and tricky issues face the governor in the year before he runs.

Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014
Press Release

Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that, just over a year from the election, the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race is shaping up to be very competitive.

Murphy’s Law: The New Right-Wing Media
Murphy’s Law

The New Right-Wing Media

The state is a national leader in creating new conservative publications.

Murphy’s Law: The Debtor Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Debtor Governor

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Mental Health Care in Shambles at County Jails

Mental Health Care in Shambles at County Jails

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