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Gov. Scott Walker Requests Federal Disaster Relief for Drought

Farms in 23 counties — including Waukesha, Racine, Milwaukee and Ozaukee — can apply for emergency loans in Wisconsin to stay afloat during the record-breaking droughts.

With a drought raging throughout Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday requested federal disaster relief for 23 counties across the state.

The action comes a day after Walker for all 72 counties, citing a “risk of major economic losses, especially in agriculture.”

Under Thursday’s new designation, farmers could apply for emergency loans through the federal Farm Service Agency to aid in their struggles against the ongoing dry conditions.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Wisconsin's economy. The extreme drought conditions across much of the state had a major effect on our farming community," said Walker in a statement. "The recent rainfall in some areas is not nearly enough to make up for the weeks of dry weather combined with heat and humidity. We need to do everything we can to expedite the process.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor identifies 23 Wisconsin counties suffering from extreme drought, meaning crops like corn and soybeans are affected. They are:

Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.

Walker says more counties could be added to the list as dry conditions persist, and state officials will continue to monitor the forecast so farmers get the assistance they need.

The state’s severely arid conditions are only adding to the nation’s record-breaking dry spell. Areas larger than the state of Montana went into severe drought conditions over the past week, meaning more than 40 percent of continental U.S. is now in a “severe” drought or worse, according to The Weather Channel.

But with thunderstorms sweeping over southeastern Wisconsin on Wednesday, powerful enough to , how much rain is needed? According to Jeffrey Craven of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we would need 12 to 16 inches of rain over three months to get the region back to normal precipitation.

William Eib July 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Greg: Well done. An "A" for recitation. Obama cut close to 700,000 public sector jobs. The jobs he wants, are the rehiring of police, fireman and teachers, who were victims of Right Wing slash and burn. Scranton, PA. Police officers are working for minimum wage. A near 50% drop in pay. Can't get it done else where, Scranton will have no police force. The fireman are next. This is the result of Right Wing austerity, and the resistance to increasing revenue. You can't keep running on tax cuts, cities and states are going broke. This systematic gifting by the GOP to the Uber Rich has a dangerous end game,. Scranton is just the tip of the iceberg. Greg, wake up! Stop thinking on such an obvious level. The subtext is where the story lies. Wages in America have been flat since the 70s. Adding in inflation, salaries today have less buying power then they did in the 70s. American workers,work more hours than any other country in the world. Yet, wages are flat, and Corporate profits are at historic highs, there is a phenomenal number of Billionaires. Where is the trickle down. I know. Trickle down is a myth. It only trickles up. This is not class warfare on my part. Class warfare began in the 70s when legislation was passed to begin lowering taxes on the uber rich, and letting wages go flat. There's your class warfare. The GOP and rich started it in the 70s. It hit its peak with the crash of 2008. Everyone got screwed , but not the GOP's uber rich pals.
Greg July 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
William, Most everything you said is spot on, I think the Godfather thing is stupid, but we'll go with it. Its politics, the left does the same thing. You have come up with ZERO, ZIP proof of any wrong doing. Because you do not like the Walker reforms, does not make them wrong. And like I said above, the recall election should have proven the contrary.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
GREG: You would make a bad detective if you choose the perp before proving his guilt. Don't stop reading when you don;t agree or find something you think supports your case. :I.e.; Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. The operative word here is APPROVE. Yes they are model bills but they do make their way to the floor of state houses. Don't forget the lazy legislator who handed in an ALEC bill with the ALEC logo and authorship still on the cover page. IMPORTANT: Wisconsin's voter ID law bears many elements of the ALEC model Voter ID Act, as do the dozens of voter ID bills that have been moving in state legislatures in recent years. Republican Rep. Robin Vos, the ALEC state co-chair in Wisconsin, spearheaded the effort to pass the bill in 2011, which reflects key elements of the ALEC "model" Voter ID Act. In June, Vos and another legislator sought to intervene in the appeal of Judge Niess' decision striking down the law as unconstitutional, but refused to disclose who was funding their legal fees. Hmmmm.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Bren: Do you think you can split a hair any finer. And by the way there were no WMDs. What does this mean. Nothing. But, job reduction is job reduction. Do you think a minimum wage job should be counted as a job? So keeping it real,is; 700,000 less public jobs is not really 700,000 less people sitting at a desk or what ever they did. It's less people without current jobs with the government, but it is not really less people with government jobs, because some left for other reasons, so they don't count,because they do not work there anymore. . I see very logical of you Bren. You should be on Paul Ryan's budget committee, 700,000 fewer people working actively for the Government is not really 700,000 fewer people working for the Government, because they don;t work there any more. Hmmmm.
The Anti-Alinsky July 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
OMG Bren, you really have lost it. WHEN did I ask for your sources? and WHEN did you provide any? We both cited anecdotal evidence, you with your “large number of actual layoffs (I know quite a few of these personally)”, and my self with my two very reliable sources in State government. Even at the height of the collective bargaining debate, when it looked like the fleeing 14 would not return in time to avoid layoffs, the WORST case scenario would have been 1,500 state workers laid off, not 18,000. ( http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_551d34c2-3e8f-11e0-8f91-001cc4c03286.html ) (this is what’s known as a source) The proper form of the debate would be for you to provide a reputable source for the “18,000 laid-off workers”. So I am going to give you that chance. If you have indeed cited sources in the past to support your claim of 18,000 laid-off state employees, cite them again, right here, right below my post. I suspect I know the source of your claim, and I eagerly relish the opportunity to rip it apart. Post your source, otherwise I will have to file your ludicrous claim with Deficits=Debt and Governor Walker had a top secret, hush-hush meeting with the Koch Brothers
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:09 PM
GREG: Here are some of the corporate board members of ALEC. There a a list of corporations who quit ALEC when ALEC's agenda became public. I'll send you that list as well. But here is the board member list: CenterPoint 360, W. Preston Baldwin - Chairman Altria Group, Daniel Smith American Bail Coalition, William Carmichael, Jerry Watson AT&T, William Leahy Bayer Corp., Sandy Oliver Coca-Cola Refreshments, Gene Rackley (Coke announced on April 4, 2012, that it had “elected to discontinue its membership with” ALEC. Diageo, Kenneth Lane Energy Future Holdings, Sano Blocker ExxonMobil Corporation, Randall Smith GlaxoSmithKline, John Del Giorno Intuit, Inc., Bernie McKay. Member of ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force [3] (Intuit told the CMD April 5, 2012 that it had declined to renew ALEC membership[4]) See Corporations Which Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more. Johnson & Johnson, Don Bohn (J&J announced it would "suspend" its ALEC membership June 12, 2012[5]) Koch Companies Public Sector, Mike Morgan Kraft Foods, Inc., Derek Crawford (Kraft announced it would leave ALEC April 5, 2012[6]) See Corporations Which Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more. Peabody Energy, Kelly Mader Pfizer Inc., Michael Hubert PhRMA, Jeff Bond Do you know what the bail bond folks want? Privatized Prisons. and stopping lawyers from successfully defending the suspects.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
GREG: Companies who dumped ALEC upon the exposure of ALEC's agenda: Coca-Cola Company: Gave a statement to the Washington Examiner on April 4th stating that it had "elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council" Pepsi: Informed Color of Change in a letter dated January 25th that they would not renew their membership in ALEC in 2012.[2] Kraft: Announced in an email on April 6th that "Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons...we have made the decision not to renew." Intuit: Told the Center for Media and Democracy on April 6th that they did not renew their membership when it expired in 2011. McDonald's: Initially defended its membership in ALEC [5] Announced on April 10th that they had made the decision to withdraw from ALEC at the end of March. Wendy's: Sent an email to the Center for Media and Democracy on April 11th confirming that it is no longer a member of ALEC Mars: Sent an email to Color of Change on April 12th, stating that they had ended their membership with ALEC There are dozens more.
The Anti-Alinsky July 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Billy is just trying to impress Bren.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:27 PM
If your talking Jim Doyle, well you folks on the Right didn't like him so he must have been doing something right, his fellow Dems had their misgivings. But that's the nature of the Democratic Party they will criticize their own. Olde time DEMs were as sleazy as any politician could be, but they tended to share the swag with their own. Whereas the GOP tends to keep everything for themselves. Romney is a classic, won't show his tax returns, he's ashamed of how he acquired his wealth, As his wife so succinctly put it, We have given YOU PEOPLE all your going to get. All your going to do ,is go through the returns and point out the discrepancies in the returns with what we have been telling you. Oh, my lady, your husband is running for POTUS for God's sakes, not dog catcher.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
GREG: "Did Will and Bren become bff, they must have met at the last ALEC meeting" Your sarcasm is as wanting as your opinions.
Bren July 21, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Oh, was Democratic funding part of the specific turn of discourse or the Koch/Walker connection. (Tangent) Where are your research links (from reputable sources)? And I see you are equally disrespectful to William Eib; since he is courteous I appreciate why you are satisfied with the status quo. I'm sure you would like me to leave the discussion (and anyone else who disagrees with the right-wing fringe). All the more reason to stay and keep waving "figuratively speaking" those pesky facts.
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
That is well stated. Now if we could only get the GOP to hang up their Inauguration Day 2009 plan. You know the secret meeting of GOPers, Teahadists and Newt Gingrich, their plan was to obstruct every bill presented to them from Obama. That's a broken tool. Here is an example re: The small-business aid bill. Republicans refused to let the measure reach a final vote, saying that Democrats were playing politics and shutting them out from offering amendments, despite the fact that several GOP-authored provisions are already in the bill. Republicans also objected to $1.5 billion in aid to farmers. Democrats dropped that provision at the last minute, but Republicans were unswayed. I see here, an obstructionist move based on a weak argument. The DEMs drop the farm aid, still no deal. This is not a good use of one of the tools as you suggest.
James R Hoffa July 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
@Bren - Speaking of facts, I'm still waiting for you to provide those citations concerning the Ryan Path/budget. I'm also still waiting for your citations to the tax breaks you've asserted Georgia Pacific and Diane Hendricks received outside the new job creation tax break program from the Walker administration. As you always research the 'facts' before perpetuating them, I'm wondering why it's taking you so long to provide the pertinent citations, as you obviously must have visited such websites in the past, right?
William Eib July 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Bren: What is your problem with Public jobs. It has provided millions with jobs for years. The Right made it an issue when it became fixated on deficits. We do not have a deficit problem. We have a revenue problem. The Right is still carrying a grudge towards the New Deal. We should leave it to them. Reduce the country's income, and make up for it by making people suffer. Back to the new deal. We all are familiar with "Starve the Beast." If the Right can successfully diminish the income of the country, they can finally get rid of the remnants of the New Deal and the step children of the New Deal, like medicare and medicaid, and social security, welfare and civil service jobs. Without reducing the country's income this would be very difficult, but if they can decrease the income, they can force people to accept cuts. This idea of cuts had to have the support of the public. What to do. Demonize the systems of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Put the sole blame on the failed economy on the shoulder of the entitlements. And continue to fight for tax cuts for the Uber Rich. Well they succeeded in doing both. They got the public to hate entitlements and accept reducing taxes on the Job Creators. who thought that one up? Job Creators, What a piece of BS. Just like the supply side economics. A failed economic theory, which Romney wants to bring back to the Country for another try, along with boy genius Paul Ryan's stellar unworkable budget plan.
William Eib July 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Greg: Comparative arguing is a dog chasing its own tail. Scott Walker is the hand picked Governor. The hand Right picked him for his willingness to do their bidding. He is serving two masters. ALEC members, and Wisconsin. Ideology, is a commitment to rigidity. A paranoid world view What's ultimately in it for me. Walker, he is a small time politician, with a deluded sense of self.. Look at his legislation, there is an ideological basis to it. Anti- Union, anti-teacher, voter suppression. All moves to diminish the influence of the opposition. No sense of bipartisanship. Every bill aimed at Liberal policies. Even those which served the public. Liberalism is a philosophy. Right Wing is an ideology. Oil and water. Liberals are hated because they believe the Government can help the citizens. And the bulk of the help goes to minorities, the Poor, the elderly. All of whom have been demonized by the right. The Right thinks you can stave the Poor out of poverty. Education is not necessary for everyone. Care for the elderly is the responsibility of the families. This may seem broadly stated to the Right. But that is the picture you allow the Far Right to paint of you. Your consistently on the wrong side of the social argument. We are responsible for the disenfranchised. They need our help more than Millionaires and Billionaires. The Oligarchs want to keep us down. They want a workforce willing to work long hours for short wages. They are bottom line people.
William Eib July 22, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Greg: The recall election proved elections can be bought. Governments can be bought. Influence can be bought. Legislation can be bought.. Social views can be bought. Ideology can be imposed on an unsuspecting public.
Ima Hippee July 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
"Greg: The recall election proved elections can be bought. Governments can be bought. Influence can be bought. Legislation can be bought.. Social views can be bought. Ideology can be imposed on an unsuspecting public." I'll take Obama for a $200 donation Alex.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I hope you can see the difference between Greg and greg, I only take claim to the Greg comments.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I thought the recall election proved how easy it is to lose an election by being too cheap to support your candidate. I supported Governor Walker with my money and my votes. Hey look, here's my $62.5 million check, awesome.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:38 AM
No AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, IBEW, UAW, Teamsters, Etc...? Hey Sherlock, I know who supports the Right and I know who supports the left. Having support is all part of the system, get over it already.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Was it ALECs agenda or the improperly handled Travon Martin case? That case may be the biggest witch hunt of this decade.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:48 AM
How are the Pelosi tax returns coming? Talk about sleazy. Tax returns are nothing more than the 2012 version of the Democrats 2004 military service issue. Democrats never can run on THEIR record.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
So you do or do not support the Democrats in their efforts, to pass a bill, that gives this same type of incentives to business? I think Herb Kohl just had a blog on the subject. Hey there's that Koch ghost again.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Is Scranton, PA in Wisconsin? Then who the F cares? What Governor Walker did for Wisconsin makes most other states look like Scranton's sewer. Hey William, The Democrat's uber rich pals made out pretty good too. And they still are.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I will, at this point, point out that you know nothing about the right side of the social argument. You want everyone to live happily in poverty. I want them out of poverty. You hippies are killing the poor with your compassion. Your awareness is contrary to your actions.
Greg July 22, 2012 at 04:24 AM
"Do you think a minimum wage job should be counted as a job?" Is your last name Eib or Clinton? Derrr, I guess that would depend on the definition of the word "a".
Greg July 22, 2012 at 04:33 AM
If he is "the perp" I would have already had to of proven his guilt. Is this the type of template that you villify? http://www.progressivestates.org/sync/pdfs/EDR%20model%20legislation%20revised%204-09.pdf I really don't care where a legislator gets verbage, they are completely responsible for what they present. With the exception of the ACA, "we'll find out what is in that after we pass it". Now there is some good government.
William Eib July 23, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Greg: You do know a comparative argument is abut as valuable as a dog chasing it's own tail.
William Eib July 23, 2012 at 07:10 AM
GREG: I am quite aware of the Right side of the social argument. The Right swears they can starve the poor out of poverty. No hippie here. There is a wide open forum to discuss how to deal with the Poverty. Suggesting to starve them out of Poverty is a non starter.
William Eib July 23, 2012 at 07:20 AM
GREG: You can't be this dim. It's not the verbiage that the legislator gets, it's the underlying agenda. If you consider a group of people set on undermining the Middle Class,which they are succeeding at, then you are not capable of seeing the big picture. Your anti-Liberal position is an imposed one. It is not of your own design. You base so much of your position on your own personal short comings. Which, is how the Right Wing has been so successful in imposing their ideology on you. The Middle Class is diminishing, Poverty is approaching historic levels, The Wealthy got their tax cuts under Bush along with their much desired deregulation of the Financial Market. No Jobs. 2008 Crash. Obama extended the Bush cuts for 2 years. Still no jobs. Job Creators is a myth. And you buy into it. Now Mr. Romney wants to lower the rate to 25% for his friends, and himself. And you , you carry the water for this line of thinking. Bravo. Your pay back, all the jobs you want, if you are willing to work longer hours for shorter wages, No health care or any benefits. You can always get food stamps. Walmart hands out Food stamp forms to their part time employees. What do they know that you don't

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