abc
QUICK LINKS:

Wisconsin's 74th Assembly Seat Debate Hits on Mining Issues

Updated: 07/24/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 9:23 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

With Representative Janet Bewley vying for retiring Senator Bob Jauch's 25th Senate District office, Wisconsin's 74th Assembly seat is open.

Wednesday night, the two democratic candidates hoping for her position participated in a debate at the Great Lakes Visitor Center in Duluth.

Mining was a issue central to the debate.

"The problem is not can we mine this area or not. The problem is the fact that the mining law is so irresponsible at this point that it doesn't even vaguely reflect the form of law we had," said Graham Garfield of Mason.

Garfield just graduated from UW-Superior as the student body president. He said the current mining bill needs to be repealed, with a more responsible bill to replace it.

Garfield's opponent, Beth Meyers, shared similar views.

"We all have cars. There is metal in the cars. There is salt on our table that is mined. Most people support responsible mining. I do not believe the mining law today that we have is responsible," she said.

Meyers said it is not about being pro-mining or anti-mining, it's about mining responsibly.

Meyers is a 4th generation Bayfield County resident and serves on the county board.

The 74th Assembly district covers Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Price counties, and parts of others.

August 12 is the primary election.

Front Page

  • MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000

    Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.

  • Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt Begins

    The season opened as the sun rose Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.

  • Superior Police: Officer's Use of Force Justified

    The Superior Police Department says an internal investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest seen on a controversial dashcam video.  However, the officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for "vulgar and unprofessional" communication during the arrest.

  • Johnston Investigation Concludes Five Allegations Substantiated

    An investigation into allegations that a Duluth school board member threatened the district's superintendent and other board members concludes that five of six claims are warranted. A 67-page report details the allegations against school board member Art Johnston released to Eyewitness News on Friday.

  • Denfeld High School Debuts In-School Food Pantry, Clothes Closet

    A new program at Denfeld High School in Duluth aimed at making sure students don't go hungry or without clothes, made its debut on Friday. The Hunter Hut food pantry and clothes closet is the first of its kind in an eight-county radius because it gives students the chance to shop for free groceries and clothing right at school....

 

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Price
Expires: 11/23/2014 6:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement