Senator Kathleen Vinehout

State of Wisconsin

Over the weekend, Northwoods Democrats gathered in Rhinelander for a rally to set a political map for the fall elections after the state Democratic convention late last week. Keynote speaker in Rhinelander was State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma. As lawmakers gather in Madison to begin preliminary work on the next state budget, Vinehout is out with what she calls an 'alternative budget' that sets different priorities than the majority Republicans. Two of them are education and transportation.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Senator Vinehout about her budget plan..

A state Senator says many people are said to be heading to Madison Thursday morning to give testimony on a bill that would limit local governments control over frac sand mining.

The bill was authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany and Assembly Represenative Joan Ballweg. The bill would limit the powers of local governments to regulate placement of non-metallic mines. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, whose district includes some of the frac mines, said the issue relates to local control...