Here's a bit of good news for a local favorite. Sen. Tim Cullen was honored by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation for his tireless efforts on the state's controversial mining bill.
I'd also give Cullen my "State Defender" award - if I had one - on the same legislation when he caught the wrath from the GOP's chief scold and whip, Grover Norquist, for proposing a tonnage tax on mining companies for any extracted mineral resources taken from Wisconsin land. You might recall that Norquist came down like a sledgehammer giving a stern warning to any Wisconsin Republican who dare violate his debt-ballooning tax pledge by siding with Cullen. Gov. Scott Walker of course was among the first to fold like a cheap ironing board from the pressure.
WWF Press Release Excerpt:
Senator Tim Cullen was awarded the WWF Conservation Legislator of the Year Award due to his outstanding efforts on legislation revising Wisconsin’s laws regulating iron mining. After becoming Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Mining, he held over 20 hours of highly transparent public hearings, bringing experts from the mining industry, conservation and environmental groups, the University, business, the Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide accurate scientific information on mining and mining regulation.
The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is comprised of 182 hunting, fishing, trapping and forestry related organization and is dedicated to conservation education and the advancement of sound conservation policies.