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AMKE: The List 9-21-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Wisconsin’s summer recall elections made campaign-spending history. The total amount spent is just $44 million for the nine senator recall elections. It’s the most expensive race in Wisconsin’s political history. Senate candidates used roughly$8 million while state political groups added one and a half million dollars. And the rest came from the pockets of special interest groups.

Lindsay Heights is the latest Milwaukee neighborhood to go ‘green’…solar hot water systems were recently installed on multi-family properties throughout the neighborhood. These panels will use the sun’s heat instead of electricity or gas, to warm the water in a water tank. The project is funded by “Milwaukee Shines” and “Focus on Energy”. They’re two non-profits that work with Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy.

Speaking of green news, the Mitchell Park Domes will unveil its new “green” entrance during a ceremony today at 4 p.m. The new entrance has artistic light features, fountains, spray water features, over 500 plants, new concrete, and a storm water terrace. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Supervisor Peggy Romowest will be there to cut the ribbon.

The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal is now in effect. After years of debate, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks. It’s the repeal of a1993 law that allowed gays to serve only as long as they kept private about their sexual orientation. President Obama signed the repeal into law last December but it took some time for provisions. So for the first time in American military history, service members can openly talk about their sexual orientation without fear of reprisal.

Guns will be banned from Milwaukee City Hall and other municipal buildings when the state’s concealed-carry law goes into effect. The Common Council decided yesterday that no guns will be allowed in city-owned buildings, but starting November 1st the new state law does let residents with permits carry concealed weapons in most other places.

Growing Power is combining education and music…it’s called “Growing Sound” and it’s a new concert series focused on raising young people’s awareness about urban agriculture issues, including nutrition, health, and career opportunities. Musicians and artists will join together in efforts to spread awareness. The concerts will begin in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, LA,  all starting in 2012.