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December 1
   Fundraisers
· DPW fundraiser with JFC co-chairs Miller, Pocan
The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison. Join us for a conversation on Wisconsin's legislative and fiscal landscape with Senator Mark Miller & Representative Mark Pocan, Co-Chairs of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee $2,500 Host $1,000 Sponsor $500 Friend ($250 suggested minimum contribution) Make checks payable to: Democratic Party of Wisconsin 110 King Street, Suite 203 Madison, WI 53703 Individual, Conduit, State & Federal PAC contributions gratefully accepted. Contact Jason at 608-444-0060 or email capitolidea@wisdems.org for further information. 5 p.m.
· Reception for AG J.B. Van Hollen
Alpine Village, 10401 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon. $50.00 Per Person Contact Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or marystitt@wi.rr.com for more information. 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Ethics public hearing
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Health public hearing
400 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Gov. Doyle signs AB 250
Governor’s Conference Room, State Capitol. Governor Jim Doyle will take steps to ensure the humane treatment of dogs tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol. The Governor will act on AB 250, which strengthens dog breeding regulations and inspection standards. Prior to the event, Governor Doyle will privately act on several other bills. Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 10:30 a.m.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· DBA 10th Annual Business Conference
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison.
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Karl Van Roy
· Business leader Sheldon Lubar addresses Milwaukee Rotary on Milwaukee County's fiscal situation
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. On April 29, 2008, Sheldon Lubar spoke to the Milwaukee Rotary Club about Milwaukee County’s fiscal crisis. Since then the problems have worsened according to a recent study by the Public Policy Forum. Mr. Lubar will discuss the problems facing Milwaukee today, and the possible solutions. Milwaukee’s future depends on a public educational system that prepares our young people for suitable employment and a pathway to a middle class life. Milwaukee needs an economic renewal: its economic future is directly tied to the success of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee becoming a recognized research university. Who will be part of the solution? 12 p.m.
· Carbon Free Nuclear Free Coalition press conference today to promote carbon free, nuclear free Christmas
· Democrats for Education Reform 'Reforming Urban Education Speaker Series'
United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St., Milwaukee. Lessons for Milwaukee Through out the fall of 2009 Democrats for Education Reform will bring to Milwaukee national education leaders with a proven record of reform in urban districts. Our speakers will offer new perspectives and experience with what works and what does not in a challenging urban district. We are pleased to invite you to the second installment in this series featuring one of the most powerful national voices on education reform: JON SCHNUR CEO and Co-Founder: New Leaders for New Schools As CEO and Co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, Jon works with the NLNS team and community to accomplish their mission- driving high levels of learning and achievement for every child by attracting, preparing, and supporting the next generation of outstanding principals for our nation's urban schools. From September 2008 to June 2009, Jon served as an advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign, a member of the Presidential Transition Team, and a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Jon also served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Clinton's White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, and Senior Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore. He developed national educational policies on teacher and principal quality, after-school programs, district reform, charter schools, and preschools. (Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar) RSVP to: Katy Venskus 414.801.2036 DFERWisconsin@gmail.com 5:30 p.m.
· First Lady Doyle attends American Family Children's Hospital Inpatient Reading Library grand opening 600 Highland Ave., Madison.
· Gov. Doyle makes eHealth announcement
Aurora Sinai Samaritan- Milwaukee Heart Institute, Steigleder Auditorium - Lower Level, 960 N. 12th St., Milwaukee. Governor Jim Doyle will make a major eHealth announcement tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:15 p.m. at Aurora Sinai Samaritan-Milwaukee Heart Institute. Governor Doyle’s efforts have made Wisconsin a national leader in the use of electronic medical records, increasing patient safety and reducing medical costs. Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 1:15 p.m.
· Legislative briefing on non-emergency medical transportation
330 Southeast, State Capitol. You are cordially invited to attend a legislative briefing on the issues surrounding Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. The briefing will be held in the State Capitol in Room 330 S.E. on Tuesday December 1, 2009 and will begin at 1:30 p.m. Questions and discussion will be most welcome. Public, non-profit and private transportation providers, transportation managers for health care providers and human service coordinators from around the state will share concerns regarding the implementation of sections of the Governor's Budget that dealt with this issue. A combination of the enacted takeover of these services by the state, combined with a partial veto that removed the opportunity for additional input, has left local providers with concerns for how they can continue to provide services for their clients in the short term and for what they should plan for in the long term. 2009 Assembly Bill 75, as passed by the Legislature, would have required the Department of Health Services, PRIOR to contracting with an entity for transportation management services for the state's MA program, to submit a report to the Joint Finance Committee. The report was to describe the steps taken by the Department to guarantee that the entity would do all of the following: (a) coordinate its management activities, on an ongoing basis, with existing local transit systems; and (b) guarantee adequate access, as defined by DHS, to non-emergency transportation services for MA recipients throughout the state, including rural areas. The Governor exercised a partial veto and removed these specific provisions, allowing the DHS to proceed without any further inputs or reviews. The Governor's original budget estimated that the state would realize a saving of $17.6 million dollars in Medicaid transportation by contracting with a transportation manager to broker Medicaid specialized medical vehicle and common carrier transportation statewide. A potential bidder would provide centralized scheduling, dispatch, contracting and provider reimbursement. These actions would need to take place because the budget as enacted also repeals the current law by which a county authorizes or provides non- emergency transportation to MA recipients and are reimbursed by the state for those transportation services. County authority to authorize MA transportation has been transferred to the state, but a brokerage has not yet been announced and counties are extending these services (for 6 months at this point) at the request of the DHS. The budget as enacted repeals the current law by which a county authorizes or provides non-emergency transportation to MA recipients and are reimbursed by the state for those transportation services. County authority to authorize MA transportation has been transferred to the state, but a brokerage has not yet been announced and counties are extending these services (for 6 months at this point) at the request of the DHS. A transportation manager to broker Medicaid specialized medical vehicle and common carrier transportation statewide would provide centralized scheduling, dispatch, contracting and provider reimbursement. The lack of a statewide transportation manager is leaving local authorities with substantial uncertainty. Many believe these budget initiatives run counter to federally mandated local coordination of human services and public transportation and are in fact in direct conflict with the Governor's own directive to the Inter-Agency Council on Transportation Coordination (ICTC). Removing MA transportation from local oversight and coordination is having a significant impact on all areas of local transportation and those who depend on it: seniors, people with disabilities, low income workers and families and veterans. We invite you to join us for this discussion. We are hopeful that additional dialogue will help move the DHS and the Legislature to review these programs for the continued benefit of the citizens who value and need these programs. Please let me know if you have any questions. 1:30 p.m.
· Milwaukee Co. Exec. Walker addresses 10th annual Dairy Business Association Conference
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison. Wauwatosa, Wis.– Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and Republican candidate for governor, will speak at the 10th Annual Dairy Business Association Conference in Madison on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. He will arrive at 4:00pm CT. Participation begins at 4:00pm CT Remarks at approximately 4:15pm CT Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 4 p.m.
· Mosinee union members hold Rally for Health Insurance Reform
UA Local 434 Plumbers & Steamfitters Training Center, 912 N. View Drive, Mosinee. UA Local 434 Rally for Health Insurance Reform to Feature a “Wall of Shame” Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President David Newby UAW Region 4 Legislative Director Brad Schwanda Karen Graff from the Office of Sen. Russ Feingold Nathan Myszka from the Office of Rep. David Obey union and community members affected by the health care crisis On December 1 in Mosinee, WI, United Association Local 434 will host a rally for health insurance reform. Featured speakers will include Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President David Newby, United Auto Workers Region 4 Legislative Director Brad Schwanda, Karen Graff from the Office of Sen. Russ Feingold, and Nathan Myszka from the Office of Rep. David Obey. “This is no time for partisan stall tactics,” says Newby. “Delaying action on health care legislation has very real consequences, not just in terms of dollars but more importantly in terms of human lives.” This rally will highlight the experiences of Central Wisconsin residents who have fallen through the cracks of our broken health care system. Community members are invited to share their real-life medical stories illustrating the urgent need for reform on the health care “Wall of Shame.” Participants at the rally will write letters and make phone calls to the Senate, calling for immediate passage of reform that includes a robust public health insurance option, requires all employers to pay their fair share, and rejects new taxes that would hurt working families. “The House of Representatives passed a comprehensive reform bill, and we are calling on the Senate to follow suit. A public insurance option which will control costs and expand access to health care is critical,” says UA Local 434 Business Agent Dave Branson. “We are also hosting this rally to remind the Senate that reform cannot be financed through a tax on middle class benefits. Working families are already tapped out.” “Wall of Shame” featuring real life health care stories from Central Wisconsin residents; union and community members writing letters and making phone calls to Congress; colorful health care signs and banners Contact: Sara Wallenfang, 414-418-5485 2 p.m.
· U.S. Sen. Kohl presents 'The Senate Health Care Reform Bill -- How Will it Benefit Seniors?'
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562, Washington, D.C. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging invites you to attend a briefing and discussion. Open to staff, the public, and press Please join us for an in-depth briefing, roundtable discussion, and Q&A focusing on the effects that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have on older Americans. Leading experts and advocates for the Aging community will highlight specific provisions in the bill that impact seniors, debunk myths and misunderstandings, and provide staff an opportunity to ask questions. Panelists include: · Bill Vaughan , Health Senior Policy Analyst for Consumers Union · John Rother , AARP Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy · Janet Wells , Director for Public Policy, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care · Paul Precht , Director for Policy and Communications, Medicare Rights Center *** A webcast of the briefing will be available at www.aging.senate.gov *** 2 p.m.

December 2
· Democrats, peace groups plan
Contact: Bill Christofferson 2937 S Superior Milwaukee WI 53207 414/486-9651 fax 414/486-9652 Milwaukee Democrats will join peace activists Wednesday in expressing their concerns about President Obama’s plan to send additional American troops to Afghanistan. A rally and response to Obama’s speech is planned at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in front of the “blue” federal building at 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Speakers will include the new chair of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, as well as representatives of Peace Action Wisconsin, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and UW-Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). State and local Democrats have passed resolutions against sending Wisconsin National Guard troops to fight in undeclared wars. The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Coalition for a Just Peace, which, in addition to Peace Action, SDS and IVAW, also includes local chapters of U.S. Labor Against the War, Progressive Students of Milwaukee, National Lawyers Guild, Casa Maria Catholic Worker, Green Party, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Socialist Party, Iraq Moratorium, Voces de la Frontera, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Faith Community for Social Justice, Service Employees Local 1, Democracy Matters, Citizens for Global Solutions, Milwaukee Impeachment Committee, Arab Students Assn.-Marquette, American Muslims for Palestine, Catholics for Peace and Justice, and United Nations Association. The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County and Progressive Democrats of America Southeast Wisconsin are co-sponsors. 5 p.m.
   Fundraisers
· Fundraiser for Rep. Kelda Helen Roys
The Mariner’s Inn 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr., Madison Host: $250 Sponsor: $100 Suggested contribution: $50 This email is for informational purposes only. Personal contributions from lobbyists and PAC checks will not be accepted. Authorized and paid for by Kelda for Assembly, Margaret McEntire, Treasurer. If you have any further questions please contact kelda@keldaforassemby.com or 608-213-4502. 5:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform public hearing
412 East, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Labor executive session
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Labor public hearing
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· DBA 10th Annual Business Conference
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen addresses Internet Crimes Against Children investigators
Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Training Academy, 9225 S. 68th St., Franklin. SPECIALIZED TRAINING TO ASSIST WITH VICARIOUS TRAUMA MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are sponsoring a training focused on those in law enforcement who work on sensitive crimes, including investigations of crimes against children, and the potential impact of this difficult work. The training will include: · A discussion on the history of the FBI’s Undercover Safeguard Unit and The Safeguard Process. · Stressors, Burnout “Compassion Fatigue” and Vicarious Trauma Associated With the Investigation of Crimes Against Children. · Supervisory Roles in the Recognition of Stressors Demonstrated by Employees in Their Command · Warning Signs of Distress, Solutions to Consider, Supervisory Responsibility, Discussion of Peer Support. The training will focus on assisting investigators and supervisors to identify and manage personal stressors and impacts related to routine work on sensitive crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children. Due to the sensitivity and nature of the training, sessions will not be open to the media. However, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Special Agent Jenniffer Price, an agent that specializes in Internet Crimes Against Children investigations, will be available for interviews from 9:30 a.m. to 9:55 am at the training location indicated above. Special Agent Jenniffer Price has been in law enforcement for over twelve years. She began her law enforcement career as a police officer for the Wausau Police Department and has been with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for the past ten years. Special Agent Price was assigned to the DCI - Narcotics Bureau for nearly six years, and for the past four and one half years, Special Agent Price been assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Special Agent Price has received over 325 hours of specialized training in the investigations of crimes against children, including child abductions, child fatalities, forensic interviews of children, sexual assault and abuse of a child, child enticement, electronic computer evidence, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography, and exposure of a child to harmful materials or narration. Special Agent Price has also provided educational training to thousands of law enforcement officers, teachers, social workers, counselors, parents and students throughout the state of Wisconsin. Contact: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 9:30 a.m.
· American Legislative Exchange Council States and Nation Policy Summit
· Dept. of Commerce economic development announcement
Ballroom A&B, UW-Stout, Menomonie. On December 2, 2009 at 11:30 a.m, Department of Commerce (Commerce) Division of Global Ventures Administrator Mickey Judkins, on behalf of Commerce Secretary Richard J. Leinenkugel, will make an economic development announcement at the Momentum West, Inc. annual meeting, For further information, contact Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661.. 11:30 a.m.
· First Lady Doyle to Deliver Where in Wisconsin in Jessica Doyle? Game Prize in Sussex
· Milwaukee Area Labor Council 'Prescription for Health Care' forum
Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE UNION MEMBERS OFFER A PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH CARE Milwaukee Area Labor Council to Host a Health Insurance Reform Forum On December 2, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council (MALC) will host a meeting highlighting the urgent need for health insurance reform. A panel of distinguished guests including Lois O’Keefe from the office of Rep. Gwen Moore and Susan Giaimo, visiting assistant professor of political science from Marquette University will be on hand to listen to the health care concerns of working families. Other prominent figures such as State Rep. Leah Vukmir have also been invited to attend. “We want to thank Rep. Moore for siding with working people, rather than insurance lobbyists,” says Sheila Cochran, MALC Secretary-Treasurer. “Now that the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive reform bill, we are calling on the Senate to follow suit. We cannot afford to wait any longer.” Participants at the meeting will write letters and make phone calls to their senators, calling for immediate passage of reform that includes a robust public health insurance plan option, requires all employers to pay their fair share, and rejects new taxes that would hurt working families. Who: Lois O’Keefe from the Office of Rep. Gwen Moore Susan Giaimo, PHD, visiting assistant professor at Marquette University MALC Secretary-Treasurer Sheila Cochran union and community members affected by the health care crisis Contact: Sara Wallenfang, 414-418-5485 6:30 p.m.
· Networking reception with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Onno Hueckmann
MSOE Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Meet the new German Consul General Onno Hueckmann from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. Following a presentation on "Transatlantic Climate Bridge - Rethinking Climate and Energy Policy" by the Consul General will be a networking reception. Refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members Click here. Please contact Franziska Weyer at weyer@gaccom.org or 312-644-2662 if you have any questions in regards to the event. 5 p.m.
· Office of the Commissioner of Insurance public hearing
125 S. Webster St., 2nd Floor, Room 227, Madison. Hearing on autism spectrum disorders treatment. 2 p.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Sussex Village Hall, N64W23760 Main St., Sussex. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5835-WR-104) Application of the Village of Sussex Water Public Utility, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 1-AC-228) Police and fire fee rule 1:30 p.m.
· U.S. Rep. Kind telephone town hall
Agriculture and Dairy Main Focus WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will hold a LIVE discussion for residents of the Third Congressional District on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 6:50-7:50 p.m. CST. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions on agriculture issues including dairy prices and farm loans. “The past year has been a very difficult time for Wisconsin farmers and their families,” said Rep. Kind. “We must find solutions to both the dairy crisis and the lack of credit in the market so we can save farms and preserve the livelihood of farmers in western Wisconsin and across the country. I look forward to hearing the thoughts of farmers in the district.” The telephone town hall meeting allows Rep. Kind to reach thousands of Third Congressional District residents at once. The meetings provide an opportunity for constituents to hear from Rep. Kind on the issues affecting them and communicate their thoughts and ideas directly back to him from their own home. This telephone town hall will focus on agriculture and dairy. At the start of the call on Wednesday (approximately 6:50 p.m. CST), a random selection of households in the 3rd CD will receive a call from Rep. Kind, inviting them to participate in the telephone town hall. Constituents will then have the option of staying on the line to hear a few comments by Rep. Kind followed by the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session. Interested constituents may also dial-into the telephone town hall themselves by calling (toll-free) 877-269-7289 and using the code 15311. 6:50 p.m.

December 3
   Fundraisers
· Fundraiser for Rep. Peter Barca
Southport Beach House, 7825 3rd Ave., Kenosha. Please come and join State Representative Peter Barca for an evening on the lakefront Music, enjoyment and friendship Refreshments and Hors d’oeurvres will be served. Please extend this invitation to your family and friends. All donations gratefully accepted. No gifts or corporate checks please. 4 p.m.
· Reid Ribble for Congress fundraiser
With host Bob Keller Please contact Kerry Niemcek for more information 920-257-9746 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security public hearing
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Transportation executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Transportation public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Education public hearing
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· Business 101 seminar
Forward Janesville, 14 S. Jackson St., Janesville. Join us for Business 101! The third session of the Business 101 free seminar series is fast approaching! Held on December 3, 2009, it will outline the Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit: What you need, NOW. The session will be hosted by Mary Rajek, Economic Development Specialist for the Rock County Development Alliance. New, expanding and current businesses welcome!  The series is held at the Forward Janesville offices located at 14 S. Jackson Street, Janesville, WI 53548. Sessions are held from Noon to 1 p.m., on the first Thursday of every month. Following the presentation, join us for “Continuing the Conversation” at The Ground Floor coffee shop located in the Hedberg Public Library 316 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI. Sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mary Rajek at 608-757-3160 or mary@rockcountyalliance.com. 12 p.m.
   Other
· American Legislative Exchange Council States and Nation Policy Summit
· Center for International Health to celebrate 25 years of health, healing and hope at MPM
· DNR public hearing on Rosendale Dairy expansion
Royal Ridges, 1 Westgate Drive, Ripon.
· First Lady Doyle visits Shabazz High School
Shabazz High School, 1601 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. First Lady Jessica Doyle will visit ShabazzHigh School on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 1:25 p.m. in Madison. While there, Mrs. Doyle will participate in a discussion with students from the “Community Activism” class. She will stress the importance of service and community involvement. ShabazzHigh School is an alternative high school in the MadisonMetropolitanSchool District that promotes lifelong learning and emphasizes the importance of building strong communities. Over the summer, the Governor and First Lady have joined United We Serve, President and First Lady Obama’s national community service campaign to help our nation’s recovery by calling on Americans to volunteer in their communities. To learn about opportunities in your area or to suggest volunteer events for United We Serve, please visit serve.gov or contact govserve@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-1212. Contact: Ashley Huibregtse, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 1:25 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton kicks off Wisconsin Personal Services Association Winter Conference
Wintergreen Hotel, 60 Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will kick off the Wisconsin Personal Services Association (WPSA) Winter Conference at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Wintergreen Hotel in the Wisconsin Dells. WPSA works to ensure the provision of quality, cost-effective, and consumer-driven personal care and supportive home care for residents of Wisconsin. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 9 a.m.
· Traffic Stop Data Collection Kenosha/Racine listening session
Talent Hall, UW-Parkside, Kenosha. 4 p.m.
· Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board
Fond du Lac City/County Building, 160 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac. 10 a.m.
· Wisconsin Emerging Arts Leaders third annual summit
Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center, Milwaukee. Arts Wisconsin, Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Artists Resource Network present the Wisconsin Emerging Arts Leaders Third Annual Summit A Creative Conversation for the Next Generation of Wisconsin's Arts Leaders Milwaukee, WI-- Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin's statewide arts service, advocacy, and development organization, invites emerging and aspiring artists, arts managers, and arts entrepreneurs under 35 to attend the Wisconsin Emerging Arts Leaders Third Annual Summit. This year's Summit will be held at the Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center in Milwaukee on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 9am to 4pm. Co-hosts include the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network. The Wisconsin Emerging Arts Leaders Third Annual Summit will focus on the special topic of Social Media and the Arts, asking how arts professionals can use the growing number of applications and internet resources to advance key goals in the arts (and in their lives!). Through panel presentations, case studies, hands-on experimentation and lots of great conversation, participants will tackle these exciting issues while networking with peers and colleagues from around the state. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at the brand new Lueders Florentine Opera Center-a great starting point for exploring the arts-rich RiverWest area of Milwaukee at the end of the day. Sessions and panels will include Unlocking Social Media for Arts Marketing, Technology, and Fundraising; a presentation on how to make the most of the Milwaukee region's creative economy;and Managing Your Message (So it Doesn't Manage You), a panel discussion on how social media adds to the complexity of public relations for arts businesses and organizations. The registration fee for this event, which includes all conference materials, lunch, and refreshments, is $25. Schedule and registration details are posted at www.artswisconsin.org. Please contact Arts Wisconsin with questions at 608 255 8316 or akatz@artswisconsin.org. The Wisconsin Emerging Arts Leaders Third Annual Summit is made possible with support from the Florentine Opera Company, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts. 9 a.m.

December 4
   Fundraisers
· Fundraiser for Brett Davis for lieutenant governor
Home of Dennis and Carol Markos, 25 Larch Circle, Madison. With Governor Tommy G. Thompson $100 per couple suggested contribution Please no PAC Checks should be made payable to Brett Davis for Lieutenant Governor RSVP 608-630-8097; amy@arenastrategy.com 6 p.m.
   Other
· American Legislative Exchange Council States and Nation Policy Summit
· Gov. Doyle announces Capitol Solar Project
· Gov. Doyle lights Capitol Holiday Tree

December 5
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Brett Davis
· Rally for transit, jobs, and economic growth
What: Rally for Transit, Jobs, and Economic Growth When: Saturday, December 5, 2009, 1:00 PM Where: Veterans Memorial Park, National Avenue at 70th St. in West Allis, WI Who: Hundreds of people plan to gather in a broad coalition of labor leaders, community groups, business leaders, and citizens for the purpose of getting a truly regional transit authority and dedicated funding for transit moving forward now. ACTIVITIES AND VISUALS: § An RTA Superhero will leap on stage, breaking through a large banner depicting the transit, economic, and job creation challenges of metro Milwaukee. The RTA superhero will then provide the urgently needed support for transit and a new vision for a stronger economy and more jobs. § Labor, elected, and business leaders and citizens will speak, making the connection between transit, jobs, and economic growth, as well as providing on-the-street and personal stories from transit users. § Large 30” x 40” map graphically showing key destinations in West Allis that are connected by transit, large maps showing the scattering of job center locations in the region, graphic representations of the potential jobs and economic development created by instituting an RTA. § Large banners and signs Contacts: Chris Larson, 414-467-9155 Penny Sikora, 414-342-4300, 414-750-2507 Kerry Thomas, 262-246-6151, 414-303-1951 Kristi Luzar, 414-562-9904 1:00 p.m.

December 6
   Fundraisers
· Birthday party for Rep. Brett Davis, candidate for lt. governor
New Glarus Hotel, 100 6th Ave., New Glarus. $50 suggested contribution Please no PAC Checks should be made payable to Brett Davis for Lieutenant Governor RSVP 608-630-8097; amy@arenastrategy.com 2 p.m.

December 7
   Fundraisers
· Republican Party of Milwaukee County Holiday Gala
   State Government
· PSC hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5-TR-105) Investigation on the Commission's Own Motion into the Intrastate Access Charges Assessed by Incumbent and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers in Wisconsin 9:30 a.m.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen announces affiliates of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Task Force grows to over 100
West Allis Police Department, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis. West Allis Police Department to Join ICAC Affiliate Program and Host Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark and the Oak Creek Police Department in Recognizing Growth in the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force to 100 and Over WEST ALLIS – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will announce growth in the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force by welcoming three new affiliates into the ICAC Program. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, West Allis Police Department Chief Mike Jungbluth and Oak Creek Police Department Captain John Edwards along with State Legislators, local elected officials, current ICAC Affiliate Partners will join the Attorney General in welcoming three Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Agencies as the task force grows to over 100 local law enforcement affiliates. Contact: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 1:30 p.m.
· Milwaukee Mayor Barrett kicks off City of Milwaukee holiday care package drive
Mayor’s Office, Room 201, City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. With: · Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett · Cecelia I. Gore – Executive Director of Brewers Charities · Postmaster Charlie Miller · Mayor Tom Barrett, in partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers Charities and the United States Postal Service, will be kicking off the City of Milwaukee Holiday Care Package Drive. · This year’s troop drive will support the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion currently stationed in Iraq. · Milwaukee Brewers Charities have generously offered to cover the estimated $3,000 cost of shipping the care packages to Iraq. Contact: Steve Kwaterski (414) 286-8504 2 p.m.
· Rep. Staskunas, Sen. Sullivan make major announcement on efforts to toughen Wisconsin laws on drunken driving
City Council Chambers, West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. MADISON – State Representative Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis) and State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) are set to announce major developments in their efforts to reform and strengthen Wisconsin’s drunken driving laws. Last month, the Senate advanced drunken driving reform legislation with its approval of SB 66. Earlier this session, the Assembly unanimously approved similar legislation to crack down on repeat offenders and address the root cause of the problem. Staskunas and Sullivan will hold their news conference on the new developments in the legislative process on Monday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Allis City Hall. Law enforcement officials and victims’ families are also scheduled to speak at the event. The state lawmakers will hold a conference call for statewide press outlets at 11:00 a.m. To participate, reporters should call into (712) 451-6000 and type in the access code of 750886#. Contact: Rep. Staskunas 608-266-0620 10 a.m.

December 8
   Fundraisers
· ADCC cocktail party
The Dubliner, Number 4 F St. NW, Washington, DC Bill and Cindi Broydrick cordially invite you to a cocktail party at the Dubliner honoring the WI Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee With Special Guest Chairman David Obey And Speaker Mike Sheridan Majority Leader Tom Nelson Suggested contribution levels Host $1,000 Sponsor $500 Individual $100 Please RSVP to Eric Couto at Couto@wisdems.org Checks can be made payable and mailed to: Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee Attention: Eric D. Couto 110 King St. Suite 203 Madison , WI53703 Paid for by the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, Gary Sherman, Treasurer. 6:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Friends of Leah Vukmir
Havana Lounge and Cigar, 9505 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. All individual contributions gratefully accepted PAC may not be accepted at this time Host Levels: Churchill: $500, Corona: $250 & Robusto: $100 For information on hosting or to RSVP, visit online: http://www.leahvukmir.com/site/Viewer.aspx?iid=24807&mname=Article&rpid=4876 Or contact Cameron@LeahVukmir.com or 414-759-1100 Friends of Leah Vukmir P.O. Box 13903 Wauwatosa, WI 53213-0903 5 p.m.
· RACC’n up the Strikes bowling event
Dream Lanes, 13 Atlas Court, Madison. Registration: 2:00 pm Bowling Begins: 2:30 Sharp Cocktails & Dinner: 5:00 pm $1000 Lane Sponsorship: 3 bowlers per team, legislator 4th $500 per Individual Bowler Bowling includes a three game series. Shoes and balls provided. Skill level will vary significantly; so don’t shy away if you haven’t picked up a ball in years, or ever! Trophies awarded to the following: Best Individual Bowler Worst Individual Bowler Best Team Worst Team Legislator selection determined by the order of checks received. No PAC or corporate contributions please. Conduit and individual dollars always appreciated. Send registration to: RACC PO Box 215 Madison, WI 53701 Questions: Contact Melanie Hubbard @ 608-279-1275 or email mhubbard@wisgop.org. 2 p.m.
· Reid Ribble for Congress fundraiser
At the home of hosts John and Jan Gillespie, Appleton Please contact Kerry Niemcek for more information 920-257-9746 4:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Natural Resources Board
GEF 2, Room G09, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
   Business Events
· BizTimes Milwaukee Editor Steve Jagler addresses Milwaukee Rotary Club
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. Steve Jagler, executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee, will discuss the fast-moving changes in the media industry, including the future of daily newspapers, magazines, television, radio and Internet news. He will cover how emerging technology is changing the way news is transmitted by journalists and is absorbed by society, as well as the impact of these changes on our democracy. Steve oversees the content for the BizTimes Milwaukee magazine and for BizTimes.com, which was named one of the three best local business web sites in the country in 2009. He has won awards as a reporter, a columnist and an editor. 12 p.m.
· GMCC 'Eggs & Issues' economic panel
The Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison. For the final Eggs & Issues program of 2009, we dive into the economy and the impact on GMCC members. The program will include a panel discussion featuring representatives of different industries and perspectives. Panelists include: *Jim Imhoff* - Chairman and CEO of First Weber Group, *Marshall Heyworth* – Chief Operating Office for QTI Consulting, Inc., *Tim Cooley* – City of Madison Economic Development Director, and *Jennifer Alexander* – GMCC President. As always, a majority of the program will be reserved for audience questions. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program starts at 7:45 a.m. This program is free for GMCC members and $10 for nonmembers. Click here to register http://www.greatermadisonchamber.com/events/program_overview/eggs_issues/51 7:30 a.m.
· Menomonee Falls Community Chamber of Commerce breakfast with WMC President James Haney
Hilton Garden Inn, 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee.
· MITA December meeting
Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison. Madison International Trade Association December Meeting: Festive Lunch and “Cultural Sensitivities and Implications of Gift Giving” Gift giving is an important part of acknowledging business relationships, but other cultures interpret and use gifts in different ways. By better understanding the complex meanings of gift giving, successful businesses can forge vital connections with overseas suppliers, customers, and new clients. As the holiday season approaches, join MITA for a special presentation by Richard Gesteland, owner of Global Management LLC, on awareness of cultural sensitivities and the protocol of gift giving in your international business endeavors. 11:30 am – Registration and Networking 12:00 pm – Lunch 12:30 pm – Program 2:00 pm – Adjourn $30 for members; $35 for non-members Register by sending an e-mail to Jill Carmichael, MITA Treasurer, at jcarmichael@johnsonbank.com by Friday, December 4. Payments are accepted at the door on the day of the event. Directions: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/area/directions.html?propertyID=759 WEBSITE: http://www.mitaweb.org/Events.shtml CONTACT: Stanley Pfrang (608) 267-0639 stanley.pfrang@wisconsin.gov 11:30 a.m.
· New North Economic Summit - Renew 2009
KI Center, Green Bay.
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Ted Zigmunt
· DOT Scenic Byways Advisory Committee
Hill Farms State Office Building, Conference Room 994, 4802 Sheboygan Ave., Madison. 10:30 a.m.
· First Lady Doyle delivers Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? game prize
Contact: Ashley Huibregtse, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 Will Also Visit Students in Cambria-Friesland First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? weekly winner game prize to an elementary school student on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. at BrandonElementary School in Brandon. While there, Mrs. Doyle will discuss with students the opportunity to learn more about their home state and win weekly prizes by playing this fun and educational online game. Students in fourth through eighth grades can research the three clues found online each week to identify the mystery city. More information and game clues can be found at http://www.jessicadoyle.wi.gov/wheresjessica. At 11:30 a.m., Mrs. Doyle will visit a fifth grade class at Cambria-FrieslandSchool in Cambria. Mrs. Doyle will speak with the students about the game, Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? . Mrs. Doyle will also explain how students can participate in the Read On Wisconsin! Book Club. Throughout the school year, Mrs. Doyle recommends books for five age groups each month. Students have the opportunity to discuss the books chosen for this month. To learn more about Read On Wisconsin! or to join the club, visit http://readon.wi.gov. First Lady Jessica Doyle’s Events for Tuesday, December 8, 2009: 10:15 a.m. Brandon Elementary School 200 W Bowen Street Brandon 11:30 a.m. Cambria-Friesland School 410 E Edgewater Street Cambria 10:15 a.m.
· Gov. Doyle attends New North Summit
· Gov. Doyle makes economic development announcement
Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. Governor Jim Doyle will make an important economic development announcement tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse. The Governor will make the announcement during his keynote address at the 38th Annual Meeting of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation. The Governor will also discuss state efforts to invest in economic growth in the La Crosse area. Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 11:30 a.m.
· Madison Committee on Foreign Relations China town hall
Edgewater Hotel, Madison. Local Connections, National Reflections Madison Committee on Foreign Relations presents Albert Keidel More Information: http://www.madison.com/communities/mcfr/ 8:15 p.m.
· On the Issues with Mike Gousha: Professor Robert Glennon
Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University, Milwaukee. Professor Glennon’s provocative analysis of the nation’s water crisis should be especially relevant to a Milwaukee audience, as the city tries to establish itself as a global water technology and research hub. Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He will deliver a luncheon speech at the Alumni Memorial Union. 11:30 a.m., reception and Noon to 1:30 p.m., program, Alumni Memorial Union, $15 for lunch.
· PSC hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 3280-WR-111) Application of Madison Water Utility, Dane County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· WAGE, MCFR present 'China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections'
Edgewater Hotel, Pacific Room, 666 Wisconsin Ave., Madison.

December 9
   Fundraisers
· Fundraiser and rally for 31st SD candidate Ed Thompson
Tee Pee Super Club, 812 Superior Ave., Tomah. All contributions gratefully accepted, PAC accepted Contribute online at www.edthompsonforsenate.com or mail to: Friends of Ed Thompson PO Box 604 Tomah, WI 54660 RSVP's appreciated but not required to contact@edthompsonforsenate.com or 715-271-1297 5 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Sen. Pat Kreitlow
Hooligans, 415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire. Hosted by John Behling and Steve Gibbs. For more info or to RSVP to any of these events, please email Koryk@wisdems.org or call 608-260-2403. 5 p.m.
· Thompson for state Senate fundraiser
Mr. Ed's Tee Pee Supper Club, 812 Superior Ave., Tomah. 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection executive session - CANCELLED
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection public hearing - CANCELLED
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform executive session - CANCELLED
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform public hearing - CANCELLED
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Natural Resources Board teleconference
GEF 2, Room G09, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing executive session - CANCELLED
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing public hearing - CANCELLED
411 South, State Capitol.
   Other
· OJA listening session on Traffic Stop Data Collection Administrative rule - CANCELLED
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit. Listening session agendas and more Traffic Stop Data Collection rule information is available online at http://oja.wi.gov/trafficstopdata. Effective January 1, 2011, all Wisconsin police officers are required to collect data that will be used to determine whether vehicles operated or occupied by racial minorities are disproportionately stopped. The data collected, collection method and analysis will be determined by a new administrative rule being promulgated by the Office of Justice Assistance (OJA). The Advisory Committee includes representatives from the community, Public Defender, State Patrol, American Civil Liberties Union, state legislature, and police departments from across the state. The committee is working with experts on data collection and analysis and evaluating the work that has been done by other states in analyzing traffic stop data. 4 p.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Council Chambers, 18620 Hobson St., Whitehall. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6490-ER-105) Application of the City of Whitehall, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, as an Electric Public Utility, for Authority to Increase Electric Rates 9:30 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Loyal City Hall, 301 N. Main St., Loyal. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 3210-WR-102) Application of Loyal Municipal Water Utility, Clark County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates, Clark County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· Reps. Smith, Dexter host small business information session
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St., Eau Claire. EAU CLAIRE- Representative Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) and Representative Kristen Dexter (D-Eau Claire) will host an information session for area small businesses and entrepreneurs with Wisconsin SBA District Director Eric Ness and Pam Owen from the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) on Wednesday, December 9th, at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ness will provide area small businesses with an overview of SBA programs as well as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 how interested businesses can apply for SBA loans, and answer any questions people may have. Ms. Owen will provide information about training grants available for small business owners and their employees via Workforce Advancement Training Grants. Ms. Owen is also part of CVTC Business & Industry Services and the Manager of the NanoRite Innovation Center. The event is open to area businesses and the public. Please RSVP by contacting the office of Representative Smith at 888-534-0093 or via email at Rep.Smith@legis.wisconsin.gov. 2 p.m.

December 10
   Fundraisers
· Cocktail reception for Sen. Ted Kanavas
Location TBA, Brookfield. Host levels: $250, $500 or $1000 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Friends of Leah Vukmir
Elm Grove Women's Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove. Suggested Contribution: $35, all contributions gratefully accepted. Host Levels: $50, $100 & $250. If you wish to make your contribution by mail, click here for an event form. Please email Judi@LeahVukmir.com or call 414-759-1100 for more information. 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Rep. Andy Jorgensen
Tyranena Brewery, 1025 Owen St., Lake Mills. Special Guest Secretary Dick Leinenkugel Please contact the ADCC at 608-258-9225 or at steveng@wisdems.org with questions. 6 p.m.
· Reception honoring Brett Davis for lieutenant governor
Oregon Community Bank & Trust, 101 S. Alpine Parkway, Oregon. Special guest Scott Klug Suggested contribution: $50 Please no PAC Checks should be made payable to Brett Davis for Lieutenant Governor RSVP 608-630-8097; amy@arenastrategy.com 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Agriculture informational hearing -- CANCELLED
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice public hearing
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities public hearing
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Ways and Means executive session
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties informational hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education public hearing RESCHEDULED JAN. 7
300 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Economic Development and Assembly Committee on Jobs, the Economy and Small Business joint public hearing
412 East, State Capitol.
· UW System Board of Regents
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison.
   Other
· Circus World Museum Foundation Board of Directors
Feld Building, Circus World Museum, 550 Water St., Baraboo. Agenda 1. Call to Order 2. Closed Session: In accordance with section 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., a portion of the meeting will be closed to consider the employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. 3. Adjournment Notes: 1) While this agenda reflects the expected proceedings, action may be taken by the Board on any item listed on the agenda. 9 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· Terri McCormick book signing
Marian University, Fond du Lac. Author Terri McCormick to Speak at Marian University Marian University, located in Fond du Lac Wisconsin, is a Catholic applied liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Congregation of St. Agnes. http://www.marianuniversity.edu Terri McCormick will be discussing her book and signing copies in the Marian University Stayer Center, 45 S National Avenue, Fond du Lac on Thursday, December 10 beginning at 4:00pm. McCormick will meet and greet with attendees in the Stayer Center Dining Room beginning at 4:00pm and will then talk briefly about the book and answer questions beginning at 4:30pm. Book signing will take place from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. McCormick's recently released book, What Sex Is a Republican? includes "Stories From the Front Lines of American Politics and How You Can Change the Way Things Are". This text offers all Americans an inspiring and personal message and a call to action for all those interested in the future of American politics. McCormick reports from the front line of politics, stressing that our future depends on finding 'integrity leaders' to replace the career politicians infecting our system. This dramatic change is needed if we are to return to the basic foundation laid by our founding fathers and forefather. Terri McCormick is a public policy and leadership innovator. She is the President of McCormick Dawson CPG, Ltd., a marketing and public relations firm. McCormick was a State Representative to the Wisconsin State Legislature from 2000 to 2006. She is a Truman Scholar nominee for the State of Wisconsin. She currently resides in Appleton, Wisconsin. McCormick is a graduate of the 2002 Bowhay Institute, in Legislative Leadership Development. Currently, Terri McCormick has taken doctorate level coursework in Public Policy and Administration. McCormick further holds a Bachelor's Degree, Magna cum Laude, Political Science and European Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, having completed coursework at UW-Fond du Lac prior to transferring to UW-Oshkosh. McCormick also earned a Master's Degree in Administrative Leadership, Highest Honors at Marian University Fond du Lac, WI and additionally, holds an Education Certificate from Lawrence University, Appleton WI as well as credentials in graduate work in political theory at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. For more information concerning this exciting opportunity please contact Paul Osterholm, Director of Alumni Relations, Marian University (920) 923-8119 or email p.osterholm@marianuniveristy.edu. 4 p.m.
· WAGE presents 'President Obama and the Military'
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison.

December 11
   State Government
· UW System Board of Regents
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., UW-Madison.
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Mark Gottlieb
· First Lady Doyle delivers Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? Game prize
Contact: Ashley Huibregtse, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 Will Also Encourage Students to Join the Read On Wisconsin! Book Club in Barneveld First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? weekly winner game prize to an elementary school student on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at HighlandElementary School in Highland. While there, Mrs. Doyle will discuss with students the opportunity to learn more about their home state and win weekly prizes by playing this fun and educational online game. Students in fourth through eighth grades can research the three clues found online each week to identify the mystery city. More information and game clues can be found at http://jessicadoyle.wi.gov/wheresjessica/. Later at 12:30 p.m., Mrs. Doyle will visit seventh grade students at the BarneveldSchool District in Barneveld. Mrs. Doyle will emphasize the importance of strong study habits and encourage students to participate in the Read On Wisconsin! book club to practice their reading skills. The online book club is for students and educators across the state. Throughout the school year, Mrs. Doyle recommends books for five age groups each month. Students have the opportunity to discuss the books on the web site. To learn more about Read On Wisconsin! or to join the club, visit http://readon.wi.gov. First Lady Jessica Doyle’s Events for Friday, December 11, 2009 : 10:30 a.m. Highland Elementary School 1030 Cardinal Drive Highland 12:30 p.m. Barneveld School District 105 West Douglas Street Barneveld 10:30 a.m.

December 12
   Other
· Birthday -- U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen
· Fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake
Milford Hills Hunt Club, W56707 French Road, Johnson Creek. A Great Game at a Great Venue for a Great Cause. You're invited to the 1st Annual "Duty. Honor. Country. Fundraiser" with West Point graduate and U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake during the Army-Navy football game on December 12th, 2009! $25 per person. Additional donations are greatly appreciated. Everyone is invited--help us elect a new U.S. Senator from Wisconsin! Donations with RSVP regrets are also accepted. If you can't make it, we will gladly send you an official campaign t-shirt for your donation...just the shirt size you'd like us to send. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9th to info@davewestlake.org or register online by clicking here. If you wish to mail your donation/RSVP in, please print the form below and include it with your check. Make checks payable to "Westlake for Senate" and mail to 1660 S. Church St., Ste. 345, Watertown, WI 53094 1:30 p.m.

December 14
   Fundraisers
· Reception in support of Scott Walker
The Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Host Levels: $2500, $1000, $500 and $250. Ticket Price: $100 per person. RSVP or contact Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or via email at marystitt@wi.rr.com. 5 p.m.
   Other
· American Family Insurance, Wisconsin School of Business 'Forward Thinking' speaker series
Memorial Union Theater, 800 Langdon St., Madison. Health care reform panel discussion with local leaders Madison, Wis. (November 23, 2009) – American Family Insurance and Wisconsin School of Business presents the next in the Forward Thinking Speaker Series with a timely panel discussion entitled: National Health Care Reform: Acting Nationally, Impacting Locally – What Will It Mean for You? Panelists include distinguished local leaders and executives in the health care industry, including: Dr. Frank Byrne, president, St. Mary’s Hospital Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, president and CEO, UW Medical Foundation Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO, UW Hospital Dr. Geoffrey R. Priest, chief medical officer, Meriter Hospital Lon E. Sprecher, president and COO, Dean Health Insurance Jim Woodward, president and CEO, Meriter Hospital Moderating the discussion is Sarah Carlson, NBC 15 Morning Show anchor and health and family reporter. Questions will be taken from the audience as time allows throughout the presentation. The presentation is free and open to the public. However, space is limited so registration is required. Register online. More information on the panelists is also available at this link. For additional questions, contact Wisconsin Business Alumni, (608) 265-0575, alumni@bus.wisc.edu. The Forward Thinking speaker series is a partnership between American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin School of Business to bring knowledge experts/leaders and current topics of interest to our community. Contacts: Janet Masters American Family Insurance 608-242-4100, ext.30409 jmasters@amfam.com Melissa Anderson Wisconsin School of Business 608-262-9213 mkanderson@bus.wisc.edu 7 p.m.
· Birthday -- Rep. Dan Knodl
· Birthday -- Rep. Kevin Petersen
· Birthday -- Rep. Thomas Lothian
· Partnership for a Stronger Economy outreach meeting
Palermo’s Pizza, Il Spazio Conference Room, 3301 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. Will work with local job creators to gather input, foster new ideas for strengthening state’s economy MADISON – Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), chair of the Partnership for a Stronger Economy, a diverse, bi-partisan group of business, economic development, and worker training leaders who are on the front lines of job creation and economic development in Wisconsin, announced the Partnership will hold an outreach meeting in Milwaukee on Monday, December 14 th at 10am at Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee. “Palermo’s Pizza was a recipient of some of the job creation incentives that were passed this year ,” said Representative Barca. “They are a Milwaukee legend and a true Wisconsin success story. The Partnership wants to help more businesses like Palermo’s succeed, and that’s why we’re in Milwaukee on Monday.” At the meeting Partnership members will reach out to local job creators to find new and innovative ways to build on the efforts Assembly Democrats have made to boost businesses in order retain and create more jobs in Wisconsin and keep the state’s economy stronger in the long term. With: Rep. Peter Barca, PSE Members, and Local Job Creators Including: Tim Sheehy, President Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Manufacturers and Commerce Julia Taylor, President The Greater Milwaukee Committee Dave Latona, Vice President Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation Contact: Representative Peter Barca 608.266.5504 10 a.m.
· Press conference urging public to buy local for the holidays
Fontana Sports, 231 Junction Road, Madison. DANE COUNTY LEADERS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, SERVICE PROVIDERS URGE PUBLIC TO BUY LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS Creates local jobs, supports local services and vital programs Who: Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Supervisors Patrick Miles, Dianne Hesselbein, Mark Opitz, Matt Veldran, Melanie Hampton, and Brett Hulsey; local business leaders John and Judith Hutchinson; human service agency leaders Chris Sarbacker with the Development Disability Coalition and executive director of Advanced Employment; Neil Lerner, Small Business Development Center; Joe Tegtmeier, Exec. Sales, Buy Right (food distributors); Jim Bradley, Pres. Home Savings Bank; Rick Brooks, Founding Member, Dane Buy Local; Greg Lawless, Ag. Director, Thrive; Dan Driscoll; Sue Libenstein, Dir. Food and Nutrition Services, St. Mary's Hospital; , George Zens, Publisher of the Sustainable Times; and Rick Richards, Board Member, Dane Buy Local. What: Local leaders, business people and service providers urge Dane County residents to buy local to help local businesses create jobs, sustain local service agencies and local government Contact: Supervisor Patrick Miles, (608) 206-6462 Supervisor Brett Hulsey, 608-334-4994, Brett@Brett4us.org 12 p.m.
· Rep. Roys invites local farmers to discuss agricultural issues
Waunakee Village Center, Community Room B, 333 S. Madison St., Waunakee. Legislator will visit farms in district, gather input from farmers MADISON – Representative Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) will be visiting farms in her district on Monday, December 14 and holding a town hall meeting to discuss issues facing local farmers. “The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the agricultural community. It is critical that as lawmakers we do everything in our power to respond to the needs of Wisconsin farmers,” said Representative Roys. “The agricultural industry is vital to the state’s economy. I recognize the challenges confronting farmers and am committed to advocating for them.” Representative Roys will visit three farms in Dane County and hold a town hall forum to gather public input and answer questions from farming communities in her district. “As part of my commitment to engage with my constituents, I regularly walk down main streets talking with local business owners, hold informal Coffee with Kelda listening sessions, and attend as many local events as I can. Because the 81st Assembly District includes many rural communities like Black Earth, Mazomanie, and Cross Plains, I decided to hold a special listening session focused on rural and agricultural issues.” “It is so important to have energetic lawmakers like Rep. Roys who appreciate and understand the impact of the farming industry in Wisconsin, “said Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan. “I’m impressed with Representative Roys’ work on behalf of the farmers in her district.” The public is encouraged to attend and share thoughts on how the legislature can best address challenges facing the farming community. Contact: Emily McWilliams (608) 266-5340 4 p.m.

December 15
· REGISTER NOW: December 15 WisPolitics.com Luncheon with Tom Barrett
December 15, 11:45 a.m., Madison Club Join us for a discussion of the upcoming gubernatorial race with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett The 2009 luncheon series is sponsored by The Wisconsin Bankers Association, WHD Government Affairs, Flaherty & Associates, Wal-Mart and Xcel Energy. The events are open to the public, and the price for lunch is $19. Call the Madison Club to register at (608) 255-4861. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
   Fundraisers
· Barrett for Wisconsin fundraiser in Madison
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Barrett for Wisconsin reception with Mayor Tom Barrett, Democrat for Governor 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Top of the Park 22 South Carroll StreetMadison, WI$50 suggested minimum contribution Individual, conduit, and PAC contributions gratefully accepted Contribute at http://www.barrettforwisconsin.com/or make checks payable to: Barrett for WisconsinP.O. Box 510796 Milwaukee, WI 53203For more information email: Madison@barrettforwisconsin.com or call Deb at (608) 516-2024 4:30 p.m.
· Reception honoring Rep. Brett Davis, candidate for lieutenant governor
Belleville Library, 130 S. Vine St., Belleville. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Suggested contribution: $50 Please no PAC Checks should be made payable to Brett Davis for Lieutenant Governor RSVP 608-630-8097; amy@arenastrategy.com 5:30 p.m.
· Reception in honor of Rep. Pedro Colón
Chez Jacques, 1022 S. 1st St., Milwaukee. Colón for Milwaukee P.O. Box 510376 Milwaukee , WI 53203 Donate on line at: http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/15990 5 p.m.
· Reception or Dinner with Reince Priebus
Ruth Chris Steak House, Beltline Highway, Middleton. The Republican Party of Wisconsin cordially invites you to Reception or Dinner with Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus Special Guests: Senator Scott Fitzgerald Senator Randy Hopper Senator Glenn Grothman Senator Luther Olsen Senator Joe Leibham Cocktail Reception: 5:30-6:30 PM Dinner Seating at 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception Only: $200 per person Cocktail Reception and Dinner: $600 per person Please make all checks payable to: The Republican Party of Wisconsin 148 E. Johnson St Madison, WI 53703 For questions or to RSVP, please contact Judi at 608-257-8035 or jrhodes@wisgop.org 6:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Assembly Organization executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection public hearing
North Hearing Room, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Forestry executive session
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Health public hearing
412 East, State Capitol.
· Law Revision Committee
400 Northeast, State Capitol. 10:30 a.m.
· Senate Committee on Economic Development executive session
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Education executive session
300 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations public hearing
North Hearing Room, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue public hearing
412 East, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs executive session
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs public hearing
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Special Committee on Ethics and Standards of Conduct
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
   Other
· Circus World Museum Foundation board of directors
Feld Building, Circus World Museum, 550 Water Street, Baraboo. Call to Order 1. Closed Session: In accordance with section 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., a portion of the meeting will be closed to consider the employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. 2. Adjournment Notes: 1) While this agenda reflects the expected proceedings, action may be taken by the Board on any item listed on the agenda. 9:30 a.m.
· Dept. of Commerce Secretary Leinenkugel, LLC CEO Lofquist to make economic development announcement
On Dec. 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., Department of Commerce Secretary Richard J. Leinenkugel and MCL Industries, LLC CEO Gary Lofquist will make an economic development announcement at the company’s Pulaski facility, 660 Corporate Way, Pulaski, WI 54162. Directions: From Green Bay - Take 32/29 North (Shawano Ave Exit) - Take Highway 32 exit and stay on 32 North to Pulaski - After the first set of spotlights, take a right on Glenbrook Dr. - Go past Carver Boat and take a left at the next intersection on Corporate Way - MCL building is located at 660 Corporate Way For further information, contact Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661. 10 a.m.
· Milwaukee County crisis roundtable forum
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. THE RECESSION’S IMPACT ON THE MILWAUKEE COUNTY COMMUNITY Washington Post reporter seeks impact on Milwaukee’s African-American community Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Supervisors Elizabeth M. Coggs, Peggy A. West and Toni M. Clark are inviting all Milwaukee County residents to participate in a special event Tuesday hosted by the Task Force on Work Reform for Men of Color. Krissah Thompson, a reporter from The Washington Post newspaper, will meet with the group to discuss the high unemployment rate of people of color and learn more about the Task Force. “We invite all Milwaukee County residents to attend this symposium and share their experiences and thoughts with our visitor from Washington, D.C.,” Supervisor Coggs said. “We appreciate that Ms. Thompson is coming to Milwaukee to hear these accounts first-hand.” “The employment picture for Milwaukee County families is daunting,” Supervisor West said. “Hopefully this national news attention will generate some buzz that we have individuals in Milwaukee County who are ready, able and willing to work.” “Even before the recession started, Milwaukee’s African-American unemployment rate was already the 2nd highest in the nation,” Supervisor Clark added. “We need all the help we can get in righting this ship.” For more information, e-mail daniela.matthews@milwcnty.com or call 414-278-4265. 11 a.m.
· Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., Madison. Second Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit to Discuss Voter Rights, Access Brennan Justice Center Counsel to Keynote Madison Event Madison -- Voter rights and expanding access to the polls are the main topics of the Institute for One Wisconsin's second annual "Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit," set for Tuesday at Madison's Museum of Contemporary Art on State Street. Among the speakers will be Adam Skaggs, Counsel in the Democracy Program at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. "Protecting the vote for citizens in every corner of Wisconsin is vital to ensuring democracy," said Scot Ross, Institute for One Wisconsin Executive Director. "We have a spectacular slate of speakers to share their expertise and we encourage the public to come, ask questions and learn about voting issues in Wisconsin." The multimedia program will include a panel discussion, video presentations and speakers on a host of voter rights issues, including: Early voting and voter registration modernization, strengthening and protecting absentee balloting, accessibility to the polls, ex-offender reenfranchisement, pitfalls of voter ID and benefits of preserving same day registration. The goal of the event is to promote discussion on these important issues, educate and unite community groups on the importance of voter access and provide information to the media about these critical issues. Among the partners in the Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit are the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, ACLU of Wisconsin, Disability Rights of Wisconsin, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund and the Election Protection Legal Committee. Over 100 people participated in the first Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit held last year in Milwaukee. The Second Annual Protect Wisconsin's Vote Education Summit is free and open to the public and the media. With: Adam Skaggs, Counsel in the Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice Andrea Kaminski, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Renee Shavers Crawford, ACLU of Wisconsin Matt Brusky, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund Ann Jacobs, Election Protection Legal Committee Scot Ross, Institute for One Wisconsin Contact: Robert Phone: 608-204-0677 5:30 p.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Pioneer Motor Inn, Conference Room, 242 N. Pioneer Park Road, Westfield. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6410-ER-103) Application of Westfield Milling and Electric Light Company for Authority to Change Electric Rates 9:30 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Franklin City Hall, 9229 W. Loomis Road, Franklin. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 2105-WR-106) Application of Franklin Municipal Water Utility, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 11 a.m.

December 16
   Fundraisers
· Reception in support of Scott Walker
The Town Club, 7950 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee. Reception in Support of Scott Walker Ticket Price: $100 per person RSVP or contact Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or via email at marystitt@wi.rr.com. 6 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection executive session
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly extraordinary session
Assembly Chamber,State Capitol. 1. Call of the Roll. 2. Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals. 3. Committee reports and subsequent reference of proposals. 4. Messages from the senate, and other communications. 5. Consideration of conference committee reports and vetoes. 6. Consideration of senate action on proposals approved by the assembly. 7. Making and consideration of motions for reconsideration of passage, indefinite postponement, concurrence, or nonconcurrence. 8. Consideration of resolutions. Third reading of assembly proposals. QUESTION: Having been read three times, shall the proposal be passed? 10. Third reading of senate proposals. QUESTION: Having been read three times, shall the proposal be concurred in? 11. Second reading and amendment of assembly proposals. QUESTION: Shall the proposal be ordered engrossed and read a third time? 12. Second reading and amendment of senate proposals. QUESTION: Shall the proposal be ordered to a third reading? Senate Bill 66 Relating to: operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and providing a penalty. (FE) By Senators Sullivan, Plale, Lehman, Decker, Hansen, Vinehout, Harsdorf, Risser, Carpenter, A. Lasee, Darling, Erpenbach and Cowles; cosponsored by Representatives Zepnick, Lothian, A. Ott, Bies and Honadel. Assembly Amendment 1 offered by Representative Staskunas. 13. Motions may be offered. 14. Announcements. 15. Adjournment. 11 a.m.
· Senate extraordinary session
Senate Chamber, State Capitol. 11 a.m.
   Business Events
· Energy Center of Wisconsin: 'The Silver Lining in Climate Survey Results'
   Other
· Educational Approval Board
8th Floor Board Room, 30 W. Mifflin St., Madison. Agenda Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Minutes – September 9, 2009 (Tab 1) Board Chair's Report Public Comment [1] Board Status Report – Information (Tab 2) School Approval Issues – ACTION (Tab 3) Renewal Fee Multiplier – ACTION (Tab 4) 2010 Board Meetings – ACTION (Tab 5) Adjournment 10:30 a.m.
· Milwaukee Mayor Barrett packages holiday care packages for Wisconsin troops
City Hall, Mayor’s Office, Room 201, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett, along with other City Employees, will be packaging gifts collected during the City’s Holiday Care Package Drive. This year’s Care Package Drive is going to the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, currently stationed in Iraq. Contact: Steve Kwaterski (414) 286-8504 9:15 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Grafton Water & Wastewater Utility, 1900 Ninth Ave., Grafton. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 2300-WR-105) Application of Grafton Water and Wastewater Commission, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Whitehall City Center, 18620 Hobson St., Whitehall. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6500-WR-105) Application of Whitehall Municipal Water Utility, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 11 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Stratford Municipal Building, 265 N. Third Ave., Stratford. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5760-WR-103) Application of Stratford Municipal Water and Electric Utility, Marathon County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 1 p.m.
· Public Policy Forum: Stimulus in Southeast Wisconsin: Where's the Money Going?
Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. Enacted more than nine months ago, the federal stimulus package continues to generate conflicting points of view. In a recent Forum/UWM survey of Greater Milwaukee residents, less than half considered the stimulus legislation a wise use of taxpayer funds, yet 64% thought their local governments should be aggressively seeking those dollars. So, to what extent has stimulus made a difference in southeast Wisconsin so far, and what's on the horizon? What is the view of those who have actively sought stimulus funds on the program's regulations and effectiveness? Which areas of our economy and public infrastructure have and will benefit most, and which will reap the smallest gains? Join the Public Policy Forum at a Viewpoint Luncheon to discuss the impacts of stimulus funding in southeast Wisconsin with leaders from the public and private sectors who have first-hand knowledge of the program: Pat Goss, Executive Director, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association Art Harrington, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn Sharon Robinson, Director of Administration, City of Milwaukee State Representative Jeff Stone Mark Wagner, Vice President Government Relations, Johnson Controls Moderated by Dave Umhoefer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter

December 17
   Fundraisers
· Friends of Leah Vukmir Christmas party
Alioto's Restaurant, 3041 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Suggested Contribution: $20 per person / $35 per couple All contributions gratefully accepted. Your online RSVP is appreciated, but not required, or you can submit your contribution by mail, by clicking here for an event form. Host Levels: $50, $100 & $250. Please email Events@LeahVukmir.com or call 414-759-1100 for more information 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraising reception on behalf of Rep. Scott Newcomer
Home of Jeff & Deb Senglaub, W3755 S2385 Gramling Circle, Ottawa. Special Guest The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson (Former Governor & Secretary of Health and Human Services) Special Hosts Attorney General JB Van Hollen Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas Waukesha County District Attorney Brad and Sandy Schimel Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki State Senator Neal Kedzie State Representatives Assembly Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald Scott Gunderson Leah Vukmir Mark Gundrum Bill Kramer Joel Kleefish Rich Zipperer Host Committee Mayor Ed and Kelly McAleer Alderperson Michele De Yoe Jerry and Lyn Holten Dwyn von Berghy Rick and Judy Leiblang Ty Taylor James Gende Angela Goff Robert and Fran Goff Tracey Green Jeff and Debbie Senglaub Jeff Hollenbeck RJ Manders Dan Berg Curt Disrud Jeff and Debbie Cox Steve and Jennifer Daniels Steven Zalewski Doug Martin Lynn Bender Dr. Grant Lemke Dr. Don Hundt Jim and Cheri Cope Ron and Nancy Miskelley Greg Wagner Jeff and Darcy Lien Jeff and Debbie Cox of Wine Maniacs have graciously confirmed Sturino Trotta Cellars for a Wine tasting event for Representative Newcomer's fundraiser on the 17th. David Trotta Barnes, winery owner will be with us. All contributions gratefully accepted. No Corporate Contributions. Checks made payable to Friends of Scott Newcomer. Maximum donation, $500/pp. Valet Parking and Appetizers provided. Register Now! Call 262-389-5050 For more information about Scott, please visit www.scottnewcomer.com 5:30 p.m.
· Reid Ribble fundraiser Wild Eagle Lodge, 4443 Chain O’Lakes Road, Eagle River.
· Year-end fundraising reception for J.B. Van Hollen
Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Host levels $1000, $500, $250. Minimum contribution $100 per person/PAC contributions welcome. For more information contact Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or marystitt@wi.rr.com . 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Fish and Wildlife executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Fish and Wildlife public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security executive session
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security public hearing
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Government Accountability Board North Hearing Room, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Finance 13.10 meeting 412 East, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Finance Medicaid program briefing 412 East, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Special committee on Child Welfare Provider Rate Implementation
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· First Business Bank 2nd annual economic forum
Butte Des Morts Country Club, Appleton.
   Other
· First Lady Doyle delivers Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? game prize
Glacier Creek Middle School, 2800 Military Road, Cross Plains. First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? weekly winner game prize to an eighth grade student on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at GlacierCreekMiddle School in Cross Plains. While there, Mrs. Doyle will discuss with students the opportunity to learn more about their home state and win weekly prizes by playing this fun and educational online game. Students in fourth through eighth grades can research the three clues found online each week to identify the mystery city. More information and game clues can be found at http://jessicadoyle.wi.gov/wheresjessica/. Contact: Ashley Huibregtse, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 10 a.m.
· Labor leaders deliver health care message to Senator Kohl
310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Union Members Support Reform, Oppose Taxing Benefits (Milwaukee, WI) At 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, a delegation of labor leaders will deliver over 1,800 letters, petitions and postcards from union members across the state to the office of Senator Herb Kohl. This delivery is part of an ongoing campaign to pass health insurance reform without adding to the tax burden on working families. Spokespersons from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the United Steel Workers (USW) will be on hand to discuss how reform will impact their membership. “We want to thank Sen. Kohl for consistently supporting comprehensive health insurance reform,” said Sara Rogers, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “But the Senate plan to tax middle class insurance benefits is unacceptable. The House’s bill pays for reform through a modest tax on the wealthiest earners, who benefited so much from Bush-era tax cuts. The House bill gets it right.” The current Senate health reform bill (H.R. 3590) would tax health plans worth more than $8,500 per year for individuals and $23,000 per year for families. For workers in high-risk occupations and retirees 55 or older, the bill would tax plans worth more than $9,850 for individuals and $26,000 for families. In 17 high-cost states, the tax thresholds would be increased by 20 percent in 2013, 10 percent in 2014, and 5 percent in 2015. This would amount to an enormous tax on health benefits for workers, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet. Wisconsin union members and their families have made 5,221 phone calls and written 50,828 letters to Congress in support of responsibly funded reform since the health care debate began over the summer. With: Sara Rogers, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Steven Williams, AFSCME Council 24 Political, Legislative and Education Coordinator Brad Schwanda, UAW Region 4 Legislative Director Ralph Schwieger, USW Local 2-232 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Other delegates from unions including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Contact: Sara Wallefang, 414-418-5485 11 a.m.
· Milwaukee Co. Board of Supervisors County Courthouse, Room 200, Milwaukee.
· Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon
Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
· WIN Milwaukee: How to win (or at least not lose) the Governor's Business Plan Contest
Brookfield Suites, 1200 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield.

December 18
   State Government
· Board of Veterans Affairs special meeting
Department of Veterans Affairs, 8th floor Board Room, 30 W. Mifflin St., Madison. Agenda 1. Roll Call and Introductions 2. Certification of Notice of Meeting 3. Discussion and Board Action on a Second 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 0911 4. Discussion and Board Action on an Emergency Rule for Establishing a Time Period for Completion and Reception of Tuition Fee Reimbursement Applications 5. Discussion and Board Action on Setting a Public Hearing Date for Clearinghouse Rule 09-091 (ANV-HCAG Amendments) 6. Discussion and Board Action on Setting a Public Hearing Date for Clearinghouse Rule 09-092 (Credentialing Commandants and Administrator, Division of Homes) 7. Board Discussion and Action on Noticed January 1, 2010 Rate Increases at the Wisconsin Veterans Homes at Union Grove and King 8. Board Discussion and Action on Setting the Department Secretary’s Salary 9. Board Discussion and Action on 2010 Board Meeting Dates and Locations 10. Secretary’s Matters 11. Public Input (Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes each) 12. Other Matters not Subject to Adoption 13. Next Meeting Date January 15, 2010 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove 14. Adjournment 2 p.m.
   Other
· Birthday -- Sen. Dave Hansen
· Birthday -- Sen. Jim Holperin
· DWD Secretary Gassman delivers comprehensive report on successful, recovery-funded youth employment program, urges continuation
Holiday Inn Madison at The American Center, Florida Southern Ballroom, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison. MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman will present a comprehensive report on a successful summer youth employment program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at 10 a.m. Friday, December 18, 2009, at the Holiday Inn at the American Center in Madison. Young workers and their employers will also share their summer youth program experiences when Secretary Gassman presents the report to the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment. Following her presentation, the Council is expected to act on a resolution urging continuation of the program. Copies of the report will be available at the meeting. A member of Governor Doyle’s Cabinet, Secretary Gassman leads the Department of Workforce Development and oversees more than 1,600 employees charged with strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. CONTACT: Dick Jones, Agency Liaison, 608-267-4780 10 a.m.
· Milwaukee Co. Exec. Walker participates in supportive housing development opening
Washington Park Apartments, 3940 W. Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee. County Executive Scott Walker will participate in the ribbon cutting tomorrow morning to open the Washington Park Apartments - the latest supportive housing development partnership in Milwaukee County. The project sponsor, United Methodist Children’s Services (UMCS), constructed 24 apartments, ten of which are for families referred by Milwaukee County Behavioral Health. “It is wonderful to see the steady progress being made on developing permanent supportive housing in Milwaukee County,” said Walker. “The participation of city, county, and community organizations has created safe and affordable options for families who are at risk of homelessness.” Milwaukee County contributed funds from the Project Based Section 8 program and $277,000 from the Housing Trust Fund. Milwaukee County’s Housing Division will assist with paying security deposits and utility balances through grant funds. This is the first development in Milwaukee County’s history that provides supportive housing for families where the head of household has a mental illness. UMCS has operated a transitional living program for single mothers and their children living in poverty since 1994. This program will continue in its current location adjoining the new Washington Park Apartments. Contact: Fran McLaughlin (414) 278-4244, (414) 235-6592 11 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· Voces de la Frontera celebrates "Las Posadas" calling for comprehensive immigration reform
Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th St., Milwaukee. Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement will celebrate the traditional Posadas by visiting the offices of Senators Kohl and Feingold and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. During the visits members dressed as Mary and Joseph will present signed postcards asking for Congress to begin the process of reforming immigration law. The Posadas are a popular celebration that take place each night for the nine days before Christmas in remembrance of the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem where they found neither hospitality nor lodging. By connecting Las Posadas with the signing of the postcards, people of faith in Milwaukee will demonstrate to Congress the need for "Posada" for the 12 million undocumented people living in the shadows. A delegation will leave the offices of Voces de la Frontera at 3:00 p.m. and stop at the senators' offices first, then Congresswoman Moore's office. The final Posada ceremony will take place outside the Voces office starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and a piñada for the children. Our Posada is part of a national day of action on National Migrant's Day calling for the US Congress and the Obama Administration to pass humane immigration reform. Delegation to deliver post cards: 3:00 PM Final Posada Celebration: 6:30 PM Contact: Jill Vonnahme, local New Sanctuary Movement coordinator (414) 643-1620 x 208 3 p.m.

December 19
   Fundraisers
· Christmas time reception for Rep. Rich Zipperer with Congressman Paul Ryan
Mitchell’s Fish Market, Brookfield Square, 275 N. Moorland Road, Brookfield. Wine and hors d’oeuvres provided. Suggested contribution: $30 person, $50 couple. Contact Citizens for Zipperer at staff@richzipperer.com or 262-264-0655 5 p.m.

December 21
   Fundraisers
· Barrett for Wisconsin holiday party
Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee. $100 host, $50 guest, $25 student. Individual, conduit and PAC contributions gratefully accepted. To RSVP & contribute call Chris at 414-271-8050 or use this special event link: https://services.myngp.com/ngponlineservices/Event.aspx?Y=FrZ0S4jyDpWdi8cXSrz57ae3wTaQ1vQvsfK2dHPPdJYflS/fsd7rbQ== 5 p.m.
· Meet and Greet with 8th CD candidate Reid Ribble
Polecat and Lace, Minocqua. RSVP to 920.257.9746 Or email kerryn@ribbleforcongress.com All Contributions Gratefully Accepted 5 p.m.
   State Government
· PSC prehearing conference on matters related to the city of Menasha and WPPI Energy
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5-EI-149) Application of the City of Menasha and WPPI Energy for Approval of the Sale and Leaseback of Certain Electric Utility Facilities from Menasha to WPPI Energy, Sale to WPPI Energy of Menasha’s Ownership Shares in American Transmission Company, Authority for Menasha to Increase Electric Rates, and a Declaratory Ruling Regarding the Public Service Commission’s Continuing Jurisdiction Over WPPI Energy 11 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing on Chetek Municipal Water Utility application to increase water rates
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. and Chetek City Hall, 220 Stout St., Chetek. (Docket 1080-WR-101) Application of the Chetek Municipal Water Utility, Barron County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing on Loyal Municipal Water Utility application to increase water rates
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. and Loyal City Hall, 301 N, Main St., Loyal. (Docket 3210-WR-102) Application of Loyal Municipal Water Utility, Clark County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 1:30 p.m.
   Other
· First Lady Doyle delivers Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? game prize
Contact: Ashley Huibregtse, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 Will Also Speak with Students at Sheridan Elementary School in Sheboygan First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? weekly winner game prize to an elementary student on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s School in SheboyganFalls. At 12:15 p.m., Mrs. Doyle will also visit SheridanElementary School in Sheboygan to speak with students about how they can play the fun and educational game. Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? is an interactive online geography game for students, giving them the opportunity to explore and learn about cities and towns in the state of Wisconsin. Each week clues focusing on a mystery city’s history, geography, and culture are posted online at http://whereisjessica.wi.gov. Clues are posted on Friday and students in grades four through eight have until the following Thursday to submit an answer. Correct answers are entered into a weekly drawing, and two prize winners are selected each week. Additionally, two grand-prizes are awarded each semester. Prizes include passes and gift certificates to Wisconsin destinations. First Lady Jessica Doyle’s Events for Monday, December 21, 2009 : 11:15 a.m. St. Mary’s School 313 Giddings Avenue Sheboygan Falls 12:15 p.m. Sheridan Elementary School 1412 Maryland Avenue Sheboygan 11:15 a.m.
· Press conference to call for action on Milwaukee Public Schools reform
COA Youth and Family Centers, 2320 W. Burliegh St., Milwaukee. Alderman Hines joins with community leaders to call on the State Legislature to pass SB 405 the Milwaukee TEACH Act Who: Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines Representatives of Milwaukee’s Faith, Civic, Advocacy, Education and Business Communities 10 a.m.

December 22
   Fundraisers
· Cocktail reception honoring Reps. Mary Williams and Jeff Mursau
Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant, Upstairs Lounge, 7 W. Main St., Madison. Host Levels: Gold $500 Silver $250 $100 suggested contribution Payable to: Mary Williams for Assembly 542 Billings Avenue Medford, WI 54451 Payable to: Mursau for Assembly 4 Oak Street Crivitz, WI 54114 For more information or to RSVP, please contact Melanie Hubbard at 608-279-1275. 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
   Other
· News conference urging Woodman’s Food Stores not to drop workers’ mental health insurance
Woodman’s, Gammon St., Madison. Grocery chain blames termination of benefits on Mental Health Parity Law MADISON – Dane County Supervisor Dave de Felice, County Board Chair Scott McDonell, and William Greer of the Mental Health Center of Dane County will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside Woodman’s grocery store on Madison’s west side to urge the company not to terminate mental health benefits for its employees. The company blames the move on passage of the federal Mental Health Parity Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2010. Woodman’s employs an estimated 2000 people at 12 stores in Wisconsin including two in Dane County. “The economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the holidays make this decision particularly unfortunate for these workers,” Supv. de Felice said. “And there’s no reason why county property taxpayers should have to foot the bill.” The loss of benefits will likely add to the number of people seeking service from Dane County thereby putting the cost on county property taxpayers and added pressure to the county’s overburdened social service system. Supv. Dave de Felice (608) 556-3738 Email: defelice@co.dane.wi.us 1 p.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.

December 26
   Other
· Birthday -- Sen. Jim Sullivan
· MPFF Local 215 'De-commissioning Ceremony'
Engine 18’s quarters, 3628 N. Holton St., Milwaukee. Paying tribute and honor for the 106 years of service that Truck 10 has delivered to the Citizens of Milwaukee in the Riverwest neighborhood, another casualty of yet another budget cut. The Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Local 215 is unfortunately hosting a “De-Commissioning Ceremony” for Truck Company 10 on their last day of providing fire and emergency medical protection to this neighborhood. Cookies and milk provided for neighborhood children. 10 a.m.

December 28
   Other
· State Treasurer Sass holds unclaimed property event Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee.

December 31
   Other
· Milwaukee Mayor Barrett to ring in new year at City Hall
Contact: Steve Kwaterski (414) 286-8504 WHO · Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Family & Friends WHAT · Mayor Tom Barrett will be ringing the City Hall Bell to kick off the New Year. · The City Hall Bell Tower will provide a great visual of Downtown Milwaukee and the New Year’s Fireworks. WHERE 200 E. Wells Street City Hall Bell Tower Milwaukee, WI 53202 WHEN Thursday, December 31, 2009 – Media should assemble between 11:15-11:30pm in the City Hall Rotunda before moving up to the Bell Tower. 11:30 p.m.
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