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September 19
· Fundraiser for Rep. Jim Steineke
Hollanders Pub & Grill, 1820 E. Main St., Little Chute. Host level $500 & $250 Suggested Contribution: $25 Please make checks payable to: Steineke for Assembly N2352 Vandenbroek Road Kaukauna WI 54130 RSVP to jim@jimsteineke.com or 920-427-2477 by Sept 14th 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Rep. Kathy Bernier
Home of Doug & Sue Bowe, 1496 Co. Highway UN, Chippewa Falls. With Special Guest Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Suggested Donation $50 All donations gratefully accepted Please Send Checks to: Friends of Kathy Bernier 4511 110th St. Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 RSVP by September 14th to Kathy at (715) 590-8754 Appreciated 6 p.m.
· Fundraiser luncheon for Rep. Mary Williams
Tee Away Golf Course & Steakhouse, 1401 E. 11th St. N., Ladysmith. With Special Guest Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleeefisch Suggested Minimum Contribution $25 All Contribution Gratefully Accepted. Please make checks payable to: Mary Williams for 87th District Assembly 542 Billings Avenue Medford, WI 54451 Please RSVP to Brian Nodolf (715) 210-5658 or bmnodolf@gmail.com 11:30 a.m.
· Oktoberfest reception for Sen. Jennifer Shilling
City Brewery Hospitality Center, 1111 3rd St. S., La Crosse. 5:30 p.m.
· Reception for 26th AD candidate Mike Helmke
Home of Maeve Quinn and Andy Ross, 310 Saint Clair Ave., Sheboygan. Hosts: Mary Lynn Donahue, Maeve Quinn, Andy Ross, Cal Potter, Jim Baumgart $250 and $100 RSVP: Mary Lynn Donahue Mike Helmke for Assembly 4408 Red Pine Lane Sheboygan, WI 53081 Give Online : https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/mikehelmke *All Contributions Welcome 4 p.m.
· Reception for Rep. Steve Doyle
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 W. Main St., Madison. Special Guest Peter W. Barca Host $250, Sponsor $100, Friend $50 RSVP to : Tip McGuire (262) 914-1571 Friends of Steve Doyle N5525 Hauser Rd., Onalaska, WI 54650 Give Online: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/26645 ***No PAC Contributions 5 p.m.
· Tea with Tonette fundraiser for Rep. Amy Loudenbeck
Abbey Resort, Porto Room, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana-on-Geneva Lake. Special Guest Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker $100 Suggested contribution Please send contributions to: Amy Loudenbeck for Assembly P.O. Box 556 Clinton, WI 53525 Please RSVP to Jillian at jillian@amyforassembly.com 2:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Senate Committee on Job Creation, Energy and Utilities, and Rural Affairs & Senate Committee on Job Training, Technical Colleges, and Workforce Development joint informational hearing
Fox Valley Technical College, Riverside Campus, Room 133, 150 N. Campbell Road, Oshkosh.
· Special committee on Supervised Release and Discharge of Sexually Violent Persons
412 East, State Capitol
· Supreme Court public hearing & open administrative conference
Supreme Court Hearing Room, State Capitol. (agenda to be continued, if necessary, on rules conference date) Public Hearing I. Rule Petition 12-03: Petition to amend Wis. Stat. §§ 804.01, 805.07 and 905.03 relating to inadvertent disclosure of protected or privileged information. II. Rule Petition 12-05: Petition to amend SCRs 72.01, 72.03, 72.04, 72.05, and Wis. Stat. §§ 801.17, 807.06, and 809.15 relating to record retention and electronically or optically stored records. Open Administrative Conference I. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-03: Inadvertent disclosure of privileged information. Staff preliminary memo sent 3/28/12. Court discussed at 4/25/12 open administrative conference. Court voted to hold public hearing. Public hearing scheduled for 9/19/12 (notice of hearing issued 7/3/12); public input solicited by e-mail on 8/1/12. Staff memo to be circulated. II. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-05: Petition to amend SCRs 72.01, 72.03, 72.04, 72.05, and Wis. Stat. §§ 801.17, 807.06, and 809.15 relating to record retention and electronically or optically stored records. Staff preliminary memo sent 6/25/12. Court discussed at 6/28/12 open administrative conference. Court voted to hold public hearing. Public hearing scheduled for 9/19/12 (notice of hearing issued 7/3/12); public input solicited by e-mail on 8/2/12. Letter to petitioner seeking additional information sent 8/7/12 (Response received). Staff memo to be circulated. III. Discussion of Rule Petition 08-01 (Juries). Rule Petition 08-01 amended ch 756, specifically changing the number of jurors for a misdemeanor case from 6 to 12 under Wis. Stat. § 756.06(2)(am). Wis Stat. § 972.02(2) references a misdemeanor jury of 6; needs clean-up amendment. Staff memo and draft order circulated 9/5/12. IV. Discussion of Rule Petition 11-08: In the Matter to Amend SCR 40.02(2) and to Create SCR 40.055 and 40.14(3)(i) Relating to the Legal Competence Requirements of Graduates of Law Schools in Other Nations; Fees. Filed 11/18/11; Follow-up letter to BBE—response due 2/15/12. Staff preliminary memo circulated 2/15/12. Court discussed at 2/27/12 open administrative conference. Court voted to hold public hearing. Public hearing scheduled for 5/16/12; notice issued 3/2/12; public input letter sent 3/28/12. Hearing held: 5/16/12. Court voted unanimously to return the petition to the BBE for further development (with directions to consult with reps of U.W. Law School & Atty. Shneidman). Order issued 7/5/12. Staff memo to be circulated. V. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-06: Petition to Amend SCR 99.01(4)(e), Construction of Supreme Court Rules - filed 06/29/12, by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. Staff memo and draft order circulated to court on 9/5/12. VI. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-07: Petition to amend SCRs 70.03 and 70.12(1)(c)(3) and create SCR 70.12(5), (6) and 70.16, relating to the Supreme Court Finance Committee – filed 7/6/12 by Justice Patience Drake Roggensack. Materials filed by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. Staff memo to be circulated. VII. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-08: Petition to create SCR 74.02, Appointment of the Judicial Commission Members – filed 7/31/12 by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. Staff memo to be circulated. VIII. Discussion of Rule Petition 12-09: In the matter of creation of Rules under Supreme Court Rules Ch. 80 and amendment of Supreme Court Rule 98.07, Publication of Rules by Publication Committee. Staff memo to be circulated. IX. Discussion of 2011 Wisconsin Act 209 creating a fee waiver program for veterans. Under the legislation, veterans who meet the eligibility requirements would receive a waiver of the initial licensing fee for most licenses granted by state agencies. The act also requests the Supreme Court to promulgate a rule waiving the initial admission fee for lawyers admitted to practice. See § 751.153. Letter to BBE & State Bar (sent 6/7/12) referring the matter for consideration and determination of whether a petition seeking a change to the court rules might be appropriate; response received. Staff memo circulated 9/7/12. X. Discussion of DTP’s memorandum on Justice on Wheels. Court agreed to place this item on open administrative conference. XI. Discussion of Rules Petition 12-01 Report on Court’s Rule Making Function—awaiting PDR’s draft XII. Information Item: The Guidelines Form and the “form” letters have been revised to ask the petitioner whether the rule has retroactive application. 9:30 a.m.
   Business Events
· 23rd Women and Public Policy Luncheon: Women, Money, & Power
Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee.
· British-American business networking event
· MMAC/COSBE Executive Roundtable Preview for Small Business
· PDS 2012 Technology Conference
Frontier Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
· EdTogether panel discussion Madison Club, Lake Dining Room, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison.
· Gov. Walker attends Bluemound Road ribbon cutting ceremony
DoubleTree Hotel, 18155 Bluemound Road, Brookfield. Madison—Governor Scott Walker will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of construction on a major section of Bluemound Road, and the attraction about about 20 new businesses to the area. Contact: Cullen Werwie, Office of Governor Scott Walker 608-267-7303 9 a.m.
· Gov. Walker visits Madison school
Lindbergh Elementary School, Classroom 118, 4500 Kennedy Road, Madison. Governor Walker to Celebrate 225th Anniversary of U.S. Constitution Ratification with Students in Madison Madison-Governor Walker’s “Constitution Tour” makes a stop in Madison on Wednesday. Governor Walker is meeting with students across the state in recognition of 225th anniversary of the ratification of our founding document, the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Cullen Werwie, Office of Governor Scott Walker 608-267-7303 2 p.m.
· Madison Ald. Bidar-Sielaff addresses Madison Rotary Club
Inn on the Park, Madison.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· Racine forum with Assistant U.S. Commerce Secretary
Wingspread, 33 E. Four Mile Road, Racine. Discussion with Guevara to Focus on Tri-State Collaboration for Growth Racine, WI—The SE Wisconsin regional collaborative, the regional economic development organization, will host Tom Guevara, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce, and Economic Development Administration for a special discussion geared to business/industry leaders and elected officials. The session will take place September 19th at Wingspread in Racine from 1:00- 3:00 pm, seating is limited. Guevara and others will focus on the Economic Development Administration and how Southeastern Wisconsin can benefit from tri-state collaborative efforts to stimulate growth utilizing the results of the recent study completed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the world’s leading think-tank on economic devel­opment.  “The OECD Review provides a roadmap for how to improve the regional economy.  If executed upon, this region will be highlighted both nationally and internationally for its best practices” said Guevara.  The Tri-State Alliance for Regional Development, a consortium of the 21 county metropolitan regions (northwest Indiana, northeast Illinois, and southeast Wisconsin) involved in the OECD effort, is being launched and currently based out of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The Forum, as well as other regional organizations continue to engage with this group representing SE Wisconsin’ interests. To register, contact Shannon Doepke at 312-494-6734 or sdoepke@chicagolandchamber.org. 1 p.m.
· Wisconsin Lean Government Conference
Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

September 20
· Cocktail reception for Rep. Chris Kapenga
Home of Barbara & Tim Michels, 6831 N. Highway 83, Hartland. $100 per couple Please make checks payable to: Taxpayers for Kapenga For questions, or to RSVP, please contact Laura Gralton at 414-881-1005 or via email at Laura@Graltonconsulting.com. 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 1st CD candidate Rob Zerban
Best Western Harborside Inn, 5125 6th Ave., Kenosha. Special guests: Senator Bob Wirch, Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca and Rep. John Steinbrink Hors d’oeuvres and parking are free. Cash bar. All contributions gratefully accepted. Please make checks payable to Rob Zerban for Congress. Contact Hudson Diehl at 262.564.6920 or Hudson@RobZerban.com 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 38th AD candidate Scott Michalak
Carp's Landing, 103 N. Main St., Lake Mills. Guest Speakers Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts and Representative Gary Hebl. Suggested donation is $25. RSVP: (608) 622-2310 * www.michalakforassembly.com Committee to Elect Michalak, 433 Waterloo Rd. Marshall, WI 53559 7 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Rep. Paul Farrow
Bonfyre American Grille, Arbor Gates Towers, 2601 W. Beltline Highway, Madison. PLEASE JOIN US with Fmr. Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow for an event honoring Candidate for State Senate Paul Farrow 5:30 p.m.
· Reception in support of 18th SD candidate Rick Gudex
Robbins Restaurant, 1810 Omro Road, Oshkosh. With Special Guests: Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senator Glenn Grothman, Senator Luther Olsen, Senator Mike Ellis, Senator Joe Leibham, Senator Rob Cowles, Senator Leah Vukmir, Senator Frank Lasee Suggested contribution $50 per person $75 per couple RSVP to senate@wisgop.org or by calling 920-922-1383 Gudex for Senate PO Box 1381 Fond du Lac, WI 54936 5 p.m.
· Women for John Spiros fundraiser
The Great Dane, 2305 Sherman St., Wausau. Special guest speaker: Rachel Campos-Duffy All contributions gratefully accepted. Please make checks payable to: Spiros for State Assembly 1406 East Fillmore Marshfield, WI 54449 Website: www.spiros4stateassembly.com 5:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Senate Select Committee on Mining informational hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce 15th anniversary
Promega BTC Atrium, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg. Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 15 Years With September Cheese and Wine Tasting FITCHBURG Wis. – The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 15th anniversary in style on Sept. 20, with a Wisconsin artisan cheese and wine tasting at the Promega BTC Atrium. Tickets to the flavor fest are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted inside the elegant Promega BTC Atrium, at 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg, attendees will enjoy 15 exclusive Wisconsin artisan cheeses paired with 15 different wines for a unique tasting extravaganza. “Celebrating 15 years with 15 Wisconsin artisan cheeses and wines seems like the perfect way for our Chamber to recognize the community for its growing success,” said Angela Kinderman, Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We look forward to connecting with friends, old and new, on Sept. 20.” To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.wicheesefest.com/store/fitchburg-chamber or call the Chamber at 608-288-8284. The event is a fundraiser for the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Bethany Klein 608-288-8284 bklein@fitchburgchamber.com 5 p.m.
· DPI Superintendent Evers State of Education address Rotunda, State Capitol.
· Madison Great Neighborhoods-Great Places Neighborhood press conference Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
· PSC telephone hearing
Pepin Village Hall, 508 2nd St., Pepin. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 4600-WR-102) Application of Pepin Municipal Water Utility, Pepin County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 10 a.m.
· Romney Campaign rally with Ann Romney
Old Gym, Marquette University, 1530 W. Clybourn St., Milwaukee. Boston, MA – On Thursday, Ann Romney will hold a rally at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CONTACT: Romney Press Office 857-288-3610 11:30 a.m.
· Transportation Finance & Policy Commission Hill Farms State Transportation Building, 4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 364, Madison.

September 21
· 9th annual TGT Charity Inc. Tommy G. Thompson charity golf outing
Door Creek Golf Course, Cottage Grove. 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start - Reception, Dinner and Silent Auction to Follow Please visit http://www.tgtcharity.org for more information. 12:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Senate Committee on Health, Revenue, Tax Fairness, and Insurance informational hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce "Eggs & Issues"
Charter Business Conference Room, 101 N. Farwell St., Ste. 101, Eau Claire.
· MMAC International Manufacturers’ Network Meeting
Oshkosh Corporation, 2211 Oregon St., Oshkosh.
· WPS Power Breakfast
Pfister Hotel/Grand Ballroom, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
· PSC hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6680-FR-105) Application of Wisconsin Power and Light Company for Authority to Adjust Rates in Accordance with its 2013 Fuel Cost Plan 9:30 a.m.
· Sen. Erpenbach, Rep. Richards host health care forum
411 South, State Capitol. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Jon Richards invite you to a forum on the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Featuring: Kenneth Munson-Regional Director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Senator Jon Erpenbach 608-266-6670 10 a.m.
· WASDA Fall Superintendents Conference
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison.

September 22
· 1st District GOP Fall Fest
· Barn party fundraiser for 37th AD candidate Mary Arnold
Roche's Party Barn, W 10581 County Highway TT, Columbus. Host: $100 Suggested donation: $25 All donations gratefully accepted RSVP: 920-318-0037 or e-mail mary@maryarnoldforwisconsinassembly.org Mary Arnold for Wisconsin Assembly 954 Dix St., Columbus. WI 53925 www.maryarnoldforwisconsinassembly.org *All Contributions Welcome 5 p.m.
· President Obama addresses Milwaukee grassroots event
Henry Maier Festival Park, 654 E. Polk St., Milwaukee. MADISON— Exactly one month before early voting begins in Wisconsin, President Obama will deliver remarks at a grassroots event in Milwaukee on Saturday, September 22. In Milwaukee, President Obama will discuss the choice in this election between moving the country forward with his vision for continuing to create an economy that’s built to last, or going back to the same failed top-down economic policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle class. The President will lay out what’s at stake for middle class families and his plan to continue to restore middle-class security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term, like education, energy, innovation, and infrastructure. CONTACT: Gillian Morris, GMorris@barackobama.com, (414) 339-1971 2:30 p.m.
· Community Brainstorming Conference
· CRG Network 'We Did Build It!' event Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha.
· Founders’ Intent rally
N. Hamilton St. entrance, State Capitol. CONCERNED WISCONSIN RESIDENTS to host REJECT ACTIVIST JUDGES! DAY Racine, WI – June 5th was the day Wisconsin voters put an end to 18 months of drama, manipulation of our system and outside national pressures on local Wisconsin governing, when our state overwhelmingly re-elected our Governor. It was a win for the administration, but even moreso for the Conservative agenda and the People of this state. Founders’ Intent, with other constitutional conservatives around the state will hold a rally on Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00am in Dane County at the State Capitol for the purpose of immediately reminding judges they are consistently ruling against the democratic majority in this great State. That is not their duty as sworn judicial officials. Overturning hunter-friendly DNR regulations, duly-passed Voter ID laws, and interference on Act 10 are just a few of the many examples of abusing their power. We demand they respect the other two branches of government and allow our state to run by the consent of the People. Our State Constitution needs judges that apply the law the People write, not reinterpret it. Speakers will include Ross Brown, local activist and leader – We The People of The Republic; a former judge; a State legislator; Jenny Beth Martin – Tea Party Patriots; Paris Procopis, an activist and strategist; Ed Willing – Lead Instructor, Executive Director of FoundersIntent.org. FoundersIntent.org, Inc. is a 501c4 dedicated to the education and awareness of local and federal constitutions, and the reasons why we are a Republic; furthermore, FI helps equip local communities to get involved on a local level in creating future change. For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/408964145823690/ 10 a.m.

September 23
· Fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee. With Special Guest: The Honorable Russ Feingold Guest: $100 Contact Joe Somers at jsomers@tammybaldwin.com or at (414) 939-8366 to sponsor or RSVP. 5:30 p.m.
· Sierra Club celebrates National Plug In Day
· Wisconsin Counties Association annual conference La Crosse Center & Radisson Hotel, La Crosse.
· “Stop the Romney Economy” rally
630 W. Delavan Drive, Janesville. Lower wages, reduced benefits, losing jobs to China . . . “Bain Workers Bus Tour” Stopping in Janesville Sunday Employees of companies owned by Bain Capital hit the road to tell their stories, put faces on a “Romney Economy” JANESVILLE, Wis. – Armed with their personal experiences with Mitt Romney’s vision for the American economy, workers from companies owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded and continues to profit from, are touring battleground states by bus to tell voters about the dangers of a “Romney economy.” Their bus pulls into town at 3 pm on Sunday at the closed General Motors plant, a symbol of the fate they say lies in store for more Americans if Romney is elected president. These workers know firsthand how Bain Capital makes money: buying up companies and then loading them with debt, reducing workers’ wages and benefits, and shipping jobs overseas. Among them are employees of Sensata, a Bain-owned manufacturing company based in Freeport, Ill., whose plant is scheduled to close by the end of the year when all their jobs will be shipped to China. Sensata workers are training their Chinese replacements now and have called on Romney repeatedly to save their jobs but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. A crowd of supporters from organizations such as AFSCME Wisconsin Council 40, Rock County Progressives, UAW, People for the American Way, and Citizen Action Wisconsin will welcome the Bain workers with a rally and speakout. As residents of the home town of Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, many say it’s especially important to stand in solidarity with the Bain workers. The Bain Workers Bus Tour plans a stop in the Quad Cities on Monday, in Milwaukee on Tuesday, then will wend its way across the country including stops in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. A special day of action is planned in mid-October when the bus arrives in Boston, headquarters for both the Romney campaign and Bain Capital. For more information and updates on the bus tour, visit www.BainWorkersBus.org. CONTACT: Janet Veum 414-630-5369 3 p.m.

September 24
· Fundraiser for 34th AD candidate Rob Swearingen
Holiday Acres Resort, 406 S Shore Drive, Rhinelander. With Special Guest: Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Host levels available $500 Gold, $250 Silver, $100 Bronze $50 Suggested contribution All donations gratefully accepted Please make checks payable to: Friends of Swearingen 4485 Oakview Ln. Rhinelander, WI 54501 Please RSVP to Rob at (715) 493-9550 12 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 35th AD candidate Mary Czaja
The Refuge, 410 Highway 64 E., Antigo. With Special Guest Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Host levels Available: $500 Gold Sponsor $250 Silver Sponsor $100 Bronze Sponsor Suggested Donation $50 All donations gratefully accepted RSVP by September 20th to Hillary at Hillary.Vedvig@gmail.com or 608-669-4977 5:30 p.m.
· Joseph P. Mettner Foundation golf outing
Blackhawk Country Club,Madison. Please save the date for the third annual golf outing of the Joseph P. Mettner Foundation: September 24th, 2012 at Blackhawk Country Club. We want to cordially invite you to the third annual jPMF golf event will be held the afternoon/evening of Monday, September 24th at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin. A shotgun start at 11:30am will be followed by a dinner, scholarship presentation and our live auction. Please visit the Foundation website at www.joemettner.org for the full schedule of events as well as more information about the Foundation, sponsorship opportunities and to see some great photos from last year's event. The Joseph P. Mettner Foundation, Inc. (jPMF) honors the life and public service of Joseph P. Mettner by providing scholarships to eligible students bound for the University of Wisconsin Law School. The scholarships will be provided to students who plan to pursue a life of public service as they enter the workforce. Public service includes, but is not limited to, careers in government service, public policy advocacy or non-profit representation. The jPMF is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to jPMF are tax deductible.         11:30 a.m.
   Business Events
· DBIC ‘Keys to Profitability’ workshop
Madison Public Library, Sequoya Branch, Conference Room B, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison. MADISON, Wis. – Whether you are a current or potential dairy or food processor, producer or business owner, understanding all aspects of your business is vital to your success. The Dairy Business Innovation Center (DBIC) is offering a “Keys to Profitability” workshop on Sept. 24 in Madison. By attending this workshop, you will gain insight on how to better analyze the critical components of your business, including pricing, product and promotion, for more effective business planning. ”Regardless of where businesses are in their life cycle (pre-start-up, start-up, growing, mature, or winding down) they can all benefit from an objective assessment of themselves,” says Rich Scheuerman, DBIC business strategy consultant, former dairy cooperative CEO, and workshop leader. “Whether its preparing an initial business plan, updating their financial projections, evaluating expansions or other major business strategy changes, or considering changes in ownership, business owners and managers should, and are expected by their investors and lenders, to have a clear vision of the financial sustainability of their organization.” The workshop will begin with a Pricing and Profitability session lead by Rich Scheuerman. Afternoon sessions include: Marketing & Brand Development: Beyond Labels with Andrea Neu, Looking Under the Right Rocks: Financing Value-Added Products in Today’s World with Jim Gage, and Pathways to Profitability: More Efficient Operational Planning and Effective Key Measures with Kelton Greenway. These professionals will share their knowledge and address specific business concerns from participants. This workshop will be held on Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Madison Public Library – Sequoya Branch, Conference Room B, 4340 Tokay Blvd. The cost for attending the workshop is $25 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.dbicusa.org/conferences.php. Contact: Kelsi Mayer, kelsirmayer@gmail.com 9:30 a.m.
· Academy Evening: Politics in the age of social media
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., Madison. MADISON—Facebook users are soon expected to hit the one-billion mark and Twitter users are posting upwards of 200 million tweets per day. Social media is a fast-growing phenomenon that is here to stay, and it’s no surprise that politicians and citizens alike have found ways to use it for political means. From Facebook pages for politcal groups of every stripe to politicians announcing their candidacies via Twitter, social media is redefining the rules of political discourse and campaigning. In a free Academy Evening talk entitled Social Media and Political Organizing: Slacktivism or Game-changer hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Lewis Friedland and Michael Xenos will address social media as a rapidly growing force in American politics. This public event will take place Monday, September 24, at 7:00 pm in the lecture hall of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street. There will be ample time for audience Q&A and lively discussion with these leading experts. While the talk is free, interested attendees can reserve a seat through the Wisconsin Academy website at www.wisconsinacademy.org. Reserving a seat is encouraged, though some seats will be saved for walk-in attendees. About the Presenters Lewis Friedland is a professor in the UW–Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and an affiliated professor in the Department of Sociology. Friedland founded and curently directs the Center for Communication and Democracy at UW–Madison. Michael Xenos is an associate professor of communication arts at UW–Madison who studies new media and civic engagement. Xenos is currently working on a research study with an Australian colleague that investigates patterns of social media use and political engagement among young people in three countries: Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Friedland and Xenos will discuss the latest research at the intersection of politics and social media. They will explore questions like: Does social media enable real dialogue among citizens with differing views, or merely create an echo chamber that reinforces previously-held opinions? Will social media augment or erode traditional media coverage of political campaigns and events? What role does social media play in person-to-person engagement in our 21st-century democracy? About Academy Evenings Academy Evening talks engage citizens in a wide variety of topics of public interest and feature leading thinkers, scholars, and artists from across Wisconsin and beyond. These free forums are intended to encourage participation in an intimate atmosphere that fosters discussion and builds community. The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters sponsors Academy Evenings regularly in Overture Center for the Arts in Madison and at other venues across the state. For more information on Academy Evenings, visit wisconsinacademy.org/talks. Contact: Jason A. Smith, communications director, 608.263.1692 x21 Jennifer Smith, Academy Evenings director, 608.263.1692 x12 7 p.m.
· MCFR presents Dr. Abdur Chowdhury
Rigadoon Room, Edgewater Hotel, 666 Wisconsin Ave., Madison.
· Wisconsin Counties Association annual conference La Crosse Center & Radisson Hotel, La Crosse.
· Young Americans for Liberty anti-war forum
2650 Humanities, UW-Madison. Students at UW-Madison Host Anti-War Activists at an Educational Forum on U.S. Foreign Policy “End the War on Terror!” says Young Americans for Liberty Madison, WI—Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) at UW-Madison have the honor of welcoming two speakers to the campus on Monday, September 24th at 7pm in 2650 Humanities. The Host of Antiwar Radio, Scott Horton, will argue the case against the war on terror overseas and the Independent Institute’s Anthony Gregory will expound upon the erosion of civil liberties domestically. This event is open to UW students, faculty and staff as well as authorized members of the media. "We’ve been involved in the War on Terror for over eleven years, and the influence of Al-Qaeda has only spread to additional regions with each U.S. military intervention," said Aaron McEvoy, co-president of UW-Madison YAL. "It’s time to recognize that this conflict is only prolonging violence and leading to the erosion of our rights here at home." YAL UW-Madison members will be present as an additional resource for attendees seeking more information about U.S. foreign policy and recent attacks on our liberty. Contact: Rebekah Bernhoft bernhoft.rebekah@gmail.com 414-690-5242 7 p.m.

September 25
· 2012 SSDC candidate roll out
Best Western Inn on the Park, Top of the Park, 22 S. Carroll St., Madison. Please Join Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller along with all of the Senate Dem Candidates for: The 2012 SSDC Candidate Roll Out $2,000 host $1,000 Sponsor $500 Friend State and Fed PAC accepted 5 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 62nd AD candidate Tom Weatherston
Badlanders Pub & Grill, 7922 S. Loomis Road, Wind Lake. Cash bar/ $25.00 suggested campaign event donation All Contributions Gratefully Accepted Please make checks payable to: Friends & Neighbors of Tom Weatherston P.O. Box 044033 Racine, WI 53404 5 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 70th AD candidate Nancy Vandermeer
The Colonial Bowling & Banquet Center, 1415 W. Wisconsin St., Sparta. With special guest Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen Suggested Minimum Contribution $25 Please Make Checks Payable To: Nancy 4 Wisconsin P.O. Box 704 Sparta, WI 54656 Questions & RSVP to Gail at 608 487 0654 5:30 p.m.
· Fundraiser for 85th AD candidate Pat Snyder
Nancy's JaMars, 4011 E. Wausau Ave., Wausau. With Special Guest Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Suggested Contribution: $50.00 Please send checks to: Friends of Pat Snyder P.O. Box 2071 Wausau, WI 54402 The event is sponsored by Marathon County Tavern League RSVP by Sept. 20th - email pat85assembly@gmail.com or call 715-359-5480 5 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Jim Brey for Assembly
715 New York Ave., Manitowoc. Host: Kevin and Laurie Crawford Representative Peter W. Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader Sponsor $250 Friend $100 Supporter $50 Suggested Donation $25 RSVP : j.brey@sbcglobal.net or 920.682.9713 Brey for 25th Assembly 809 South 25th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220 *All Contributions Welcome 5 p.m.
· Fundraiser for Rep. Andy Jorgensen
Firefly Coffee House, 114 N Main St., Oregon. Friends of Andy Jorgensen Welcome You to a Meet and Greet with Andy Jorgensen and Special Guest, Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi Host - $250, Sponsor - $150, Friend - $100, Suggested Donation - $25 **No PAC Contributions RSVP: AndyJorgensen43@gmail.com or (815)-474-3973 Checks Payable: Friends of Andy Jorgensen at 1424 Endl Boulevard, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/16006 or andyjorgensen.com 5 p.m.
· Meet and greet with 72nd AD candidate Justin Pluess
The Argus, 123 E. Main, Madison. Host: $250, Co-Host: $150. RSVP: Margie (928) 830-8875 or margieb@wisdems.org Justin Pluess for Assembly 421 Witter Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 All Contributions Welcome 5:30 p.m.
· Reception for Rep. Steve Doyle
Home of Loren Kannenberg, 322 S. 23rd St., La Crosse. All Donations Welcome Friends of Steve Doyle | N5525 Hauser Road | Onalaska, WI 54650 Questions? Call: (262) 914-1571 6 p.m.
· Reception in support of 30th SD candidate John Macco
Mackinaws, 2925 Voyager Drive, Green Bay. With Special Guests: Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senator Rob Cowles, Senator Alberta Darling, Senator Mike Ellis, Senator Glenn Grothman, Senator Frank Lasee, Senator Joe Leibham, Senator Terry Moulton, Senator Luther Olsen Suggested minimum contribution: $30 per person or $50 per couple. PAC Accepted RSVP to: senate@wisgop.org or by calling 608-257-8035 Macco for Senate PO Box 896 Green Bay, WI 54305 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Natural Resources Board
Ramada Inn and Convention Center, Grand Hall, 205 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire.
· Senate Committee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Biotechnology informational hearing
Dreyfus University Center, Laird Room North, 1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point.
· Senate Select Committee on Mining informational hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations
Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, Red Cliff.
· Supreme Court open administrative conference
Supreme Court Hearing Room, State Capitol. (open conference agenda to be continued, if necessary, at open conference calendared for Sept. 27) Open Administrative Conference I. Discussion of matters not completed in Sept. 19 open administrative conference II. Discussion of Rules Petition 12-10: Petition for Amendment to Supreme Court Rule 22.24 Relating to Costs Assessments in the Lawyer Regulation System, filed 09/11/12 by Keith Sellen, Director of OLR (staff memo to follow) 9 a.m.
   Business Events
· Milwaukee Streetcar DBE meeting
Department of Public Works, Zeidler Municipal Building, First Floor, 841 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. You are cordially invited to participate in a discussion surrounding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal Setting process for the Milwaukee Streetcar project. The project planning process is moving forward and your input on an appropriate DBE participation goal is greatly appreciated and necessary. This federally funded transportation project will bring new life and excitement to downtown Milwaukee through the construction of a modern electric, fixed rail transportation system and new maintenance facility. The Streetcar project will create construction opportunities during and after system construction. THIS MEETING IS STRICTLY RELATED TO THE DBE CONTRACT GOAL SETTING PROCESS. The DBE goal setting process is a requirement of the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) - the primary funding source for the Streetcar, as well as the utilization of the DBE designation for participation purposes. ALL INTERESTED FIRMS, REGARDLESS OF DBE CERTIFICATION, ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. This is a grand opportunity to discuss the DBE goal setting process and share your ideas on creating a strong and feasible DBE participation program. IMPORTANT NOTE: It is critical that we have an accurate count of all who plan to join us, to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. If you will attend, please register now! 4 p.m.
· WIN-Madison
Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
· City of Milwaukee Commissioner Bevan Baker addresses Milwaukee Rotary Club
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. The City of Milwaukee Health Department is Wisconsin’s largest local public health agency and a national leader in the field. The Health Department provides services to enhance the health of individuals and families, promote healthy neighborhoods, and safeguard the health of the Milwaukee community. Public health encompasses a broad spectrum of issues that greatly impact every aspect of daily life. This talk presents information on three top public health priorities: teen pregnancy, infant mortality, and infectious disease. Commissioner Bevan Baker will provide insight into the innovative and creative strategies employed by the Health Department to address these priorities. 12 p.m.
· Government Accountability Board press conference
212 E. Washington Ave., 3rd floor, Madison. MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, regarding the importance of voter registration before Election Day in November. The news conference will be held at the G.A.B. office at 212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor, Madison. The National Association of Secretaries of State has declared September to be National Voter Registration Month and September 25 to be National Voter Registration Day. In Wisconsin, elections are administered by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. The Board’s director and general counsel, Kevin J. Kennedy, is Wisconsin’s chief election official. Kennedy will discuss voter registration, new technology to assist voters, as well as the Board’s “Back to Basics” initiative for the November election. CONTACT: Reid Magney, 608-267-7887 11 a.m.
· League of Wisconsin Municipalities press conference
Senate Parlor, State Capitol. The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is conducting a press conference on Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Senate Parlor of the State Capitol. League President Lee Meyerhofer, Kaukauna Council President, will be joined by municipal officials from around the state. The purpose of the press conference is to: 1. Offer the Governor and the Legislature congratulations for DOR’s recent good news that state tax collections for this fiscal year are $126.6 million ahead of the agency’s estimates. 2. Discuss the League’s request of the Governor and the Legislature to use a portion of the state’s revenue growth to restore the $48 million cut in shared revenue included in the current state budget. The following municipal officials will be present: Council President Willie Hines, Milwaukee Alderman Terry Witkowski, Milwaukee Mayor Dan Devine, West Allis Mayor Justin Nickels, Manitowoc Village President Mike West, Fox Point Village President John Small, Marathon City Mayor Paul Fisk, Lodi Mayor Jerry Wehrle, Lancaster 2 p.m.
· Milwaukee Press Club Annual Meeting
· National Voter Registration Day press conference
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, September 25, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) in conjunction with members of the Congressional Black Caucus will host a press conference recognizing National Voter Registration Day at 11:00am at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda. This press conference will seek to: · register constituents to vote; · re-register members of the community to vote; · encourage those who are unable to go to the polls, to register to vote absentee; · inform voters about suppressive laws that could affect Wisconsin voters, and; · bring awareness to voters and the media about voting rights and our fight against suppressive measures. “Immediately following the 2008 election, many states, including our home state of Wisconsin, have enacted or proposed strict voting laws that impose unfair restrictions on eligible voters across the country,” said Rep. Gwen Moore. “It has been estimated that block-the-vote efforts through restrictive voting legislation could prevent as many as 5 million people from registering to vote and/or casting a ballot this election year nationwide. “My colleagues and I are fighting back because voting is a fundamental right of every American citizen. Not only is voting historically relevant, it is a critically important issue to our community. Moreover, the restrictive voting laws disproportionately affect minorities, the elderly, the young, and low-income communities. During this election year, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are doing all we can to protect voting rights and to ensure that no eligible voter is turned away from the ballot box. Our members are doing everything from speaking out vocally against restrictive state voting laws, to proposing federal legislation to maintain access to the ballot box, working with local and state elected officials and working with outside organizations to educate voters on the voting laws within their states. I cordially invite you to join me in making sure all Americans are registered on National Voter Registration Day.” With: Congresswoman Gwen Moore Mayor Tom Barrett Alderwoman Milele Coggs Attorney James Hall- President of the NAACP, Milwaukee Branch Attorney Richard Saks- Hawks, Quindel SC, Attorneys at Law Contact: Nicole Y. Williams or Staci Cox (202) 225- 4572 11 a.m.
· PSC public hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6680-CE-174) Application of Wisconsin Power and Light Company to Install a Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization System at the Edgewater Generating Station on Unit 5 10 a.m.
· SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher presents ""Universities as Engines of Economic Growth" Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison.
· Wisconsin Counties Association annual conference La Crosse Center & Radisson Hotel, La Crosse.
· “Stop the Romney Economy” rally
City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. “Bain Worker Bus Tour” Stopping in Milwaukee Tuesday Employees of companies owned by Bain Capital hit the road to put faces on a “Romney Economy” and get out the vote MILWAUKEE – A contingent of workers from companies owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Mitt Romney founded and continues to profit from, will make a stop here on Tuesday morning as part of their national bus tour of battleground states. The bus will stop near City Hall, where Bain workers will be welcomed by a crowd of supporters from organizations such as AFT 212, Citizen Action Wisconsin, We Are Milwaukee, UAW, People for the American Way, and AFSCME Wisconsin Council 40. The Bain Worker Bus will pull in at approximately 11:45 am, shortly after the scheduled National Voter Registration Day press conference with Rep. Gwen Moore, Mayor Tom Barrett, and others. The workers on the bus are on a nationwide tour urging people to vote and spreading the word about the dangers of a “Romney Economy.” The Bain workers know firsthand about the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital strategy for making money: buying up companies and then loading them with debt, reducing workers’ wages and benefits, and shipping jobs overseas. Among them are employees of Sensata, a Bain-owned manufacturing company based in Freeport, Ill., whose plant is scheduled to close by the end of the year when all their jobs will be shipped to China. Sensata workers are training their Chinese replacements now and have called on Romney repeatedly to save their jobs but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The Bain Worker Bus Tour was in Janesville on Sunday and plans stops in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday and Detroit on Thursday as it wends its way across the country. Other stops are set for Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. A special day of action is planned in mid-October when the bus arrives in Boston, headquarters for both the Romney campaign and Bain Capital. For more information and updates on the bus tour, visit www.BainWorkerBus.org. CONTACT: Janet Veum 414-630-5369 11:45 a.m.

September 26
· 44 Plays for 44 Presidents for Obama
Forward Theater, Playhouse, Overture Center, Madison. by Andrew Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genervra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg. (There is limited seating) SPONSORSHIP LEVELS: PREZ: $440 Couple ($220 Single): • 6:00 back stage tour with Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray. • 6:30 Pre-Performance reception. • Preferred seating. • Post-Performance reception: Guest speaker Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray and Principals. • Light desserts and cash bar. VP: $100 Single ticket: • Reserved seating. • Post-Performance reception: See above. • Light desserts and cash bar. The ticket prices reflect a donation for the Presidential campaign. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/twink Questions call Claudia Pogreba at 435-669-3908. 7:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Natural Resources Board
Ramada Inn and Convention Center, Grand Hall, 205 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire.
· State Building Commission
Governor's Conference Room, 115 East, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· Manufacturing First Expo & Conference
KI Convention Center, Green Bay.
· Upper Midwest Planning Conference
Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
· WIN-Northeast
· DOJ press conference
1578 S. 11th St., Milwaukee. MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to invite area media to join him, representatives from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and representatives from law enforcement to discuss the next national prescription drug “Take Back Day,” being held nationwide this Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wisconsin residents have proven to be national leaders in this important effort to rid household cabinets of expired, unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs, dropping them off in record volumes for proper disposal. Attorney General Van Hollen, Assistant Special Agent in Charge James F. Bohn from the DEA and Regional Director Eric Nitschke from the Wisconsin DNR encourage media to attend tomorrow’s news conference to learn more about the dangers associated with the abuse of prescription drugs. The news conference will be held September 26, 2012, at 1:00 pm at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab – Milwaukee. The address is 1578 South 11th Street, Milwaukee. According to the DEA, the federal agency leading this nationwide effort, citizens across the country turned in a record 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at the last Take Back Day in April 2012. In Wisconsin, a record 37,642 pounds, or 18.7 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites throughout the state. More information about the risk associated with prescription drugs is available at www.dea.gov Contact: Dana Brueck 608/266-1221 1 p.m.
· Gov. Walker addresses Wisconsin Grocers Association Conference
Kalahari Resort, Aloeswood Room, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Baraboo. Madison–Tomorrow, Governor Scott Walker will speak at the Wisconsin Grocers Association Annual Conference. Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-266-2169 9:30 a.m.
· Gov. Walker launches "In Wisconsin" brand
WEDC/Tommy G. Thompson Commerce Center, First Floor Conference Room, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison. Madison–Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will launch the “In Wisconsin” marketing campaign to create awareness among Wisconsin business leaders of the benefits of starting, growing, or expanding a business in Wisconsin. Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-266-2169 2 p.m.
· Milwaukee Co. Exec. Abele previews 2013 budget proposal
Moody Park, N. 22nd St. and Burleigh St., Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will offer the public and media a preview of his 2013 Budget Proposal at Moody Park at noon on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012. County Executive Abele will formally present his budget to the County Board the following day. Abele’s $1.3 billion budget will improve services and public safety without raising taxes. It also includes money for significant upgrades to the long neglected Moody Park and a comprehensive plan to improve a number of other central city parks. “Despite facing a $28 million deficit, this budget doesn’t raise taxes or include furlough days,” Abele said. “I look forward to working with the County Board on this budget and continue moving Milwaukee County toward a sustainable path.” Supervisor David Bowen, who's district Moody Park is in, will introduce Abele and will be available to answer questions about the Moody Park proposal. Contact: Brendan Conway, Communications Director 414.278.5281 Office Brendan.Conway@MilwCnty.com 12 p.m.
· Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee forum MPS Central Auditorium, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee.
· PSC public hearing
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5-UR-106) Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, both d/b/a We Energies, for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates 9:30 a.m.
· Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Capital Square 75th anniversary
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison. Madison Ducks Unlimited Committee Announces Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Capital Square 75th Anniversary Event – Governor Walker and Representative Kind to speak Madison, WI, September 5, 2012 — The Madison, Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Committee announces the Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Capital Square 75th Anniversary event to be held on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 PM at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI. Since its founding in 1937, DU has conserved, restored and protected more than 12 million acres of wetlands habitat in North America. This habitat is critical to the waterfowl and wildlife that dependent upon it for survival, but its impact goes well beyond that, to public and environmental health. Started by four sportsmen on a mission to save North America's waterfowl populations—and the continent's strong waterfowling traditions—DU's humble beginnings came during the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts in history, far from ideal circumstances. But seven decades later, Ducks Unlimited is celebrating 75 years of conservation success due to the tireless support and efforts of DU's founders, generations of DU members and supporters, volunteers, partners and champions of the organization's conservation mission. Ducks Unlimited's conservation programs have always had a strong biological foundation. That science and research tradition continues today with hundreds of studies to address the habitat needs of waterfowl. Although a great deal of work has been done and many important questions answered, there is still much to learn about how the birds respond to landscape, habitat and environmental changes. DU uses various methods to conserve wetlands and valuable habitat in priority areas for North American waterfowl, including; restoring grasslands and watersheds, replanting forests, working with landowners and other conservation partners, acquiring land and conservation easements, and through the establishment of management agreements. Ducks Unlimited also serves as a voice for waterfowl in Washington, D.C and in all 50 states through its public policy initiatives. Each year Congress and state legislatures make important decisions about wildlife habitat conservation programs that directly impact the long-term health of waterfowl populations. Whether they are working on Capitol Hill, on the White House staff, within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior, and within state agencies and legislatures, DU’s offices in Washington, D.C., its regional offices, and Memphis, TN headquarters help to educate lawmakers across the country who must make these decisions by identifying opportunities to significantly fund waterfowl programs, promoting duck-friendly policies, and discouraging harmful ones. The Madison DU Committee is hosting the Capital Square event to highlight the 75th Anniversary and also to recognize Wisconsin’s waterfowl and wetland conservation accomplishments. Last year, DU reached a milestone of conserving over 100,000 acres of habitat in the state. Our volunteers recognize that we couldn’t have reached either the anniversary or the acres conserved milestones without the collaborative efforts of our nearly 33,000 members in Wisconsin and the work of national and state legislators, federal and state agencies, other non-profit conservation organizations that partner with DU, business leaders and individuals. This first-of-its-kind event in Wisconsin is an effort to recognize the support and collaboration between these groups. Currently, our invited speakers include; Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Representative Ron Kind and DU Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall. To reserve tickets, be an event sponsor, make a donation or for to obtain more information, please contact Brian Koch - Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Capital Square 75th Anniversary Committee Chairman at (608) 345-5355 or by email at brian.j.koch@ampf.com or visit http://www.ducks.org/wisconsin/events/28603/capitol-square-75th-anniversary-celebration To learn more about Ducks Unlimited’s on-the-ground work in Wisconsin visit http://www.ducks.org/wisconsin/wisconsin-projects 5:30 p.m.
· Wisconsin Education Fair
Schuldes Sports Center, St. Norbert College, De Pere. DE PERE, WIS.: The annual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) will be held at St. Norbert College in the Schuldes Sports Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. Over 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and military groups will be on hand to meet and recruit prospective students and answer questions about their post-secondary institution. This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about post-secondary options. For more information on the event, visit the WEF website at http://wefs.org/ or contact Eric Wagner at (920) 403-3005 or eric.wagner@snc.edu. 6:30 p.m.
· Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
201 W. Washington Ave., Suite 700, Madison. 9 a.m.

September 27
· Election kickoff event for Deb Kolste
Home of Cathy Myers and Roger Merry, 515 St. Lawrence, Janesville. Please join Senator Tim Cullen at a general election kickoff event for Deb Kolste. Refreshments will be available. Suggested donation, $50 Checks payable to Friends of Deb Kolste *All Contributions Welcome 5:30 p.m.
· Ice Cream for Melissa Sargent for Assembly
133 S. Brittingham Place, Madison. All donations gratefully accepted Please make checks payable to: Melissa Sargent for Assembly 5:30 p.m.
· Pluess and Pints event with 72nd AD candidate Justin Pluess
Andy's Bar and Grille, 410 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Host: $50, Sponsor: $25 RSVP: Margie (928) 830-8875 or margieb@wisdems.org Justin Pluess for Assembly 421 Witter Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 Give Online: http://www.justinpluess.com/Invest 5:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules executive session
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules public hearing
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Special committee on 911 Communications
412 East, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· African American Chamber of Commerce Women in Business series
Women's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is launching the Women in Business Series: Hands Touching Hands, dedicated to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs. Attend our first luncheon sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Johnson Controls Inc. Guest Speaker: Reneé Amoore, Founder and President, The Amoore Group Reneé Amoore, a force to be reckoned with, has made her presence known within the Philadelphia region, throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and on both national and international levels. As founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc., a conglomerate consisting of four thriving entities, Amoore has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, and political advisor. SEATING IS LIMITED SO RSVP TODAY! 11:45 a.m.
· MMAC: Learn from WI Companies Doing Biz in India
· SAGE Weston Roundtable Series
1163 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Ave., Madison. SAGE Weston Roundtable Series, Presented by the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS OF MISO AND WISCONSIN ELECTRIC UTILITY OPERATIONS MITCHELL MYHRE Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy The environment in which Wisconsin electric utilities and the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) operate is continuously evolving. With this evolution come changes in policies, sources and processes used to meet the electricity needs of customers in the Midwest. Within this changing environment, however, reliability is a constant paramount priority. This presentation will discuss some of the recent sustainability impacts of MISO and Wisconsin electric utilities including a discussion of policy, system and resource changes. Contact: Carol Barford for more information 4 p.m.
· SLWTA "Cross Cultural Conference Room"
Butterfly Club, 5246 E. County Road X, Beloit.
· South Shore Option 2.0 forum
Oak Creek Police Department Courtroom, 301 W. Ryan Road, Oak Creek. Milwaukee, WI – For the second year, Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik along with the mayors of the South Shore communities – Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, South Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Zepecki, Cudahy Mayor Tony Day and St. Francis Mayor CoryAnn St.Marie-Carls – are co-sponsoring a unique, one-stop forum for constituents and the development community to hear from economic development staff and the Community Development Authorities (CDAs) of each city regarding economic development planning throughout the South Shore. The forum will also include Ted Torcivia, Airport Business Manager representing the new MKE Regional Business Park. Supervisor Jursik has stated that she is bullish on the South Shore. This forum will highlight the dynamic plans formulated by the CDAs with the leadership of their City Councils and Mayors. Jursik will provide updates on the Hoan Bridge, Lake Parkway (794) extension planning, the Aerotropolis initiative and the outlook for public transit. The new MKE Regional Business Park will also be introduced. Additionally, each agency will staff booths displaying aerial maps, mock-ups, elevations and planning materials of current or upcoming projects for public viewing and inquiries in an open-house setting. Information about the concept of Tax Incremental Financing will also be available. “This forum is again a rare opportunity for citizens to be a part of planning for multi-community development in one meeting and to learn about efforts toward economic growth in our South Shore communities,” said Supervisor Jursik. “I would like to thank Mayor Steve Scaffidi and the Oak Creek Police Department for hosting The South Shore Option 2.0 this year.” For more information, contact Supervisor Jursik at patricia.jursik@milwcnty.com or (414) 278-4231. 6 p.m.
· Upper Midwest Planning Conference
Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
· UW-Madison energy roundtable
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison. ALL OF THE ABOVE: ENERGY ROUNDTABLE WITH NANCY SUTLEY, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality Join us to discuss policies, technologies and incentives that will set the course for America's energy future. The panel will speak to challenges about broadening renewables and non-traditional energy sources as alternatives to fossil fuels in our energy portfolio. Featuring CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, the principal environmental policy adviser to the President. PANEL: Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality Gregory Nemet, Assistant Professor, Public Affairs and Environmental Studies Michael Corradini, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, Engineering Physics Timothy Donohue, Principal Investigator and Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center James Tinjum, Assistant Professor, Engineering Professional Development Moderated by Craig Benson, UW-Madison Director of Sustainability Research and Education Sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Office of Sustainability CONTACT: Steve Pomplun, (608) 263-3063 2:30 p.m.
· Wisconsin Business Alliance launch
9 a.m. Stowell Associates, 4485 North Oakland Ave., Milwaukee. 12 p.m. Original YMCA building, 400 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 2:30 p.m. Planet Propaganda, 605 Williamson St., Madison. This is a new nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing representing business owners statewide -- including entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farm-based businesses -- who are committed to broad-based prosperity and a modern economy. 9 a.m.
· Wisconsin Science Festival
· DWD Exec. Assistant Maxwell congratulates DWD-Walgreens training graduates
James O. Wright Center, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, 6055 N. 91st St., Milwaukee. MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Executive Assistant Georgia Maxwell will recognize the first graduates of a DWD-Walgreens on-the-job training initiative for people with disabilities at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In May, DWD and Walgreens began offering on-the-job training to people with disabilities as part of the drugstore chain’s Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). Individuals have received training in retail and customer service at four Milwaukee area stores. With approximately 1,600 employees, DWD works with employers to fill jobs, provides training and employment services to workers, enforces workers’ rights, and administers Unemployment Insurance and Worker’s Compensation programs. CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722 1 p.m.
· Federalist Society presents "Wisconsin Supreme Court review and preview"
Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison.
· Kind Campaign 11th annual old-fashioned corn roast
La Crosse County Fairgrounds, West Salem. 6 p.m.
· Mid-America Press Institute/Wisconsin Newspaper Association joint conference
· Milwaukee Mayor Barrett 2013 budget address
Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett will deliver his 2013 proposed budget for the City of Milwaukee to the Common Council during an address Thursday, September 27, at 9:00 a.m. in the Common Council Chambers. 9 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· Reps. Jorgensen, Pocan press conference
Assembly Parlor, State Capitol. Jorgensen and Pocan Set to Announce Plan to Protect American Jobs MADISON – State Representatives Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson) and Mark Pocan (D-Madison) will announce a legislative plan to protect American jobs in a news conference set for Thursday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Assembly Parlor of the State Capitol. “The United States lost a staggering 2.7 million jobs to China in the past ten years – most in the manufacturing industry. Those losses have hit Wisconsin hard, and have made it tougher for our state to bounce back from the recession,” said Jorgensen. “Now, our jobs in ironworking and construction are also at risk, with the rise in use of pre-fabricated materials from China for major infrastructure projects. I take this economic threat seriously, and will work to preserve family-supporting jobs from being shipped overseas.” “When we buy American, we strengthen our economy,” said Rep. Pocan. “I look forward to sharing how our plan invests in Wisconsin workers, Wisconsin businesses and Wisconsin’s future.” Contact: Rebekah Sweeney, (608) 266-3790 2 p.m.
· White House Council on Environmental Quality chair visits MATC
Miguel Ayala (CEQ): 202-395-5428 Bill Bessette (Madison College): 608-769-6798 Perry Hibner (Middleton): 608-829-9014 White House’s Sutley to Tour Madison College Wind Energy Program, Visit Award-Winning High School WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Nancy Sutley, President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will tour Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI, to learn about the school’s innovative wind energy initiative and job training program that is preparing students for the wind energy jobs of the 21st century. According to a recent report from the Department of Energy, in 2011, the United States was one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing wind markets in the world, with wind power representing 32 percent of all new electric capacity added in the U.S. President Obama has called on Congress to take action to create jobs and move our economy forward by extending the federal wind Production Tax Credit, which is set to expire at the end of this year unless Congress acts. This tax credit, which has bi-partisan support, has helped drive industry growth and create jobs. Industry leaders estimate 37,000 wind energy jobs are at risk if Congress fails to extend the tax credit – including jobs in Wisconsin. Uncertainty about the extension is already impacting wind energy businesses around the nation. Later, Chair Sutley will visit Middleton High School, which was recently selected as one of the first U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Green Ribbon Schools are recognized for reducing energy use, providing healthy learning environments, and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century. 11 a.m. Madison Area Technical College, 3550 Anderson St., Madison. 12:45 p.m. Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton. 11 a.m.
· Wisconsin Education Fair
Schuldes Sports Center, St. Norbert College, De Pere. DE PERE, WIS.: The annual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) will be held at St. Norbert College in the Schuldes Sports Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. Over 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and military groups will be on hand to meet and recruit prospective students and answer questions about their post-secondary institution. This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about post-secondary options. For more information on the event, visit the WEF website at http://wefs.org/ or contact Eric Wagner at (920) 403-3005 or eric.wagner@snc.edu. 9 a.m.

September 28
· Fundraiser for 39th AD candidate Jim Grigg
Home of Mike & Lisa Derr, 104 Lakeshore Terrace, Beaver Dam. $20 per person, $30 per couple For more details and RSVP, contact Peggy Slez: (920) 326 - 3295 5 p.m.
   Business Events
· WGBA Sustainability and Energy Efficiency conference
Wisconsin Room, UW-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.
· First Lady Michelle Obama addresses grassroots supporters
Lawrence University, Alexander Gymnasium, 1100 E. South River St., Appleton. CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, September 28, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin, where she will speak to grassroots supporters in Appleton. The First Lady will speak about what’s at stake in this election for Wisconsinites, encourage them to help organize their communities between now and November and promote voter registration and voting through Own Your Vote. And, as part of the campaign’s It Takes One effort, the First Lady will ask every supporter to help grow Obama for America’s national grassroots network. The First Lady’s event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first-come, first-served basis at the following pick-up locations below. CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets are available starting on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations and times: APPLETON Tickets are available on Tuesday, September 25, from 4:00-9:00 PM CDT, and if tickets are still remaining, on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM CDT. Organizing for America – Appleton 506 W. College Avenue Appleton, WI 54911 Organizing for America – Green Bay 118 S. Chestnut Avenue Green Bay, WI 54304 Organizing for America – Oshkosh 480 N. Main Street Oshkosh, WI 54901 Tickets are available to students, faculty, and staff only on Tuesday, September 25, from 5:00-9:00 PM CDT. Lawrence University Warch Campus Center – Nathan Marsh Pusey Room Tickets are available to students, faculty, and staff only on Wednesday, September 26, from 4:00-7:00 PM CDT. Lawrence University Warch Campus Center – Gallery Hallway CONTACT: First Lady Press Office: (312) 985-1900 1 p.m.
· Gov. Walker, AG Van Hollen kick off “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Drill Floor, 2400 Wright St., Madison. Madison—Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join state and local law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security to unveil the “If You See Something, Say Something ™” initiative. Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-266-2169 1 p.m.
· Mid-America Press Institute/Wisconsin Newspaper Association joint conference
· Milwaukee Press Club: Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer Willie Davis
· U.S. Senate debate
WMVS-TV, Milwaukee. Hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. 8 p.m.

September 29
· Birthday fundraiser for Stephen Smith for Assembly
Barron County Fair Grounds 4 H Building, 147-187 Short St., Rice Lake. Host: Mary Hubler and Russ Rinsing Main gate is at the corner of Short St. and Main Host $250; Sponsor $100; Friend $25 *All Contributions Welcome RSVP: Jonathan Levine, jonathanl@wisdems.org, 715.629.1075 Smith for the 75th PO Box252 Rice Lake, 54868 Give online: https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/28841 11:30 a.m.
· Carol Beals for Assembly reception
Nelson Dewey State Park, Cassville. Jennifer & Jon Jackson and Jill & David Odegard Host: $200; Friend: $50 All contributions welcome Make check payable to: Friends of Carol Beals P.O. Box 49 Platteville, WI 53818 RSVP: Jenn Jackson at 608-330-0849 2 p.m.
   Business Events
· Co-op Connection 2012
· DVA Battle Cross Monument dedication
Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Battle Cross, Ltd. will dedicate a new Battle Cross monument at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The Battle Cross memorial’s origins are in the Civil War, where the most convenient marker for a fallen soldier was the barrel of a soldier’s rifle stuck in the ground with his hat placed on top. Today, fellow military personnel and others sometimes still pay respect to fallen comrades by holding ceremonies at the site of a Battle Cross memorial. The monument at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery is inscribed, “All gave some – some gave all.” It was hand cast in Wisconsin by Thomas Queoff, a local artist. The statute weighs over 300 pounds and the entire memorial stands over nine feet tall from the ground to the top of the helmet. “This memorial will stand for generations to come and pay tribute to the men and women who gave their life for their country,” said John Scocos, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. “The men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice will be forever remembered.” The funds for the monument were raised by Battle Cross, Ltd., a non-profit organization. For more information about the Battle Cross monument or the ceremony, please contact Peter Pochowski, Vice President of Battle Cross, Ltd. at (414) 559-7487. The Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery is the largest of three veterans cemeteries in Wisconsin, all operated by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans from World War I forward have been interred at the site. Contact: Carla Vigue, 608-266-0517 carla.vigue@dva.wisconsin.gov 11 a.m.

September 30
· Obama Campaign brunch fundraiser
Home of Barbara DeMain, 52 White Oaks Lane, Madison. Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with internationally renowned Ben Sidran An event for President Obama Irving Berlin Sponsor: $500 (will receive Ben’s signed book) Bob Dylan Sponsor: $250 (will receive Ben’s signed CD) Suggested Donation: $100 Please use this link if you can join us or want to donate: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/bensidran or, you can write a check to Obama Victory Fund 2012, at the door or, please mail to: Sollingers, 1206 Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53703 11 a.m.

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