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This week’s news
— U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, first elected two years apart, are at near-opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to voting on key issues in line with President Trump.
That’s according to FiveThirtyEight’s Trump Score, a running tally showing how often national lawmakers’ votes align with Trump.
The site shows Johnson’s “Trump Score”’ is 100 percent, similar to most other GOP senators. Meanwhile, Baldwin sits at 23.8 percent, showing she’s more often aligned with Trump than seven other senators, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Logging the worst score, at 9.5 percent, is U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.
As a Dem senator in a state that went to a Republican for the first time since 1984, Baldwin has recently been made a target by conservatives and other GOP-backing groups hoping to knock her off in 2018.
Among the groups after Baldwin is the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which launched ad campaigns last month knocking the Madison Dem over her opposition to the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and her “nearly identical” voting record to Warren.
In the House, U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Mike Gallagher, Sean Duffy and Speaker Paul Ryan all logged a Trump Score of 100 percent, while U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore, among national lawmakers, registered a score of 0 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, on the other hand, sits at 7.1 percent.
— Baldwin joined U.S. Reps. Glenn Grothman and Gwen Moore at the Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee on Monday to speak out against the bomb threats that Jewish schools and community centers have gotten.
— Pete Zervakis (@PeteZervakisTV) February 27, 2017
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— Baldwin has introduced a bill with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., aimed at helping Holocaust survivors and their families.
The bill would make the State Department report on whether European countries are progressing in returning or compensating people for items that were wrongfully confiscated or transferred during the Holocaust.
Also introducing the bill were Reps. Joe Crowley, D-New York, and Chris Smith, R-New Jersey.
US. Sen. Ron Johnson is co-sponsoring the bill.
See more on the bill: https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/press-releases/just-act-2017
— Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson told the committee Johnson chairs that insecurity on the border helps drugs flow into his community and in some cases lead to death.
Severson testified yesterday at Johnson’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which had a hearing on the “effects of border insecurity and lax immigration enforcement on American communities.”
Severson, who’s on the board of the National Sheriffs Association, said Mexican-produced drugs make up “the lionshare of controlled substances” in the area. In the last 10 years, 387 people have died from overdoses in the county.
And people’s addictions can sometimes lead to more violence, such as home invasions or burglaries, he said.
“Our communities’ drug enforcement officers must face the dangerous realities of the drug trade in Wisconsin,” Severson said.
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— Eric Borgerding, CEO and president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, says any replacement for the Affordable Care Act must fairly reflect Wisconsin’s health care improvements.
“Here we are again on the brink of upheaval in health care,” Borgerding told WisBusiness.com. “When that happens remains to be seen. What is certain is uncertainty.”
See more from the WisBusiness.com interview: http://wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=385797
Posts of the week
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Today I visited with families and leaders at @jccmilwaukee. I'd like to thank them for all they do to build a stronger community. When we turn a blind eye to intolerance and discrimination against any community or group, we allow the things that fuel hate crimes to go unchecked. Together, we must all stand up and speak out against anti-Semitism.
Ryan calls Trump address a ‘home run,’ but Dems critical of speech https://www.wispolitics.com/2017/ryan-calls-trump-address-a-home-run-but-dems-critical-of-speech/
Grothman on ‘UpFront’: Trump should take the lead on federal budget https://www.wispolitics.com/2017/grothman-on-upfront-trump-should-take-the-lead-on-federal-budget/
Have Gavel, Will Travel: Wisconsin’s Jim Sensenbrenner has held the most town halls this year
Wisconsin lawmakers visit Jewish Community Center following bomb threats http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/02/27/wisconsin-lawmakers-visit-jewish-community-center-following-bomb-threats/98481138/
Democratic Rep. Ron Kind leads from the center http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democratic-rep.-ron-kind-leads-from-the-center/article/2615477
Waukesha County sheriff tells U.S. Senate of Mexico’s drug threat http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/waukesha/2017/03/01/waukesha-county-sheriff-tells-us-senate-mexicos-drug-threat/98546084/
Hundreds gather to support Planned Parenthood at Milwaukee rally http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/hundreds-gather-to-support-planned-parenthood-at-milwaukee-rally
Duffy: Trump’s address gives Americans reason to be optimistic http://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/03/01/duffy-trumps-address-gives-americans-reason-optimistic/98571378/
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Workers need Buy America commitment http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/u-s-sen-tammy-baldwin-workers-need-buy-america-commitment/article_c72fb59e-b667-5edf-a3ab-5547c82a854b.html
Trump says 100% tariffs hurt Harley-Davidson sales in other countries http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/2017/03/01/trump-says-100-percent-tariffs-hurt-harley-davidson-sales-other-countries/98575588/