2018 June 22

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AG Schimel: Joins CVS Health for announcement of in-store drug disposal boxes

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel joined CVS Health today to announce the company’s first in-store permanent drug disposal collection box in Wisconsin. This announcement from CVS Health joins Attorney General Schimel’s ongoing work to prevent prescription opioid abuse in Wisconsin through enforcement, prevention, and treatment.

“Wisconsin has been a national leader on prescription drug disposal and I’m excited to see CVS Health expand their investment in Wisconsin’s efforts to cut down on the number of prescription drugs and medications falling into the wrong hands,” said Attorney General Schimel. “If more and more people continue to get hooked on these dangerous drugs, no amount of enforcement or treatment will put a stop to this public health crisis. But the success of drug disposal is proof positive that more people in Wisconsin are understanding their role in preventing the opioid epidemic from getting worse.”

In addition to CVS Pharmacy’s Green Bay location, located at 1561 W. Mason St., drug disposal boxes have been installed at CVS Pharmacy stores in Appleton, Barron, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee.

“CVS Health is dedicated to addressing and preventing opioid abuse in the communities we serve in Wisconsin and across the country,” said Thomas Moriarty, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, CVS Health. “Expanding our safe medication disposal program is one of the many initiatives we support to fulfill that commitment and to deliver on our company’s purpose – helping people on their path to better health.”

CVS Health also offers a grant program whereby law enforcement agencies can receive a free drug disposal box. To date, CVS Health has donated 41 drug drop boxes to law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin. For more information, please visit the CVS Pharmacy website.

Proper drug disposal is essential to prevent prescription painkiller abuse. Research has shown that 70% of initial painkiller abuse starts when drugs are obtained improperly from family members or friends.

Across Wisconsin, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and hospitals have provided nearly 400 permanent drug disposal drop boxes, giving citizens a convenient, environmentally-friendly, and anonymous way to dispose of unused medications all year long. Wisconsinites can find an interactive map and searchable database of these drug disposal locations on the Dose of Reality website.

After the last statewide Drug Take Back Day, 63,541 lbs. of unused medications were collected throughout Wisconsin; more unused medications than Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa combined. Since 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has collected and disposed of 401,769 lbs. of unused and unwanted medications. Wisconsin had more law enforcement agencies participate in the biannual event than any other state in the country, and Wisconsin consistently has one of the largest collections of any state in the country.

Barnes campaign: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin endorses Mandela Barnes for lieutenant governor

Contact:
Justin Bielinski
[email protected]
414-208-9283

Madison: The Mandela Barnes campaign is pleased to announce that Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI) has endorsed our campaign for Lieutenant Governor. PPAWI endorses candidates who support access to family planning services and believe a woman should be able to make her own health care decisions without political interference. The endorsement comes at a critical time for Wisconsin Democrats, who are in the strongest position in a decade to retake control of the governorship, attorney general, and at least one branch of the state legislature. In such a heated midterm year, it’s important that the Lieutenant Governor candidate energizes new voters, as well as voters who may have stayed home in 2016. That’s just what Mandela plans to do. Said Barnes regarding the announcement:

“I am thrilled to receive Planned Parenthood’s endorsement. I truly believe that the Planned Parenthood platform of supporting gender equality, safe and legal abortion services, access to birth control, health care equity, the prevention of sexual assault and harassment, and reliable and accurate reproductive education is what we as Democrats must be promoting nationwide to ensure that women have what they need to feel safe and healthy. I will do everything I can as Lieutenant Governor to promote policies that empower women and defend reproductive rights.”

Nicole Safar, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, stated:

“Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is proud to stand with Mandela Barnes in his bid for Lt. Governor. Mandela has been a longtime champion of women’s access to healthcare and economic and social justice. He understands how the issues fit together and is always there for PPAWI when we call on him. As both an organizer and a state representative, Mandela’s work to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care has been critical to PPWI and the patients it serves.”

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, informed educator, passionate advocate, and global partner, helping similar organizations around the world. It delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund works to advance access to sexual health care and defend reproductive rights.

Mandela Barnes is a former 2-term state legislator, community organizer, and policy professional from Milwaukee. He is seeking the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the August 14th primary election. More information is available at www.mandelabarnes.com.

Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health: Legislators honored at School Mental Health Summit

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CONTACT: Armando Hernandez (608) 218-4516 [email protected]

On June 22, 2018 at the 3rd Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit in
Madison, the Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health presented
legislative awards to Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and
Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) for their leadership in advancing
innovative funding solutions to support the expansion of school-based
mental health services.

The Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin is a
statewide coalition whose mission is to advance and support expanded,
comprehensive and integrated mental health services within the school
setting through school, home, and community partnerships.
Governor Walker’s 2017-19 Biennial Budget proposed new dollars to
support mental health services in schools, and then Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), through their roles on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, successfully championed additional grant dollars for schools and a critical, new Medicaid-funded consultation service to enable mental health professionals to connect with teachers and other school staff on strategies for effective engagement and interventions with students to support their treatment
goals.

“Guided by strong and diverse family and youth voice, quality school-mental health efforts augment the work of teachers, school psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses through clinical therapy and consultation for students with more complex mental health challenges,” emphasized Chris Crowe, Coalition chair and Director/Principal of North Star Academy in Cameron. “One of the central goals of our Coalition has been securing more stable sources of funding for these successful, proven services. The approval of Medicaid-funded consultation in our schools is a critical building block that will deliver dividends for students across the state. We are grateful to Representative Rohrkaste and Senator Darling for their extraordinary efforts to expand successful treatment options for Wisconsin’s students.”

Democrat Dana Wachs drops out of race for governor

Dem state Rep. Dana Wachs today dropped out of the guv race, saying he will now back state Superintendent Tony Evers in the crowded field for the party’s nomination.

Wachs is the second Dem candidate to drop out this week, reducing the field to eight contenders to face Gov. Scott Walker. Much like Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik, who dropped his bid Thursday, Wachs, D-Eau Claire, had pumped personal money into this campaign, but struggled to break through with voters.

In this week’s Marquette University Law School Poll, Wachs was at just 2 percent for the Dem guv nomination. Evers led the pack at 25 percent with no one else in double digits.

See the release:

Wachs campaign: Endorses Tony Evers for governor, encourages unity to defeat Scott Walker

Dept. of Natural Resources: Heavy rains fuel floods, faster currents statewide

CONTACT: Capt. April Dombrowski, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreational Safety and Outdoor Skills Section Chief, [email protected]; Joanne M. Haas, Public Information Officer for Bureau of Law Enforcement, [email protected]

MADISON — June storms packing heavy downpours have pushed lake and river levels into flood levels, tossed debris into waterways and accelerated currents statewide, signaling Wis. Department of Natural Resources officials to remind all water users to think safety by checking local water conditions and always wear a life jacket when on the water.

Capt. April Dombrowski, head of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills Section, says the heavy rain and rapid onset of flash floods in many areas of Wisconsin resulted in road wash-out, closures and sinkholes. In addition to the roadway issues, it can have a major impact on your water-based recreational activities.

Dombrowski says this severe weather is a reminder for all to check your local water conditions before boating or paddling, swimming or any water activity. Good places to check are local tourism offices, DNR offices, local bait shops, sporting goods stores or the U.S. Geological Survey, too.

“One quick safety tip is to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket,” Dombrowski said. “Today’s models are comfortable versions. Wearing one just might save your life.” Learn more about life jackets for every water sport.

Some of these storms and heavy rains have pushed trees and other debris in the water which creates another danger to keep watch. High water levels also increases the shoreline and erosion impacts of your boat wake. Some areas have implemented lake-wide slow-no-wake requirements. Remember to always be aware of your boat wake and impact on others and check the signage prior to launching, Dombrowski says.

Here are some other safety tips from Dombrowski:

  • Make a float plan, follow that plan – and let someone know where you are going.
  • Always wear a life jacket. All people in either canoe or kayak are required by law to have a wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board.
  • Match your skill level to water and weather conditions.
  • Take a boating safety class and hone your skills.
    • Everyone born on or after January 1, 1989 must have completed a boating safety course to operate a motorboat (unless ages 10-15 and accompanied by a parent or guardian). You can take an online boat safety course.
  • Do not overload your vessel.
  • Place belongings and dry clothing in a wet sack or other waterproof container.
  • Another top tip is to remain sober while operating your boat or paddling. Hold off on consuming alcohol until after your recreational boating outing. Remember this weekend is the national Operation Dry Water event, when law enforcement agencies partner to keep the waters safe for all by removing impaired operators. DNR wardens will be out, joining local boat patrols for this June 29 – July 1 weekend.
  • Wisconsin has many popular lakes and rivers that attract many users for all sorts of water activities. And with all the users comes boat congestion and unintended user conflicts. For all water recreational enthusiasts to have a safe and enjoyable outing, it’s important to slow down, use common sense and respect other users on the waters.

FRI AM Update: Shilling, Tiffany deliver Dem, GOP weekly radio addresses

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FRI News Summary: Dem guv field narrows; Walker visits White House

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Gov. Walker: Foxconn plans to hire 3,000 veterans

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Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Foxconn plans to hire 3,000 veterans by the time they are fully operational. The company has already started moving forward on this promise.
Foxconn Aiming to Hire 3,000 Veterans: Company developing team to recruit those with military backgrounds

By Arthur Thomas – Reporter, Biz Times

“I think there is no better management school than the military,” said Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, in an exclusive interview with BizTimes Milwaukee.

Foxconn’s first two Wisconsin employees are veterans – one a Navy pilot, the other a former Army planner. Six weeks ago, the company added a Marine who had just retired as commanding officer of a tactical fighter base and will now have responsibilities for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.

Hiring veterans was part of Foxconn’s original plan when it announced it would locate in Wisconsin. As part of an agreement with Rockwell Automation Inc., Foxconn committed to hiring graduates of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing, a training program started by Milwaukee-based corporations Rockwell and ManpowerGroup that’s working to train 1,000 veterans per year by 2020.

“We’d like to have all 13,000 be veterans. Obviously we’re biased, but that’s not really realistic,” said Capt. Chris “Tank” Murdoch, a former Navy pilot and Foxconn’s first employee in the state. “If we can get to 3,000 I think that would be a remarkable accomplishment.”

A third member of the core Foxconn team of veterans joined six weeks ago. After relinquishing command of the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, Col. Peter Buck moved his family back to Wisconsin, where he grew up and has extended family.

“I think our military background is we’re very action-oriented, and this is a very fast paced initiative that we have here,” said Buck, a Foxconn senior advisor who Woo jokingly refers to as the “mayor” of Wisconn Valley. “The team here, because of our common background, has immediately gelled, the chemistry is really good.”

Foxconn has about 100 employees in Wisconsin, split between its downtown Milwaukee headquarters and an experimental production facility in Mount Pleasant. Murdoch said he expects hiring overall to ramp up in the coming months.

Gov. Walker: Joins Wisconsin farmers and families at dairy breakfasts

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Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

[Madison, Wis.] – Scott Walker traveled Wisconsin this past weekend to spend time with Wisconsin’s farmers and their hard-working families at dairy breakfasts as part of his efforts to stand up for Wisconsin’s dairy industry.

Earlier this month, Gov. Walker reinforced his commitment to our state’s dairy farmers by creating a task force that will help create real solutions for farmers, processors and allied organizations. Gov. Walker is getting positive things done for communities all across our state – in prioritizing our rural communities, the governor is once again proving his commitment to ensuring that every Wisconsin resident has the opportunity to win the 21st century.

Read the article on Fox 11 here or find the full article below:

Breakfast on the farm welcomes Gov. Walker
Fox 11 News

Sunday was a special Father’s Day Breakfast on the Farm in Brown County including a special appearance by Gov. Scott Walker.

The event, in De Pere, was aimed at educating people on how a dairy farm works, where food comes from, and the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

During the event we caught up with Gov. Walker and he spoke on the importance of helping dairy farmers.

“We just did a dairy task force about a week and a half ago, the more we can do to help to help our dairy farmers, the better because that’s really, literally the life blood of the state,” he said.

Money raised from the event will be used to provide free agriculture education programs to students in Brown County.

Gov. Walker: Orders flags to half-staff honoring Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn of the U.S. Army

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in honor of Staff Sergeant Krasean Clayborn of the U.S. Army.
“Tonette and I are praying for the family of Staff Sergeant Krasean Clayborn. He was a patriot who served his country in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He will be greatly missed.”

Governor Walker’s executive order is here.

Gov. Walker: Visits Marathon County business producing 5 miles of concrete pipe for Foxconn’s state-of-the-art manufacturing campus

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

County Materials Corp. is a Wisconsin company working on Phase 1 Development for Foxconn

MARATHON – Governor Scott Walker highlighted the statewide reach and benefits of Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in Wisconsin today by joining County Materials Corp. in Marathon. County Materials is producing more than five miles of concrete piping for Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant facility and is a Wisconsin company working on the Phase 1 site development.
“The benefits of Foxconn are reaching every corner of the state,” said Governor Walker. “County Materials right here in North Central Wisconsin creates high-quality concrete and construction products that will be used to build Foxconn’s state-of-the-art manufacturing campus. I thank County Materials for participating in this historic project along with Foxconn, Gilbane Building Company, M+W Group, and Hoffman Construction Co., for putting Wisconsin first.”

In May, Governor Walker joined Foxconn, Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group for their announcement of $100 million in contracts for Wisconsin subcontractors and suppliers which created a custom economic inclusion and diversity plan to place Wisconsin first in the development and building of their facility in southeastern Wisconsin.

“We are passionate about building capacity in workforce and business in Wisconsin while building a world class Science and Technology Park,” said Gilbane Building Company, Senior Vice President Adam Jelen. “It is exciting to see the Wisconsin First Plan take root as we start the journey on this catalytic project.”

County Materials Corp. is a family-owned business that has called Wisconsin home since 1946. County Materials is supplying Gilbane by producing concrete reinforced pipe for the Foxconn project. The Marathon facility is distributing the first four truckloads of 60-inch pipe and the remaining pipe will come from their Madison and Green Bay facilities. In total, County Materials Corp. is producing approximately five miles of concrete pipe.

“Our company is very proud to be selected as the supplier of reinforced concrete pipe and precast products for the new Foxconn development” said Tim Sonnentag, president of County Materials Corporation. “Because of the project’s scale and schedule, several of our Wisconsin facilities will be manufacturing and delivering pipe throughout this year.”

With up to 13,000 jobs created directly, 22,000 jobs created indirectly, 10,000 construction jobs, roughly $1.4 billion spent annually working with other Wisconsin businesses, and a capital investment up to $10 billion, it is clear Foxconn’s investment in Wisconsin is by far the state’s largest economic development project and is the largest corporate attraction project in U.S. history, as measured by jobs.

Once fully operational, Foxconn is expected to make $4.26 billion in supplier purchases annually, about one-third of which will be sourced in Wisconsin. The project is expected to have at least a $7 billion annual economic impact on the state and generate between $116-$157 million in state tax revenues annually, once fully operational.

Liegeois campaign: Mike Gallagher’s no good, very bad Thursday 

Contact
Brad Wojciechowski
920.540.5875, [email protected]

Green Bay — In case his constituents didn’t notice yesterday, Rep. Gallagher had a no good, very bad Thursday afternoon. Here’s a timeline of event (all times Eastern as to reflect Recorded Vote Time):

2:11 p.m.: Representative Gallagher voted in favor of giving the President Carte Blanche Authority and spending for his unnecessary Wall on our Southern border while allowing our government to continue their policy of separating and incarcerating children and infants from their parents.

He then lectures his constituents through a press release about decency and civility.

3:59 p.m.: Representative Gallagher votes in favor of the 2018 Farm Bill that includes reduction to school lunch funding and SNAP benefits for our most vulnerable citizens across Northeast Wisconsin and America.

Mike Gallagher showed his true colors yesterday, by voting lock-step with President Trump’s agenda.

Beau Liegeois replied, “As your next congressman, I will be a check on the president’s authority, no matter the party. The only thing that matters is putting the people of Northeast Wisconsin first, by listening to them and taking our values to Washington. This is what Washington chaos looks like. Where is the leadership?

Mike Gallagher no longer represents our values in Washington, and he needs to be replaced in November.”

Roys campaign: Andy Gronik endorses Kelda Roys for governor

Contact: Brian Evans, 630-217-7561 [email protected]

MADISON, WI — Today, business executive and candidate for governor Andy Gronik announced his endorsement of Kelda Roys. Gronik’s support comes less than a week after EMILY’s List endorsed Kelda and continues adding to her growing momentum.

“It is my honor to endorse Kelda Roys for governor of Wisconsin,” said Andy Gronik. “I stood on that stage with all of those wonderful candidates – I like and respect every one of them, but that’s not the point. We need to choose the candidate that will beat Scott Walker in November. I believe that candidate is Kelda Roys and I strongly encourage everyone to check out her campaign now.”

Roys has previously been endorsed by many national and state organizations and leaders, including EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, Demand Universal Healthcare, Moms Demand Action, #VoteProChoice, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, Rep. Amanda Stuck, former Sen. Jess King, and dozens of local elected officials.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be endorsed by Andy Gronik,” said Roys. “After spending months on the trail with Andy, I have come to deeply respect his passion for making Wisconsin better, his business acumen, his intellect, and his innovative policy ideas. Andy is supporting me because he knows I am the strongest candidate to win in November and build an economy in Wisconsin that works for everyone across our great state.”

“I appreciate Andy’s call for those sitting on the sidelines of this crucial primary to support my campaign now to restore opportunity and fairness to Wisconsin,” added Roys. “It’s time to come together around the candidate with a track record of progressive accomplishments, the candidate with the momentum and ability to excite voters across the state, the candidate who can win in November, and the candidate who is ready to be governor on day one. Andy Gronik knows I am that candidate.”

Andy Gronik will be hosting a fundraiser for Kelda Roys on Saturday, June 30th. Details forthcoming.

Roys campaign: Releases platform on reducing gun violence, A Safer Wisconsin

Contact: Brian Evans, 630-217-7561
[email protected]

MADISON, WI –Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys released her plan to significantly reduce gun violence and the likelihood of mass shootings in Wisconsin.  A Safer Wisconsin.

“We have no more important responsibility than to keep our children safe,” said Roys. “Yet unfortunately, our leaders continue to allow the specter of violence to loom large over their schools. My daughter should not be doing active shooter drills at daycare – no child should. As governor, I will work with across the aisle to pass common-sense gun safety reforms that will keep our communities safe, so our schools can focus on educating our kids.”

Roys’ A Safer Wisconsin platform contains the following provisions:

  • Address firearm purchasing:

    • Enact universal background checks, prohibit violent criminals from obtaining firearms, and pass “red flag” laws.

  • Secure firearms sales:

    • Reinstate our 48 hour waiting period, raise the gun buying age to 21, and require gun dealers to secure weapons prior to sale.

  • Reduce the lethality of mass shootings:

    • Ban tools that make mass shootings more deadly, such as bump stocks, high capacity magazines, and silencers.

  • Enforce gun safety laws:

    • Allow local governments to set their own community standards around firearms, and build a law enforcement database of firearms to allow them to be tracked.

  • Keep guns out of schools, because children should be free to learn without fear.

  • Expand access to healthcare, including mental and behavioral health.

“After the May school shooting in Santa Fe, one of the student survivors was asked if she was surprised that violence was visited on her school,” Roys concluded. “She said no, and that she felt ‘eventually it was going to happen here too.’ This is as heartbreaking as it is preventable. The terrorizing of our youth cannot and will not continue when I am governor. Enough is enough.”

Speaker Ryan: Floor speech urging support for bipartisan legislation to fight opioids

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CONTACT
AshLee Strong, Doug Andres
202-225-0600

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke on the floor in support of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which brings a comprehensive approach to preventing and treating opioid addiction and stopping the opioid epidemic. His remarks are below:

“Now, Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my wholehearted support for this effort, for H.R. 6.

“Our nation is fighting a grave opioid epidemic. It is a threat to a generation of young people, the very fabric that holds our communities together.

“But, to me, this legislation—this legislation is about hope.

“I’ve got the honor of speaking with and knowing three brave Wisconsin families who have dealt with this. Families that I’ve gotten to know over the course of time.

“Kyle Pucek. Kyle is a guy I know from Janesville. He had an ankle injury, treated with opioid medication, just like a lot of people have. He developed a dependency, and then he eventually turned to heroin.

“He is now clean, and he works with nonprofits in Janesville to encourage others to seek treatment.

“He is helping making sure that people don’t make the mistakes he made. And he’s making a huge difference.

“Michelle Jaskulski. Michelle has two sons, former high school athletes who became addicted to heroin. And they are in recovery.

“She understands the loneliness that comes with being a mother in this situation. She understands how isolating it can all feel. And now, she advocates for more resources to fight this epidemic, and she supports other families so that they don’t feel like they’re facing this fight alone like she did.

“Jason Simcakoski. Jason Simcakoski was a Marine who served our country.

“He went to the VA hospital looking for help for his anxiety. He was overprescribed opioids, and he lost his life. His family has made it their mission to ensure that others do not experience the same fate.

“This is the heart of America. After suffering such pain—these families suffered unspeakable pain—but they overcame.

“And now, they’re making it their mission in life to make sure others have a place to turn to. That others don’t have to go down the path that they went.

“Because asking for help—that is not a sign of weakness. It is actually a sign and an act of strength.

“We all have a role to play in this. And it begins with reaching out, it begins with listening, with being there for one another.

“All of our institutions, at every level, should emulate and encourage this kind of fellowship.

“We should make sure and make it clear that no one is alone, that every life matters.

“Well, this bill is titled with the perfect title: the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

“It’s bipartisan. It’s high time we do it. It is a very, very strong and good step in the right direction.

“It will advance treatment and recovery. It will improve prevention. It will give resources to communities. And it will fight deadly drugs like fentanyl.

“So I want to thank Chairman Walden and I want to thank Chairman Brady, and I want to thank Mr. Pallone and Mr. Neal. I want to thank all the members, all the members of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

“Let’s not stop here.

“Let’s not stop until we have [instilled] a sense of hope in all of those who may be struggling.

“Let’s not stop until we have ended this epidemic.

“I urge the entire House to vote yes, and I yield back.”

Speaker Ryan: Six months of tax reform

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It’s been just six months under the new tax law, and already, we’ve seen millions of Americans receive bonuses, workers’ wages increase, one million jobs created, utility rates lowered in 48 states, record levels of unemployment—the list goes on.

In the months leading up to Congress considering tax reform, Speaker Ryan toured businesses around the country to talk about the benefits that would follow should historic reform of our country’s tax code be achieved. That hustle did not stop once Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These past six months, the speaker has visited dozens of businesses, to hear directly from company leaders and employees about how tax reform has helped improve their lives and businesses.

Here are six of the stops from Speaker Ryan’s tax reform tour:

1. Dallas, TX – Southwest Airlines is one of the hundreds of U.S. companies that has provided its employees with bonuses thanks to tax reform. In April, joined by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, Speaker Ryan heard from employees about how they’ve used their $1,000 bonus checks.

2. Delavan, WI – Vision Plastics, a family-owned, custom injection molding business, has already been able to purchase new equipment because of tax reform. While visiting their factory in April, co-owners Craig and Jamie Hubertz showed Speaker Ryan some of their products.

3. Atlanta, GA – Following tax reform, Home Depot joined hundreds of companies in delivering much-deserved bonuses to many hourly-wage associates. In March, Speaker Ryan visited the company’s Store Support Center to speak with employees about the benefits of the new tax law.

4. Janesville, WI – Wisconsin is first in the nation for manufacturing jobs added in 2018. While touring AMTEC in April, Speaker Ryan met with workers who showed him how they manufacture state-of-the-art equipment for our military.

5. Elkhorn, WI – Palmer Hamilton is another Wisconsin First District business that is seeing the benefits of tax reform after only six months. Speaker Ryan spoke to company leaders about the updated tax code and learned about Palmer Hamilton’s furniture manufacturing process while touring their facility in April.

6. North Prairie, WI – While visiting Zero Zone, a refrigeration manufacturing company, in January, Speaker Ryan spoke with company workers and leadership about how they would benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became the law of the land only a few weeks prior.

U.S. Rep. Kind: Statement on finding a bipartisan fix to our immigration system

Contact: Aaron White
Phone: 202-225-5506
[email protected]

Comes after a chaotic week of proposed partisan immigration reform bills

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on finding bipartisan fixes to our broken immigration system:

“This week’s chaotic push – and failure – to fix our broken immigration system is another reminder that bipartisanship is the only path forward in finding a solution to any issue. In 2013, we had the opportunity to vote on a bipartisan immigration reform bill out of the Senate, but House Republicans refused to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. We need to get serious about finding bipartisan solutions that grow Wisconsin’s economy and promote legal immigration, while securing our borders.”

U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner: Votes to send comprehensive opioid legislation to Senate

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CONTACT

Christopher Krepich, 202-225-5101

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after voting for H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act:

Rep. Sensenbrenner: “This comprehensive legislation advances our bipartisan effort to end the opioid epidemic and restore hope to families and communities suffering from this public health crisis. I’m proud of our work and urge my colleagues to take the next step and pass my Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act to specifically target the proliferation of fentanyl analogues, which, along with other synthetic opioids, have become the most common cause of overdose-related death.”

U.S. Sen. Baldwin: Works to protect VA watchdog

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Contact: [email protected]

202-224-6225

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked to protect the mission of the VA Inspector General (IG), the independent watchdog tasked with investigating misconduct and waste of taxpayer dollars at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

Senator Baldwin cosponsored a bipartisan amendment, led by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), that was included in the 2019 VA funding bill to ensure that the IG can investigate, audit and conduct oversight of the nation’s largest health care system without being hindered by political delays, non-cooperation and stall tactics by the VA. The amendment comes after VA leaders recently refused to comply with the IG’s request for information. The Senate approved the amendment with a vote of 96-0.

“We must deliver on our promise to veterans that their VA care and services are protected. That is why the VA Inspector General needs the resources and independence to carry out their oversight responsibilities and make sure the VA is doing right by our veterans and their families,” said Senator Baldwin. “This amendment ensures that we are holding the VA accountable so our veterans and their families receive the care and services that they deserve.”

Additional cosponsors of the amendment include Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Doug Jones (D-AL).

The Senate amendment reads as follows:

(a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to deny an Inspector General funded under this Act timely access to any records, documents, or other materials available to the department or agency over which that Inspector General has responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), or to prevent or impede that Inspector General’s access to such records, documents, or other materials, under any provision of law, except a provision of law that expressly refers to the Inspector General and expressly limits the Inspector General’s right of access.

(b) A department or agency covered by this section shall provide its Inspector General with access to all such records, documents, and other materials in a timely manner.

(c) Each Inspector General shall ensure compliance with statutory limitations on disclosure relevant to the information provided by the establishment over which that Inspector General has responsibilities under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.).

(d) Each Inspector General covered by this section shall report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 5 calendar days any failures to comply with this requirement.

Vukmir campaign: Really, Senator Baldwin!?!

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Contact: Jessica Ward, (608) 213-5939

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, in an effort to increase her popularity, appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. But when Wisconsinites see her on the coasts with her elitist pals more than in her home state, it makes us all ask…. Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? During the Obama administration you didn’t say anything to fix our broken immigration system but recently faked outrage to raise money in a tough election? Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? You stand by and watch veterans die at the Tomah VA and then say you’re working to address the opioid epidemic? Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? You complain about outside spending against your campaign when you yourself have raised about 2/3 of your campaign funds out of state? Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? You agree with Nancy Pelosi that $2,000 is crumbs to Wisconsinites and voted against letting middle-class Wisconsinites keep their own money? Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? When a vote came to protect babies who can feel pain in the womb, you were a no-show, but just a few minutes later voted to confirm a judicial appointee? Really!?!

Really, Senator Baldwin? You wanted to protect us from offensive school mascots but didn’t protect us from sex offenders in our communities? Really!?!

Wachs campaign: Endorses Tony Evers for governor, encourages unity to defeat Scott Walker

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Contact: Olivia Hwang, [email protected], 225.610.8660

MADISON – Rep. Dana Wachs announced this morning that he is suspending his campaign for governor and endorsing Tony Evers in the Democratic primary:

“I have spent my life dedicated to serving my neighbors, friends, and the people of the great state of Wisconsin. That commitment led me to run for governor, and it is the same commitment that now requires I stand aside.

“Now is the time for unity. Now is the time to fight for Wisconsin’s future. That is why I’m proud to endorse Tony Evers for governor. He is a good man and a tireless advocate for our schools, workers, and families. Wisconsinites clearly agree, since Tony has been elected State Superintendent three times, most recently winning 70 of 72 Wisconsin counties just over one year ago. I believe that Tony will lead Wisconsin with honor and integrity,” said Rep. Wachs.

“Dana’s been a longtime loyal public servant who always represented the people of Wisconsin. He ran a good, clean campaign, and I’m honored to have his support in this race. Dana’s campaign has proudly led the charge against Foxconn — a harmful package that invests over $4 billion dollars in a foreign corporation, while communities across Wisconsin continue to be left behind by Governor Walker. But I know together, with Dana’s help, we can beat back the special interests, win in August and beat Scott Walker in November,” said Tony Evers.

“This decision was one of the most difficult ones I’ve made in my life. To say that I am grateful for the support of my wife, Beverly Wickstrom, my children, and my campaign team is an understatement. Their support inspired me and challenged me over the last year of this campaign.

“The Republicans are eager to see the Democratic candidates tear each other apart in a nine-way primary. I will not give them that satisfaction. I believe Tony is the best person to defeat Scott Walker in November, and I am proud to endorse him for governor.”

“My work to elect a Democratic governor is not done. Like the millions of Wisconsinites across this state, I will continue to work to defeat Walker.

“With Tony leading our team, we are going to make Wisconsin schools the best in the nation again. We are going to fully fund our public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. We are going to respect teachers again and pay them a fair wage.

“We are going to restore collective bargaining and pay workers a living wage. We’re going to make pay equity a reality and ensure that workers are treated with respect again.

“We’re going to protect our environment and stop Foxconn from polluting our air and Lake Michigan. And we’re going to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.

“I believe in the Wisconsin we can build together. I believe in the Wisconsin Idea. And I believe Tony is the candidate to get us there. Together, we’re fixin’ to win this thing,” said Rep. Wachs.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Appleton Historical Society receives a mini-grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]org
608-261-9596

Appleton, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to announce that 25 affiliated local historical societies received a total of $11,500 through the 2018 mini-grant program.

The Appleton Historical Society has received a mini-grant to support the purchase of archival supplies and storage.

This year’s affiliate mini-grant program focused on projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to preserve historical collections and manage those collections and other resources. The projects supported in part by the mini-grant program are an important part of the work done by local organizations to help collect and preserve our state’s history at the community level.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Field Services Program provides support and educational opportunities to local history groups throughout the state. The Wisconsin Historical Society also partners with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, a non-profit organization consisting of all historical organizations affiliated with the State Society that promotes communication and cooperation among local history groups.

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Southern Field Services Representative Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583,[email protected]wisconsinhistory.org or Northern Field Services Representative Janet Seymour at (715) 836-2250, [email protected]wisconsinhistory.org.

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation and the Wisconsin Council for Local History provide funding for the mini-grant program.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Black Earth Historical Society receives a mini-grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]org 
608-261-9596

Black Earth, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to announce that 25 affiliated local historical societies received a total of $11,500 through the 2018 mini-grant program.

The Black Earth Historical Society has received a mini-grant to support the purchase of archival supplies, storage and conservation supplies.

This year’s affiliate mini-grant program focused on projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to preserve historical collections and manage those collections and other resources. The projects supported in part by the mini-grant program are an important part of the work done by local organizations to help collect and preserve our state’s history at the community level.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Field Services Program provides support and educational opportunities to local history groups throughout the state. The Wisconsin Historical Society also partners with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, a non-profit organization consisting of all historical organizations affiliated with the State Society that promotes communication and cooperation among local history groups.

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Southern Field Services Representative Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583,[email protected]wisconsinhistory.org or Northern Field Services Representative Janet Seymour at (715) 836-2250, [email protected]wisconsinhistory.org.

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation and the Wisconsin Council for Local History provide funding for the mini-grant program.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society receives a mini-grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]
608-261-9596

Bristol, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to announce that 25 affiliated local historical societies received a total of $11,500 through the 2018 mini-grant program.

The Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society has received a mini-grant to support the purchase of PastPerfect and digitization.

This year’s affiliate mini-grant program focused on projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to preserve historical collections and manage those collections and other resources. The projects supported in part by the mini-grant program are an important part of the work done by local organizations to help collect and preserve our state’s history at the community level.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Field Services Program provides support and educational opportunities to local history groups throughout the state. The Wisconsin Historical Society also partners with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, a non-profit organization consisting of all historical organizations affiliated with the State Society that promotes communication and cooperation among local history groups.

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Southern Field Services Representative Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583, [email protected] or Northern Field Services Representative Janet Seymour at (715) 836-2250, [email protected]

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation and the Wisconsin Council for Local History provide funding for the mini-grant program.

WisDems: Kevin Nicholson’s megadonor-funded outside group attacks Leah Vukmir

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Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

Despite Wisconsin Republicans’ pleas for party unity, Club for Growth, a corporate special interest group bankrolled by Nicholson megadonor and Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein, has continued to attack Vukmir

MADISON — Further setting up a nasty face-off between Kevin Nicholson’s out-of-state backers and Leah Vukmir’s supporters at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Dick Uihlein-bankrolled Club for Growth is renewing its attacks on Vukmir.

In a press release and interview, the Washington, D.C.-based Club for Growth — a corporate special interest advocacy group — accused Vukmir of running a “negative campaign built on name-calling, smears, and false attacks.”
“Despite warnings from Wisconsin Republicans like Ron Johnson, Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir continue to drag their primary into the gutter, further depressing enthusiasm among the Republican party base,” said Brad Bainum, DPW spokesperson for the 2018 U.S. Senate race. “It’s increasingly clear that Kevin Nicholson’s out-of-state megadonor Dick Uihlein plans to directly challenge the Republican Party of Wisconsin, ensuring that this primary will only get nastier.”

WisDems: Response on the departure of Dana Wachs from the gubernatorial race

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Contact: Courtney Beyer, [email protected]

MADISON — The following is a statement from Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, on news that Rep. Dana Wachs has ended his campaign for governor:

“I want to extend my sincerest thanks to Dana for being a true advocate for our Wisconsin values during his run for governor and during his years of service in the state legislature. In November, Wisconsin voters will have the opportunity to elect a Democratic governor who shares their priorities, and we’re glad Dana will be by our side as we make that vision a reality.”

WisGOP: Despite Tammy Baldwin’s opposition Wisconsin is winning with tax cuts

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — Today marks the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being signed into law by President Trump. Thanks to the leadership of the president, Speaker Ryan, and Republican leaders, hard-working Wisconsin families are seeing benefits of these tax cuts – despite opposition from Senator Tammy Baldwin and her allies, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

“When Senator Tammy Baldwin opposed these historic tax cuts she picked liberal Washington political games over hard-working Wisconsin families,” said Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Wisconsinites are keeping more of what they earn and our economy is prospering with President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s leadership. Even with all the good news since the passage of the tax cuts bill, Tammy Baldwin is denying reality with her liberal Washington allies, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer – these tax cuts are working for Wisconsin.”

Hard-working Wisconsin families are winning with tax cuts:
Republican tax cuts will save the typical Wisconsin family of four over $2,500 per year.
Thanks to the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, businesses across Wisconsin are increasing salaries and awarding bonuses to workers. See some examples here.
According to a survey published by the National Association of Manufacturers, 95% of manufacturers have a positive outlook for their companies – a rise in confidence that they credited to Republican tax cuts.

WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ analyze the Dem guv field

With the Democratic gubernatorial primary less than two months away, the WisOpinion Insiders, Jensen and Chvala, consider the candidates in the top tier.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and Michael Best Strategies.

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