2018 July 12

Daily Archives: July 12, 2018

Baldwin campaign: Despite facing unprecedented outside special interest spending, Tammy Baldwin for Senate raises record-breaking nearly $4.4 million in second quarter


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More than 33,000 new supporters join the campaign this quarter to stand up to special interests spending more than $10 million to beat Tammy Baldwin

WISCONSIN – Despite facing more outside spending than any Democratic Senator up in 2018, Tammy Baldwin for Senate today announced the campaign raised nearly $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, once again shattering previous records for a federal candidate in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsinites continue to support Tammy Baldwin at historic levels because they know that she does right by Wisconsin no matter what it takes, and no matter what powerful interests stand in the way,” said Tammy Baldwin for Senate campaign manager Scott Spector.

The strong second quarter for Tammy Baldwin for Senate was driven by more than 57,000 total grassroots supporters, including 33,000 new supporters this quarter. Over $1 million came in through small online donations, with grassroots donations averaging just $25. The campaign has raised more than $8 million in 2018 alone, with more than $7.2 million cash on hand to help build on its successful ads, “Roddy,” “Skyrocketing,” “Predator,” “Cheesy,” “Knock,” “Stories,” “Fierce,” and “Skills.”

Powerful special interests have already spent more than $10 million to beat Tammy Baldwin, more than any other Democratic Senator up for reelection this year.

Baldwin raised nearly $4.4 million in second quarter


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, announced Thursday she raised nearly $4.4 million in the second quarter, which her campaign said was a record for a federal candidate from Wisconsin during the reporting period.

Baldwin’s campaign did not say how much she spent during the reporting period. But her campaign said she finished with more than $7.2 million cash on hand to end June. She finished the first quarter with $7.8 million in the bank, meaning she spent more during the second quarter than she took in. Baldwin ran a series of TV ads during the three-month period.

By comparison, Dem Russ Feingold raised $4.1 million during the second quarter of 2016 as he sought a rematch with GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who pulled in $2.8 million during that three-month period.

The $4.4 million Baldwin raised comes after she reported $3.7 million in receipts for the first quarter of 2018. The campaign said that was also a record in the reporting period for a federal candidate from Wisconsin.

Baldwin has consistently outraised her GOP opponents over the past year. Republican Kevin Nicholson, a business consultant and former Marine, announced earlier this week that he raised more than $1 million during the second quarter. Fellow Republican Leah Vukmir, a state senator, has not announced her fundraising numbers for the second quarter.

Barnes campaign: AFSCME endorses Mandela Barnes for lt. governor

Justin Bielinski
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Milwaukee: AFSCME People, the political arm of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 32, representing the State of Wisconsin, today endorsed Mandela Barnes in the race for WI Lieutenant Governor.

AFSCME represents public employees in a variety of sectors across Wisconsin, and its members have been the target of conservative attacks from both the Walker administration and the United States Supreme Court, in the form of ACT 10, “Right-to-work,” and the recent Janus decision.

“I am proud to receive AFSCME’s endorsement and promise to work with them to improve the wages, benefits, working conditions, and quality of life for everyone.” Barnes said. “Wisconsinites have been living under the Janus decision on steroids since 2011, when Scott Walker pushed through Act 10. The rights of workers to bargain collectively is something that must be restored, and I am committed to doing what I can to make that happen as part of the new Democratic administration.”

The AFSCME endorsement is the latest in a string of support for the Mandela Barnes campaign from organized labor, including UAW, CWA, Teamsters, Ironworkers Local 8, and AFT Local 212.

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.

Bryce campaign: Senator Bernie Sanders and Randy Bryce to hold a rally and canvass launch in Janesville


Contact: Julia Savel, 973-525-5579, [email protected]

RACINE, WI – On Saturday, July 14, Randy Bryce will host a rally and canvass launch in Janesville with Senator Bernie Sanders. After the event, attendees will phone bank and head out to knock on doors throughout the First Congressional District.

United Auto Workers, Local 95
1795 Lafayette St, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546

Doors open at 4:15. The program will begin at 5.

Media planning to attend are asked to RSVP through this link.

Cheeks campaign: Maurice ‘Mo’ Cheeks declares candidacy for Mayor of Madison


CONTACT: Jessica Lovejoy, (608) 318-3065

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MADISON, WI – Maurice ‘Mo’ Cheeks today announced that he is beginning his 2019 campaign for Mayor of Madison. Cheeks, the current Alder from the 10th district, has served on the Madison Common Council since his election in 2013.

“The next mayor has the opportunity to shape the future of Madisonians for generations,” Cheeks said. “I am excited to announce that I am running for Mayor, because I am ready for that challenge.”

“Madison deserves a mayor dedicated to creating a future worthy of our next generation – one who has been standing up for our residents during this critical time of change in our country. In this transformational time for Madison, we must work together to harness the opportunity to build a community that is truly prosperous and equitable for all people from all walks of life. I’m eager to lead the effort to advance innovative solutions to our challenges and capitalize on the enormous opportunities presented by Madison’s rapid growth and diversification.”

“I am ready to bring my experience improving the daily lives of Madisonians to the mayor’s office. As an Alder and a community leader, I’ve lead on crime reduction, economic mobility, affordable housing, voting access, food access, transportation planning, and youth and education related issues. I believe that economic inequality is at the crossroad of all of these issues, and as your next mayor, I’ll partner with community advocates to build a forward-focused economy that maximizes opportunity and dramatically reduces the economic and racial inequality in our city.”

As well as serving as an Alder from the 10th District, Cheeks is currently the Vice President of business development at MIOsoft, a Madison-based data quality software company. In 2015, Maurice was named among the 25 Most Influential People in Greater Madison by In Business magazine and was later named among the 28 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365.

Locally, Cheeks currently serves as a non-profit board member for the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, as well as Wisconsin’s largest co-worker space – 100state. Statewide, he serves as a founding board member of the Wisconsin Progress Institute, and on the Advisory Board of Wisconsin’s New Leaders Council. Nationally, Cheeks is an appointed Leadership Fellow with the National League of Cities, and a selected member of the NewDEAL Leaders.

Dem guv candidate forum 🗓


WORT 89.9 FM, Isthmus, The Progressive magazine, and the Madison Public Library are sponsoring a candidate forum for all Democratic candidates for the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary. All 8 campaigns have confirmed attendance.

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m. Candidate Meet & Greet

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Live Broadcast

Location: Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin

3rd Floor Community Room

The forum will be emceed by Dylan Brogan of Isthmus, with questions posed by Isthmus Editor Judith Davidoff, The Progressive Managing Editor Bill Lueders, and WORT FM News Director Molly Stentz.

The forum will also be broadcast live on WORT 89.9 FM to more than a dozen counties in southern Wisconsin. WORT will provide a live audio feed available to any station wishing to simulcast.

Voters can also watch the event online at https://www.facebook.com/IsthmusMadison/

The event is free and open to the public.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 14.

For more information, contact Molly Stentz at 608-321-9586.

Dem guv candidates knock Foxconn deal, pledge to cut prison population during first televised debate


Dem candidates for governor, meeting Thursday for the first time in a televised debate ahead of next month’s primary, slammed the state’s incentive package for Foxconn and pledged to reduce the Wisconsin’s prison population.

They also prodded each other on women’s rights and one even asked a rival his favorite beer.

The eight candidates took a few shots at each other in the debate, but largely avoided any serious blows.

The moderators asked the candidates several yes or no questions, including whether they would seek to kill the state’s $3.5 billion state package for Foxconn, which is building a plant in Racine County to build LCD panels. Only state Superintendent Tony Evers and attorney Josh Pade didn’t raise their hands to indicate their support for nixing the deal.

Later, Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn pressed Evers on the package. Declaring he would “kill the Foxconn deal,” Flynn noted Evers has no experience as a commercial litigator and suggested he was just repeating what he’d heard from others.

Evers countered it was a “horrible deal” and “we’re giving them way too much.” He supported reworking the contract.

“The bottom line is we have to have a plan ‘B’,” Evers said. “I can’t sit up here and tell the people of Wisconsin, by the way, this isn’t going to happen. They’re already there. Since they’re already there, we have to make sure the people of Wisconsin are treated fairly.”

The eight candidates stood behind podiums on a stage at UW-Milwaukee in the debate hosted by a media coalition that included WTMJ-TV, WUWM-FM, WGBA-TV, WisPolitics.com, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the USA Today Network. WTMJ news anchors Charles Benson and Shannon Sims, along with WUWM’s Mitch Teich, posed questions to the candidates, focusing on the same topic to only a couple of participants before moving onto other issues. In addition to asking yes or no questions via a show of hands, the debate included a period in which the candidates asked each other questions.

Flynn was asked about calls from Dem state Reps. Melissa Sargent and Chris Taylor, both of Madison, to drop out of the race due to his defense of the Archdiocese during the priest sexual abuse scandal.

He defended his work, saying he helped ensure the problems don’t happen again, and said the two were repeating Republican lies and dismissed calls from what he said is the party “elite” to leave the race.

Sargent fired back on Twitter that she wasn’t “afraid of a bully.”

“@ForwardWFlynn represents the old guard establishment and the Democratic Party of 30 years ago. He’s having a hissy fit because two progressive, women leaders are calling him out for shielding priests who raped children. @ChrisTaylorWI @RepSargent,” she wrote.

Several candidates in the race have indicated their support for halving Wisconsin’s prison population. Benson noted the Department of Corrections says two-thirds of offenders now incarcerated are violent and pressed former state Rep. Kelda Roys which of those prisoners she would release.

“It’s not about who we’re releasing. It’s about making sure people receive just punishment for their crimes,” Roys said, adding the state needs to address things like substance abuse for those incarcerated to help them successfully transition into society after their release.

Mahlon Mitchell, the chief of the statewide firefighters’ union, said he wants to end truth-in-sentencing, which largely eliminated parole to ensure those sentenced serve the full terms they receive. He also wants to eliminate crimeless parole revocations. Mitchell, the only African-American in the field, noted he’s raising two black children in the worst state in the country to do so. He also took a shot at Gov. Scott Walker for his plan to move to regional youth prisons after allegations of abuse at a facility in northern Wisconsin.

“We have two Walkers. We have Gov. Walker who legislates and governs one way, and we have candidate Walker who’s now acting like a moderate Republican,” Mitchell said.
He also said Walker “doesn’t give a” before a pause and adding “crap about the people of Wisconsin.”

Pade said he would ensure that people such as low-level drug offenders are not sent to prison and that opportunities exist the help ensure people don’t take up a life of crime. He also said he would make changes to parole and the way prisoners are reintegrated into society. He said he also supports allowing people to have their records expunged at any time. Currently, the opportunity to have a record expunged is only offered at sentencing.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he would refuse a request from Trump to send National Guard troops to the U.S.- Mexico border.

“It’s not going to happen on my watch in the state of Wisconsin,” Soglin said, later adding, “because we are not sharing those values of hate and distrust and divisiveness that Donald Trump, with the compliance of Scott Walker, brings to this country.

During a section where candidates could ask each other questions, Mitchell asked McCabe what his favorite beer was, after asking, and then scratching, a question about what McCabe would do to bridge the rural-urban divide.

McCabe replied Spotted Cow, then addressed rural-urban divide issue. McCabe noted he grew up on a dairy farm, but said he tells those in rural areas that the state can’t do well if Milwaukee is failing, and that rural areas must also succeed to help the state succeed.

Pade asked Roys what she would do for women if elected.

Roys said she has been “a champion of women’s rights” throughout her career.

“I cannot believe the type of peril that we are facing right now, where it looks like my daughters may have fewer rights than my mother and my grandmother,” Roys said.
She blasted Trump, saying he was “hell bent” on nominating a justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

She pledged to work to end the state’s abortion ban, and said she would pardon anyone convicted under the law, which is now not enforced due to Roe v. Wade.
McCabe was alone among candidates on the stage who declined to say he would back whomever is the eventual nominee.

“It’s a mistake to make a party loyalty pledge,” McCabe said. “It sends the wrong message to voters. It says that you all think that party comes before everything.”
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, of Alma, stressed her rural roots and dairy farming background. She said she lives in an area where “internet comes at a slow walk” and people need guides for where to find a cell phone signal.

She also noted she has won three times in a district that voted for Walker three times and also backed Trump.

“I know what it’s like to run against a popular Republican incumbent and win,” Vinehout said.

State GOP Executive Director Mark Morgan knocked the Dem candidates, saying they would erase Walker’s reforms.

“Tonight, each of the Democrats running for governor offered nothing but promises to undo these reforms and undo the Wisconsin comeback – taking us back to the days of double digit unemployment, record job losses and massive tax increases. Hard-working Wisconsin families can’t afford the Democrats’ dangerous race to the left,” Morgan said.

Dept. of Administration: Wisconsin on great financial footing to win 21st Century


Contact: DOA Communications, (608) 266-7362

With the state’s employment at an historic high, unemployment at an historic low, and companies like technology manufacturing giant Foxconn and paper industry leader Green Bay Packaging choosing Wisconsin to locate or expand operations, Wisconsin is well on its way toward winning the 21st century.

Thanks to common-sense reforms, smart fiscal management and continuing economic growth, our state budget has entered a new fiscal year in an outstanding position.

Both property and income taxes are lower this year than they were in 2010, and we have ended every fiscal year since 2011 with a surplus, including a larger-than-expected surplus that allowed more than a half-million Wisconsin households to receive a $100 per-child sales tax rebate in recent weeks. Looking ahead, the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will run from August 1 – 5, 2018, helping families save money when they buy school clothing, computers and supplies.

In the current state budget, we eliminated the state property tax for the first time since 1931 and we continued to deliver income tax relief, all while managing our state’s finances in a smart, effective and prudent fashion that also allowed us to make record investments into K-12 education. Working in partnership with the Wisconsin Legislature, the state has delivered thousands of dollars in income and property tax relief to typical Wisconsin families since the Governor took office.

Today, our state’s budget and financial outlook are strong. Consider the following:

  • Wisconsin is paying off more debt than it is taking on to the point where outstanding obligations are the lowest they have been in nearly a decade and dropping.
  • Good debt management and taking advantage of low interest rates has allowed taxpayers to realize $633.7 million of debt service savings since 2011.
  • Of the $137.5 million added to our current budget surplus in the last state general fund update, $77.8 million of that was debt service savings.
  • The state’s revenues are higher than previously estimated, the state’s rainy-day fund is at the highest level ever, and it is also estimated to exceed $300 million at the end of this fiscal year.
  • Wisconsin received bond rating upgrades from three national agencies over three months in 2017.
  • The state has had the lowest new bonding authorized in back-to-back budgets in at least two decades, and total debt obligations have declined in four of the past five years. The state’s long-term outstanding obligations are some of the lowest in the country.
  • The state’s pension system is fully funded and strong, creating long-term budget flexibility to make additional investments in our priorities.
    Our good fiscal management has also allowed for the inclusion of more than $6 billion for transportation, including the largest increases for local governments to fix roads, repair bridges and fill potholes in at least two decades.

Reducing the tax burden, historic investments in education and roads, and good fiscal management have contributed to the historic positive results for Wisconsin. The unemployment rate is at a record low, employment is at an all-time high and the state’s per capita GDP growth rate ranked 11th highest in the nation from 2010-17.

The state’s finances are in great shape, and we are ready to win the 21st century.

Gov. Walker: Announces five additional contractor information sessions for businesses interested in Foxconn construction work

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839
 Second round of meetings to focus on opportunities connected to
construction of advanced display manufacturing buildings
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced that a second round of informational sessions will take place in July and August to provide Wisconsin companies with details on how to bid for work on the next phase of the construction on Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Racine County.“Work on the first phase of the project is well underway on the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park, and already more than 100 workers from across the state are on the site doing preparation work,” said Governor Walker. “As Foxconn prepares for the next stage, we want to make sure businesses across the state will continue to benefit from the ripple effects of this historic project. These upcoming informational sessions will provide companies with the details they need to know to successfully bid for coming contracts.”

The location and dates for the five informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, July 25: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. Registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; the session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 26: Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road, Eau Claire. Registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; the session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant. Registration from 11:30 a.m. to noon; the session will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd. Registration from 2:30 to 3 p.m.; the session will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2: MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Drive, Madison. Registration from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; the session will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Companies attending the sessions will receive details on how to bid on the work related to the construction of Foxconn’s advanced display manufacturing buildings, which is expected to start in early to mid-2019.

Bidding for subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms will follow a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place “Wisconsin First” while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses. While the informational sessions are open to all businesses, they are specifically aimed at companies providing goods and services in construction logistics, roadways, site utilities, foundations, structure, enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, materials, and equipment.

Hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group, the meetings also will include an update on the construction schedule with a focus on the next 12 months and a detailed timeline for the next anticipated round of bidding. Representatives also will explain how the project is being broken down into smaller segments to allow smaller companies opportunities to participate as part of the “Wisconsin First” approach

Representatives from WEDC, Foxconn, Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group will be on hand to answer questions about the project and the opportunities available to Wisconsin companies. The sessions are free, but advance registration is required. Registration information is available at wisconnvalley.wi.gov.

To ensure a fair and open process, construction-related companies seeking to bid on work related to the construction phase are asked to complete the following steps to be considered for such opportunities:

  • Register with Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group to receive automatic bid alerts and notifications on upcoming pre-bid and matchmaking sessions. A link to the registration website can be found on the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park website at wisconnvalley.wi.gov. Registration is required to bid on construction projects. Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group asks that all who are interested in bid opportunities are asked to follow the process and please refrain from calling.
  • Attend one of the five upcoming informational sessions. Companies also are urged to sign up for the Wisconn Valley News e-newsletter to get the latest information on project status, road updates and more. Sign up at wisconnvalley.wi.gov/newsletter.
  • Attend a pre-bid/matchmaking session that will outline a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place “Wisconsin First.” Companies that register with Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group will receive notifications on upcoming pre-bid/matchmaking sessions.

Foxconn’s advanced manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant is expected to create up to 13,000 jobs, as well as thousands of construction jobs. Once the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park is fully operational, Foxconn is expected to make $4.26 billion in supplier purchases annually, with roughly one-third being sourced from Wisconsin. The project is expected to have at least a $7 billion annual economic impact on the state and generate between $116 and $157 million in state tax revenue annually once fully operational.

Wisconsin is already noticing the ripple effect Foxconn’s “Wisconsin First” approach is creating throughout the state. Foxconn awarded more than 20 contracts for initial site excavation work and an additional eight contracts for construction of a multipurpose building to Wisconsin-based subcontractors for work on the site of the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park.

The “Wisconsin First” approach aims for 60 percent of subcontracting to be executed by Wisconsin-based companies, with 10 percent of that from Racine County-based businesses. This approach also prioritizes veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, and/or disadvantaged business enterprises in the project—estimating to have at least 10 percent of subcontractors in this category.

Gov. Walker: Commends WHEFA for their important role in financing for non-profits in Wisconsin

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker commended the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority (WHEFA), which just issued its 2018 Fiscal Year in Review for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The report indicates WHEFA saved Wisconsin nonprofit institutions more than $39 million by refinancing outstanding debt and completed 27 financings for such institutions totaling more than $1.4 billion.

“Nonprofits play a major role in Wisconsin employing more than 37,000 people and helping Wisconsin’s communities and economy,” said Governor Walker. “WHEFA is a great partner in helping Wisconsin grow and in creating greater access to tax-exempt financing to help nonprofits in our state.”

WHEFA financings during this fiscal year will help create an estimated 234 new jobs and maintain 1,830 jobs, while an estimated 2,600 construction jobs will be created for new capital projects. These Wisconsin nonprofit organizations employ more than 37,800 people.

Highlights from the fiscal year in review include 20 different nonprofit borrowers at 30 different Wisconsin locations benefited from the bond process during fiscal year 2018, including eight long-term care organizations, ten acute-care organizations and two private K-12 schools.

“During WHEFA’s 39th year, we at WHEFA have taken great care to assist a wide diversity of borrowers,” said Executive Director Dennis Reilly. “These Wisconsin nonprofit organizations flourish with access to low-cost capital and move Wisconsin’s economy forward when they expand and create jobs.”

WHEFA, created by the Legislature in 1973, has been providing active capital financing assistance to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations since 1979. Bonds issued by WHEFA do not utilize any state funds or constitute indebtedness of the state. The state has no liability to repay any obligation issued by WHEFA under any circumstances.

Gov. Walker: Orders flags to half-staff for Sun Prairie Volunteer Firefighter Captain Cory Barr

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff today through Saturday, July 14, 2018 in honor of Captain Cory Barr of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department. Governor Walker also released the following statement recognizing Captain Barr.
Captain Cory Barr dedicated his life to protecting his community. Cory’s memory and legacy of selflessness and service will live on through his wife, daughters, and the members of his crew. Tonette and I have Cory’s family, his crew, and all those injured and affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.

Governor Walker’s executive order is here.

Gov. Walker: Requests FEMA conduct a damage assessment in northwestern Wisconsin

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct preliminary damage assessment in seven northwestern Wisconsin counties after torrential rains in June caused more than $11 million in damage to roads and bridges.
“Northwestern Wisconsin was hit hard with flooding across the region,” said Governor Walker. “The damages I saw firsthand from the storms were tremendous. We look forward to possibly requesting federal disaster assistance after FEMA has also had the opportunity to assess the damage.”

Heavy rains fell June 16-17, 2018 causing record flooding across portions of northwestern Wisconsin. Numerous roads and culverts were washed out. Several area rivers set new flood records.

FEMA officials will look at damage to public infrastructure in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Iron and Pepin counties. Local officials have estimated $11.1 million in debris clearance, emergency protective measures and damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

County damage assessments to homes and businesses in those counties showed one home destroyed, two homes sustained major damage, and 60 with minor damage. There were six business with major damage and ten with minor damage. While many families and businesses were impacted by the flooding, the local damage assessments showed the state would not qualify for federal aid for individuals. State agencies and non-profit agencies are working to help those families with unmet needs.

FEMA teams will begin assessing damage the week of July 16, 2018. The assessment is expected to take a few days to complete. Information gathered will be provided to Governor Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration. The damage assessment is the first step to request federal disaster assistance.

Hartwig campaign: State Treasurer candidate Travis Hartwig endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin

Contact: Travis Hartwig – [email protected]

(BROOKFIELD) — State Treasurer Candidate Travis Hartwig announces key endorsement by Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund. He is the only Republican in the race for State Treasurer to receive this endorsement, highlighting his commitment to the pro-life movement and strong family values. Pro-Life Wisconsin describes Hartwig as 100% Pro-Life.

“On August 14th, Republican voters have a clear choice; my opponent is pro-choice, I am prolife. I promise to stand by organizations like Pro-Life Wisconsin and protect each and every innocent human life, in every way that I can” Stated Hartwig. “We need elected leaders in all levels of government that are dedicated to protecting the sanctity of life.”

“We proudly endorse these candidates who recognize the personhood of the preborn baby and hold the principled and compassionate no-exceptions pro-life position,” said Matt Sande, director of the Victory Fund PAC, in their press release. “Only when we have lawmakers who will fully protect preborn children as persons will we see an end to the scandal of legal abortion.” Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund’s entire press release can be seen at https://www.prolifewi.org/press-releases/1997#post.

Pro-Life Wisconsin describes itself as founded on the bedrock principle of the pro-life movement–that all preborn babies are “persons” and all innocent persons share the inalienable right to life–Pro-Life Wisconsin educates the public and lobbies elected officials. Believing that “it is never the will of the Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost” (Matthew 18:14), Pro-Life Wisconsin is a Christian organization relying on God to change hearts and minds toward His most precious creation of human life. To learn more about Pro-Life Wisconsin, we encourage you to visit https://www.prolifewi.org/about-us

A primary for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer will be held Tuesday, August 14. The general election will be Tuesday, November 6.

Hartwig, who grew up in East Troy, holds a double major in Finance & Economics from Carroll University. He was a Mutual Fund Administrator at U.S. Bank Fund Services in downtown Milwaukee and owns a home in Oak Creek, WI.

Travis Hartwig is running for State Treasurer as a life-long conservative that believes Wisconsin taxpayers need a watchdog. He will use his experience to make the office more efficient and find ways to cut government spending because he believes that you do a better job of spending your hard-earned money than the government does.

Matt Moroney: Foxconn: It’s historic, it’s happening & it’s exciting


The column below reflects the views of the author, and these opinions are neither endorsed nor supported by WisOpinion.com.

As the state’s Director of Strategic Economic Initiatives, I am honored to have the opportunity to help Wisconsin maximize the tremendous opportunities that Foxconn’s $10 billion investment will bring to every corner of the state.

As the father of two school-age kids, I believe strongly that these opportunities will result in a stronger and more prosperous state not just for them, but for their peers and an entire generation of future workers who have new reasons to stay, develop their talents and build their adult lives right here in Wisconsin.

Make no mistake: Foxconn’s investment in Wisconsin is historic, it’s happening, and it’s exciting.

Foxconn’s investment in Wisconsin is historic.

With 13,000 jobs and a capital investment of $10 billion, this is by far the largest economic development project that our state has ever seen. In addition to the 13,000 Foxconn jobs, construction of the facility alone will support tens of thousands of direct and indirect construction jobs over the next four years across the state.

Wisconsin won Foxconn in large part due to the state’s strong manufacturing legacy, talented workforce, strong business climate, and world-class educational institutions that are stepping up to equip our workforce with the skills needed to build careers in the technology of the future – right here in Wisconsin! Additionally, Foxconn will draw talent from across the nation and globe, making Wisconsin a “brain gain” state that keeps more of our own graduates and attracts other millennials to opportunities here.

Construction is happening.

Less than one year after the first meeting between Chairman Terry Gou and Governor Scott Walker, site excavation work began. That’s more than seven months ahead of Foxconn’s anticipated construction start date. So far, around 500,000 cubic yards of earth have already been moved from the site and soon 1,000 loads of aggregate per day will be hauled in. Companies from Black River Falls, Brownsville, Racine, Marathon and more are benefitting from this work.

The June 28 groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the construction of the first building: a 120,000 square-foot multipurpose building that is being developed by companies in Appleton, Butler, Schofield and several other communities throughout Wisconsin.

In fact, 35 of the first 36 project contracts for the project have been awarded to Wisconsin companies, covering workers in 60 of the state’s 72 counties. This is because Foxconn is actively pursuing a “Wisconsin First” commitment in its construction practices.

Foxconn’s impact is exciting.

Foxconn is bringing the future of manufacturing and innovative advanced technology to the U.S. and Wisconsin will be the leader. Our state will not only lead in manufacturing 4.0, but it will also become a leader in research and development for these advanced technologies.

What is particularly exciting is Foxconn’s recent announcement of the Wisconn Valley Innovation Centers in downtown Milwaukee and Green Bay, which will be collaborative workspaces for startup companies and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions and applications for the AI 8K+5G ecosystem that Foxconn is creating.

Foxconn’s ripple impact to existing Wisconsin companies will also be historic. It is estimated that Foxconn will spend approximately $1.4 billion in Wisconsin supplier purchases annually. To put that into perspective, Oshkosh Corp made nearly $300 million in purchases from more than 700 Wisconsin-based companies in 140 communities throughout Wisconsin. Foxconn’s impact will be four times that. Wow!

This historic investment in the future of Wisconsin is one that the whole state can be proud of. Foxconn chose to invest in Wisconsin, and the positive impact will reach every corner of our great state for generations to come.

— Moroney is strategic economic initiatives director with the Wisconsin Department of Administration.


McCabe campaign meet and greet 🗓


Round-table, discussion-style Meet and Greet with Gubernatorial Candidate Mike McCabe:

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, from 8:30-10 p.m

WHERE: Pat Skogen’s residence, 1913 12th Avenue, Monroe 53566

The location is only a few blocks from the Monroe Arts Center, where the Green County Democrats will be holding its Gubernatorial Candidate Forum from 6:30-8 p.m.

Mitchell campaign: Ahead of primary debate, Mahlon Mitchell releases ‘Together We Rise’ platform

Press Contact:
Kirsten Allen
[email protected]

Includes proposals for raising wages, affordable health care, K-12 education, college affordability and criminal justice reform

MILWAUKEE – Today, ahead of the first first broadcast debate, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell unveiled his Together We Rise platform. The five-part platform includes policy proposals for raising wages, healthcare, K-12 education, college affordability and criminal justice reform.

“Wisconsin’s next governor must pursue bold and progressive policies that will ensure Wisconsinites in all 72 counties have the freedom to thrive,” said Mitchell. “We can imagine a state that is a national example for economic growth, family-supporting jobs and rising wages, a globally competitive public education system, a healthcare system the removes barriers to access and a criminal justice system that centers around rehabilitation and encourages successful re-entry. The Together We Rise platform is emblematic of my goal to unite our state around priorities that create a thriving Wisconsin that is sustainable across generations and will leave no one behind.”

The Mitchell campaign’s proposals outline detailed plans on how to go about enacting real change including – setting employment & wage standards through regional sectoral commissions, earned college tuition, a state constitutional amendment to fully-fund public education, creating a new statewide criminal justice council and passing a drug pricing transparency law.

On Raising Wages & Restoring Power to Working People

  • Issue executive order creating $15/hr wage floor for all employees doing business with the state
  • Issue executive order establishing $15/hr wage floor for any provider receiving Medicaid dollars
  • Set employment standards through regional sectoral commissions with representatives of employers, employees, and the state

On Ending Mass Incarceration & Restoring Healthy Communities

  • Reduce crime in Wisconsin by 20%
  • Reduce the Black-male incarceration rate to the national average of 6.7% from our current state average of 12.8%
  • Create a new statewide criminal justice council made up of members from law enforcement, criminal justice experts, community and reform groups, Wisconsinites who have been incarcerated, and representatives from the Department of Corrections
  • Expand the Early Release Program and Restore the Pardon Advisory Board
  • End “Truth in Sentencing” and restore judicial discretion

On Reinvesting in Public Education

  • We’re going to push for a state constitutional amendment to fully-fund public education that not only requires the existence of a public K-12 education system, but also protects its funding and requires the state to fund 2/3’s of all costs to end the local struggle once and for all
  • Universal Pre-K, paid for by creating an additional tax bracket for the highest income-earning individuals in Wisconsin
  • Allowing communities to vote to raise their own sources of revenue, pay off debt without limitations

On Solving Student Debt & the Future of Wisconsin

  • The total amount of money owed in the United States in student loans ($1.38 trillion) is greater than credit card debt ($760 billion)
  • We will create the “Wisconsin Student Loan Agency” that will allow residents to refinance their loans via a one-time loan at a lower interest rate to borrowers to pay off existing loans owed to current lenders
    • Also: increase financial literacy to potential borrowers and provide low-interest loans to students for education in needed-sectors of our economy
  • The “Wisconsin Compact” means a documented commitment to community will allow residents to attend two-year and technical colleges free of charge

On A Progressive Health Care System

  • Lower the cost of prescription drugs and services. My administration will use the state’s buying power to negotiate lower drug prices and services through making BadgerCare a public option
  • Work to import cheaper medication from Canada
  • Pass a drug pricing transparency law. It’s time to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. Under this plan, companies will have to give notice of any future price increases on prescription drugs along with a justification for the increase. Another component will be for the disclosure of the top ten medications prescribed by health plans in order for the state to monitor trends and price increases
  • Reform how we deliver health care to our veterans. As governor, I plan on working extensively with local veterans groups to find effective and efficient ways to improve the health care we provide for our veterans

See links to the policy plans:


Neubauer formally launches bid for state Supreme Court


Wisconsin Chief Appeals Courts Judge Lisa Neubauer formally launched her bid for the state Supreme Court today, becoming the first candidate to officially get in the race to replace longtime Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

In launching her bid, Neubauer said she’s been endorsed by more than 150 current and former Wisconsin judges. That includes 18 from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

“I am called to public service and seek to ensure that our next justice has the experience and independence that Wisconsinites deserve on the state’s highest court,” said Neubauer, who turns 61 next week.

Dem Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Neubauer to the Waukesha-based 2nd District Court of Appeals in 2007. Prior to that, she was a partner at Foley & Lardner. She won a race in 2008 to retain the appeals court seat and was re-elected in 2014. She’s been the chief judge for the appeals court since 2015.

Neubauer, who clerked for U.S. Judge Barbara Crabb, is married to Jeff Neubauer, who served in the state Legislature as a Dem and chaired the state party. Their daughter Greta won a special election in January as a Dem for an Assembly seat representing the Racine area.

New CFG TV ad calls Vukmir ‘just a typical politician’


The national Club for Growth is hitting GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir as “just a typical politician” in a new TV ad.

It is the second new TV ad from the group this week along with one praising Vukmir’s GOP rival Kevin Nicholson.

The spot targeting Vukmir opens with the narrator asking, “Who exactly is Leah Vukmir?”

The narrator goes on to say Vukmir wrote a “letter seeking leniency for a fellow state legislator convicted of sexual assault,” referencing a message she sent the judge who oversaw the sentencing of former GOP state Rep. Bill Kramer.

The spot also says Vukmir “claimed the open records law didn’t apply to her, got sued, lost and cost taxpayers $15,000 in legal fees.” That references a 2014 settlement with the liberal Center for Media and Democracy, which sought records from Vukmir’s Capitol office related to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

“And Vukmir voted to boost her own taxpayer-paid travel expense account,” the narrator says to close the spot. “Who is Leah Vukmir? Just a typical politician.”

The spot is through CFG Action Wisconsin, an independent PAC that works with the national organization


Nicholson campaign: Statement on Baldwin’s decision to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Delafield, WI – Ronica Cleary, Communications Director for Marine veteran and political outsider Kevin Nicholson, issued the following statement regarding Tammy Baldwin’s decision to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

“It is no surprise that a liberal obstructionist like Tammy Baldwin has announced she will vote against the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. This is just one of many reasons why we need to defeat Baldwin and increase the Republican majority in the United States Senate. Kevin Nicholson is endorsed by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee because he will fight for Brett Kavanaugh and other Constitutional originalist nominees like him.”

Nicholson is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently works as a business consultant, helping companies solve their toughest problems. He is a first-time candidate running in the Republican primary to defeat Democrat Tammy Baldwin. He and his wife live in Delafield with their three young children.

One Wisconsin Now: Brad Schimel wants SCOTUS to overturn Roe

Mike Browne, Deputy Director
[email protected]
(608) 444-3483

Wisconsin Attorney General signed on to Call for Preserving, Enforcing State Criminal Abortion Statute

MADISON, Wis. — Donald Trump’s nomination of a right-wing Supreme Court justice puts a high court decision that currently prohibits the enforcement of the Wisconsin law criminalizing abortion in danger of being overturned. Attorney General Brad Schimel signed on to a 2012 strategy document from a Wisconsin anti-abortion group endorsing enforcement of the law threatening medical professionals and others with felonies.

“Brad Schimel publicly supports jailing doctors and threatening felonies for people who help women get abortions in cases where the mother’s health is at risk or for victims of rape or incest,” said One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher. “He is a politician and a lawyer, not a doctor.”

While Waukesha County District Attorney, Schimel signed on to a 2012 “white paper” from the anti-abortion activist group Wisconsin Right to Life endorsing a strategy of “preserving” a 1955 Wisconsin state statute that would ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest and impose felony charges against doctors who perform abortions in almost every circumstance.

Since the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, Wisconsin’s criminal abortion statute has been prohibited from being enforced.

In his 2014 campaign for Attorney General, Schimel endorsed other extreme legal positions including saying he would defend other laws severely restricting a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her healthcare like mandating she undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. Schimel even said he would have defended a state law outlawing interracial marriage, if it were on the books.

Eicher concluded, “Brad Schimel’s radical, legal activism would turn the clock back on women’s health in Wisconsin. It is outrageous he would use heavy handed tactics like threatening doctors and nurses with prison time to make medical decisions for women and their families.”

One Wisconsin Now: Scott Walker: Wisconsin’s $100 million man

Mike Browne, Deputy Director
‘No Wisconsin Politician Has Raised More Campaign Cash For Himself or Been More Willing to Sell Us Out For a Campaign Contribution’

MADISON, Wis. — No other Wisconsin politician has crossed the threshold Scott Walker is expected to when he discloses his most recent round of campaign fundraising — shaking down donors for over $100 million for his campaigns for governor. In advance of a Walker media availability today to try to distract from the Democratic gubernatorial debate One Wisconsin Now Executive director Scot Ross denounced Walker for incessantly whining about campaign spending, while he has amassed $100 million since 2009.

“Scott Walker has shaken down campaign donors and schemed to sell out Wisconsin to the highest bidders to the tune of $100 million over his 25 years in office,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “Instead of crying about voters being out to get him, Wisconsin’s $100 million man should be apologizing for what he’s done to our state to fund his insatiable quests for political power.”

The legions of donors underwriting Walker’s insatiable political ambitions includes some of the wealthiest individuals in Wisconsin and across the nation writing six figure checks.

Ross also noted that the $100 million figure is for Walker’s own gubernatorial campaigns and does not include his fundraising for his run for president or other organizations spending on his behalf. For example, according to news reporting on the criminal investigation into Walker’s campaigns, a donor reported writing a large check to an outside group supporting the Governor, “because Scott Walker asked.”

In addition, Walker’s longtime campaign chair Michael Grebe for years ran the Bradley Foundation. The nearly $1 billion Milwaukee based mega-funder of the right-wing noise machine has larded organizations supporting Walker and his political agenda with massive sums over the years.

“No Wisconsin politician has raised more campaign cash for himself or been more willing to sell us out for a campaign contribution than Scott Walker. Scott Walker is the literal poster child for obscene campaign spending,” concluded Ross.

Palzewicz campaign: Announces climate change plan


Contact: Austin Kieler, (262) 501-9880

Brookfield, WI — Tom Palzewicz, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 5th district, today announced a comprehensive plan to prepare for the changes that climate change is bringing and to take steps to protect our planet for future generations.

“Climate change is possibly the biggest threat facing humanity today,” said Palzewicz, a Navy veteran and small-business owner making his first run for public office. “The climate is changing at an alarming rate, which will have devastating effects on our communities and present unique challenges that we must address.

“Renewable energy is the future and we must do more as a country to facilitate an America powered by clean energy,” said Palzewicz, who is running to replace 40-year incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner. “For our kids and grandkids to continue to thrive, it is imperative we begin designing and implementing solutions to the problems that we will face, and safeguard our clean air and water.”

Palzewicz’s five-point plan will recommit to the Paris Climate Accord, put America on the path to 100% renewable energy by 2050, invest in research and science to find innovative solutions, prepare our communities for the imminent effects of climate change, and shift energy subsidies away from fossil fuels.

“America can be a driver in scientific progress again and ensure that future generations are prepared for a changing planet,” said Palzewicz. “I’m confident my plan on climate change can get America started on solving these issues, and make our country a global leader on this issue.”

The full plan can be viewed here.

Rep. Goyke: Commends UW school for urban agriculture initiative 

Contact: Rep. Goyke

Federal USDA grant follows on urban farming legislation introduced by Rep. Goyke calling for a School of Urban Agriculture in Wisconsin

MADISON – The University of Wisconsin – Madison recently received a three year federal grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to initiate the creation of a School for Urban Agriculture. The new school, as part of the University’s Farming the City Project, will target students, farmers, and non-profit staff.

This legislative session Rep. Goyke introduced the “The Wisconsin Urban Farming Futures” Initiative that focused on promoting urban agriculture in Wisconsin, including funding and siting for a future urban agriculture school (Assembly Bills 671672673674).

According to the grant description the new school and program will “…create curricula that meets the needs of students seeking short, intense training in specific aspects of urban agriculture (workshop and short course instruction) and the needs of four-year baccalaureate students who are interested in enhancing their education in this emerging content area.

…Importantly, the project will also target secondary students in an existing pipeline for college-level agricultural training in Wisconsin.  In doing so, the project envisions a future workforce of urban farmers reflecting the social composition of the communities where many urban farms are being established.”

In response to the grant announcement and in support of its goals, Rep. Goyke stated:

“The fields of urban farmers look very different than the dairy farm my grandfather owned. Urban Agriculture offers a modern expansion of one of Wisconsin’s strongest traditions and can transform urban communities. In Milwaukee, we’ve seen new life spring from the ashes of old industry. Growing fresh healthy food in and near cities offers positive economic activity, job skills training, brings diverse communities together, and offers access to quality healthy food. Wisconsin’s agricultural future rests in the hands of future farmers, including those in this emerging sector of our agricultural economy. This new initiative and school will provide the tools and skills necessary for Wisconsin’s urban farmers to be successful.”

Rep. Vos: Statement: Foxconn health care partnership

Speaker Robin Vos (608) 266-3387
[email protected]

Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement concerning the new partnership forged between Foxconn and Advocate Aurora Health.

“This latest development is yet another illustration of the long-term commitment that Foxconn is making in Wisconsin. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this new partnership will have on the health care for the people of Wisconsin.”

Roys campaign: Kelda Roys stands out as clear winner of debate

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

A proven progressive champion, Roys is ready to lead Wisconsin Forward

MADISON, WI — Kelda Roys’ campaign spokesman Brian Evans issued the following statement after Kelda’s commanding performance at tonight’s UWM Debate:

“One thing is clear after tonight’s debate: Kelda Roys is ready to move Wisconsin forward. Kelda’s command of the issues and her focus on improving the lives of Wisconsinites set her apart from the rest of the field.”

The following is a transcript of Kelda’s remarks at the debate:

Q: Who on this stage would kill or stop the FOXCONN deal?

K: raises hand

Q: How many support FOXCONN as is?

K: no hand

Q: A recent study by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance show that a majority of the manufacturers in the city of Milwaukee have ten or fewer employees. How can the state weigh the needs of large employers versus the needs of many small employers?

K:  Thank you for the question and thank you for having us this evening. I am a small business owner and we know that small businesses are really the true job creators and the engine of our economy. They create the vast majority of net new-jobs in any economy. For the last three years, Wisconsin has been dead-last in creating new businesses. I think it is essential that we have a governor who has a long-term plan for economic development that includes sectors like manufacturing, that are so core to Wisconsin’s economy. As a small business owner myself, I know by supporting small businesses, we are going to put our state in the very best position to create jobs that can actually support families. There are a lot of politicians that want to give our money away in big, corporate deals like Foxconn, but ultimately we can’t pay companies to create jobs. We have to make investments that are not just going to create family-sustaining jobs, but companies that are actually going to grow in Wisconsin- companies like mine and thousands of other companies across the state.

Q: Does that mean state should not necessarily pursue the large employers like Foxconn?

K: No, absolutely not. As a business owner, I want Wisconsin to be the very best place to grow a business. I think we are a great place to do business, and I welcome any company, large or small, who wants to start here or grow here. Whether it’s a family farmer or somebody opening a mainstream cafe or somebody with an innovative tech idea, as long as you pay your taxes and follow our laws, we welcome you and we want to make you thrive.

Q: How many of you would support an early release program?

K: hand raised

Q: How can you cut prison population, if more than half are violent offenders?

K:  The real threat to the public safety is the backlog of untested, rape kits that Attorney General Brad Schimel has sat on as he prints commemorative points to pat himself on the back. We need our criminal justice system to accomplish two main aims: public safety and just punishment. Right now, we’re spending an ocean of money- it is bankrupting us morally and financially, and it is accomplishing neither of those aims. As governor, I will look to our neighboring state of Minnesota. They incarcerate fewer than half as many people as we do and yet, they are no more dangerous. They are actually investing in public safety. We can do that. There are people sitting in prisons for decades who are sentenced under previous regimes, by judges who sentenced them taking into consideration that they would be let out and paroled. Now, Governor Walker has refused to do his responsible-duty as governor, and has just let people languish in prison. That means we are making ourselves less safe when they finally do come out.

Q: What kind of violent offenders would you release?

K: It’s not about who we are releasing, it’s about making sure that people receive just punishment for their crime, and that we are giving them the tools to actually be successfully reintegrated once they come out. Most of the people sitting in prison are there for crimes, that in other states they might be getting much shorter sentences for- if they are sitting in prisons for decades we are spending money that we are not actually getting back. We have to set people up for success with safe housing, with a job when they come out, and with counseling to help them with substance abuse disorder.

Q: You’ve been such an advocate for women’s rights, and I am surprised how little that has been asked of us. Talk about what we can do for women in Wisconsin.

K: I’ve been a champion for women’s rights throughout my whole career. I’m a mom and a stepmom for four girls, and I cannot believe the type of peril we are facing right now where it looks like my daughters might have fewer rights than my mother and my grandmother. We have a President Trump who is hell-bent on appointing an anti-choice justice that will provide the fifth vote on our Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. A lot of people don’t realize that in Wisconsin we have a criminal abortion ban that criminalizes women and doctors and makes abortion illegal. As governor, I will continue to work to overturn that cruel law, and I’ve also pledged that I will pardon anyone charged under that law. We are not going to let our daughters go back to a time when abortion was illegal and a crime women, and when women cannot get the health care that they need.

Q: how many would support free tuition for two-year colleges/tech schools?

K: raised hand

Q: Explain what you would say to the parents of 27,000 children in Milwaukee who no longer have the option of voucher schools?

K: Well, those 27,000 children would have the option. They would continue their education. We can not allow the children who are currently in those voucher schools to have their education disrupted; they can complete it up until the time that their school ends. That’s the only responsible way to address it. We should not be allowing new voucher students to be entering those schools and we have to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. I’m a product of public schools, my kids are in public schools, and I believe that public dollars are for public education, period. We need to invest in our public education system. The problem with privatization is that it takes the resources out of the public schools, and the kids who are remaining in public schools, who didn’t get the chance to get cherry-picked out for their backpack full of cash, are still left there. If we want Wisconsin to succeed economically, we need to invest in our kids, and that means investing in our education system.

Q: If you could, you would eliminate the school voucher program and let students finish the year?

K: No, not the school year, throughout their schooling. So if they are in elementary school, until fifth grade, or if they are in high school, they can graduate. We are not going to disrupt anyone or take anybody out of school- that is the responsible way to do it. We can’t disrupt families, but we also have to stop sending our taxpayer dollars to unaccountable, black box schools.

Q: Recently, Walker chose to give a surplus (in the state budget) back to a select group of taxpayers, in the form of a child tax credit. How would you erect a deal with a surplus?

K: Well it would be great to have a budget surplus, but we haven’t had one in eight years. I think we need to start making the investments in Wisconsin’s future that every person in this state knows we really need to. We have got to make sure Wisconsin is a place where every person has access to affordable health care, and where people can afford their prescription drugs. We’ve got to start investing in our kids- our K12 public education system, and also early childhood education- making childcare more affordable. We’ve got to make sure people can afford to go to college, and that those of us that have already earned a degree in higher ed, can refinance our student loan debt so we can go on to buy a house, buy a car, have our own kids, and save for retirement. There are so many investments that we can make in Wisconsin’s future to help this state move forward and become a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. As governor, I am going to make sure I am prioritizing these things to help make Wisconsin be a place of opportunity and fairness again, where every family can thrive.  

Q: Did you elect to take that tax credit?

K: No, we did not, and I talked to a lot of families who did, and I understand that a hundred dollars can go a long way for a lot of families. We’ve had a seriously shrinking middle-class in this state, and that’s all the more reason why we have to make these investments to help working families in our state succeed. As governor, I am going to do a lot more than hand out a hundred-dollar election year gimmick to families across the state. I am going to make the investments that we all know we need, whether it’s in our schools, our roads, or our healthcare system.

Q: Do you promise to support the democratic nominee no matter who it is after August 14th?

K: Enthusiastically, yes. My kids’ future is on the line, all of our kids’ futures are on the line. A recent polling shows that 70% of our voters are enthusiastic about the idea of electing our first woman-governor. I am going to work my heart out to make sure that we can win this election. We are not going to win it by talking about all the failures of the last eight years- we are going to win it with our positive, optimistic vision for Wisconsin’s future and building a state where all of us have the opportunity to thrive. That’s what I have done in this campaign, and I will do that for the nominee.

Closing Statement:

We have eight good people on this stage, but I have a track record of actually turning our big ideas and progressive values into real results. When I was the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-choice- Wisconsin, I helped pass the first pro-choice legislation in this state in 30 years through an anti-choice, Republican assembly – so I know how to reach across the aisle and get things done for working families in Wisconsin. I also helped expand health care to over 80,000 Wisconsinites when I was in the assembly as Vice Chair for the Committee on Health. We need somebody with that kind of commitment I helped make Wisconsin a leader in banning BPA, a toxic in children’s products- so much so that California looked and said “hey, we better get on the boat because look what Wisconsin is doing.” We can do that again.

We can be a leader in addressing climate change and clean energy. We can be the education-state again- and we can make sure every Wisconsite is covered by health insurance. Let’s do it together- I ask for your vote on August 14 to make Wisconsin a place of opportunity again. Thank you.

Sen. Darling: Delivers weekly radio address: Children’s mental health

Sen. Darling: Delivers weekly radio address:
Children’s mental health
Hi. I’m State Senator Alberta Darling.
Our nation faces an opioid crisis. Republicans in Wisconsin are leading the way in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction.
We’ve passed 30 bills to combat the crisis. And it’s working.
Opioid prescriptions are down 10 percent and more people are seeking and receiving treatment.
But addiction doesn’t just effect the addict, it takes a toll on their family members. Often, children of addicts find themselves in foster care, struggling with their own issues.
Up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to about 20 percent of the general population. Republicans are working hard to make sure these children don’t fall through the cracks.
We updated our laws to ensure kids considering suicide aren’t denied emergency treatment because their parents can’t be found.
Because of our actions foster parents now have access to mental health information that doctors believe is necessary for the children in their care.
In addition, we invested more than $7 million for mental health services for kids in our schools.
Real progress is being made to help those affected by addiction. We will continue to make sure everyone affected by the opioid crisis gets the help they need to live healthy, happy, and successful lives.
On Wisconsin!
Senator Darling represents portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

Sen. Schachtner: Weekly Democratic radio address: Water and the environment

Contact: Sen. Patty Schachtner (D – Somerset) (608)266-7745

MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:

A written transcript of the address is below:

“Hi, I’m State Senator Patty Schachtner with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

“As we head into summer, I learn to cherish our lakes, rivers, and water even more.

“As someone raised on a farm and a hunter, I understand just how important it is to invest in conservation and environmental stewardship.

“The natural beauty of our waterways attracts thousands of people across the nation to visit, bringing tourism revenue and friendly faces to our main street businesses.

“Conservation is crucial to our enjoyment of Wisconsin’s natural wonders, safe drinking water, and our tourism economy – which brought in $12.7 billion in direct spending last year.

“Despite the importance of water, I am concerned we are not doing enough to protect this crucial resource.

“Foxconn was approved to pump 7 million gallons of water each day from Lake Michigan, with about 2.7 million gallons being evaporated. Residents near lakes and streams are seeing water levels declining.

“Our friends in northeastern Wisconsin are concerned about the state of their drinking water, where fecal matter contamination is affecting many wells.

“And in municipalities across the state, more than 176,000 lead service lines exist, threatening our children’s brain, kidney, and blood cell development.

“In order to move Wisconsin forward, we need to prioritize communities and the natural resources we all rely on. That means investing in our water and our environment.

“Thank you.” 

Speaker Ryan: ‘Positive results that are improving people’s lives’

Summary: “The American people are better off now,” Speaker Ryan said today at his weekly press conference. Building on remarks he made this morning to The Economic Club of Washington, D.C, Speaker Ryan discussed the revitalized economy, improved opportunities for workers, and other ways the country is on a better path now.

Opening Statement:

“This morning, a little ways down the road, I talked about the economic resurgence that’s going on in our country right now.

“After struggling to get ahead for so long, this has been a breakthrough year for America’s workers.

“Unemployment has fallen to historic lows, job openings have reached record highs.

“After tax reform, paychecks are growing. Wages are rising. Confidence is returning.

“The American people are better off now.

“We’re building a stronger economy, and we’re also building a stronger military, as well—a military that is finally getting the resources that it needs to rebuild.

“We’re providing better pay for our service members. We’re providing better care for our veterans.

“We’re building stronger and safer communities, through:

“An historic effort to combat the opioid epidemic.

“Taking on human trafficking.

“Targeting gangs and dangerous criminals.

“Making schools safer.

“I could go on and on, but if you go to better.gop, you can see the progress that we are making.

“More work remains, of course, especially when it comes to getting people into good-paying jobs and good careers.

“That’s what our workforce development agenda is all about.

“But Americans have proven, once again, that we can achieve great things when we raise our sights, when we reapply our founding principles to the problems of the day.

“That is the story that is going on right now in America.  

“We delivered on a positive agenda, and now we are seeing positive results that are improving people’s lives. 

“The American people are better off now.

“So just go to better.gop to learn more.”

Task Force on Opioid Abuse meeting 🗓


Governor Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Regular meeting is Friday, July 13, at Wisconsin State Capitol
WHO: Task Force Co-Chairs Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and State Representative John Nygren and members of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse

WHAT: Regular meeting

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2018 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison
Room 411S

Credentialed members of the media are welcome.

THU AM Update: Baldwin raised nearly $4.4 million in Q2; Neubauer formally launches Supreme Court bid

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THU News Summary: Neubauer announces Supreme Court bid; Baldwin reports nearly $4.4M raised last quarter

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U.S. Rep. Kind: Cosponsors bill aimed at preventing opioid and heroin abuse

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

Bill would give more resources to states to streamline access to treatment and prevention

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind cosponsored the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which will extend resources for drug abuse prevention grants for an additional five years. The current $1 billion of funding for these grants, which was included in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, will expire next April. The grants will bolster efforts to streamline access to treatment and grow substance abuse prevention programs by $500 million a year.

“I’ve been meeting with healthcare professionals, law enforcement officials, and community leaders across our state, and one of their biggest concerns is preventing opioids and other drugs from getting in the wrong hands,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I am proud to cosponsor this important bill, so our states can continue creating and growing preventive programs that help protect our communities.”

On Monday, Rep. Ron Kind hosted a roundtable discussion with Eau Claire-area law enforcement, health professionals, and community leaders about the impact of the growing drug and opioid epidemic in Wisconsin.  They also discussed Rep. Kind’s recently released Drug Epidemic Action Plan, and the ways that various public and private stakeholders can work together to help heal our communities.

Over 64,000 people in the United States died from drug related overdoses in 2016 – 42,000 from opioids alone. In Wisconsin, emergency room visits for opioid overdoses more than doubled over the course of a year.

Read Rep. Kind’s full Drug Epidemic Action Plan here.

U.S. Rep. Pocan: Members of Congress introduce legislation to terminate ICE and transfer critical functions to other agencies


Contact: Ron Boehmer 202-225-2906

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) today introduced the Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act. The legislation would convene a commission of experts to provide a roadmap for Congress to implement a humane immigration enforcement system that upholds the dignity of all individuals, which includes terminating the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) within one year of enactment.

“President Trump’s blanket directive to round up and target all undocumented immigrants underscores the unchecked power which ICE has used to terrorize our communities. From conducting raids at garden centers and meatpacking plants, to targeting families outside churches and schools, the President is using ICE as a mass-deportation force to rip apart the moral fabric of our nation,” said Pocan. “Sadly, President Trump has so misused ICE that the agency can no longer accomplish its goals effectively. As a result, the best path forward is this legislation, which would end ICE and transfer its critical functions to other executive agencies.”

“There was enforcement of our immigration laws before ICE was created and there will be after ICE, as an agency, is gone. As it stands, ICE is out of control – contracting much of its work out to private, for-profit contractors that cost the taxpayers far more than is necessary, failing to even identify and address deficiencies in their system and allowing deaths due to substandard in their custody, as numerous Inspector General reports have found. The agency is simply unable to do the work that is most necessary for national security, instead taking away necessary resources from functions that are critical to protect our national security, including investigating terrorism, drug smuggling, and trade fraud,” said Jayapal. “We should eliminate the agency as it stands and start from scratch to restructure its functions. This legislation would establish a commission to look at transitioning essential ICE functions to a new agency that would have accountability, transparency and oversight built in from its inception. It’s time to change the system to one that is accountable, efficient, humane and transparent. There will still be enforcement of immigration laws, but it must be without cruelty and abuse.”

“We are pushing to bring an end to ICE as the agency has strayed too far from its original mission, intent and purpose,” said Espaillat. “In the era of President Trump, ICE has been granted an unlimited range to terrorize Latino communities around the country, regardless of citizenship or status. The agency has a very broad jurisdiction and was created to combat terrorism, human trafficking, and drugs. Yet, ICE now spends the majority of its time detaining and separating mothers and fathers seeking safety for themselves and their children – instead of focusing on hardened criminals, gangs and terrorists set out to hurt our country and negatively impact our quality of life. We are witnessing a human rights crisis, and our bill would bring forward a new model and dismantle ICE once and for all.”

Congress created ICE in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks with the primary mission of preventing “acts of terrorism by targeting the people, money, and materials that support terrorist and criminal activities.” However, since then, ICE has become synonymous with immigration raids, home invasions, family separation, abusive detention practices, and chronic noncompliance with the law.

Recently, ICE agents themselves recognized the irreparable damage being done by President Trump’s actions when nineteen ICE agents wrote to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, stating that investigations, “have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and national security.” The authors of the letter agree that the agency is now failing to perform its core mission and that the best path forward would be to end it and start fresh.

Ending ICE and developing a more humane immigration system that complies with constitutional protections, domestic law, and binding international treaties, while treating every person with respect and dignity is a strong step forward.

The Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act would:

Convene a commission of experts to provide a roadmap for Congress to implement a humane immigration enforcement system that upholds the dignity of all individuals. This will include transferring issues like organized crime, drug smuggling, and human trafficking to other government agencies that are well-equipped to handle them and have proven track records of transparency, accountability and compliance with the law;
Prior to the termination of the agency, direct Congress to act on the recommendations authored by the commission, including the transfer of necessary functions to relevant agencies and the implementation of the new immigration enforcement regime; and
Terminate the agency within one year of enactment.

The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Jim McGovern (MA-02), José E. Serrano (NY-15), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07).

U.S. Sen. Baldwin: Statement on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Contact: [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court:

“After reviewing this nominee’s record, I know why powerful special interests in Washington selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to work on the Supreme Court for them, not the people of Wisconsin.

“At a time when so many in Washington are working to overturn the law of the land that helps provide affordable health care for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, including more than two million Wisconsinites, we cannot afford a nominee who could serve as the deciding vote to take us back to the days when powerful insurance companies wrote the rules.

“The President vowed to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and I cannot support a nominee for a lifetime appointment who would turn back the clock on a woman’s constitutional right and freedom to make her own health care choices, including access to birth control.

“The stakes are too high for the American people, who do not want the Supreme Court to advance a political agenda to overturn the law of the land on health care for people with pre-existing conditions, women’s reproductive health, and the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans.

“The people of Wisconsin need a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court Justice who will stand up for them, not for powerful special interests. I don’t have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice.”

Vipond campaign: Releases new video, ‘Why I’m Running for Congress’

Vipond Challenges Sensenbrenner in Republican Primary in August

BROOKFIELD, WIS. (July 12, 2018) – Dr. Jennifer Hoppe Vipond is an accomplished pediatrician in Waukesha County.  She has been a pediatrician for 27 years, and loves her job.  The lack of progress from Congress on health issues including the opioid epidemic and the cost of healthcare have frustrated her to the point of interrupting her successful practice to run for US Congress.

In the video released today, Dr. Vipond discusses the opioid epidemic, and how recently passed bills have negatively impacted law enforcement’s ability to fight the issue. She is running for Congress to provide physician guidance to discussions regarding healthcare, opioids and mental health. Her employer has offered a leave of absence and she plans to serve a maximum of three terms before returning to her practice.

Please contact me at [email protected] for a link.

The Republican Primary vote takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. 

Dr. Jennifer Hoppe Vipond was born and raised in Wisconsin’s fifth district, and has practiced as a pediatrician in Waukesha country for over 25 years. She has spent the majority of her life in Wisconsin’s fifth district, where she and her husband, Mark, raised six children while she maintained a full time medical practice. Vipond has taken a common sense approach to medicine, which has garnered her a loyal following of families who admire Dr. Vipond for her intelligent, caring, and no-nonsense approach to patient care.

Paid for by Vipond Committee, Walter Hoppe Treasurer

Vukmir campaign: Leah Vukmir on Baldwin opposition to Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination

Contact: Jessica Ward, (608) 213-5939

Brookfield, Wis. — Upon hearing the news Thursday that Sen. Tammy Baldwin will oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, without even meeting with him, U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir issued the following statement:

“Sen. Baldwin’s obstruction on Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment is proof that she’d rather stand with her liberal activist San Francisco donors than uphold the Constitution. When Wisconsin voters elected President Trump, they knew he’d choose judges who would uphold the Constitution. Sen. Baldwin’s ‘no’ vote will directly contradict the will of the people. Kavanaugh is an extremely well-qualified nominee who deserves our support.”

Watch today’s Dem gubernatorial debate live here at 6 p.m.

The Dem guv candidates will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in a Milwaukee debate hosted by a media partnership that includes WisPolitics.com.

It is the first and only debate featuring the eight candidates that will be televised ahead of the Aug. 14 primary.

See the Election Blog tonight for coverage:

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WEDC to write off $1.1M loan to bankrupt waste-recycling company

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is writing off a more than $1 million loan the agency made to now-bankrupt Green Box in northeastern Wisconsin.

The waste-recycling company and its owner, De Pere businessman Ron Van Den Heuvel, have been plagued by scandal for years, culminating in Van Den Heuvel earning a three-year prison sentence in January for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, while an additional case is still ongoing.

Agency spokesman Mark Maley said WEDC officials are charging off the $1.1 million loan “because there is little likelihood of collection on this debt.” Still, he emphasized WEDC “has aggressively pursued all options to ensure repayment of this loan, including legal action.”

Dems seized on the news, using it to cast doubt on WEDC’s ability to enforce the terms of the state’s deal with Taiwanese tech company Foxconn.

“If your agency can’t enforce a $1 million loan, why should Wisconsin taxpayers trust you with a $4.5 billion giveaway to a foreign corporation with a bad track record?” state Dem Party Chair Martha Laning said in a statement. “While Scott Walker and WEDC have been playing it fast and loose with taxpayer money, the needs of hardworking Wisconsinites have been left behind.”

But Maley noted the agency has changed since it first approved the loan to Green Box, adding “WEDC has made numerous changes to strengthen our award approval process and compliance procedures” in the following years. And he said writing off the loan doesn’t prevent the agency from collecting on assets discovered during the legal process.

WEDC’s $1.1 million loan to Green Box came in the agency’s early days in 2011. The agency had failed to realize Van Den Heuvel’s loan application omitted information about prior business lawsuits. The loan was provided in exchange for a commitment to create more than 100 jobs by the end of 2014, and was later restructured after the company stopped making payments.

WEDC in 2012 also had awarded the company a nearly $96,000 grant for employee training. The agency later sued Green Box in federal court seeking repayment of the loan and the grant, though the case was dismissed in 2017.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Antelope Shipwreck in Ashland County listed in National Register of Historic Places

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]

La Pointe, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Antelope Shipwreck in the vicinity of La Pointe, Ashland County, in the National Register of Historic Places. National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property.

The Antelope, built in 1861, and sunk in 1897, is a tug-barge, an early example of a passenger packet steamer that was converted to a lumber steamer, and later cut down and converted into a barge in the Great Lakes tradition of converting old wooden schooners and steamers into “floating wheelbarrows” for large bulk cargos. Sites such as Antelope present a rare opportunity to study and learn about historic wooden steamer construction and converted barge conversion, and how these vessels were used across multiple industries. The wreck site remained unknown following its sinking in 1897, until its discovery by avocational wreck hunters in 2016. Since then, only one crew of archaeologists has visited the site using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and multibeam sonar. With no visitation from divers and no invasive mussel populations, the site has retained remarkable structural and archaeological integrity since its sinking in 1897.

The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worthy of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

State and federal laws protect this shipwreck. Divers may not remove artifacts or structure when visiting this shipwreck site. Removing, defacing, displacing or destroying artifacts or sites is a crime. More information on Wisconsin’s historic shipwrecks may be found by visiting www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Arctic Shipwreck in Manitowoc County listed in National Register of Historic Places

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]

Manitowoc, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Arctic Shipwreck in the vicinity of Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, in the National Register of Historic Places. National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property.

The Arctic, built in 1881, and sunk in 1930, is a tug that seems to straddle the two tug categories: harbor tug and lake tug. Although its construction identifies it as a harbor tug, unique to this vessel is that historic documentation indicates that the strong hull construction of the Arctic allowed for participation in tasks set for wrecking tugs. Historic documents indicate that the Arctic participated in tasks designated for both harbor and lake tugs. Whether this suggests that the Arctic was a hybrid harbor tug-lake tug vessel, or that the Arctic was built unusually strong for a harbor tug, or that the strength of the Arctic that allowed her to serve as both a harbor and lake tug was not unusual at the time – the answers to these questions are unknown because we simply do not have the comparative data from historic period Wisconsin harbor tugs. These are questions future archaeological study may answer.

The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worthy of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

State and federal laws protect this shipwreck. Divers may not remove artifacts or structure when visiting this shipwreck site. Removing, defacing, displacing or destroying artifacts or sites is a crime. More information on Wisconsin’s historic shipwrecks may be found by visiting www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org.

Wisconsin Technical College System: Employer connections remain vital to WTCS Board

Conor Smyth, WTCS
[email protected] or (608) 266-2991
Officer elections tap two manufacturers and an ag industry leader
La Crosse, WI – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board on Wednesdayelected two manufacturers and a leading voice in the ag industry to lead the Board in the coming year.
The Board elected S. Mark Tyler, founder and president of OEM Fabricators in Western Wisconsin, to a second term as Board President. OEM was recognized as Wisconsin’s Manufacturer of the Year, Medium Category, in both in 2006 and 2012. Tyler serves on a number of other Boards, including the UW Board of Regents and the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is also an active member of SkillsUSA and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
“I’m delighted to continue to lead this Board,” said Tyler. “WTCS Board members represent manufacturing, farming, health care, automation technology, construction, labor, Community-Based Organizations, law, finance, hospitality, education and workforce development – truly a cross-section of Wisconsin’s economy,” Tyler said. “As with our colleges, our connection to Wisconsin employers is critical to fulfilling our statutory mission.”
Becky Levzow was elected Board Vice President. The WTCS Board is statutorily required to include an individual whose principal occupation is farming. Levzow and her family manage a 180-cow, 750-acre, fourth-generation dairy operation in South Central Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program and is on the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Board of Directors. Levzow is also vice chair of the Pardeeville School Board and her daughter and son-in-law are both ag educators. In addition to her broad engagement in the ag industry, Levzow is an ultrasound and nuclear medicine tech at Meriter Hospital in Madison.
W. Kent Lorenz, elected as WTCS Board Secretary, recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Acieta, a provider of advanced industrial robotic automation systems to North American manufacturers and their global affiliates. He is also the Managing Partner of commercial real estate investment company DKR Investors and serves on the Board of Directors of First Business Bank and the Western Lakes Fire District, among other business and community engagement.

Wisconsin Working Families Party: Endorses state Assembly candidates

CONTACT: Maria Langholz (715) 209-6463

Working families champions challenging Republican incumbents in Southeastern Wisconsin blue wave

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Working Families Party is endorsing Gina Walkington for Assembly District 61 and Gabriel Gomez for Assembly District 21. Both candidates are running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Republican incumbents in the November general election. Walkington will challenge Samantha Kerkman for the seat she has held since 2012. Gomez will run against Jesse Rodriguez who has served in the legislature since 2013. The primary election is August 14.

A progressive wave is sweeping through Southeastern Wisconsin, beginning with Cory Mason’s Racine mayoral win, supported heavily by Wisconsin Working Families Party. After WI Working Families Party recruited newcomer Randy Bryce to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan in the First Congressional District, Ryan shocked residents by announcing he would not be seeking re-election. Now Wisconsin Working Families Party is adding more progressive candidates to its roster.

“Attacks on working families by Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump are fueling resistance and transforming politics in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Marina Dimitrijevic, state director of the Wisconsin Working Families Party. “Cory’s Mason’s election, the local activism to preserve the Affordable Care Act, and Ryan’s resignation point to opportunities for working families champions like Gina and Gabe to run against Republican incumbents and win.”

A local businessman and and father of two children enrolled in South Milwaukee Public Schools, Gabriel Gomez is committed to pushing forward common sense gun legislation, protecting quality K-12 public education, raising the minimum wage, and eliminating gender biases in wages. Gomez is an immigrant from South America and a veteran of the Marine Corps.

”I am excited to get the endorsement of the Wisconsin Working Families Party,” said Gomez. “I’m glad that they recognized that as a state representative I would champion a progressive agenda in the Assembly. I am looking forward to working with them on social justice issues in Wisconsin like healthcare and a higher minimum wage.”

Gina Walkington has been a leader in the fight to protect healthcare statewide as both an activist and one of the founders of Forward Kenosha, an organization dedicated to protecting civil rights and advocating an inclusive agenda in local, state, and national politics.

“I have set out to build a campaign that is about strengthening our communities by ensuring we have a representative who will fight to make sure working families are being paid a living wage, have benefits that allow us to stay healthy without going broke, and the opportunity to save so we can retire with dignity,” said Walkington. “Because the Working Families Party shares a strong commitment to these values, I am truly honored to receive their endorsement.”

Unlike many political organizations, Wisconsin Working Families Party is making primary endorsements to ensure that the most progressive candidates are on the general election ballot to challenge Republicans and win. The Party will provide people power to the campaign, mobilizing volunteers and members to put boots on the ground to educate voters.

Wisconsin Working Families Party has already endorsed a slate of Milwaukee candidates for the Wisconsin Legislature, Sarah Godlewski to be State Treasurer of Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes to be Lieutenant Governor, and is leading the Wisconsin’s Choice campaign, which is engaging voters statewide in selecting and supporting the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

WisGOP: Democrats’ dangerous race to the left continues

Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

Candidates outline radically left-wing policy plans, fail to fight for WI families at debate

[Madison, WI] — Wisconsin Democrats continued their dangerous race to the left tonight. Instead of standing up for the hard-working families of our state, the Democrat candidates on the debate floor outlined their policies that would take Wisconsin backward – erasing all of Scott Walker’s reforms. The Republican Party of Wisconsin released the following statement from Executive Director Mark Morgan:

“The bold conservative reforms of Governor Scott Walker are delivering real results. More people are working than ever before, and our classrooms are being funded at historic levels. Tonight, each of the Democrats running for governor offered nothing but promises to undo these reforms and undo the Wisconsin comeback – taking us back to the days of double digit unemployment, record job losses and massive tax increases. Hard-working Wisconsin families can’t afford the Democrats’ dangerous race to the left.”

WisGOP: Far-left Sen. Baldwin won’t support President Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — Senator Tammy Baldwin – one of the most liberal senators from a state President Trump won in 2016 – has announced that she won’t support the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Following Baldwin’s rushed decision, the Republican Party of Wisconsin released the following statement from Executive Director Mark Morgan:

“Baldwin’s reckless far-left record is once again on display – going so far as to oppose a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, for no reason beyond scoring points with her liberal Washington allies. Instead of standing up for Wisconsin families, Baldwin is siding with Chuck Schumer and D.C. Democrats to obstruct this nominee and once again pick Washington over Wisconsin.”

WisPolitics Midday – July 12, 2018


In today’s WisPolitics Midday update: The first candidate announces bid for Wisconsin Supreme Court vacancy; U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s fundraising numbers; and the first Dem gubernatorial debate is tonight.

WPR: Changes Coming to WPR’s personal finance coverage on The Ideas Network

Rick Reyer, Central Regional Manager Wisconsin Public Radio
715-261-6391 [email protected]

“On Your Money” to End Production July 31, 2018

(MADISON, Wis.) After careful consideration, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) will end production of “On Your Money” on July 31, 2018.  “On Your Money,” featuring financial advisor Kevin McKinley, has been a regular, hour-long Tuesday morning segment on The Ideas Network since 2009. It is also currently heard in repeats on Saturdays at 12 noon. McKinley will continue to be a guest offering financial advice to listeners from time to time.

“This was not an easy decision,” noted Sheryl Gasser, director of The Ideas Network. “On Your Money has been a staple of our statewide Tuesday morning line up for nearly a decade. We are incredibly grateful to Kevin for his work and his partnership with WPR. We look forward to continuing to work with him in new ways and to bringing new voices and perspectives on the important topic of personal finance throughout our schedule.”

Personal finance will continue to be featured on the network, but it will no longer be limited to Tuesday mornings. “This change will allow listeners to ‘The Larry Meiller Show’ and ‘Central Time’ – in addition to ‘The Morning Show’ – access to a diversity of opinions on savings, investments, retirement and more throughout our schedule,” Gasser added.

“I really appreciate the listeners putting up with me for the past 15 years, and especially their generosity towards Wisconsin Public Radio during the ‘On Your Money’ membership drive shows,” McKinley said. “On Your Money” started at WPR’s Eau Claire studios as a regional program in 2003 with host Craig Pangallo. In addition to being a regular guest on The Ideas Network, McKinley is an author and public speaker who offers fee-based financial planning services through McKinley Money, with offices in Eau Claire and Madison.

“On Your Money” will continue to be broadcast through July 31 and McKinley’s website, OnYourMoney.com, will be available for the foreseeable future. Listeners to “The Morning Show” will hear a diversity of topics – including coverage of emerging issues and news – on Tuesday mornings at 8. WPR will announce a replacement for the weekend re-broadcast of “On Your Money” in late July.

Please listen, and share your thoughts with us by emailing [email protected] or by calling WPR’s Audience Services at 1-800-747-7444.

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