Daily Archives: October 23, 2018

Baldwin campaign: Wisconsin Professional Police Association endorses Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) today announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in her reelection campaign.

“Every day, Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers risk their lives to keep our communities safe, and Tammy Baldwin has proven that she has our backs,” said Jim Palmer, Executive Director of Wisconsin Professional Police Association. “Tammy Baldwin is a champion and valued friend of our law enforcement community because of her bipartisan work to make sure we have the funding we need to hire and train more officers, the safety equipment necessary to protect our lives, the support to better combat the opioid crisis, the quality health care every officer deserves, and the right to negotiate fair pay for those who put their lives on the line.”

“Every Wisconsinite deserves to live in a safe and secure community, and I am honored to have the support of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. “Together, we’re pushing Washington to work for Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers so that they have the tools and resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic, protect our neighborhoods and keep Wisconsinites safe.”

Founded in 1932, the WPPA represents over 10,000 members from nearly 300 local association affiliates, making it Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group. WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

The WPPA takes a non-partisan approach to assessing legislation that affects public safety and impacts law enforcement officers. Both of the 2018 WPPA Legislators of the Year are Republicans currently serving in the state legislature.

Tammy Baldwin has received the WPPA endorsement in the U.S. Senate race for her bipartisan leadership in:

  • Securing Funding to Hire and Train Officers: As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Tammy Baldwin has secured millions for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne-JAG), passing the bill out of committee.
  • Increasing Federal Support for Safety Equipment: Tammy Baldwin successfully increased the funding set for next year’s federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, which has already equipped American public safety officers with over one million vests, passing the bills out of committee.
  • Empowering Law Enforcement to Better Combat Opioid Crisis: Tammy Baldwin helped pass bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to increase funding for local prevention programs, prevent the flow of fentanyl into America and enhance enforcement programs, including the Drug Free Communities program, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, the Drug Courts program, and the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine and Anti-Heroin programs.
  • Standing Up for Quality Health Care Plans: Joining with Republicans and Democrats, Tammy Baldwin has supported bipartisan plans to repeal the “Cadillac tax” on quality health care plans negotiated by police officers across the country.
  • Protecting the Right to Negotiate Better Wages: Tammy Baldwin authored the Public Safety Employer Employee Cooperation Act, which would give officers a stronger voice to improve working conditions and get the resources they need to most effectively serve the public. Tammy’s bill is supported by the WPPA, as well as the Milwaukee Police Association, Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), and International Union of Police Association (IUPA).

Bryce campaign: Takes 1 point lead in new poll

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For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018
Contact: Julia Savel, 973-525-5579, [email protected]

RACINE, WI – The Randy Bryce for Congress campaign released the latest polling from Change Research. The poll finds Randy Bryce at 45% and Bryan Steil at 44%.

“Over the past month, Paul Ryan’s super PAC has spent millions of dollars blitzing the airwaves with very personal attacks and lies against Randy. But clearly the voters see right through these negative television ads– which is why Randy has pulled ahead of Bryan Steil,” said Campaign Manager David Keith. “This is a 3.5 point swing from two weeks ago and is a clear indicator that voters in Wisconsin’s 1st district aren’t buying these smears. Randy has and continues to fight for working families, and it’s the working families who will turn out in big numbers to vote on November 6th that’s going to propel Randy to Congress.”

“I first met Randy many many months ago in Washington, DC and I was impressed by his courage to stand up and take on some of the most powerful political forces in this country. And I told him, ‘Randy, you run, and you threaten these people, they’re going to throw millions of dollars against you in ugly, personal, and destructive ads,” said Senator Bernie Sanders. “And that’s exactly what they’ve done. They’ve thrown millions of dollars in ugly thirty-second ads against him. And based on the poll I saw today, it ain’t working—Randy is going to win.”

Background
Polling was conducted by Change Research from October 19th to 21st, and the full polling memo can be found here.

DAGA releases new ad attacking Schimel for failing to protect children

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The Democratic Attorneys General Association’s new TV ad knocks Republican AG Brad Schimel for not doing enough to protect children.

The 30-second spot is from the WI People’s Lawyer Project, a DAGA arm. The group’s filing shows it spent about $807,000 on the buy, which will run through Election Day.

The spot begins with a grayed-out photo of a young girl and a female narrator who says, “Their safety is his responsibility, but Attorney General Brad Schimel repeatedly cut plea deals for men who sexually assaulted children,” as the screen changes to show a split screen with Schimel and block text that reads, “Plea deals for sexual predators,” accompanied by a list of case numbers.

The narrator then claims Schimel “blamed underage victims of sexual assault for their quote bad judgement” as the screen shows footage of another young girl.

The screen next pans to footage of Schimel talking to another man as the narrator claims a man accused of keeping child pornography “gave thousands of dollars to Schimel’s campaign.”

“That man got a plea deal just days after Schimel took office,” the narrator says.

“For their safety, vote ‘no’ on Schimel,” the narrator adds to close the spot.

Democratic Governors Association Chair Inslee campaigns for Dems in Wisconsin 🗓

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1:30 p.m.: Brown County Phone Bank
3 p.m.: Algoma Field Office Visit

This weekend, Democratic Governors Chair Jay Inslee (D-WA) will be campaigning in Wisconsin and Michigan for Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer.

This cycle, Democrats are on offense in the Midwest, with the opportunity to flip multiple Midwestern governors races from red to blue. Non-partisan analysts have shifted several races in the region towards Democrats in recent days. Last week, Buzzfeed News reported that Rust Belt states including Wisconsin and Michigan look “grim” for Republican governors.

While in Wisconsin and Michigan, Inslee will rally volunteers, launch canvasses, and highlight the importance of electing Evers and Whitmer to make important investments in the states’ schools, health care, and (damn) roads.

Democratic Governors Association: Chair Inslee to campaign for democratic candidates in midwest 🗓

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Contact:
Jared Leopold, 202-772-5600
[email protected]

Democratic Governors Association: Chair Inslee to campaign for democratic candidates in midwest

This weekend, Democratic Governors Chair Jay Inslee (D-WA) will be campaigning in Wisconsin and Michigan for Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer.

This cycle, Democrats are on offense in the Midwest, with the opportunity to flip multiple Midwestern governors races from red to blue. Non-partisan analysts have shifted several races in the region towards Democrats in recent days. Last week, Buzzfeed News reported that Rust Belt states including Wisconsin and Michigan look “grim” for Republican governors.

While in Wisconsin and Michigan, Inslee will rally volunteers, launch canvasses, and highlight the importance of electing Evers and Whitmer to make important investments in the states’ schools, health care, and (damn) roads.

Interested press is asked to kindly RSVP to these events to [email protected] for specific locations and additional details.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – Wisconsin
1:30 PM: Brown County Phone Bank

3:00 PM: Algoma Field Office Visit

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – Michigan
11:00 AM: Ann Arbor Canvass and Environmental Day of Action with the Sierra Club

12:00 PM: Livonia Canvass Kickoff

1:00 PM: Southgate Canvass Kickoff

2:00 PM Brownstown GOTV Rally

4:00 PM Monroe Canvass Kickoff

Dept. of Justice: Human trafficker from Appleton faces 152 years in prison

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APPLETON, Wis. – On October 22, 2018, an Outagamie County jury convicted Willie Allison of three counts of human trafficking as a repeat offender; Second-degree reckless injury as a repeat offender; two counts of Delivery of Heroin as a repeat drug offender and Maintaining a Drug trafficking place as a repeat drug offender. As a result of these convictions, Allison faces a potential maximum of 152 years in prison.

“This deeply upsetting case is a reminder that buying sex is not a victimless crime,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “State and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service professionals worked hard to bring justice to the victims in this case to put this trafficker behind bars. Now the community and these survivors will be safe from this violent criminal.”

“Human trafficking is no longer a “big city” issue; it is happening in Appleton and communities throughout Wisconsin,” said Outagamie District Attorney Melinda Tempelis. “This case illustrates that Outagamie County will not tolerate any form of human trafficking. We have a multi-disciplinary team of professionals committed to identifying, investigating and prosecuting these criminals and have services available to support those who are being victimized.”

This conviction was a joint law enforcement effort by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Appleton Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department, Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group – Drug Unit, and the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office.

On September 10, 2017, Appleton Police were dispatched to a residence where a female had overdosed on heroin. The Appleton Fire Department performed medical treatment on the female and saved her life. Law enforcement officers discovered that Willie Allison provided the female heroin and, when the female lost consciousness, Allison fled the residence.

During the investigation, officers further discovered that Allison had posted photographs of three females on a website, Backpage.com, and advertised that the females would engage in sexual activity in exchange for money. He forced them to commit acts of prostitution to engage in commercial sex acts by controlling their access to heroin and cocaine; by withholding their food; and by assaulting them, both physically and verbally. He told them that if they did not engage in commercial sex acts, they would not receive any heroin or cocaine; would be left without shelter; and would be subjected to physical and verbal attacks. Repeatedly, Allison physically assaulted the victims causing significant bruising to their eyes, faces, heads, and bodies, and in one instance, a broken bone.

Even after the female overdosed in his residence on September 10, 2017, Allison continued to sell heroin. He was arrested on October 12, 2017 after delivering one half gram of heroin to a police informant. At the time of his arrest, he had $1,017.22 in currency in his pants pocket.

Wisconsin DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Hahn and Outagamie County Assistant District Attorney Alex Duros prosecuted the case.

Dignity in Schools Campaign: Communities demand counselors, not cops in their schools and call for positive school discipline during National Week of Action

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Contact: Bianca Gomez, (608) 416-5337, [email protected] Zon Moua, [email protected]

Dignity in Schools Campaign youth, parents and educators in over 20 states host events, actions and community trainings to push back against school pushout

Madison, WI – Parents, teachers, students and other members of the nation-wide Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) coalition are gearing up for a week of action amplifying the call to replace school police and zero-tolerance discipline policies with approaches that build positive school climates and keep students in the classroom. Freedom, Inc youth leaders and community members will be hosting local actions in solidarity with DSC.

From October 20th to 29th, Freedom, Inc , along with DSC members in more than 20 states will hold events as part of DSC’s 9th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout. Under the theme of ‘Counselors, Not Cops,’ local community-based organizations will hold rallies, teach-ins, community forums and marches to push back against punitive, zero-tolerance discipline policies and call for the removal of regularly stationed police officers in schools.

Events Hosted by Freedom, Inc.

  • Town Hall Meeting: Safety In Schools for Black and Brown Students

    • Tuesday, October 23rd

    • 5:30-8pm

    • Black Cultural Center, 716 Langdon St, Madison, WI

  • MMSD School Board Meeting

    • Monday, October 29th

    • 5-9pm

    • Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton St, Madison WI

The Town Hall meeting is where we will share knowledge with community members about the systematic expulsion of Black and other POC students from MMSD and other educational institutions here in Madison. And the role of police in this racist process.

Youth Leaders will also attend the MMSD School Board Meeting to testify. They continue to demand that: 1) Police be removed from all MMSD schools. NO COPS IN SCHOOLS, 2) The school board invest in Youth of Color. We need counselors, bus passes, better school lunches, etc., and 3) Community be given control over school safety. Meaning students, families, and community need decision making power in our schools. Build transformative justice models instead of punishing youth!

On October 25th, DSC will also be releasing updates to their Model School Code on Education & Dignity. The Model Code presents recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout. Updates include model policies to stop the school-to-deportation pipeline for immigrant students, ending racial bias in gang-profiling, and removing police from school campuses.

DSC members across the country are calling for a shift in funding priorities away from hiring school police towards hiring more counselors and other school staff trained in positive and culturally relevant approaches, such as Restorative Justice and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). These positive approaches focus on building healthy relationships between teachers and students and treating discipline as a teaching moment rather than an opportunity to punish and push students out of school. Such methods have been found to improve behavior significantly, decrease suspensions and expulsions, and improve academic performance.

Find out more by visiting http://www.dignityinschools.org/our-work/week-of-action.

Edgewood College: Named to ‘Best For Vets: Colleges 2019’ list

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Contact: Ed Taylor, Director of Strategic Communications 608-663-2333

Madison, Wis. – Edgewood College has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 list. This marks the fourth consecutive year Edgewood College has earned this honor.

“Military Times’ Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families,” George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings, said. “It can’t be bought with advertising dollars, only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served. Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended.”

Edgewood College is one of only four colleges or universities in Wisconsin to be named to the list, and is the only private institution to be so recognized.

Now in its ninth year, the rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data, describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus and meticulously document a wide array of services, special policies, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

As is true for all Military Times rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent, objective and rigorous news project. This feature evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. About 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey.

About Military Times

The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies are the trusted source for independent news and information for service members and their families. The military community relies on Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times, Navy Times and Rebootcamp for reporting on everything important to their lives, including: pay, benefits, finance, education, health care, recreational resources, retirement, promotions, product reviews, and entertainment.

About Edgewood College

Located in Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition. We serve approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students at our Monroe Street and Deming Way campuses, and online. The College offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, and nursing, and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nursing practice. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Strategic Communications at 608-663-2333.

Evers campaign: New Evers digital ad highlights how Walker has failed Wisconsin farmers

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Contact: [email protected]
(608) 501-2762

Tony would invest in rural communities and support struggling family farms

Madison, WI — Today, Tony Evers’ campaign released a new digital ad focusing on how Scott Walker has done nothing to help Wisconsin farmers in the face of farm closures across the state. Instead of standing by while farmers struggle, Tony Evers has pledged to rebuild infrastructure, invest in rural schools, lower health care costs, and cut taxes for middle class families as part of his plan to revitalize farming communities.

“Typical politician Scott Walker is happy to talk about farmers when he’s on the campaign trail, but his record of farm closures and lack of support for rural communities speaks for itself,” said Evers campaign manager Maggie Gau. “Tony Evers’ plan will reinvest in Wisconsin’s rural communities and make sure that farmers have an advocate in the governor’s office to support them all year round, not just during election time.”

Under Scott Walker, more than 500 Wisconsin dairy farms have closed in the past year while rural roads and schools continue to be severely underfunded. Evers’ plan will provide support to farming communities that are struggling and make sure that they get the attention they deserve in state government so that Wisconsin can maintain its farming tradition.

Evers’ ad can be viewed here, and a full transcript is below.

“A Wisconsin Tradition ” Transcript:

I love this farm.

It’s been in my family for well over 100 years.

And soon I’ll pass it down to my kids.

And hopefully, they’ll be able to pass it down to their kids.

Farming is a Wisconsin tradition.

I remember thinking when I was young, I want to be a farmer when I grow up.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worrying about my grandkids being able to do the same.

Over 500 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin last year.

Scott Walker has done nothing about it.

I think he’s too worried about his next election.

Not the problems we’re facing.

So I’m voting for Tony Evers for governor.

He’s got a good plan to help family farmers.

He’s going to lower health care costs, maintain our roads, give the middle class a tax break, and invest in rural schools that are struggling.

But most of all, if my grandson or granddaughter wants to be a farmer when they grow up, they should have that opportunity.

Foxconn Racine County: Village of Mount Pleasant provides final approval on intergovernmental agreement between Village, City of Racine, Racine Water Utility

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Media Contact:
James Madlom
262-770-5189
[email protected]

MOUNT PLEASANT, WIS. – Last night, the Mount Pleasant Village Board voted to provide final approval on the comprehensive intergovernmental agreement developed by the City of Racine, Racine Water Utility, and Village of Mount Pleasant to ensure that infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn development are funded through the company’s $10 billion investment, via Mount Pleasant TID 5, and will not impact other municipalities or Utility ratepayers. The agreement also provides additional funding to the City of Racine to support the City’s transit and public safety systems and enables an 85+% reduction in the REC fee to foster increased development throughout the area.

“When we began considering the magnitude of the Foxconn project, we knew substantial infrastructure investment would be necessary,” said David DeGroot, President of the Village of Mount Pleasant. “We pursued the creation of a Tax Incremental District for this very reason, to be sure that necessary improvements would be funded through Foxconn’s $10 billion investment. This agreement will ensure just that, protecting Village and City taxpayers and Utility ratepayers.”

The Racine Common Council also approved the agreement earlier this week.

“This is a transformational agreement and a game-changer for our community,” said Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave. “The agreement promotes economic development, while protecting City and Village taxpayers. It is a testament to the importance of municipalities working together to develop common-sense solutions that benefit our entire community.”

Supporting Expansion of Water-Related Infrastructure

The Village of Mount Pleasant is served by the Racine Water Utility as a retail customer. The relationship is governed by the 2004 Retail Water Agreement that provides a methodology relating to cost sharing by and between the City and Village to fund expansion of water facilities within the Village. The new Intergovernmental Agreement ensures that the project costs associated with the expansion of the system to meet the needs of Mount Pleasant TID 5 will be funded by the Village.

  • Project Costs: The costs associated with expanding the existing water system to meet the needs of Mount Pleasant TID 5 is currently estimated at about $100 million. Under the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement, these costs will be funded by the Village through the revenue generated in TID 5 by Foxconn’s $10 billion investment.
  • Guaranteed Water Revenue: In addition, the Utility would ordinarily be responsible for financing the costs of needed improvements to the existing system – “Deficiency Costs” – currently estimated at $26.8 million. To ensure that no utility ratepayers are impacted by the cost of improvements, the Village will fund any shortfall between the increased revenue from the larger system and the revenue necessary to fund those improvements. As revenue grows over time – from new users such as Foxconn – the Village will be paid back.
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion: The Racine Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves the Village, will likely need to be expanded to meet the growing needs of the system, including from development within TID 5. The only adjacent area for expansion is on a parcel in the Village that was the former site of a CNH facility that closed in 2002. If the City acquires the parcel, the Village agrees to permit the City to attach that parcel, and any other contiguous City-owned parcels, to the City.

85+% REC Fee Reduction

The agreement also enables the Utility to significantly reduce the Residential Equivalent Connection (REC) Fee – by more than 85% – opening the door to significant new development opportunities throughout the area.

New developments within the City, Village of Mount Pleasant and Village of Sturtevant help fund water-related infrastructure improvements through the payment of a REC fee. Currently, the payments on the existing debt, and related interest payments, require a REC Fee of $3,623. To enable the Utility to reduce this fee to approximately $500, the Village will deposit funds into a separate TID 5 account that will be used to retire the existing debt held by the Utility. The Utility will collect the newly reduced REC fees and pay into the account, until the debt is fully paid.

Supporting City of Racine’s Transit and Public Safety Programs

The City and Village have also worked together to help ensure that the City of Racine’s public safety services and transit system have the additional support necessary to meet the growing needs within the Village, as well as to address open issues regarding the municipalities’ shared borders.

  • Public Transit: The City and Village have historically shared the cost of regional transit service. Given the anticipated increase in Village participation in transit services from the growth in TID 5, the Agreement calls for a change in funding allocation. In 2019, the Village will increase its funding from $240,000 annually to $340,0000. This increase will be funded by resources from TID 5. In future years, the City and Village will set funding levels based on actual usage by Village riders, in accordance with statistics in the Racine Area Transit System’s Annual Report.
  • Public Safety: The Village has planned to increase its support of public safety services in recognition of the growing needs from development within TID 5. As part of that investment, the Village will allocate $150,000 annually from TID 5 to support the City of Racine’s fire, police and emergency services, in recognition of the increased benefit they will provide within the Village.
  • Municipal BoundariesThe Agreement also calls for the City and Village to establish a Commission to assess the boundaries of the municipalities and recommend adjustments, where appropriate, to promote better planning and more efficient service delivery. The City and Village recognize that the historical annexation of properties to the City and the incorporation of the Village has resulted in haphazard borders and that there is an opportunity to create orderly boundaries that benefit both communities. The Committee will include three City appointees and three Village appointees and meet twice annually, beginning in 2019.

“This agreement is a great example of how municipalities can work together to produce enormous benefits for their residents – creating jobs, supporting public services and fostering increased development opportunities throughout eastern Racine County,” said Jenny Trick, Executive Director of Racine Economic Development Corporation. “This is a huge win for our entire community.”

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Foxconn is investing an estimated $10 billion in Mount Pleasant, in the heart of Racine County, Wisconsin to create North America’s first liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing facility. The Foxconn advanced manufacturing campus will be the largest manufacturing campus in the state and one of the largest foreign-direct investments in U.S. history. The investment represents the return of electronics manufacturing to the U.S. from Asia. Foxconn’s investment will change the economic landscape in Racine County and Wisconsin and will establish the state as the electronics manufacturing capital of North America. To learn more about the Racine County Foxconn project, visithttp://www.FoxconnRacineCounty.com.

ABOUT THE VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT

The Village of Mount Pleasant is a community that prides itself in one of its greatest assets – location. Comprising of 36 square miles in Eastern Racine County, Mount Pleasant is one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Wisconsin. Stretching from Lake Michigan to Interstate 94, their location provides easy access to metropolitan Milwaukee and Chicago, including Mitchell International Airport just minutes to the north. Mount Pleasant also offers a wide variety of business opportunities. Numerous local, national, and international companies call Mount Pleasant home, including Putzmeister, Case New Holland, SC Johnson, Diversey, Seda International Packaging, Badger Meter, and many others. Companies are also consistently expressing interest in the community and the area as a whole. This interest in development, despite the economic conditions both nationally and worldwide, has allowed the Village to see consistent growth providing additional jobs and amenities for residents. Learn more athttp://www.mtpleasantwi.gov/.

Gorski Campaign: Gorski hits GOP’s Scott Krug for skipping League of Women Voters candidate forum

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Wisconsin Rapids — David Gorski, Democratic Party nominee for the 72nd State Assembly, criticized his opponent for skipping the annual League of Women Voters of the Wisconsin Rapids Area candidate forum to be held on Oct. 23.

The League of Women Voters of the Wisconsin Rapids Area (LWVWRA) and Wisconsin Community Media (WRCM-TV) hosted a candidate forum for candidates competing on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“This is where we are under Republican Party government. No-shows at candidate forums, no accountability, and no concern with what Wisconsin people think and experience,” said David Gorski. ”Scott Krug takes his orders from special interest donors and Party insiders. So how families and communities feel about issues is beside the point for politicians like Krug.”

Krug told League officials he had a prior commitment conflicting with the annual forum. WRCM-TV allowed Krug to tape his answers to 15 questions ahead of the forum tonight.
“Mr. Krug does not do such forums. And Krug is a no-show for Adams County citizens’ clear-water committee meetings, citizen advisory meetings, local union meetings; name it, Scott Krug is not there,”

This is the second consecutive run for the office by David Gorski who was the nominee of the Democratic Party in 2016.

Gorski is a Democrat and member of the Democratic Progressive Caucus.
David Gorski is a retired counselor and drug-and-alcohol prevention specialist for the Nekoosa School System, living in the town Grand Rapids.

Gov. Walker: Encourages individuals, families and businesses impacted by flooding to register with FEMA for possible assistance

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Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses impacted by recent flooding and storms in eight Wisconsin counties to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible disaster assistance. Last week, President Donald J. Trump approved federal disaster aid for individuals, families, and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties.

“We’re encouraging everyone who sustained damage in these eight counties to register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov to receive possible assistance,” Governor Walker said. “Even if you’ve already called 2-1-1 to report damage, we still need you to register with FEMA. I thank President Trump for approving the declaration, and we are pleased that FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are ready to provide this much-needed assistance.”

Residents from the counties listed that sustained flood damage at home or at their business can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362 or for TTY call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Governor Walker reminds homeowners and businesses they still must call FEMA to register even if they called 2-1-1 or their county emergency management office initially to report damage or if they met with a FEMA representative last month during damage assessments. “If you are not sure you are registered, call 1-800-621-3362 and a FEMA representative can provide assistance,” Governor Walker continued.

FEMA assistance may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, first file a claim with your agent. FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.

FEMA Disaster Survival Assistance crews will begin outreach in Sauk and Dane Counties Tuesday afternoon to explain the program and to encourage flood victims to report damage. FEMA field personnel will be wearing FEMA shirts and carry official badges.

The SBA opened a Business Recovery Center in Madison and will be opening another office in Viroqua on Thursday to help businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the storms. SBA officials can provide information about applying for disaster loans. The locations are 740 Regent Street, Suite 100 in Madison and 318 Fairlane Drive in Viroqua. Both offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several other counties that also sustained damage from flooding and tornadoes are still under review by (FEMA) for the Individual Assistance Program. The counties under review are Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Ozaukee and Washington. Governor Walker said the state will continue to work with affected individuals and businesses to provide disaster relief.

Information about the various state and federal disaster programs that are available are located at ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov.

Gov. Walker: Pet food company Stella & Chewy’s expands operations in Milwaukee County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2018
Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

$30 million expansion project will create 82 jobs in Oak Creek

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced that Stella & Chewy’s, a natural pet food company, is expanding its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Oak Creek – a project expected to create 82 new jobs and a $30 million capital investment over the next three years.
“Stella & Chewy’s is a great example of how businesses of all industries are thriving and growing in Wisconsin thanks to our positive business climate and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Walker. “Companies have many options in deciding whether to expand, and we commend Stella & Chewy’s for its continued commitment to Wisconsin.”

“Stella & Chewy’s excellent growth in sales and market share of its high-quality premium pet food products is requiring expanded manufacturing capability,” said CEO Marc Hill. “The company is proud to call Wisconsin home and excited to expand in the state.”

Due to significant growth in the number of customers and the size of the company, Stella & Chewy’s is expanding its capabilities of its manufacturing and business operations. The expansion will include leasing a new building, as well as the purchase of new machinery and equipment.

WEDC is supporting the project by authorizing up to $500,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Stella & Chewy will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

Stella & Chewy’s was founded in 2003 by Marie Moody after she had rescued a sick dog, Chewy, from an animal shelter. Based on a veterinarian’s advice, Moody began feeding Chewy a raw diet composed of meat, fruit and vegetables. Having witnessed the positive health impact this diet had on her pet, Moody started producing raw pet food and selling it door-to-door to local New York City pet stores.

Moody’s business grew from her kitchen in a Manhattan apartment to one of the leading manufacturers of premium raw freeze-dried and raw frozen food for dogs and cats. The company, now headquartered in Oak Creek, offers dinners that are made with grass-fed beef, cage-free poultry and wild-caught fish along with organic fruits and vegetables.

Stella & Chewy’s products are manufactured at their 164,000-square-foot facility and are sold at more than 6,000 neighborhood pet stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company has about 200 employees in the state.

Local officials applauded the growing company for its decision to expand in Wisconsin.

“We are pleased that a leading national manufacturer like Stella & Chewy’s is taking advantage of our great regional workforce and friendly business climate by choosing to expand in our region,” said Pat O’Brien, executive director of the Milwaukee 7, the regional economic development organization. “Food manufacturers play a large role in our expanding regional economy and we are pleased to support their efforts.”

“I want to thank Stella & Chewy’s for their continued expansion and investment,” added Aaron Hertzberg, director of economic development for Milwaukee County. “Their growth and hiring since moving to Milwaukee County has been tremendous and adds to the proud manufacturing reputation of the region.”

“I commend Marie Moody for her hard work founding and developing this successful business in our community,” said state Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek). “The expansion of her company, Stella & Chewy’s, enhances our economy and our workforce success and sets the tone for positive growth into the future.”

In addition to the 82 jobs expected to be created by the company, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 127 additional jobs in the region. Those 209 new jobs are expected to generate $1.7 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period.

Gov. Walker: Seeks applicants for Racine County Judicial vacancy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2018
Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Racine County Circuit Court.
The new appointee will replace outgoing Racine County Circuit Court Judge Emily Mueller, whose resignation is effective November 26, 2018. The new appointee, should he or she choose to run, would be up for election in April 2019.

To apply, please submit the following:

Cover Letter

Resume

Two Writing Samples

Judicial Application: found on Governor Walker’s website: www.walker.wi.gov. (Select “Menu” at the top right of the page, “Serve WI,” “Service Applications,” “Judicial Application.”)

All application materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2018. Following submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application, and explaining the next steps.

Potential applicants with questions about the process should email their questions to [email protected] If you need to speak with someone immediately, you may contact Kate Wiedel at 608-266-1212.

Grothman campaign: Grothman is the clear choice in 6th Congressional District

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Contact: Timothy Svoboda, (920) 375-1217 or [email protected]

Grothman campaign: Grothman is the clear choice in 6th Congressional District
Glenn Grothman will keep delivering results for Wisconsin

(Fond du Lac, WI) – In tonight’s WHBY debate, Congressman Glenn Grothman proved once again he is the clear choice to continue representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Grothman has a strong record of fighting for our values and bringing real solutions to Washington. Following the debate, Grothman’s campaign released the following statement:

“Tonight, Congressman Grothman shared his strong record of accomplishments for the constituents of the 6th district, while highlighting a clear contrast with his Democratic opponent, lobbyist Dan Kohl. While D.C. Dan Kohl would put the government in charge of our healthcare and pay for it by creating a new payroll tax on middle-class families, Congressman Grothman has consistently voted to lower healthcare costs, while protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Congressman Grothman has cut taxes and government regulations, funded trade schools and apprenticeships and brought stakeholders together to fight the opioid epidemic. The choice couldn’t be more clear – lobbyist Dan Kohl, or public servant and Wisconsin native Glenn Grothman.”  Said Grothman spokesman Tim Svoboda

Hartwig campaign: Democrat’s husband, business partner and largest campaign contributor received $245 million fine for allegations of market manipulation

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Contact: Travis Hartwig – [email protected], 262-441-9062

(MADISON, WI) – When Sarah Godlewski first announced her run for Wisconsin State Treasurer, it was not the first time her and her husband, Maxim Duckworth, had been in the newspapers. Prior to selling their home in December of 2017 and moving to Wisconsin, they lived in the D.C. area where he worked as the Director of Portfolio Management and Trading for Constellation Energy Group.

In what has been called the “largest of its kind”, Maxim Duckworth and three of his business partners caused his firm, Constellation Energy Group, to pay a $245 million dollar fine to resolve allegations of market manipulation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.1 The fine caused the firm to go out of business and be bought by another firm. According to his LinkedIn page, Mr. Duckworth was unemployed by the end of that year.

The Baltimore Sun reported that:

“Under the settlement, each of the four employees may not hold any position involving physical and financial energy trading at Constellation, a successor company or affiliate. The men are Michael Pavo and Jason Hughes, who were traders; their supervisor, Joseph Kirkpatrick; and Maxim Duckworth, the trading group’s managing director of portfolio management and trading.”

Mr. Duckworth’s activity is grossly unethical and harmed the businesses and taxpayers of the New England area. Wisconsin cannot afford to elect individuals that stand by such behavior to serve in elected leadership in our state.

According to Ms. Godlewski’s Statement of Economic Interest filing, her and Mr. Duckworth own 14 business together, 5 in the Washington D.C. metro-area, 3 in the United Kingdom, 2 in Colorado, and 1 in Texas, New York, Florida, and Wisconsin, respectively.

Beyond their business relations, Mr. Duckworth was also the largest contributor to Ms. Godlewski’s campaign until an October 12th amendment to the Sarah for Wisconsin July Campaign Finance Report changed the name of a contributor from Max Duckworth to Sarah Godlewski. If this donation was in fact from Mr. Duckworth, it would have been a clear violation of campaign finance contribution limits in the State of Wisconsin that cap contributions for the State Treasurer’s race at $20,000. Which begs the question “Who signed the check and actually made the contribution?”

“We must hold our elected officials to a higher standard, especially if they are going to handle our state’s finances as the next State Treasurer” said Travis Hartwig, candidate for State Treasurer. “Unlike my opponent, I have a record of private sector financial experience and have the reputation to serve as a trustworthy steward of taxpayer money.”

So far in the race for State Treasurer, Sarah has done very little to earn the trust of voters. She has actively mislead voters about her residencyhosted lavish out-of-state fund raisers for special interests groupsreceived multiple campaign ethics complaints and campaigned on a pledge to invest our schools trust funds in riskier investments.

“The values of these two individuals represent the slime in politics.” said Hartwig. “Rather than standing up for everyday people, they enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else. Disgusting.”

Hartwig, who grew up in East Troy, WI, holds a double major in Finance and Business 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.

New TV ad from Vukmir super PAC says time to defeat ‘radical’ Baldwin, her ‘fanatical allies’

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The super PAC backing GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is out with a new TV ad saying it’s time to defeat “radical Tammy Baldwin and her fanatical allies.”

The group said it’s putting more than $500,000 behind the spot.

The spot opens with footage from the 2011 protests at the state Capitol over Act 10 with the narrator saying mobs “stormed the capitol,” and tried to intimidate Vukmir and Republicans.

“And Tammy Baldwin led protesters to the capitol, where she voted for higher taxes,” the narrator says. Baldwin was in Congress at the time of the protests, but had served in the state Legislature before winning her House seat in 1998.

The narrator says “it’s happening again.”

“Liberal mobs are storming the U.S. Capitol, where Baldwin is still voting for higher taxes and more spending,” the narrator adds as the spot shows footage of Baldwin speaking to protesters in 2011.

The narrator concludes the spot, “We can’t let radical Tammy Baldwin and her fanatical allies win. It’s time to defeat them again.”

New Walker TV ad says Evers wants special treatment for ‘illegals’

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Gov. Scott Walker’s latest TV ad charges Dem rival Tony Evers wants to provide “special treatment for illegals.”

Walker’s campaign said the ad, the 31st of his re-election bid, will run on TV and online platforms.

The spot uses clips of Evers’ comments from Friday’s debate in which he expressed support for allowing those who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children to pay in-state tuition at University of Wisconsin schools. Those in the program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, after often called “Dreamers.” Evers also backed driver permits for those who are living in the country illegally, but working in Wisconsin.

The narrator opens the ad, “We know Tony Evers wants to raise property and income taxes, but did you know he wants to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens?”

The ad then shows a clip from Friday’s debate with Evers saying, “I would propose or support legislation that allowed DACA students to be part of, to have in-state tuition.”

The narrator adds, “And drivers’ licenses too?”

The spot shows shows another clip of Evers from Friday saying, “Do I think that we should have permits, driver permits for undocumented folks that are working in the state of Wisconsin? The answer is yes.”

The narrator closes the spot, “Tony Evers: Special treatment for illegals, higher taxes for you.”

NextGen Wisconsin: Statement on Scott Walker’s desperate anti-immigrant ad

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CONTACT: NGA Press Office, 415-802-2423
or [email protected]

Today, Governor Scott Walker’s campaign released an ad using racist language to malign immigrant communities by claiming that Tony Evers wants to give “special treatment for illegals”. In response to this example of dog-whistle racism, NextGen Wisconsin Youth Organizing Director George Olufosoye released the following statement:

“Scott Walker has slashed funding for our schools and denied $1.1 billion in funds that could have provided affordable health care to hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites. Now, he is hoping that he can distract us from his abject failure as Governor by attacking and stigmatizing immigrant communities. Young voters see past Walker’s politics of fear and scapegoating, and we will turnout to vote for Tony Evers on November 6 because we want a Governor who will stand up and protect everyone in our state.”

NFIB: Gov. Scott Walker receives NFIB Wisconsin PAC endorsement in reelection bid

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Contact: Bill Smith
NFIB’s Wisconsin State Director
[email protected]
608-255-6083

MADISON, WI – The NFIB Wisconsin political action committee, NFIB WI PAC, announced today it has endorsed Governor Scott Walker in his bid for reelection. The endorsement comes after a poll of small-business members in the state, a vote of approval from NFIB’s state PAC Board and its Leadership Council. NFIB’s National Board, made up of small-business owners from around the country, has also given Scott Walker’s endorsement a thumbs up.

“Gov. Scott Walker has a record of solid leadership that demonstrates time and again that he cares about small businesses and he knows how important their success is to the state’s economy,” said Bill G. Smith, state director of NFIB in Wisconsin. “He succeeded in lowering taxes, fees, and reducing the burden of regulations on small businesses during his tenure as governor.”

“I am honored to receive the support of small businesses, and I am proud to have signed into law many pieces of legislation to help Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs succeed,” said Gov. Scott Walker. “As small businesses have grown, they have hired more people. That has led to the highest participation in Wisconsin’s workforce in 2018 than ever before, and employee paychecks are rising. Small business is an economic force employing half of our state’s workers, and they are a crucial part of the state’s economy.”

NFIB, Wisconsin’s leading small-business association, represents a cross-section of the state’s economy. The endorsement comes from the NFIB WI PAC, the association’s state political action committee, which is comprised of Wisconsin small-business owners.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the small-business vote for NFIB WI PAC-endorsed candidates, including Gov. Scott Walker in the General Election.

Progressive Takeover: Selects SD-01 and SD-09 as expansion districts for Wisconsin voter turnout program

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CONTACT:
Will Hoverman – Program Assistant
(612)-991-9492
[email protected]

Grassroots organization widens targets for $700k campaign to flip upper chamber blue

CHICAGO —  This week Progressive Takeover, a grassroots organization focused on state legislatures, announced two new expansion districts for their 2018 Wisconsin turnout program.

“We were thrilled to help Caleb Frostman win his special election in June. We’re confident our campaign will help him keep that seat,” said Katie Miller, Executive Director of Progressive Takeover. “Kyle Whelton is running an inspiring campaign in SD-09;  we are ecstatic to be adding his district as a target.”

SD-01 and SD-09 join SD-05, SD-17, SD-19, and SD-23 on a shortlist of crucial seats Progressive Takeover aims to flip as a result of their innovative voter turnout programs.

A substantial portion of the $700,000 Wisconsin program will fund highly-targeted digital ads across the six State Senate districts.  In addition to digital, Progressive Takeover is also sending 260,000 pieces of mail to voters in the six State Senate districts and has twenty field staffers on the ground in-state.

“Between our robust media campaigns and thorough field program, we are confident that Democrats will take back the State Senate in November,” said Katie Miller, Executive Director of Progressive Takeover.

Progressive Takeover launched its Wisconsin campaign in June and has offices in Green Bay, Madison, and Elm Grove. With a goal of increasing turnout on the left, their field staff bring the latest in data-driven targeting and research-backed tactics directly to the voter’s door.

The organization is also investing in state-level races in North Carolina.

Progressive Takeover was founded to target the most competitive state legislative contests in the country. Specifically, they hope to mobilize voters to end Republican gerrymandering, reverse voter suppression laws, and take back state chambers.

For more information about this announcement, feel free to contact Will Hoverman, who is available for quotes. Other information can be found on our website and on Facebook or Twitter.

Racine Mayor Mason: Enters into principal agreement with Royal Capital Group for the Walker muffler site

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Multi-use Development Plan is Being Explored

Racine – Mayor Cory Mason and Royal Capital Group’s President Kevin Newell announced today that the two entities have reached a principle agreement for Royal Capital to purchase a 9.5-acre lakefront property, commonly referred to as the Walker Muffler site, in downtown Racine.

“There is more interest now in the City of Racine from developers than there has been in several decades,” said Mayor Cory Mason. “I am excited that we have found a reputable developer who shares the same values as the City when it comes to being innovative in design, while producing an environmentally sustainable product, and who’s focused on benefiting the lives of our residents.”

Entering into the agreement with Royal Capital Group gives the Milwaukee based developers exclusive rights to the land at Walker as they begin to negotiate use, design, and public benefit with the City.

“Our firm is excited about the opportunity to transform this underutilized lakefront property into a development that further adds to Racine’s vibrancy in line with the future of smart cities”, said Kevin Newell. “Furthermore, we are committed to working with the community, business community, and City leadership to ensure that this site becomes a catalyst for what’s to come in the City of Racine.”

Rep. Sargent: Statement on the closing of Bimbo Bakeries

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Contact: Maddie Zimmerman, [email protected], 440-725-9466

MADISON – State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) released the following statement upon hearing of the anticipated closure of Bimbo Bakeries in the 48th Assembly District. Bimbo Bakeries has been an integral member of the community for years, supplying jobs to hundreds of Madisonians.

“I am saddened to hear that Bimbo Bakeries will be closing in the following months. With little notice to the employees, city, or district, this comes as a shock to us all.

My thoughts are with those 159 employees and their families as they bring the news home to their loved ones. These are my friends, neighbors, and constituents, and I can only imagine how upsetting of a time this must be for them. Not only did Bimbo’s employees fill their block of East Washington with delicious, sweet smells, but they are truly the heart and soul of our community.

As these workers navigate an undoubtedly challenging transition over the next few months, I know Madison will rally around these people and their families to support them. I look forward to working with the City and other stakeholders to support the employees of Bimbo Bakeries and their families in whatever way we can.”

Rep. Schraa fundraiser 🗓

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Fundraiser for Michael Schraa
Tuesday, Oct. 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Menominee Nation Arena
Sports Laundry Systems VIP Deck
1212 South Main Street
Oshkosh, WI
Featured Guest Speaker
Frankie Winters
Please make checks payable to: Michael Schraa for Assembly

Sanders stumps for Dems, knocks Trump in Milwaukee stop

MILWAUKEE — Sen. Bernie Sanders swung away Monday at President Donald Trump as he fired up young Milwaukeeans to vote for Democratic candidates on Nov. 6.

“Virtually every president in recent years understood his job was to bring us together,” the Vermont Independent said at a Dem rally at UW-Milwaukee. “Now we have a president who for cheap political reasons thinks he can get votes by dividing us. Mr. Trump, we are not going backwards, we are going forwards.”

Sanders, who won the Wisconsin primary but lost the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, spoke of Americans who “put their lives on the line” to fight discrimination against racial and religious minorities, women, and the LGBT community. He contrasted their sacrifices with Trump’s mockery of sexual assault victims, separation of immigrant families, attacks on the news media and friendly relations with dictators.

He also called Trump “a pathological liar” who has broken promises to provide health care for all, take on Wall Street, and protect Social Security and Medicare.

Although Sanders is considered a potential challenger to the Republican president in 2020, Monday’s focus was on mobilizing voters for the rapidly approaching midterm elections. The rally featured U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin; state Superintendent Tony Evers, the Dem gubernatorial candidate, and his running mate, former state Rep. Mandela Barnes; Randy Bryce, 1st CD Dem candidate; and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, of Milwaukee.

Sanders praised today’s youth as “the most progressive generation in the history of our country: the least racist, the least sexist, the least homophobic, the least bigoted.” But he said their passion for equality and the environment “doesn’t mean anything if you don’t come out to vote.” If young people vote at the same rates as the rest of the nation, Sanders added, “You will transform the United States of America.”

Just as health care was a dominant issue in Sanders’ 2016 campaign, it dominated Monday’s rally as well, with several candidates citing their own health struggles to illustrate the need for broad access to health coverage and continued protection for those with pre-existing conditions.

“Health care is on the ballot this year. We can’t let my opponent and her special-interest friends take our health care away,” Baldwin said, referring to Brookfield Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Baldwin recalled how a serious illness confined her to the hospital for three months at age 9, but wasn’t covered by her grandparents‘ health insurance. Her pre-existing condition complicated subsequent attempts to obtain insurance, she said.

Evers and Bryce sounded similar themes in recounting their battles with cancer. Bryce noted he declared bankruptcy because of medical bills, while Evers said he couldn’t imagine what he would have done without insurance.

Vukmir campaign manager Jess Ward knocked Baldwin from standing “with socialist Bernie Sanders,” and said their Medicare-for-All plan would mean an end to Medicare, Medicare Advantage and employer-provided health insurance for 3.4 million Wisconsinites.

“It seems counterproductive that Baldwin’s solution to health care begins with destroying care for our seniors. So much for keeping your doctor,” Ward said.

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, meanwhile, sought to shift the focus to passages in the last several DPI budgets that were lifted from other sources without attribution.

“The problem for Bernie Sanders is that he condemned plagiarism as ‘troubling’ and now Tony Evers has seven cases of plagiarism and counting — no teacher would allow this kind of cheating in the classroom, how can Bernie Sanders allow this kind of failed leadership in his endorsements?” said Walker spokesman Austin Altenburg.

Baldwin’s campaign reported 1,100 people were in the standing-room-only crowd, which would be 47 percent over the official capacity of 750 for the UWM Union’s Wisconsin Room.

By Larry Sandler
For WisPolitics.com

Schimel campaign: Wisconsin Professional Police Association endorses Schimel

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Contact: Johnny Koremenos, 262-706-1649

[WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis…] Wisconsin’s police officers want Brad Schimel to helm the Department of Justice. On Monday, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced their endorsement of our Attorney General Brad Schimel’s re-election campaign.

“For our organization, the choice was clear,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “After four years leading the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Brad Schimel has once again earned the support of our board of elected officers from all across the state because they’ve seen Attorney General Schimel’s commitment to ending the sexual assault kit backlog, fighting opioid and meth abuse, and focusing on the wellness of the brave men and women on the frontlines of law enforcement. Attorney General Schimel’s qualifications are second to none, and we are proud to join the bipartisan group of more than 110 elected sheriffs and district attorneys in support of his re-election campaign.”

WPPA, Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group, represents nearly 10,000 of Wisconsin’s frontline law enforcement officers from more than 300 local association affiliates.

“Brad Schimel is law enforcement’s choice for attorney general because they know he is a champion of public safety, not politics,” said Schimel Campaign Manager Johnny Koremenos. “The men and women who keep our streets safe, those who know the job best, are overwhelmingly backing Brad Schimel for Attorney General because they trust his impartial, independent commitment to public safety and justice for Wisconsinites.”

Brad Schimel became a prosecutor in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office after serving as an intern there during law school. Throughout his nearly 25-year career in Waukesha, the largest portion of which was spent in the sensitive crimes unit, Brad Schimel earned a reputation as an aggressive and tough prosecutor, handling thousands of cases and more than 150 jury trials. Schimel’s caseload included elder abuse, human trafficking, homicide, sexual assault, drunk driving, internet crimes against children, public corruption, and one of the nation’s first sextortion cases.

Schimel faces activist Josh Kaul in the General Election. Whereas Brad Schimel has a nearly three decades long, distinguished career as a prosecutor in this state, Josh Kaul has never prosecuted a criminal case in Wisconsin. Not one, ever. Whereas Schimel has a broad, bipartisan coalition of Wisconsin supporters, Kaul is funded and supported by state and national partisan activists.

As Attorney General, Shimel has also prioritized preventing Internet crimes against children and violence against women. Under Schimel, Wisconsin is a national leader in the fight against human trafficking. Together with a coalition of Attorneys General from across the country, Brad Schimel has led numerous lawsuits challenging overreach by the federal government that would cripple the economy and hurt Wisconsin families.

Brad Schimel’s determined, yet compassionate, record on criminal justice has earned him the support of 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 sheriffs and 50 of Wisconsin’s 71 district attorneys, including 21 elected Democrats who appreciate the breadth, depth, and nonpartisan nature of the Republican Attorney General’s experience.

Brad and his wife, Sandi, raise their two daughters in Waukesha County where Brad previously served as a prosecutor since 1990, including eight years as the elected District Attorney. He was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 2014.

For more information, visit bradschimel.com

Speaker Ryan: Now law: Major water infrastructure legislation

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CONTACT 
AshLee StrongDoug Andres
202-225-0600
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act:

“This new law will make a real difference in people’s daily lives. After all, everything from clean water to local jobs depends on resilient infrastructure. By making critical upgrades to our ports and waterways, we improve the flow of goods and services that is so vital to commerce and manufacturing. And we are cutting down on the endless studies and needless delays that slow down these local projects. This is all good news for our communities, and it is another way to continue driving economic momentum.”

Steil campaign: Scores decisive victory in second debate

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Media Contact: Andrew Iverson, Communications Director

Steil campaign: Scores decisive victory in second debate

KENOSHA, Wis. – First Congressional District candidate Bryan Steil won his second debate this evening as Steil outlined his problem-solving approach and policies to boost Southeast Wisconsin’s economy.

Andrew Iverson, Campaign Spokesman: “Bryan Steil showcased tonight that he has what it takes to represent and fight for the people of Southeast Wisconsin. Bryan Steil is a problem solver who will help create high wage jobs, lower the cost of healthcare, hold the line on taxes and close the skills gap. Randy Bryce will only raise taxes and add to the dysfunction in Washington. The contrast could not have be any clearer.”

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bryan Steil has Wisconsin Style Solutions. Randy Bryce has out of state values and pushes far-left policies.
  • Bryan will use his background working in manufacturing and education to create high wage jobs, lower the cost of healthcare, hold the line on taxes and prepare workers for the jobs of the future.
  • Bryan will work to keep Southeast Wisconsin communities safe, which is why he has been endorsed by all six sheriffs in the First Congressional District.
  • Randy Bryce failed to defend his far-left values backed by his out of state money and endorsements.
  • Randy Bryce failed to address how he would pay for his $32 trillion government takeover of healthcare.

TUE AM Update: New Wisconsin Next, DGA TV ads; Grothman, Kohl to debate tonight

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TUE News Summary: Walker says WI needs a break from ‘massive new interchanges in Milwaukee’; Walker, Evers Take Different Paths On Road Funding

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U.S. Sen. Baldwin: President Trump signs Buy America reform into law

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Contact: [email protected]

202-224-6225

Bipartisan water infrastructure legislation includes a requirement pushed by Senator Baldwin that federally funded water infrastructure projects use American-made iron and steel

“A five-year Buy America standard is better than the status quo and President Trump has taken an important step forward on our shared goal of making sure taxpayer money is not spent supporting foreign workers.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law bipartisan water infrastructure legislation that includes a requirement pushed by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin that federally funded water infrastructure projects use American-made iron and steel.

Senator Baldwin has long championed stronger Buy America standards and her Made in America Water Infrastructure Act requires that 100 percent American-made iron and steel is used in water infrastructure projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) signed by President Trump includes a five-year extension of Buy America requirements for water infrastructure projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

“A five-year Buy America standard is better than the status quo and President Trump has taken an important step forward on our shared goal of making sure taxpayer money is not spent supporting foreign workers,” said Senator Baldwin. “I will continue fighting for a permanent Buy America commitment from Washington that rewards our Made in Wisconsin workers and manufacturers.”

On April 18, 2017, while visiting Kenosha, local media asked President Trump if he supported Senator Baldwin’s permanent Buy America standard. President Trump said “I do,” and also said, “I agree with her 100 percent.” The bipartisan WRDA legislation he signed today includes a Buy America requirement through at least 2023.

“As we invest in our nation’s water infrastructure, American taxpayers expect—now more than ever—that the iron and steel products incorporated into these taxpayer-financed projects will be melted, molded and made in America by American workers and the foundries and mills that employ them,” said Neenah Foundry’s Municipal Products Group Vice President Scott Hoffman. “On behalf of Neenah Enterprises of Neenah, Wisconsin, our deep appreciation goes to Senator Baldwin for her leadership in securing a five-year extension of the procurement preference for American-made iron and steel products for drinking water infrastructure. Senator Baldwin has been a leader on a multitude of Buy America efforts to ensure that taxpayer-financed public infrastructure uses castings produced in American foundries like Neenah.”

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a federal-state partnership that acts as an infrastructure bank to help ensure safe drinking water in all 50 states and territories. Baldwin’s reform would require all of these projects to use American-made iron and steel. Eligible projects include improving drinking water treatment; fixing or replacing old pipes; improving the source of the water supply; replacing or constructing finished water storage tanks; or any other infrastructure projects needed to protect public health.

An online version of this release is available here.

UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: Can innovation help Medicaid recipients quit smoking?

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CONTACT:  Toni Morrissey
(608) 263-3223
(608) 576-6456
[email protected]

MADISON, WI – The use of modest financial incentives to engage with the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is a cost-effective option for increasing smoking quit rates among Medicaid recipients, according to research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Marlon Mundt, associate professor in the department of family medicine and community health, said that it pays to provide incentives to low-income smokers to engage with evidence-based tobacco treatment.

The “Striving to Quit” study randomized 1900 Medicaid recipients to either a control group or to a group offering financial incentives to take up to five calls from the Quit Line.  The control group of 952 smokers received a total of $80: $40 for completing a baseline assessment and $40 for a six-month assessment.  The financial incentive group also received $30 for each call from the WTQL taken and $40 for smoking abstinence at six months. Quit Line counselors routinely recommended that participants get prescriptions for a Medicaid-approved smoking-cessation medication.  The medications were not provided by the study or the Quit Line.

“The financial-incentive group participants took significantly more calls than the control group, thus prolonging exposure to tobacco treatment,” said Mundt.  He said 46 percent of the incentive group took all five calls compared to 21 percent of the control group. Because of financial incentives, 22 percent of the incentive-group participants had biochemically-verified abstinence at six months compared to 14 percent of control group participants.  The abstinence was confirmed by carbon monoxide or urine tests.

The total intervention costs per participant, on average, were $499 per incentive participant and $316 for control participants for a difference of $183. These costs included staff time, medication costs and financial incentives. Comparison of intervention costs and study effectiveness revealed that a total of $2316 is needed to gain one additional Medicaid patient to quit smoking at six-month follow-up after the intervention.

To put his results in perspective, Mundt compared his cost-effectiveness findings to the use of varenicline, a smoking-cessation drug, and proactive telephone counseling. That combined approach requires about $2600 per additional smoker to quit.

“This study did not take into consideration the health care savings when Medicaid recipients quit smoking and lessen their likelihood of developing cancer, other cancer-related diseases and mortality,” said Mundt. “The benefits of engaging low-income smokers with the Quit Line would quickly outweigh the costs of incentivizing smokers when long-term health care outcomes of abstinence are taken into consideration.”

Mundt said future research should explore further the relation among financial incentives to engage socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers in evidence-based tobacco treatment, abstinence and quality-adjusted life years (QALY) to determine the full economic impact of the intervention.

The study was published in Value in Health.

Vukmir campaign: Tomah Tammy tried to impeach Bush

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Contact: Jess Ward, (608) 213-5939

Brookfield, Wis. — With President Donald J. Trump set to campaign for Leah Vukmir on Wednesday in the Wausau area, it’s worth remembering that Tomah Tammy Baldwin lead the effort to impeach President George W. Bush and could possibly do the same with President Trump.

“Senator Baldwin was literally on the front lines attempting to impeach President George W. Bush. Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior, and we can only assume Baldwin also wants to impeach President Trump, too,” said Leah Vukmir campaign manager Jess Ward. “While Leah will proudly stand with President Trump in Wausau this week, voters deserve to know where Baldwin stands on impeachment proceedings for President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. The press needs to do its job and ask her this important question.”

BACKGROUND…

California Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters goes on Trump ‘impeachment’ tear, vows to ‘get him.’ “Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters escalated her rhetorical assault on President Trump over the weekend – vowing to ‘get him’ and repeating the word ‘impeachment’ over and over. Waters, who took heat earlier this year for urging her supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public, told a group gathered in Los Angeles that some Democratic leaders have asked her to stop talking about impeaching Trump. ‘There’s a difference in how some of our leadership talk about how we should handle all of this,’ Water said. ‘They say, ‘Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore.’ ‘And when they say that, I say ‘impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.’” (Fox News, 9/10/18)

Tomah Tammy Baldwin was one of the “steadiest supporters of impeachment initiatives in the House.” “Baldwin has been one of the steadiest supporters of impeachment initiatives in the House, signing on to a series of calls for inquiries and votes that have challenged the wrongdoing of the president, the vice president and their appointees. The Madison Democrat was, for instance, one of the first members of the Judiciary Committee to endorse House Resolution 333, Kucinich’s proposal to impeach Dick Cheney. And she was a key backer of Washington Democrat Jay Inslee’s move to open impeachment hearings for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, which helped force Gonzales’ resignation.” (John Nichols, Opinion, “Baldwin Should Answer The Call Of Conscience,” The Capital Times, 6/25/08)

Walker campaign: National Federation of Independent Business endorses Scott Walker

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Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

[Madison, Wis.] – The National Federation of Independent Business proudly endorsed Scott Walker today in his campaign for Wisconsin governor, citing his record of real leadership keeping the tax burden low and reducing burdensome regulation on small businesses to help them create jobs for hard-working families in communities across the state. The endorsement occurred as part of a statewide tour that will include Green Bay, Weston, and Eau Claire.

Before Scott Walker took office, unemployment peaked at 9.3 percent, taxes were skyrocketing, and jobs were fleeing the state. Now, under Scott Walker’s bold leadership, unemployment has been at or below 3 percent for eight straight months, property taxes are lower than they were in 2010, and he has a bold agenda to keep Wisconsin working for generations to come.

Statement from Bill G. Smith, NFIB’s State Director in Wisconsin:

“Governor Scott Walker has a solid record of leadership that demonstrates time and time again that he cares about small business, and that he understands how important their success is to the state’s economy. Thanks to his bold reforms, Wisconsin is a great place to start and grow a business. We look forward to continuing to partner with Governor Walker on an agenda to keep Wisconsin moving forward.”

Statement from Scott Walker:

“Our campaign is proud to have the support of the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses across Wisconsin. Small businesses know the importance of responsible budgeting and common-sense reforms that lead to lower taxes, a better business climate, and more money in the pockets of hard-working families. We look forward to continuing to work with local small business owners to keep Wisconsin working for generations to come.”

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Governor Walker obtains Disaster Unemployment Assistance for eight Wisconsin Counties

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CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

MADISON – Governor Walker announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to eligible individuals due to a major disaster declared by the President on October 18, 2018.  The Department of Workforce Development is accepting applications for DUA from individuals in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon Counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides between August 17, 2018 and September 14, 2018.  Applications for DUA must be filed by November 23, 2018.

To be eligible for DUA individuals:

  • Must be an unemployed or self-unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President
  • Must be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and
  • Must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and
  • Must have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and
  • Must establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.

Also, eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or
  • Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government.

All DUA applicants must file for regular unemployment benefits first before receiving consideration for DUA benefits.  DUA benefits are not payable if an individual is eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Suffering a monetary loss due to damage to property or crops does not automatically entitle an individual to Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Benefits are based on a person’s earnings for the most recent tax year.  As a result, applicants may be asked to furnish earnings data from their most recent federal tax returns when filing a claim.  The first potential week payable for DUA benefits is the week ending August 25, 2018.

Workers in the eight counties declared disaster areas, including those who are self-employed in farming or other businesses, must apply for benefits by November 23, 2018.Applications filed after this date will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after this date.

Individuals who may be eligible for assistance must file a claim online.  Go to https://dwd.wi.gov/ui/dua for information on how to file a claim.  For help using online services or if you are unable to go online, call the DUA hotline at 608-318-7100 during business hours.

Additional information is available at https://dwd.wi.gov/ui/dua.

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board: Names new executive director

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Wisconsin Educational Communications Board: Names new executive director

MADISON, Wis. – Marta Snarr Bechtol has been named executive director of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board (ECB), following a national search.

In congratulating Bechtol, Dr. Rolf Wegenke, ECB board chair, stated that the board was most impressed by her commitment to ECB’s mission. Bechtol responded, “having worked at ECB for 14 years, most recently as deputy executive director, I find it a joy to work with a highly qualified and talented staff and with ECB’s partners and constituencies. Having been a former classroom teacher myself, I am passionate about providing media resources to Wisconsin’s K-12 students and teachers.”

Bechtol declared that she is looking forward to the challenges of leading the state agency during a time of great change in the broadcast industry, “I am honored to serve the people of Wisconsin at ECB. Wisconsin has always been a pioneer in public broadcasting and that will continue.”

Bechtol is an alumna of the University of Utah and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and is currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to ECB she worked as an educator in California, Alaska, and Kansas.

WisDems: Health care advocates hold “Protect Our Health Care” event 🗓

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Contact:
Brad Bainum, [email protected]
Alex Japko, [email protected]

WisDems: Health care advocates hold “Protect Our Health Care” event
Health care advocates to respond to Leah Vukmir and Scott Walker campaigning with Donald Trump

Vukmir and Walker have long supported Trump and Republican efforts to dismantle and gut federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions

WAUSAU — TOMORROW at 1:00 PM in WAUSAU, health care advocates and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin are holding a “Protect Our Health Care” press conference in response to President Donald Trump traveling to Wisconsin to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and Gov. Scott Walker, who have campaigned on dismantling the Affordable Care Act and gutting its key protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.

Vukmir has said she would cast the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to gut pre-existing condition protections, while Walker authorized the lawsuit that would gut those protections.

Event Details

WHAT:
“Protect Our Health Care” Event, with Health Care Advocates and state Rep. Katrina Shankland

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM

WHERE:
Marathon County Democratic Party Office
W 54403, 833 S 3rd Ave,
Wausau, WI 54401

RSVP:
Media interested in attending should email [email protected].

Background

Although 93 percent of Wisconsinites say it’s “Important” to maintain the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and Gov. Scott Walkersupport President Donald Trump and Republicans’ efforts to repeal, undermine, and dismantle the health care law and gut its protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.

Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reconfirmed that Republicans plan to once again vote to gut federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, if Vukmir is elected to the Senate. Previously, Vice President Mike Pence praised Vukmir as the would-be deciding vote to help Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act. Likewise, Vukmir has herself argued that she would be the key, deciding vote to pass Republican priorities like repealing the health care law and gutting its protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.

Like Vukmir, Walker has for years called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. And Walker authorized the Attorney General Brad Schimel-led lawsuit to strike down the health care law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions as unconstitutional.

Trump, like Pence before him, is campaigning for Walker and Vukmir because they support the Trump and Washington Republicans’ dangerous health care repeal agenda, making it abundantly clear that health care and protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions are on the ballot in November’s election.

WisDems: ICYMI – The Hill: Harley-Davidson sales plunge after Trump said he would back boycott

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For Immediate Release
October 23 2018
Contact: Alex Japko, [email protected]

Walker Was Silent on Trump’s Attacks on Wisconsin Businesses

In case you missed it, Harley Davidson announced its worst quarterly plunge in eight years, with sales dropping 13% since the summer. One reason for the slide? Donald Trump’s repeated calls for a boycott on the company. The people of Wisconsin remember that it took Scott Walker more than a day to even speak up about Trump’s public attacks on the business. Now with these poor sales numbers, Walker probably wishes he wasn’t so afraid to stand up to the White House when their policies hurt Wisconsin’s economy.

The Hill: Harley-Davidson sales plunge after Trump said he would back boycott

Harley-Davidson’s sales plunged by 13 percent last quarter after President Trump said he would support a boycott against the company.

The 13 percent drop between July and September is the steepest quarterly slide the company has seen in eight years, Bloomberg reported.

The plunge followed after Trump tweeted his support in June for a boycott against Harley-Davidson after the company announced it would move some of its production overseas to avoid new tariffs imposed by the European Union.

The EU’s motorcycle tariffs came in response to Trump’s steep tariffs on steel and aluminum that were levied against the EU and other U.S. allies.

Harley-Davidson Inc. CEO Matt Levatich reportedly circulated a memo at the time to employees and dealers, emphasizing motorcycles sold in the U.S. will still be built in the U.S.

“The only reason we have invested otherwise is so that our products have a fighting chance of being price competitive in markets that burden our products with high tariffs,” Levatich wrote in the June memo.

Trump’s tweet backing a boycott of the company came in response to a report by The New York Times, in which some Harley-Davidson owners said they would abandon the company if it followed through with plans to shift some production overseas.

“Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas,” Trump tweeted. “Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better.”

Harley-Davidson is one of several companies that has vowed to move some production overseas in response to retaliatory tariffs.

WisDems: Leah Vukmir, in her own words, on helping Trump gut protections for pre-existing condition coverage

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Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

MADISON — Beyond the bluster and empty rhetoric, “struggling Senate candidate” Leah Vukmir has for months been quite open about her plans to gut coverage protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday campaign trip to Wisconsin to boost Vukmir, it’s worth remembering that Vukmir has for months brazenly bragged about being the deciding vote to advance President Trump and Washington Republicans’ dangerous health care repeal agenda that would gut protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions and impose an age tax that would let insurance companies charge older Americans more for coverage

Here’s a brief look at Vukmir — in her own words — on being the key Republican vote in the U.S. Senate to pass plans that would gut protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing health conditions:

“Obamacare needs to be repealed.” —Leah Vukmir [The Vicki McKenna Show, 12/21/17]

“I’m gonna fight like heck to beat Tammy Baldwin, so that I can be that extra voice in the Senate. So, when a proposal does get passed over from the House, it doesn’t fall short in the Senate like it did.” —Leah Vukmir [The Steve Scaffidi Show, 10/16/18]

“We’re going to be that reinforcement that’s needed in the United States Senate, so that Vice President Pence doesn’t have to be that tie-breaker.” —Leah Vukmir [UW-Whitewater College Republicans event, 10/17/18]

WisDems: Walker has now cost Wisconsin $1.1 billion by refusing funds to expand badgerCare

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Contact: Alex Japko, [email protected]

WisDems: Walker has now cost Wisconsin $1.1 billion by refusing funds to expand badgerCare
“In a nutshell, the approach pushed through by the governor is costing the state a lot more and accomplishing a lot less.”

Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a new report about how that Scott Walker’s position on BadgerCare has cost the state more than a billion dollars. Walker refused to accept the federal money to expand health care in the state and is spending state funds to cover fewer people. As the story notes, that $1.1 Billion is roughly equivalent to funding the UW system for a year or paying for the entire cost of linking the Marquette and Zoo Interchanges, and could be used to help fund our schools, fix our roads, or increase student aid. But instead of taking the funds, Walker put politics before the good of the state and it’s now costing Wisconsin taxpayers dearly.

Read excerpts from the report below.

Journal Sentinel: Cost of Wisconsin’s stance on the Affordable Care Act: $1.1 billion through this fiscal year

One billion dollars is roughly what the state budget allocates each year to the University of Wisconsin System.

It is roughly the cost of linking the Marquette and Zoo Interchanges.

And it is the federal money that Wisconsin has turned away since 2014 because of its unique take on the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that partially expanded eligibility for Medicaid while not accepting the additional federal dollars available through the law.

The cost: an estimated $1.1 billion through the fiscal year ending June 30, according to the most recent analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature’s decision is again an issue in a gubernatorial race. Walker stands by his decision. Tony Evers, the Democrat candidate for governor, has said he would accept the federal money available through the law.

The huge sums of federal money we are leaving on the table could be used to strengthen our state by improving schools, increasing student financial aid, filling potholes and many other investments,” said Jon Peacock, research director for Kids Forward.

…The $200 million in potential annual savings from accepting the federal money from the Affordable Care Act could enable the state to double what it pays dentists — and the state still would have $160 million a year to spend elsewhere.

“That would be huge,” Peacock said.

Another example is the state could double financial aid – now about $143 million a year – for students who are going to state universities and technical schools.

Peacock and other supporters of accepting the federal money can cite others.

“In a nutshell, the approach pushed through by the governor is costing the state a lot more and accomplishing a lot less,”Peacock said.

WisDOC: Probation and parole agents, law enforcement work together to protect communities during Halloween trick-or-treating

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Contact: DOC Communications, 608-240-5060
[email protected]

WisDOC: Probation and parole agents, law enforcement work together to protect communities during Halloween trick-or-treating

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin to conduct random home visits of registered sex offenders on community supervision during local trick-or-treating hours.

The Department supervises 65,762 offenders on community supervision, including 5,856 registered sex offenders. Each Halloween, probation and parole agents remind sex offenders of Halloween-specific restrictions and hold them accountable for any violations.

These restrictions, which have been established to protect children while they are trick-or-treating, prohibit sex offenders on community supervision from:

  • Having any Halloween decorations, either inside or outside their residence;
  • Handing out candy or participating in trick or treat activities;
  • Wearing a Halloween costume; or
  • Turning on their porch light during trick or treating hours.

In 2017, probation and parole agents conducted more than 2,100 home visits and took 38 sex offenders into custody for alleged supervision violations. During 2017, the Department referred 709 sex offenders to prosecutors for non-compliance with sex offender registration requirements.

Sex Offender Registration Program Director Grace Knutson shared the following important reminders for safe trick-or-treating:

  • Children should always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and stick to neighborhoods you know well.
  • Only stop at homes with a lit porch light.
  • Never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Call 911 if you see any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • Children should yell “No!” and try to escape if a stranger tries to take them somewhere.
  • Have a responsible adult check treats at the end of the night.

Before trick-or-treating, parents are encouraged to sit down with their children to discuss these tips and develop a strategy if families get separated.

The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry website enables users to search for a specific offender, search for offenders up to three miles from a specific address, or search for all offenders in a certain municipality, ZIP code, or county.

Members of the public can also contact the Sex Offender Safe Tip Line at 1-877-234-0085 with questions or to report potential violations of Halloween restrictions. If the public sees any unlawful activity or they feel threatened, they should call 911.

WisDOJ: AG Schimel joins local law enforcement leaders to promote Drug Take Back Day 🗓

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WHAT: Attorney General Brad Schimel joins local law enforcement leaders to promote Drug Take Back Day in Green County.

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WHERE: Green County Sheriff’s Department
              2827 6th Street
Monroe, WI 53566

WHO: Attorney General Brad Schimel
Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff
Green County District Attorney Craig Nolen
Monroe Police Chief Frederick Kelley

WisDOT: Highway 19/113 intersection reconstruction is complete

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For more information, contact:
Matt Dapp, WisDOT Project Manager
(608) 246-5353; [email protected]

WisDOT: Highway 19/113 intersection reconstruction is complete
Project designed to improve safety, traffic operations   

The reconstruction project to improve safety and traffic operations at a high crash intersection in Dane County is substantially complete.  Improvements to the WIS 19/113/County I intersection in the town of Westport include a double-lane roundabout, bypass lanes and new highway surface approaching the intersection.

The intersection is open to traffic. Minor finishing items are expected to be performed this week before removal of the construction barrels.

The $4 million project was funded by the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to address the high number of crashes and reduce traffic congestion at the location. The project reduced the number of intersections from three to one.

Construction began in April. Edgerton Contractors, Inc. of Oak Creek, WI was the primary contractor.

Motorists are encouraged to be aware of the new intersection design and reduce speeds in the area. The posted speed limit in the roundabout is 15 miles per hour.

Additional tips for traveling through a roundabout:

  • Slow down
  • Watch for and obey traffic signs
  • Following signage, move into the correct lane for your destination
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit the roundabout
  • Yield to all lanes of traffic on your left before entering
  • Keep your speed low and stay in your lane (do not change lanes within the roundabout)
  • Use your right-turn signal before exiting the roundabout

More information about roundabouts in Wisconsin can be found at www.wisconsindot.gov

WisGOP: D.C. Kohl still putting Washington special interests over Wisconsin families

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
WisGOP: D.C. Kohl still putting Washington special interests over Wisconsin families
Glenn Grothman will continue to fight for Wisconsin values
[Madison, WI] — D.C. Dan Kohl is a far-left Washington insider who is out of touch with Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Kohl’s resume includes supporting extreme ideas like a government takeover of health care and running a D.C. special-interest group that has doled out millions of dollars to liberal candidates. Glenn Grothman will fight for Wisconsin families while D.C. Dan will only fight for his friends in the swamp.
“The 6th Congressional District is lucky to have Glenn Grothman who will put their interests first with every vote,” said Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney. “Unlike his opponent, who has spent more time in Washington than Wisconsin recently, Glenn has shown time and again his top priority is the people of his district. He’ll keep fighting for less government, lower taxes, and better health care for hard-working Wisconsin families.

WisGOP: Steil highlights agenda putting Wisconsin first

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
WisGOP: Steil highlights agenda putting Wisconsin first
Randy Bryce wants higher taxes and more government control
[Madison, WI]— Bryan Steil offered real solutions that will help Wisconsinites get ahead. The contrast was evident all night, as Randy Bryce insisted on siding with the far left over hard-working Wisconsin taxpayers. On top of his lengthy arrest record, Bryce’s far-left views make him unfit to represent the voters of the First Congressional District. Following tonight’s debate, the Republican Party of Wisconsin released the following statement from Chairman Brad Courtney:
“Bryan Steil showed throughout tonight’s debate what an incredible representative of the people of Wisconsin he would be – he’s a problem solver who will fight for lower taxes and help Wisconsin build the best workforce in the world. This stands in stark contrast to Randy Bryce, whose lengthy arrest record and extreme liberal views make him completely unqualified to represent Wisconsin families in Washington.”

WisGOP: Tammy Baldwin silent on issue of impeachment

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — Radical liberals are willing to go to extreme lengths to stop President Trump’s agenda – including impeachment. In Wisconsin, Randy Bryce talks about impeachment regularly. Around the country, candidates for U.S. Senate are weighing in on the issue. With her far-left voting record and history of siding with her liberal Washington allies over Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin needs to make clear where she stands on the issue.

“After supporting President Trump in the 2016 election, Wisconsin voters deserve answers – does Tammy Baldwin support impeaching President Trump?” said Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Baldwin has one of the most liberal voting records in Washington – it’d be no surprise if she put Washington and her liberal resistance allies ahead of Wisconsin. She should make it clear with the voters of our state before they go to the polls in November.”

WisGOP: Tony Evers caught misleading voters about plagiarism

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI]— As if it was not bad enough that Tony Evers was caught plagiarizing in his most recent budget, he then tried to downplay its importance by insisting it was only on the back pages of “a budget.” Subsequent reports have shown that Tony Evers plagiarized seven separate sections of his budget over six years.

Check out what they’re saying about Tony Evers’ plagiarism here:

From Fox News: Tony Evers, the state superintendent, submitted several budget requests throughout the years that did not give credit for multiple passages lifted verbatim from other sources, according to the Wisconsin Republican Party. The GOP released documents showing the alleged plagiarism Sunday, going as far back as 2012.

From The Daily Caller: According to documents released on Sunday, the GOP has found at least three other instances where Evers’ submitted plagiarized work. In one glaring example, the Democrat’s budget proposal contained a four-paragraph section that was nearly verbatim to a national policy group — the only difference was that Evers’ submission changed the word “students” to “pupils.” Additionally, Evers’ most recent budget proposal included a passage that taken verbatim from previous work and was not properly cited.

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State schools Superintendent Tony Evers’ plagiarism problem is getting worse. Republicans released records Sunday that document three more occasions in which Evers submitted budget requests dating to 2012 that lifted passages nearly word-for-word from other sources without credit. In one instance, Evers’ education budget plan contains a four-paragraph section that matches the language of a study by a national policy group with the only difference being that his education plan uses “pupils” instead of “students.” They also found that an uncredited passage in Evers’ most recent budget plan was also used — verbatim and without citation — by his office twice previously.

From WSAU: State schools Superintendent Tony Evers is facing accusations of plagiarism in recent budget requests. Republicans released records Sunday that documented three more instances in which Evers submitted budget requests with passages of text taken nearly word-for-word from other sources without giving proper credit.

WisPolitics Midday: Oct. 23, 2018

In today’s WisPolitics Midday update:

  • New TV ads launched in the state-wide races.
  • Tony Evers drafts a letter asking for WI to be pulled out of the Obamacare lawsuit.
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