Daily Archives: October 25, 2018

Baldwin campaign: Wisconsinites ask Leah Vukmir “Why?”

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Wisconsinites want to know why Leah Vukmir sides with the insurance companies, not them

MADISON — In a new Tammy Baldwin for Senate ad, Wisconsinites ask Leah Vukmir “Why” she repeatedly sides with insurance companies over people.

 
 
 

“Wisconsinites all across the state want to know why Leah Vukmir is siding with the insurance companies over them,” said campaign spokesperson Bill Neidhardt. “Despite Leah Vukmir’s desperate rhetoric and empty statements about our health care, she still needs to answer this critical question for every person with a pre-existing condition, infant with heart defects, loved one with Alzheimer’s, children with hearing impairments, and Wisconsinites facing mental health challenges.” 

In “Why?”, multiple Wisconsinites from across the state ask:

  • “Why would Leah Vukmir be one of the only legislators to vote against hearing aids for children?” 
    [SB 27, 2009 Assembly Journal 145, 4/23/2009]
  • “Why would Leah Vukmir want to get rid of coverage for pre-existing conditions?”
    [Wisconsin State Journal, 8/27/2018
  • “Why would she block heart screenings for newborns?”
    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/22/2013]
  • “Why would Leah Vukmir be the only one to oppose Alzheimer’s research?”
    [AB 784, 2015 Wisconsin Senate Journal 586, 2/08/2016]
  • “Why would she vote over and over against mental health coverage?”
    [SB 71, 2004 Wisconsin Senate Journal, 3/11/2004]
    [SB 362, 2010 Wisconsin Assembly Journal 843, 4/15/2010]
    [AB 64Motion 136, Executive Session Held 5/11/2017]

Throughout her 16-year career as a politician, Leah Vukmir has repeatedly sided with insurance companies over Wisconsinites. This is a clear contrast to Tammy Baldwin, who is standing up to those insurance companies and leading the fight to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Health care is the top issue for voters in this race according to multiple polls.  The latest Marquette Law School poll showed that 93% of Wisconsin votersbelieve it’s very or somewhat important to require coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Four previous Tammy Baldwin for Senate ads have highlighted Tammy Baldwin’s efforts to protect affordable health care for people with pre-existing conditions:  AshamedWhat Would HappenBoth Sides and Clear Choice.

DC Wrap: Trump praises Vukmir, Walker in Mosinee rally, new poll finds Baldwin up big in re-election bid

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Quotes of the week

[Republicans] realize it was a political weakness for them, so they tried to cover their flanks when in fact they were voting to remove those kinds of protections.
– Dem Dan Kohl during a 6th CD debate with Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman. Kohl charged Grothman, through his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, attempted to “effectively gut protections” for people with pre-existing conditions through a special provision Kohl said would remove limits on what insurance companies could charge those with pre-existing conditions.

I sat in there with Republicans [behind] closed doors before we came up with this. It was almost unanimously agreed that this provision had to be part of Obamacare repeal, and it was.
– Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, refuting the charge. To clear the record, he read the text included in the repeal efforts, which he said prevented health insurers from limiting health care access for those with pre-existing conditions.

See coverage of the debate at WisPolitics.com.

If you can’t stand up to Gov. Walker and ask him now, how the heck are you going to go stand up to Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.?
– 1st CD Dem Randy Bryce to Republican opponent Bryan Steil in the pair’s first debate. Bryce called on Steil to urge Gov. Scott Walker to drop the state’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act in order to protect pre-existing conditions. Steil didn’t respond to the question.

I can think of at least nine times where a law degree would’ve come in handy.
– Steil, an attorney for a manufacturer, in response to Bryce repeatedly alleging Steil “made his money by sending good-paying jobs overseas.” Steil’s comment references the nine times Bryce has been arrested, though Bryce countered his recent arrests have been because he was “standing up for people.”

Read more from the debate at WisPolitics.com.

This week’s news

— President Trump lavished praise on Wisconsin’s Republican ticket at his stop in Mosinee this week, arguing the November midterms represent a referendum on the rule of law, illegal immigration and the confirmation of U.S. Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump slammed Dems for being categorically opposed to his agenda, and joined Scott Walker in knocking the guv’s Dem opponent Tony Evers as a tax-and-spend liberal.

“Tony wants to raise your income taxes substantially, wants to raise your gas taxes, raise your property taxes, raise all of your taxes,” Trump said, calling Evers “extreme.” “And Tony Evers wants to get illegal aliens to flood into Wisconsin to get public benefits funded by you, the American taxpayer.”

Both Walker and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir joined Trump on stage as they exchanged compliments, slammed opponents and urged the crowd to vote in November.

Trump said Vukmir was a “tireless fighter” for the people of the state and knocked U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, for voting against tax cuts and supporting “deadly” sanctuary cities.

Trump called Walker a “good friend” and “tireless warrior,” touting efforts by the guv and the president’s administration to bring Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to southeastern Wisconsin.

“He’s a good man, folks, and he loves this state, he loves the people of this state,” Trump said to shouts of “four more years” from the crowd. “He’ll cut your taxes … improve your schools … bring down the cost of health care … and continue creating great paying jobs for the state of Wisconsin.”

See more on Trump’s rally at WisPolitics.com.

— President Barack Obama is planning to host a rally in Milwaukee tomorrow to campaign for state Dem candidates.

The rally, which will be at North Division High School, will also feature Baldwin, Dem guv candidate Tony Evers, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, 1st CD Dem Randy Bryce and 6th CD Dem Dan Kohl, among others.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden’s Wisconsin visit Tuesday will include get-out-the-vote rallies in Madison and Milwaukee.

Biden will first be on the UW-Madison campus with Baldwin, Evers and his running mate Mandela Barnes.

Biden will then be in Milwaukee that afternoon at Laborers’ Local 113 with Evers and Barnes.

A new poll from Ipsos, Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics found Baldwin up big in her re-election bid.

The poll found Baldwin was leading GOP challenger Leah Vukmir 54-39. Last month, it was Baldwin 52-39.

The poll was conducted online Oct. 12-18 with a panel that included 1,193 likely voters. The margin of error for likely voters was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The sample was 47.6 percent Dem, 39.6 Republican and 7.6 percent independents.

Last month’s sample was 47.7 percent Dem, 40.4 percent Republican and 7.3 percent independent.

Ipsos uses panels of people who have opted in for market research and then pulls from those pools representative populations for each state it surveys.

The latest poll found 55 percent of likely voters disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, while 43 percent approve.

The top issue for voters was healthcare, which was cited by 20 percent of those surveyed, and Dems had the edge in both races. In the Senate campaign, 48 percent of likely voters said they believed Baldwin had a batter policy, compared to 30 percent for Vukmir.

See the topline results.

— Baldwin’s legislation aiming to ensure materials used in federal infrastructure aid programs are made in the U.S has been signed into law.

The bipartisan “Made in America Water Infrastructure Act” amends the Safe Drinking Water Act by requiring that only American-made iron and steel is used in water infrastructure projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The legislation also includes a five-year extension of these “Buy America” requirements.

Baldwin, D-Madison, in a statement praised President Trump for taking “an important step forward” in ensuring taxpayer money is “not spent supporting foreign workers.”

“I will continue fighting for a permanent Buy America commitment from Washington that rewards our Made in Wisconsin workers and manufacturers,” Baldwin said.

Trump at an April 2017 stop in Kenosha voiced support for Baldwin’s “Buy America” requirements.

Baldwin has been a proponent of “Buy America” legislation. She recently urged the Federal Trade Commission in a letter to fully enforce its “Made in America” labeling standards.  

— U.S. Rep. Ron Kind is applauding the Trump administration’s granting of a disaster relief request following flooding in Wisconsin.

The administration OK’d the ask on Oct. 18. Under the declaration, those in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

The La Crosse Dem in a statement said the declaration “will be a welcome relief for many that have been flooded out of their homes and businesses.”  

Kind had previously sent the president a letter, following Gov. Scott Walker’s request for a disaster declaration, that urged Trump to approve the measure to give assistance to those impacted by the flooding and storms from Aug. 17 to Sept. 14.

Posts of the week

ICYMI

Tammy Baldwin leads Leah Vukmir by double digits in new poll; Tony Evers has small lead over Scott Walker

Sen. Tammy Baldwin shares thoughts and plans to help farmers and manufacturers impacted by tariffs

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Bernie Sanders shared stage with 9/11 conspiracy theorist

Baldwin, Vukmir talk foreign policy in final debate

Rep. Pocan says midterms could shake up Congress

Bernie Sanders Campaigns In Milwaukee For Democratic Candidates

Osseo Republican Steve Toft challenges 11-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in 3rd District

Republican Mike Gallagher’s campaign says no time for debate with Democrat Beau Liegeois

Congress member Mike Gallagher frustrated with partisan sniping

Vukmir, Duffy campaign in Hudson

Dan Kohl battles incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman in hopes of turning reliable red House seat blue

In One Of The More Competitive Races, GOP Incumbent Glenn Grothman Faces Novice Dan Kohl

Dept. of Natural Resources: Low water at Grand River will challenge hunters

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CONTACT: Erin Grossman, DNR wildlife biologist, Berlin, 920-361-3149; Ellen Barth, DNR wildlife supervisor, 920-424-4003; Ed Culhane, DNR communications, 715-781-1683

BERLIN, Wis. – The dam that controls water levels in the Grand River Wildlife Area has experienced storm-related gate failure. The result, for the near future, will be lower water levels in the flowage and this will affect duck hunters.

Severe thunderstorms on Aug. 28 dislodged large dense cattail mats and old submerged trees that could not pass under the dam. There are three gates. None are currently operational. Two are stuck in the closed position, one is stuck open.

The Department of Natural Resources plans to allow the open gate to continue drawing down the water in Grand River Marsh so that if heavy rains fall again, that gate will be able to safely release water. With more than half of the 60-day duck season remaining, lower water levels will affect duck hunter access to the marsh. Open water areas of the marsh will not be heavily affected. However, low water at access points will make watercraft launching difficult.

“Safety is our primary concern,” said DNR wildlife biologist Erin Grossman. “We appreciate the patience of hunters and are sympathetic to the challenges this unfortunate situation will cause. We are completing an assessment and hope to have repairs completed in the spring or summer of 2019.”

Grand River Marsh Wildlife Area is a 7,000-acre state property located in southwest Green Lake County and southeast Marquette County near Lake Puckaway.

End Citizens United: Files FEC complaint against Leah Vukmir, mega-donor Dick Uihlein

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Public records show Vukmir improperly solicited excessive contributions from Uihlein and illegally coordinated  

End Citizens United (ECU) today filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) against Wisconsin Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and Americans PAC and Restoration PAC, two Super PACs controlled by Dick Uihlein, for improperly soliciting excessive contributions and illegally coordinating, in violation of the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 and FEC regulations.

Following Vukmir’s primary win, she publicly discussed plans to reach out to Uihlein for support and, following a GOP party event, assured stakeholders that she received support from Uihlein, “There was a unity dinner recently and we [Vukmir and Uihlein] are looking forward to working together” – public remarks that leave little doubt that Vukmir held a private conversation with Uihlein on support for her campaign. Weeks later, Uihlein donated a combined $3 million to Americans PAC and Restoration PAC, two Super PACs which within days started running over $700,000 in negative ads against Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Vukmir’s opponent. Both Americans PAC and Restoration PAC are essentially exclusively funded and controlled by Dick Uihlein.

The Violation:

The Vukmir and her campaign appear to have violated the Act and Commission regulations in two separate ways:  (1) they improperly solicited contributions well in excess of the statutorily imposed limits; and (2) they improperly coordinated public communications with Super PACs controlled by Uihlein.

“Leah Vukmir is skirting the rules and Dick Uihlein is more than happy to play along to put another politician in his pocket,” said Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United. “Vukmir’s public remarks stunningly reveal that she coordinated with Uihlein behind closed doors. We aren’t surprised given her absolute horrific record on campaign finance, but Wisconsin deserves better than a politician who puts her own political ambitions ahead of the law, and is willing to be bought off by a special interests.”

Click here to read the FEC complaint.

Farm Bureau: Appoints three member to Promotion and Education Committee

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Contact: Megan Rebout, Director of Member Relations, 608.828.5702

MADISON – Andrea Brossard of Dodge County, Kathy Duescher of Brown County and Katie Zoromski of Marathon County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee by the organization’s Board of Directors. Their terms begin at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, November 30 – December 3, in Wisconsin Dells.

“It is evident that Andrea, Kathy and Katie have a passion for promoting agriculture and engaging others in conversations about food, fuel and fiber,” WFBF President Jim Holte said.

Andrea Brossard, a Dodge County Farm Bureau member, was appointed to a second term as the committee’s chair. She represents Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Rock and Sauk counties. Andrea is the third generation on her family’s 200-cow dairy farm and is responsible for calf care, monitoring herd health, managing employees and record keeping. Her family grows crops on 650 acres, which are used to feed the cows. Andrea is a past graduate of the WFBF Leadership Institute, winner of the Excellence in Agriculture award, Discussion Meet finalist and graduate of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Communication Bootcamp.

Kathy Duescher, a Brown County Farm Bureau member, was appointed to her first term on the WFBF Promotion and Education Committee. She will represent Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. Kathy has an accounting degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She spent 25 years as support staff in K-12 education before retiring in April of 2017. Kathy now co-manages a custom planting and harvest business. She is a member of the Bay Port FFA Alumni and Booster Club and the Brown County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee.

Katie Zoromski, a Marathon County Farm Bureau member, was appointed to her first term on the WFBF Promotion and Education Committee. She will represent Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties. Katie developed a love for agriculture after spending time on her uncle’s dairy farm while growing up in central Wisconsin. After 15 years of working as a herdsman on large dairies in Wisconsin and Texas, Katie transitioned back into schooling to pursue a marketing degree from Northcentral Technical College. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University. Outside of school, Katie enjoys working on her family’s farm and helping promote agriculture through Farm Bureau. Her family plans to grow their hobby farm into an agritourism venture while supplying a variety of agricultural products to the community.

The Promotion and Education Committee is a group of nine leaders who represent the nine Wisconsin Farm Bureau districts. Committee members develop, implement and promote projects and programs which build awareness and understanding of agriculture and provide leadership development for the agricultural community. The committee’s chair, Andrea Brossard of Beaver Dam, sits on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors as the program’s representative. The Promotion and Education Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.

For more information about Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Program or committee, call 1.800.261.FARM or visit www.wfbf.com.

Gorski campaign: Rep. Scott Krug wants to arrest federal workers who help people with preexisting condition coverage

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Contact: David Gorski        [email protected],    715 213 2223
Gorski Campaign: Rep. Scott Krug wants to arrest federal workers who help people with preexisting condition coverage
Wisconsin Rapids—David Gorski, Democratic Party nominee for the 72nd State Assembly, criticized his opponent, Rep. Scott Krug (R), for his position on preexisting conditions and Obamacare in which Krug repeatedly calls for the arrest of federal officials who implemented healthcare guarantees.
“This is crazy stuff. Scott Krug’s demands against healthcare call for the arrest of federal officials who implemented any Obamacare guarantee, such as preexisting condition coverage,” said Gorski. “Scott Krug cannot run away from his position against guaranteed coverage for preexisting conditions and his unhinged promise to the rightwing. The many news pieces and the record are a Google away.” Gorski pointed to Krug’s answers in the questionnaire for the Campaign for Liberty, and press reports.
Krug is one of nine lawmakers who called for the arrest of federal officials who come to Wisconsin to implement Obamacare. “Consider that. We have guarantees against health insurance companies blocking coverage for preexisting conditions, and Krug wants to arrest federal workers who help implement these guarantees,” said Gorski.
Here are some news reports of Scott Krug’s position against preexisting condition coverage and healthcare.
Gorski, is a Democrat and member of the 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.

Grothman campaign: Dan Kohl supports massive increase in taxes on Wisconsin families

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

Fact Check: Dan Kohl Supports Massive Increase in Taxes on Wisconsin Families

  1. Dan Kohl supported hiking local sales taxes, even though he admitted it would “hurt poor people the most.”(Staff, “Dan Kohl: State Assembly,” Shepherd Express, 8/13/08)

  1. Dan Kohl supported a government health care takeover that would double income taxes for every Wisconsinite. (Staff, “Dan Kohl: State Assembly,” Shepherd Express, 8/13/08, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, State Senate Democrats will try to revive universal healthcare plan, 11/12/08)

  1. Dan Kohl supported a middle-class tax hike that was called the “largest tax increase in state history.” (Editorial, “Selling plan will take more than charm,” Green Bay Press-Gazette, 6/12/09)

  1. Dan Kohl would have voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He called it a “mean,” “destructive,” and a “tax scam” that would “devastate Wisconsin families.” (Dan Kohl for WI, Facebook, 11/20/17, Dan Kohl for WI, Facebook, 6/22/17)

Marquette University Law School: Poll Director Franklin goes ‘On the Issues’ with new poll Oct. 31

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Contact: Chris Jenkins
Associate Director of University Communication
(414) 288-4745 — office
(414) 828-2725 — mobile
[email protected]

MILWAUKEE — Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin will provide the results of a new poll of Wisconsin voters in an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 12:15 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall.

With less than a week until Election Day, Franklin will look at where the races for Wisconsin governor, U.S. senator and attorney general stand. Are some groups of voters set in their choices while others are wavering? And which party holds an enthusiasm advantage as voters head to the polls?

This poll also looks at what voters say are the most important issues facing the state, their tax and spending priorities, and their views of public education, quality of roads and health care policy. On the national scene, we look at public opinion on trade policy, tariffs, immigration and the Trump presidency.

The Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history. Franklin has directed the poll since its inception in 2012 and is professor of law and public policy at Marquette Law School. Franklin cofounded pollster.com, an award-winning site for nonpartisan polling analysis, and is a member of the ABC News election-night analysis team.

Gousha, an award-winning broadcast journalist, is the Law School’s distinguished fellow in law and public policy. His “On the Issues” series of conversations with newsmakers supports Marquette Law School’s commitment to serve as a modern-day public square for the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through public programs such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or [email protected]

National Republican Senatorial Committee: Trump blasts “radical far left” Sen. Baldwin

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At his rally in Wisconsin this evening, President Trump blasted “radical far left” Tammy Baldwin and showed Wisconsin voters exactly why it’s time to send her packing and elect Leah Vukmir.

President Trump made clear that Tammy Baldwin doesn’t have Wisconsin’s back after voting for open borders, higher taxes for hard-working families, job-destroying regulations and supporting socialist health care. “Leah’s radical far left opponent is Tammy Baldwin who wants a socialist takeover of health care. She wants to restore job-killing regulations that are literally killing our country,” President Trump said.

Showing voters exactly what’s at stake in this election, President Trump reminded voters that Leah Vukmir will always put Wisconsin first. “Leah’s a tireless fighter for the people of Wisconsin. If you want strong borders and safe communities, you need to vote for Leah!” Trump continued.

CLICK HERE FOR FOOTAGE OF THE RALLY.

“President Trump was exactly right, Tammy Baldwin is a far-left radical who’s more concerned with saving her political career than delivering for Wisconsin families,” said NRSC Spokesman Calvin Moore. “Tammy Baldwin abandoned Wisconsin veterans at the Tomah VA and now it’s time for Wisconsin voters to abandon her and instead elect a fighter they can trust, Leah Vukmir.”

New Baldwin TV ad charges Vukmir ‘working for the insurance companies’

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The latest TV ad from U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, charges GOP rival Leah Vukmir has been “working for the insurance companies” in opposing a series of health measures.

The spot, the 19th of Baldwin’s re-election campaign, will run statewide, and the campaign said it’s putting six figures behind the ad.

It features a series of people who ask questions such as the one posed by a woman to open the spot, “Why would Leah Vukmir be one of the only legislators to vote against hearing aids for children?”

Two people follow up asking, “Why?”

Then a man asks, “Why would Leah Vukmir want to get rid of coverage for pre-existing conditions?”

A woman then asks, “Why would she block heart screenings for newborns?”

“Why?” a man asks.

Another asks, “Why would Leah Vukmir be the only one to oppose Alzheimer’s research?”

“Why would she vote over and over against mental health coverage?” a woman asks before three people ask “Why?” one after another.

A woman closes the spot, “It’s clear Leah Vukmir has been working for the insurance companies, not for us.”

The charge that Vukmir supports ending protections for those with pre-existing conditions has drawn sharp rebukes from the Brookfield Republican. She has called the charge a lie and said she’d throw herself in front of a truck before allowing those protections to go away.

But Baldwin and others have said Vukmir would be the deciding vote to repeal Obamacare, which now provides those protections.

New RGA TV ad says Evers doesn’t deserve promotion

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The Republican Governors Association is up with a new TV ad that charges Dem guv nominee Tony Evers didn’t do his job as state superintendent and doesn’t deserve a promotion.

The spot is through a new group the RGA registered with the state earlier this month. ACC Wisconsin PAC reported this week spending $1.5 million on a TV buy with another $341,725 on online ads and consulting fees.

The ad features Barb Scherrer, of Burlington, who says she’s “been around for a long time and I’ve learned some things along the way.”

That includes that people are held accountable for their failures, not rewarded, but “Tony Evers doesn’t get it.”

She adds Evers gave “raises and bonuses to his bureaucrats” as a line appears on the screen, “$400,000 in taxpayer-funded raises and bonuses to bureaucrats.”

She then says Evers “wants a promotion for himself, even though Wisconsin kids are stuck in failing schools.” The screen shows a headline “108 failing publicly-finance schools.”

“Tony Evers didn’t do his job, and he doesn’t deserve a promotion,” she says to close the spot.

NFIB: Honors Rep. Kathy Bernier as top small business guardian

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Contact: Bill G. Smith

NFIB’s Wisconsin State Director

[email protected]

608-255-6083

MADISON, Oct. 25, 2018) — NFIB in Wisconsin, the state’s leading small-business association, announced today that Representative Kathy Bernier (R-68 Chippewa Falls) is a recipient of their prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award which recognizes those legislators who have taken a strong and consistent stand for Wisconsin’s small business community during the 2017-18 Session of the Legislature.

“Representative Bernier has shown steadfast support of small business on every important vote,” said NFIB’s State Director in Wisconsin, Bill G. Smith. “She championed reform of the state’s regulatory process, and we know she will continue to be an effective advocate in the State Senate for all issues that will promote and strengthen Wisconsin’s small business community.”

The Guardian of Small Business Award is the organization’s highest honor, reserved for lawmakers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and consistency in supporting the small business agenda.  On theissues last session identified by NFIB members as most important, Representative Bernier’s strong support of the NFIB agenda was pivotal on ensuring that small businesses and the issues that affect them are a priority.

NFIB’s Wisconsin Voting Record for all state House and Senate members can be found at this web link:https://www.nfib.com/assets/WISCONSIN2018_Voting_record.pdf

One Wisconsin Now: Brad Schimel wants TV ad exposing deals for sex criminals when he was District Attorney pulled from airwaves

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
[email protected]
(608) 444-3483

Previously Ignored Pleas of Family of Victims to Have Special Interest Backers at WMC Ad Pulled in State Supreme Court Election

MADISON, Wis. — Brad Schimel did nothing as Attorney General to help the family of victims of child sex assault when they pleaded publicly with the corporate lobby the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) to pull their state Supreme court race ad. The ad from WMC included identifying information about the victims. But according to media reports, now that Schimel is the subject of campaign ads noting his failures, he is trying to get the spots taken off the air.

“It seems Brad Schimel only cares about a victim if he thinks it’s himself,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “Schimel is trying to bully television stations into taking down an ad calling him out for sex criminals getting light sentences in cases he oversaw as Waukesha County District Attorney. But when the family of child sex abuse victims pleaded publicly for Schimel’s special interest pals to take down their appalling ad he wanted nothing to do with it.”

In their desperation to elect their favored candidate to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the big corporate lobby produced an ad that included identifying information about the victims of childhood sexual abuse. They spent $1 million to air it in every media market of the state. The distraught family of the victims privately contacted and then publicly pleaded with the WMC to take the ad down, a request the WMC refused.

Schimel, who as Attorney General also oversees the Office of Crime Victim Services, took no action on behalf of the family to stop the ad.

Ross noted that Schimel is currently benefiting from WMC advertising on his behalf. The corporate special interests with whom Schimel has oft supported in his official capacity as Attorney General are repaying him with television advertising praising him.

In addition, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), a recipient of significant contributions from big pharmaceutical companies like those Schimel refuses to hold accountable in court for their part in the opioid crisis, is paying for advertising on his behalf.

Pittman campaign: Launches TV ad campaign

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CONTACT: MEL PITTMAN
[email protected]
PLUM CITY – Mel Pittman, a successful dairy farmer and trusted local leader, on Thursday announced a TV ad buy in the final stretch of his campaign for the 31st State Senate.

The ad, titled “What We Value,” is on the air starting Monday, Oct. 22 on WLAX, WKBT, and WXOW in the La Crosse market and WEUX, WEAU, and WQOW in the Eau Claire market .


“We are reaching voters in every way possible to let them know what values I will bring to Madison. If voters do me the honor of choosing me to represent them, I will fight for our shared values – good jobs, great schools, and access to affordable health care,” Pittman said.

“Most importantly, we have been out in the communities of the district meeting people, knocking on peoples’ doors six days a week. That one-on-one contact with people has been an invaluable and rewarding experience,” Pittman said.


The Pittman campaign’s TV ad buy caps off not only a vigorous grassroots campaign, but also a dominating presence on the airwaves. Pittman has been at saturation on radio since early August discussing our shared values.

Pittman’s ads, including his TV ad, focus on the strong work ethic and problem solving abilities Mel has learned in a lifetime of dairy farming. A 42-year farmer, Pittman has earned the endorsement of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

If elected, Pittman would be the only active farmer in the Wisconsin State Senate.

Pittman is agriculture’s choice because he has a long record as a leader in the agricultural community:

  • Own and operate a successful 75 cow dairy farm along with 240 acres of cropland for 42 years (Me-PA-Ni-Tro Dairy Farm, Inc.)
  • Recognized as a Wisconsin Master Farmer and Master Agriculturist (2013)
  • Dairy Service Award (2010)
  • Superior Milk Quality Awards (yearly)
  • Dairy Farm Family of the Year Award (1995)
  • Service Award from Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (2014)
  • National Dairy Quality Award (2017)
  • Vice Chairman of WI Farm Technology Days
  • Vice Chairman of Hastings Coop Creamery
  • Farm Bureau member
  • Wisconsin Master Farmers
  • Executive Chairman for Pierce County Farm Technology Days (2010)
  • Pierce County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (10 years) President (3 years)
  • State President of WI Associated County Extension Committees (2012-2014)
  • Hiawatha Valley Toastmasters (2011-2014)
  • Ag Advisory Council for UW-River Falls (1991-1996)
  • Board member and Secretary of Foremost Farms Dairy Cooperative (1994-2006)
Read the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s endorsement here.

Rep. Hintz: Walker disinformation campaign continues on Foxconn

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Contact: Aaron Collins, 608-266-2254

DOA Secretary’s False Foxconn Statement

MADISON – On Monday, October 15, Department of Administration Secretary Ellen Nowak gave a presentation in Tomah on the Foxconn project. During the presentation she falsely claimed, “There’s not going to be any impact on other entities around the state because this is money we would never have otherwise seen coming into the state.”

Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on Secretary Nowak’s comments:

Under the very best case scenario, expenditures (cash payments) will exceed all direct and indirect state tax revenue through the year 2032-33. The total deficit over the next 15 years is estimated at $1.041 billion. The table below details the estimated budget impact of Foxconn over the next three state budgets.

Biennial BudgetFoxconn Cost to Taxpayers
2019-2021$122.23 million
2021-2023$366.15 million
2023-2025$393.84 million

“I don’t understand how the Secretary of the agency tasked with overseeing the state budget doesn’t think $1 billion diverted from funding state programs is not going to have an “impact on entities around the state.” Secretary Nowak’s comments about Foxconn’s fiscal impact on our state budget are objectively falseIt is impossible for the Governor to give billions of dollars in cash payments to a foreign corporation and not have that decision directly impact funding for our public schools, roads, and universities.”

In addition, the Walker Administration has already raided $134 million from statewide highway rehabilitation projects in order to fund local roads supporting the Foxconn project.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau put out a memo on October 4, 2017 that concluded the earliest possible payback date for the Foxconn deal is 2043. Those calculations include all revenue in and out. Since that memo was released, Foxconn has changed the scope and scale of the facility in Mount Pleasant. After initially denying reports about the plant, we now know that Foxconn will be building a Generation 6 facility which does not require an organic supply chain and will create only 5,200 jobs instead of the 13,000 jobs the Walker Administration continues to promise.

Representative Hintz sent a letter to Secretary Nowak yesterday, asking for clarification on her comments.

Rep. Shankland: To hold office hours on Tuesday

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Contact: Rep. Katrina Shankland
Office: (608) 267-9649

Location will be at Feltz’s Dairy Store

STEVENS POINT – Representative Katrina Shankland (D–Stevens Point) is pleased to announce her upcoming office hours this Tuesday, October 30 at Feltz’s Dairy Store.

Rep. Shankland hosts office hours every month around the 71st Assembly District to hear from her constituents. Members of the public are invited to join Rep. Shankland to share their questions and concerns about any matters facing state government. Feel free to stay for all or part of it!

Tuesday, October 30
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Feltz’s Dairy Store
5796 Porter Drive
Stevens Point, WI

Republican Senate Leadership Committee: Continues multi-platform issue ad campaign spotlighting Janet Bewley’s liberal record in Madison with new TV ad

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David James
[email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2018) –  The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) continues its multi-platform, issue ad campaign highlighting Senator Janet Bewley siding with Madison liberals on issues related to illegal immigration and her opposition to tax relief for families in the Northland.  The newest television issue ads will begin airing today in Senate District 25.

“Janet Bewley has forgotten her home district, caring more about tax benefits for illegal immigrants, while opposing a tax credit for working families and farmers in the Northland,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

In 2016, prior to the defeat of Senator Julie Lassa (SD-24), the RSLC similarly aired issue-focused ads underscoring her “Missing in Action” status for Wisconsin’s working families.

The script for the RSLC’s new TV ad, “Has Madison changed Janet Bewley?,” is below and the video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHeSrH7HhsA

Has Madison changed Janet Bewley?

Has she forgotten the Northland?

Bewley is against a tax credit that saves Northland’s manufacturing and farm jobs.

If the tax credit goes, so do our jobs.

In Madison, Bewley forgot us, but supports keeping easier access to taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants.

She even opposed common-sense efforts to make it harder for illegals to vote.

Call Janet Bewley (608-266-3510) and tell her to support jobs for the Northland, not taxpayer benefits for illegals

Schimel campaign: Josh Kaul supporters caught lying in million dollar campaign

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Contact: Johnny Koremenos, 262-706-1649
Television Stations Called to Pull Down Commercial Containing Malicious Factual Errors
[WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis…] Out-of-state supporters of Josh Kaul are peddling lies on television and computer screens across Wisconsin and stations here have been alerted to not air a commercial that is permeated with factual errors.

“Desperate and sad pro-Josh Kaul forces have resorted to lying about Attorney General Brad Schimel’s record, and Wisconsin voters deserve the truth,” said Johnny Koremenos, Schimel campaign manager. “TV stations aren’t required to fact-check political ads, but when they’re alerted that a commercial contains demonstrable lies, they are required to stop airing them.”

At issue is a commercial run by the People’s Lawyer Project, a shadowy out-of-state group funded by the Democratic Attorneys General Association. The advertisement contains several demonstrable lies, including referring to a phantom plea deal that never happened and attributing cases to Brad Schimel which were not his.

In a letter to television stations, Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst and Matthew Fernholz, Waukesha County attorneys with Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes, LLP,  write: “Your continued rebroadcast of this false material could impact not only the outcome of the election, but more importantly, the victims of the above-mentioned cases, who have now suffered, yet again, by DAGA’s false and malicious statements. In addition to your legal obligations, you must consider your moral obligation to those victims, as well as the public at large.”

The DAGA-sponsored lies began running statewide on Tuesday. According to media reports, the group planned on spending $800,000 to spread those lies.

“Brad Schimel is a champion for survivors of sexual assault and has spent years winning cases and convicting rapists and predators, while Josh Kaul has never won a single conviction in a sexual assault case,” said Koremenos. “Moreover, Brad Schimel is a national leader in training law enforcement and prosecutors the process of trauma-informed investigations and prosecutions.”

The Schimel campaign sent the letter to television stations Wednesday and anticipates their immediate compliance with the request to stop running the spots.

“Wisconsin television stations understand the law and their obligation to the truth,” said Koremenos. “They’ve pulled demonstrably inaccurate commercials in the past and we expect them to do so in this instance as well.”

Koremenos said perpetuating these lies are the latest in a series of desperate moves by Josh Kaul and his supporters and he anticipates their desperation will backfire.

“Josh Kaul is the most inexperienced major party candidate for Attorney General in Wisconsin’s history,” said Koremenos. “To hide his deficiencies, his supporters have resorted to lying to the people of Wisconsin and we won’t tolerate that.”

For more information, visit http://www.bradschimel.com


False Claim #1: “But Attorney General Brad Schimel repeatedly cut plea deals for men who sexually assaulted children.”

Facts: Two of the cases listed above, Waukesha County Case 06CF650 – State of Wisconsin v. Joseph P. Betka, and Waukesha County Case 07CF634 – State of Wisconsin v. James T. White, were assigned to Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Debra L. Blasius. The attached criminal complaints, which are marked Exhibits 1 and 2, show Attorney Blasius as the assigned attorney. This information is also publicly available on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program.

False Claim #2: “He blamed underage victims of sexual assault for their quote ‘bad judgment.’”

Facts: Attorney General Schimel has a track record of taking a victim-centered approach to prosecutions and has never blamed a victim. In the case at issue, Waukesha County Case 03CF1151 – Wisconsin v. Dustin M. Yoss, Attorney General Schimel (who was at the time an Assistant District Attorney), describes how the victim had been feeling regarding the circumstances of the sexual assault. During the sentencing hearing, Schimel said, “As a matter of fact, Victoria, a/k/a Channon, has been struggling with blaming herself. She considers — and both victims consider their decisions they made that night to be very bad judgment to put themselves in the bedroom alone with Mr. Yoss. They look back now and they see they used very bad judgment. They’re struggling with that because they are — they’ve been working with others to counsel their way through this, and they know that going into the bedroom doesn’t give him permission to do anything to them.” The sentencing hearing transcript is attached and marked as Exhibit 3.

False Claim #3: “And after a lawyer for a man caught with child pornography gave thousands of dollars to Schimel’s campaign, that man got a plea deal . . . just days after Schimel took office.”

Facts: Attorney General Schimel declined to amend the charge in Waukesha County Case 13CF650 – State of Wisconsin v. Andrew M. Lambrecht. The case was set for trial until January 22, 2015, when Andrew M. Lambrecht changed his plea from “not guilty” and pled “guilty” to the original felony charge of possession of child pornography. This information is publicly available on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program. Further, the mother of Andrew Lambrecht wrote the following to Attorney General Schimel’s campaign yesterday:

“I am writing you as the mother of someone in a commercial against Brad Schimel it states my sons name and case number stating his attorney gave thousands to Brad’s campaign to cut a plea deal for my son. This is TOTALLY FALSE!! There was no plea deal he was sentenced to the mandatory minimum in this state!”

Sen. Miller: Weekly Democratic radio address: preparing to vote

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Contact: Sen. Mark Miller (D – Monona) (608)266-9170

MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen16/millerradio102518.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below:

“Hello, this is Senator Mark Miller with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

“The Fall General Election is less than two weeks away, on Tuesday, November 6th. With all of the changes to election law that Republicans have made in the last 7 years, it is important to be aware of how, when and what you’ll need to vote.

“First, make sure you are registered. You can check myvote.wi.gov to see if you’re currently registered, if not, you can register at your local clerk’s office during business hours or at your polling place on Election Day.

“Additionally, absentee ballots are currently available statewide and many municipalities also offer in-person absentee voting at local clerk’s offices. Online, you can search for your polling place, see what’s on the next ballot or learn more about absentee voting. Find this information at myvote.wi.gov.

“To make sure you have the proper ID needed to vote head to bringitwisconsin.com. If you need a free ID to vote, take proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of citizenship and social security card to your DMV. This information can be found online at bringitwisconsin.com.

“The polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. For any other questions, the Wisconsin Elections Commission can be contacted at 608-266-8005.

“Voting is your constitutional right. Make a plan to exercise that right on Tuesday, November 6th.”

Sen. Taylor: Says Trump to blame for bomb scares

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For more information, contact:

 Aidan McMorrow: (608)-266-5810

(MADISON) – Today a number of suspicious packages containing potentially explosive devices were mailed to former government officials as well as the headquarters of CNN at the Time Warner Center in New York.  The packages were addressed specifically to President Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, and billionaire and longtime Democratic Party supporter George Soros.

In response to the news, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:

“Melania Trump in her ridiculously named “Be Best” campaign, should start her anti-bullying campaign at home, with her husband.  A lot of people, would be a lot safer, if she did.

Someone should tell Donald Trump to own up to the divisive and hate-filled atmosphere he has helped to perpetuate, not only in this country but around the world.  These bomb threats today fall squarely at his feet, his tweets, and are propelled by his frequently used inflammatory rhetoric.  Horse Face, Pocahontas, Crooked Hillary, Lying Ted, labeling CNN as the “enemy of the State”, and every other childish, immature insult he can think of to get an applause line or a giggle.

This is not funny and I’m not laughing.  Trump is reckless and dangerous, and the chickens are coming home to roost.  There are fringe elements in our society that only need the smallest nudge to go straight over the edge.  Trump is pushing them, daring them to leap to violence.  Remember when he said, “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise,” on Feb. 1, 2016?

Or how about this jewel on March 11, 2016 when in response to having protestors thrown out of his rally, he said “Part of the problem, and part of the reason it takes so long, is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?”  And since then, it’s only gotten worse. 

Yet, to keep a job, get a Supreme Court nominee, remain in elected office, or get an extra dollar on a tax break, people have accepted this as the new norm in American politics.  Well you better believe it comes with a cost. “

Sen. Testin: Weekly GOP radio address

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Contact:

Senator Patrick Testin

(608) 266-3123

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and Wisconsin farmers are putting the finishing touches on another harvest season.

Hi, I’m State Senator Patrick Testin from Stevens Point. Recently, I had the unique opportunity to join Mike and Deb, a Central Wisconsin couple on their farm for one of the state’s first legal hemp harvests in over sixty years.

Wisconsin has a history as a national leader in industrial hemp production. Unfortunately, hemp’s relationship to marijuana caused the federal government to ban its cultivation – even though it has no intoxicating effects.

Thankfully, things are changing.

The 2014 federal farm bill paved the way for states to create pilot programs to research growing and marketing hemp. This session, I worked to craft a bi-partisan bill called the Farm Freedom Act. This bill, which passed both houses of the legislature unanimously, enabled our farmers to reintroduce hemp to Wisconsin. Governor Walker signed it into law late last year.

And so I found myself harvesting hemp on a crisp fall morning.

Farming is both a business and a way of life. Wisconsin farmers face many challenges. Weather, long hours, and low commodity prices can all take their toll. Still, our farmers are national and global leaders in the production of dairy, potatoes, ginseng, cranberries, beef, pork, corn, and soybeans.

By enabling farmers to diversify with industrial hemp, they have one more way to make a living and our state has one more way to lead the nation.

THU AM Update: Trump stumps for the GOP in Mosinee; DC Wrap

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U.S. Sen. Johnson: Podcast: Getting things done 

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Contact:
Renee Riddle

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released a new episode of his podcast “Hey, Wisconsin” in which he reviews major legislative milestones accomplished during the 115th Congress.

From tax reform and the booming state of our economy to rebuilding the military and a record number of judicial confirmations, the past two years have been busy ones in the Senate. Despite the partisan nature of Washington, Sen. Johnson reminds Wisconsinites there is much to celebrate.

Sen. Johnson also walks through the passage of his signature legislative accomplishment, passing the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017. He talks about the young Wisconsin mother who inspired the legislation and how everything changed when President Trump talked about Right to Try during this year’s State of the Union address.

You can listen to this episode of “Hey, Wisconsin” here.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: To host Wisconsin gubernatorial debate tomorrow

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CONTACT: Lynn Wilk, 414-229-6917, [email protected]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILWAUKEE _ The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host tomorrow’s debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

The Friday, Oct. 26, debate will begin at 6 p.m. at the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. It will air live on WUWM-FM and WTMJ-TV and will be simulcast on WGBA-TV (Green Bay).

WUWM’s Mitch Teich, executive producer of Lake Effect, along with Today’s TMJ4 news anchors Charles Benson and Shannon Sims, will moderate the debate.

Additional media partners include the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network.

The debate is a ticketed event and not open to the general public. Tickets are being distributed through the candidates’ campaigns and the event sponsors.

Members of the public can submit questions for the candidate by texting “DEBATE” and their questions to 414-269-6404.

Journalists will be able to view the debate on campus. Please contact Lynn Wilk via email at [email protected] to receive media credentials. Limited space is available, and media access will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. Journalists can check in and pick up their credentials starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Zelazo Center. They should enter though the south doors of the building off the parking lot where they will find the media check-in table.

No video cameras will be allowed into the event, but there will be a brief opportunity prior to the start of the debate for still photographs. The candidates have been invited to speak to reporters in the spin room following the debate.

There will be no onsite video or audio distribution. Media outlets can record the signal from Today’s TMJ4/WTMJ-TV or the livestream from tmj4.com or wuwm.com. Any use of the video must include onscreen notice that the video is courtesy of Today’s TMJ4/WTMJ-TV.

Parking for media and the public is available in the UWM Student Union parking structure at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

UW-Stevens Point: Honored by National Recycling Coalition

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Media Relations 715-346-2490    [email protected]    www.uwsp.edu/ucm

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been recognized by the National Recycling Coalition with its 2018 Outstanding Higher Education Award. The coalition honors one higher education institution a year with the award, which recognizes exceptional recycling programs that serve as a model and resource for coalition members. UW-Stevens Point has been recycling since 1990 when it created a Solid Waste Experiment Center. Annually the university keeps 500 tons of waste from landfills and saves on average $17,000 in landfill tipping fees. In addition, the Surplus Property Office sells, repurposes or recycles more than 330,000 pounds of unneeded items each year.

The university’s Waste Education Center serves as a recycling and compost facility as well as a training center for students to learn sustainable waste management practices and conduct research. It is administered by the College of Natural Resources, which offers a degree in soil and waste resources with a waste management option. Graduates have a 90-100 percent placement rate in private companies and government agencies such as wastewater treatment facilities, hazardous waste sites and recycling and composting centers.

Students like Lily Koss, a waste management major and member of the Waste Management Society, gain hands-on experiences that help them educate others on recycling efforts. “UW-Stevens Point’s recycling efforts are important because it diverts materials from near-overflowing landfills,” Koss said. “This reduces the production of greenhouse gases, mitigates climate change and saves our resources for reuse.”

The university is also the first in the UW System to have composting bins in all its residence halls and academic buildings. Approximately 4,500 pounds of food waste a year is processed at the Waste Education Center and added to the campus compost. Another 119,000 pounds of organic materials is processed by the Buildings and Grounds crews to become mulch for the campus grounds.

To learn more about UW-Stevens Point’s sustainability efforts, go to www.uwsp.edu/sustainability.

Vukmir campaign: Leah praises President Trump for addressing the caravan of illegal immigrants heading toward America

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Contact: Jess Ward, (608) 213-5939
Mosinee, Wis. — U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, a nurse and military mom, offered the following statement in response to President Trump saying at their rally in Wisconsin that we need to secure the border and stop this Caravan of illegal immigrants who are attempting to enter our country.
“We could have criminals, drug lords and terrorists from the Middle East in this caravan of attempting to enter our southern border, and I commend President Trump for his courageous leadership to keep Americans safe. Senator Baldwin has been in office since the Clinton Administration, has failed to secure our border, and is part of the angry liberal mob that has obstructed President Trump’s agenda to secure our border. As the daughter of Greek immigrants, I will work with President Trump in creating a fair and compassionate manner to solve our immigration crisis and work to keep terrorists, thugs and murders from illegally entering our country.”

Vukmir campaign: President Trump praises Scott Walker, Leah Vukmir at Wisconsin rally

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Contact: Jessica Ward, (608) 213-5939
In Wisconsin on Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump had some very strong words of support for nurse and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir who he called a “tireless fighter for the people of Wisconsin.”

President Trump praises Scott Walker, Leah Vukmir at Wisconsin rally

Logan Wroge and Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal
10/25/18

President Donald Trump praised Republican Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir during a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Wednesday as he travels across the country to support GOP candidates amid Democratic enthusiasm leading up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Less than two weeks before voters go to the ballot box, Trump took to the stage in the central Wisconsin city of Mosinee to express his support for the two-term governor being challenged by Democrat Tony Evers, and Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.

“Between Scott and Leah, who’s in favor of those two great people?” Trump asked as the crowd of thousands cheered. “If you vote Republican this November, we will continue to cut your taxes, cut your regulations and raise your income.”

At Wednesday’s rally, Vukmir said Trump was following through on his promises, including an overhaul on the federal tax code and renegotiating trade deals that would benefit state residents.

Alex Rasch, 26, drove 2½ hours from Lake Geneva to attend his first Trump rally. He said he was pleased Trump came to Wisconsin to support Vukmir as he promised he would when Vukmir secured the Republican primary nomination.

“I’m all for Leah and have been since Day 1,” he said. “Baldwin doesn’t accurately represent Wisconsin.”

Vukmir, who initially supported two other Republican candidates in the presidential nomination process before getting behind Trump, also referenced a radio ad she cut with other prominent Republican female elected officials in support of Trump soon before the 2016 election.

“She will always vote for your Wisconsin values. She’s a very special person, I’ve gotten to know her. I don’t know if she liked me at the beginning, but she likes me now,” Trump said. “If you want strong borders and safe communities, you need to vote for Leah.”

Polls have consistently showed Vukmir trailing Baldwin, who is looking for a second six-year term in the Senate.

“I like looking at polls only when we’re winning,” Trump joked, going on to claim that Vukmir was “doing very well” in recent polls….

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Walker campaign: Announces veterans coalition

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 25, 2018
Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

Veterans from across Wisconsin endorse Scott Walker in his reelection campaign

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, at an event in La Crosse, Scott Walker proudly announced the launch of his Veterans coalition consisting of Veterans from across the state. Under Scott Walker’s leadership, Wisconsin has become a top state for Veterans and their families.

Wisconsin leads the nation with 23 different Veterans benefits and our Veterans homes rank as some of the best in the country. In addition, Scott Walker has given Veterans priority in course registration at UW campuses, expanded eligibility for the Wisconsin GI bill, and funded the Department of Workforce Development’s Hire Heroes program, which helps connect Veterans to jobs when they return to civilian life. He also recently launched a national marketing campaign to encourage military personnel and their spouses to live and work in Wisconsin when they leave the service.

Statement from Vietnam War Veteran and Founder and Chairman of Logistics Health Incorporated, Don Weber:

“On behalf of Veterans from across Wisconsin, we are proud to endorse Governor Walker’s reelection campaign. Governor Walker has been a strong advocate for Veterans in the state and we look forward to continuing to work with him to recruit even more Veterans to live and work here in Wisconsin.”

Statement from Scott Walker:

“We are honored to receive the endorsement of Veterans across Wisconsin. Veterans have sacrificed so much for us and the least we can do is provide them support when they return home. That’s why I’m proud that Wisconsin leads the country in types of Veterans benefits. I look forward to continuing to work with Veterans to ensure they receive the resources they need to succeed.”

Walker campaign: Scott Walker sends open letter to Tony Evers on plagiarism

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Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

[Madison, Wis.] – Today Scott Walker sent the following letter to State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers at the Department of Public Instruction, on the no fewer than seven cases of plagiarism contained in his education budget proposals over the past six years.

Dear Superintendent Evers:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website says this about plagiarism:

“Copying and presenting another person’s work as your own is illegal and considered plagiarism.”

As reported by the media, several versions of your official agency budget request for the 2019/2021 state budget and of multiple previous official budget requests from your agency include language copied from someone else’s work (including Wikipedia and an intern with an organization in Washington, D.C.) without referencing the source of the work. The media goes on to report that you acknowledge that your budget requests include content that is by definition plagiarism.

Since your own agency considers plagiarism “illegal,” I ask that you issue a public statement explaining to the students of this state why, at the very least, you shouldn’t be held to the same standard that they are in the classroom.

On Friday, you implied it wasn’t a big deal, yet your agency calls it “illegal.” You also suggested that it was a one-time thing, yet the media has now reported on multiple budgets that included plagiarism.

Recently, I understand that your new defense is that I adopted your budget request. Just to be clear: I adopted the budget you requested of me and that you actually called a “pro-kid budget” as reported on February 6, 2017. Republicans did indeed pass a “pro-kid budget” and I am happy to give you credit for saying that, even though you slipped away from the debate after saying it while I traveled the state visiting 50 schools to get it done.

That’s the difference between talk and real leadership.

Now, as we both talk about funding two-thirds of the costs of schools, only one of us has actually provided the leadership to get the members of the state Legislature to approve historic investments in our schools. I actually voted for it when former Governor Tommy Thompson enacted it in the 1990s, only for it to be undone by your party when you were supposed to be providing leadership as deputy superintendent.

So again, I ask you to explain to students all across Wisconsin: why should you not face the same consequences they would as a result of your plagiarism? Our children are watching.

Sincerely,

Scott Walker
Governor, State of Wisconsin

Walker campaign: Sends open letter to Tony Evers on plagiarism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 25, 2018
Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

[Madison, Wis.] – Today Scott Walker sent the following letter to State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers at the Department of Public Instruction, on the no fewer than seven cases of plagiarism contained in his education budget proposals over the past six years.

Dear Superintendent Evers:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website says this about plagiarism:

“Copying and presenting another person’s work as your own is illegal and considered plagiarism.”

As reported by the media, several versions of your official agency budget request for the 2019/2021 state budget and of multiple previous official budget requests from your agency include language copied from someone else’s work (including Wikipedia and an intern with an organization in Washington, D.C.) without referencing the source of the work. The media goes on to report that you acknowledge that your budget requests include content that is by definition plagiarism.

Since your own agency considers plagiarism “illegal,” I ask that you issue a public statement explaining to the students of this state why, at the very least, you shouldn’t be held to the same standard that they are in the classroom.

On Friday, you implied it wasn’t a big deal, yet your agency calls it “illegal.” You also suggested that it was a one-time thing, yet the media has now reported on multiple budgets that included plagiarism.

Recently, I understand that your new defense is that I adopted your budget request. Just to be clear: I adopted the budget you requested of me and that you actually called a “pro-kid budget” as reported on February 6, 2017. Republicans did indeed pass a “pro-kid budget” and I am happy to give you credit for saying that, even though you slipped away from the debate after saying it while I traveled the state visiting 50 schools to get it done.

That’s the difference between talk and real leadership.

Now, as we both talk about funding two-thirds of the costs of schools, only one of us has actually provided the leadership to get the members of the state Legislature to approve historic investments in our schools. I actually voted for it when former Governor Tommy Thompson enacted it in the 1990s, only for it to be undone by your party when you were supposed to be providing leadership as deputy superintendent.

So again, I ask you to explain to students all across Wisconsin: why should you not face the same consequences they would as a result of your plagiarism? Our children are watching.

Sincerely,

Scott Walker
Governor, State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Building Trades Council: Announces Fall election endorsements

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Contact: Dave Branson
(608) 256-3161

Madison – Today the Wisconsin Building Trades Council announced their endorsement for the following candidates running for office on November 6, 2018:
• Tony Evers – Governor
• Tammy Baldwin – U.S. Senate
• Mandela Barnes – Lieutenant Governor
• Josh Kaul – Attorney General
• Randy Bryce – Wisconsin 1st Congressional District

“All of our endorsed candidates have demonstrated that they understand and support issues that impact Wisconsin’s working people,” said Dave Branson, President of the Wisconsin Building Trades Council. “We look forward to helping elect our slate of candidates who will help prioritize investments in Wisconsin’s infrastructure and protecting health care and retirement benefits.”

The Wisconsin Building Trades Council is comprised of 15 Building Trades International unions representing 40,000 building trades members throughout Wisconsin and is  committed to building a skilled workforce for a growing Wisconsin.

Wisconsin partnership program: Awards $4 million to health equity initiatives

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Contact: Anne Pankratz

(608) 263-6368 or (608) 216-5637

[email protected]

(MADISON, WI) – The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced $4 million in awards to initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin. The new awards address a diverse range of issues including the health impacts of racism, tackling the social determinants of health in Milwaukee’s Latino community, preventing early childhood expulsion and strengthening support systems for citizens returning from incarceration.  The grants, awarded through the Partnership Program’s Community Impact Grant program, each total $1 million over five years, support large-scale, evidence-based, community-academic partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable systems changes to improve health equity in Wisconsin.  The awards are as follows:

Improving Health Outcomes of Milwaukee’s Latino Community

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center will use its Community Impact Grant to address health inequities by addressing housing instability among Sixteenth Street’s patients and community, who are primarily Latino and live below the federal poverty line. The community faces numerous challenges to accessing community resources, such as navigating complex applications requirements, language differences and concerns about divulging sensitive information. The project aims to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-economic factors, such as housing insecurity, that influence health on the south side of Milwaukee. Knowledge gained will be used to develop a collaborative model for healthcare and social services to close these health gaps and improve health outcomes for patients and community members. The model will focus on patient-centered screening and interventions and purposeful data sharing across agencies to ensure a sustainable, systematic change to approaching and addressing social determinants in Sixteenth Street’s primary care practice.

Reducing Health Disparities in Dane County’s African American Communities

Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, Inc. will expand its Justified Anger pilot work through an initiative titled Reducing Health Inequity through Promotion of Social Connection, which focuses on reducing disparities in overall health among African Americans by addressing implicit and structural racism. African Americans in Wisconsin have poorer health outcomes than their white neighbors due the powerful influence of their social and community context. Those health disparities include higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, premature births and maternal deaths.  To address these health disparities, Nehemiah has been piloting an innovative approach to increasing health equity by developing new, and strengthening existing, social and professional networks for African Americans. This grant will implement a three-tiered approach that will involve education and training for grassroots African American neighborhood leaders, African American professionals, and white allies through its “Justified Anger Black History for a New Day.” The team will facilitate cross-cultural interactions with mentorship support that will result in building and strengthening social networks within each community and will support participants with identifying opportunities for collaborative social action.

 Promoting the Social and Emotional Health of Children

Through its grant, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA), and its grant partners, will focus on improving health outcomes by implementing intervention strategies in early childhood education to address disparities in rates of expulsion among young children in Wisconsin. Early expulsion negatively affects social emotional health because it interrupts children’s learning of key skills, like self-regulation and forming relationships, and prevents the early identification or diagnosis of underlying behavioral or mental health issues. SFTA and their collaborators will adapt for Wisconsin an existing and effective model that addresses challenging behaviors, traumatic experiences and implicit bias to reduce expulsion in the early education system and the disparities associated with it.  By preventing expulsions in early childhood through a systemic model of supports, the project will create better health and social emotional development outcomes due to increased positive social emotional behaviors, increased early identification of behavioral or mental health needs and decreased disparities among children of color and children of lower socioeconomic status.

 Improving the Health Outcomes of Communities Impacted by Incarceration

Through its project, the Milwaukee Re-entry AllianceEmploy Milwaukee and collaborators will address the widespread negative health effects of incarceration by establishing a better coordinated re-entry system to support criminal justice-involved individuals. Incarceration influences a myriad of factors that shape and affect the health of incarcerated individuals and their families, and compounds socio-economic inequities within families and the entire community. Generationally, incarceration erodes the family structure, and compromises access to education, employment and housing by removing a central family member from contributing to the economic stability it takes to create a safe and enriching environment for a child. Ultimately, the project aims to increase employability and job retention among the re-entry population, reduce the rate of recidivism, and improve the health outcomes of returning citizens by more intentionally addressing the social determinants of health that impact well-being and life expectancy.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to improving the health of Wisconsin residents through investments in research, education and community partnerships. The Partnership Program was established in 2004 with funds from the conversion of Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin to a for-profit corporation. To date, the Program has awarded more than 450 research, education and community grants totaling more than $200 million aimed at improving the health of Wisconsin residents.

Wisconsin Public Radio: Gubernatorial candidate special

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Contact: Rick Reyer, Central Regional Manager ∙ 715.261.6391 ∙ [email protected]

Madison, Wis. ─ Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) to air Gubernatorial Special, Oct. 26

What:

Hosted by WPR’s state capitol bureau team of Shawn Johnson and Laurel White and WPT’s “Here & Now” host Frederica Freyberg, the special will feature profiles and analysis of the 2018 race. 

When:

6:30 p.m. on WPR’s NPR News & Classical Music Network

7:00 p.m. on WPR’s The Ideas Network and on WPT 

In addition to this candidate special, WPR’s Beyond The Ballot (wpr.org/ballot) is an archive of stories from Wisconsinites across the state about issues they and their communities are concerned about. WisconsinVote.org is a collaborative effort between WPR and WPT, sharing current election-related news, detailed profiles of all candidates for state and federal offices, voter registration information and classroom education resources. For a closer look at the governor’s race, turn to wpr.org/governor.

WisDems: “I respected Scott Walker. Then I worked for him.”

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Contact: Alex Japko, [email protected]

Today, former Walker cabinet appointee Peter Bildsten is once again denouncing his former boss for putting himself before the people of Wisconsin, this time in an op-ed for The Atlantic. Bildsten documents how the Walker administration politicized government agencies with the explicit purpose of boosting the governor’s presidential prospects and serving his big donors. The article details how he and other cabinet members were shut down when they tried to fix problems like road quality, predatory payday lending, or the deterioration of the state’s corrections facilities. He also explains the lengths to which the Walker administration went to avoid transparency. Bildsten is one of four cabinet members who has spoken out against Walker this year.
Read excerpts from the piece below.The Atlantic: I Respected Scott Walker. Then I Worked For Him.

By Peter Bildsten

I joined Walker’s administration at the very beginning, in 2011, and at first I enjoyed my job and respected the governor. I thought he was more of a technocrat than a partisan, driven to improve governance of the state he loved. 

…Even early on, however, I noticed that not everything was as it should be. At more than one Cabinet meeting, the Secretary of the Department of Administration, Mike Huebsch, told us never to send him or the governor any electronic documents of consequence, and to avoid the use of our state-issued cell phones. “If you send me an important report electronically, I won’t open it,” I remember him saying, “and if you call me on your state phone, I won’t answer it.”  If we had any important documents, they were to be “walked over” and hand delivered to the governor’s office. As a result, open record requests by the media or political opponents would be almost futile. This lack of transparency would be a hallmark of the Walker administration.

…Later, when Walker titled his 2013 book Unintimidated and bragged about how he “stood up to union thugs and protesters,” I thought back to how he regularly ducked in and out of the capitol via a tunnel, always escorted by a heavy security detail.  Unintimidated is not exactly the word that comes to mind, but Republicans in Washington accepted Walker’s self-image and talked him up as a strong presidential contender.

And the more they talked, the worse life in Walker’s cabinet became. The technocrat I had respected vanished, replaced by a partisan who thought the White House was in reach.

After he won his recall election, Walker rarely attended cabinet meetings anymore, and radically reduced the number of one-on-one’s with cabinet secretaries. He took more far-right positions, probably because he thought they would play well with the Republican base.  Funding for public education and our University of Wisconsin system was cut dramatically. Our infrastructure continued to deteriorate to the point that we ranked 49th in the nation in the quality of our roads and bridges.

…Throughout  2014, Walker was traveling the country, gearing up for a presidential run. He was a regular on Fox News, and courting big-money donors. Our marching orders, meanwhile, were to play up each and every administration “success,” and to take care of special interests. Our agencies became politicized.

…When a lobbyist for the payday lending industry asked to meet with me to discuss yet another request for regulatory “relief,” I rebuffed him. Fifteen minutes later, I got a call from the governor’s office directing me to give full consideration to the lobbyist’s requests because he represented big supporters of the administration. I did, but it was another straw on the camel’s back. It seemed to me that, for Walker, political friends and donors came first.

…Walker wanted to do right by Wisconsin when he was first elected governor—or so it seemed to me. But the longer he was in office, and the more public attention came his way, the more he changed his focus from improving the lot of the people of his state, to improving his standing with the Republican Party.In so doing he made decisions that were bad for Wisconsin—and, if the latest polls are right—ultimately bad for his political aspirations as well.

WisDems: Vukmir must answer for alleged illegal coordination with billionaire megadonor Dick Uihlein

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

In a new complaint to the FEC, a campaign finance watchdog group alleges illegal coordination between Leah Vukmir and billionaire megadonor Dick Uihlein

The complaint also alleges that Vukmir improperly solicited excessive campaign contributions from Uihlein

MADISON — In a new complaint today filed with the Federal Election Commission, End Citizens United alleges that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and her campaign “improperly solicited contributions well in excess of the statutorily imposed limits” and “improperly coordinated public communications with Super PACs controlled by” billionaire megadonor Dick Uihlein, whose groups have in recent months spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect Vukmir.

“Did Leah Vukmir illegally coordinate with billionaire megadonor Dick Uihlein? It looks that way, and Leah Vukmir needs to answer for these allegations,” said Brad Bainum, DPW spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race.

Questions Vukmir Must Answer:

1. Did Leah Vukmir or anyone from her campaign talk to or meet with Dick Uihlein to privately follow through on Vukmir’s public request for Uihlein to invest more in his super PACs now supporting her candidacy?

2. Did Dick Uihlein attend the so-called “unity fundraiser” he was scheduled to attend in August benefiting Vukmir, and did Vukmir and Uihlein discuss Vukmir and Uihlein-funded groups’ coordinated campaign strategy to — in Vukmir’s words — “buy” her the election?

Background:

In August, Vukmir made headlines from news outlets (including the Associated Press and WKOW-TV) for saying that she was “reaching out to Dick Uihlein” and hopeful “that [Uihlein] will want to continue with his commitment” to supporting her campaign. That marked a significant change of heart for Vukmir, who, just one week prior, had complained that Uihlein was trying to “buy a Senate seat” for her Republican opponent, adding, “that’s not what Wisconsin politics is about.”

In the months since then, two Uihlein-funded groups have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Wisconsin’s Senate race in support of Leah Vukmir and to beat Tammy Baldwin. Over that same period, Uihlein has donated at least $3 million to groups now supporting Vukmir, including $2 million to Restoration PAC and $1 million to Americas PAC.

WisPolitics has the full End Citizens United FEC complaint, here.

WisGOP: 9/11 conspiracy theorist shares stage with Tammy Baldwin

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
 
[Madison, WI] — A new report from Fox News details how Tammy Baldwin shared the stage with a 9/11 conspiracy theorist at her recent rally with Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee. The same activist expressed an anti-police agenda on social media, compared the president to a Nazi, and joked about drug use.
Read the full story from Fox News here or find excerpts below:
Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Bernie Sanders shared stage with 9/11 conspiracy theorist
Fox News
Lukas Mikelionis
October 24, 2018
 
Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have come under fire for sharing a stage with a progressive activist who is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
 
Sanders appeared alongside Baldwin and other Democrats Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, urging people to vote for Democrats in the upcoming November midterm election and support Baldwin’s re-election against Republican Leah Vukmir.
 
But before Baldwin and Sanders took the stage, a Chicago-based progressive activist and hip-hop artist known as Solo Littlejohn warmed up the crowd.
 
But Littlejohn’s social media reviewed by Fox News reveal that he shared a conspiracy theory that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were staged, suggesting that the buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition.
 
The Myspace post from 2009 also includes a link to InfoWars.
 
He also listed his “influences” on Myspace, including Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto Che Guevara, Black Panthers’ co-founder Huey P. Newton, and “all real revolutionaries.”
 
Vukmir’s campaign slammed the Democrat for campaigning with the conspiracy theorist.
 
“Senator Baldwin — who supported impeaching President Bush, voted against the resolution in honor of the 9/11 victims and sided with the 9/11 mastermind against CIA administrator Gina Haspel — is now campaigning with a 9/11 conspiracy theorist,” Jess Ward, the campaign manager, said in a statement.
 
“Wisconsinites deserve a senator who will protect America when we are attacked, not side with our enemies.”
 
Read the full story here.

WisGOP: In Case You Missed It: Tony Evers’ desperate lies on health care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2018
Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — Tony Evers is lying when it comes to Governor Walker’s record on health care. As long as Scott Walker is governor, people with pre-existing conditions will always be covered – and thanks to his reforms, insurance premiums in Wisconsin are going down.

Learn more about Evers’ latest health care lie here or find excerpts below.

In attack on Scott Walker, Tony Evers misleads in claiming health care costs 50% more in Wisconsin
Politifact Wisconsin
Tom Kertscher
October 22, 2018

Continuing a series of attacks on Republican Gov. Scott Walker on health care, Tony Evers compares Wisconsin to Minnesota with a TV ad released Oct. 9, 2018.

The state schools superintendent, who is the Democratic challenger to Walker in the Nov. 6, 2018 election, uses a woman who describes her experience with Stage 4 breast cancer. She accuses Walker of wanting to play politics rather than deal with health care costs.

Then the claim we want to check is made. This statement appears on the screen, as the woman speaks nearly the same claim:

“Wisconsin pays 50% more than Minnesota for the same health care.”

So, with that statement, which is broad, Evers doesn’t directly blame Walker.

But in the context of the ad, Evers at least suggests that the governor has failed to tackle what he claims is a drastic difference in costs between neighboring states.

Evers’ claim has an element of truth, but it’s misleading in that it is overly broad.

Evers says: “Wisconsin pays 50% more than Minnesota for the same health care.”

On one measure — how much 40-year-old individuals pay for health insurance they buy on their own — the annual average premium is nearly 50 percent higher in Wisconsin than in Minnesota.

But Evers’ statement is broad, and that measure is narrow, given that the vast majority of people get their health insurance through an employer or from the government. By one measure of employer-provided health insurance, the average annual premium paid by employees was actually 3 percent higher in Minnesota than in Wisconsin.

Moreover, Evers suggests Walker has failed to address health care costs, when many factors are involved, especially in an apples-to-oranges comparison of two states.

Evers’ statement has only an element of truth and ignores critical facts that would give a different impression — our definition of Mostly False.

Read the full story here.

WisGOP: President Trump praises Walker, Vukmir in trip to Wisconsin

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Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
[Madison, WI] — With less than two weeks to election day, President Trump came to Wisconsin to show his support for Scott Walker and Leah Vukmir – and contrast their records of reform and results with far-left Madison liberals Tony Evers’ and Tammy Baldwin’s record of failure. Thousands of Republican supporters gathered in Mosinee to support the president, Walker, and Vukmir.
Check out coverage of President Trump’s visit in the news:
From the Wisconsin State JournalLess than two weeks before voters go to the ballot box, Trump took to the stage in the central Wisconsin city of Mosinee to express his support for the two-term governor being challenged by Democrat Tony Evers, and Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“He’s become a great friend of mine,” Trump said. “One of the most capable members of government, Gov. Scott Walker. “He’s a warrior for Wisconsin workers and families. …. He’s a warrior. Didn’t he win like three elections last time?” he said, referring to Walker winning two terms and a 2012 recall election.
 
From the Cap TimesFlorence Melka used to vote for Democrats. Not anymore. “It’s not the same Democratic Party anymore,” Melka, of Hazelhurst, said. “Democrats have become too liberal.”
 
More from the Milwaukee Journal SentinelBaldwin “wants a socialist takeover,” Trump declared. Vukmir criticized Baldwin for her handling of the over-prescription of opioids at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center and blasted her for supporting government-funded health care. “She calls it Medicare for all,” Vukmir said. “I call it chaos for all.”
 
From WSAWThe excitement for tonight’s rally even carried outside of endeavor hanger. As the line for people getting in, stretched for miles outside of the airport. “There’s thousands of people here, there’s at least a mile to the parking at its going farther and farther back,” rally attendee Gerry Wrench said. At the rally for Donald Trump in Mosinee, there were people who traveled for hours for the opportunity to see the President.
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