Daily Archives: October 29, 2018

‘UpFront’: Kaul says if elected he’d seek to withdraw state from ACA lawsuit

Dem AG candidate Josh Kaul said if elected, he would ask the governor for permission to withdraw the state from a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act.

“I would ask the governor for permission to withdraw, and if that permission is granted, I would ask the court for permission to withdraw,” he told “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Kaul said his opponent, Republican incumbent Brad Schimel, is a leader in a lawsuit that is “not in the interests of Wisconsinites.”

Gousha asked Kaul what he would do if he were elected, and Republican Gov. Scott Walker also was re-elected.

“I would make my best case for why I think we should withdraw from this suit,” Kaul said.

“But if he insisted that the state remain involved, then as AG I would have to remain involved,” Kaul said.

Kaul also said it’s not enough that Schimel cleared a backlog of untested sexual assault kits, because “justice has been delayed for survivors of sexual assault and dangerous criminals have remained on the street longer than they should have.”   

Kaul said no conviction has resulted yet from the testing of those kits, and only three people have been charged.

“Brad Schimel said during one of our debates that the mission had been accomplished, and I fundamentally disagree with that,” Kaul said.“

“The goal here is not simply to test these kits; it is to get justice for survivors of sexual assault, and as AG I’m going to make sure that is a priority,” he said.

Also on the program, Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a cancer survivor, said the Walker administration would be able to protect people with pre-existing conditions through state law.

“You don’t need federal law. You can do that with state law, like ours,” she said.

Kleefisch said a bill passed by the Assembly would tell health insurance companies wanting to do business in Wisconsin that “you have to cover people with pre-existing conditions, and you’re not allowed to charge us more.”

The state Senate has not yet passed the bill.

Gousha also asked Kleefisch why she went on a “tweet storm” last week against her Democratic opponent, former state lawmaker Mandela Barnes, and his running mate, state DPI Superintendent Tony Evers.

On Twitter, Kleefisch said Barnes refused to debate her, and she was critical of the Evers/Barnes ticket on taxes, gun rights, and going “easy on violent criminals.”

“I don’t see anybody confronting these guys on this stuff,” she said, so she decided to do it.

“When I see that Mandela Barnes was the host of this crazy lingerie party years ago, I think, well why is nobody talking to him about how that’s kind of demeaning to women, and how are women like me, raising two girls, supposed to talk about the state of politics in America today when someone like that is running against their mom?” Kleefisch said.

In another segment, Bryan Steil, the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District, said any fix in the nation’s immigration system should reflect Wisconsin’s workforce needs.

“Our immigration system is broken. I think we’ve been let down by Democrats and Republicans alike. I think we need to step one, secure the border. I think a wall is a component to that. Two, we need to have a discussion on our legal immigration system. In particular, I think our legal immigration system should take account for our workforce needs here in Wisconsin,“ Steil said.

After the border is secured, Steil said, there is an opportunity to allow the DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — individuals to “come right with the law.”

See more from the program at wisn.com: https://www.wisn.com/upfront

Bill Kaplan: Evers, vote your heart and pocketbook


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

A horrific week. Trump appealed to the worst in us, demonizing impoverished refugees from Central America. Engaging in constant deception. Finally, Trump admitted “no proof” that terrorists from the Middle East are hiding among the refugees. However, he and other Republicans are still whipping up division, fear and hysteria. Why? No GOP accomplishments, save huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich.

Meanwhile, the stock market plunged. Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman, warned that America was “developing into a plutocracy”. He criticized the GOP tax cuts, saying the “only purpose I can see is to try to squeeze Medicare and medical expenses and Social Security” now that there is a resultant soaring deficit.

It got worse. A racist sexist Trump supporter was arrested after mailing potentially lethal pipe bombs to Trump critics, including former President Obama and Vice President Biden. And, a racist murdered 2 Kentucky African Americans. Then a Nazi slaughtered 11 Jewish Americans in a Pittsburgh synagogue. All the while, Trump acted like a bigoted, plutocratic man-child.

However, Tony Evers, Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, displayed gubernatorial leadership with a heart. He eloquently said: “Our places of worship are places of sanctuary for all of us. My heart breaks for the victims, families and first responders whose lives have been shattered by this act of violence in Pittsburgh. We must join together against anti-Semitism and hate in all its forms.” Amen!

I have met and spoken with Evers, the current elected state superintendent of public instruction. He is a highly-accomplished teacher and administrator, yet humble. Don’t underestimate the low-key man from Plymouth. Evers is tough, but civil to the core, looking to unify, not “divide and conquer”. Not a career politician, Evers is a down-to-earth regular Wisconsinite. Finally, Evers beat cancer, and now fears nothing. He has the heart and wisdom to be a great governor.

Evers is a lunch-bucket Democrat, running on pocketbook issues. He wants to restore adequate full funding for public schools (cut $800 million by his opponent). Moreover, Evers supports mitigating the $500 million cuts to the UW-System with more state funding to allow lower tuition for students. He understands that education is key to building a prosperous strong Wisconsin. Evers is focused on the present and future.

Then there is infrastructure. Wisconsin roads, highways and bridges, once the envy of the nation, are now in the bottom tier. Evers will work with Republicans to fully fund rebuilding Wisconsin to develop the economy and promote jobs. Everything will be on the table except budget deceit and fairy dust. Nor will Evers favor one part of Wisconsin over other areas.

Finally, on health care. Evers, unlike his opponent, would not have left over $1 billion of federal Medicaid funding on the table. He will take the money and expand Medicaid (80,000 Wisconsinites). Moreover, Evers will drop his opponent’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. This will preserve protections for preexisting conditions and expand health coverage.

Vote your heart and pocketbook. Wisconsin needs change.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C. for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

City of Racine: Racine and Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps announce project to reinvestment in city neighborhood 🗓


Contact: Shannon Powell
[email protected]

City of Racine: Racine and Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps announce project to reinvestment in city neighborhood
Blighted Property to Receive New Single Family Home

Racine – Mayor Cory Mason, the City of Racine and the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (GLCCC) announce a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new single-family home located along Illinois Street in Racine. The property at 1432 Illinois Street will be the first new home constructed in the neighborhood in more than fifty years ago. The new home will serve as a training site for Racine’s young adults to learn hands-on skills in the building trades under the direction of professional contractors.

Join Mayor Cory Mason, Alderman Jason Meekma, County Treasurer Jane Nikolai, and Chris Litzau of the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps
Monday, October 29th, 2018
1432 Illinois Street
Racine, WI
2:00 pm

Dept. of Military Affairs: Fall back safely as daylight savings time ends


CONTACT: Andrew Beckett | [email protected] | 608-242-3211

MADISON, Wis. — As you turn back the clocks around your home this weekend, take advantage of the time change to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Those devices can be essential to alerting you to a fire or carbon monoxide leak in your home, so it’s important to regularly check them and make sure they are working properly,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula. “The time change on Nov. 4 provides an excellent opportunity and a reminder to make sure that’s being done.”

Smoke detectors are often the first alert you will get that there is a fire in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths occurred when smoke detectors were either not present or were not working properly. Detectors should be tested monthly and the device itself should be replaced every 10 years.

In addition to smoke detectors, make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. Approximately 500 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms across the state annually for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Health officials say many of these cases could be prevented by having working carbon monoxide detectors.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and confusion. At high levels, carbon monoxide can cause death within minutes. If you suspect you or someone may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, or your detector sounds an alarm, go outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.

To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:

All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have detectors on every level, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores. Daylight saving time is a good time each year to replace the batteries in your detector and push the test button to be sure it’s working properly. Replace your detector every five years.

Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually. Hire a professional to make sure it is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home.

Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or in an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs and boats with enclosed cabins.

Generators should be run at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/air/co.html

For tips on emergency preparedness: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. You can also follow ReadyWisconsin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dept. of Transportations: Steps to obtain an ID to vote in the upcoming election explained


WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
608/266-3581, [email protected] 

Most Wisconsin voters already have some form of ID needed to vote, including a Wisconsin driver license or ID. There is no separate “voter ID.” The Wisconsin Elections Commission explains the options on its website.

Voters looking to get their first Wisconsin ID can turn to DMV for help at wisconsindmv.gov or visit a DMV Customer Service Center to apply. DMV’s website has a locator to find the nearest DMV and check wait times.

There are documentation requirements, such as a birth certificate, proof of identity and Wisconsin residency, to obtain an official Wisconsin ID card. If all documentation is not readily available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) can be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. The voter should bring any documentation available to the DMV and fill out two forms. A photo ID document will be sent in the mail that can be used for voting.

DMV offers this IDPP service and ID cards for voting purposes free of charge. Anyone who does not have an ID to vote in the November election should start the process now. DMV’s voter ID hotline (844) 588-1069 is available for questions on obtaining an ID to vote. Any questions regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information should be directed to the Wisconsin Elections Commission athttps://elections.wi.gov/

Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Gov. Walker announces $400,000 for non-profits to help veteran entrepreneurs


MADISON — Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Dan Zimmerman announced today $400,000 in grants to non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.

“We are proud to support veterans who are choosing to invest in themselves to create businesses right here in Wisconsin,” said Governor Walker. “We want to invest in our veterans because they bring unique skills, shaped from their time in the service, to our workforce.”

“Veterans are a powerful and valuable presence in the workforce,” Secretary Zimmerman said. “Hundreds of Wisconsin employers offering thousands of jobs are seeking Veterans for their businesses.  However, many other Veterans desire to be their own bosses.  WDVA is excited to support organizations helping Veterans realize their business dreams through our Entrepreneurship Grant program.”

There are about 360,000 veterans living in Wisconsin, about half of those are working age. Approximately 11% of all businesses in the state, or 65,000, are veteran owned. Wisconsin’s veteran owned businesses account for about $20 billion in annual sales.

Grant recipients include:

  • Ashland Area Development Corporation, Ashland, is awarded $33,333 to provide mentorship, professional instruction, and customized coaching to veterans who new businesses in the Chequamegon Bay area. The grant will also provide some program participants with a lease and free incubator services in the Ashland Area Development Corporation Enterprise Center.
  • Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc., Appleton, is awarded $94,708 to conduct Innovation Accelerator for Veterans programs at Fox Valley Technical College to help veterans start or expand their own business. The grant will be used to provide entrepreneurial training and technical support, networking opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, and assistance with accounting and legal fees, etc. for veterans.
  • Horse Sense for Special Riders, La Crosse, is awarded $25,000 to offer career-building skills such as volunteer management, fundraising, scheduling, marketing, and non-profit administration, as well as lessons in therapeutic horsemanship for veterans.
  • Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc., Ladysmith, is awarded $19,000 to provide veterans with the technical assistance necessary to start or expand small businesses, as well as to provide outreach to veteran entrepreneurs in northwestern Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee, is awarded $100,000 to expand economic opportunity for Wisconsin veterans, military service members and military families. The grant will be used to help veteran entrepreneurs leverage existing resources, offer educational programming to veterans, help veterans address the unique challenges as they start and grow a business, and organize a new market of consumers.
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, Milwaukee, is awarded $127,959 for a Veterans Cohort Pilot Project that will support the formation of all-veteran cohorts in the Start Run & Grow business planning series that teaches prospective entrepreneurs the fundamentals of running a business while providing expert advice on developing a business plan, as well as other resources such as mentoring and networking opportunities.

DOJ: AG Schimel welcomes electronic detecting canine to help fight internet crimes


DOJ: AG Schimel welcomes electronic detecting canine to help fight internet crimes

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel is proud to announce the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has added an electronics detecting canine, Kozak, to help assist regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force teams. In the first six months of 2018, the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force received 915 cyber-tips, and inspected more than 351,128 gigabytes of seized data on hard drives, cellphones, and other data storage devices.

“When people think of police canines, they often don’t know the true range of tasks different dogs can accomplish,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Kozak has already assisted agents in discovering evidence that might not have been found.”

Kozak is named after Alicia Kozakiewicz, a survivor of a brutal abduction by an Internet predator. At the age of 13, she was abducted, held hostage, and tortured in the predator’s Virginia basement. She is now an advocate for Alicia’s Law, also named in her honor.

“I am absolutely overjoyed that K9 Kozak, the new Wisconsin ICAC Canine Officer, has been named after me!” said Alicia Kozakiewicz. “What I experienced was truly heinous, but so much good has come from it, such as, Alicia’s Law, which I worked alongside the group, Protect, to pass in Wisconsin. How amazing that Alicia’s Law has gone on to fund Kozak’s addition to this incredible team of heroes. Go get ‘em, Kozak!”

Alicia’s Law, authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch and Sen. Van Wanggaard, was passed and signed in 2016. The law created an administrative subpoena process that expedites the procedure for finding the location of suspected internet sex predators, and provides additional funding to the statewide ICAC program. Since its passage, Alicia’s Law has been a successful tool for law enforcement, including to help lead to the August 2018 arrest of a Las Vegas man who allegedly victimized up to 500 teenage girls throughout the United States and internationally since 2012.

Alicia’s Law also created a statewide ICAC surcharge. A surcharge of $20 for each misdemeanor conviction and $40 for each felony conviction is issued to aid the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force. These funds were used to create the electronic detection K9 program at DOJ, including paying for all training, equipment, food, and veterinary care. K9 Kozak was provided to DOJ by Neighborhood K-9 in Indiana, an organization that donates dogs to electronic detection canine programs.

Electronic detection canines are a useful tool in uncovering electronic devices as evidence in a variety of crimes, prominently when people try to conceal electronic devices containing child pornography.  The intensely-trained canines are able to sniff for particular chemical compounds, including triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) and hydroxycyclohexyl phenyl ketone (HPK), which are found in electronic devices. Kozak, like most electronic detection canines, is on a food-reward diet, which means he is only fed when he finds an electronic device. This requires him to either be trained or deployed on an operation every day, in order to stay fed and keep his skills up to snuff.

Kozak was trained by the Jordan Detection K9 company in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Jordan Detection K9 has been training electronic detection canines since 2014.  Their first dog to undergo this training, Bear, has been utilized to help in several notorious cases including the arrest of Jared Fogle (former Subway spokesman) in July 2015; and the raids on the home and gymnastic academy of Marvin Sharp (former U.S. Gymnastics Coach).

K9 Kozak and Special Agent Tami Pawlak, Kozak’s handler, completed a comprehensive training in August 2018. Since then Special Agent Pawlak and K9 Kozak have completed additional trainings and seven deployments, including the investigation into the disappearance of Jayme Closs. Photos of K9 Kozak and Special Agent Pawlak are attached to this press release.

The statewide Wisconsin ICAC Task Force works to protect kids online by investigating individuals who use the internet, online communications, or computer technology to exploit children.

The Wisconsin ICAC Task Force has arrested 243 individuals suspected of conducting internet crimes against children including child enticement; obscenity directed to minors; child prostitution; manufacture, distribution, and possession of child pornography; and has executed 409 search warrants. In 2018, more than 1,400 law enforcement and prosecutors have been trained in the investigation and prosecution of internet crimes against children. The task force has also given community presentations on keeping kids safe online to over 15,000 attendees in 2018.

The Wisconsin ICAC Task Force is comprised of DOJ personnel, police departments, and sheriff’s offices from around the state (full list of Wisconsin ICAC affiliates can be seen here). The DOJ ICAC Task Force also provides online safety training for parents, teachers, and communities through educational programming and the Protect Kids Online Podcast.

New online safety guides, developed by the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force, are available:

Social Media Safety for Teens

Social Networking Tips for Parents

Facebook Safety Guide

Instagram Safety Guide

LinkedIn Safety Guide

Twitter Safety Guide

MeetMe Safety Guide

Snapchat Safety Guide

YouTube Safety Guide

WhatsApp Safety Guide

VPN Safety Guide 

Kik Safety Guide

For more information on ICAC and how to protect children online, go to: www.ProtectKidsOnlineWI.gov.

Eric Trump campaigns for Leah Vukmir in Kronenwetter 🗓


G3 Industries Inc.,
1450 Dons Way,

Wausau visit with Eric Trump, Congressman Sean Duffy and Senator Patrick Testin.

Eric Trump campaigns for Leah Vukmir in Wisconsin Rapids 🗓


Ridges Golf Course & Banquet Facility,
2311 Griffith Ave.,
Wisconsin Rapids.

Wisconsin Rapids Visit with Eric Trump, Senator Patrick Testin and Assemblyman Scott Krug.

Evers campaign: Announces $6M raised in fall pre-election period


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

Evers campaign: Announces $6M raised in fall pre-election period
MADISON- Today, the Tony Evers for Wisconsin campaign announced that it raised $6 million in the fall pre-election period. For the September 1st to October 22nd period, the campaign received more than 48,000 donations.

“This latest strong fundraising report shows the enthusiasm and grassroots support for Tony’s campaign,” said campaign manager Maggie Gau. “While Scott Walker may have the backing of deep-pocketed special interests who know they can count on him to do their bidding, our strong grassroots fundraising means we have the resources we need to compete and win in the home stretch.”

Since the beginning of the general election, the Evers campaigns has received more than 60,000 donations and raised more than $8 million.

Evers raised $6 million in pre-election period


Dem guv hopeful Tony Evers raised $6 million over seven weeks, his campaign said this morning.

Evers campaign said it received more than 48,000 donations during the fall pre-election period, which ran Sept. 1-Oct. 22. But it didn’t say how much he spent or how much he had in the bank to close the period.

Evers’ full report detailing how he raised the money wasn’t yet posted to the Ethics Commission site this morning.

State candidates have to turn in reports detailing activity in the pre-election period by the end of today.

Gov. Walker: Announces no-interest loans now available for southwestern Wisconsin business owners affected by flooding


Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

WEDC awards $605,000 grant for loan program to assist small businesses in paying for restoration and related costs

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded a $605,000 grant to the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC) to provide no-interest loans to small businesses in southwestern Wisconsin that were impacted by the recent flooding.
Businesses in nine counties will be eligible for microloans of up to $15,000, which will provide them with a short-term source of funds for repair work and operating expenses until more long-term recovery funding can be secured. The loans have a two-year repayment period, with payments deferred for at least six months.

“This funding will provide much-needed relief to businesses in the region as they continue to recover from impact of the severe weather and flooding that hit the area,” said Governor Walker. “A disaster like this has the potential to have a devastating impact on small businesses, and this short-term funding will help offset cleanup-related expenses and other costs.”

Under the new Disaster Recovery Microloan Program, WEDC awards grants to its regional partners, which in turn issue loans to local businesses. Earlier this month, WEDC awarded a $755,000 grant to the Madison Region Economic Partnership to assist businesses in south-central Wisconsin and the agency expects to award another grant soon to the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The three regional organizations represent the areas of the state that were hit hardest by the flooding and severe weather in late August and early September.

MRRPC is now accepting loan applications from businesses impacted by the severe weather. To be eligible for a loan, a business must be located in or directly adjacent to the MRRPC region – Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce Trempealeau and Vernon counties. Businesses also must have suffered measurable physical damage because of the disaster and must intend to resume business operations in the community as quickly as possible.

The loans can be used for procurement of cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, and repair and reconstruction work. Applications can be downloaded at mrrpc.com.

“These loans will help maintain key businesses that are needed in our rural communities,” said Greg Flogstad, director of MRRPC. “We appreciate WEDC’s foresight in setting up this program not only for this disaster but for future disasters as well.”

Four counties in the region have been declared federal disaster areas by President Trump: Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon. More than 100 businesses in those four counties sustained more than $7.6 million in damages, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. In Vernon County alone, 82 businesses suffered $6.4 million in damage, including 46 that sustained major damage.

The WEDC Board of Directors in September approved the new program after businesses and homes in 18 counties were damaged in late August and early September following several weeks of intense storms, tornados and heavy rainfall across much of southern and central Wisconsin. These storms produced devastating flash flooding in multiple regions, resulted in seven dam failures, and caused several lakes and rivers to spill out of their banks and damage homes, bridges and roads.

More than 300 businesses statewide sustained nearly $34 million in damage, while more than 1,300 homes sustained more than $25 million in damages, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. At Governor Walker’s request, President Trump on Oct. 19 declared that individuals and businesses in eight counties would be eligible for federal disaster assistance: Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon. Several other counties that had damage from flooding or tornadoes are still under review by federal officials.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has opened Business Recovery Centers in Dane, Juneau and Vernon counties to help businesses affected by severe weather. SBA representatives at the centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. To find center locations and hours, visit sba.gov/node/1629868.

Hutton campaign: Former Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier endorses Hutton


Contact: Rob Hutton
(414) 380-9665
[email protected]

(Brookfield, WI) – Rob Hutton’s campaign has announced that former Wauwatosa mayor Jill Didier is endorsing Rob to be re-elected to represent the 13th Assembly District.

Jill Didier said, “Wauwatosa is amazing and I love living here. We live harmoniously, raise families, work hard and strive to solve problems that affect our daily lives.  Having had the honor of serving this community, first as an alderwoman and then as mayor, I’ve learned and understand the importance of electing people who will represent us, be open to ideas and honestly listen to our concerns.

I’ve been quiet since leaving office, never really putting my opinion out there. But this election, I’ve decided to support a particular candidate and I’m sending you this letter in hopes that you will consider supporting him too.

In the 13th Assembly District there are two candidates that I have worked with in the past. Only one treated me with respect. Only one was open to constructive dialog. Only one have I witnessed treating all people, regardless of political sides, with respect.

I recognize that not everyone who receives or sees this note supported me in the past. Maybe you didn’t even like my policies. But, hopefully you will believe I was fair and treated people with respect. This is what we need of people in office and this is what I believe only one candidate has a proven track record of – respect.

Therefore, I ask that you join me and consider casting your vote for current 13th Assembly District State Representative Rob Hutton.”

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Union members to hit the streets in support of pro-worker candidates for Wisconsin labor 2018 program 🗓


Contact: John T. Zapfel
(414) 870-2081
[email protected]

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Union members to hit the streets in support of pro-worker candidates for Wisconsin labor 2018 program
MADISON – Today, Monday, October 29, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International President Lonnie R. Stephenson, IBEW International Vice President David Ruhmkorff and members will canvass in Madison neighborhoods to mobilize working families to support pro-worker candidates in this year’s election.

“The truth is, our country, and especially working families and the labor movement, are at a tipping point,” said IBEW International Vice President David Ruhmkorff. “I wish that was an exaggeration. But on one side, it’s more of the same attacks on union members by elected officials like Scott Walker and Leah Vukmir, stagnant wages and wealth flowing to the top one percent. And on the other side, it’s a Congress and state and local officials who are willing to work with us to make sure the economy works for every American, no matter their income.”

Regional and local union leaders will rally with volunteers before they hit the doors. The canvass is part of the Wisconsin Labor 2018 program, an election effort powered by Wisconsin unions.

“Street-by-street and person-by-person, we’re having conversations about the issues that matter most—Higher wages, better benefits, time off, a secure retirement and a fair return on our labor,” said Tony Bartels, Secretary-Treasurer of Wisconsin State Conference of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. By starting now and putting our agenda first, we’ll be able to cut through the television ads and political noise the last week of the campaigns.”

Wisconsin Labor 2018 is dedicated to mobilizing working people to elect pro-worker candidates in races up and down the ballot in Wisconsin. Since May, union members have been knocking on doors, making phone calls, and holding worksite actions across the state in support of labor’s endorsed candidates.

What:    Wisconsin Labor 2018 Canvass Launch
Who:     Wisconsin Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes, Congressman Mark Pocan, State Senator Mark Miller, IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson, IBEW International Vice President David Ruhmkorff, Wisconsin IBEW union members, and community volunteers.
Where: Madison Labor Temple 1602 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715
When:   Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Workers will be available for media shadowing opportunities as they head out into the neighborhoods.

Kaul campaign: Launches new ad: Long Enough


Kaul campaign: Launches new ad: Long Enough

MADISON — This weekend, Kaul for Attorney General released a new ad, which can be found here.



Josh Kaul: Nine. That’s how many rape kits Brad Schimel tested in his first two years as Attorney General out of a backlog of more than four thousand. Just nine rape kits.

“State has tested only 9 backlogged rape kits”

Green Bay Press Gazette, 2/2/17

4,154 kits designated for testing


Dangerous criminals on the streets and survivors waiting for justice. And Brad Schimel tested only nine rape kits in two years.

I’m Josh Kaul. As a federal prosecutor I put away murderers and drug traffickers and now I’m running for Attorney General.

You’ve waited long enough for someone who can do the job.


Josh Kaul served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, one of America’s most violent cities. There, Kaul prosecuted murderers, gang members, and drug traffickers, taking dangerous criminals off the street and making communities more secure. He grew up in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac in a family of law enforcement professionals and teachers. He is running for Attorney General in 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.joshkaul.org

Kaul continues knocking Schimel over rape kit backlog in new ad


Dem AG candidate Josh Kaul is continuing to hit Republican incumbent Brad Schimel over his response to the rape kit backlog in a new ad.

The 30-second spot opens with the number “9” appearing on the screen as Kaul, narrating, says that’s the number of rape kits Schimel tested in his first two years as AG.

“Just nine rape kits,” Kaul tells the camera, before it pans to shots of a neighborhood street. “Dangerous criminals on the streets and survivors waiting for justice, and Brad Schimel tested only nine rape kits in two years.”

Kaul then introduces himself as a federal prosecutor, adding that he’s “put away murderers and drug traffickers” while working in Baltimore.

“You’ve waited long enough for someone who can do the job,” he says to close the spot.

Madison Rotary Club 🗓


Park Hotel,

Guest speaker is Derek Kindle, director of student financial aid, UW-Madison, who is to discuss “Financial Literacy and the Crisis of Student Financial Aid.”

Rotary meetings are open to members, invited guests and media.

For more information: https://rotarymadison.org/wp-content/forms/newsletters/2018/Oct2618A.pdf

Milwaukee Rotary Club 🗓


Milwaukee County War Memorial Center,
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive,

Joe Cirincione, author, MSNBC contributor and president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, is one of the country’s foremost experts on nuclear threats and nuclear policy. He will discuss the risk of nuclear war today, focused on three interrelated regional issues: war in the Middle East given mounting tensions between the US and Iran; war with North Korea should nascent negotiations fail; and nuclear war triggered by miscalculation or intent as nations rebuild their arsenals and create nuclear weapons they believe will be more usable in conflicts.

Rotary meetings are open to members, invited guests and media.

MON AM Update: Evers raised $6 million in fall pre-election period; RPW transferred $1.1 million to Walker

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MON News Summary: Walker talks pre-existing conditions; Dems flood WI to take down Walker


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NextGen Wisconsin: To host “One Week Out” day of action to turn out young voters for historic midterm election


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NextGen Wisconsin: To host “One Week Out” day of action to turn out young voters for historic midterm election
Organizers and volunteers will canvass campus and shuttle students to early vote locations

Madison, WI — On Tuesday, October 30, NextGen Wisconsin will host a “One Week Out” Day of Action to kick off its final get-out-the-vote push ahead of November 6. On campuses across the state, NextGen organizers will train volunteers, and then set out to canvass on campus and shuttle students to early vote sites to cast their ballots ahead of Election Day.

With an initial $2.5 million investment, NextGen Wisconsin is working to register, engage, and organize young voters across the state to defeat Scott Walker, re-elect Tammy Baldwin, and flip the First and Sixth Congressional Districts. With over 65 staff and fellows on the ground, NextGen is working to organize young voters in their communities and has pledged over 48,000 young Wisconsinites to vote this year and knocked over 84,000 doors.

Bounce (House) to Early Vote — Madison
WHO: NextGen Wisconsin organizers and volunteers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 P.M. CT

WHERE: UW-Madison Library Mall

Shuttling Students to Early Vote — La Crosse
WHO: NextGen Wisconsin organizers and volunteers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. CT

WHERE: Outside UWL Student Union

Shuttling Students to Early Vote — Eau Claire
WHO: NextGen Wisconsin organizers and volunteers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 P.M. CT

WHERE: UWEC Campus Mall

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: 2019 health care open enrollment begins November 1


Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: 2019 health care open enrollment begins November 1
2019 Rates are Lower by 4.2 Percent on Weighted Average from 2018 Rates

Madison, WI—The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) has completed its review of rates and forms filed by insurers requesting to participate in the federally facilitated exchange. It is important to note these rates and forms are impacting the individual market only and not the group market where most Wisconsinites get their coverage.

“Thanks to Governor Walker’s leadership on the Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, we are pleased that all Wisconsin counties not only have coverage but will see a premium decrease of 4.2 percent on weighted average,” said Commissioner Nickel. “Since the Affordable Care Act, individuals have experienced significant rate increases and many lost their coverage and had to pick a new plan. As open enrollment nears, it’s helpful to seek out insurance professionals to actively explore health insurance options.”

Governor Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan is expected to lower 2019 premium rates in Wisconsin’s individual health insurance market on a weighted average by 4.2 percent from 2018 rates and by an estimated 10 percent as compared to without the program, based on rate filings received by OCI and a report completed by Wakely. While not every consumer will see their rates decrease, this is a significant change from the 44 percent rate increase the average Wisconsin consumer saw last year.

The individual market currently is not stable. Over the past several years, insurers have left the market, reduced service areas, and increased rates. Insurers in the individual market have experienced over $500 million in losses since 2014. Consumers are consistently faced with fewer coverage options and double-digit premium increases. The Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan will help stabilize the market and help lower costs.

Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan
On April 19, 2018, Governor Walker, through OCI, submitted for federal approval the Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, also known as the 1332 Waiver for State Innovation Application under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 2017 Wisconsin Act 138 allows Wisconsin to leverage federal funding for the operation of a state-based reinsurance plan; the Health Care Stability Plan. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved Wisconsin’s 1332 waiver application on July 29, 2018. The waiver will be effective on January 1, 2019.

Governor Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan creates a reinsurance program to cover costs in Wisconsin’s individual market. The program will provide $200 million in reinsurance funding. Based on the actuarial report completed by Wakely, under the program, Wisconsin estimates it will pay $34 million for reinsurance in 2019; the federal government will pay the remaining $166 million in “pass through” funds representing federal savings from the program. The program will provide coverage for claims between $50,000 and $250,000. The Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan will pay 50 percent of those costs up to $200 million.

Open Enrollment
The ACA requires insurers to offer coverage on a guaranteed issue basis to all eligible consumers during an annual open enrollment period. Open enrollment allows individuals to re-enroll in their existing health insurance plans or to shop for a new plan.

Consumers are encouraged to shop for insurance. If you receive a subsidy through the federal exchange, it is important to understand how the subsidy will impact the cost of your plan. While subsidies are only available through the exchange, consumers shopping for health insurance should consider off-exchange carriers as well.

This year, open enrollment runs from November 1, 2018, until December 15, 2018. Coverage begins on January 1, 2019.

Consumers seeking individual coverage should sign up before December 15, 2018, or risk being locked out of the individual insurance market until 2019. Of course, consumers facing a loss of their group coverage or other special situations may be eligible for special enrollment periods.

Map of Comprehensive Health Insurers – Individual Market
OCI provides access to an interactive map showing all carriers available in each Wisconsin county and a link to the company website to explore plan options. The interactive map is a record of health insurance companies’ marketing practices as reported to OCI in rate filings. Inclusion on this list is NOT an implicit or explicit endorsement by OCI.

For access to the 2019 map of comprehensive health insurers in the individual market, visithttps://oci.wi.gov/Pages/Consumers/FindHealthInsurer.aspx.

For more information on the Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan and 2019 Open Enrollment, visit oci.wi.gov.

One Wisconsin Now: Scott Walker says he respects others, regardless of their beliefs* in television ad

Mike Browne, Deputy Director
*Unless You’re a Woman, Person of Color, Migrant Family, Student or Sex Assault Survivor

MADISON, Wis. — It must be the final weeks of a gubernatorial campaign if Gov. Scott Walker is earnestly looking straight to camera saying he respects others’ beliefs. One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher noted that Walker’s words in this election cycle ring hollow when compared to his action and inaction on issues important to women, people of color, migrant families, students and sex assault survivors.

“Scott Walker has been willing to say anything to try to win an election,” said Eicher. “His latest ad shows us he’s still willing to say anything to win an election, regardless of how untrue his words are compared to his actions.”

Walker’s latest ad copies the sentiment of an ad he ran in October 2014. In the closing days of that election he looked straight to camera and said he respected women making the health care decision best for themselves and their families. Mere months later, as he was gearing up for his 71-day long run for president, Walker signed into law a dangerous new abortion ban.

In his October 2018 ad Walker, again looking straight to camera, says he was taught to, “… respect people, regardless of their beliefs.” Eicher noted that, again, Walker’s words ring hollow when compared to his actions on several fronts.

Eicher noted that throughout his quarter century in office Walker has shown his lack of respect for the beliefs and interests of others.

Among the examples are Scott Walker signing in to law a series of anti-voter measures, with the intent of suppressing the votes of people of color. Testimony in a federal court case that found the state unconstitutionally implemented the voter ID law and revealed how, in private meetings, state Republicans were giddy about the prospect of passing the measure. The judge wrote in his decision striking down restrictions on early voting that the Walker and Republican imposed law “… intentionally discriminates on the basis of race. I reach this conclusion because I am persuaded that this law was specifically targeted to curtail voting in Milwaukee without any other legitimate purpose.”

Because of Scott Walker’s lack of respect of opinions different than his, students at University of Wisconsin schools could be subjected to discipline, including expulsion, for protesting right wing speakers spewing racist hate speech, homophobia and xenophobia on their college campus. Eicher noted it was with Walker’s support that his appointees to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents all voted for the new campus free speech restriction policy.

Women’s belief that they ought to be able make their own health care decisions, free from the interference of politicians has not been respected by Walker either. Eicher noted how the Governor has signed into law a dangerous abortion ban and a measure requiring a woman undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion. Walker has also sought to undo Wisconsin’s contraceptive equity law and stripped funding from Planned Parenthood, depriving women across the state access to medically accurate non judgemental health care services in their communities.

And, after he was credibly accused of sexual assaults, Scott Walker continued to stand by Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

Concluding, Eicher pointed to Walker’s antipathy to migrant families. In his first budget Scott Walker repealed a measure to allow children of undocumented parents who live here and graduate from state high schools to pay the same in-state tuition as their classmates at UW schools. He has also not only failed to speak out against Donald Trump’s abhorrent policy of separating migrant families at the Southern border but also deployed Wisconsin National Guard troops to support border patrol activities.

These and more examples of Scott Walker’s enmity and indifference to the beliefs of others can be found in One Wisconsin Now’s online library of research, the Scott Walker Failure Files.

Rep. Horlacher: Legal clinic vision becomes reality


Contact: Rep. Cody Horlacher

Madison, WI – The University of Wisconsin Law School and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) have partnered to create a new legal clinic focused on restraining order services. This new program will be called the VOCA Restraining Order Clinic. The clinic will provide legal services to victims of crime that are in need of restraining order services and will provide law students the opportunity to get real world experience helping victims in our communities before graduation. The program will provide services in Dane, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk counties.

Rep. Cody Horlacher stated, “I am excited to see my vision for a victims legal clinic come to fruition. It has been an honor to work with DOJ and the UW Law School to identify federal resources we can put to use in our communities to help some of our most vulnerable families.”

The clinic will open early next year and will provide much needed assistance in bridging the service gap for victims.

“This collaborative effort between the legislature, the UW Law School and DOJ is truly a multi-faceted approach to addressing the needs of victims and those in need of legal service with providers who are able to assist. We need to continue to work with various stakeholders both within and outside of government to identify innovative and effective means to help Wisconsinites across our state”, said Rep. Horlacher.

More information about the clinic can be found here: https://law.wisc.edu/newsletter/Articles/UW_Law_School_to_launch_new_rest_2018-10-25

Reps. Brostoff, Subeck: Jewish Wisconsin legislators respond to deadly Pittsburgh shooting


Contact: Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, (608) 266-0650, Rep. Lisa Subeck (608) 266-7521

MADISON – Representatives Jonathan Brostoff and Lisa Subeck released the following statements regarding the anti-Semitic attack this past weekend.

Representative Jonathan Brostoff:

“My heart aches for the loss of life this past weekend and week. In the midst of this political violence, we must remember that a little bit of light dispels much darkness. We are called to answer hate with greater acts of loving kindness and to hold those in power accountable. Our leaders cannot continue to condone white nationalism and violence. When those in power on the right do not act in humane and loving ways, we must work to be even more connected to our humanity and each another.”

Representative Lisa Subeck:

“Again, I find myself asking what words I can say that will provide some degree of comfort for people trying to cope with the unbearable loss of family members and friends in the wake of another senseless mass shooting. This time, members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were targeted and had their lives cut short simply due to their being Jewish. Like many other people, I only know the victims through the statements and recollections of their family and friends. To a person, we see portraits emerging of people who were caring and simply sought to make their community, and the world, better.

The words elected officials choose to use, and the actions that elected officials choose to take, have consequences in our society. Past Presidents of both parties recognized this and rejected language that would tend to incite violence and fuel the flames of prejudice. They knew just as well-chosen words could unite us and bring our country peacefully together, ill-chosen words on their part could divide us and sow the seeds of violence. As we mourn the loss of life in Pittsburgh, we must take positive action – finding ways to serve and help others, learning about issues, debating those issues on the merits, and ending the divisive rhetoric that encourages these sorts of actions.”

Republican Attorneys General Association: Schimel speaks about record with WUWM


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Republican Attorneys General Association: Schimel speaks about record with WUWM

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is running for re-election to continue his multifaceted approach to curbing the opioid epidemic, protecting the elderly and keeping schools safe. The Attorney General’s record was highly praised in the Gazette Xtra. Schimel recently spoke with WUWM radio about what he will do in a second term.

Here’s what you missed:

On his accomplishments: I started Wisconsin’s drug take-back program in 2015 after I was in office. And together, we’ve collected as Wisconsinites over 400,000 pounds of unused medications from people’s homes. That’s 19 semi-trailers full of medications that are safely destroyed that are not being diverted for abuse.

On his goalsWith the opioid epidemic, our next phase in our Dose of Reality campaign will be to help employers understand and manage the risk of hiring someone in recovery or treatment, because they need jobs. They need to be back supporting their families. That’s a good way to keep them back from falling into substance abuse again. And it’s a good way to keep them out of our jails and prisons.

On his plan: I’ve led by innovating. By using my experience of 29 years as a prosecutor to find new ways to approach problems. But then, by collaborating. And that’s how I led in the DA’s office as well, creating the victim impact panel program in Wisconsin, creating the first full-service child advocacy center, dramatically expanding our drug treatment court programs.

Listen to the full interview here.

RSLC TV ad says Walker, Kleefisch will protect those with per-existing conditions


The Republican State Leadership Committee released a new TV ad today that says Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will protect those with pre-existing conditions and anyone saying otherwise is “just trying to scare you.”

The RSLC said it put nearly $250,000 behind the ad, which is running on broadcast and cable TV.

The spot focuses on Kleefisch, who the narrator says is a cancer survivor and “That’s the ultimate pre-existing condition.”

The narrator ads Kleefisch and Walker “passed bipartisan reforms to lower Wisconsin health care premiums and they’ll call a special session to guarantee pre-existing conditions. Guarantee.”

The narrator adds, “If anyone says otherwise, they’re just trying to scare you.”

The narrator then notes Kleefisch has said once you’ve heard the word cancer, “nothing else scares you much.”

“Don’t listen to others. Listen to Rebecca,” the narrator says to close the spot.

Schimel campaign: Law enforcement community continues to line up behind AG Schimel


Contact: Johnny Koremenos, 262-706-1649

The Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police and Schimel’s bi-partisan support shows he is law enforcement’s choice

[WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis…] Experience matters. That’s why the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police is again endorsing Brad Schimel for Wisconsin Attorney General.

“In Wisconsin, we expect our Attorney General to be an experienced law enforcement official who puts public safety ahead of politics,” said Don Kapla, President, Wisconsin State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. “After analyzing Brad Schimel’s track record, both as Waukesha County District Attorney and Wisconsin Attorney General, we are confident in Brad Schimel’s ability to represent the interests of Wisconsin Law Enforcement. He has demonstrated his commitment to making our communities safer and stronger, through the elimination of the state’s 20-year old rape kit backlog, fighting opioid abuse, locking up internet predators, and taking on elder abuse. We strongly support Brad Schimel in his re-election bid and encourage our fellow Wisconsinites to do the same.”

The Wisconsin State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police aims to improve the working conditions of the men and women on the frontlines of law enforcement, and is made up of active and retired law enforcement officers on the local, state, and federal levels. The Order joins 114 Sheriffs and District Attorneys, including more than 20 Democrats, who back Schimel in the November contest.

“Let’s be clear, Josh Kaul is so lenient and so out of touch with what law enforcement expects from an attorney general that even his fellow Democrats in law enforcement don’t support him,” said Johnny Koremenos, Schimel campaign manager. “Law enforcement has made their decision and as voters learn more about the choice before them, we’re confident they will come to the same conclusion — that Brad Schimel is the right person to serve as Wisconsin’s Attorney General.”

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, Schimel 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

Schimel’s latest TV ad knocks Kaul for not prosecuting a criminal in Wisconsin


GOP AG Brad Schimel’s campaign released a new TV ad today that knocks Dem rival Josh Kaul for not prosecuting a criminal in Wisconsin.

The spot, which Schimel’s campaign said is running online and on cable with a version for broadcast expected later this week, features a dark blue background and ominous piano music as lines appear on the screen.

The text reads “Madison activist Josh Kaul STILL hasn’t prosecuted a criminal in Wisconsin.” The spot goes on to say that means zero convictions of child predators or violent rapists.

“Kaul has big money from out of state … But zero convictions in Wisconsin,” the screen reads as the ad calls Kaul unqualified.

The final disclaimer reads, “The contents of this video are true, even though Josh Kaul won’t confirm the extent of his anemic record as a prosecutor.”

Speaker Ryan: Names members to Cyberspace Solarium Commission

AshLee StrongDoug Andres
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced that he has appointed Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Dr. Samantha Ravich, and Mr. Frank Cilluffo to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

The commission, established by the National Defense Authorization Act, aims to develop a clear path forward for U.S. cybersecurity policy, protecting and securing America’s interests against ever-growing cyber threats from around the world.

“As we face 21st-century challenges, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly significant piece of our national security,” Speaker Ryan said. “These appointees bring significant depth and experience in the cybersecurity field. Rep. Gallagher has led the way on this issue in Congress, advancing policies to defend against cyber threats. Dr. Ravich brings a long career and immense expertise in intelligence, with special knowledge in critical regions of the world. And Mr. Cilluffo has served as a trusted advisor to government and intelligence officials in this field for decades. They are highly qualified to help shape our country’s cybersecurity policy, and I am grateful that they have agreed to serve.”

About Rep. Mike Gallagher: Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) represents Wisconsin’s Eighth District in Congress. He served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of Captain. He served as a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Officer and Regional Affairs Officer for the Middle East/North Africa, and was deployed twice to Al Anbar Province in Iraq as a commander of intelligence teams. He served on General Patreaus’ Central Command Assessment Team in the Middle East, and has worked for the National Counterterrorism Center and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He also previously worked as a staff member for Middle East, North Africa and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and for a company in the global energy industry. Rep. Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s in security studies from Georgetown University, a master’s in strategic intelligence from National Intelligence University, and a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University.

About Dr. Samantha Ravich: Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab and the principal investigator on FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project. She also serves as a senior advisor at FDD, and is on the organization’s Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. She is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and was designated to serve as its vice chair. She previously served as deputy national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, focusing on Asian and Middle East affairs, and as the Republican co-chair of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. Dr. Ravich advises numerous technology, manufacturing, and services companies on cyber and geo-political threats and trends. She received her PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her MCP/BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About Frank Cilluffo: Frank Cilluffo is an Associate Vice President and the Director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University. He served as special assistant to the president for homeland security under President George W. Bush and was appointed to the Office of Homeland Security following September 11th. He has also held several roles with the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He frequently advises senior officials in the executive branch, armed services, and state and local governments on matters pertaining to national security. He currently serves on the National Council of Advisors for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and as the chairman of the National Consortium for Advanced Policing. Mr. Cilluffo has held positions on several national security committees, including the Homeland Security Advisory Council, where he was Vice Chairman of the Future of Terrorism Task Force, the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee, and the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Council.

Steil campaign: Steil wins final debate


Media Contact: Andrew Iverson, Communications Director

JANESVILLE, Wis. – First Congressional District candidate Bryan Steil won his third and final debate against Randy Bryce tonight. Steil offered Wisconsin Style Solutions to the challenges facing Southeast Wisconsin, while Randy Bryce embraced the failed policies of the past and liberal, out of state ideas.

Andrew Iverson, Campaign Spokesman: “Bryan Steil proved again tonight that he is the best candidate to represent Southeast Wisconsin in Congress. With his background in manufacturing and service on the Board of Regents, Bryan outlined his vision to make sure the next generation has every opportunity for good-paying jobs here in Wisconsin. Bryan showed he has what it takes to get the job done, while Randy Bryce proved that he would only add to the noise and dysfunction in Washington. Bryan is the clear choice in this race.”


  • Bryan will use his background 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 Steil showed how he would fight to keep more money in the pockets of Southeast Wisconsin, while Randy Bryce failed to justify how doubling income taxes on every individual and business would be good for taxpayers.
  • 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 doubled down on his $32 trillion government takeover of healthcare that would end Medicare as we know it.

U.S. Sen. Johnson: Addresses immigration and border security, synagogue shooting on Fox News


Pat McIlheran

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo Sunday to discuss the country’s broken immigration system, border security, and Saturday’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

Excerpts from Senator Johnson’s appearance are below and video of his two segments can be found here and here.

Johnson, on the column of people traveling through Mexico:

“We reward people for coming to this country illegally, because if they get in here they’re able to stay. Listen, as troublesome as these ‘caravans’ are, the fact of the matter is, Maria, on an average day last year 1,400 individuals came to this country illegally between the borders. … The broken legal immigration system we have right now is prompting this. We have a lengthy adjudication process, an almost unending appeals process, and of course one of the ways we’re handling this backlog of cases is we just simply grant administrative closures to the tune of close to 900 per day last year. … The main problem is literally our laws, bad court decisions, bad court precedents that incentivize people to come to this country illegally. We need to end that.”

Johnson, whose Families Act would reduce the perverse incentives, on working with Democrats to find areas of agreement:

“Hopefully, we can get agreement from Democrats. Nobody wants to separate families. Hopefully, Democrats want to secure the borders, but I have my doubts because their solution literally is sanctuary cities, open borders, catch-and-release and abolishing ICE.”

Johnson on addressing one specific problem, the 2015 reinterpretation of the Flores settlement that hobbles the government’s ability to handle adults crossing the border illegally with children:

“We need to come to agreement on how to actually fix the settlement so we can detain families and their children together and then adjudicate their claim rapidly so that we can send them home. (Homeland Security Secretary ) Michael Chertoff faced a surge of illegal immigrants from Brazil and (in 2005) established a rapid removal process, sent them back to Brazil. The next year, we went from 33,000 people coming in from Brazil to, the following year, 1,700. We need consequences. We can’t reward people for coming into this country illegally, and right now because we incentivize families coming, we incentivize unaccompanied children, so we’ve had a huge surge of both those types of illegal immigrants.”

Vukmir campaign: Milwaukee Police Association endorses Vukmir for U.S. Senate


Contact: Jess Ward
(608) 213-5939

Vukmir campaign: Milwaukee Police Association endorses Vukmir for U.S. Senate

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Association is endorsing nurse and military mom Leah Vukmir in her race for the U.S. Senate, the group announced Monday.

“Leah Vukmir has shown an unwavering commitment to backing the badge and helping police keep Wisconsin safe,” said Mike Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association. “When it comes to protecting our families from violent criminals, cracking down on drug trafficking and supporting law enforcement, there has been no stronger champion than Leah.”

“Law enforcement ought to be held in the highest regard, and they need an ally in the U.S. Senate who believes in law and order,” Leah Vukmir said. “I’m honored to have the Milwaukee Police Association’s endorsement. They know we need the resources and abilities to stop illegal criminals from terrorizing our communities, and Senator Baldwin has let them down time and time again.”

Walker asks voters in latest TV ad to ‘finish what we started’


Gov. Scott Walker’s latest TV ad asks viewers for their vote to “finish what we started” as he begins making his final push ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The ad, the 33rd of Walker’s re-election bid, will run statewide on TV and digital platforms.

The spot features Walker in an outdoor setting talking directly to the camera with scenes from past ads interspersed throughout as the guv talks.

He opens saying, “We’ve come a long way together.”

The guv then says more people are working in Wisconsin than ever before and there are more opportunities for graduates to stay here. He adds “we” lowered taxes and increased funding for education, worker training, infrastructure and health care.

The guv then adds he’ll look to expand opportunities for workers, help seniors stay in their homes and help lower college debt “with your support.”

“Let’s finish what we started, and keep Wisconsin working for generations to come,” Walker says to close the spot. “I ask for your vote.”

Walker campaign: Walker begins closing argument with statewide TV ad telling Wisconsin voters “let’s finish what we started”


Contact: Austin Altenburg
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Walker campaign: Walker begins closing argument with statewide TV ad telling Wisconsin voters “let’s finish what we started”
Governor highlights Wisconsin’s turnaround and agenda to keep Wisconsin working for generations to come

[Madison, Wis.] – Scott Walker began his closing argument in a new statewide TV ad launched today, highlighting Wisconsin’s turnaround and telling voters it’s time to “finish what we started” and keep Wisconsin working for generations to come. The governor appears straight to camera and talks about the results he’s delivered by showing real leadership before asking the people of Wisconsin for their vote.

During his time as governor, Scott Walker has helped turn Wisconsin around with reforms that have led to unemployment at or below 3 percent for eight straight months, more people working this year than ever before, and more than $8 billion in tax cuts while funding our priorities. While the governor’s agenda will mean more jobs and higher wages, a Tony Evers victory would mean more spending and higher taxes.

The ad, entitled “Finish What We Started,” can be viewed here, and a transcript is below.

Scott Walker: We’ve come a long way together.

More people are working in Wisconsin than ever before, and that means more opportunities for our graduates to stay here.

Because our economy is strong, we lowered taxes and increased funding for education, worker training, infrastructure and health care.

With your support, we’ll expand opportunities for Wisconsin workers, help our seniors stay in their homes, and help lower college debt.

Let’s finish what we started, and keep Wisconsin working for generations to come.

I ask for your vote.

The spot will run on television as well as on a range of online and social media platforms. It is the latest ad the Walker campaign is running on the governor’s strong record of getting positive things done and his plans for more bold reform to keep Wisconsin working for generations to come – in contrast to Tony Evers’ plans to take us backward with empty promises and higher taxes.

Walker outraises Evers thanks to $3.5 million from state GOP


Gov. Scott Walker outraised Dem rival Tony Evers in the most recent reporting period, thanks to a $3.5 million boost from the state GOP.

Walker reported raising $7.7 million from Sept. 1-Oct. 22. He also spent $10.2 million over the period and had $1.6 million left in the bank.

Evers, meanwhile, raised $6 million, spent $5.9 million and had $1.7 million cash on hand.

Walker’s fundraising included $3.8 million from committees with $2.8 million of that transfers from the state GOP and another $709,000 in in-kind contributions from the party.

Evers pulled in $2.1 million from committees with $599,640 of that from the state Dem Party and $450,000 from running mate Mandela Barnes.

WisDems: Counting down the ways Vukmir sold out Wisconsin


Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

#8. Vukmir Sided With Special Interests Over Asbestos Victims — Including Veterans And Working People

Vukmir twice voted for a bill that restricted asbestos victims’ rights and chance at justice, siding with corporate interests and against Wisconsin veterans and working people

MADISON — Eight days out from Election Day, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is continuing to count down “Worst Of” examples from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir‘s 16-year record of selling out everyday Wisconsinites to benefit her corporate special interest backers.

#8. Vukmir Sided With Special Interests Over Asbestos Victims — Including Veterans And Working People 

This morning, Wisconsin Rep. Dana Wachs and Milwaukee nurse and U.S. Navy Veteran Tracey Sperko held a media call highlighting Leah Vukmir’s record of voting with corporate special interests at the expense of Wisconsin veterans and working people.

In 2013 and 2014, Vukmir twice voted for 2013 Assembly Bill 19, a measure that made it harder for Wisconsin asbestos victims to sue for injuries stemming from exposure to the dangerous carcinogen, which is the major cause of mesothelioma, a quick-acting and particularly fatal form of cancer.

The ALEC model policy-inspired bill that Vukmir twice supported was strongly opposed by organized labor as well as by a range of veterans groups, including the American Legion of Wisconsin, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wisconsin, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Wisconsin.

Nevertheless, Vukmir sided with corporate special interests over Wisconsin veterans and working people, voting for the bill which was “quietly” signed into law in March 2014.

During the call, Sperko and Rep. Wachs took Vukmir to task for voting to shield corporate special interests and selling out Wisconsin veterans and workers:

“Veterans and working people were concerned about the measure, because they correctly saw it as a direct on them,” said state Rep. Dana Wachs. “And a shameless Republican effort to shield their corporate special interest backers from liability.”

“Opponents of the bill were seeking to preserve justice for veterans and working people who got cancer after being exposed to asbestos,” said Milwaukee nurse and U.S. Navy veteran Tracey Sperko. “And Vukmir and her Republican allies were working to shield their corporate special interest backers from liability after giving veterans and working people cancer. That’s just wrong.” 

Listen to the full call here

WisGOP: Bryan Steil wins final debate – will bring Wisconsin style solutions to Washington


Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — In the final debate in the 1st Congressional District, Bryan Steil showed why he is the only candidate that will take Wisconsin style solutions to Washington. His opponent, Randy Bryce is a liberal extremist whose views align closer with Hollywood than they do with hard-working Wisconsin families. Bryce has repeatedly shown that he’s unfit to serve in Congress. Following tonight’s debate, the Republican Party of Wisconsin released the following statement from Executive Director Mark Morgan:
“Bryan Steil will fight for Wisconsin families and take our Wisconsin style solutions to Washington. He’ll keep taxes low, fight to cut burdensome regulations, and will help build a top workforce in Wisconsin. His opponent, Randy Bryce, is an extremist with a long history of poor judgement and reckless ideas. On top of his nine arrests and his failure to pay child support while he bought twitter followers, Randy also supports a government takeover of healthcare and has referred to police officers as terrorists. Randy Bryce is too extreme for Wisconsin and unfit to serve.”

WisPolitics Midday: Oct. 29, 2018

In today’s WisPolitics Midday update:

  • Tony Evers campaign releases some fundraising information.
  • Gov Walker launches 33rd ad of the campaign.
  • AG candidates trade barbs in new TV ads.

WMC: Final Manufacturing Month video showcases the coolest things made in Wisconsin

Contact: Kim Drake

WMC: Final Manufacturing Month video showcases the coolest things made in Wisconsin

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will be promoting the state’s top industry throughout October. Each week, a new video will highlight a different theme: Veterans, Supply Chain, Apprenticeships, Economic Impact of Manufacturing and the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s booming economy, producing more than $59 billion in total output in 2017 – nearly 20 percent of Wisconsin’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Additionally, the state’s more than 9,000 manufacturers employed nearly 470,000 people in 2017.

The final video in WMC’s series for Manufacturing Month focuses on the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin and showcases all the things that are made right here in Wisconsin. This year the contest sponsored by Johnson Financial Group brought in over 160 nominees highlighting products from every corner of the state including food, motors, medical adaptive clothing, custom food trucks, life-saving devices, specialty beers and malts, utility vehicles, custom boats, signs and much more.

WMC Director of Communications & Marketing Nick Novak says, “Well, Wisconsin has a lot to be proud of. As I said we make a lot of really great products in the state.” In one of the contests Facebook Lives, WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer states, “Every year we’ve had more people participate, more activity as far as social media from the nominees, it is just a fun way to showcase manufacturing and all the cool things that are made in Wisconsin.” Johnson Financial Group President & CEO Jim Popp during the reveal of who won the contest at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon adds for this year’s contest, “More than 175,000 votes were cast.”

Check out WMC’s final video in the Manufacturing Month series to see a culmination of this year’s products who participated in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest and Wisconsin’s vibrant manufacturing industry, by watching below:

To find out more about Manufacturing Month, including events near you, please visit www.WIManufacturingMonth.org.

October 30, 2018 | October 28, 2018
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