Daily Archives: October 30, 2018

Advisory referendums on marijuana driven by grassroots effort

A number of marijuana advisory referendums appearing on this year’s midterm ballot were proposed by city and county officials at the request of their constituents.

Gary Storck, a publisher and cannabis activist in Wisconsin, chalks up this year’s unprecedented number of marijuana referendums to “the amazing work of grassroots people all over the state.”

He points out that 52 percent of the state’s population lives in an area with some sort of cannabis question going before voters Nov. 6.

“I think that’s something the governor — whoever that might be — really has to take into account,” Storck said. “You can’t just blow it off.”

In Milwaukee County, Storck credits County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez as “one of the lead people” in the effort. He notes Milwaukee County was the first county to add a cannabis referendum this year.

In Dane County, Storck reached out to his own supervisor, Yogesh Chawla, to get the ball rolling.

Earlier in the summer, Storck was contacted through Facebook by a resident of Langlade County, who had noticed Marathon County would have a marijuana question and wanted to pursue one, too.

From there, Storck reached out to county-level decision makers and also had a group of military veterans come to a board meeting to show support. Now, Langlade County is one of 10 with a medical cannabis referendum.

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American Federation for Children: Under Tony Evers, school choice continues to grow


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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, headed by Tony Evers, has released their annual student enrollment data showing once again that parents are embracing options and exercising what is best for their individual children’s needs.

Statement from Justin Moralez, State Director of the Wisconsin Federation for Children: 

“We find it astounding that Tony Evers’ own department has documented year after year that more and more Wisconsin families continue to seek out private school choice options – and yet he wants to force those families out of their school of choice. It should come across as a personal affront to these families that a politician thinks he knows what is better for a child than their own parent.”

“This report is positive news for anybody that wants to see investment in all children’s future, regardless of zip code or income. Not a single parent is mandated to participate in school choice, yet for twenty-nine years, we have seen a continuous trend of parents embracing the choice programs exponentially. Those trends have continued as Tony Evers has been in charge.”


The parental choice program has grown to include four different programs, including the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Racine Parental Choice Program, Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and the Special Needs Scholarship.

Current DPI enrollment figures as reported are (in comparison to last year):

Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: 28,917 (+237)
Racine Parental Choice Program: 3,324 (+321)
Wisconsin Parental Choice Program: 7,140 (+2,606)
Special Needs Program: 692 (+446)

– The largest gains can be seen in the Special Needs Scholarship program, which serves students who have been identified with an IEP. These are students who need the most amount of individualized learning options available to them.

– While the program continues to grow, last available figures show that those receiving a voucher still only make up less than 4% of the overall state education budget.

Baldwin campaign: Wisconsinites say Tammy Baldwin is doing right by them


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MADISON — A week before Election Day, Tammy Baldwin for Senate released a new ad with Wisconsinites making the closing argument of the campaign: Tammy Baldwin is doing right by Wisconsin.

WATCH: Doing Right

“This campaign has always been driven by Wisconsinites who want someone working for them, not the special interests,” said campaign spokesperson Bill Neidhardt. “It’s Tammy Baldwin who does right by our state and puts Wisconsin first, while Leah Vukmir sides with powerful special interests.” 

In the ad, Wisconsinites tell fellow voters how Tammy Baldwin does right by them:

  • “Tammy Baldwin’s making sure infrastructure projects use American-made iron and steel.”
  • “She’s taking on insurance companies to make health care affordable.” 
  • “She’s working with Republicans and law enforcement to combat the opioid crisis.”
  • “And Tammy’s standing up for vets, too.”   

Throughout this campaign, Wisconsinites have spoken out to stand with Tammy Baldwin and call out Leah Vukmir for siding with special interests. Watch Wisconsinites outline the choice this election in previous Tammy Baldwin for Senate ads: RoddyCheesyStoriesAshamedWhat Would HappenFierceThey Call ItMarv and LindaHeatherBoth Sides and Clear Choice.

Baldwin TV ad says she’s ‘putting Wisconsin first’


As U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin makes her closing argument of the campaign, her latest TV features people who praise the Madison Dem for “putting Wisconsin first.”

Baldwin’s campaign said the ad is running statewide and it’s putting six figures behind the spot.

The spot opens with an older couple as the woman says, “We have a senator that’s doing right.”

A man adds, “Doing right by Wisconsin” before Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel says, “That’s Tammy Baldwin.”

A man in a factory says Baldwin is “making sure infrastructure projects use American-made iron and steel.”

Others says she’s taking on insurance companies to make health care affordable and working with Republicans and law enforcement to fight the opioid crisis.

Wetzel says, “And Tammy’s standing up for vets, too.”

Three people say her name before the man from the first couple shown in the ad closes the spot, “She’s putting Wisconsin first.”

Dept. of Justice: AG Schimel celebrates record breaking Drug Take Back Day, distributes more than 2,300 doses of naloxone


MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced that Wisconsin had a record breaking Drug Take Back Day, with a preliminary collection of 66,100 lbs. The October 2018 collection is the largest preliminary weight in the history of Wisconsin’s nationally recognized program. The 71 pallets of unused medications filled three semi-trucks. Combined with the May 2018 collection, 2018 is the most successful year of Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back Program. During the drug collection process, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) also distributed thousands of life-saving doses of the life-saving opioid antidote, NARCAN nasal spray to more than 220 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies.

“Since day one as Attorney General, the opioid epidemic has been my top public safety priority,” said Attorney General Schimel. “What continues to give me hope in this fight is the number of Wisconsinites committed to helping us fight this opioid epidemic by turning over thousands of pounds of unused medications. I thought this collection would have slowed down by now, but this record-breaking collection proves that there are many more people who need to clear out their medicine cabinets. This prevention effort, both the administering of naloxone and the collection of meds, is what will ensure we aren’t still fighting this epidemic in a decade.”

Since 2015, the DOJ has collected and disposed of nearly 470,000 lbs. of unused and unwanted medications.

Utilizing discretionary funding, approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on Finance, DOJ purchased over 2,300 doses of naloxone nasal spray to be distributed to local law enforcement. DOJ surveyed over 550 law enforcement agencies regarding their naxolone programs. DOJ found 71 agencies that wished to start a naloxone program, and wanted to receive doses of the nasal spray. DOJ found that hundreds of agencies which have existing naxolone programs needed more doses of the nasal-spray. Therefore, as part of the Drug Take Back prevention initiative this fall, DOJ is distributing naloxone nasal spray to 223 responding agencies. The Wisconsin State Patrol is helping distribute the naxolone doses this week.

“Efforts like Drug Take Back, along with distribution of naloxone to emergency responders, are helping us carry out our primary mission to enhance public safety and save lives,” Wisconsin State Patrol Colonel Charles Teasdale said. “Since January 19, 2018, all State Patrol officers were trained and equipped to administer naloxone. So far, State Patrol officers have used naloxone to play a role in reviving 15 people, including a law enforcement officer who was exposed to the opioid Fentanyl during a vehicle search.”

Statewide, 303 police and sheriffs’ departments hosted 145 Drug Take Back events on or around October 27. Throughout the years and across the state, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and hospitals have installed 419 permanent drug disposal drop boxes. These boxes give citizens a convenient, environmentally-friendly, and anonymous way to dispose of unused medications all year long. Proper drug disposal is essential to preventing prescription painkiller abuse and protecting the environment. Research has shown that 70% of initial painkiller abuse starts when drugs are obtained improperly from family members or friends.

Once again, Wisconsin was a national leader on Drug Take Back Day this October. For multiple collections, Wisconsin had more law enforcement agencies participate in the biannual event than any other state in the country. Year after year, Wisconsin has been one of the top three states in the nation to have the largest collection totals. Only Texas and California have ever collected more unused drugs and medications.

Drug Take Back Day is a collaborative effort between public and private sector partners and would not be possible without the support of Covanta Energy, Fuchs Trucking, Indiana State Police, Waukesha County, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin State Patrol, U.S. DEA, and each of the 303 law enforcement agencies who participated in this October’s Drug Take Back Day.

The more than 66,000 lbs. of prescription drugs were boxed, palletized, shrink wrapped, and secured in three Fuchs Trucking semi-trailers for transportation to Covanta Energy Corporation in Indianapolis, where the drugs will be incinerated in November. The weight of unused medications reported is preliminary. An official weight, which is expected to rise, will be assigned by Covanta Energy prior to destruction.

Naloxone nasal spray is an FDA-approved medication for the emergency treatment of prescription opioid, fentanyl, and heroin-related overdose. It is a ready-to-use, needle-free, 4mg dose in a single spray. Its design makes it easy for both medical and non-medical personnel to administer a concentrated naloxone dose to quickly restore breathing to those who are experiencing an opioid overdose. In addition to being used to revive members of the public, naloxone has also been used to save law enforcement after exposure and accidental overdose. For example, in February 2018, naloxone nasal spray was used to save a Waukesha County sheriff’s deputy’s life after they were exposed to an unknown substance during a traffic stop.

For more information, go to www.DoseofRealityWI.gov.

Evers campaign: Launches closing campaign ads ‘Ask’ and ‘Momentum’


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Madison, WI — Today, Tony for Wisconsin launched its closing ads of the campaign, ‘Ask’ and ‘Momentum.’

In ‘Ask,’ Tony lays out the contrast in this race on issues from schools to taxes to health care and makes his pitch directly to Wisconsin voters. He asks for their vote, “because after eight years it’s time for change.” ‘Momentum’ highlights Tony’s growing support from communities and opinion leaders across Wisconsin and emphasizes his experience, integrity, and plans for Wisconsin.

These 30 second spots will run statewide in the closing week of the election on cable, broadcast, and digital.


Ask” can be viewed here, and a full transcript is below.

“Ask” Transcript:

Wisconsin has a big choice in this election.

Scott Walker does what’s best for himself, and his donors.

Playing politics with our schools and our health care.

As governor, I’ll put you first.

I’ll invest in our schools.

I’ll cut taxes for middle class families by ten percent.

I’ll protect those with pre-existing conditions and hold down the cost of health care.

I’m Tony Evers, I’m asking for your vote because after eight years it’s time for change.


Momentum” can be viewed here, and a full transcript is below.

“Momentum” Transcript:

People are coming together to support Tony Evers for governor.

Newspapers say Tony has the kind of experience we need.

The integrity to renew Wisconsin.

Former Walker appointees are now backing Tony Evers. Because Tony won’t play politics with our state.

Wisconsin nurses say Evers has the best plan to bring change and access to quality, affordable health care.

Tony Evers. It’s time for a change, and a governor who cares about us.

Evers launches final TV ads, declares ‘I’ll put you first’


Dem guv candidate Tony Evers Tuesday launched what his campaign said are his final TV ads of the race, including one in which he declares, “I’ll put you first.”

The campaign said the ads will run statewide the final week of the race via cable, broadcast TV and digital.

One features Evers talking directly into the camera, saying “Wisconsin has a big choice in this election.”

He adds Walker “does what’s best for himself, and his donors, playing politics with our schools and our health care.”

Evers then says, he’ll “put you first,” invest in schools, cut taxes for middle-class families by 10 percent, protect those with pre-existing conditions and hold down the cost of health care.

“I’m Tony Evers. I’m asking for your vote, because after eight years it’s time for change,” he says to close the ad.

The other features video from Evers talking to people in a rally setting and then greeting them. The narrator says, “People are coming together to support Tony Evers for governor.”

The narrator then adds newspapers say “Tony has the kind of experience we need” and “the integrity to renew Wisconsin.”

The narrator adds former Walker appointees are now supporting Evers, because he “won’t play politics with our state” and Wisconsin nurses “say Evers has the best plan to bring change and access to quality, affordable health care.”

The narrator concludes the spot, “Tony Evers. It’s time for a change, and a governor who cares about us.”

Kohl campaign: New poll shows Kohl and Grothman neck and neck in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District race


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GRAFTON, Wis. – On Monday night Change Research released the first public polling for the race for the 6th Congressional District seat in Wisconsin. The poll has Democratic challenger Dan Kohl neck and neck with Republican incumbent Representative Glenn Grothman. Kohl received 48 percent of the vote and Grothman received 50 percent.

“This poll reflects what we have been seeing and hearing across the district: Wisconsinites are fired up to elect a new representative who will look out for them, not corporate donors and special interests,” said Kohl campaign spokesperson Micki Duncan. “Dan is focused on the issues people here in the 6th District care about, like making sure everyone can get quality, affordable health care and fighting for protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Congressman Grothman, on the other hand, has voted to take health coverage away from more than 400,000 Wisconsinites, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and allow insurance companies to raise premiums for older Americans.”

The poll shows a 15-point swing toward the Democratic candidate since President Donald Trump won the district by 17 points in 2016. It was conducted as part of a group of 12 polls in competitive Congressional races throughout the country that President Trump won by between 8 and 27 points in 2016. The polls showed a range of Democratic gain from 26 points (IA-04) to -3 points (CO-03).

New DGA ad says Walker was doing what donors wanted on schools, health care, not ‘looking out for you’


The Democratic Governors Association is out with a new TV ad today that charges Gov. Scott Walker cut school funding and passed up money to lower health care costs because he was doing what his donors wanted rather than “looking out for you.”

The DGA said the ad, through its A Stronger Wisconsin arm, is running statewide and is part of an eight-figure buy.

The ad opens with the narrator saying people want governors to fix the things “you worry about that affect your family everyday.”

A car drives over a pothole and then the narrator adds Walker cut schools by $800 million, turned down $1 billion that could’ve lowered health care costs and “authorized a lawsuit letting insurance companies drop you for pre-existing conditions.” Walker “was doing what his donors wanted him to do instead of looking out for you,” the narrator says.

The narrator then closes the spot, “That’s the real Scott Walker, and he’s sure not changing now.”

The screen reads, “Tell Scott Walker. Stand up. For us.”

One Wisconsin Now: Eric Trump can expect smooth landing in Wisconsin Rapids

Mike Browne, Deputy Director

MADISON, Wis. — Eric Trump will be flying in to Wisconsin today as Republicans experience electoral turbulence across the country and here in state. Whatever the potential bumps at the ballot box for the party of Donald Trump, his son from the first of Trump’s three marriages, should enjoy a smooth landing for his stop in Wisconsin Rapids. Thanks to a 2017 budget provision approved by Wisconsin’s frequently flying governor Scott Walker, the runways have been upgraded at the small central Wisconsin airport to accommodate luxury jet travel to an exclusive golf resort owned and run by for a major Republican donor.

“Donald Trump and his family are no strangers to corruption,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “Today his son Eric will be treated to some Scott Walker-style pay to play as he jets into Wisconsin Rapids to stump for Republicans. While the GOP may be in for a bumpy ride at the ballot box, Trump’s son should enjoy a smooth landing thanks to some special favors from Walker and his gang to a major campaign donor.”

Among the provisions included in the 2017 state spending plan was $4 million to upgrade the runways at the small central Wisconsin airport to accommodate corporate jet traffic bringing golfers to an exclusive resort developed by a major donor to Gov. Walker and the state GOP.

The owner of the course, Chicago based developer Michael Keiser and his family, gave $65,000 to Republicans prior to the signing of the budget. Since then, Michael Keiser has cut checks to his GOP pals totalling $25,000 to the Republican Party of Wisconsin, $20,000 to Scott Walker, $10,000 to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and $1,000 to local Assembly Republican Scott Krug.

In an ironic sidelight, Keiser, for whom the airport upgrades were made, is considered in golf circles to be a rival course developer with Eric Trump’s father, Donald. In a media interviewDonald Trump spoke poorly of Keiser’s central Wisconsin luxury golf resort saying:

“You know, everyone crows about Bandon Dunes,” Trump told Links magazine a few years ago when he was building Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, Scotland. “I’ve been to Bandon Dunes. The views there are no better than what we have, and the dunes themselves are like little toys compared to our dunes.”

One Wisconsin Now: Report finds Scott Walker tops Nation in out-of-state fundraising for gubernatorial candidates


October 30, 2018
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
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‘Scott Walker’s Money Machine Doesn’t Stop at the State Line’

MADISON, Wis. — A report from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Public Integrity found Scott Walker’s haul of $11.5 million from donors not living in Wisconsin through early October led the nation for out-of-state contributions for state level office seekers. Walker continued the trend of snagging big money from people who do not have to live with him as their state’s governor with his latest finance filing made public on Monday evening, bringing his total raised for his gubernatorial campaigns since 2010 to over $109 million.

“Scott Walker’s money machine doesn’t stop at the state line. He’s raised more money from out of state for this election than any other candidate running for state level offices in the nation,” commented One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scott Ross. “He’s willing to sell out Wisconsin for cash for his campaigns, no matter where you live.”

According to the Center for Public Integrity:

“Three gubernatorial candidates — in Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin — have each raised at least $5.5 million from states other than their own, making up between 18 percent and 50 percent of their campaign funds. Nationwide, out-of-state contributions make up only 10 percent of direct gubernatorial fundraising.

“Among candidates for state-level offices, Walker has raised the most from out of state, hauling in about $11.5 million to make up more than half of his campaign funds.”

In his campaign finance report filed on Monday, Walker has kept up ferocious pace of out-of-state donor shakedowns. Among the cavalcade of big money contributors from other states making appearances are:

$20,000 from New York based chair of Weight Watchers Ray Debbane;
$25,000 from the governor of South Dakota Dennis Daugaard;
$20,000 from Newport Beach, California’s Duane Roberts, also known as “The Frozen Burrito King”;
$30,000 from homophobe and Trump lackey Mike Pence’s Great America Committee PAC;
$50,000 from the Heartland Regional PAC of Missouri right wing lunatic Rex Sinquefield, who infamously said public schools were created by the KKK;
$25,000 from fellow GOP presidential also-ran Chris Christie and his spouse.

ReadyWisconsin: Nov. 5-9, 2018 is Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin


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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin winters can be hard to deal with at home and on the road. To encourage people to plan ahead for the snow and cold, Gov. Scott Walker has declared Nov. 5-9, 2018 as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

“Preparing for winter weather should begin before the snow is even on the ground,” said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and homeland security advisor. “Having an emergency supply kit in your home and vehicle could save your life or a neighbor’s life during a winter storm.”

Emergency kits should include items such as food, water, flashlight and batteries and blankets. In your vehicle, also be sure to include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, and kitty litter or sand to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of 3-6 winter storms during a season. Last winter, Saxon in Iron County received 176 inches of snow. The Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in Shawano County had the highest 24-hour total with 23.8 inches on April 16. The coldest spot was Butternut in Ashland County, with -38 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 2.

Winter driving can be extremely hazardous. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, approximately 41 people are killed and almost 3,400 injured in crashes on icy or snow-covered roads in the state.

“Drivers should always check current road conditions before they head out,” Dunbar said. “If it’s a severe snow storm and you don’t need to drive, then stay home. If you must go out, make sure you have emergency supplies in your vehicle, leave early, let people know where you are traveling and when you should arrive.”
Before you travel, check with the 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site www.511wi.gov.
To help you and your family get ready for winter weather, visit ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov, where you can find winter weather maps, along with tips on putting together emergency kits and winter driving.

You can also follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/readywisconsin).

RGA releases TV ad calling Tony Evers ‘so extreme’


The Republican Governors Association is out with a new TV ad calling Dem guv contender Tony Evers “wrong for Wisconsin families.”

The 30-second TV spot opens with footage of Evers addressing the camera as a narrator asks, “Can we trust Tony Evers to be governor?”

The narrator hits the state superintendent over a Middleton teacher who kept his license after viewing pornography on a school computer, calling the state superintendent “so liberal.”

The spot goes on to knock Evers as being “so extreme” for previously expressing support for cutting the state’s prison population in half, a plan the narrator says “would put violent felons back into our neighborhoods.”

The narrator then charges that “Evers is ready to raise our income, property and gas taxes, threatening Wisconsin’s economy.”

“From schools to crime to jobs, Tony Evers is wrong for Wisconsin families,” the narrator concludes.

School Choice Wisconsin: Parental Choice Programs grow to over 40,000 students


Contact: Jim Bender, School Choice Wisconsin

The Department of Public Instruction released the number of students that have enrolled to
participate in the Parental Choice Programs in Wisconsin. There are currently four Parental Choice Programs – The Milwaukee and Racine Programs serve those communities and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program serves the rest of the state. Additionally, the Special Needs Scholarship Program serves students statewide. All four programs saw enrollment increases over last year.

“Parental demand for the programs keeps driving up enrollment,” Jim Bender, President of School Choice Wisconsin said. “Knowing that popularity, it is surprising that the Superintendent of Public Instruction wants to stand in the school house door and deny access to the program, especially for low-income and minority students.”

Numerous public statements by Superintendent Evers indicate his desire to freeze enrollment and end the programs. This policy stance would result in the closure of dozens of urban private schools in high poverty neighborhoods, many of which significantly outperform their neighboring public schools.

Since they were created the Parental Choice Programs have grown from one year to the next. As seats become available, parents have shown a clear desire to fill them. For the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, that enrollment streak stretches to 29 straight years.

Below are the number of schools and students enrolled in the four Parental Choice Programs this fall.

**A note to media on the DPI press relase. They list all returning students, regardless of their status when entering the program, as having attended private school the year before. This does NOT mean that all of those students had attended private school as a paying/scholarship student prior to entering the Parental Choice Program. In fact, due to the dramatic increase in the number of students who are first entering the programs and those switching from public schools, the students who ever attended a private school before entering the program has dropped below 29% by our calculations. Please contact SCW to discuss further.**

Enrollment Comparison 2018-19
Comparing the 3rd Friday of Sept. Counts of 2017-18 and 2018-19

Head Count (HC) and Full-Time Equivalency (FTE)
Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
2017-18                                                                         2018-19
126 schools                                                        133 schools (7 increase)
28,680 student HC                                     28,917 student HC (237 increase)
27,837.3 student FTE                             28,066.8 student FTE (229.5 increase)

Racine Parental Choice Program
2017-18                                                                   2018-2019
23 schools                                                         26 schools (3 increase)
3,003 student HC                                      3,324 student HC (321 increase)
2,912.9 student FTE                                   3,241.6 student FTE (328.7 increase)

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
2017-18                                                                      2018-2019
154 schools                                                       222 schools (68 increase)
4,534 student HC                                            7,140 student HC (2,606 increase)
4,398.9 student FTE                                       6,878.2 student FTE (2,479.3 increase)

Special Needs Scholarship Program
2017-18                                                                    2018-2019
28 schools                                                      84 schools (56 increase)
246 student HC                                                   692 student HC (446 increase)
244.2 student FTE                                           675.9 student FTE (431.7 increase)

Steil campaign: Makes commitment to voters in new ad


Contact: Andrew Iverson, Communications Director

JANESVILLE, Wis. – First Congressional District candidate Bryan Steil released his fifth TV ad of the general election today. The ad highlights Steil’s commitment to work to provide the next generation opportunities for good paying jobs and strong communities.

“Our campaign is about Southeast Wisconsin,” said Bryan Steil. “It’s my commitment to voters that I will work to make sure the next generation has every opportunity to thrive. In Congress, I’ll work to create good-paying jobs and strengthen our communities. I’ll work to keep taxes low and prepare the workforce for the jobs of the future.”

You can watch the ad, titled “Commitment,” here. The ad’s transcript is below:

Bryan Steil: Growing up in Wisconsin I was taught to work hard and do the right thing. That’s what makes our communities better. I’m Bryan Steil and I approve this message because this campaign is about us. In Wisconsin, we have a long history of success and we owe it to the next generation to provide opportunity, good-paying jobs and strong communities. That’s my commitment to you and I’m ready to go to work. I’m Bryan Steil and I’d be honored to serve you in Congress.

Steil’s fifth ad will appear on television, digital and social media platforms.

Steil says he’s ‘ready to go to work’ in latest TV ad


1st CD Republican Bryan Steil says he’s committed to providing “opportunity, good-paying jobs and strong communities” for the next generation in his latest TV ad.

The 30-second ad, which the campaign expects will be his final one in the race, opens with Steil saying he “was taught to work hard and do the right thing” while growing up in the state.

“That’s what makes our communities better,” he continues.

The ad then jumps to footage of Steil talking to various potential voters as the UW regent introduces himself and says “this campaign is about us.”

“In Wisconsin, we have a long history of success and we owe it to the next generation to provide opportunity, good-paying jobs and strong communities,” Steil tells the camera. “That’s my commitment to you and I’m ready to go to work.”

The ad ends with Steil telling viewers he’d “be honored to serve you in Congress.”

Campaign spokesman Andrew Iverson said the ad is running in the Milwaukee market on broadcast and district-wide on cable. Iverson said the campaign will also “aggressively promote” it on Facebook, Youtube and Hulu, as well as other video platforms.

The buy, he said, is around $250,000 for the week leading up to the election.

TUE AM Update: Walker outraises Evers; new Evers, Baldwin ads

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TUE News Summary: Walker outraises Evers in latest reporting period; Bryce, Steil face off in final 1st CD debate

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TUE PM Update: Biden calls midterms ‘battle for America’s soul’; Pence to campaign in Hudson Saturday

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University of Wisconsin: UW Health selects new leader for Madison hospitals



Date: Oct. 30, 2018 (608) 263-5830

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MADISON – Frederic “Ric” Ransom will join UW Health in December as the new president of UW Hospitals, Madison region.

Ransom is currently chief operating officer at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. He has been with Greenville Health since 2014 and has risen steadily from senior administrator to COO for the largest of the health system’s multiple campuses. With more than 14,000 employees, Greenville Health System includes acute-care hospitals as well as specialty hospitals for behavioral health, pediatrics and rehabilitation. Its medical group has more than 1100 providers among more than 100 locations, primarily in northwestern South Carolina. His previous experience includes service at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. in Memphis; WellStar Health System in Marietta, Georgia; Partners Health System in Boston; and Baylor in Dallas.

A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ransom also holds a law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and both an MBA and master’s in health administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Ransom will provide overall direction for University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and UW Health at The American Center. He will also work in close collaboration with leaders at UnityPoint Health-Meriter in continuing implementation of the joint operating agreement between the two organizations.

“Ric brings an outstanding record of leadership to UW Health,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Bolt. “His extensive background and academic credentials will serve us well, particularly as we move ahead with our system of care with UnityPoint Health-Meriter.”

Ransom will join UW Health in December.

UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: UW research on adolescent smartphone use provides novel findings


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

Madison, WI – Young adolescents think a child’s maturity, not necessarily age, should be a factor in when a child gets a smartphone – and they worry about using that phone to bully other children.

As debate rages on about when a child should get a smartphone, a study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides novel and sometimes surprising findings that address that and other related questions.

The results of the research by Dr. Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics and director of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT), were published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“Our team’s findings present novel viewpoints to inform current discussions around the appropriate timing and parental strategies for tweens’ first smartphones,” said Moreno.

The study involved 12 focus groups of tweens otherwise known as early adolescents.  A total of 45 participants ages 10 to 14 represented both rural and urban areas.

Maturity: The early adolescents were quick to dismiss the notion of an ideal age to get a smartphone.  They said maturity and reaching milestones, such as the transition to middle school, are better gauges for when early adolescents should have smartphones. The focus groups said parents should provide early adolescents with their own smartphones when they need one instead of when they just want one.

Deference to parents:  Previous studies describe a disconnect between young adolescents and their parents, while this study shows tweens want parental involvement.

The tweens said parents should have the final word on when their children get smartphones, but they said the young people should be part of the conversation with their parents.  They also pointed out that parents should have the right to check their child’s smartphone.  They said parental rules are important and should be specific for when and how long a smartphone can be used.

Accountability: Focus groups said tweens need to be accountable for their actions when using a smartphone and to avoid pitfalls.   One theme across multiple focus groups was knowing how to avoid being the perpetrator or target of cyberbullying. The tweens perceived their own capacity to bully as a risk of smartphone use, a novel finding of this research. The tweens said the right time to get a smartphone is when they know right from wrong and know not to cyberbully.

Who should pay for the costs of a smartphone? Opinions ranged from “parents should buy the phone” to “the tweens should pay for the phones” themselves. However, some believed that parents should buy phones for early adolescents who have medical conditions. Ongoing care and maintenance of smart phones was a topic for debate. Some participants said if a smartphone is lost or broken, tweens should pay for replacements.

The tweens also said an early adolescent should ask for a smartphone before getting one.

“Our research indicates that giving an unrequested hand-me-down or gift phone for a first phone is not recommended,” said Moreno.

VP Biden calls midterm elections a battle over character

Vice President Joe Biden called out “forces of hate” in America and characterized the November midterm elections as “a battle for America’s soul” as he rallied UW-Madison students to vote this morning.

Biden from the outset called the upcoming midterm elections a battle over character and praised Dem gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin as key in the effort to restore the moral compass of the country.

“This is really bigger than politics, this election,” Biden said. “There’s something different. I think we‘re in a battle for America’s soul, where we are as a country.”

Biden, who is reportedly considering a 2020 presidential bid, began his remarks quietly by illustrating in grave terms the mood of the country, leading to chaos in Washington that he argued is frightening American allies. 

But by the end of his talk, Biden’s tone had changed, as he urged students to take their country back.

“We’re going to cure cancer, mark my words, we’re going to cure cancer. Get out and vote. Take back this incredible country. We are special, the world needs us,” he said to a roaring crowd at UW-Madison’s Gordon Commons.

Biden then continued his praise of Evers and Baldwin for their work on the issues of education and health care, and warned of major cuts to Medicare and Social Security if Democrats aren’t elected.

“If we don’t win … mark my words, there will be a massive deficit and your parents and your grandparents will find what they counted on and paid for their whole lives is not there,” Biden said.

Biden’s rally with Evers and Baldwin comes amid a blitz of appearances from top officials from both parties as they try to court the state’s voters ahead of next week’s election. 

President Donald Trump held a rally in Mosinee last week to stump for Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, while President Barack Obama campaigned for Evers, Baldwin and other Dems at a rally in Milwaukee Friday. Eric Trump is also in Wisconsin today to campaign for Vukmir and others. 

And U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, is scheduled to arrive in the state on Thursday for a fundraiser with Baldwin.

Vukmir campaign: Leah Vukmir says she’s a ‘mom with a cause’ in podcast


Contact: Jessica Ward, (608) 213-5939

Leah Vukmir joined Jessie Opoien from the Cap Times for her podcast “Wedge Issues” where they talked about Leah’s start in politics, the truth about the health care debate in the Senate race, Leah’s favorite Wisconsin cheese and more…

Listen to the podcast here.

Vukmir campaign: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate


Contact: Jess Ward, (608) 213-5939

Brookfield, Wis. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is endorsing proven leader Leah Vukmir in her race for the U.S. Senate, the group announced Tuesday.

“Leah Vukmir has a record of cutting taxes and burdensome regulations, proving she knows how to get government out of the way so America can see more jobs, more growth and higher wages,” said Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs & Federation Relations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “At the U.S. Chamber, we are proud to support Leah in her race for the Senate because she will do what it takes to enact a pro-jobs agenda that will help industry innovate and grow for generations to come.”

“Government doesn’t create jobs, but it can create a friendly environment for job growth and economic prosperity,” said U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir. “In Wisconsin, I’ve worked hard to turn our state’s economy around, where we have now seen more than eight months of less than 3% unemployment. I’m honored that the U.S. Chamber is endorsing me for Senate because they know that, unlike Senator Baldwin, I will do what it takes to lower taxes and reduce regulations so business can continue growing.”

Walker campaign: Milwaukee Police Association endorses Walker for governor


Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

Highlights commitment to standing with law enforcement, keeping our communities safe

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, at a press conference in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Association proudly endorsed Scott Walker in his reelection campaign for Governor, citing his commitment to creating safer communities and his strong leadership on truth in sentencing, school safety, and victim resources and advocacy.

The Milwaukee Police Association represents almost 1,600 brave men and women in the Milwaukee Police Department who put their lives on the line every day to protect our neighborhoods.

Statement from Milwaukee Police Association President Mike Crivello:

“On behalf of the Milwaukee Police Association, we are proud to endorse Scott Walker for governor. His longstanding commitment to public safety is shown through his backing of those who put their lives on the line every day to protect our streets. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Walker on solutions for the challenges facing our communities.”

Statement From Scott Walker:

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Milwaukee Police Association. I’m proud to stand with the brave men and women in Milwaukee and around the state who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our communities are safe. I will continue to work with our local law enforcement to make sure they have the tools they need to protect our streets.”


Walker campaign: Walker talks Evers’ tax increases on Special Report with Bret Baier


Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]


[Madison, Wis.] – Scott Walker was on Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel last night talking about how he will keep Wisconsin working for generations to come. Walker talked about how his bold reforms have moved Wisconsin forward with more jobs and higher wages, providing a clear contrast to Tony Evers’ plan to increase spending and increase taxes.

Tony’s taxes and reckless spending will cost us jobs. Wisconsin cannot afford to let Tony Evers’ failed leadership take us backward. Scott Walker’s plan will keep Wisconsin working for generations to come by creating good-paying jobs, keeping taxes low, and investing in our priorities.

Watch the full interview here and find excerpts below:

On more jobs and higher wages versus more spending and higher taxes:

“It’s the difference between – do you want more jobs and higher wages which is where we’ve taken the state, or do you want more spending and higher taxes? That’s where Tony Evers is. My opponent, Tony Evers, wants to raise the gas tax by as much as a dollar a gallon. He wants to raise property taxes, income taxes, income taxes on manufacturers and farmers. Tony’s taxes would cost us jobs. What we’ve done is turned the state around and more people are working now than ever before…”

On always protecting preexisting conditions:

“My wife is a Type 1 diabetic, my mother’s a cancer survivor, my brother has a heart condition. We will always cover people with pre-existing conditions. What he’s talking about doing is doing what Minnesota did years ago, and the premiums actually went up.  Remember two years ago, Mark Dayton, the democratic governor of Minnesota, said the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable. That’s because premiums went up between 50 and 67 percent. We will never do to the state of Wisconsin what they did to Minnesota. And we’ll do it by lowering premiums, increasing choices and improving health care, while covering people with three existing conditions…”

On moving Wisconsin forward:

“Well, if you want to go backwards – I’d say if you want to have higher taxes and few jobs then you should go with Tony Evers. If you want more spending and higher taxes, go with Tony Evers. But if you want to continue to build off our reforms and have more jobs in the state and have higher wages, as we’ve shown, consistently, over the law few years, then I’m your candidate.”

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Confirms bovine tuberculosis in Dane County dairy herd


Media Contacts:
Leeann Duwe, Public Information Officer, 608-224-5005
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020


MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that a Wisconsin dairy herd in Dane County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB). Meat inspectors identified a carcass during a routine slaughter inspection and sent a sample to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory for testing. Through animal identification records, the carcass was traced back to a herd in Dane County that DATCP immediately quarantined. A quarantine prevents any animals from moving on or off of the farm.

“We are working closely with the herd owner, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Health Services, area veterinarians, industry partners, and other herd owners. We are taking aggressive measures to control and prevent the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Darlene Konkle, DATCP’s acting State Veterinarian. “Our staff and partners train for these types of responses and are taking the necessary steps to protect animal and human health.”

Pasteurized milk continues to be safe to consume. The pasteurization process, which destroys disease-causing organisms in milk by rapidly heating and then cooling the milk, eliminates the disease from milk and milk products. Bovine TB is most commonly spread to humans through consuming unpasteurized milk or milk products from infected animals, and close contact with infected animals or people. Also, infected people can be a source of infection to animals. More information about human TB is on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Food safety laws prevent meat from infected animals from entering the food chain. State and federal inspectors at slaughter plants evaluate live animals and animal products for signs or symptoms of disease and remove any from entering food production.

Bovine TB is a respiratory disease of cattle that does not spread easily. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease meaning it can take months to years to worsen, grow, or spread. Infected animals may pass the infection to other animals even if they appear healthy. Animals often do not show signs until the infection has reached an advanced stage. The U.S. has nearly eliminated bovine TB due to the National Tuberculosis Eradication Program. Wisconsin has been certified as TB-free since 1980. With a thorough investigation and containment of an outbreak Wisconsin will maintain its TB-free status with USDA.

More information about bovine TB is available on DATCP’s website.

Wisconsin Elections Commission: Statement on use of MyVote Wisconsin website



October 30, 2018 Reid Magney, 608-267-7887

MADISON, WI – Meagan Wolfe, interim administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, today released a statement regarding candidates and political parties using the MyVote website:

MyVote Wisconsin is voters’ best source of information about when and where to vote, what’s on the ballot, absentee voting and voter registration. Other websites or groups offering similar information may not be as accurate.

For that reason, any candidate, political party or group is free to use the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s MyVote Wisconsin website, https://MyVote.wi.gov, in its communications with voters to help them find accurate voting information.

Any use of the MyVote Wisconsin website, or linking to it, does not imply any endorsement by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The Commissioner is an independent state agency, which does not endorse any candidate or political party. The nonpartisan staff of the Commission is prohibited from participating in political campaigns. The Commission and its staff are dedicated to providing accurate information to all voters.

Wisconsin Elections Commission: Top five things voters should know for the General Election


Reid Magney, 608-267-7887


MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Elections Commission today released its list of the top five things Wisconsin voters should know for the General Election, Tuesday, November 6.

  1. Trust Wisconsin’s MyVote website for accurate information about the election.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission’s popular MyVote Wisconsin website, https://MyVote.wi.gov, is voters’ best source of information about when and where to vote, what’s on the ballot, absentee voting and voter registration.

“Because this is a big election, many groups want to help voters,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official.  “Most of them provide good information, but sometimes they make mistakes.  It’s also possible that someone may try to mislead voters.”

At MyVote, voters can also check whether their registration is current.  If you are sure you should be registered but cannot find your voter registration record, please contact your municipal clerk’s office, which can resolve any issues.

Wolfe said the Commission is monitoring social media websites and other online sources for misinformation about the election.  “Follow us on social media for helpful tips on voting, as well as for updates in the event of problems before the election,” Wolfe said.

The WEC is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinelectionscommission and Twitter at @WI_Elections.

  1. Your vote is secure.

Wisconsin’s election systems are secure thanks to the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s strong partnerships with federal and state agencies and local election officials.

“There is no evidence that Wisconsin’s election systems have ever been compromised,” said Wolfe.  “We have taken extraordinary steps in the last few years to ensure that our voter registration and vote counting systems are secure.”

Wolfe urged voters who have concerns about election security to take advantage of opportunities for the public to observe public voting equipment tests before Election Day.  “You can also be at your polling place at 8 p.m. to hear the election inspectors announce the results for your ward,” Wolfe said.  “Later in the evening, you can check your county clerk’s website to verify that the unofficial results they publish are the same.”

Voters with questions about election security can read more about the WEC’s efforts here: https://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/security.

  1. You will need an acceptable photo ID to vote.

“There are no recent changes to Wisconsin’s election laws for this election,” Wolfe said. “You will need to show an acceptable photo ID to vote.”

Wolfe said most voters already have the photo ID they need to vote, such as a Wisconsin Driver License or ID, and urged anyone with questions to visit the Bring It to the Ballot website (http://bringit.wi.gov) or call 1-866-VOTE-WIS for information.

Your acceptable photo ID for voting does not need to show your current address, and the name on your photo ID does not have to match your name on the voter list exactly, Wolfe said. “If it’s a difference like Jim for James or Kathy for Kathleen, that’s fine.”

A voter who does not have an acceptable photo ID must be offered a provisional ballot and the opportunity to submit a photo ID within three days after the election.

  1. If you don’t have a photo ID, you can still get one for free at the Wisconsin DMV.

“Just bring whatever identifying documents you have like a birth certificate and proof of your current address to obtain a free photo ID,” Wolfe said.  “If you don’t have those documents you may still obtain a document that you can use for voting through the ID Petition Process at the DMV office.”

For more information about getting a state ID for voting, visit the Department of Transportation website: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/license-drvs/how-to-apply/petition-process.aspx

  1. You can register to vote for the first time or update your registration on Election Day.

Wisconsin has Election Day voter registration, allowing voters who meet the 10-day residency requirement to register and vote the same day.  This also helps voters who have changed their names and/or addresses.

Voters who need to register on Election Day must have a proof of residence document such as a utility bill (including cell phones), bank statement, residential lease, property tax bill, pay stub that includes their full name and residential street address.  You can use a document saved on your phone, Wolfe added. For details, check out the Voter Registration Guide: https://elections.wi.gov/voters/first-time-registration-guide.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Wants community feedback on new, modern state history museum


Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
[email protected]org

Manitowoc, Wis. – On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, the Wisconsin Historical Society will be holding a listening session in Manitowoc to get thoughts and ideas from the community and to share design concepts for a new, modern, state history museum on Wisconsin’s Capitol Square in Madison. The goal of these sessions is to get feedback from educators, families, business leaders, and every sector of the public.

“The new state history museum will be about more than bricks and mortar, it will connect to and tell the stories of Wisconsinites from all 72 counties,” said Christian Overland, Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society. “The input we receive at these public workshops will help shape future exhibits and storylines.”

The event will be held at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Dr. Manitowoc, WI 54220 on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The evening will start with light refreshments and an introduction to the new museum project. Manitowoc County Historical Society and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum are the local partners for the event.

During these sessions, guests will have the opportunity to share feedback on current design concepts and share their thoughts on “What makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin.” This is an opportunity for the public to be a part of this process and to provide their vision of how a new state history museum can represent their community and the state to create relevant stories that have local significance and national impact.

Maritime Archaeologists, Tamara Thomsen and Victoria Kiefer with the Wisconsin Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office will also attend the event to share information about the underwater archaeology program and highlight examples of the long-standing partnership with the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

“We are excited for our community to have a voice in the plans for a new Wisconsin history museum,” said Amy Meyerexecutive directorManitowoc County Historical Society. “Our area has a rich history and we are proud to share it and bring some of our stories to be told in the new museum.”

The Wisconsin Historical Society is traveling across the state to hold over 30 Statewide Engagement events, including 19 public community events and 14 American Indian nation over the next year. All sessions are free and open to the public. Guests can pre-register and find an event close to them at wihist.org/yourvoice.

“As we hold more listening workshops across the state it is important for us to be inclusive and understand what types of stories and programs our guests would like in the new history museum,” Overland continued.  “We also want to understand how we can better serve our audiences in their towns and cities because we feel that everyone should feel welcomed in this museum, whether they visit in person or participate digitally.”

The Wisconsin Historical Society has been working towards building a new $120 million, 100,000-square-foot museum for more than 20 years. The new museum will more than double exhibition space, and include state-of-the-art technology while providing learning, meeting and flexible spaces. The new museum will reach and connect people all across the state through distance learning technology and exciting, modern exhibits.

For more information on the Wisconsin Historical Society visit wisconsinhistory.org.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty: Citizens for Responsible Government and WILL sue Alderman Stamper seeking records


Cameron Sholty | WILL Communications Director
[email protected] | 414-727-7416 | 262-409-9816

Milwaukee, WI – On behalf of CRG Advocates, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed an open records lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court today against Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper, II. The lawsuit seeks immediate release of the requested records, punitive damages, and attorney fees.

In March and April of this year, CRG Advocates made three simple record requests to Alderman Stamper: (1) for his phone records; (2) for a copy of his calendar; and (3) emails containing a handful of search terms. The Alderman has ignored the record requests since then, despite letters and phone calls from WILL attorneys insisting that he comply with the Open Records Law.

Orville Seymer, Field Operations Director of CRG, commented, “Alderman Stamper is simply not doing his job. The records I have requested belong to the public and are not his exclusive property.”

“The law requires record custodians to turn over records ‘as soon as practicable and without delay,’” said Attorney Tom Kamenick, Deputy Counsel and open government specialist at WILL. “That doesn’t mean ‘when it’s convenient’ or ‘when I feel like it’ or ‘maybe, if I feel like being nice.’ It means you do it right away; the Attorney General suggests that ten business days is more than enough time to comply with most requests.”

A copy of the complaint and more information about the case can be found here.

WisDems: Counting down the ways Vukmir sold out Wisconsin


Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

MADISON — With seven days left until Election Day, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is continuing to count down a selection of the worst votes and legislative actions from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir‘s 16-year record of selling out Wisconsin to benefit her corporate special interest backers.

#7. Vukmir Sold Out Wisconsin Seniors On Alzheimer’s Funding And SeniorCare

As highlighted early this month in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s report “Leah Vukmir Has Sold Out Wisconsin Seniors and Future Retirees,” Leah Vukmir has repeatedly sided with corporate special interests and voted against Wisconsin seniors and future retirees.

Vukmir Blocked and Opposed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Research, and Treatment Funding 

Vukmir used her position as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to during 2015-2016 biennial block multiple bills to improve and increase funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, treatment, and research. 2015 Assembly Bill 7832015 Assembly Bill 7852015 Assembly Bill 7882015 Assembly Bill 791, and 2015 Assembly Bill 784, each died in Vukmir’s committee during that two-year period.

Vukmir Supporting Eliminated SeniorCare

Vukmir has also supported eliminating SeniorCare, Wisconsin’s prescription drug assistance program that is “designed to help seniors with their prescription drug costs“: she supported its elimination in 2005 and then again in 2007.

Counting Down Ten Ways Vukmir Has Sold Out Wisconsin:

#10. Vukmir Backs Earned Benefit Cuts To Offset Tax Breaks For The Top 1%

#9. Vukmir Sold Out Wisconsin Seniors On Nursing Home Abuse

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

WisDems: With a week left, protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions in all 72 counties are on the line


Contact: Alex Japko, [email protected]

With a week left in the election, Scott Walker continues to run from his long record of undermining health care in Wisconsin. Walker refused to accept federal money to expand BadgerCare to 70,000 more people in the state, a position that has actually cost state $1.1 billion in taxpayer funds. He endorsed national efforts to repeal the ACA and even floated the idea of accepting a waiver to allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions.

And most concerning for Wisconsin families, Walker’s attacks on health care access continue to this day. Wisconsin – with Walker’s approval – is still suing to end the ACA and gut protections for pre-existing conditions, while pushing a state level plan that would fall well short of current protections.

If Walker gets his way, Wisconsinites in all 72 counties would be affected.

“Scott Walker is still in court suing to undermine protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions. No matter where you live in Wisconsin, his actions will threaten the health security of families in your community,” said DPW Spokesperson Alex Japko. “Health care is on the ballot this November and Wisconsin voters can finally hold Walker accountable for his terrible record on health care.”

Here’s a conservative estimate* of how many people in each county could be uninsurable in each county if Walker’s lawsuit to gut protections for pre-existing conditions is successful:


Estimated Population with Pre-Existing Condition

Adams County


Ashland County


Barron County


Bayfield County


Brown County


Buffalo County


Burnett County


Calumet County


Chippewa County


Clark County


Columbia County


Crawford County


Dane County


Dodge County


Door County


Douglas County


Dunn County


Eau Claire County


Florence County


Fond du Lac County


Forest County


Grant County


Green County


Green Lake County


Iowa County


Iron County


Jackson County


Jefferson County


Juneau County


Kenosha County


Kewaunee County


La Crosse County


Lafayette County


Langlade County


Lincoln County


Manitowoc County


Marathon County


Marinette County


Marquette County


Menominee County


Milwaukee County


Monroe County


Oconto County


Oneida County


Outagamie County


Ozaukee County


Pepin County


Pierce County


Polk County


Portage County


Price County


Racine County


Richland County


Rock County


Rusk County


St. Croix County


Sauk County


Sawyer County


Shawano County


Sheboygan County


Taylor County


Trempealeau County


Vernon County


Vilas County


Walworth County


Washburn County


Washington County


Waukesha County


Waupaca County


Waushara County


Winnebago County


Wood County


* Estimates were calculated using population estimates for adults aged 18-64 from the U.S. Census and data on pre-existing conditions from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

WisGOP: Leah Vukmir is law enforcement’s choice for U.S. Senate


Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765


[Madison, WI] — Yesterday, the Milwaukee Police Association endorsed Leah Vukmir for the U.S. Senate. While Tammy Baldwin isn’t serious about securing our border or protecting our communities, Leah Vukmir will fight to enforce our immigration laws, build the wall, and keep Wisconsin families safe.

See the full story from the Daily Caller here or read excerpts below.

Police Union Throws Support Behind Leah Vukmir

The Daily Caller
Tim Pearce
October 29, 2018

The Milwaukee Police Association (MPA) endorsed the Wisconsin GOP candidate for Senate, Leah Vukmir, over incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin Monday.

“Leah Vukmir has shown an unwavering commitment to backing the badge and helping police keep Wisconsin safe,” MPA President Mike Crivello said in a statement. “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.”

Political heavy-hitters from both sides of the aisle are traveling to Wisconsin to campaign for candidates in the swing state. Former President Barack Obama spoke at a rally Friday to generate support for Baldwin, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and others.

See the full story from the Daily Caller here.

WisGOP: Unveils Tony Evers’ investments showing widespread hypocrisy


October 30, 2018
Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765

[Madison, WI] — The Republican Party of Wisconsin today unveiled investments by Tony Evers that show widespread hypocrisy, with money in companies dealing with issues in direct contradiction to the liberal values Evers espouses on the campaign trail.

Press can find the documents here. They detail investments by Tony Evers in companies dealing with oil spills, a wide variety of workplace and consumer discrimination issues, and subsidies – all issues Evers campaigns against.

“When it comes time to put his money where his mouth is, Tony Evers passes the buck,” Executive Director Mark Morgan said. “A review of Tony Evers’ finances shows that on issue after issue, Tony Evers the investor supports companies that Tony Evers the candidate would campaign against – yet more evidence of his failed leadership. The bottom line is this: Tony Evers is either a hypocritical bureaucrat or a cynical investor. There is no other explanation.”

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