Daily Archives: September 10, 2019

7th CD WisGOP: Statement on the announcement of Tom Tiffany as Republican candidate for special congressional election


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The 7th District Republican Party of Wisconsin is excited with the announcement of State Senator Tom Tiffany to be a candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Duffy.

Senator Tiffany is a proven leader.  His record as a conservative reformer has cleared the path for our current blue-collar recovery and record economic growth.  Like President Trump and Congressman Duffy, Senator Tiffany is a champion of middle-class tax cuts and vigorous advocate for the reduction of overbearing regulations.

While the field is still developing, we look forward to drawing contrast between our Republican candidate’s pro-growth and freedom agenda versus big-government authoritarian mandates of the socialist left.

Howard Marklein: Working with rural schools


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It’s back to school time! As teachers, students and families get back into the groove, I am continuing to seek ways to work with and support rural schools through the legislative process.

In the most recent State Budget, the legislature’s budget invested $500 million more for schools before the Governor added additional funding with his veto pen. As legislators, we allocated $12.3 billion this biennium and responded to the top three requests from school districts statewide; we increased per pupil aid, we increase special education funding by nearly $100 million, which will cover 30% of costs by 2021 and we ensured the funding we provided can be counted on for years to come.

For rural Wisconsin, we directed more funding through the Equalization Aids formula, which helps poor, rural schools. We raised the low-revenue limit adjustment for low-spending school districts and funded the increase in order relieve the property tax burden. We doubled the current funding for student mental health programs.

As the legislative session continues, I am leading several bills that will further support the needs of rural school districts. These ideas come from both my local school districts in the 17th District and through my work on the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform.

Senate Bill (SB) 183 – Special Ed FORT Test Waiver – Rep. Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) and I authored this bill which will allow the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to waive the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) requirement for special education teachers who have satisfied similar requirements without passing the test. We have some very talented and dedicated people in our schools who want to be Special Education Teachers. They have a lot of experience, but they do not have the specific training to pass this test. It is time intensive and expensive. This bill would give DPI the option of waiving the requirement to put great Special Ed teachers into the classroom.

SB 184 – Waiver for Out of State Certified Teachers – Similarly, Rep. Tranel and I authored SB 184 to allow a person who is educated and licensed out-of-state to begin teaching in Wisconsin with a one-year license with stipulations. This person would then be eligible for a license based on reciprocity if their teaching experience is successful for two semesters. Many of our school districts, especially those near Iowa, are trying to fill vacancies with teachers from neighboring states. This bill will give superintendents and school boards more flexibility to attract, hire and retain qualified, proven teachers without licensing red tape.

SB 206 – Property Tax Parity for Consolidating School Districts – This idea was derived from our work on the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform, but was actually originally offered by a local educational leader in the 17th District.

A major obstacle for school districts considering consolidation is the disparate property tax rates of the individual districts. Our proposal would create a new aid program for consolidated districts that are formed on or after July 1, 2020, to offset any property tax increase to one of the consolidated districts. The mill rate for the newly consolidated district would be set equal to the lowest mill rate among the consolidating districts in the year prior to consolidation.

SB 327 – Declining Enrollment – One of the biggest issues our rural schools are dealing with is declining enrollment. School budgets are almost entirely based on the number of students, but communities and families are smaller than they have been historically. SB 327 will modify the current declining enrollment adjustment in the school funding formula to account for long-term enrollment declines, and delete the current prior year base revenue hold harmless adjustment. This will help small, rural school districts manage this issue.

Again, I am working hard to move these bills through the legislative process. I appreciate all of the support and input I have received from the 34 school districts I represent. Their partnership and willingness to share ideas and real-world commentary is extremely helpful.

– Marklein, R-Spring Green, represents the 17th Senate District.


Tiffany campaign: Announces run for Seventh Congressional District


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RHINELANDER, WI – Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) formally announced his candidacy to represent the 7th District in the United States House of Representatives.

“When I was elected to the state legislature, Wisconsin had serious problems: budget deficits, high unemployment, businesses fleeing our state, and a deep pessimism. I asked voters to put their trust in me to deliver results. With like-minded women and men in the legislature, we made Wisconsin a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family. It wasn’t easy and tough choices had to be made. I am prepared to make those same tough decisions in Washington, D.C. for the people of Northern and Western Wisconsin.

“I don’t plan to go to Washington looking for a fight, but I can guarantee I will never back down from one. Now more than ever we need to stand up to preserve our freedoms and our bedrock values. As we all know, it’s a swamp out there and we need someone who won’t waver when it comes to doing what is right for Wisconsin.

“I’m running for Congress to be the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward. He needs help to secure our borders, to stop the left’s obsessive march towards Socialism, to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, to protect the unborn, and to get the government off our backs so we can all prosper. He needs a proven conservative with a track record of getting things done.

“I believe I am that ally, and I am proud to announce my candidacy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. I look forward to running a positive campaign and talking to voters all across the district. I know if they put their trust in me, I will deliver results for Northern and Western Wisconsin.”

Tiffany launches bid for 7th CD, other Republicans moving toward runs


State Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, formally launched his campaign for the 7th CD today, vowing to be “the ally President Trump needs to keep moving our country forward.”

Meanwhile, a Wausau thoracic surgeon is now looking at a run, as is an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh.

Tiffany said in a statement the president needs a “proven conservative with a track record of getting things done,” touting the “tough choices” he’s made in the Legislature, where he’s served since 2011.

“I don’t plan to go to Washington looking for a fight, but I can guarantee I will never back down from one,” Tiffany said.

Tiffany has four stops planned today in the district and another three tomorrow as he formally announces his bid. The first was the Al-Gen Dinner Club in Rhinelander, which is owned by GOP state Rep. Rob Swearingen.

Stephan Thompson, whose past campaigns include conservative Brian Hagedorn’s win in this spring’s state Supreme Court contest, will serve as Tiffany’s general consultant in the race.

Though Tiffany is the first candidate to formally get into the race, others are moving closer to bids.

Surgeon Fernando “Fritz” Riveron posted on social media that he is weighing a run, while a GOP source said Jason Church, an Army vet who serves as Johnson’s northwest region director, has been making calls to stakeholders in the district.

Riveron wrote in his post that he’s troubled by a “national dialogue on healthcare by people who don’t understand it at the ground level” and the “mainstream acceptance of socialism by many of our youth and its support by Democrats.” Riveron was born in Cuba, but left the country when he was 5.

“My life has been blessed by the opportunity and bounty of this great country,” he wrote. “The American dream has been a reality for me, and I deeply care that it be preserved for the next generation. I am prayerfully considering this daunting challenge and the opportunity to serve this community that has done so much for me and my family.”

Meanwhile, conservative activist Luke Hilgemann has decided against a bid, saying it was not the right time for a run and he will support Tiffany.

“Knowing that a proven conservative who won’t bend to Washington’s will like Tom Tiffany is running for the seat made my decision even easier,” Hilgemann said.

GOP state Rep. Romaine Quinn, who’s been weighing a bid for the past two weeks, said yesterday he wasn’t ready to make an announcement on whether he will get in.

Dems who have said they were considering a run include: state Sen. Janet Bewley, of Mason; Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli; former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, of Chippewa Falls; and state Rep. Nick Milroy, of South Range.

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston, has announced plans to resign Sept. 23. Gov. Tony Evers hasn’t said yet when he plans to call a special election.

TUE AM Update: Tiffany launches 7th CD campaign

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TUE News Summary: Tiffany launches 7th CD bid; Thompson resurrecting Transportation Projects Commission

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WisBusiness: the Show with Jed White of TASC Ventures


The latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Jed White of TASC Ventures, one of the newest entries on Wisconsin’s corporate venture capital scene.

Also, Liz Schrum presents Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators and events in the Wisconsin economy.

In a separate commentary, Tech Council President Tom Still talks about the upcoming Early Stage Symposium on November 6-7 at Madison’s Monona Terrace. Companies will have the chance to meet and pitch to investors from Wisconsin and well beyond.

Wisconsin Forum: Announces 2019-2020 Season


Contact: Kristina Olkowski-Sayas (312) 925-8600
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– The Wisconsin Forum has a proud history of advancing freedom by speaking on behalf of the principles of liberty. The Board of the Wisconsin Forum is proud to announce that the tradition of excellence continues with our 2019-2020 Season.

Our line-up of nationally-recognized speakers include —

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Mark Skousen
Has the POTUS Become a PONTIFF?  Power, Political Economy and the Constitution
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Daniel Kelly
The Appropriate Role of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Michael Tanner
Why socialized healthcare is more expensive, decreases in value, and reduces services over time

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – James Taylor
Global Warming Is Not a Crisis, but Government “Solutions” Are
Tuesday, March 19, 2020 – Jay Richards
The Human Advantage: The future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines

“We are delighted to announce this year’s line-up of fantastic speakers,” said Ryan Law, President of The Wisconsin Forum. “Each of our guest speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them.” Law went on, “They will undoubtedly challenge assumptions. Our speakers will provide our members and guests with expert insight that may or may not change minds and hearts, but will certainly educate and inform them about liberty and freedom. And that’s our goal.”

New this year, the Forum’s dinner meetings will be held at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, located conveniently at 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. The oldest premier yacht club on Lake Michigan in the scenic heart of McKinley Marina, Milwaukee Yacht Club welcomes passionate boaters and anyone who simply loves the lakeshore lifestyle. We are so excited to host our dinner meetings at the yacht club this season.

Members of the public are invited to attend our dinner meetings as guests for one or more dinners, or can save with purchasing a season membership of the Wisconsin Forum which includes all five dinner engagements. Attendees will hear articulate speakers who visit Milwaukee to discuss economic, moral and philosophical principles, which have as their basis the concept of individual freedom and responsibility.

For more information about The Wisconsin Forum and our 2019-2020 Season, visit our website: www.wisconsinforum.org. You can also email executivedirector@wisconsinforum.org, or call Kristina at (312) 925-8600.  Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

Wisconsin Health Care Association: Assisted living communities celebrate national assisted living week


MADISON – Wisconsin Health Care Association and Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living’s (WHCA/WiCAL) member facilities from across Wisconsin will celebrate National Assisted Living Week from September 8-14.

In observance of National Assisted Living Week, Community-Based Residential Facilities, Residential Care Apartment Complexes and Adult Family Homes of all sizes will hold a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers, and surrounding communities to celebrate “A Spark of Creativity.”

“A Spark of Creativity” is this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week, which hopes to inspire residents to tap into their creative side, whether through the arts or beyond. The theme is meant to encourage assisted living staff to explore new, innovative ways to deliver high-quality, person-centered care.

“Caregivers and staff at Wisconsin’s assisted living facilities build unbreakable bonds with their residents and cultivate a sense of family and community,” said John Vander Meer, President and CEO of WHCA/WiCAL. “National Assisted Living Week is a great opportunity for caregivers, residents, families, and community members to explore new and creative ways to strengthen those connections and grow as a community.”

National Assisted Living Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living. For more information on National Assisted Living Week, please visit www.nalw.org.

WisDems: “Toxic Tom Tiffany” announces bid for Congress


Contact: Courtney Beyer, [email protected]

– Today, as Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany announced his campaign to succeed Rep. Sean Duffy ahead of the anticipated special election for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin unveiled its new website, ToxicTomTiffany.com, and an accompanying digital ad campaign intended to help educate WI-07 voters about Tom Tiffany’s toxic legislative history and reinforce the message that volunteers throughout the district are delivering in door-knocking campaigns starting this weekend.

“It’s a sad day for the Republican Party when they rally around a candidate as unelectable as someone known as ‘Toxic Tom Tiffany,'” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair  Ben Wikler. “Toxic Tom Tiffany has a habit of losing elections, letting polluters write legislation to give themselves tax breaks, and slashing health care for seniors. Wisconsin Republicans love gerrymandering, but it’s hard to gerrymander your way out of a record like that.”

DPW’s new microsite ToxicTomTiffany.com, referencing the nickname Tiffany earned after writing legislation to benefit the mining industry, highlights Tiffany’s record of putting corporate special interests before the health and wellbeing of his constituents. During his time in the state legislature, Tiffany voted to increase the tax burden on the middle-class while giving enormous tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations. He also cut $500 million from seniors’ health care and let bureaucrats in Madison steal funds meant for veterans.

Following news of Duffy’s resignation, DPW also recently announced the hire of a second field organizer in the 7th CD. This addition puts Democrats in a strong position to organize teams and partner with county parties to talk to voters in WI-07 to harness the grassroots energy needed to win the special election.

WisPolitics Midday – September 10, 2019


In today’s WisPolitics Midday update, brought to you by Spectrum:

  • A State Senator announces a run for the 7th CD.
  • Senate Committee plans to exec on DWD and Tourism Secretaries.
  • Floor dates set for Assembly.

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