Representative Joel Kitchens
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has announced that it endorses Rep. Joel Kitchens (R- Sturgeon Bay) for re-election to the 1st Assembly District seat. The league cited his “strong support for Wisconsin’s air, water, land and sporting opportunities.” Rep. Kitchens was also the only Republican Assemblyman named to the group’s Honor Roll for the 2015-16 legislative session. Rep. Kitchens represents all of Door and Kewaunee Counties and parts of Brown and Manitowoc Counties. “My district is perhaps the most environmentally sensitive in the state,” Kitchens said. “We face many challenges with both groundwater and surface water contamination. I have great respect for the work of the League of Conservation Voters, and I am honored that they have placed their faith in me.”
Source: Kitchens press release
Senator Frank Lasee
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel watchdog columnist Daniel Bice recently investigated the long-simmering issue of where exactly Lasee lives. Although he says he lives in De Pere, it has long been rumored that he spends a good deal of his time at his wife’s house in Racine instead of in the district he was elected to serve. Bice learned that Lasee’s two-bedroom condo was available for rent through Airbnb.com. A colleague of Bice’s attempted to book a date in Lasee’s condo, but was denied after answering questions from Lasee’s wife, Amy Joy Lasee. Conservative talk show host Jerry Bader also questioned the condo bookings, after which the condo listing was pulled from the website. Bice noted that Lasee collected $9,139 from taxpayers in mileage reimbursement from his De Pere condo to Madison since Jan. 2015. In a 2010 child custody case, Lasee listed his residence as the Racine address, and also listed that as his home in his 2009-11 divorce case, Bice also noted.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Representative Reid Ribble
Ribble endorsed Mike Gallagher for Wisconsin’s 8th District Republican primary during an appearance on the Jerry Bader radio show on July 25. “Mike Gallagher has shown not just political moxie, but also the strong ability to solve the complex problems that face our nation. His political outsider status and national defense posture is exactly what our district and our country is in desperate need of,” Ribble said. He continued to cite Mike Gallagher’s service in the U.S. Marines Corps and extensive foreign policy experience as reasons for his endorsement.
Source: Gallagher press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin released the following statement after President Obama signed into law bipartisan VA reforms that she authored in the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act (S.1641). Baldwin’s VA reforms were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which passed the Senate last week. “I’m proud to have worked with the Simcakoski family to introduce these VA reforms. We earned bipartisan support in Congress and I’m very pleased President Obama has signed them into law,” Baldwin said. “Our VA reforms will strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs’ opioid prescribing guidelines and put in place stronger oversight and accountability for the quality of care that we are providing our veterans. My goal is to prevent Jason’s tragedy from happening to other veterans and their families. We have made these reforms a reality and moved closer to achieving our goal of safer and more effective pain management services for our nation’s veterans.”
Source: Baldwin news release
Senator Ron Johnson
A group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers has pulled a more than $2 million dollar ad buy in support of Johnson. The move by Freedom Partners Action Fund came a day after the National Senate Republican Committee modified its plan for Johnson’s campaign, pushing back an ad campaign that was to start next month until October. The actions are another indication that Johnson may receive less outside support than expected. Johnson faces former Senator Russ Feingold in a closely watched race.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
President Barack Obama
In his weekly address, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined President Obama to discuss how far we’ve come since the financial crisis, when the recklessness of Wall Street caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes and savings. Warren underscored the importance of the Wall Street reforms the President signed into law, which included the strongest consumer protections in generations. In addition to making the financial system safer and more resilient, these reforms also established the first-ever Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which holds banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders and others accountable, and protects consumers from abuses and deceptive practices. July 21 marked six years since the President signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law and the five-year anniversary of the creation of the CFPB. Thanks to these reforms, the President reiterated the economy is stronger and more durable today than it was before the crisis.
Source: White House press release