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  • Congressman Mike Gallagher Joins Congressional School Choice Caucus

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after an announcement regarding welfare reform: “Yesterday Gov. Walker announced his ‘Wisconsin Works for Everyone’ reform package. Building on our past successes, as well as those of the Thompson administration, this is the next step toward welfare reform in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has been a national leader […]

  • Mike Gallagher Appointed to House Armed Services Committee

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement regarding the Assembly Republican plan to fund transportation and provide tax relief to Wisconsin Taxpayers: “In light of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo which noted an additional $2 billion over the next biennium, Assembly Republicans have taken the lead on transportation funding. One of my main […]

  • The Democratic Response to Gov. Walker’s 2017 State of the State Address

    Editor’s Note: Excerpts from Gov. Walker’s 2017 State of the State Address can be found here. by Rep. Gordon Hintz The annual State of the State event is an opportunity to address the citizens of Wisconsin directly, highlighting our successes, challenges, and offering a vision going forward to meet those challenges. As Gov. Walker begins […]

  • Sen. Ron Johnson Confident in Piecemeal Approach to Repeal Affordable Care Act

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after Governor Walker’s State of the State address to the joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature: “After listening to Governor Walker give his address, I am proud of the state of our state and enthusiastic about its future. Wisconsin continues to maintain a strong financial […]

  • Excerpts from Gov. Walker’s 2017 State of the State Address

    On Jan. 10, 2017, Gov. Scott Walker delivered his annual State of the State address. Following are excerpts from that address. On the State of the State More people were employed in Wisconsin last year than at any point in the history of our great state. Unemployment levels are the lowest in more than 15 […]

  • Sen. Baldwin Pushes to Keep Dairy-Related Labeling Off Plant-Based Beverages

    Milk 1a :  a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young; b (1) :  milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people (2) :  a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow’s milk<coconut milk> <soy milk> 2:  a liquid resembling milk in appearance: […]

  • Mixed Reaction to Rep. Joel Kitchens’ ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Legislation

    Representatives Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and David Steffen (R-Howard) have introduced their “Blue Lives Matter” legislation that would extend hate crime protections to law enforcement officers. “As the son of a law enforcement official, I know firsthand the stress and turmoil that law enforcement officers and their families go through on a daily basis. Any […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker Calls Legislature into Special Session to Discuss Heroin, Opioid Abuse

    Representative Joel Kitchens Reps. Kitchens and David Steffen (R-Howard) introduced the “Blue Lives Matter” legislation. This piece of legislation would expand the definition of a hate crime to include law enforcement officers. Here in Wisconsin, if something is a hate crime, there are penalty enhancers that allow for additional fines or imprisonment. In light of […]

  • Gov. Walker Fights to Keep Legislative Maps

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker wants the state to fight to keep the legislative maps that he signed into law and that had given Republicans a reliable election edge for five years until federal judges struck them down last month. “Oh, clearly on principle alone they should fight this,” Walker said of the state Department […]

  • Kitchens Announces Committee Appointments

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens received his Assembly committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Kitchens will serve as chair of the Assembly Committee on Children & Families and will continue serving as the vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Education. Kitchens will continue to serve as a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, […]

  • Walker Hints at Third Gubernatorial Campaign

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker said a Republican administration in Washington gives him “great interest” in seeking a third term as governor, although he hasn’t yet announced his intentions. “I’ll still do any sort of announcement after the budget, because I think I need to focus my time and energy on that, but I’m having […]

  • Attorney General Calls on Trump to Withdraw Clean Power Plan

    Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel joined a 24-state mainly Republican coalition urging President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders to withdraw President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and take the necessary steps to ensure similar or more extreme proposals never again take shape. The letter – addressed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Senate President Mitch McConnell and […]

  • Walker Reiterates Opposition to Gas Tax and Fee Increases

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker issued the following statement reiterating his opposition to any increase to the state’s gas tax or vehicle registration fee: “When I ran for reelection in 2014, I made it clear I would not support increases to the gas tax or vehicle registration fee without corresponding decreases in other state taxes. […]

  • Groundwater Contamination Dominates Rep. Kitchens’ Listening Sessions

    It took all of five seconds after Rep. Joel Kitchens’ opening remarks at his Dec. 5 listening session in Sturgeon Bay before constituents set forth the theme for the hour: groundwater contamination. A bystander may have thought the election hadn’t happened yet and the listening session was simply another debate between Kitchens and Lynn Utesch, […]

  • Kitchens Announces Door and Kewaunee Listening Sessions

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens announced a series of in-district listening sessions. The mission of these sessions is to connect with constituents to discuss issues and concerns that directly impact the 1st Assembly District. “With elections over, the Assembly is beginning to prepare for the 2017-18 legislative session,” said Rep. Kitchens. “I would like to take […]

  • Walker Launches Big Bundle Up Campaign

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker and Wisconsin’s tourism industry are teaming up to help thousands of Wisconsin residents stay warm this winter with The Big Bundle Up campaign. Now in its sixth year, the statewide charity initiative encourages people to donate new or gently used gloves, hats, scarves, coats and other warm winter gear for […]

  • Walker Has No Plans to Join Trump’s Cabinet

    Governor Scott Walker Speaking to conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, Gov. Walker ruled out taking a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. Walker said Trump should look to the example set by GOP governors like himself and by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “He wants to get things done – the best way to […]

  • Walker Tweet Mistaken for Clinton Endorsement

    Governor Scott Walker It’s probably safe to say Gov. Walker didn’t expect the reaction he received with the election message he sent Oct. 2. The Republican governor tweeted a photo of Obama and Clinton hugging, writing, “If you like the past 8 years, vote @Hillary Clinton.” Many Twitter users characterized Walker’s tweet as an inadvertent […]

  • Door County Election Results 2016

    How Wisconsin Voted President Hillary Clinton (D):  1,377,880 (46.9%) Donald Trump (R):  1,404,869 (47.9%) Gary Johnson (L):  106,107 (3.6%) Jill Stein (G):  30,907 (1.1%) 8th Congressional District 411 of 413 precincts reporting Mike Gallagher (R):  226,783  (62.7%) Tim Nelson (D):  135,190  (37.3%) United States Senate 3,612 of 3,620 precincts reporting Russ Feingold (D):  1,375,523  (46.8%) I […]

  • Walker Ranks 19th in Highest Paid Governors

    Governor Scott Walker Public payroll data from all 50 states indicates that the average U.S. governor earns $137,415 per year in salary, with variances ranging from a low of $70,000 to a high of just less than $200,000 per year. Gov. Walker doesn’t fare too badly when comparing his salary to what other governors earn. […]