• Representative Ribble Releases Survey Results on Muslim Sentiment

    Governor Scott Walker The Governor asked Ted Nickel, the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance, to respond to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to choose health insurance plans for Wisconsin consumers through an “auto-enrollment process.” “When Obamacare passed, President Obama promised Americans they could keep their doctor and they could keep their health […]

  • Lasee at Bottom, Kitchens at Top in “Conservation Scorecard”

    The Conservation Scorecard 2015-2016, released June 15, paints a picture of aggressive attacks against our water, air and land. However, it also shows that engaged conservation voters were able to stop or improve the worst of those pieces of legislation. Jennifer Giegerich, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters legislative director, said, “We saw more attacks on […]

  • Kitchens Responds to Statement on Transportation Funding

    Representative Joel Kitchens In response to the statement by Secretary Gottlieb of the Department of Transportation that he would not ask for any increased fees or spending in his upcoming budget request, Kitchens expressed his support for fixing Wisconsin roads and pursuing a long-term solution for transportation funding. Rep Kitchens stated: “Our transportation system is […]

  • Walker Issues Statement on Veteran Office Funding

    Governor Scott Walker Walker, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John Scocos, and Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Executive Director Mark O’Connell issued a joint statement after a meeting between representatives from the Governor’s Office, WDVA, WCA, and the County Veterans Service Officers Association (CVSOs): The meeting was an opportunity for all parties to come […]

  • Walker Orders Public Records Improvement

    Governor Scott Walker Walker is ordering his administration to improve its handling of public records requests, speed up response times and provide mandatory records training for all state workers. The move comes months after he helped draft legislation, later withdrawn, to severely restrict the kind of information the public can use to learn about how […]

  • Rep. Kitchens Announces Ahnapee River Phosphorous Plan

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens announced plans for a new initiative to monitor total phosphorus (TP) and total suspended solids (TSS) loads in the Ahnapee River. Per Representative Kitchens’ request, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will fund and conduct a citizen-based monitoring effort to close information gaps that currently exist. The DNR plans to start […]

  • Walker Calls for Support to Johnson Campaign

    Governor Scott Walker Walker says Republicans need to “focus like a laser beam” on helping Sen. Ron Johnson win re-election, but he isn’t making the same call to action for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walker spoke for more than 30 minutes at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention on May 14 and didn’t mention […]

  • Kitchens Appointed to Coastal Management Council

    Representative Joel Kitchens Governor Scott Walker appointed Kitchens to serve as the Assembly Representative on the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCM Council). The WCM Council works cooperatively with state, local and tribal government agencies and nonprofit organizations to manage the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of the Great Lakes and their coastal areas. Their mission […]

  • Reps in the News: Southern Door Earns Fab Labs Funds

    Governor Scott Walker Thanks to the Governor’s 2015-17 biennial budget investment in the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program, the Southern Door County School District has the ability to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, which will bring Wisconsin students into the 21st century’s global economy. Southern Door was awarded $25,000 to create a Fab Lab. In […]

  • Gov. Walker: Repeat Drunk Driving Now a Felony

    Representative Reid Ribble Ribble will host a free job fair with approximately 90 local employers on Tuesday, May 3, at NWTC, Green Bay. Interested job-seekers can learn more or register at A list of registered employers and registration for job seekers can also be found at Source: Ribble press release Governor Scott Walker […]

  • Two Bills from Rural Wisconsin Initiative Signed

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens was among 22 rural legislators who came together in January to launch the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of bills meant to bridge the rural-urban gap and to bring leadership and focus to the discussion about the future of rural Wisconsin. Eight of their bills garnered positive attention from their legislative […]

  • Reps in the News: April 15 – 22

    Governor Scott Walker Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and the Wisconsin Women’s Council announced the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business, recognizing women pioneers in the business community. Award recipients will be honored in a ceremony at the State Capitol later this spring. “Here in Wisconsin, we have many woman-owned […]

  • Representatives Todd Novak and Joel Kitchens to Attend PFLAG Meeting

    Assembly District 51 Representative Todd Novak and Assembly District 1 Representative Joel Kitchens will attend the PFLAG Door County meeting at Hope Church, 141 S. 12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, on April 17 at 5 pm. Representative Novak is the first openly gay elected Republican representative in the Wisconsin Assembly. He and his partner of 18 […]

  • Walker Objects to Obama’s Lawmaking Authority

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker joined the Republican governors of Texas, Alabama, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota in signing a brief objecting to unilateral lawmaking by President Barack Obama. The brief, filed April 5 in the U.S. Supreme Court, challenges President Obama’s promulgation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program […]

  • Baldwin Calls on Walker to Restore Food Assistance

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens received an award at the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) State Convention in Stevens Point for his efforts in passing Assembly Bill 174, which helps to protect campground owners in cases where a camper is injured at no fault of the campground owner. Private campground owners will no longer need […]

  • Walker Issues Executive Order for Public Records

    Governor Scott Walker The Governor issued Executive Order #189 to promote open and transparent government through the implementation of best practices and performance dashboards. Executive Order #189 was issued as a part of Sunshine Week. “We go above and beyond what is required by the law when it comes to public records requests to make […]

  • Governor Walker Approves Funding for Cherryland Airport

    Governor Scott Walker has approved just under $1.7 million for a runway reconstruction project at Door County Cherryland Airport near Sturgeon Bay. The funds will cover the costs for plans, designs and reconstruction of the airport’s secondary runway. Funding Breakdown State = $84,662 Door County = $84,662 Federal Aviation Administration = $1,523,906 Total = $1,693,230 […]

  • Jerry Kobishop Announces Congressional Campaign

    Sturgeon Bay resident Jerry Kobishop has announced his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by Reid Ribble. Ribble announced in January that he would not seek a fourth term. Kobishop, a retired Wisconsin Public Service employee and country singer, said if elected he “plans to push for reform in our legal and correctional […]

  • Governor Walker Signs Teacher Licensure Bill

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens visited Elizabeth Gierhahn on Monday, March 7, at the Door County YMCA as part of the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign, organized each year by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. During the visit, Kitchens got to see community-integrated employment in action and learn more about the value […]

  • Tammy Baldwin Presses EPA and USDA on Groundwater

    Senator Tammy Baldwin wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack and EPA Secretary McCarthy requesting their immediate attention to groundwater contamination and safe drinking water in Door and Kewaunee County. On March 9, during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Senator Baldwin pressed Secretary Vilsack on the issue further. Secretary Vilsack agreed to work with Senator Baldwin […]