Category: Reps in the News

  • In Pursuit of Fair Maps

    Door County voters will weigh in Nov. 3 On the ballot for Door County voters in the Nov. 3 general election will be an advisory referendum that asks, “Should the Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional district plans and maps?” “The reason it’s so important is the lines […]

  • Jensen Challenging Kitchens for District 1 Seat

    Described by herself and others as having tough skin and enormous shoulders, Kim Delorit Jensen is preparing to take on even more than the five restaurants she currently owns that employ roughly 100 people in Door County. Jensen is making a run for a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly to represent District 1. Her bid […]

  • Kitchens Proposes Emergency Elections Procedure

    State Reps. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) introduced a bill on May 18 to address the state’s preparedness to hold an election during a public-health emergency.  The proposal is a response to the confusion leading up to the April 7 spring election, when in-person voting was held during the first weeks […]

  • Door County Public Health Extends Safer at Home

    Following the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Safer at Home directive on Wednesday, Door County Public health reinstated it locally on Thursday late afternoon. Susan Powers, Door County Public Health officer, issued the order that continues the guidelines and requirements of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. The local order is effective immediately and […]

  • Badger Bounce Back

    Evers Releases “Badger Bounce Back” Guidelines for Reopening

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released guidelines for reopening the state’s businesses yesterday. In a plan called “Badger Bounce Back,” Evers outlined benchmarks that will allow a phased reopening of businesses. The plan is based on the guidelines released by the White House last week. Chief among the guidelines is a 14-day downward trajectory of COVID-19-like […]

  • Reps in the News: April 10-17

    Senator Tammy Baldwin With the coronavirus pandemic threatening Wisconsin’s agriculture economy, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin led seven bipartisan members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation in calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action on behalf of Wisconsin dairy farmers and dairy-processing businesses. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, Wisconsin dairy […]

  • Reps in the News: April 3 – 10

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement on the upcoming April 7 election in light of the coronavirus. “Gov. Tony Evers has been adamant that the April 7 general election and presidential primary will proceed as planned – at least for the time being. Legally, the only way we can postpone the […]

  • Reps in the News: March 27 – April 3

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens asked constituents to support local businesses in whatever way they can during the COVID-19 crisis. “During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that we support our small businesses,” Kitchens said in an e-newsletter. “Because of the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the […]

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Special Airs March 27 on PBS, WPR

    Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Daniel Kelly and Jill Karofsky will discuss issues central to their campaigns for a seat on the state’s highest court in a candidate special that will be broadcast statewide on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm. The 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Special will include interviews from each candidate and will […]

  • Reps in the News: March 20-27

    Governor Tony Evers Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers acknowledged that he couldn’t explain why he vetoed a bill that would have allowed raffles using a paddle-wheel device. “You caught me,” Evers said after being asked by a reporter on March 12 to explain his veto earlier in the week of the bipartisan paddle-wheel raffle bill. The […]

  • Reps in the News: March 13-20

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens said in a statement at the end of the Wisconsin legislative session that more than 94 percent of bills passed by the Assembly this session had bipartisan votes.  “Since I was elected to be your state representative in 2014, I have always made it a priority to find common […]

  • Reps in the News: March 6-13

    Representative Joel Kitchens The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to establish a three-year early-learning pilot program. “The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released its updated standardized test scores for the entire state, and the results are rather disturbing,” Kitchens said. “Maybe the most disheartening is the fact that more than 60 percent of our […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 28- March 6

    Representative Joel Kitchens The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed six bills authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens, including: • AB-113: Reduces the amount of contaminants in waterways by creating a system for buying and selling pollution credits through a third-party central clearinghouse. • AB-487: Modernizes the state’s psychology laws by removing barriers that make it challenging for health-care […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 21-28

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens supported Republican proposal to use the state’s anticipated budget surplus for property tax relief, rather than for education funding proposed by Gov. Tony Evers.  “As a state legislature, we believe the most responsible thing to do is reduce our debt and return the surplus back to taxpayers who were […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 14-21

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after Gov. Tony Evers signed two of the bills he authored: “I had the tremendous honor this week of having the governor sign two of my bills into law. “The first, Assembly Bill 134, commits $5.2 million in Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program funding to help complete […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 7-14

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens criticized Gov. Tony Evers’ use of a special session to pass an $8.5 million package of bills aimed at improving Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. “While it’s nice that the governor is finally showing an interest in helping people outside of Milwaukee and Madison, a special session – for many reasons […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 31-Feb. 7

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens said he is excited that the Wisconsin Assembly passed his bill that releases $5.2 million in Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds. “Almost 25 percent of that total – or $1.4 million, to be exact – will be coming to Door County to replace the large toilet-and-shower facility at the Tennison Bay […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 24-31

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after the Assembly floor session: “The Wisconsin State Assembly met for a floor session this week to consider and pass more than 35 pieces of legislation, including several that will help address the barriers parents are facing throughout the adoption process,” Kitchens said. Kitchens said […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 17-24

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens is co-author of a bill that would waive the annual state-park vehicle-admission fee for families of public- or private-school students in fourth grade. “This bill will further encourage families to spend time together outdoors and experience our state parks, forests, recreational areas and trails,” he said.  “As Wisconsin residents […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 10-17

    Representative Mike Gallagher NPR’s Michel Martin spoke with Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Marine captain who was twice deployed to Iraq, about that country’s vote to expel U.S. troops following U.S. airstrikes in Iran. “Well, [in] my first class on Middle East politics as an undergrad, my professor said the fundamental rule in the Middle East […]