Reps in the News

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Kitchens has received endorsements from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund in his re-election bid to represent the 1st Assembly District. These endorsements are in recognition of his leadership on conservation issues in the Assembly, particularly those issues dealing with clean water.

“These are two of the most respected and effective conservation organizations in our state and I am honored to have their support,” Kitchens said. “There is no place in the state that is more dependent on our water resources than the 1st Assembly District. Our health, our economy and our way of life depend on clean water. Protecting our ground and surface water will always be the highest priority for me.”

During this legislative session, new rules for manure management specific to the Karst region of Northeast Wisconsin were implemented, along with the passage of Rep. Kitchens’ Clean Water Access Bill.  Additionally, his budget amendment for funding for a Total Maximum Daily Load study of the rivers of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties was included in the budget and the study is now underway.

“My approach has always been to include all of the stakeholders in finding solutions to our water problems, including the agriculture and business communities,” Kitchens said. “We can achieve so much more by working together than we can by politicizing these issues.”

Source: Kitchens press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, applauded the passage of her Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act through committee this week. The legislation is aimed at boosting efforts to revitalize waterfront communities, including Wisconsin towns and cities along the Great Lakes, rivers and inland lakes. The bill will now move to the full Senate. “From Milwaukee to Superior, waterfront communities are a critical piece of Wisconsin’s economy and I’m proud to find support for this common sense legislation to support our waterfronts,” Baldwin said. “Not only do they directly impact the quality of life for so many Wisconsin residents but they are also vital to our long term economic security. The Great Lakes are linked to millions of U.S. jobs and billions of dollars in annual wages. Boosting our waterfront communities is not just an environmental goal, it is an economic necessity, and I look forward to seeing this bill move forward to pass the full Congress and be signed into law.”

The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act will support local efforts to take advantage of water resources by attracting water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainability, revitalizing neighborhoods and enhancing recreation and tourism. In addition, Baldwin’s legislation will support waterfront communities by helping them plan for their future and attract private and nonprofit investments. Waterfront planning and implementation requires communities to navigate intergovernmental hurdles, work across constituent groups and agencies, and secure financing. But many communities lack the tools to make it from vision to reality – despite the economic returns from revitalization and the payoff that resiliency preparation can provide in the long term.

Source: Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson said the following after Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar issued a final rule on short-term limited duration health insurance plans consistent with what the senator has advocated:  “I appreciate the Trump administration providing relief to the forgotten men and women harmed by Obamacare. The final rule expands options for consumers and provides additional flexibility for market-based consumer protections in the short-term market, like guaranteed renewability, that the Obama administration made illegal. Today’s action is a significant step in restoring personal freedom and individual choice in health care.” Under Obamacare, premiums in the individual market have doubled and tripled in Wisconsin in some cases, and have more than doubled nationally. Senator Johnson has been an outspoken advocate of increasing access to short-term limited duration (STLD) plans to improve consumer choice and help reduce health care costs. Johnson led an effort in June 2017 when he and 13 senators wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services urging then-Secretary Tom Price to reverse an Obama-era regulation that reduced STLD plans from a maximum of 364 days to just 90 days in length. This past June Senator Johnson led a letter signed by 35 senators pressing Secretary Alex Azar to do the same, and provide additional flexibility by allowing renewal guarantees.

Source:  Johnson press release


President Donald Trump

The marker has been pummeled by a pickax and a sledgehammer, but now the West Hollywood City Council has voted to remove President Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The panel unanimously approved a resolution urging the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the star, Mayor John Duran announced in a tweet. The council will send a formal letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to consider removing it. Council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath introduced the resolution to remove Trump’s star, which was awarded to him in 2007 for his work on the Miss Universe Pageant, because of his “disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.”

“Having a ‘star’ on the Walk of Fame is a privilege that is highly sought after by those in the entertainment industry, allowing Mr. Trump to continue to have a star in light of his behavior toward women, particularly in the #timesup and #metoo movements, should not be acceptable in the Hollywood and entertainment industry communities,” the resolution said.

Because the Walk of Fame, which holds 2,500 stars, is the property of the City of Los Angeles, the city has the final decision.


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