Reps in the News: Kitchens Holds Local Office Hours

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Kitchens announced he will hold office hours within the 1st Assembly District:  “I am happy to announce that I will be holding in-district office hours throughout the 1st Assembly District in order to connect with constituents who would typically not have the time or ability to make the long drive to Madison. This will be an excellent chance for my constituents to share their thoughts and discuss any issues that they feel are important in a one-on-one manner over a cup of coffee.”

The locations and times of the in-district office hours will be:

  • Countryside Diner, 1356 County DK, Brussels, Saturday, May 19, 9-11am.
  • Kunkel’s Korner, 301 Ellis St., Kewaunee, Saturday, June 2, 9-11am.

Source:  Kitchens press release


Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Walker said Monday he would be willing to campaign alongside President Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Running for a third term this fall, Walker spoke at the Midwest Conservative Summit in Milwaukee and told Charlie Sykes he would campaign with Trump if the president was in the state. “If he’s here, I would imagine he’s probably going to be here for a U.S. Senate candidate, sure, I’d be with him,” responded Walker. The two-term Republican tried to push back on a recent New York Times report that included this nugget:  “Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, for example, has told associates he is unlikely to campaign with the president . . .”

Walker claimed he denied this in an email with the Times reporter, Jonathan Martin. Reading from that email, which his campaign later distributed to the media, Walker said, “[Vice President] Pence was with me on April 25, the president did an event for me last June, beyond that, election will come down to what people think of me and our plans for the future. As for me, I’m not likely to campaign with anyone on the national level.”



Congressman Mike Gallagher

On April 25 Rep. Gallagher led a bipartisan group of his House colleagues in a meeting on term limits with President Donald Trump in the White House. The group, which included Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) met with the President to urge his support for a constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms Senators and Representatives may serve. “I’m holding true to my commitment to bring some Wisconsin common sense to Washington, D.C. and change the way business gets done,” Gallagher said. “Imposing term limits is one of the first ‘Drain the Swamp’ measures I introduced in my first 100 days in office, and I appreciated the opportunity to discuss my resolution with President Trump. If we’re going to end the careerism that is infecting Washington, D.C., then implementing term limits and getting back to the citizen legislator model is a no-brainer.”

Source:  Gallagher press release


Senator Ron Johnson

A recent comment on a Milwaukee radio show by Sen. Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, prompted an investigation by to determine its veracity. Johnson said, “We have laws on the books where people can walk right up to our ports of entry, say I have a credible fear of persecution, and we bring them in. We don’t send them back.”

Politifact reported that his claim is problematic on two fronts. First, those who make a “credible fear” claim are not simply brought into the United States. Rather, there is an extensive review process and, in some cases, asylum cases can take years. Second, statistics show that many have their cases rejected and are sent back – including nearly 90 percent of those from Mexico.

They determined his claim to be mostly false.



President Donald Trump

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker team has determined on May 1 that in the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

When the team first started the project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. Slowly, the average number of claims has been creeping up, until two months ago when the president has averaged about 9 claims a day.

The team also catalogues the president’s many flip-flops, since those earn Upside-Down Pinocchios if a politician shifts position on an issue without acknowledging that he or she did so.

Trump has a proclivity to repeat many of his false or misleading statements. The team has counted at least 113 claims that the president has repeated at least three times, some with breathtaking frequency.

Source:  Washington Post

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