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 those in need. Since 2011, Wisconsin residents, travelers and businesses contributed more than 71,800 winter items, which were then donated to charities across the state. “Thanks to the kindness of local organizations who serve as collection sites and the generosity of individuals and businesses that donate, this program continues to be a tremendous success,” Gov. Walker said. “We can’t thank the tourism industry members enough for their participation as well as the people of Wisconsin for donating to this great cause.” Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, tourist information centers, businesses and offices across the state are serving as drop off sites through Jan. 2, 2017. A complete list of locations is available at travelwisconsin.com/bigbundleup. The public can also drop donations off at the Wisconsin Executive Residence, which is open for holiday open house tours. Tours of the residence, which is beautifully decorated for the holidays, are free and open to the public. The Big Bundle Up campaign received a “Best in Show” Award and an “Award of Excellence” at the 2013 Public Relations Society of America’s Paragon Awards in Milwaukee.
Source: Walker press release
Senator Ron Johnson
Johnson is reserving judgment for now on Steve Bannon’s appointment to a key White House position. President-elect Donald Trump has been under fire for appointing Bannon his chief strategist – based on concerns about the ex-Breitbart News editor’s alleged ties to white nationalists. Many critics, both Democrats and Republicans, have called on Trump to rescind the appointment. In an interview with Wisconsin Radio Network, Johnson said those calling on Trump to remove Bannon are exploiting a political difference, and he’s willing to give presidents a great deal of latitude when it comes to who they surround themselves with for advisers. “I’ll reserve judgment until I see how people actually behave, what they say and how they actually govern,” he said.
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin was presented with the AARP’s “Champion for the 50+” Legislative Leadership Award by AARP Wisconsin staff and volunteers to recognize her commitment to supporting and improving the lives of family caregivers with the bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act (S.1719). The bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act, introduced by Senators Baldwin and Susan Collins (R-ME), would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish and sustain a National Family Caregiving Strategy to support family caregivers. More than 50 national and state advocacy groups joined in support of the bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate unanimously less than a year ago. Senator Baldwin has toured the state of Wisconsin, promoting the legislation and hosting listening sessions in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau with family caregivers.
Source: Baldwin press release
President Barack Obama
Obama’s advice to his two daughters and anyone worried about the election of Donald Trump is not to “get into a fetal position” and put the outcome in context. Asked by The New Yorker’s David Remnick what Obama told his daughters Sasha and Malia about the election, the president said that “societies and cultures are really complicated.” “This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy,” the departing president said in a wide-ranging interview. “You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, OK, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward,” Obama added. Protests have broken out in cities across the nation since Trump was elected. A white nationalist was bloodied during an anti-racist protest in Washington over the weekend. “Your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding,” Obama told the New Yorker. “And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop.”