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Vorpagel to Seek 27th Assembly District

Good to see this.   My hometown should remain in good hands.

(Plymouth, WI) Today, Tyler Vorpagel publicly announced his campaign for Wisconsin’s 27th Assembly District on the Republican ticket. The 27th District seat covers northern Sheboygan and southern Manitowoc counties and is currently held by State Rep. Steve Kestell, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of this term.

“After the successful reforms of the past four years that have put our state’s fiscal house in order, I hope to be part of the next generation of conservative leadership needed in Madison,” said Vorpagel, who expressed thanks to Rep. Kestell for his years of service.

“I have truly been blessed to grow up in such a wonderful part of our state, and I will take our values of hard work, fiscal responsibility, and common sense,” Vorpagel said. “I want to make sure that the citizens of the 27th have someone working hard for them in Madison.”

“I’m heartened by the support and positive response my campaign has received from many local, county, and state elected officials, as well as voters across the 27th district,” Vorpagel said.

Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman said, “I have known Tyler for many years and we have worked on many issues for the betterment of our community and I am proud to support his campaign because I know he will continue to be there not only for Plymouth, but for everyone in the 27th Assembly District.”

State Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) endorsed Vorpagel, noting, “Over the past decade, I have enjoyed working side by side with Tyler Vorpagel, both in electing fiscal and social conservatives to office at all levels of government and in achieving results for our shared constituents in the 6th Congressional District. I am proud to call Tyler a friend and know that he will be a dedicated advocate for his constituents and commonsense conservative solutions that aid job creators and empower people, not government.”

I’ve known Ty Vorpagel for about six or seven years now (maybe longer, I’ve lost track), and he’s one of the truly good guys working in politics today.  For the past three years, he’s been Tom Petri’s District Director — elevated when Dave Anderson left to help Sean Duffy set up his district office — and started as a lowly staffer there in 2007.  During the 2010 campaign, I’d occasionally used Ty as a source for material on highway funding and other issues Petri’s office specialized in as I prepared Ron Johnson’s briefing papers.

The 27th District contains the cities of Plymouth and Kiel as well as the Villages of Kohler, Elkhart Lake, Cleveland, and Howards Grove.  All-in-all, it’s about a 57% Republican-leaning district.

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Initial Ratings in from WI-06

With the retirement of Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac), naturally comes the horse race aspects of the new reality.  Long has the race been marked either “Safe Republican” or “Solid Republican” when Petri was there.  That is no longer the case, but it hardly the “great opportunity” many out-of-state liberals believe it to be.

Here’s Cook:

Moving the race from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican.”  All-in-all, a drop of one level, but about a 75 percent chance the GOP is hanging on to the seat.

Here’s Sabato:

As mentioned, Rep. Petri’s (R, WI-6) retirement opens up his marginally competitive district, but this is probably not the right year for Democrats to flip it. Obama won about 46% in this district in 2012 (after very narrowly winning it in 2008), and there are only five currently Democratic House districts where Obama did worse. So this doesn’t really fit the profile of a district the Democrats could win in 2014. Petri’s district is very similar to that of another retiring Republican, the aforementioned Rep. Camp (R, MI-4). In fact, Obama’s 2012 performance in the districts was almost identical: He got 45.5% in Camp’s district and 45.8% in Petri’s. So it’s reasonable to make the same ratings change we did when Camp retired: WI-6 goes from Safe Republican to LIKELY REPUBLICAN.

And finally, Rothenberg:

After explaining who the likely candidates are on both sides of the aisle, they come to this conclusion.

For now, we’re maintaining our Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating of the race as Currently Safe for Republicans.

Naturally, this could all change.  Liberals seem to be hoping and praying that Glenn Grothman wins the GOP Primary, seeing his tendency to make gaffes their only chance of getting a win here.  As I’ve said before, I don’t believe Glenn will win this primary.

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It took two cycles, but apparently someone is learning according to a rather interesting article about the political anal probing candidates now have to go through if they want the backing of the Club for Growth.

There’s a reason for the scarcity of Club endorsements this year. Where other conservative groups have sought to create havoc in as many primaries as possible — the Senate Conservatives Fund, for one, has endorsed plainly flawed, underdog challengers to incumbents in Kansas and Kentucky — the Club prefers to engage in fewer races and have a dramatic impact in each.

Makes you wonder what Duey Stroebel had to go through last week if the talk is he’s bowing out on a primary of Petri — you know that thing Glenn Grothmann is likely to lose in August.

The rest of the article explains why the Club has stayed out of races like the Kentucky GOP Senate primary challenge of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while groups like the Madison Project and Senate Conservative Fund have gone head first off the cliff with clearly-flawed candidate Matt Bevin.

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Grothman to Challenge Petri

Well…how to begin.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he plans to run for Congress, challenging fellow Republican Tom Petri for the seat representing east-central Wisconsin.

Grothman on Thursday called Petri a “very good human being” but says he represents a time when Republicans stood for expanding government.

Petri is a 73-year-old moderate who’s held his seat for 35 years. He won most of his elections handily, facing little or no competition from fellow Republicans.

But Grothman says Republicans in Congress have been lacking. He says he’s concerned about a culture of dependency in the U.S., and the federal government is overreaching into everything from health care to education.

At least two other Republicans are considering challenging Petri, including state Rep. Duey Stroebel and John Hiller, a close confidante of Gov. Scott Walker.

As anyone who’s read this blog since 2003 knows, I’m no great fan or cheerleader of Tom Petri.  That being said, I respect him nonetheless having known him since high school and the years since.

I also feel that we who grew up in the 6th District have more than earned the right to replace him with a candidate of our already existing bench.  This entire stunt feels like a grand scheme from southeast Wisconsin to push its weight around with those of us here have been more than patient over the years.  That redistricting and a desire by Ozaukee Co. to spread its wings since it is no longer under the thumb of the Waukesha Co. GOP machine have more to do with it.  That this might be Grothman’s only opportunity to push forward his career since he clearly is not loved by the 5th District establishment (i.e. Sensenbrenner).

Let’s be clear here.  There are going to be many people out in the traditional 6th who feel the way I do about this.  They don’t “love” Petri, but they also feel this isn’t needed.  That’s going to be in Sheboygan Co., that’s going to be in Manitowoc Co., and that’s certainly going to be in Fond du Lac and Winnebago Cos.

Trust me, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who I would prefer as my next Congressman.  That being said, it sure as hell isn’t Glenn Grothman.

For starter’s Grothman’s too dependent on southeast Wisconsin media.  That might be great for the Ozaukee Co. crew, but I’m fairly certain no one in the Green Bay market has heard much about him. (Hell, the part of the district that’s in the Madison market sure has heard a lot about him…)

Secondly, Glenn’s a gaffe machine.  That might work for some, but it tends to make me cringe when a headline is “Grothman Says Money Matters More to Men than Women.” (It’s actually on his Wikipedia page.)  Trust me, I get, understand and support the ideas behind the policy he’s pushing for, he just seems to find the most asinine way to say it.

Hell, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked to comment on the Joy Cardin Show about a law Glenn’s only proposed.

Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post just got her dream fulfilled with this announcement.

I’ve already said my peace more at RightWisconsin on the entire idea of a primary.  Now I’m just going to cringe as I watch Glenn campaign for it, because you know who else is hoping for a “Fun Race?”  The press, just to see Glenn crash and burn since he’s a public relations hand grenade primed to go off.

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Guy Zima Recaptures His Old Green Bay Council Seat

He’s BAAAAAAAaaaaaack!

Well, I will give Zima’s folks up in Green Bay credit for this.  You can’t keep a firebrand and curmudgeon down.

Among the winners in Tuesday’s local elections was former Alderman Guy Zima, who reclaimed his District 9 council seat by defeating Angela Warner in a closely watched contest.

Zima defeated Warner by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Healso beat her husband, Jim Warner, who gave up the District 9 council seat to try unseating Zima in a County Board race decided Tuesday.

Zima said voters sent a strong message that they were dissatisfied with the representation they received after he was displaced from city government two years ago.

“The people spoke very loudly and clearly,” he said. “They want somebody who will speak up and have some debate, rather than just a rubber stamp.”

Of the husband-and-wife team that he vanquished on two fronts Tuesday, Zima said: “They kind of ran as a team, and that team lost. I think these folks beat themselves.”

Angela Warner, who was making her first bid for elected office, said she was shocked and disheartened that voters had rejected she and her husband.

Warner, however, defended the strategy of challenging Zima in two races, saying that she thought voters were ready to “get rid of him completely.”

“What is wrong with our city?” she added. “They want it run by a bunch of crazy people.”

Zima isn’t crazy.  He’s just highly entertaining.

In reality Zima — who leans conservative and once upon a time was in the state Assembly I believe — has long been a lightning rod for his actions, stances (and outbursts) on the city council.  But, he also is known to be very responsive to his district even if that flies in the face of actions that Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmidt wants to accomplish for the city.

It was a strange, silent two-year reprieve.  That is over now.

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Charlie Cook on the growing futility of the annual CPAC Straw Poll.

As for the annual CPAC straw poll, it has become less of a test of the depth of voter support and the organizational skill of each potential candidate to motivate backers, and more a test of their ability to buy up blocks of tickets (hundreds at a time) to pack the room with warm bodies. The poll, in my eyes, has lost its value, in much the same way that the Iowa Republican presidential straw poll has (I’ve sworn never to attend either again). Journalists who cover and treat such events as if they were accurate cross-sections of Republicans and conservatives become enablers and even coconspirators, carrying on the charade that these events are representative samplings of anything more than a specific subspecies of (mostly young) conservatives.

Ditto.  Ditto.  Ditto; to all of the above.

I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve seen it unfold live.  It’s one of those moments where you ask yourself “Seriously?” especially since 2009 as it became an all-out turf war between the Ron / Rand Paul people and Mitt Romney folks — especially in 2010.

That was a farce and a half to see from the Bloggers’ Lounge.

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Tea Party Challenger in Kansas Put X-Rays of Dead People on Facebook

To quote Erick Erickson — known egomaniac — from a past “Coffee and Markets” podcast,  “Tea Party candidate vetting sucks.”

(Ya think Erick?  Yet you still push these clowns for three cycles straight, don’t ya?)

Somehow this got missed during the questioning process after he answered “I will do whatever Jim DeMint tells me to…”

U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of  carnage.

Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist anchoring a campaign for the Republican nomination with calls for federal heath care reform, said in an interview the medical images were legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes. They also served, he said, to demonstrate evil lurking in the world.

However, Wolf and others viewing these Facebook postings relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. The gunshot victim, Wolf joked online, wasn’t going to complain about the awkward positioning of his head for an X-ray. In a separate Facebook comment, Wolf wrote that an X-ray of a man decapitated by gunfire resembled a wounded alien in a “Terminator” film and that the image offered evidence people “find beauty in different things.”

Wolf declined in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal to clearly answer questions about whether he continued to place images of deceased people on the Internet. He asked to keep copies of the Facebook posts shown to him, but when denied, he walked away.

“I’m not going to play these kinds of gotcha games,” he said.

An array of professionals involved in medical ethics who viewed the images or were provided a description of the materials made public by Wolf condemned his airing of the information outside confines of a doctor-to-doctor consultation or for the purpose of formal medical research or textbook instruction.

“The dignity and privacy of the individual should be protected,” said John Carney, president of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo. “It doesn’t sound like they’re being protected if they’re, obviously, on Facebook.”

So let me get this right, the Tea Party groups (many of which are nothing more than multimillion dollar front groups when you really break them down) thinks someone like this would be a better option than Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).

Roberts, by the way, is just shy of 80.  If these groups had a brain, they’d just wait for Roberts to either retire in six years or die in office (Last Democrat to win statewide in Kansas was Kathleen Sebelius, who’s a political legacy there…) than embarrass themselves, their groups, or the GOP in general.

Something tells me Dr. Wolf was a personal project of the Ryun Brothers, since it’s right in their backyard.  He’s not Matt Bevins in Kentucky, but he’s listed second on the Madison Project’s list of endorsements.

I realize I’m not making many friends in state Tea Party groups by going after Erickson, Senate Conservative Fund, and the Madison Project for the actions of the idiots they find to run for high office.  Frankly, I don’t care and if they want to have that debate with me in private, they have my email address.

But if someone doesn’t speak up and call them out for this crap, they’re going to continue to find these people and continue to cost the GOP chances at U.S. Senate seats. What many of these guys are doing doesn’t help conservatism, doesn’t help get ObamaCare repealed any faster, and sure as hell doesn’t end big government in Washington.

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