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TVA Wants His Old Job Back">TVA Wants His Old Job Back

This is the prob­lem you get when the only Repub­li­can in the race is now Job Hous-Eye.

Polit­i­cal vet­eran Terry Van Akkeren has announced plans to run for his old post rep­re­sent­ing the 26th Assem­bly District.

The 60-year-old Demo­c­rat, who held the seat from 2002 to 2010, said Wednes­day that he’s been encour­aged to run by sup­port­ers in She­boy­gan County and Madi­son and ulti­mately felt com­pelled to enter the race as no other can­di­dates came forward.

Van Akkeren served four con­sec­u­tive two-year terms in the seat before los­ing in 2010 to Repub­li­can Mike End­s­ley, who has since announced that he will not seek a third term.

We need to put aside all the par­ti­san bick­er­ing and work together,” Van Akkeren said. “Even if we’re in the minor­ity as Democ­rats, we should still be able to work together and get things done.”

Van Akkeren most recently served a one-year term as Sheboygan’s mayor after win­ning a 2012 recall elec­tion against for­mer mayor Bob Ryan for the right to serve out the remain­der of Ryan’s term.

Van Akkeren left City Hall the fol­low­ing spring after los­ing in the gen­eral elec­tion to cur­rent Mayor Mike Vandersteen.

Redis­trict­ing has made the 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict GOP-leaning, but with­out a more top-tier can­di­date, then Van Akkeren will have an easy path to being elected to the seat.  Not that Job isn’t a nice guy, he’s just rather eccen­tric and largely seen as a peren­nial can­di­date who has run mul­ti­ple times as either a Repub­li­can, or Inde­pen­dent or Lib­er­tar­ian party tickets.

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Greetings from a ‘Far Right-wing Radical’

This was ini­tially going to run at RightWiscon­sin, but what I had writ­ten was sim­i­lar to what Char­lie had writ­ten so he ran with his.

We shouldn’t be all that sur­prised in the end.

If a rant on Face­book is the best response we are going to get from for­mer Ply­mouth coun­cil­woman Jackie Jarvis why as a signer of a Walker Recall peti­tion she filed to run as a Repub­li­can in the 27th Assem­bly Dis­trict, then expos­ing this infor­ma­tion was the right deci­sion. Her answer is petty, full of holes and hon­estly reads like that of a typ­i­cal defender of the edu­ca­tional establishment.

While no one doubts the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work of Wisconsin’s teach­ers, pre-Act 10 pub­lic edu­ca­tion in the Bad­ger State was an expe­ri­ence of WEAC tram­pling indi­vid­ual ini­tia­tive, sti­fling of reform, and putting the sys­tem over the kids. Some­thing clearly needed to change.

That is what Act 10 mat­ters to many con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­cans in Wis­con­sin. It’s not just that recall sign­ers inten­tion­ally split the state in two set­ting off a mini-civil war. It wasn’t just the mil­lions munic­i­pal­i­ties had to spend to pay for these recall elec­tions. It was about cre­at­ing a freer, more inno­v­a­tive Wis­con­sin for the 21st Cen­tury, not one that con­tin­ued to feed the beast of the pub­lic sec­tor unions.

But that is only the start of where Ms. Jarvis is incor­rect. One alle­ga­tion she makes about the orig­i­nal story is that it was done as a favor to her only announced pri­mary oppo­nent, long­time Petri staffer Tyler Vor­pagel. As much as that might be an appeal­ing the­ory, here are some hard realities.

For starters, the source on this story was a sit­ting GOP state leg­is­la­tor (There are 60 of them, good luck guess­ing which one). This source relayed to RightWisconsin.com how it is com­mon prac­tice for the state party (RPW) and the Repub­li­can Assem­bly Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (RACC) staffs to peri­od­i­cally check both recall ver­i­fi­ca­tion web­sites. The point of check­ing this infor­ma­tion is pretty plain to fig­ure out: It’s to see if any­one run­ning under the Repub­li­can ban­ner is a poten­tial “Tro­jan Horse.”

Sec­ondly, the idea this story wasn’t going to be run by some­one is com­plete igno­rance of mod­ern media. If it were not RightWisconsin.com, it might have been the Wis­con­sin Reporter, Media Track­ers or some ran­dom blog­ger. Even more main­stream pub­li­ca­tions like the Ply­mouth Review, She­boy­gan Press or Jour­nal Sen­tinel would have jumped at it. “Recall Signer Runs as Repub­li­can” is too rich a scoop to sit on after the chaos of 2011.

(RightWiscon­sin actu­ally had this story last week Thurs­day, April 24, but spent the week­end in worry oth­ers might break it before us.)

As much as Ms. Jarvis wishes to por­tray this as “a per­sonal deci­sion,” it has long been estab­lished that by sign­ing the recall peti­tion you cre­ated a pub­lic doc­u­ment. Even­tu­ally, she was going to have to explain why she signed that peti­tion to Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers in the 27th Assem­bly District.

Besides, when you run for pub­lic office, every­thing you did, said, voted for, or signed is going to go under the micro­scope. Sign­ing a recall peti­tion is just the tip of the ice­berg of any num­ber of things which could be dug up about you.

If you don’t like that, why have you decided to run for office in the first place? It is com­pletely and utterly hyp­o­crit­i­cal for Ms. Jarvis to say “Leave me alone!” when she was the one who ini­tially drew atten­tion to herself.

No jour­nal­ist, no mat­ter what side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum they’re on is going to let any can­di­date for office get away with that kind of response.

If Ms. Jarvis wants to reserve her rage at con­ser­v­a­tive media, so be it. But she even­tu­ally would have had to answer ques­tions about the peti­tion. In all like­li­hood the county par­ties in the 27th Dis­trict would have asked her about it and cer­tainly RACC would have asked her about it.

If they do, could they make sure a tape recorder is on hand to record her answer? It might give us a good idea what a “non-fanatical con­ser­v­a­tive” sounds like.

I’m a big boy, so I can han­dle what Ms. Jarvis wants to throw at me.  Iron­i­cally, after her men­tion of me on Face­book and the sub­se­quent read­ing of her mis­sive on both Char­lie Sykes and Jerry Bader’s shows I had a num­ber of friends, fam­ily and for­mer class­mates reach out to me and say some­thing along the lines of “If you’re a “far right-wing rad­i­cal,” then I guess I am too.”

Any­one who knows me knows I have conservative-leaning pol­i­tics, but know that when the rub­ber hits the road, I’m open to prag­ma­tism, call­ing peo­ple out, and hav­ing it out with folks on the right when I think they’re wrong  (Would you like to see my email exchanges from 2012 with Erick Erick­son?).  What irks me most was that she went after my fam­ily as well.

If that’s how it’s going to be, that’s how it’s going to be.  But I do advice her this.  The large bulk of my extended fam­ily lives in the 27th Assem­bly Dis­trict.  They can do far more dam­age to her elec­toral chances that I ever can…and chances are they will if she does go through with her candidacy.

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Sheboygan Councilman to run for 27th Assembly District

Retired blog­ger Josh Schroeder, now a dea­con in Madi­son, was telling me to be on the look out for other can­di­dates to run in the 27th after the Vor­pagel announce­ment.  My guess is he meant folks like Mr. Carl­son here.

She­boy­gan Ald. Dar­ryl D. Carl­son announced Wednes­day he is run­ning as a Repub­li­can for the 27th Assem­bly Dis­trict seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake.

Carl­son was first elected to the She­boy­gan Com­mon Coun­cil in April 2011. He is cur­rently the council’s vice pres­i­dent and serves on the council’s Finance, Pub­lic Safety and Pro­tec­tion, and Strate­gic Fis­cal Plan­ning committees.

In a press release, Carl­son said his cam­paign “will focus on eco­nomic devel­op­ment, low­er­ing the indi­vid­ual tax bur­den, and edu­ca­tion reform. He has a proven track record of demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship and fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity in the pri­vate, pub­lic and mil­i­tary sector.

I look for­ward to the oppor­tu­nity to serve the cit­i­zens of the 27th Dis­trict in the same man­ner I have served both my local com­mu­nity and our great nation,” Carl­son said.

Carl­son lives in She­boy­gan and is employed as a senior coor­di­na­tor for Kohler Com­pany Hos­pi­tal­ity Group. A for­mer Marine, Carl­son is a mem­ber of the Wis­con­sin National Guard and is mar­ried with two children.

For those curi­ous, yes I did check to see if he signed a Walker Recall petition.

He didn’t.

(More on that later.)

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LeMahieu Changes from Assembly Run to Senate Run

All in all a good move.  Was not utterly impressed with the folks I was see­ing as poten­tial can­di­dates for the GOP from Man­i­towoc.  Heard some nice things about Jill Hen­nessy, but Barry Nel­son should opt for city coun­cil instead of state office to get some experience.

Los­ing pri­maries (lost to Paul Tittl in 2012) only makes you more like Mark Neu­mann, not any­thing close to a “cit­i­zen legislator.”

She­boy­gan County Super­vi­sor and Oost­burg Repub­li­can Devin LeMahieu announced Tues­day that he’s drop­ping his state Assem­bly bid and will instead run to replace out­go­ing state Sen. Joe Leib­ham, who rep­re­sents the 9th Sen­ate District.

We need a strong con­ser­v­a­tive can­di­date to rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens in the 9th Dis­trict,” LeMahieu said in a pre­pared state­ment. “This Sen­ate race is vitally impor­tant in help­ing Gov. Walker to con­tinue mov­ing Wis­con­sin forward.”

The move marks a change in direc­tion for LeMahieu, who in March announced his can­di­dacy for the 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict to replace two-term She­boy­gan Rep. Mike End­s­ley, who’s not seek­ing re-election.

And now the bad news…

With LeMahieu now out of the Assem­bly race, that leaves peren­nial can­di­date Job Hou-Seye as the only Repub­li­can seek­ing Endlsely’s seat.


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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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Leibham to Announce Decision on Tuesday

Just in my inbox:

State Sen. Joe Leib­ham will make a cam­paign announce­ment Tues­day regard­ing his poten­tial bid for Con­gress in Wisconsin’s 6th District.

I am thank­ful for and hum­bled by the great amount of input I have received from con­stituents and friends over the last few days about the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning for Con­gress,” Leib­ham said. “I look for­ward to gath­er­ing with friends and fam­ily on Tues­day to for­mally announce my decision.”

Leib­ham, a res­i­dent and tax­payer of the 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, lives in She­boy­gan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.

Leib­ham has rep­re­sented por­tions of She­boy­gan, Man­i­towoc, Calumet and Fond du Lac coun­ties in the state Sen­ate and the greater She­boy­gan area in the state Assem­bly. Prior to his years of pub­lic ser­vice, Leib­ham worked in the pri­vate sec­tor for Sar­gento Foods in Ply­mouth and the She­boy­gan County Cham­ber of Commerce.

I also got another email detail­ing the where, when, and what, but I won’t be divulging that at this time.  Mostly because, traf­fic is going to be hell­ish enough in She­boy­gan due to media trucks and the like, so why screw it up even more?

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WI-06">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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Petri to Announce Retirement on Monday

Con­grats to Amer­i­can Majority-Wisconsin and Media Track­ers.  Now go find us can­di­dates who can hang onto the state Senate.

Joe Leibham’s going to win this.  Count on it.

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. –U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Petri (R-WI) will make a state­ment on Mon­day, April 14, at his town hall meet­ing in Neenah, Wis­con­sin, announc­ing that he will not be a can­di­date for reelec­tion to Congress.

The town meet­ing will be held from 4:00 — 5:00 p.m. at the Neenah City Hall (211 Wal­nut St.), in the City Coun­cil Chambers.


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Quote of the Day

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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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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