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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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Kestell Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Well, heads up to Wis­con­sin Elec­tion Watch, they had this rumor over a month ago. (Dis­claimer: I occa­sion­ally write for them, but did noth­ing on this subject)

This now makes the third Repub­li­can retire­ment from the Assem­bly for She­boy­gan Co.  The 27th (where my par­ents live) includes the lower third of Man­i­towoc Co. and the north­ern part of She­boy­gan Co.  It should be a Repub­li­can hold, but I’m unsure who the bench is at the moment.

The last one who con­sid­ered chal­leng­ing Kestell in a pri­mary was She­boy­gan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer, and he’s fac­ing re-election today.

Just over a month ago, Rep. Steve Kestell said he hadn’t yet decided whether to seek re-election to his 27th Assem­bly Dis­trict seat.

Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake, has now decided, and the answer is no.

In a release sent to media Tues­day after­noon, Kestell, 58, said his deci­sion has the bless­ing of his family.

Dur­ing my years in the state Leg­is­la­ture, I’ve worked every day to uphold the belief that elected offi­cials should strive to do the right thing, for the right rea­son, and in the right way,” he said. “I am proud of what we’ve accom­plished together, and I look for­ward to new chal­lenges as the future unfolds.”

Kestell, who serves as chair­man of the Assem­bly Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, was on the fore­front of the push this win­ter against a Repub­li­can bill that would have cre­ated sanc­tions for poorly per­form­ing pub­lic schools and pri­vate schools that accept taxpayer-subsidized students.

Repub­li­cans ulti­mately dropped the plan and instead adopted a bill that would require all schools that accept pub­lic dol­lars to include per­for­mance data on report cards the pub­lic can view.

Kestell was first elected to his seat in 1998.

That being said, if Jack Lech­ler is the best RACC can come up with on short notice, I’m going to bang my head against the wall.

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Devin LeMahieu to Run for 26th Assembly

Well, I thought he’d at least would have waited until Monday.

Devin LeMahieu, of Oost­burg, on Sat­ur­day announced his can­di­dacy for the 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict as a Repub­li­can, fol­low­ing She­boy­gan Rep. Mike Endsley’s announce­ment Fri­day that he would not seek re-election in November.

LeMahieu has served on the She­boy­gan County Board of Super­vi­sors for eight years where he has been a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Finance Com­mit­tee as well as chair­man of the Human Resource Com­mit­tee. He has also owned and oper­ated the Lakeshore Weekly pub­li­ca­tion for the last 12 years.

Dur­ing my eight years on the County Board we have reduced payroll-related expenses by over $13 mil­lion, stream-lined pro­grams, reduced the tax levy four of the last seven years and avoided bur­den­ing She­boy­gan County res­i­dents with a county sales tax all while main­tain­ing high qual­ity ser­vices and employ­ees,” LeMahieu said in a news release.

LeMahieu is the son of retir­ing Rep. Dan LeMahieu, R-Cascade, who rep­re­sents the 59th District.

Devin LeMahieu ran against End­s­ley in 2012 and was defeated in the primary.

In that pri­mary, End­s­ley beat LeMahieu by 60 to 40 per­cent.  Unless some­thing unfore­seen hap­pens, I truly don’t see a pri­mary mate­ri­al­iz­ing this time around against the younger LeMahieu.

As for the Democ­rats, they’re likely to run some She­boy­gan school board mem­ber for all I know or have heard in the rumor mill.  The new redis­tricted look of the 26th pretty much makes a Demo­c­ra­tic upset highly unlikely.  Hav­ing a LeMahieu on the bal­lot for that por­tion of She­boy­gan County all but assures it is stay­ing in GOP hands.

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Endsley Not to Seek Re-Election

Well, looks like Devin LeMahieu can win an assem­bly seat after all.

Rep. Mike End­s­ley, R-Sheboygan, announced Fri­day he will not seek re-election in November.

Since my elec­tion in 2010, it has been an honor to serve the fine peo­ple of Wisconsin’s 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict,” End­s­ley said in a news release. “I am proud of what I have been able to accom­plish over the past two terms, but after con­sult­ing with fam­ily, I feel that this is an appro­pri­ate moment for me to explore new oppor­tu­ni­ties in the pri­vate sector.”

End­s­ley upset long­time Demo­c­rat incum­bent Terry Van Akkeren in 2010. End­s­ley had no polit­i­cal back­ground the year before had lost his job as Mid­west regional sales man­ager for Thomas Prod­ucts, which closed its She­boy­gan plant in the fall of 2009. End­s­ley cred­ited his vic­tory to knock­ing on every door in the 26th Dis­trict at least once.

With fel­low Repub­li­cans Sen. Joe Leib­ham and Glenn Groth­man, and Rep. Dan LeMahieu and Steve Kestell, Endsley’s vic­tory also gave She­boy­gan County its first all-GOP leg­isla­tive con­tin­gent since the 1950s, observers said.

Devin LeMahieu is the son of retir­ing state Rep. Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade), in 2012 the younger LeMahieu — straight off of redis­trict­ing which put their native Oost­burg and the rest of  south­ern She­boy­gan Co. in the 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict — chal­lenged the then-freshman leg­is­la­tor in an ill-wanted pri­mary which split the She­boy­gan Co. GOP and angered many in Madi­son.  Prior that, the city of She­boy­gan was the entire 26th district.

Over­all, I per­son­ally liked End­s­ley and thought he was a fine fit for She­boy­gan.  But if a guy has other pri­or­i­ties, or  a bet­ter offer on the table, who are we to do any­thing but thank them for their pub­lic service.

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Manitowoc Co. to Move Manufacturing of Ice Machines to Mexico

Bad news, very lit­tle doubt about that. 

The worst part, no mat­ter how Man­i­towoc Co. spins this, all the city and sur­round­ing area will think is one word: Mirro.

Man­i­towoc Food­ser­vice, an oper­at­ing group of Man­i­towoc Co., plans to cut 150 jobs in Man­i­towoc and move assem­bly of its Indigo ice machines to a plant in Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico, accord­ing to a press release.

Job cuts will occur dur­ing the next two years. Affected employ­ees are rep­re­sented by the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Machin­ists union.

Man­i­towoc Co. said by mov­ing pro­duc­tion to Mex­ico, it will be able to “more effec­tively serve” cus­tomers in Latin Amer­ica and the U.S.

The intended trans­fer of assem­bly for Indigo sup­ports the Food­ser­vice man­u­fac­tur­ing strat­egy that includes cap­i­tal­iz­ing on emerg­ing mar­ket growth and will allow us to bet­ter com­pete in the increas­ingly com­pet­i­tive global mar­ket,” the release states.

The Food­ser­vice facil­ity in Man­i­towoc will con­tinue to pro­duce ice machine evap­o­ra­tors and a num­ber of other prod­ucts, tak­ing advan­tage of a recent $3.2 mil­lion invest­ment in the 26th Street plant, the com­pany said.

Prod­uct devel­op­ment, engi­neer­ing, mar­ket­ing, finance and ser­vice func­tions for Man­i­towoc Ice prod­ucts also will remain at the Man­i­towoc facility.

Dur­ing the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mirro, which made alu­minum cook­ing ware in the city, was gob­bled up by Newell-Rubbermaid and then moved south of the bor­der piece by piece until the com­pany folded around 2003.  Just this month, the process of demo­li­tion in one of the old­est of the Mirro build­ings began.  It’s expected to take a year as they slowly try to recy­cle as much of the maple hard­wood, mar­ble tiling and other fix­tures as they can.

It was sold to its cur­rent owner for a mere $200.

Nat­u­rally, it still remains a sore spot for many in the area.

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Bies Announces Retirement from Legislature

Stur­geon Bay will need a new state rep. soon.  Gary Bies is hang­ing it up.

Though there has been some change in vot­ing trends in Door County in recent years, I really don’t see Repub­li­cans los­ing this seat.

Madi­son… “Tomor­row I will file my Notice of Non-Candidacy to seek an eighth term in the state Assembly.

I am very grate­ful to the cit­i­zens of the First Assem­bly Dis­trict who’ve sup­ported me with their vote to be their Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the past 7 terms.

With your encour­age­ment and prayers we have accom­plished many things both large and small to make our state and dis­trict a bet­ter place to live, work and enjoy. I thank you for the oppor­tu­nity to have served you for the past 14 years.

God Bless you, the State of Wis­con­sin and the United States of America.”

Bies joins Cascade’s Dan LeMahieu as another recent retire­ment announce­ment.  That seat too, the 58th, will likely stay in Repub­li­can hands.

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