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Deal Reached to Eliminate Wisconsin’s Aggregate Donation Limit

Good.  This was always a stupid law in my opinion on the books.  People are still limited to $10,000 per candidate, but the idea of limiting total contributions always seemed to make no sense, especially in years where many statewide offices are up.

This now frees up many donors to give simultaneously to both gubernatorial and attorney general campaigns; not to mention state legislative as well.  Apparently this scares liberals or something even though their rich donors aren’t handcuffed by the law anymore either.

The state of Wisconsin has agreed to stop enforcing a limit on how much people can donate in total to candidates running for office, bringing state law in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The state Department of Justice on Thursday released a settlement it reached in a federal lawsuit brought challenging the limits.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down overall limits on how much donors can give to multiple candidate for Congress and political committees.

Wisconsin law prohibits donors from giving more than $10,000 a year to all candidates. That is what donor Fred Young challenged in a federal lawsuit brought in Milwaukee.

The settlement was submitted Thursday to U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to sign.

The case was “Young v. GAB.”   The U.S. Supreme Court case which paved the way for this deal was McClutchen vs. FEC.

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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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WaPo: 2014 Starting to Look a Lot Like 2010

From “The Fix” blog at the WashingtonPost.com.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll offers fresh evidence that Democrats are facing major enthusiasm problems within their base that make it difficult — if not impossible — for them to rebuild the winning coalition put together by President Obama in 2012.

While nearly seven in 10 of all registered voters say they are “absolutely certain” to vote in November, several key Democratic constituencies are much less committed to voting. Barely half of voters ages 18 to 39 are certain about voting (53 percent) and 55 percent of non-whites describe themselves as certain to cast a ballot. By contrast, more than seven in 10 whites and voters older than 40 say they will definitely cast ballots — both groups that have favored Republicans in the past two elections.

The turnout gap is smaller among self-identified partisans, with Democrats six percentage points less apt than Republicans to be certain voters (72 percent vs. 78 percent). Closing that gap, however, could be difficult, given that Democrats are more than twice as apt to rate themselves “50-50” or less likely to vote; 15 percent of Democrats say this, compared with 5 percent of Republicans.

Beyond core partisans, independents who tilt Democratic are strikingly less motivated. Nearly three-quarters of independents who lean Republican are “certain” voters (74 percent), compared with just 50 percent of Democrats.

The dynamic parallels Republicans’ turnout advantage in 2010. In that election, turnout dropped sharpest among young voters, African Americans and Hispanics. Those who showed up supported Republican House candidates over Democrats by 51 to 45 percent, despite Democrats holding leads among polls of registered voters. In the final Post-ABC pre-election poll, Democrats led by five points among all voters but trailed by four points among likely voters — a nine-point swing driven entirely by voting at higher rates.

Democrats of course, know all this.  That’s why you’ve seen so much attempts to manufacture outrage about various state voting laws and other issues — it’s not about “correcting the grievance, it’s about ensuring blacks vote in November so the Democratic bleeding is mitigated.

Ironically, here in Wisconsin, Democrats like Chris Larson seem to think that attacking school choice is going to get them black votes in November.  How he thinks that might happen is anyone’s guess.

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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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Walker Named One of TIME’s “100 Most Influencial”

And liberal heads all across Wisconsin just exploded.

Leadership takes many forms in public office. One of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Scott Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors.

His battle to bring fairness to the taxpayers through commonsense reform of the public-sector collective-bargaining laws brought him scorn from the special interests and a recall election. Despite these threats, he stood tall. His reforms have brought tax reductions to his citizens and economic growth to his state. They have allowed public workers the freedom to choose whether to belong to a union. They have made Wisconsin a better place to live and work.

His reward? A resounding “re-election” in 2012 after the failed recall, prosperity for his state and the satisfaction of knowing that the public does recognize and appreciate an officeholder with the courage of his convictions. Governor Scott Walker is one of those leaders.

That was written by New Jersey Governor Christ Christie, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association.

(Sorry for the lack of posting. Lately, been dealing with a bunch of other things at the moment. Most of them involve a nasty head cold, the others are posted at RightWisconsin.)

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There Will be a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary After All

People, I give you Madison Rep. Brett Hulsey…Candidate for Governor.

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) cleared up months of speculation about his political future in emphatic fashion Monday morning, announcing he will challenge Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

“I am getting a great reception for my Get Wisconsin Working Again Plan as I travel the state,” Rep. Hulsey noted. “People want a real plan to get back to work, not more divisive politics.”

Rep. Hulsey says that plan allocates $2.1 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, provide investments for public schools, the UW system and technical college investments.

“Gov. Walker’s Reign of Error has made Wisconsin 2nd in the nation in losing jobs. We have to turn the state around to create a better future for our children and neighbors,” said Rep. Hulsey.

The announcement comes after a tumultuous couple of years for Rep. Hulsey, which saw him plea “no contest” to disorderly conduct for flipping a 9-year-old boy, whom he did not know, off his inner tube while both were swimming on July 4, 2012 at Spring Harbor Beach.

In early 2013, Hulsey aide Terri Zimmerman filed a complaint with Capitol Police after he brought a box cutter to work to allegedly teach her how to defend herself.  Zimmerman told police Hulsey also considered bringing a gun to the Capitol, even though he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit.

After that second incident, Madison Alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck both announced they would challenge Rep. Hulsey for his 78th Assembly District seat.

Rep. Hulsey was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010, after serving 14 years on the Dane County Board.

Emphasis of the crazy is mine.

Oh, this his chances of winning are an utter joke, but to Hulsey, this is no doubt a real thing.


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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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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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