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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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TIME’s “100 Most Influencial”">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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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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