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This is why you don’t bang on the glass at an NHL game unless you’re absolutely sure play is stationary in front of you.

A young kid during a Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens game learned that the hard way.

(H/T Rare)

 

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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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Programming Note

I’ll be on the “Week in Review” segment this morning on WPR’s “Joy Cardin Show” from 8 to 9 AM.

My sparing partner “on the Left” will once again be former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

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Happy Sunshine Week.

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Doug La Follette Determined to Hold Meaningless Job

There for damn near 40 years and living on his family name alone, Doug La Follette has sworn to seek re-election as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State…even if it means he’s going down with the ship.

I mean office.  Literally.

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette says he’ll run again for the office he’s held almost exclusively for four decades.

It could be the last term for the secretary of state position. Republicans are drafting laws that would eliminate the office by 2019.

La Follette, a Madison Democrat, says he wants to restore the duties legislators from both parties have stripped from the office. The only real responsibility La Follette has left is sitting on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

Wisconsin would join a short list of states that have dropped the position. The office’s supporters contend doing away with it would take power away from voters.

The argument about “power away from voters” is a joke.  Most elections powers the SOS used to hold are now in the Government Accountability Board, which of course was formed from the State Elections Board.

All-in-all, La Follette risks little chance of losing (when your opponent is “I’m running to end the office,” most voters go ‘Why should I elect a part-timer then?’), but he’s running out of defenders as to why the office should still be intact.  After his stunts with Act 10, his publishing of passed laws duties were moved to the Department of Administration, so with them went the keeping of the State Seal.

As for any effort to keep the office around, look for longtime La Follette friend and ally state Sen. Fred Risser to do everything to try to scuttle any legislation or joint resolution to kill the office.

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