Members of Wisconsin’s Republican Party appear pleased with the amount of money raised over the last half of 2018 by conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn. Hagedorn is running against Judge Lisa Neuibauer in the April 2 election for a seat on the court being vacated by retiring Judge Shirley Abrahamson.
According to their figures, Hagedorn raised over $310,000 in the last half of the year. According to a post on the wisgop.org website, “The announcement is a sign of a strong campaign with a message that is resonating across Wisconsin. This end-of-year haul has surpassed the top fundraising totals of nearly all recent Supreme Court candidates in the last six months of a year leading up to an April election.”
According to another report, Hagedorn’s total is “almost three times as much as Screnock and almost $100,000 more than Justice Rebecca Dallet raised at this point in the campaign.”
“At stake is more than just one Supreme Court seat. If conservatives fail to win this seat, the Democrats will just be one Spring election in 2020, held at the same time as their presidential primary, from being able to accomplish all of their Progressive dreams by judicial fiat. If the Democrats gain control of the Court, they can rewrite the legislative district lines just like they have in other states. They can override the legislature and mandate school spending levels – which will mean even higher taxes. They can undo all of the reforms of the Walker era without ever having to go through the legislature.
Instead of focusing on the presidential election, everything that matters in Wisconsin is on the line right now.”
As referenced in a previous post about the Wisconsin GOP-led deal with Foxconn and the massive tax breaks given to the foreign technology company, Bloomberg Business Week issued an in-depth report that suggests that all is not well with the project, despite President Trump’s intervention.
To develop its report, Bloomberg interviewed dozens of people familiar with the project. Its conclusion, “A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers.”
The Chair’s Corner is a new feature on the Green Lake County Dems and Friends website. Periodically, I will share my thoughts about what is happening in our organization and other items of interest. This first edition includes fun, facts, a feature and a fantastic website. I hope you enjoy it.
Everyone wants to have fun and we did that at our last meeting on Saturday, February 2. We celebrated Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring.) with a potluck. We had great food and interesting conversations with new and old friends. Fun is essential to building a strong community.
Here are the facts about early voting and absentee voting by mail. The spring election is April 2, 2019. Absentee ballots can be requested now through Thursday, March 28. When the clerks receive the official ballots, they will mail them. The clerks must receive the completed ballots by Election Day. In person early voting can begin as soon as the clerks receive the ballots; they will have them no later than March 11. Each clerk decides when early voting begins. Contact your local clerk for details. The last day to vote early in person is March 29, the Friday before the election.
There are no primary elections in Green Lake County or Ripon. The April 2, 2019 spring election is important. Judges Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn are on the ballot for the Justice of the State Supreme Court (10-year term). Information on both candidates is found on our website. Mark Gundrum, incumbent, is on the ballot for Court of Appeals Judge, District II (6-year term). Jerry Jaye, incumbent, and Doug Iverson, Ripon attorney and city alderman, are on the ballot for municipal judge for Lakeside Municipal Court (4-year term). Ripon and all of the cities in Green Lake County are included in this district. Municipal courts handle items such as traffic violations.
We had a lively discussion on local elections in Green Lake County and the city of Ripon. People are inspired to get involved in their communities and in local politics. There is one open seat with no candidate on the ballot in the city of Green Lake, District 2. There can be a write in campaign for that position.
Our Feature is a Meet and Greet Event for Supreme Court Justice candidate Lisa Neubauer on February 23 at the Goose Blind in Green Lake. This is a non- partisan race. Everyone is invited to meet Lisa, Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and get her views on the role of a Supreme Court Justice. We hope everyone comes and invites family and friends.
We are living our motto, “Moving Forward Together”. Let’s keep it up.
One of the strengths of an organization is its ability to marshal resources for the common good. In our case, our members are alerting us to information on issues and elected officials through two new sections of our website: Issues and We’re Watching … If you have not visited them, click on their links.
Additionally, members and friends alert us to new, addition sources of information. For example, Ken Knight recently sent us information on the Wisconsin Budget Project, an independent Madison-based research group that focuses on tax and budget policy. The group also works with Kids Forward (formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families) which looks at issues important to families and kids, through the lens of how taxes and how the state budget impacts them.
Here is a link to the Wisconsin Budget Project website and one to its Facebook Page. We think you will find both to be of considerable value. Note that you can also sign up on its website to receive email updates (something you can also do here if you want to receive email updates for our website).
Policy areas that are included on its website include:
New member of the House of Representatives and a veteran Massachusetts senator are introducing a “massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy, while also eliminating all U.S. carbon emissions.” As pointed out in this article from NPR, “That’s a really big–potentially impossibly big–undertaking.”
Update 2/7/2019: Their proposal is is a nonbinding resolution, meaning that even if it passes, it wouldn’t on its own create any new programs.
One Wisconsin Now has a section on its website chronicling the statements and positions taken by Sen. Ron Johnson. The feature, The Wrong Johnson Archive, is worth reviewing. It is often hard to follow any elected official’s statements and actions so this is a worthwhile read for anyone who is tracking the Senator. One Wisconsin Now is Wisconsin-based partisan news organization.
Republican Sen. Johnson was interviewed on Bloomberg TV about the Wall, FoxConn, and trade. On trade, Johnson said, “I am a Constitutionalist” and that Congress has given up too much authority to the Executive Branch. Johnson also defends his party’s Wisconsin deal with FoxConn and says new Governor Tony Evers is creating “uncertainty” when Evers says the state will review the environmental concessions given to Foxconn. Uncertainty, Johnson continues, is something business hate, Bloomberg analysts suggest that the deal with Foxconn is a “disaster.”