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Rep. Glenn Grothman

We are watching those who represent us so you can determine how well they are meeting this obligation. It doesn’t matter if they are Republicans or Democrats; they take an oath to represent all of us. 

We know keeping up with their performance is difficult and time-consuming, so we’ll gather information from diverse sources to share with you. Please join us in this effort by sending information you want to share.

Grothman introduces bill that uses crowdfunding to pay for Trump’s border wall (why didn’t we think of that?)

Our guy, Glenn Grothman, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow you and me, and presumably all our friends, to fund the wall that President Trump wants to build for perhaps $25 billion.

In an article in the Jan. 4 Journal Sentinel Grothman, who represents Wisconsin’s  6th District in Congress (us) is quoted as saying that he introduced the bill because “many Wisconsinites” have asked him how they could help fund the wall.

Guess they have lots of money burning holes in their pockets. Grothman, like President Trump, did not feel is necessary to provide actual figures to justify his “many Wisconsinites” statement.  So Glenn, how many? Five, 23, 261, 10,000? Help us out here, please.

Glenn, being the innovative guy that he is, recently came up with the idea of crowdsourcing the project. Grothman’s office said he introduced “The People’s Border Wall Fund Act,” enabling Americans to “personally fund the construction of a wall on the Southern border.”

According to a news release, Grothman’s measure “would create an account within the Department of Treasury that would allow public donations (to) be used for the design, construction and maintenance of a border wall.”

There’s no mention in the news release that throughout his run for president, Trump said Mexico would actually pay for the wall. Small detail, right?

In November, Grothman earned his third term by somehow defeating first-time candidate Dan Kohl, a Democrat.

 

Grothmann schedules town hall meetings in Kingston/Dalton, Cambria, and Manitowoc–This week

“Hi there” said Glenn in the post card that arrived in my mail today. The card, which also said Public Document — Official Business, told me that my rep in Congress, the Honorable Glenn Grothman, was holding a couple of town halls this week on Friday and Sunday.

The Friday meetings are in Kingston/Dalton, W63368 Pine Street, Dalton, and Cambria, 111 W. Edgewater Street, Cambria. Both are in the afternoon: Kingston/Dalton from 1 to 2 p.m. (Guess Glenn doesn’t expect much of a crowd, and from 3 to 4 p.m. in Cambria.

If you can’t make any of these meetings you can still skip football on the tube on Sunday afternoon and drive to Manitowoc for a 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. meeting at the Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street.

The card doesn’t suggest this, but Glenn does like to do a little munching when he meets with constituents (like he did recently at Mugs in Ripon), so if you have some spare donuts or other goodies, you may want to bring them as sort of an offering. This is not a requirement.

 

Measure helping students register to vote was called ‘sheer arrogance by then state senator grothman

Back in 2012 our Rep in Congress, then a Wisconsin state senator, made his feelings on voting rights extremely clear. In a statement to Think Progress, a publication of the The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch, said that an ordinance passed by the Madison City Council requiring that landlords provide voter registration forms to new tenants, was “sheer arrogance.”

The publication added, “Grothman, whose district is not even near Madison, said that asking landlords to hand tenants a piece of paper is an undue burden on freedom and free enterprise. ‘Landlords are already over regulated in this state,’ he said. ‘It is my sincere wish that the city’s landlords find a way to strike a blow for freedom and avoid this new imposition.’ “

PR Watch continued, “Madison is home to the state’s largest university and around half the housing units in the city are rentals, and a large percentage of those units turn over every year — and in many cases, students or other renters don’t know they must re-register when moving across town into a new district. Grothman sees efforts to help them register as intimidation.

“One could argue that by the nature of their relationship a landlord who gives a tenant a registration form is compelling someone to vote. One could see an 18 year old college student feel they were being intimidated into voting with such a requirement,” he [Grothman] said.

His reward for what most of us would consider a common sense approach to ensuring that students know their voting rights? Yup, he was elected to Congress.

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