Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’
In the past 30 months, Republican activists have been through a GOP wave in 2010, the protests over the guv’s collective bargaining changes and ensuing recall elections in 2011, another round of recalls the following year, and a presidential election.
State GOP Chair Brad Courtney acknowledges many of them are likely tired after that tumultuous ride. But he says they also know there’s another election around the corner.
“We’re not using 2013 to rest,” Courtney said in a new WisPolitics.com interview. “We’re getting ready for next year.”
Read more at WisPolitics.com
Anyone who held out hope that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel would treat the Wisconsin budget process fairly had that hope dashed when they picked up the newspaper to find the headline “Is the GOP-run State Legislature at War with Milwaukee?” This biased editorial, disguised as a news article, tries to make the case that the Republican majority in Madison has a vendetta against Milwaukee. Nothing could be further from the truth. Does the parent who warns the toddler to stay away from the hot stove or who grounds the teenager because they keep making destructive decisions have a vendetta? Of course, the answer is no. It is called being a good parent. And much like a parent, Wisconsin is finally telling their irresponsible child that it is time to clean up their act.
Read more at GoForwardWi.com
It’s spring and gasoline prices are soaring in Milwaukee, a trend that has become as predictable as the sunrise.
The price for a gallon of regular gasoline in metro Milwaukee is running nearly 40 cents a gallon higher than the U.S. average price, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.
The national average for a gallon of regular is $3.52. The price in metro Milwaukee is $3.90. This time last year, a gallon of regular was selling for $3.88 in Milwaukee on average.
Read more by Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel
Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans finally have earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year. In 2013, Wisconsin taxpayers worked until April 20th (11th latest nationally) to pay their total tax bill.
Read more at TaxFoundation.org
Now that the dust has settled and the seemingly endless campaigns are behind us, we have come a long way in the last two years and can finally sit and look at the accomplishments that Governor Walker has put in place to move Wisconsin forward.
When he came into office, he inherited a $3.6 billion budget deficit and under the previous democrat control of the state legislature spending was out of control and no end was in sight.
Governor Walker stepped right into the muck and the mire and with his sleeves rolled up; he made immediate and difficult changes that have put us back on a track toward prosperity.
Read more by Bill Folk at Caledonia Patch
Wisconsin is known for many things, such as our friendly disposition, impeccable beer and cheeses and, of course, our Green Bay Packers. Since I’ve taken office, we’ve gained national recognition for the proven results of our fiscal and economic reforms.
We took a principled stand, confronted our shortcomings and transformed them into real solutions. We’re turning things around and heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, the national outlook isn’t as bright. With growing debt and deficit without a clear solution, the problems we face as a nation are daunting.
Read more by Gov. Scott Walker at TribLive.com
A Democratic state senator and three Democratic state representatives have circulated draft legislation that would ban civilian possession of hollow point or frangible ammunition. According to existing Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulations, sportsmen and women in Wisconsin must use such ammunition when hunting deer or bear. The Democratic lawmakers, two of whom are freshman, all hail from urban districts in the City of Milwaukee.
The reasoning behind the legislation is a bit muddled. The impact, however, is quite clear. According to a legislative counsel review of the legislation, it would essentially make it impossible for civilians to hunt deer or bear in Wisconsin.
Read more by Brian Sikma at MediaTrackers.org
In the states, Republicans are governing successfully. At the think tanks, conservatives are arguing intelligently. Around the country, activists are organizing energetically. All well and good. And important. But not enough.
Because in Washington we have a president and an administration, aided and abetted by a Democratic Senate, whose efforts over the next four years, if unchecked, could overwhelm the good deeds of Republican governors, the astute arguments of conservative policy experts, and the hard work of grassroots activists.
That’s why resistance in Washington today has to be central to the agenda for a conservative future tomorrow. . .
Read more by William Kristol at WeeklyStandard.com
Last week, I learned four different friends are doing something that will save each of them tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars each year.
And they’re not the only ones. Many of the smartest guys I know are moving this year.
They’re not just thinking about moving… They’re not saying “maybe someday”… They are doing it right now.
The reason why is the amazing part, as you’ll see. And it might make sense for you to consider moving, too. Let me explain…
I spoke with a friend on the phone last week… “What are you doing in Washington state?” I asked him.
“I’m moving here,” he said. “I love California. But moving to Washington state saves me $133,000 a year in state taxes on every $1 million I earn.”
This is not just a millionaire thing…
Read more By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud at DailyWealth.com
Republicans hold a weak hand in Washington but a stronger grip in states where voters have entrusted them with power. Performances there can boost not just the Republican image but bring the party back to power in Washington. More importantly, they can show conservative principles work. The “Red State Model” can, in the Wall Street Journal’s words, “Drive Republican Revival.”
Walter Russell Meade, one of our most brilliant thinkers, has written quite perceptively about the collapse of what he calls “the blue model.” These are states that have been firmly in the hands of the Democratic Party and their allies (unions-especially public employee unions; special interest groups — environmentalists among them). Together they have created a tax, spend and borrow model of governance that is leading to fiscal chaos. Policies have been adopted that have created a hostile business climate that has cramped growth and blighted the future of the middle class.
–SNIP– And therein lies an opportunity for the Republican Party.
While Barack Obama won re-election and the Senate remains in the hands of the Democrats, voters in 30 states put in power Republican governors, and 25 of those states have legislatures controlled by Republicans. The 2012 election sharpened the partisan divide in America between red states and blue states
Read more by Ed Lasky at AmericanThinker.com
What is it about big ideas and the state of Wisconsin?
The state doesn’t have the largest population — it ranks 20th out of 50. It’s not the wealthiest — Wisconsin’s median income puts it 21st from the top. And it’s not even that big — again the state in square miles is close to the exact middle at 23 (and well behind its larger neighbors, Minnesota, 12, and Michigan, 11).
Wisconsin is pretty much near the middle of everything. It’s even situated close to the middle of the country.
But for some strange reason for over the past century, Wisconsin, that middle-of-everything state, has also been the incubator of some of the greatest political reform ideas in the United States. Let’s call it Badger exceptionalism. In fact, many of the most original concepts to benefit the common man since the dawn of the industrial revolution began not in Washington, D.C., or California, New York or Massachusetts. They started right here, in places like Madison, Milwaukee and little Primrose.
Read more by Warren Kozak at WPRI.org
Republican Party of Milwaukee County Chair David Karst talks about what it means to be a delegate from Wisconsin at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Years, and sometimes decades, pass between my visits to movie theaters. But I drove 30 miles to see the movie “2016,” based on Dinesh D’Souza’s best-selling book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” Where I live is so politically correct that such a movie would not even be mentioned, much less shown.
Every seat in the theater was filled, even though there had been an earlier showing that day, and more showings were scheduled for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it.
The audience was riveted. You could barely hear a sound from them, or detect a movement, and certainly not smell popcorn. Yet the movie had no bombast, no violence, no sex and no spectacular visual effects.
The documentary itself was fascinating, as Dinesh D’Souza presented the story of Barack Obama’s life and view of the world, in a very conversational sort of way, illustrating it with visits to people and places around the world that played a role in the way Obama’s ideas and beliefs evolved.
Read more by Thomas Sowell at FrontPageMag.com
The notion that computers eat jobs is worthy of a 1950s professor of economics. Fifty-six thousand manufacturing facilities have closed in the U.S. since 2001. The jobs in those plants were not lost due to computers.
During an economic cycle, manufacturing expands worldwide to meet demand. Factories are located in countries where manufacturing is most cost efficient. Computers aren’t the problem, nor do they have the negative impact that Free Trade has had on manufacturing in our country.
Read more by Brian O’Shaughnessy, chairman, Revere Copper Products at RomeSentinel.com
Sunday’s mass murder of six Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikhs by white supremacist Wade Michael Page is unfortunately not the first mass killing to take place in the state’s recent history.
On Nov. 21, 2004, 35-year-old Hmong immigrant Chai Soua Vang shot eight people, killing six, while hunting in northern Wisconsin. Vang blamed racist remarks made by the victims for inciting the violence in this incident.
And, while not the first race-related shooting in the state, the Oak Creek shooting is also not the first Wisconsin shooting to take place in a house of worship. Seven people were killed, and four were injured on March 12, 2005 when 44-year-old computer technician Terry Michael Ratzmann entered a Living Church of God service at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield and opened fire.
Read more by Amanda Webster at Gather.com