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The Wisconsin Pork Association Board of Directors announced they are endorsing the following pro-livestock and pro-agriculture/agri-business incumbents in the State Assembly and State Senate who are up for election on November 8, 2016.
“The incumbents that we have chosen to endorse have a history of supporting agriculture in general and a variety of issues important to pork production,” said Bill Gnatzig, WPA President and chair of the WPA Public Policy Committee. “We encourage our members to get out and vote on November 8. With many upcoming issues facing agriculture, it remains important to elect members to the Assembly and Senate who understand the daily challenges faced by farmers.”
Incumbents in the State Senate
Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) 2nd Senate District
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) 8th Senate District
Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) 10th Senate District
Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) 12th Senate District
Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) 14th Senate District
Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) 24th Senate District
Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) 32nd Senate District
Incumbents in the State Assembly
Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) 1st Assembly District
Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) 5th Assembly District
Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) 6th Assembly District
Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) 14th Assembly District
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) 15th Assembly District
Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) 18th Assembly District
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) 28th Assembly District
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) 31st Assembly District
Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) 32nd Assembly District
Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) 34th Assembly District
Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) 35th Assembly District
Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) 36th Assembly District
Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) 37th Assembly District
Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) 38th Assembly District
Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) 39th Assembly District
Rep. Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca) 40th Assembly District
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) 41st Assembly District
Rep. Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) 42nd Assembly District
Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville) 44th Assembly District
Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) 45th Assembly District
Rep. Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) 49th Assembly District
Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) 50th Assembly District
Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) 51st Assembly District
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) 52nd Assembly District
Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) 53rd Assembly District
Rep. Mike Rohrkast (R-Neenah) 55th Assembly District
Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) 60th Assembly District
Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) 61st Assembly District
Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia) 62nd Assembly District
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) 63rd Assembly District
Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) 64th Assembly District
Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) 68th Assembly District
Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) 69th Assembly District
Rep. Nancy Vander Meer (R-Tomah) 70th Assembly District
Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) 72nd Assembly District
Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) 75th Assembly District
Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) 81st Assembly District
Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) 86th Assembly District
Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) 87th Assembly District
Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview) 88th Assembly District
Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) 89th Assembly District
Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) 92nd Assembly District
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) 93rd Assembly District
Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) 94th Assembly District
Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby) 96th Assembly District
The Wisconsin Pork Association’s mission is to insure the future success of the Wisconsin pork industry. WPA represents the interests of the pork industry members with a strong emphasis on social issues, public and government policies, environment, animal welfare and safety.
Wisconsin high school students may soon be required to pass a civics test to graduate. The test would be modeled after the history and government portion of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services exam given by the federal government to people applying for U.S. citizenship.
Wisconsin 87th Assembly District Rep. Jim Edming (R-Glen Flora) introduced the bill requiring a citizenship test for high school graduates. The state Joint Finance Committee recently added his measure to the Wisconsin 2015-17 biennium budget. The budget is expected to go before the full assembly for a vote this month.
“I am pleased that the committee added my civics test to the budget. This 100-question test creates an opportunity for students to learn more about our country’s foundation and the freedoms that we enjoy every day,” Edming said in a statement. “It’s a common sense change that will hopefully spark an interest in civic involvement and a more-informed electorate. Every Wisconsin high school graduate should know what makes America great and what it takes to be a good citizen.”
Edming said his bill follows a national movement with about seven states already adopting a similar civics test requirement for high school graduation. He listed a series of questions that could be asked including “What do the stripes on the American Flag mean?” and “How many seats are in the U.S. House of Representatives?”
The stripes on the flag represent the original 13 colonies. There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Memorial Day is the right time to bring a proposal like this forward to honor members of the Armed Forces who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the country, according to Edming. “This American heritage, we as Americans, should know,” he said.
Students will be required to answer 60 of the 100 questions correctly. Those applying for U.S. citizenship only answer 10 questions.
Edming called it a “Fun test” that he got “A high C” grade on. He said he answered more than 80 questions correctly. He said the pass-fail test will require only 60 correct answers out of 100 multiple choice questions, and it can be taken numerous times. He added the questions can’t be too tough or it would be impossible for immigrants to pass.
“These questions are for the most part not difficult,” Edming said. “It is something that we as Americans just need a little refresher course.”
Edming, who taught elementary school in Fairchild in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is confident the bill will pass. He said only school superintendents and educators have opposed the bill for how it might make them look.
“There is a lot of testing that goes on, but testing is a barometer so you can tell just what the kids know and if the teacher is up to snuff and taught the kids what you want them to know,” Edming said. “They just look at it as another testing issue.”
The test is flexible and can be taken online, according to Edming. “There are probably some things being tested [in the classroom] that I don’t think need to be tested, but this is something they should be tested in,” he said.
Edming added the ACT test takes almost a full day, but his proposed civics test can be completed by an average high school student in about 15-20 minutes. “This is something I think, we as Americans, should be a little more aware of what these things are,” he said.
Edming hoped the test could be a requirement as soon as the high school graduating class of 2016, stating it is too late to require it for this year’s graduations. He also said it will not add any additional credits required for graduation.
“But if you can’t pass it you aren’t going to graduate,” Edming said.
Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) of the 87th Assembly District told a gathering of Republicans Monday in Hayward that he would fight the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on removing the Totagatic Dam in Washburn County that creates the Totagatic Flowage in Sawyer County.
“I’ll do my best to assure it doesn’t get drained,” Edming said of the flowage.
Edming and Jim Miller, Sawyer County Republican chairman, earlier had toured the dam and flowage.
Edming told the gathering he often doesn’t agree with the DNR.
Many Sawyer County residents have voiced opposition to removing the dam because the flowage is a mecca for ducks and other waterfowl and they fear removing the dam would greatly reduce the scope of the flowage.
The DNR is considering removal because of the estimated $500,000 required to repair it.
Prior to taking questions at the Republican gathering, Edming said his two proudest achievements during his first term in the Assembly are the passage of his bill that allows epinephrine auto injectors (“epi-pens”) to be stored in public places for such things as bee stings, and the requirement that students pass a civics test to graduate from public school in Wisconsin.
Edming said students could take the test any time from the first day of their freshmen year until the day they graduate. Students must answer 60 out of 100 questions correctly to pass, and those who flunk it can take it again.
A sample question, he said, asks how many stripes (13) are on the American flag and what does it represent (13 original colonies) and how many stars (50) are on it and what do they represent (50 states).
“There are seven states that have endorsed this,” he said. “Of all the people that have taken me to the shed for this are the school teachers, administrators. How ridiculous.”
Edming also discussed participating in an organization called Bugles Across America. It was started three years ago to commemorate the tragedy of 911 by playing taps at the times the four planes that were crashed on 9/11. While participating in the commemoration, Edming said, he was amazed that several seemed to have amnesia and had no idea why the bugles were playing on Sept. 11.
Edming said he voted against the recently passed Republican budget bill for several reason but the primary reason was because a Senate provision eliminated the requirement to pay a prevailing wage for public works projects.
Edming said he is neither for nor against unions, whose wage rates the prevailing wage is based on for public works project. But he said the impact of removing the prevailing wage is that neighboring states that have it will attract workers from Wisconsin, who can earn more in those other states.
Prior to the Senate’s addition to the bill, Edming said, 11 Republican representatives had proposed a compromise that would have exempted schools and other entities from the law while requiring others to pay it, but the Senate version eliminated all exemptions. He could not support it, he said.
Miller, a Hayward alderman, raised a concern that the recently passed budget requires the city to submit more of the room tax it collects back directly into a tourism-related agency such as the chamber of commerce versus using those dollars, as the city has in the past, to pay for one police officer needed because of increased tourism.
With fewer room-tax dollars, Hayward City Police Chief Joel Clapero said, he feared losing $40,000 from his budget for funds for at least one officer.
“The tourists are not bringing the majority of our problems, but they bring the busy work, more accidents and just the business, so to me that amount of money is going to be huge to my department,” Clapero said.
“That’s an extra stress on our local communities and municipalities,” said Miller of the change to how the room tax can be used.
Miller said the city has five years to taper its room tax revenue from 65 percent to 30 percent.
The city also distributes room tax dollars for the sports center and public bathrooms.
Edming was also made aware of an issue the city and county are facing regarding short-term rentals, or homes used for rentals of less than 30 days. These homes have not been inspected or licensed as tourist homes and do not pay sales taxes as required by state law.
Edming said he did not see a problem with using a home to house visitors for a couple of days for large events such as the American Birkebeiner.
It was pointed out to Edming that the state could easily match its list of licensed tourist homes against those advertised on the Internet to determine which are following the law.
It was also pointed out the state appears to have no will for going after violators and thus is leaving state and county sales tax revenue on the table.
Some of the homes, he was told, also have also been known for allowing more guests than a septic system can handle, threatening the health of the environment.
“The city, county and state have to address the issue,” Miller said.
Edming was asked about the resolution in the budget bill that prevents counties from being more restrictive than the state’s NR 115 in shoreland zoning, preventing the counties from creating a lake classification system, with different lot requirements for developments based on the type of lake.
“I haven’t been involved with that one at all,” Edming said, adding he was unaware of the change to shoreland zoning.
Miller said he has heard from several Republicans who are upset over the change.
Edming was also asked for his take on the Joint Finance Committee adding resolutions to the budget bill, such as the change to shoreland zoning, after public budget hearings were held around the state.
“As a rule, what they threw in was not major,” Edming said.
However, it was noted that the shoreland zoning change could have a huge impact on development and the environment.
"Words cannot express how much it touches my heart to be able to participate in a 9-11 memorial service. I love my country and 15 years later I'm still filled with sadness for the victims of that terrible day."
I am grateful to once again receive the endorsement from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau based on my support for the state's agricultural industry.
Earlier this year, a bill I authored along with Senator Petrowski was signed into law. It allows local municipalities to permit the piping of liquid manure within a highway right-of-way which helps farmers and extends road life.
Rob Richard, governmental relations director for WFB says that endorsements are given to incumbents are who are "supportive of issues that are important to the farm families that make up Wisconsin's agricultural community."
MADISON — Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday, July 1st signed into law a measure that broadens use of epinephrine auto-injectors by trained individuals statewide, devices once only approved for emergency use in Wisconsin by doctors or in schools by nurses during allergic reactions.
The small, pen-like devices deliver an instant shot of adrenaline to quickly open breathing airways severely constricted during allergic reactions to food, insect stings, latex or medications.
Wisconsin’s new law allows auto-injectors to be used beyond schools and at summer camps, colleges, daycare facilities, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, businesses and sports arenas.
“We are so happy and grateful that the State of Wisconsin now has this law. With more than 3 million people nationwide having a latex allergy, and when you combine that with the growing number of food allergies people are experiencing – reportedly one out of every 13 children – plus, the other allergies that can turn deadly, you realize how critically important it is to have this kind of accessibility to epinephrine auto-injectors,” said Sue Lockwood, executive director of the American Latex Allergy Association. “State Rep. James Edming of Glen Flora helped identify this important public health issue and generated bipartisan support to protect thousands of residents from life-threatening allergic reactions. Having these devices nearby, along with trained individuals to administer them, will provide critical life-saving protection until emergency responders can arrive.”
Epinephrine auto-injectors are commonly carried by parents, children and other adults with known allergies but now anyone suffering an allergic reaction can be protected in case of emergency. Public locations can now choose to have these devices on site. The law requires all sites with auto-injectors have personnel trained in administering the auto-injectors. These individuals are also protected from liability under Wisconsin’s Good Samaritan protections.
Representative James W. Edmind received the "Working for Wisconsin" Award! Every year, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce gives out the award to legislators based on their efforts to support initiatives that better Wisconsin’s economic climate.
The Dairy Business Association this week endorsed candidates in a number of races for seats in the state Legislature.
The list includes only a handful of current or former dairy farmers, but all of the candidates have demonstrated dedication to supporting Wisconsin’s dairy community, said John Holevoet, director of government affairs for the dairy group, whose members are dairy farmers and people in a variety of related businesses.
“Like the rest of the nation, Wisconsin residents are increasingly removed from agriculture. This applies to our legislators, too,” Holevoet said. “We are fortunate to have a great group of candidates running for public office who, regardless of whether they can personally relate to farming, are dedicated to seeing our state’s farmers succeed. That is what makes them worthy of our support.”
Sixteen state Senate seats are up for election this year. DBA has made endorsements in seven of those races.
Among incumbents, the organization is supporting Sens. Alberta Darling (8th District), Sheila Harsdorf (10th District), Tom Tiffany (12th District), Luther Olsen (14th District) and Duey Stroebel (20th District).
All of these lawmakers have been friends of the dairy community for a number of years. DBA is also endorsing David Craig, who is a member of the state Assembly running to fill the 28th District seat in suburban Milwaukee left vacant by the retirement of Sen. Mary Lazich. Finally, the association is supporting Dan Feyen (18th District) in his effort to replace Sen. Rick Gudex, who decided not to seek reelection.
All 99 seats in the Assembly are up for election. DBA is making endorsements in a wide range of different races (broken down here in groups of district numbers for ease of reading):
Andre Jacque (2nd District), Ron Tusler (3rd District), David Steffen (4th District), Jim Steineke (5th District), Gary Tauchen (6th District), Jocasta Zamarripa (8th District)
Rob Hutton (13th District), Joe Sanfelippo (15th District)
Jesse Rodriguez (21st District), Janel Brandtjen (22nd District), Jim Ott (23rd District), Dan Knodl (24th District), Paul Tittl (25th District), Terry Katsma (26th District), Tyler Vorpagel (27thDistrict), Adam Jarchow (28th District), Rob Stafsholt (29th District)
Shannon Zimmerman (30th District), Amy Loudenbeck (31st District), Tyler August (32ndDistrict), Cody Horlacher (33rd District), Rob Swearingen (34th District), Mary Czaja (35thDistrict), Jeff Mursau (36th District), John Jagler (37th District), Joel Kleefisch (38th District), Mark Born (39th District)
Kevin Petersen (40th District), Joan Ballweg (41st District), Keith Ripp (42nd District), Mark Spreitzer (43rd District), Travis Tranel (49th District)
Ed Brooks (50th District), Todd Novak (51st District), Jeremy Thiesfeldt (52nd District), Michael Schraa (53rd District), Mike Rohrkaste (55th District), Dave Murphy (56th District), Bob Gannon (58th District)
Rob Brooks (60th District), Samantha Kerkman (61st District), Tom Weatherston (62nd District), Robin Vos (63rd District), Rob Summerfield (67th District), Kathy Bernier (68th District), Bob Kulp (69th District)
Nancy VanderMeer (70th District), Romaine Quinn (75th District)
Ken Skowronski (82nd District), Mike Kuglitsch (83rd District), Patrick Snyder (85th District), John Spiros (86th District), James Edming (87th District), John Macco (88th District), John Nygren (89th District)
Warrne Petryk (93rd District), Lee Nerison (96th District), Scott Allen (97th District), Adam Neylon (98th District), Cindi Duchow (99th District)
The Dairy Business Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of Wisconsin dairy farmers, milk processors, vendors and business partners who came together in 1999 to reinvigorate the state’s dairy community.
"Thank you for participating in our interview session for the 87th Assembly District on July 15. I would like to inform you that our committee has formally endorsed your candidacy in the August 12 primary election for State Assembly.
This endorsement authorizes you to utilize the "Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation" name in any campaign advertisement(s) on your part. The Volunteers for Agriculture-PAC, the political action arm of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, will be notifying our members in the 87th Assembly District of our endorsement of your campaign.
Congratulations and best of luck on August 12."
- Rob Richard, Senior Director of Governmental Relations, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation