Wisconsin Fighting BobFest Attendees - It's Up to Us to Recall Scott Walker

Pat Nolan-Burger had never been to Fighting Bob Fest before.

But she and a few family members traveled from Brookfield -- what she calls "the heart of Republican country" -- to Madison Saturday to hear the speakers and be surrounded by other progressives at a time when conservative Republicans have political control of the state.

Like many others in attendance, Nolan-Burger views the policies of Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature as an "attack on labor" that is "destroying the middle class."

"The only resolution to all this is to work to recall the governor," she says.

That sentiment was widespread at the chautauqua-style festival that honors Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette, a founder of the progressive movement and a former governor and senator from Wisconsin. This year, Fighting Bob Fest was moved from its traditional home in Baraboo at the Sauk County Fairgrounds to the Alliant Energy Center.


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WI Legislators with ALEC Ties

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Wisconsin Legislators With ALEC References in Blue Books

  • Sen. Donald K. Stitt (R) – State Chairman of ALEC (1987-1988), Member (1991-1992 and 1993-1994) (also State Chairman in 1986[195])
  • Rep. Susan B. Vergeront (R) – WI Chairperson (1989-1990 and maybe 1991-1992)
    • Task Force on Empowerment, Family and Urban Planning
    • ALEC Legislator of the year (1991)
  • Rep. Marc C. Duff (R) - (1991 – 1998)
  • Rep. Annette P. Williams (D) – America’s Outstanding State Legislator Award (1990)
  • Mary Lazich (R) – Member (1993 – 1998)
  • Timothy T. Hoven (R) – Member (1995-1998)
    • Task Force Commerce and Economic Development (1997-1998)
  • Michael D. Huebsch (R) – Member (1995-1996)* Huebsch was the state co-chairman in at least 2010 if not before, until he became an appointee of Governor Scott Walker in 2011
  • Mark A. Green (R) – State Chairman (1995-1998)
  • Jeffrey T. Plale (D) – Member (1997-2010)
  • Tommy Thompson (R) – Thomas Jefferson Award Winner (1991)
  • Neal J. Kedzie (R) – Member (1999-2010)
  • Jeff Fitzgerald (R) – Member (2001-2011)
  • Bonnie L. Ladwig (R) – Member (2001-2002)
  • Steve Wieckert (R) – Member (2003-2004)
  • Scott Walker (R) – Member (1995 – 1998)
  • Judith Klusman (R) – Member, Task Force on Telecommunications and Agriculture
  • David A. Zien (R) – Member (1995 – 1996)
  • Scott Suder (R) – Criminal Justice Task Force Co-Chair (2002-2004), Member (2002-2010)
  • Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine)[196]

Wisconsin Legislators Mentioning ALEC in their Statements of Economic Interest

2011 Senate
  • Scott Fitgerald (R) - Received $1,529.93
2011 Assembly
  • Jeff Fitzgerald (R) - Received $1,329
  • Dan Knodl (R) - Received $2,000
  • Patricia Strachota (R) - Received $1,404
  • Robin Vos (R) - Received $? (No specific amount)
2010 Senate
  • Scott Fitzgerald (R) - Received $1,466.93
2010 Assembly
  • Scott Suder (R) - Received $1,200 from ALEC and $1,400 from the Heartland Institute
  • Michael Huebsch (R) - Received $2,000
2009 Assembly
  • Kitty Rhoades (R) - Received $575
  • Jeffery Stone (R) - Received $1,200
  • Scott Suder (R) - Received $2,200

Wisconsin Legislators Paying ALEC Membership Fees with Tax Dollars

  • Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse): $100 – 2/1/2011
  • Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin): $100 – 2/1/2011
  • Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls): $100 – 2/1/2011
  • Van Wanggard (R-Racine): $100 – 2/1/2011
  • Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee): $100- 2/1/2011
  • Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau): $100 – 1/1/2011
  • Pam Galloway (R-Wausau): $100 – 1/1/2011
  • Glenn Grotham (R-West Bend): $100 – 1/1/2011
  • Frank Lasee (R): $200 – 1/1/2011
  • Alberta Darling (R-River Hills): $200 – 1/1/2009
  • Mike Ellis (R-Neenah): $100 – 1/1/2009
  • Neal Kedzie (R-Neenah): $100 – 1/1/2007
  • Mike Ellis (R-Neenah): $100 – 1/1/2007
  • Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau): $200 – 1/1/2007[197]

References to Wisconsin ALEC Members in the Cap Times

From the Capital Times (2011):

“These days, a lot of it is health-related. ALEC, a strong believer in state's rights, federalism, and the free-market, is fighting federal health care reform tooth and nail. (It also opposes various state efforts to crack down on the health insurance industry and expand coverage.) Since 2005, 38 states have passed legislation crafted by its Health and Human Services Task Force, according to the ALEC guide. Wisconsin promises to soon be one of the star performers. 'There have been boilerplate bills that have similar characteristics to what has been passed here in Wisconsin,' Fitzgerald says. In December, he says, he and 20 to 30 other Wisconsin GOP lawmakers attended ALEC's national meeting Washington D.C. (emphasis added), where a key topic of study and conversation was federal health care reform. The 'State Legislators' Guide to Repealing Obamacare' was handed out at this meeting, and its model legislation discussed. 'A good example of that is a bill Joe Leibham is working on right now,' Fitzgerald says. "Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, introduced the bill Fitzgerald is talking about on Thursday. The 'Health Care Freedom Amendment' would change the Wisconsin constitution to prohibit the government from forcing anyone to participate in any public or private health care or insurance program. The amendment is meant to block the implementation of federal health Information from Sourcewatch:

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