Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Paul Ryan Pick a 'Big, Bold Choice'

People Demanding Action Radio Network

Banner

scottwalkerwiAfter the announcement that Republican Mitt Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Gov. Scott Walker and Republican officials throughout the state lauded the choice, although Democrats say Ryan is too extreme.

Calling Paul Ryan a "big, bold choice" for Republican Mitt Romney, Governor Scott Walker told an assortment of media Saturday morning that the Wisconsin congressman will energize the Republican base and bring swing voters along with him.

"Paul is a compliment to Mitt Romney because he doesn't just energize the base, he appeals to swing voters who are hungry for leaders who will take on the tough issues," he said. "He excites the base not just here in Wisconsin but across America."

Walker also praised Ryan's ability to debate and discuss the issues without making it personal.

"We going to see the level of discourse rise in this election because Paul recognizes that his opponent today could very well be his ally tomorrow," the governor added. "He is revered by both Democrats and Republicans for his integrity."

As for whether or not Ryan's plans for Medicare will hurt the Romney ticket, Walker doesn't think so.

"Paul has the courage to take these things on, and it's okay if the president wants to attack his plan, but what's their plan? They don't have one," he said. "No plan is not leadership. I think Mitt Romney's plan will be different from Paul's because he will be the president, but they share the same values."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett came out in support of President Barack Obama Saturday at a press conference at the president's campaign offices on Milwaukee's east side, arguing Romney has embraced Ryan’s fiscal plan, creating a sharp line between the two presidential opponents.

“It is clear Mitt Romney is embracing Paul Ryan’s economic philosophy, and that economic philosophy goes right back to George Bush,” Barrett said, adding voters don't want to go back to the failed policies of Bush, which lead to debt and the deficit. "He is a nice guy, and a good family man, but his vision for the country is wrong."

Barrett added the wealthiest in the country need to be apart of the economic issues its is facing, not just the middle class, as he said is outlined in Ryan's Path to Prosperity plan.

“I will commend him in understanding that there are serious economic issues facing this nation; where I will be critical is in his prescription,” he said. “The wealthiest people in this nation have to be apart of the solving the fiscal issues.”

He added Romney caved under pressure from the right to choose an extreme conservative candidate, as opposed to a candidate that could appeal to the independent voter.

“Wisconsin will continue to be a competitive state, but I’m confident President Obama will be serving four more years,” he said.  “If people understand what’s in Ryan's plan, and more importantly, what’s not in that plan, they are going to reject it. Everyone needs to be part of the solution, not just the middle class.”



Romney, Ryan to appear in Waukesha Sunday

Romney and Ryan will both speak in Waukesha at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 12 in Waukesha, the Republican Party of Waukesha stated in an email blast today.

The event will take place at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

The Romney campaign was originally scheduled to campaign at two rallies in North Carolina.

All four GOP candidates for Wisconsin's Senate seat are adjusting their campaign schedules for Sunday to attend the Waukesha event.

Wisconsin plays big role at convention

Walker has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in Florida later this month. He said he isn't sure if he'll be introducing Ryan.

"I don't know what I'll be doing," he answered. "If I don't introduce the Vice President, then I know I'll spend a good deal of time talking about him."

With the high-profile representation from Wisconsin at the convention, Walker was asked if the event shouldn't just be moved to Lambeau Field.

"It is a Cheesehead convention," he acknowledged. "Reince Preibus is a particularly proud Cheesehead this morning."

Reaction from around Southeast Wisconsin to the announcement that Romney chose Ryan to be his running mate has offered plenty of whoops and hollers of “hooray," amid a few remarks that the decision may have been a mistake.

Wisconsin native and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus was understandably enthusiastic on Twitter:

“Congratulations to my good friend @RepPaulRyan! A great choice, and will be an amazing Vice President," Priebus tweeted.

Ryan excites base, conservative principles

Mark Neumann, former Congressman from 1995 to 1999 and candidate for U.S. Senate, said the Romney-Ryan ticket demonstrates a commitment to conservative principles.

"When I served in Congress and Paul was a young staff member, I saw in him a future leader; someone with the ability to understand the problems our country faces and the skills to get the job done," Neumann said. "I worked hard to ensure he was the one to represent the district I had the honor to serve."

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and candidate for U.S. Senate said the selection was "a wonderful addition to the ticket, and I'm so proud and happy with the selection. It's a great day for Wisconsin and for America."

Calling Ryan a "force for change in Wisconsin and throughout the country," Thompson told reporters at a press conference Saturday he felt the Ryan announcement would bolster voter turnout throughout the state in the upcoming Aug. 14 senate primary, even though Ryan would not be on the ballot.

"People are so energized and proud that someone from our state is a vice presidential candidate, and it will motivate them to show that at the polls on Tuesday," he said.

Thompson also said that he was confident Ryan would retain his seat in the 1st congressional district, where he faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Rob Zerban.

"I'm quite certain he'll retain the seat in the district. It may be a hard fought, highly contested race, but voters will respond with their approval," Thompson said.

First Wisconsin VP pick since 1984

The Republican Party of Wisconsin said Ryan as the vice presidential pick will help deliver Wisconsin to a Republican candidate for the first time since 1984 and heralded his in-depth knowledge of the federal budget.

"This is a dramatic turn of events in the state of Wisconsin and Republican efforts to turn the state red for the presidency for the first time since 1984," said Nathan Conrad, RPW communications director.

"Congressman Ryan is a perfect fit for the vice presidency, his innate knowledge of the fiscal issues that face our nation and his overwhelming popularity in the Badger State is sending shockwaves around the country and bolstering efforts for the true reform our nation needs during these difficult economic times," Conrad said.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce President and CEO Kurt R. Bauer said he is happy with the decision because of Ryan's experience and successful history.

"The Wisconsin business community applauds Governor Mitt Romney's selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Congressman Ryan has continued our state's proud history of electing leaders who have distinguished themselves and Wisconsin at the national level," Bauer said in a press release from WMC.

"Congressman Ryan's experience, encyclopedic command of complex budgetary issues and commitment to the free enterprise system give him instant credibility with the business community to hold the nation's second highest office."

Choosing Ryan ensures 'campaign of big ideas'

Mark Green former Congressman and Ambassador told Patch, "I'm happy for Paul, of course, but I'm also happy for Governor Romney and Republicans everywhere. Choosing Paul ensures that this will be a campaign of big ideas."

Kathy Stepp, a former GOP state senator and current secretary of the Department of Natural Resources added: "The choice of our Paul Ryan has infused the Romney campaign with grassroots vigor, and demonstrates Romney is unafraid to take on the most serious concerns facing our country. Wisconsin grassroots will come out in droves to deliver a win for this team."

Republican Van Wanggaard, a former state senator in Racine County, was extremely enthusiastic about the choice as well, posting on Facebook his excitement for Ryan as the next vice president.

"So proud that my friend and Congressman, Paul Ryan will be the next Vice President of the United States! Governor Mitt Romney could not have picked a better person for the job!" he wrote.

Bill Folk, chair of the Racine County GOP, said the local party couldn't be more proud.

"We at the Racine County Republican Party are proud of Congressman Ryan. He will serve the Romney administration extremely well," Folk said. "Paul Ryan is an excellent choice as Vice-President with his understanding of budgets and how Washington works.

"He is the type of pick, a bold pick, that will ensure Americans know exactly what we  have to look forward to; how business works; and how to get our fiscal house in order," Folk said. "We are proud and look forward to helping move Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan into the White House."

Not everyone agrees

But some are saying Romney made the wrong choice by choosing such an extreme candidate, that will give voters a clearer decision — one that may sway them away from voting Republican.

"Paul Ryan is a right-wing extremist who wants to end Medicare. This is a major unforced error by Mitt Romney," Adam Green, co-founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has more than 27,000 Wisconsin members and nearly a million nationally.

"It gives President Obama and Democrats a chance to draw a clear contrast in 2012 by promising not to cut one penny from Medicare or Social Security benefits," Green said. "If Democrats win in a landslide this November, Romney's pick of Paul Ryan was the game changer."

Democrat Rob Zerban is challenging Ryan for his seat in the 1st Congressional District. On Thursday, he wrote an Op-Ed in The Nation that compared Ryan to former Vice-president Dick Cheney. After the announcement Saturday, he released a statement accusing Ryan of abandoning his constituents — and all Americans — for his own ambition.

"Now that Paul Ryan’s personal ambition has clearly trumped his interest in the First District, I have no doubt he’ll find himself out of a job come November," Zerban wrote Saturday.

House opponent calls Ryan's policies 'radical'

"Once Wisconsinites and voters across our country learn the truth about Ryan’s radical plot to end Medicare as we know it, de-fund women’s health care, and preserve tax breaks for millionaires, they'll vote against him not just once, but twice," Zerban said.

"In the coming weeks, our campaign will work with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to continue getting the word out on Ryan’s indefensible record, and building momentum to ensure victory on Election Day," Zerban said.

Robert Hansen of Progressive Democrats Of America in Milwaukee County thinks Ryan's choice is just preparation for 2016 and Romney is a footnote for Ryan's road to the White House.

"It is the pick I expected him to make," Hansen said. "With all the exposure Mr. Ryan has received on FOX News in the last year one had to assume that the Republican Party insiders were getting him ready for 2016.

"It is possible that this pick helps the Dems far more than it helps the Republicans," Hansen said. "You have a man that can't identify a donut from two feet away and a man that is clearly deficient at math if you ever actually read his budget."

Patch editor Adam McCoy contributed to this report.

Link to the original article on GreenfieldPatch
blog comments powered by Disqus

States - Wisconsin

Wisconsin News

Prev Next Page:

Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

An emergency appeal filed late Tuesday argues that reinstating the requirement to show a government-issued photo ID to vote in the Nov. 4 election “imposes a radical, last-minute change to procedures for conducting an election that is already underway.” On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board announced that voters who had already cast absentee ballots for the general election must present valid government-issued identification for those ballots to be counted. The appeal by plaintiffs challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 voter ID law asks that the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear their appeal....

Dee J. Hall | Wisconsin State Journal 21 Sep 2014 Hits:426 Wisconsin

Read more

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Manure is a potent fertilizer that does wonders for the crops that feed the cows that give the milk that makes Wisconsin America's Dairyland. It's also making a mess of its waters. While Green Bay holds a mere 1.4% of Lake Michigan's water, it receives one-third of the lake's nutrient load — due largely to the farm fields that drip phosphorus-rich manure into the streams, creeks and rivers that flow toward the bay. Samples taken in many of those waterways over the past decade show average summer phosphorus levels twice as high —...

Dan Egan | Journal Sentinel 14 Sep 2014 Hits:215 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story S…

Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story So Far

Trying to make sense of all the different court rulings in Wisconsin on their partisan Photo ID voting laws? We'll try to unpack that for you. The short version: Two different state trial courts found the GOP's Photo ID restriction on voting to be a violation of the state constitution's right to vote. A federal trial court (aka U.S. District Court) similarly found the law to be a violation of various parts of the U.S. Constitution. The partisan WI state Supreme Court recently overturned the decisions in the two state cases ---...

Ernest A. Canning | The Brad Blog 28 Aug 2014 Hits:266 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows. If officials decide to change course and expand the program in the next state budget, state taxpayers would save another $261 million to $315 million through June 2017, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The bureau serves the Legislature and is widely respected by lawmakers from both sides of the...

Patrick Marley | Journal Sentinel 17 Aug 2014 Hits:359 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin's cuts to state aid for schools 7th largest in nation

Wisconsin's cuts to state aid for schools 7th largest in nation

Wisconsin's cuts to state aid for K-12 education since the start of the recession is the 7th largest in the country, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report from the center, which calls itself "fiscally conservative but socially liberal," calculates that Wisconsin cut its state aid to K-12 public schools by 15.3% since 2008, a reduction that out-paced the cuts made by all but six other states during that time. When measured in dollar amounts rather than percentages, Wisconsin's cuts to state aid since...

Erin Richards | JS Online 14 Sep 2013 Hits:574 Wisconsin

Read more

To Protect Voting Rights

To Protect Voting Rights

“The Fight for Voting Rights, 50 Years Later” (editorial, Aug. 28) correctly states that the voter suppression measures taken in states across the country make clear “the need for comprehensive and lasting protection of voting rights.”        While it is important to reform the Voting Rights Act, the best way to ensure full protection of our voting rights is to include a guaranteed right to vote in our Constitution. Contrary to popular belief, although the Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, gender and age, it does not explicitly...

Mark Pocan | The New York Times 12 Sep 2013 Hits:541 Wisconsin

Read more

No one in Wisconsin delegation supporting strike on Syria yet

No one in Wisconsin delegation supporting strike on Syria yet

There's one way to unite conservative Republican Sean Duffy and liberal Democrat Mark Pocan. In separate interviews Wednesday, the two congressmen from Wisconsin both expressed intense skepticism about granting President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against the Syria government. "I am leaning strongly no," Duffy said when asked how he might vote. "But I am going to a security briefing on Monday when I get in (to Washington, D.C.), so I'll keep an open mind. But from where my constituents are at, I'm strongly no." Pocan said he hasn't been...

Bill Glauber | JSOnline 05 Sep 2013 Hits:504 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin Capitol Arrests Turn Violent As Police Take Down Protester (VIDEO)

Wisconsin Capitol Arrests Turn Violent As Police Take Down Protester (VIDEO)

The ongoing protests in Wisconsin's Capitol turned violent Monday when police tackled and forcefully restrained a demonstrator while carrying out what has become a daily round of arrests in the rotunda. A video of the incident shows several Capitol Police officers talking very briefly to protester Damon Terrell before they aggressively take him down. Terrell is a regular protester at the so-called "Solidarity Singalong." Police have engaged in a crackdown on progressive protesters in the building since last month, when they began to enforce a requirement for large groups to receive permits for...

Ryan Rainy | Huffington Post 26 Aug 2013 Hits:685 Wisconsin

Read more

Milwaukee says "Hands off Syria!"

Milwaukee says

Milwaukee, WI - A coalition of anti-war groups held a rally against U.S. intervention in Syria June 21. Over a dozen activists chanted, "Money for jobs, not for war!" at the corner of Humboldt and Locust Street in Riverwest. They received support in the form of honks and peace signs from drivers of passing cars. The rally was followed by a teach-in on the Syrian conflict, relating it to the recent U.S. intervention in Libya and other U.S. wars and occupations. A homeless veteran joined the teach-in in the park and...

Fight Back! News.org 15 Aug 2013 Hits:523 Wisconsin

Read more

“Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally” to be held in Milwaukee on Sept. 21

 “Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally” to be held in Milwaukee on Sept. 21

If you support Wisconsin’s outstanding public schools, Milwaukee might be the place to be on Saturday, Sept. 21, for the second “Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally.” Or just maybe, your community might want to plan its own event. Either way, now is the time to stand up for the public schools and public school children in every corner of Wisconsin. Organizers of the Milwaukee event are looking for support, but they are also more than willing to lend a hand to event to others around the state. Contacts...

Tom Beebee | Institue for Wisconsin's Future 10 Aug 2013 Hits:683 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin Residents Speak Out Against Walker’s Regressive Budget Proposal

MADISON – Concerned Wisconsinites packed halls in Milwaukee and Madison this week to testify against Governor Walker’s regressive 2013-15 biennial budget proposal. Over the course of three hours, residents spoke out during public hearings hosted by Democratic members of the state Joint Finance Committee in opposition to key elements of Walker’s budget proposal, including the proposed expansion of school vouchers, the politically motivated rejection of federal Medicaid dollars, and Walker’s anti-middle class tax plan. At the hearing held Tuesday in Madison, Edgewood College Student and United Wisconsin member Zach Madden testified...

United Wisconsin | Press Release 27 Apr 2013 Hits:1779 Wisconsin

Read more

Lawmakers hold public hearing regarding budget issues

Lawmakers hold public hearing regarding budget issues

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Lawmakers from the Joint Finance Committee are holding a public hearing in Greendale Thursday, April 4th to discuss Gov. Walker’s proposed budget and to get feedback on a wide range of issues from taxes, residency rules, BadgerCare, education and mass transit. Before the hearing began, nearly 50 people held a rally outside the Greendale High School auditorium. Those individuals are asking the state Legislature to change the budget to accept federal funding to expand the state’s healthcare program for the poor and disabled. Governor Walker rejected billions of dollars...

Angelica Duria | Fox6Now 09 Apr 2013 Hits:742 Wisconsin

Read more

TV Spending in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Tops $1.1 Million, Conservative Outside Groups…

TV Spending in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Tops $1.1 Million, Conservative Outside Groups Dominate

Television spending in this year’s race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court topped $1.1 million, with nearly 70 percent of spending coming from conservative interest groups, according to estimates released by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake. Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack, who is part of the Court’s conservative wing, defeated Marquette law professor Ed Fallone in the April 2 election, maintaining the Court’s 4-3 conservative majority. Television spending for this year’s Supreme Court race was lower than in recent years, where contentious races put Wisconsin fifth...

Brennan Center for Justice 04 Apr 2013 Hits:931 Wisconsin

Read more

Bills erode the rights of disabled kids

Bills erode the rights of disabled kids

As parents of children with special needs, it is critical to explain the facts behind Senate Bill 486 and Assembly Bill 110, which would allow students with disabilities to attend a public school outside their district or a private school with a taxpayer subsidy. These bills will erode the rights and protections for children with special needs that have been fought for by the people in Wisconsin. There are countless reasons that there is not one group that advocates for individuals with disabilities...

Jenny Stonemeier, Jenni Hofschulte, Adam Stonemeier, Jasmine Alinder, Anna Moffit and Terri Hart-Ell | JS Online 16 Jan 2013 Hits:733 Wisconsin

Read more

Paul Ryan's One Percent Rubs Affluence in Face of Wisconsin's Middle Class and Working Poo…

Paul Ryan's One Percent Rubs Affluence in Face of Wisconsin's Middle Class and Working Poor

One Percent Rubs Affluence in Face of Wisconsin's Middle Class and Working Poor This Monday, November 5th the doors will open at 7:30 for the Milwaukee Victory Rally with “Paul and the GOP” at Sterling Aviation on South Howell at Mitchell Field. The event will begin at 9:30. These are the folks who are the “job creators”, the ones whose “Pathway to Prosperity” for the 1% requires the “pathway to Austerity” for the 99%. It is unbelievable that they can say that they understand the middle...

Keith Roberts | Uppity Wisconsin 06 Nov 2012 Hits:1156 Wisconsin

Read more

Shift U.S. spending priorities; save state jobs

Shift U.S. spending priorities; save state jobs

On Oct. 25, Oshkosh Corp. announced that 450 employees will find themselves without jobs in January. While the national debate rages over economic recovery and job production, hundreds of Wisconsin families are left in uncertainty, with unemployment and hardship waiting to greet them in the new year. Oshkosh Corp. has been a stable employer for longer than most of us can remember. What began as the Wisconsin Auto Duplex Co. in 1917, today Oshkosh Corp. sells and services products in more than 130 countries. ...

Mike Helbick | JS Online 02 Nov 2012 Hits:999 Wisconsin

Read more

Soglin says protesters can march on State Street without paying for police services

Soglin says protesters can march on State Street without paying for police services

Update: Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Friday that protesters have the right to march on State Street and refuse to pay for police services the Police Department recommends, though they could encounter inconveniences, such as traffic from buses. Madison police have begun charging groups to march down State Street, sparking discord with the Madison Area Peace Coalition and leaving organizers of the 42nd annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival fuming. Representatives of both groups say they will likely march without a permit this weekend...

Sandy Cullen | Wisconsin State Journal 06 Oct 2012 Hits:757 Wisconsin

Read more

Keep Fighting!

Keep Fighting!

What a time it is to be living in Wisconsin and to be engaged in politics. The Milwaukee County chapter of Progressive Democrats of America celebrated its one-year anniversary recently by attending and representing PDA at Fighting Bob Fest. It was just a year ago – when I had the pleasure to sit down and meet with Conor Boylan, Tim Carpenter, Jim Carpenter (my PDAMC Co-Chair), Thom Hartmann and others – that the seeds were planted to form our PDA chapter in Milwaukee County. Since then we...

Robert Hansen | MilwaukeeDems.org 01 Oct 2012 Hits:702 Wisconsin

Read more

Paul Ryan Obsession With Ayn Rand 'Disturbing,' Says House Challenger Rob Zerban

Paul Ryan Obsession With Ayn Rand 'Disturbing,' Says House Challenger Rob Zerban

WASHINGTON -- The Democrat hoping to defeat Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in his other race is alarmed by a matter close to the congressman's heart: his obsession with Ayn Rand. "It's a bit disturbing that somebody in such a position could be so heavily influenced by what was obviously really bad fiction," Rob Zerban, the Wisconsin Democrat vying for Ryan's House seat, told The Huffington Post. Wisconsin election law allows Ryan to run concurrently for vice president and his current seat in Congress. Particularly...

Jennifer Bendery | Huffington Post 27 Sep 2012 Hits:1291 Wisconsin

Read more

Wisconsin slammed over handling of federal money

Wisconsin slammed over handling of federal money

Madison - Two Wisconsin state agencies have failed to follow federal law and their own policies in issuing economic development grants, the U.S. government said in a strongly worded letter sent to Gov. Scott Walker's administration. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Aug. 12 letter ordered Walker's administration to improve the distribution of economic development money. Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said the agency for the most part agrees with the conclusions and the corrective ...

AP/JSOnline 27 Sep 2012 Hits:850 Wisconsin

Read more

Victory In Wisconsin

Victory In Wisconsin

A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers, ruling the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The action comes after a lawsuit brought by unions for Madison teachers Milwaukee city employees. A Walker spokesman said they will appeal. Stay tuned. Common Dreams

Common Dreams Staff 14 Sep 2012 Hits:589 Wisconsin

Read more

PDA In Your State

PDA Network - Shows This Week

banner-climatechange1019

wr10-20

banner-agitatorradio

BannerPoliticsofFaithAll

Banner-EndingHomelessnessAll

Sign the Petition

Button-DetroitWater

 

PDA Issues

PDA is organized around several core issues. These issues include:

Each team hosts a monthly conference call. Calls feature legislators, staffers and other policy experts. On these calls we determine PDA legislation to support as well as actions and future events.

WI Legislators with ALEC Ties

Assembly

Senate

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:

PR Rank