Nomination papers have been filed and the fields are set for three special elections ordered by Governor Walker for seats in the state legislature. Senate District 10 was vacated when Sheila Harsdorf was appointed Secretary of the Dept. of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection, Assembly District 58 was vacated by the death of Rep. Bob Gannon and Assembly District 66 was vacated by Rep. Cory Mason being elected Mayor of Racine.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, December 19 with the general election to follow on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Below are the candidates on the ballot in each race according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission: Continue reading Special Elections Set for State Legislature
State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been appointed to be the new Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Gov. Scott Walker. This will create an open state Senate seat in her Northwestern Wisconsin district that will require a special election, possibly in January.
Gov. Scott Walker today appointed GOP state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf the first female DATCP secretary, calling the longtime lawmaker “an excellent fit to lead the agency.” Continue reading Senator Sheila Harsdorf Appointed New DATCP Secretary
November 7 saw 10 school referendum questions on the ballot with 7 out of 10 being approved by voters. The passage rate of 70% was somewhat higher than April although there were far fewer questions on the ballot. April 2017 saw 40 out of 65 questions approved for an overall passage rate of 62%. November 2016 had an 82% approval rate and April 2016 saw 77% pass.
This continues a trend of historically high voter support for public school referenda. During the period from 1996-2010, for example, only 44% of referenda to exceed the revenue limits were approved by voters, according to the figures compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Continue reading Nov. 7 School Referenda Results: 70% Pass
As expected, Governor Scott Walker over the weekend formally announced his intention to run for a third term. Also, as expected, it seems likely that investing in public schools will be a major pillar in his re-election platform.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
He did not mention (the Foxconn) project in Sunday’s speech and instead focused on his policies that froze tuition at University of Wisconsin campuses, cut taxes and invested more money in public schools. He said he would also combat the spread of opioids and other drugs that have claimed lives across the state. Continue reading Gov. Walker Formally Announces Re-Election Bid
The WASB testified this week in favor of a pair of companion bills (Senate Bill 260 and Assembly Bill 332) aimed at retaining local control over how many nomination signatures are required in school board races and, in particular, easing the statutory nomination paper signature requirements to run school board seats in certain small school districts in which a portion has been annexed by a second (2nd) class city.
The WASB worked with Assembly Education Committee chair, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left), to help draft these bills on behalf of the North Fond du Lac School Board, which requested the legislation.
State Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at right) co-authored the bills.
Continue reading WASB Makes Case for Local Control of School Board Elections
From the Wisconsin Elections Commission…
The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be conducting a live webinar outlining school district clerk duties on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Webinar access information and materials will be posted on the Elections Commission website on Monday (Oct. 16) under Clerks tab then under the heading of Recent Clerk Communications. You can access the information and materials directly at: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/recent-communications.
Continue reading State Elections Commission to Host Webinar on School District Clerk Duties
Forty out of 65 referendum questions on Tuesday’s spring general election ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 62%. This is down from the 82% overall approval rate of last November and the 77% seen in April, 2016.
This time, 29 questions were for debt issuance with 16 (55%) passing. Of the 36 questions in which voters were asked to allow the district to exceed the revenue limit, 24 asked to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis with 18 (75%) passing. Six of the 12 questions (50%) asking to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis were approved. Continue reading Support for School Referenda Down Statewide But Still Above Historical Average