Category Archives: Election

Are schools and roads on a collision course when it comes to funding?

Lost, perhaps, amidst all the focus on candidates in statewide races in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll released last week were results that suggest voters are more open to investing more for schools than they are for roads.  Taxes and spending for schools and roads have been key issues in the race for governor.

On the broad question of state taxes and state services, 51 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would rather pay higher taxes and have state government provide more services, while 42 percent said they prefer lower taxes and fewer services from the state.
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MU Law Poll: continued strong support for increased K-12 funding

The newest Marquette Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin (pictured) on September 18 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. It featured K-12 education-related questions including the recurring question of increased school funding vs reducing property taxes:

This continues a trend of strong support for increased school spending: Continue reading MU Law Poll: continued strong support for increased K-12 funding

November’s general election field set

Following Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) August partisan primary election, we now know the candidates from each party who will be on the ballot in November.

In the governor’s race, Republican incumbent Scott Walker will face a challenge from State Superintendent Tony Evers, who won the Democratic nomination over a field of eight other candidates.  Many observers predict education issues will feature prominently in that race.

Continue reading November’s general election field set

Current/Former School Board Members on Tuesday’s Primary Ballot

Several current school board members will be on the partisan primary ballot for various offices next Tuesday, August 14, 2018: Cathy Myers (Janesville) is running for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional seat currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

Kyle Whelton (Sheboygan Area) is running as a Democrat for the 9th district state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg).

Linda Boucher (Elmbrook), Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum), and Robert Wittke (Racine Unified), all Republicans, are running to be their party’s nominee for the state Assembly in the 14th, 59th and 62nd Assembly districts, respectively. Each of those seats is vacant due to the incumbent either retiring or running for higher office.  Finally, Wendy Sue Johnson (former Eau Claire Area board member) is running as a Democrat for the vacant 68th Assembly district.  If we have missed anyone please let us know! Continue reading Current/Former School Board Members on Tuesday’s Primary Ballot

Primary election debate held for governor; scheduled for U.S. Senate

As we get closer to the August 14 partisan primary election, the first debate for governor has been held and the first debate for U.S. Senate has been scheduled.

The eight Democratic candidates vying for the chance to take on incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker had their first debate Thursday, July 12 in Milwaukee. The candidates are state Superintendent Tony Evers; former state party chairman Matt Flynn; political activist Mike McCabe; state firefighters president Mahlon Mitchell; corporate attorney Josh Pade; former state Rep. Kelda Roys; Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. Continue reading Primary election debate held for governor; scheduled for U.S. Senate

Gov. Walker discusses K-12 education issues

Editor’s Note: The role of the WASB during this election cycle will be to share information with our members relating to positions or statements by candidates relating to K-12 education issues.  The WASB does not endorse candidates for office.  The statements in the news articles referenced are those of the candidate(s) and the reporters who wrote the articles and not those of the WASB.

In an interview Monday, Gov. Scott Walker spoke about K-12 education issues heading into his campaign for reelection this fall.  He also stated his goal of having Wisconsin lead the nation in high school graduation rate. Continue reading Gov. Walker discusses K-12 education issues

Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues

Update: Andy Gronik & Dana Wachs have announced they are ending their campaigns after the release of the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Editor’s Note: The role of the WASB during this election cycle will be to share information with our members relating to positions or statements by candidates relating to K-12 education issues.  The WASB does not endorse candidates for office. The statements in the news articles referenced are those of the candidate(s) and the reporters who wrote the articles and not those of the WASB.

The Democrats running for governor have been discussing a variety of  K-12 issues at candidate forums and in response to media inquiries.  Ten Democrats are currently in the race and the winner of the August 14 primary will face incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker in November. Continue reading Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues