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Special Election for State Legislature Next Tuesday, Jan. 16

The special election for three seats in the state legislature, one state Senate seat and two state Assembly seats, is happening next Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Here are the seats and candidates that are vying for them:

State Senate District 10 – Parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties

Dem: Patty Schachnter is the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset School Board member from the town of Star Prairie.

GOP: Adam Jarchow has been in the state Assembly since  2014 representing the 28th Assembly District and is an attorney from Balsam Lake. Continue reading Special Election for State Legislature Next Tuesday, Jan. 16

Special Election Primary Results

Results are in for the primary special election held on Tuesday, December 19 to fill vacant seats in the state legislature.  The general special election is scheduled to follow on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

State Senate District 10 – Parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties

GOP: State Rep. Adam Jarchow (Balsam Lake, pictured) defeated state Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (River Falls). Continue reading Special Election Primary Results

Senator Stroebel Appointed to Powerful Budget-Writing Committee

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced he is appointing Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) to the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.  Stroebel will replace Sheila Harsdorf who resigned her Senate seat to become Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  Her open state Senate seat will be filled in a special election in January.

Sen. Stroebel released a statement that reads in part: Continue reading Senator Stroebel Appointed to Powerful Budget-Writing Committee

Special Elections Set for State Legislature

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

Senator Sheila Harsdorf Appointed New DATCP Secretary

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.

From Wispolitics.com:

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

School Districts Represented by GOP Members of Joint Finance Committee

jfc-1Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) will return as the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), the powerful state budget-writing committee. Two new committee members, Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah, were appointed to replace retiring Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) while Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) was removed from the committee.

See the full list below, along with the school districts each represents.  If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a great position to have the ear of legislators who are very influential in the development of the state budget: Continue reading School Districts Represented by GOP Members of Joint Finance Committee

Lawmakers Discuss School Funding Formula/Revenue Limits

West-­central Wisconsin legislators discussed school funding issues at a breakfast Friday sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Several legislators who attended the panel held at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Business Education Center agreed that the school funding formula needs an overhaul.

Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) questioned the viability of the revenue limits established in the 1993-94 school year, which limit the amount a district can raise from state aid and local levies and have led to an increase in school referenda to exceed the limits.

“Is that what we really want to do?” he asked. “Keep school districts locally in some kind of a straight jacket that rewards those who were not frugal in the 1980s and ’90s and does the opposite for those who were not spending a lot? That’s what happens.” Continue reading Lawmakers Discuss School Funding Formula/Revenue Limits