All content, of both the original Brookfield7.com and this blog, is written from my point of view and is my opinion. I believe it to be accurate at the time it is written. ~ Kyle Prast, Brookfield resident since 1986
Because State Senate Republicans are no longer dependent on their weakest link, Sen. DaleSchultz,they should be able to pass the streamlined mining approval bill. Ironically, now that passage seems inevitable, Democrat Senator Tim Cullen now invokes Thomas Jefferson's appeal for "broad support for sweeping change"! In Sunday's paper, Cullen made his plea for not ramming through legislation with a slim majority.
Cullen's plea, however, seems very out of character with Democrats' actions, both in state and in Washington. After all, didn't Cullen join with the other Democrat State Senators when the 14 fled the state to deny the Senate Republicans from having a quorum during the Act 10 battle? And though he flirted with leaving the Democrat caucus in July, 3 days later he rejoined them with a promise of chairing 2 newly created committees--one being Mining.
As for Democrats in the U.S. Senate, didn't Harry Reid tweak and torture Senate rules to pass Obamacare on the slimmest of majorities? Hardly following Thomas Jefferson's appeal for broad support for sweeping change! Cullen stood with both Obama and Tammy Baldwin in the last election, so I guess that shows how much Cullen really values Thomas Jefferson's words of wisdom.
Since the introduction of iron mining would be a great boon for all of Wisconsin, I would like to think Democrats could put partisanship aside and do what is best for the state. Keep in mind the mining bill includes environmental protections, and iron mining is akin to quarrying, which goes on all over our state, it is not toxic strip mining. And the 700 jobs? Those are promised to be 95% union jobs, certainly a boon to economically challenged northern Wisconsin.
No doubt a passed mining bill will end up tangled in the Madison courts, just as our passed Voter ID and Act 10 have. But at least we should be able to jump the first hurdle of passing the mining legislation. The court battle will have to be overcome another day*.
Thanksgiving recipe mainstays: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry raw relish, apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie
The following is a re-post of What's on your Thanksgiving menu? and recipes from a few years ago with a few additions. Recipe links are below.
The turkey is the star of our Thanksgiving table, if you ask my husband.
I like it too, but I don't have the same devotion to the bird that he
does. If I just made a BIG turkey, lots of mashed potatoes and gravy,
stuffing, fresh cranberry salad, and pie, my menfolk would consider the
But for my sister and I, it is the other things
that make the meal complete. We love tossed salad with homemade
vinaigrette dressing and a vegetable such as fresh green beans or fresh
broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with browned butter*. These are must haves in our book. (She usually brings the salad and veggies.)
In other words, we like vegetables that taste like
vegetables. No pistachio pudding/fruit salad or green bean casserole or
sweet potatoes with marshmallows for us. (If those items are on your
must have list, great. I just figure we consume enough calories at this
meal, I rather save my appetite and capacity for important things like
the main course and pie!) Sometimes I might serve pickled
beets or a sweet pickle of some sort to act like a taste-bud punctuation
Every family has their standbys and
favorites that make their Thanksgiving meal complete, and I would like
to hear about your traditions.
But let's not forget that whatever
is on our menu, Thanksgiving is a day to gather together with loved
ones and give thanks to God for his blessings.
Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives
Today, I must go finish up some shopping at the Elm Grove Sendiks. They are one of my last convenient sources for pasteurized
whipping cream (not ultra pasteurized) for the pumpkin and pecan pie. (Pick 'n Save used to carry the cream but don't anymore. Maybe that is one reason they fell
behind on the 2010 Brookfieldnow grocery store preference poll?) UPDATE: I was happy to find pasteurized whipping cream at Trader Joe's!
I stuff and roast the bird upside down for the complete cooking time. This makes the white
meat much more juicy. This method doesn't make for the best
presentation, but it does yield the best results for me. If presentation
is important, you can flip it during the roasting time after about 3
Mashed potatoes: Use Idaho or Russet potatoes. I usually figure on 2 potatoes per person, that way, I have plenty for the leftover meals that follow. About an hour and a quarter before you anticipate serving, peel the potatoes, rinse, and cut into 1 inch pieces. As you cut them up, drop them into a large kettle with plenty of cold water--to keep from darkening. (You can hold them like this until cooking time. Potatoes are a root vegetable, so you bring them to a boil, instead of dropping into boiling water. Some cooks like to add a small chopped onion and/or garlic to raw potatoes for added flavor.)
Start cooking at least 45 minutes before mealtime, add about 1 teaspoon salt to the water. Cover and put on high heat, until the potatoes come to a boil. (There should be ample water to cover potatoes and ample room in kettle to accommodate vigorous boiling.) Turn down heat to maintain a moderate boil--cook until tender--about 20-25 minutes. Test with a fork. The potato should easily yield to the fork. Take off heat. You can hold them in the hot water until you are ready to mash.
Drain the potatoes--remember to save the potato water for the gravy. Add about 1/3C of half and half or milk and put about 3T of butter into the bottom of the potato kettle. Let the butter melt before mashing. You can use a potato masher, ricer, or hand held mixer to mash. Add more milk/cream as needed to make a fluffy mashed potato--remember it is better to add cream little by little than to add too much! Taste and salt to taste. (I tend to be a low-salt cook, figuring the gravy is the real seasoning agent.) Once the potatoes reach the proper consistency, put them into a covered serving dish and set aside. Once the turkey comes out of oven, you can turn down the heat and keep the covered dish of mashed potatoes in oven until serving time.
Baked-in-their-skins yams are on the nice to have list. I just cut the ends off to let the steam out and toss on the oven
rack at 350 degrees until tender about 1 1/2 hours before serving time. If done early, take them out of oven and return to heat up before serving.
Homemade gravy: 1 C
flour, 1 C pan drippings, 8 C water. (Use your potato cooking water,
green bean water, and plain water to make 8C.) Soak the flour in some of
the water at least 1 hour before you make the gravy. After removing the
turkey, pour off the fat and save.
De-glaze the pan with about half
of the water, stirring constantly. Add the 1 C fat, then the flour and
remaining water to make the proper consistency. Salt as needed. Strain
Cranberries: Kyle's Fresh Cranberry Relish: A happy accident(I also make the cooked ones: 1 bag berries, 1 C water, 1 C sugar. Simmer until all berries are popped.) Make each the day before, but don't mix the raw relish until Thanksgiving morning.
You can make this days ahead. In a heavy sauce pan or small saute' pan, place butter, whatever amount
is desired, and put on low to medium heat. Butter will melt and as time
goes on, the milk solids in the butter will start to brown and the
mixture foams a bit. Watch it and stir it occasionally to prevent
burning. Brown until a medium brown. It will continue to brown a bit
after you remove it from the heat, so until you are experienced, err on
the side of underdone. You can always heat it more. It has a delicious
nutty flavor that goes well with vegetables.
Welcome Trader Joe's, just in time for Thanksgiving
The new Trader Joe's in Brookfield opened on Monday, Nov. 5th, and I breezed in after 7pm to find the parking lot jammed and the store packed. Guess people are excited to have another Trader Joe's in the area! And since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, customers will welcome their specialty foods, such as precooked turkey and turkey gravy. I understand their seasonal offerings are not to be missed.
Trader Joe's, known for good quality, healthy food at great prices, gives shoppers lots of choices. (I picked up a 12oz can of Dark Sumatra coffee today for $5.99. I'm interested in how it will stack up to my current favorite Sumatra from Alterra.)
But Trader Joe's also celebrates appointing their stores in a delightfully low-tech way. Their store signs are black boards with colorful chalk captions and prices. They don't have conveyor belts, but rather all wood check out stands. Bringing your own bag is encouraged, though they will give you one if you need. And when a cashier needs assistance, they ring their ship's bell!
Each store has its own unique design flavor, in fact, Trader Joe's loved the fact that the building site wasn't perfectly rectangular. Our Brookfield store features a bit of flower power and murals of local attractions such as the Dousman Inn on Pilgrim Road, the old train station at Brookfield Junction on Brookfield Road, Miller Park stadium and more.
Since I have been pushing for a Trader Joe's for years, even before it was
an option for Underwood Crossing, you can imagine my delight in
having this store within hiking distance of my house. I suspect I will still be using Aldi and the Elm Grove Sendik's for many purchases, but Trader Joe's will be a welcome addition to my favorite shopping spots.
Yesterday afternoon, talk show host Mark Belling talked about this, that the word was, Wisconsin would be joining with 19 other states opting out of creating their own exchanges.
The Governor's letter restates the dilemma: "No matter which option is chosen, Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents. If the state option is chosen; however, Wisconsinites face risk from a federal mandate lacking long-term guaranteed funding."
And if you called the Governor, you are mentioned in the letter: "...after much consideration and outreach with citizens across the state [that's you!], and in the best interest of the taxpayers of Wisconsin, we have determined Wisconsin will not develop a partnership or state-based exchange."
State Senator Leah Vukmir is on Vicki McKenna right now talking about this. I urge you to listen to the podcast when it becomes available: Hour 1, Part 1 11-16-12. Vukmir says there could be more states doing the same, and some Democrat governors have joined in the opt-out. She also mentioned a few mandates we would be spared from.
Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan are said to be setting up the exchanges, so if you are a mid-west business, where would you rather locate?
In a related issue, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius just announced she is "granting them [governors] an extension to Dec. 14 on the decision." Hmm, I wonder why she is doing that? I am sure they are hoping to peel off a few of those 20 resistant governors.
The 10th Amendment might be finally getting its day in the sun: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States,
respectively, or to the people."
Here is another thought: If a state spends its own taxpayer money to fund their own exchange, aren't we still required to pay our federal taxes, a portion of which go to funding the federal health care exchanges? It's a variation of spreading the wealth around in my opinion. In effect, it would mean states with exchanges are paying twice.
If the 20 states stay united, thus not funding the government mandate,
where is the federal government going to get the money to fund their
mandate? (Republicans hold the majority in the House, where all funding
I am sure we will know more as time goes on, but at least we have dodged
this first bullet. And taking a page from the Democrats, any measure to
slow down the process is progress. This push-back could lead to more.
Gov. Walker, please, no exchange, take backdoor to escape ObamaCare
In the wake of Tuesday's election results, the grim realization that we are not going to be able to escape ObamaCare started to sink in. But Vicki McKenna floated the idea last week that there was a backdoor way to prevent ObamaCare from taking root in Wisconsin--don't set up the state-run exchange.
Also last week, National Review posted an article by the CATO Institute informing us that Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable.The Obama "administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November
16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare's health-insurance 'exchanges.' States also have to decide whether to implement the law's
massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions
remains a resounding no." (My emphasis) Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of time to think about this.
So we need to act fast by contacting Governor Walker and our State Legislators, asking them to NOT set up these ObamaCare health-insurance exchanges. Calling has more impact than email and please be polite. I emailed last night, "I urge you to stand against creating a Wisconsin ObamaCare health
insurance exchange. It is our only hope of sparing us from the
oppression and expense of ObamaCare. Please stand with all of us who stood by you. Sincerely..."
Look up your legislators here: AssemblySenate
I also called my State Senator Leah Vukmir (608) 266-2512. Her aid said she is against setting up the exchanges, but call her anyway. Your calls supporting her stance are very important. Email: Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov
Assembly Representatives: Paul Farrow(608) 266-5120Email: Rep.Farrow@legis.wi.gov,Dale Kooyenga(608) 266-9180 Email: Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wi.govRob Hutton(Takes office in 2013, but you can share your opinion anyway.) (414) 380-9665 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to your calls, 20 Wisconsin Tea Party groups sent an open letter to Governor Scott Walker, urging him to declare "NO!" in regard to creating a Wisconsin Obamacare exchange.
Why not create the exchange? Michael Cannon at CATO writes, "State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less
protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a
federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and
risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob
McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision."
The article lists 12 reasons to reject creating ObamaCare exchanges taken from CATO:
1. states are under no obligation to create one.
2. operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states...who enacted either statutes or amendments forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function...
3. each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.
4. the November 16 deadline is no more real than the "deadlines" for
implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.
5. states can always create an exchange later if they choose.
6. a state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington.
7. Congress authorized no funds for federal "fallback" exchanges. So
Washington may not be able to impose Exchanges on states at all.
8. the Obama administration has yet to provide crucial information that states need before they can make an informed decision.
9. creating an exchange sets state officials up to take the blame when
Obamacare increases insurance premiums and denies care to the sick...
10. creating an exchange would be assisting in the creation of a "public option" that would drive domestic health-insurance carriers out of business through unfair competition.
11. Obamacare remains unpopular. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 38 percent of the public supports it.
12. defaulting to a federal exchange exempts a state's employers from the employer mandate — a tax of $2,000 per worker per year...
"Finally, rejecting an exchange reduces the federal deficit. Obamacare
offers its deficit-financed subsidies to private health insurers only
through state-created exchanges. If all states declined, federal deficits would fall by roughly $700 billion over ten years."
Exit polls revealed the majority of voters, even including those who voted for President Obama, are against ObamaCare, "Forty-nine percent of voters said they think the 2010 law should be
either fully [26%] or partially repealed [23%], compared with 44 percent...[who support] "Those numbers come amid a growing belief that government is overstepping
its role: the exit polls found that 53 percent of those surveyed said
the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and
individuals - a figure that’s risen 10 points since the 2008 election."
So this is our last stand against ObamaCare. Let's take it. Make those calls.
An Open Letter to Governor Scott Walker: No Obamacare Exchange
An Open Letter to Governor Scott Walker
Hand delivered, November 12th, 2012
Last January, Wisconsinites cheered when you sent back to the federal government a $38 million Early Innovator Grant that had bound the State of Wisconsin to establish an Obamacare exchange, along with an additional $11 million intended for integration of the state’s Medicaid system into that planned exchange.
We weren’t the only ones.
You earned the respect and gratitude of citizens across the United States and garnered the status of national hero for your principled courage in telling the Federal Department of Health and Human Services that Wisconsin would not move ahead with an exchange that compromised, in numerous respects, our state and its people. It made us want to fight that much harder to get you through the recall debacle and keep you in office.
Moreover, your actions provided valuable impetus to other state governments in standing against federal overreach, protecting their own sovereignty, and continuing to guarantee the liberty of their own citizens. Unquestionably, our nation would be far better off had the states not forgotten these clear duties for so long. Fortunately, with the help of leaders such as yourself, they have started to remember them.
Today, in the struggle against Obamacare, we have reached an even more critical juncture than that of last January. Wisconsin must remain in the vanguard of states declaring “NO!” and moving toward nullification.
The numbers alone demonstrate that there is no good reason to comply. The unfunded liabilities that an Obamacare exchange would force Wisconsin to absorb – estimated between $70 and $100 million dollars per year for our state – along with the costs to business, together quickly cancel out any and all of the gains you have thus far achieved via Act 10 and other economic steps taken over the past two years. The blow to businesses and families would be devastating in an already bleak economy.
Worse still, it would obliterate the constitutional liberties that you, as governor, are sworn to uphold and defend. If the sovereignty of the State of Wisconsin is sacrificed, the personal liberty of every single one of its citizens will likewise disappear. Such an outcome is unthinkable. It must not be permitted.
Wisconsin must stand.
As a significant and highly active portion of your base, we have defended you tirelessly through all of the battles of the last year and a half. We also came to the aid of legislators who stood with you on Act 10. We have done right by you. We now urge you to once again do right by us.
You are unquestionably being pressured by powerful lobbying firms and by the federal government alike as you make this decision. Undoubtedly, you face great temptation to take the path of least resistance. This is the moment of truth. What will you do?
The sovereignty of this state and the personal liberty of every single Wisconsinite is at stake – including the lives of the unborn, on whose behalf you have, to date, always advocated. No other considerations can compare to life and liberty.
As noted, a yes to Obamacare is not an option. We will not accept it. We are therefore waiting for you to issue an unequivocal, “NO!” When you do, we expect all Republican state legislators to stand with you, as will we.
Sincerely, the Undersigned:
Kim Mork Beloit Patriots Beloit, WI
Brian Garrow The Group Appleton, WI
Jayne Gohr Mayville TEA Party Mayville, WI
Joanne Terry Ozaukee Patriots Mequon, WI
Jeff Horn Prairie Patriots Sun Prairie, WI
Georgia Janisch Rock County Voter Education Forum Janesville, WI
Dan Horvatin Rock River Patriots Fort Atkinson, WI
John Meegan Sauk County Tea Party Baraboo, WI
Oriannah Paul Sheboygan Liberty
Coalition Sheboygan, WI
Paul Lembrick Southern Wisconsin Alliance of Taxpayers Janesville, WI
Paul Bruno Tea Party Perspective Racine, WI
Charles Brey United in Freedom Beaver Dam, WI
Meg Ellefson Wausau TEA Party Wausau, WI
Kirsten Lombard The Wisconsin 9/12 Project Madison, WI
Seth Cowan Wolf River Area Patriots New London, WI
Ed Perkins and John Pierce Fox Valley Initiative Appleton, WI
James Murphy Green Bay Tea Party Green Bay, WI
Ed Willing Founders Intent Caledonia, WI
Greg Luce La Crosse Tea Party La Crosse, WI
Darin Danelski Lake Country Area Defenders of Liberty Oconomowoc, WI
Creation Science Seminar: 'Answers Conference', November 16, 17, 2012, Brookfield, WI
Ever wonder if the book of Genesis is relevant today? What about dinosaurs, did they ever live with man? Is the earth really millions of years old or is it young? Does the rock and fossil record back up either claim? Have they ever found the remains of an apeman, or can we really believe there was an Adam as the Bible teaches?
If you do ever wonder about these things, you are not alone. These questions trouble many Christians today.
Dr. Terry Mortenson and Tim Chaffey, two well known Creation Science speakers from Answers in Genesis, will address these questions and more at the Using God's Word for the World's Questions ANSWERS CONFERENCE, this Friday evening, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. They will teach a biblical and scientific defense for the Christian faith and give new insights into our past.
The two-day Answers Conference is sponsored by the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee and Brookside Baptist Church. It is designed to equip Christians with the facts necessary to defend the foundational truth of the Genesis account in the Bible. It will also show that the basis for evolution is not founded in rocks and fossils but rather in an anti-biblical worldview.
The conference is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be taken. All sessions will take place at Brookside Baptist
Church, 4470 N. Pilgrim Rd., Brookfield, Wisconsin. Get Directions
6:30 PMTim Chaffey – Is Genesis Relevant in
7:45 PMDr. Terry Mortenson – Dinosaurs: Have
You Been Brainwashed?
Saturday, November 17
9:30 AMDr. Terry Mortenson – Millions of Years:
Where Did the Idea Come From?
10:45 AM Dr. Terry Mortenson – Noah’s Flood:
Washing Away Millions of Years
Break for lunch on your own
1:00 PM Tim Chaffey – Demolishing Supposed
2:15 PM Dr.
Terry Mortenson – Ape-men , Adam & the Gospel (followed by Q&A)
Dr. TerryMortenson is a theologian, historian of geology, and author for Answers
in Genesis (AiG). With a PhD in history of geology from the University of Coventry
Dr. Mortenson has been studying and speaking on the creation-evolution
controversy in 21 countries since the late 1970s. Many of his popular lectures
have been produced as DVDs and TV programs. He also holds a Master of Divinity
degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School in Deerfield, IL. Like many creationists, Mortenson grew up in an education
system that taught evolution as fact. He began to see the fallacy of the idea
of millions of years of evolution in his early college years.
holds a B.S. and two M.A. degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies.Chaffey is the founder and director of
Midwest Apologetics, a ministry dedicated to defending the word of God from the
beginning to the end. He is an apologist with a passion for training young
people; he speaks regularly at AiG’s Creation
Museum, camps, schools,
and churches. Chaffey specializes in the Creation vs. Evolution controversy,
which led him to write his first book, Old-Earth
Creationism on Trial: The Verdict Is In (co-authored with Jason Lisle,
Ph.D. in Astrophysics.)
In addition to conducting about 250 conferences such as this
one each year, Answers in Genesis founded the high-tech CreationMuseum in Kentucky, which opened to international
acclaim in 2007.
Its outreaches also include an award-winning web site, Answers magazine and the
Answers radio program.
Answers in Genesis is currently embarking on a new
project called Ark Encounter, which will include full-scale replicas of Noah’s
Ark (including a zoo), the Tower of Babel, a pre-flood Walled City and more.
Hoping, praying for a Chick-fil-A kind of election day
In 2010, JT Harris
asked the crowd of about 150 people waiting to see US Senate candidate
Ron Johnson at the Waukesha County Republican Headquarters, How many of you are asking God for one more chance to turn this around? My hand shot up as did most in the room.
At the time, we had no idea how that 2010 midterm election would change the course of our state and nation. Nor did we have any idea how much worse things would get in the 2 years that followed.
Who could have envisioned our national debt hitting $16 trillion? Or unemployment never falling below where we started in 2009? Who could have predicted President Obama disregarding the 1st Amendment with his attack on Catholic hospitals? Or the Dream Act immigration reform by fiat? And the list goes on and on. The election hasn't even concluded and the President is killing off the coal industry through the EPA. A ban on fracking for oil won't be far behind. No legislation, just regulation.
So as the polls report Romney is ahead--no, it's Obama, I'm praying it will be a Chick-fil-A kind of election day.
Remember back in August, how people stood in lines that wrapped around the block, just to buy a sandwich to show support for Chick-fil-A? The fast food company's CEO had made a statement against gay marriage and was suffering some backlash for it. So Mike Huckabee cooked up a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to affirm a business that operates on Christian principles, by eating at the restaurant. And appreciate they did! Some customers that day were gay but joined in because they believed in free speech. The public had finally had enough, and they voted with their pocketbook to show support, with record breaking sales and crowds.
Well, I'm hoping for much the same in voter turnout for Romney and other conservative candidates today. I'm praying for an election day where voters, in record numbers, go to the polls and vote for the founding values our country was built upon.
People are praying about this election, and its not just superficial. There is a sense of urgency here. Two friends of mine each emailed me how they were praying about the election. (Neither know each other and we are of different faiths.) One wrote, "I'm praying a couple of times a day (yes, me!) that America find a clear path to Her future Tuesday." Another emailed, "I voted early for him - now I've got everything crossed & praying daily (hourly!). Here's hoping!"
By 10 PM Tuesday, we should have some idea which way the election will go. It has been a long 4 years.
In person absentee voting is over in Wisconsin, so this Tuesday, the big "E" day* is it! It's the day we can return the United States to its Constitutional roots. Voter turnout is key, so disregard the latest polling data, which is often very skewed (CNN called it a tie but used D+11 to get there. In 2008 it was D+7 !) Just go vote Republican to preserve liberty.
This year, depending on where you live, you may need to vote for the same person in 2 different races on the ballot: Residents in Congressman Paul Ryan's Congressional
District 1, MUST remember to vote Ryan for Congress IN ADDITION to
voting for the Romney/Ryan Presidential ticket. If you fail to remember,
the Democrat Congressman could win and Republicans will lose the seat.
Same situation for Wisconsin State Assembly District residents in Paul Farrow's District 98 and Chris Kapenga's District 99. Constituents must vote for them in TWO places on their ballots:Once in the Assembly race and again in the 33rdWisconsin State Senate District Primary. If you forget to vote for Farrow or Kapenga in their Assembly races, the opposing Democrat candidates could prevail.
Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. If you aren't in line at 8pm, you
will not be allowed to vote. Listed below are my picks for the major
races on Brookfield's and neighboring areas Nov. 6, 2012 Presidential & General Election ballot. Being the conservative I am, I am
voting for the Republican in all races, because we don't belong to the
government as Democrats declared at their convention, the government belongs to us! However, you must vote for
each individual candidate, because Wisconsin no longer offers a straight
party ticket choice.
So here it goes, from the major races to the more specific in our area of the state, in the same order they appear on your ballot. Each race and candidate name will be in bold, so you can easily scroll down and find them, with candidate websites and pertinent links below.
However, before you scroll down the page to find your specific district races, Waukesha County voters should know the only contested county government race on their ballot is WAUKESHA COUNTY CLERK. Kathleen Novack the Republican is running against a Democrat. This
might seem like an unimportant race, but as anyone involved with
election observing, poll watching, or observing recountsknows, we need a
Republican in this position! Vote Novack.
CONGRESSIONAL - DISTRICT 1: Paul Ryan (Republican)
In addition to voting for the Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan ticket for President, residents in District 1 will vote for Ryan in the Congressional race. This is because Paul Ryan was picked by Mitt Romney for Vice President, and Wisconsin's Favorite Son Rule allows him to be on the ballot twice. If the Romney/Ryan ticket prevails, there will be a special election next year to fill his seat. District 1 includes parts of New Berlin, and fans out from there to cover the southeastern corner of the state. Paul Ryan House Website Paul Ryan for U.S. Congress
CONGRESSIONAL - DISTRICT 4: Dan Sebring (Republican) Vote Dan Sebring so"In November we can say, 'No Moore'!" District 4 has been redistrictedto now includeBayside, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Glendale, Brown Deer, most of Milwaukee, and south along the shoreline to South Milwaukee. People I know in these areas are livid that they lost Jim Sensenbrenner and now have Gwen Moore as their representative.
Republican Dan Sebring hopes to change that with his candidacy. He says, "You have a choice of whether you would like to embrace my opponent’s collectivist vision that “it takes a village” and you need government assistance in order to succeed, or my vision that you, the individual should be making decisions that determine your own destiny, without government interference." Sebring is endorsed by 4 Pro-life groups, Senators Alberta Darling and Leah Vukmir, among many others. Check out his issues page. He has pledged to oppose any debt limit increases unless Congress adopts Cut, Cap, and Balance.
CONGRESSIONAL - DISTRICT 5 - REPUBLICAN- F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.
Jim Sensenbrenner is running unopposed, but he still gets my support.
STATE SENATE - Wisconsin needs to regain its majority here
STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 4: David D King (Independent)
Independent David King is running for State Senate against Democrat Lena Taylor in the 4th district. He would be a welcome change! Certainly more favorable to job creating, pro-family, and pro-business legislation. David King for State Senate Senate District 4 map includes Assembly Districts 10, 11, 12
STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 18: Rick Gudex (Republican) Sen. Leah Vukmir alerted me to Rick Gudex, a pro-jobs, fiscal conservative. He is in the Fond du Lac area running against the incumbent Democrat, who won in the 2011 recall election against Republican Randy Hopper. I would love to see this district return to the Republican column. We need to gain a healthy majority in the State Senate if we want to see good for Wisconsin legislation passed such as the mining bill. Don't forget voter ID and Act 10 are mired down in the Dane County Judicial snare. Rick Gudex for Senate Senate District 18 mapincludes Assembly Districts 12, 13, 14 STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 20: Glenn Grothman (Republican)
Grothman is a solid conservative in the West Bend area.
STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 33:Vacant Seat - Primary election in District 33 between Republican Assembly Representatives Paul Farrow and Christ Kapenga.
Former State Senator Rich Zipperer resigned his Senate seat to join
Governor Walker's administration as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior
Legal Counsel to the Governor. Residents of the 33rd Senate District will choose between Farrow and Kapenga, who presently each serve in Wisconsin's Assembly (If I lived in the 33rd, I would be hard pressed to choose between them.)
Chris Kapengais a CPA and business owner, who states he's pro jobs, pro business, pro life, for limited government. Paul Farrowplatform is much the same. He is endorsed by Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Sen. Leah Vukmir, and a host of others. Senate District 33 map includes Assembly Districts 97, 98, 99 - Hartford, Lisbon, Pewaukee, west Brookfield, Waukesha areas.
WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 13: Rob Hutton (Republican)
This is an open seat due to redistricting, so there is no incumbent. However, Brookfield native Rob Hutton does have a very liberal Democrat opponent from Wauwatosa, who signed the recall, failed in bid for mayor, and is adamantly against voucher schools.
The new new district now includes
southern Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Milwaukee. In
Brookfield, it combined the southern half of the former 98th and former
14th Districts. I was not too pleased when I was redistricted out of
the 14th Assembly District, because it meant losing my Rep. Dale
Kooyenga. But Conservative businessman Rob Hutton will be a very worthy
ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 14: Dale Kooyenga (Republican Incumbent)
Dale Kooyenga, served in Iraq, now is a Captain in US Army Reserve. He brings his CPA skills and small business experience to Madison. Kooyenga was my former representative prior to redistricting. He now represents northern Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and a small portion of Milwaukee. "On a daily basis I am working for fiscal accountability, freedom and liberty (e.g. free market principles) and for an overall strong Wisconsin."
ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 15:Joe Sanfelippo (Republican)
Joe Sanfelippo, a voice of sanity on the Milwaukee County Board, states he is running for Wisconsin Assembly District 15 "To protect the future for our kids by building on the progress we have made so far." This is an open seat. He is endorsed by State Reps Kuglitsch, Craig, Knodl, Voss, Honadel, and Kooyenga.