There is nothing
more un-American than being investigated, interrogated
and intimidated because you have exercised your First
Amendment Rights by engaging in the political process.
Add to that the prospect of being denied legal counsel
and therefore the ability to defend yourself and you’re
living a real nightmare, not behind the iron curtain or
some small third world dictatorship but right here in
Wisconsin. I placed my vote for political freedom. I
voted for reform.
Since its debut in
2007, the GAB has failed to regularly audit the voter
rolls to remove any felons, failed to audit electronic
voting equipment, and regularly failed to promulgate
rules as statutorily required. They followed no formal
procedure for processing complaints brought to the board
and the board's staff regularly went outside the
approved fee schedule when assigning fines. In short,
the entity that was in place to uphold our laws, broke
more laws than they enforced. I find that to be
indefensible. I voted to restore fairness, common sense
and integrity to Wisconsin’s elections.
Campaign Finance Laws:
campaign laws that were written decades ago are clearly
in need of several substantial changes. Even the
Journal Sentinel has referred to Wisconsin’s campaign
laws as ‘Zombie laws’. There have been numerous court
cases including Wisconsin right to Life (WRTL)
and Citizen’s United that have found that
existing Wisconsin laws violated First Amendment Rights.
There are three major aspects of the Campaign Finance
Government has no
right to limit issue advocacy.
We must have a
clear definition of what constitutes coordination.
limits have been in place since 1973 when gas was 55
cents a gallon and the minimum wage was $1.60. It is
time to increase the limits.
These changes will
be good for Wisconsin and the integrity of our
elections. We should embrace more political free speech,
not discourage it.
Wisconsin is at a 14 Year Low:
Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in September 2015, its
lowest point since April 2001, is down from 4.5 percent in
August 2015. The 4.3 percent rate is below the national
unemployment rate of 5.1 percent for the month and below
the state's rate of 5.3 percent in September 2014. The
state's September rate is the lowest for the month since
September 2000, when the rate was 3.7 percent.
Additionally, the state's labor force participation rate
of 67.4 percent in September outpaced the national rate
of 62.4 percent.
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Wisconsin: Leading the Way Forward!