November 2021 E-Newsletter

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to my November E-newsletter. It is always an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh in Wisconsin’s State Capitol.

First, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. This update includes information related to legislative redistricting, first responders, and more.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254 or my email at Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Sincerely,

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Legislative Redistricting

Wisconsin’s current gerrymandered maps were drawn in 2011 behind closed doors and required members to sign secrecy oaths to conceal their intent to create as many safe, non-competitive Republican seats as possible. The 2011 maps, which set boundaries for Wisconsin's 132 legislative districts and eight congressional districts, preserved Republican control even in elections which Republicans won fewer votes than Democrats statewide. The recently passed legislative maps would bake in those rigged 2011 maps for another decade.

To maximize their partisan advantage, Republicans drew a minority of hugely lopsided Democratic districts (minimizing the impact of the Democratic vote) and a sizable majority of less lopsided but safe GOP seats. That leaves hardly any truly “purple” Assembly districts in this “purple” state. To accomplish this, Republicans moved nearly 2.4 million voters into new Assembly districts even though they needed to move only 320,000 to ensure the districts had balanced populations. In the November 6th 2018 election, only 5 of 99 Assembly races were decided by less than 5 points. Only two were decided by less than 3 points.” In 2008, there were 29 Assembly districts within 3 points (in either direction) of the statewide presidential vote. In other words, the vast majority of seats are either now much more Republican or much more Democratic than the state as a whole.

The purpose of elections is to ensure elected officials are responsive and to provide accountability to voters like you. Partisan gerrymandering manipulates our democracy, resulting in a distorted policy-making process disconnected from the issues important to the public. Wisconsin’s current maps were drawn to ensure Republican control of the legislature, no matter the circumstances. That has led to Republicans being insulated from the will of the people on important issues. If the only way to lose your seat is through a partisan primary, the accountability essential to a functioning democracy is lost. Starting from a politically gerrymandered map will ensure this continues.

In a purple, 50-50, battleground state like Wisconsin, where the difference in statewide elections often comes within a percentage point, a new fair map should include many competitive legislative districts.  Instead, more seats are drawn to be hyper partisan leaving fewer representatives closer to the middle in a 50%-50% state.

On October 28th, the proposed Republican maps (Senate Bill 621 and Senate Bill 622) were discussed at an over 8 hour long public hearing. Zero Wisconsin residents testified in favor of the Republican map. When Senate Bill 621 came to the Assembly floor for a vote by the full legislature, Assembly Republicans wasted time and tried to distract attention from their Gerrymander 2.0 by using political stunts and introducing an amendment they had no intention of allowing to pass. Ultimately, Republicans’ gerrymandered maps passed the Assembly 60-38 with Wisconsin Assembly Democrats united in voting against another ten years of an unfair partisan gerrymander. Senate Bill 621 and 622 were vetoed by Governor Tony Evers on November 18th. Moving forward, the redistricting process will likely continue in the judicial system. The outcome of this process is still uncertain at this time.

A functioning democracy putting the people first should be the goal in enacting new maps, and we know that competitive districts - not politically lopsided districts - are necessary for voters to be able hold their elected officials accountable. It is unfortunate but wholly unsurprising that Republicans have prioritized their own partisan advantage by doubling down on their 2011 gerrymander.


First Responder of the Year

On October 26th, I honored Oshkosh Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Rutter from the 54th Assembly District as our First Responder of the Year. This honor recognizes the culmination of his dedication to his profession, and contributions to the citizens of Oshkosh.

I commend Chief Rutter and all of the First Responder award recipients for their outstanding service to their communities and the state of Wisconsin.


Constituent Services and Blue Books

My staff and I are always ready and willing to help you. I encourage you to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. 

Here are a few materials I am happy to provide to constituents at no cost:

  1. New 2021-2022 Wisconsin Blue Book
  2. Wisconsin Road Map, laminated
  3. 2019-2020 Wisconsin Road Maps, folded for travel
  4. How a Bill Becomes a Law, a workbook guide to law-making in Wisconsin
  5. Wisconsin Assembly Coloring Books

To request any of these materials, reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254 or via email at Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov.


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Winnebago County

As Wisconsin works to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Wisconsinites, my office will continue to do its best to share information on how and where you or your family and friends can receive the vaccine. For a full list of vaccination opportunities in Winnebago County, please visit the Winnebago County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine informational website HERE. Wisconsinites can now call (844) 684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions.

 

The Sunnyview Expo Center regularly holds walk-in vaccination clinics. For more information and updates on when future vaccination rounds are announced, please click HERE. Any Winnebago County resident that has questions about the process may call the hotline at 920-232-3026.

 

The Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Tour brought to you by the Winnebago County Health Department holds vaccination clinics every Tuesday from 9:30 am - 12:30 am at the Oshkosh Public Library. For more information, please click HERE.

 

The Menasha Health Department holds vaccination clinics at the Menasha City Center Building in Menasha. For clinic information and online registration through the Menasha Health Department, please click HERE.

 

The Aurora Medical Center at 855 N Westhaven Drive schedules vaccines for everyone, including non-Aurora patients. For more information, please click HERE.

 

Walgreens, CVS, Walmarts, and Meijers also offer walk-in vaccinations.

 

There are other vaccination opportunities available in Winnebago County. These include Omro Pharmacy, Pick ‘n Save, and more.


Resources

 
 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Newsletter, please feel free to contact me.  


Rep. Hintz
State Capitol, Room #201 W
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 555-1234 or (608) 555-1234
Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov|