State Capitol Report


July 28, 2016

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District Events

Taste of Wisconsin

When: July 29-31 (Friday, July 29 from 3-11pm; Saturday, July 30 from 11am-11pm; Sunday, July 31 from 11am-7pm)

Where: Downtown Kenosha lakeshore (click HERE for directions and a map)


National Night Out

When: Tuesday, August 1 from 5-8pm

Where: Three Kenosha locations

**Boys And Girls Club, 1330 52nd Street, Kenosha

**Lincoln Park, 7010 22nd Avenue

**Wesley United Methodist Church, 4600 60th Street, Kenosha

What: Enjoy free family fun and learn about neighborhood watch programs and crime prevention in the community.

Sponsored by: Kenosha County, Kenosha Police Department, and Kenosha Wesley UMC.


Pike River Rendezvous

When: Saturday, August 6 from 9am-5pm; Sunday, August 7 from 9am-4pm

Where: Simmons Island Park, 50th Street & 4th Avenue

What: More than 350 reenactors in 150 camps will be encamped on Simmons Island. Talk with them about what life was like during the fur-trading era. See craft and trades demonstrations throughout the camp.


La Fiesta Mexicana

When: Saturday, August 6 from 9am-11pm

Where: Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Joint Park, 9614 Hwy-K in Franksville, Wisconsin

What: The event will be a traditional Mexican fiesta with great food, live bands and entertainment. New this year will be a Community Expo Hall from 11am-4pm

Tickets: Advance ticket price is $5 ($8 at the gate); $5 for children 6-12; and free for toddlers 5 and under.


Kenosha Branch NAACP & Kenosha Police Department: Discussions With Law Enforcement

When: Thursday, August 11 at 6:15pm

Where: Lincoln Park - Oberletti Center

What: Come hear about the efforts as well as the challenges law enforcement officers experience while serving and protecting our community.


Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets at Cheers

When: Saturday, August 13

Where: Cheers, 4619 8th Avenue, Kenosha

What: Beer, Food, 50/50 Raffle

**Poker Run, sign-in 9-11am

**Bikes Out at 11am, Back at 4pm

**Picnic 12-5pm with DJ Mr. Melody

**5:30pm Music by Kenosha's Own Full Circle and Donoma

Cost: $5 picnic and beer; $10 for Poker Run; $15 for a couple

Contact: 262-654-4304


Kenosha Zine Fest

When: Saturday, August 13 from 11am-4pm

Where: ArtWorks gallery, 5002 7th Ave., Kenosha, WI

What: Kenosha Zine Fest celebrates independent publishing and the artists and authors who create the booklets, buttons, posters and paraphenalia that make up the zine universe.

Cost: Admission is free.


Triple Dipper: Ice Cream, Music & Fun

When: Saturday, August 13 from 12-4pm

Where: Southport Light Station Museum, 5117 4th Avenue, Kenosha

What: We invite everyone to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the grounds of the light station. After your picnic lunch, enjoy an ice cream sundae and/or root beer float, available for purchase from our concession stand. Enjoy special entertainment throughout the afternoon, including a bounce tent for the kids.

**Please note that lighthouse climbers will be required to sign up for a time slot. Time slots are strictly limited.**

Cost: Free lighthouse climbs for Kenosha County residents; $5 for non-Kenosha County residents

HarborPark Jazz & Blues Festival

When: Saturday, August 20 from 1-5pm

Where: 5501 Ring Road, Kenosha

What: One of Kenosha's favorite music events returns with a powerful mix of New Orleans style Jazz, straight ahead Jazz and true hometown Chicago Style Blues.

Tickets: General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Texas Roadhouse VIP Lounge tickets are $85 each (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine). Ticket outlets: Kenosha Community Foundation (600 52nd St #110), Tenuta’s Deli (3203 52nd St.), Andrea’s (2401 60th St.), and Brat Stop Cheese Mart (12304 75th St.) or ONLINE.


Safe Harbor Humane Society "Walk For Paws" fundraiser

When: Sunday, August 21st from 2-5pm

Where: Anderson Park

Cost: $20/pet if registered ahead of time; $25/pet for day-of registration

**Click HERE to sign up.**


Grill Games

When: Friday, August 26 from 3-11pm & Saturday, August 27 from 10am-11pm

Where: HarborPark/Celebration Place, 56th Street & 1st Avenue, Kenosha

What: Live entertainment throughout the day, activities for the kids, beer garden, and a chance to taste some of the finest BBQ around.

**Proceeds benefit the youth scholarship foundations of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kenosha YMCA.

Cost: Free


Paws for the Cause

When: Sunday, August 28th from 1-6pm

Where: Kenosha Yacht Club

What: Fundraiser to benefit Kenosha Forgotten Friends

Tickets: $10 admission; $5 unlimited beer tickets available


Kenosha Classic Cruise-In

When: Saturday, September 3rd

**Rain Date: September 10th**

Where: Downtown Kenosha (Enter at 56th Street & 7th Ave)

What: Car show open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles; Featuring LIVE music by All The King's Men as well as pizza, brats, and hot dogs. Nearby businesses offer specials.Cost: FREE


14th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

When: Sunday, September 4th from 8am-4pm

Where: Simmons Island

What: Benefit for wounded warriors with 50-50 raffle, door prizes, personal military displays, military vehicles, face painting, raffle items, music, dunk tank.


ICYMI: One Step Closer To Re-Opening


You may have seen in the Kenosha News earlier this month that a bid was submitted to the City of Kenosha to fix the flooring at the Kenosha Dream Playground. Well, on Monday, the Kenosha Parks Commission voted unanimously to approve the bid, which comes from Bluemel's Inc. of Greenfield. The next step in the process is for the Kenosha City Council to vote on the bid.

This is exciting news, as it means the repair process can continue to move forward. Kenosha's Dream Playground is such an asset for children and families of all ages and abilities throughout our community. The sooner the repairs get made, the sooner people can begin using and enjoying the Dream Playground again.

I will continue to provide KDPP updates in my State Capitol Reports. You can also follow KDPP updates via the KDPP Facebook page.


Friends and Neighbors,


With the end of July upon us, this summer seems to be flying by. It has been great to see so many of you out and about throughout Kenosha. Summer is one of my favorite seasons to connect with friends and enjoy the wonderful community we live in. I've felt particularly fortunate to do so during a month when so many recent events have left folks feeling more divided than united.


As the summer continues, I hope you'll continue reaching out to me with your thoughts on the important issues facing our community. And I hope you'll send me a note, whether through my legislative website, email, Facebook, or of course via phone, to let me know about the events and conversations happening in your neighborhoods. Hearing your thoughts is a crucial part of my job, and I always look for new places and opportunities to connect with constituents.


As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or




Tod Ohnstad
State Representative
65th Assembly District



Rep. Ohnstad attended the CUSH (Congregations United to Serve Humanity) March for Peace & Healing on July 21 to join in honoring lost officers and people of color


Voter ID 'Safety Net' to be Implemented

For November 8th General Election 

On July 19th, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Wisconsin must allow voters without a photo ID to sign an affidavit swearing they are who they say they are. Wrote Judge Adelmanin his 44-page ruling, "[a]lthough most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one, a safety net is needed for those voters who cannot obtain qualifying ID with reasonable effort."


According to Judge Adelman's decision, the affidavit safety net will be in place for the November 8th general election, but not Wisconsin's August 9th primary election.


Rep. Ohnstad Receives 100% Rating

from Sierra Club for 2015-16 Session

Earlier today, I was honored to learn I received a 100% rating from the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club for my votes taken during the 2015-16 legislative session. According to the Sierra Club, this rating reflects how I voted on their priority issues of reducing climate change and protecting land and water resources in Wisconsin. I hear often from constituents on bills relating to Wisconsin's land, water, and air. I will continue to listen to my constituents, who have asked me time and time again to prioritize the environmental health of our state as I consider legislative proposals.


You can click HERE to view the legislative scorecard and find out more about the votes they considered.


Rep. Ohnstad attends JDog, LLC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the purchase of their new truck and trailer. JDog, LLC is a Veteran-owned and operated junk removal and hauling service that practices Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose.


Rep. Ohnstad Good Samaritan Law Getting Attention As Temperatures Rise

Last year, I was thrilled to get a bill signed into law which would provide protection to Good Samaritans who break into a parked car to save a child, vulnerable adult, or pet who is trapped a dangerously hot car. This year, the law has gotten attention again as temperatures have risen.


Here is some of the excellent coverage:

Once again, I want to thank the many people who helped get this bill signed into law. Thanks to Kenosha Alderman Rocco LaMacchia and the City Council, former Kenosha Chief of Police John Morrissey, Rep. Samantha Kerkman, Sens. Bob Wirch and Van Wanggaard, and others. This was a truly bipartisan effort.

Rep. Ohnstad Attends 4th Annual

Kenosha Pride March

Earlier this month, I was pleased to participate in the 4th Annual Kenosha Pride March. I have been able to attend all four and thinking back I would have never guessed at the first parade we would have made the advances in the courts to finally allow for all people to be able to marry the one they love. While this amazing progress is being made though, unfortunately the national Republican Party just adopted its most anti-LGBT platform ever, according to a leader of the Log Cabin Republicans. There is clearly still work to be done. I will continue advocating for LGBT individuals and families both in Kenosha and in Madison as your State Representative.


Kenosha County Fair Will Be August 17-21

A summer favorite for many folks is the Kenosha County Fair, which brings together friends and family to enjoy music, food, games, and exhibits. Whether you participate in 4-H, showcase a skill in the talent show, listen to live music, or have a talent for throwing bales of hay, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Kenosha County Fair.


Admission and parking information can be found HERE.  



Rep. Ohnstad attends and speaks at 1st Annual Stop Heroin in Kenosha Picnic


Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day Celebrated on Second Friday in July

With so many car shows taking place in Kenosha each summer, I thought I would highlight a new appreciation day which was added to Wisconsin's calendar this year. With the enrollment of 2015 Assembly Joint Resolution 79, the second Friday in July is now known as Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day in Wisconsin.


As we know so well in Kenosha, collecting, restoring, and preserving collector vehicles is something folks across the generations enjoy. Not only do thousands of Wisconsinites own collector vehicles - WisDOT issued more than 5,000 collector license plates in 2013 - classic and collector vehicle clubs have been established throughout Wisconsin, such as Kenosha's own Kenosha Car Club. The gatherings and "cruises" held by these clubs are fun for participants and also improve the business climate and economies in local communities.


I was pleased to vote in favor of 2015 AJR 79 and even more pleased Wisconsin will now recognize collector vehicles each July.




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