State Capitol Report


December 6, 2018

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Upcoming Events

Santa at the Rhode

When: Sunday, December 2nd and 9th, 12 to 3PM
Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140

Cost: FREE


Christmas at Kemper

November 26 – January 13: Durkee Mansion Open House at Kemper Center, 6501 3rd Ave. “Woodland Birds & Berries” is the theme this year. The historic mansion is beautifully decorated for the period in celebration of Christmas. The former home of Senator Charles Durkee was built in the 1860’s and is decorated for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers. Free admission.


Dec. 9-10: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Dec. 16-17: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 22-23: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 29-30: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Jan. 6-7: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Jan. 13-14: 1:30 – 4 p.m


12th Annual Working Artist Holiday Sale

When: December 9th, 2018 10AM to 4PM

Where: Kenosha Union Club, 3030 39th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144

What: The 12th Annual Working Artist Holiday Sale will be held at the Kenosha Union Club. Formerly held at the Historic Southport Beach House, the sale features items such as ceramics, drawings, fibers, gourds, glass, hand-bound books, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, soap, wood and much more. Admission is free and there is ample parking.


A Kenosha Pops Christmas

When: December 15, 2018, 7:00PM
Where: Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive

Kenosha, WI 53140

Cost: FREE


Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Celebrate the Solstice

Where: Richard Bong State Recreation Area

When: December 21, 2018, 6:30PM—7:30PM

What: Enjoy a natural celebration at this busy time of year.  Learn how others have celebrated the return of the sun then hike and do some of your own celebrating.  Entire event is held outdoors, please dress accordingly.  Meet at the Amphitheater. 


Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available.


New Year’s Eve Celebration at the YMCA

Where: Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd St. Kenosha, WI 53144

When: December 31st, 2018, 7 to 10 PM

What: Join the Kenosha YMCA for a night of activities to ring in the new year!

*All events take place 7-9:45pm, unless otherwise noted Individual: $10 & Family: $20


Friends and Neighbors,

As the year comes to a close, I want to encourage folks to reflect upon everything that has gone on in our state over the last twelve months and to look forward to everything coming up in 2019.

I am honored to continue serving the people of Kenosha in the State Assembly for another term. I will continue to listen, work hard, and do my very best to represent your needs and interests in the 2019-20 legislative session.

You may have noticed we have not put out an email for a few months. This is because of the “Rule of 49”, which prohibits us from communicating from our office prior to election. Now that this has passed, we will back to a more regular schedule.

I am eager to get to work offering legislation that addresses the issues you feel are most important. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all the best in the New Year,

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


Lame Duck Special Session

In the wake of the midterm election results last month, we took up a number of bills drafted by Legislative Republicans to rig the legislative process to their advantage. It’s disappointing my colleagues across the aisle, would bypass the opportunity to work with our new Governor-elect on real, bipartisan solutions, and move straight towards petty attempts at limiting his executive authority.

By preventing Governor-elect Evers’ from using the full extent of his executive powers, Legislative Republicans are using their power grab to negatively impact many of the state agencies and their programs. State agencies will not be able to operate their programs and services freely, many of which are offered to constituents across the state.

Republicans are also willing to subvert the system of checks and balances in our state by gutting Attorney General-elect, Josh Kaul, from his responsibilities. In doing so, Republicans would appoint their own special counsel, at the expense of taxpayers, for legal matters, as well as blocking Evers and Kaul from pulling Wisconsin out of the federal lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act

Despite opposition from the public, it seems Republicans would rather serve themselves than the people of Wisconsin. I hope you will continue to stay engaged in our political process and the important decisions that will be facing our state in the coming months.