State Capitol Report


January 18th, 2019 

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Upcoming Events

Kenosha Kindness Week Events

When: Friday January 18th-Sunday January 26th, 2019


Friday, January 18th, 2019 

“King Cotton” a Presentation for Adults 

When: 12 p.m., Friday January 18th, 2019

Where: Civil War Museum — 5400 First Ave. 

What: Free and open to the public. Contact: Nancy Mathews at or 262-653-4426


Friday, January 19th, 2019

Kenosha’s Annual Community Unity Breakfast

When: Saturday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road

What: Free and open to the public. Donations are kindly welcome. Doors Open at 8 a.m. Contact: Stacy Busby at or 262-359-6172.


Book Discussion “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Where: Northside Public Library, 1500 27th Ave. Kenosha, WI 53140

What: Free and open to the public. Contact: Jennifer Meixelsperger at or 262-564-6159.


Monday, January 20th, 2019

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

When: Monday, January 21st 2019 at 12PM (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Gateway Technical College — Madrigrano Auditorium, 3320 30th Ave.

What: Theme: “One Voice Many Stories.” Guest Speaker: Gregg Riley. Free and open to the public. Contact: Jacqueline Morris at or 262-564-3032.


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

“Courageous Conversation” sponsored by the Coalition for Dismantling Racism

When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Where: Civil War Museum — 5400 First Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140

What: Free and open to the public. Contact: Nancy Mathews at or 262-653-4426.


Wednesday, January 23rd

Congregations United to Serve Humanity Amazing Faiths Dinner 

When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 6:00PM

Where: American Albanian Islamic Center, 6001 88th Ave. 

What: Free with reservation. RSVP by Jan. 12 to the Rev. Erik Carlson at


Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Kindness Week screening of the film “The Hate U Give”

When: Thursday, January 24th, 2019 with Discussion will follow 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southwest Public Library (Activities Room), 7979 38th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142

What: Free and open to the public. Contact: Jennifer Meixelsperger at or 262-564-6159.


Poor People’s Campaign (WPPC) — A National Call for Moral Revival

When: Thursday, January 24th 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St, Kenosha, WI 53140

What: Presentation and discussion on systemic racism and poverty. Free and open to the public. Contact: Yolanda Adams at or 262-705-4734.


Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

Gateway Technical College and United Way Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 

When: Friday, January 25th, 2019. 8 a.m. to noon,

Where: Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Gateway Technical College campuses 

What: Registration is necessary. Visit: or contact: Madeline Carrera at or 262-564-3138.


Saturday, January 26th, 2019

UAW Local 72 Civil and Human Rights Committee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program and Dinner

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: UAW Local 72, 3615 Washington Road. 

What: Theme: “Give Us the Ballot.” Speaker: Mandela Barnes, lieutenant governor-elect, followed by program and dance. Admission: Adults — $20/Children younger than 12 — $10. Contact: Anthony Davis 262-948-3381.


Safe Harbor Spay-ghetti Dinner
When: Sunday, January 27, 2019
12-6 PM

Where: Kenosha Moose Lodge (3003 30th Ave) 
What: Safe Harbor is proud to host our Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner on Sunday, January 27 at the Kenosha Moose Lodge. As usual there will be games, raffles, and an all you can eat dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, italian bread, and dessert. Join us for this beloved family event and help support the animals at Safe Harbor Humane Society! 


Kenosha Band-o-Rama 

When: Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3

Where: Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St.

What: The Kenosha Unified School District’s 62nd annual Band-O-Rama will be Feb. 2-3.

This event will showcase more than 1,800 students from Unified’s elementary, middle, high and charter schools. Tickets are available online at

All seats are reserved, and patrons can choose between the fieldhouse performance venue ($10 for sdults, $8 for students/staff/seniors) or live-feed video auditorium seating ($4).

Both the Saturday and Sunday performances will be streamed live on Channel 20 and Unified’s YouTube stream.


30th African American Read-In 

When: Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 1PM to 3PM

Where: Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave

Kenosha, WI 53140


What: Enjoy short readings authored by African Americans and read by youth, adults and local community leaders. Selections may include poetry, short stories, plays, or other literary works. This year, experience storyteller Alice Collins as we continue “Celebrating African American Literature.”


Friends and Neighbors,

I'd like to officially welcome you all to the 2019-2020 legislative session. Business in the state capitol officially kicked off on January 7th. Much like last session, I plan to send out my State Capitol Report once a month.

I hope you will find it filled with information about what is happening in the State Capitol, as well as what's going on locally in Kenosha. If you have information you'd like me to share in future State Capitol Reports or if you have issues you'd like to see brought up, please let me know.  

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

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 Assembly members taking their oaths of public office, photographed by Joe Joe Koshollek


2019—2020 Legislative Session

The first few weeks of the 2019—2020 legislative session have been filled to the brim with activity. I have always been humbled and honored on each Inauguration Day but, this year was extra special as it coincided with Tony Evers being sworn in to serve as our new Governor. Along with the swearing in of Mandela Barnes as Lieutenant Governor, Josh Kaul as Attorney General, Sarah Godlewski as State Treasurer and Doug La Follette as Secretary of State, the Ceremony was very moving.

As I took my oath of office that day, I was particularly mindful of the challenges facing Wisconsin’s middle class and those working hard to get there. In my second term in the Assembly, I will continue to fight hard to create family-supporting jobs and a fair economy for all.

Committee appointments have now been finalized. I will be the ranking Democratic member of the Jobs & Economy Committee and will also serve on the Labor and Integrated Employment, State Affairs, Ways and Means and Workforce Development committees and look forward to advocating for economic justice on all of them.


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 Rep. Ohnstad signing the member registry for Members of the Assembly, photographed by Joe Joe Koshollek

Committee Meetings

I had my first committee meeting this session with members on the Committee on Ways & Means. I look forward to communicating about Wisconsin's tax systems and pass tax bills this session, supporting Wisconsin’s families, and not corporations. 


Assembly Democrats: 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

Over the last 8 years legislative Republicans have undermined our democracy, from drawing unconstitutional, gerrymandered maps, unchecked campaign finance laws, and operating behind closed doors. 

This session, my colleagues and I are prioritizing legislation dedicated to restoring clean government. These bills include non-partisan redistricting reform, campaign finance overhaul, and restoring checks and balances to prevent career politicians from clinging on to power. 

The people of Wisconsin deserve a fresh start, and a government respecting core democratic principles and making our state government of, by, and for the people once again.


ICYMI: In Case You Missed It 

January is National Book Month 

  • In honor of National Book month,  Kenosha Public Libraries are challenging folks to read 100,000 minutes together during the month of January and track those minutes in Beanstack. Over 100 libraries around the world will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books.


Share Your Voice! Help Create a New Wisconsin History Museum

  • The Wisconsin Historical Society kicked off a tour of 19 community public events and 14 American Indian community events around the state to get feedback and to share design concepts with the people of Wisconsin.

    This is an opportunity for the public to be a part of this process and to provide their vision of how the new museum can present Wisconsin and their history to create relevant stories that have local significance and national impact. You can provide your input for new Wisconsin history museum here


United Way Kenosha - Readers are Leaders Tutoring Program

  • United Way-Kenosha is still in search of The Readers Are Leaders Tutoring Program, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Kenosha Unified School District, local businesses, and community members, provides young children in grades kindergarten through third grade with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades. The tutors and children work one-on-one for 30 minutes each week during the school year (October - May). More information can be found on the United Way Kenosha website: