State Capitol Report


July 25th, 2018

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Madison, WI 53708

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Good to Know

Early Voting has Started in Kenosha

Don't forget you can vote early up through August 10th. for more information about where and how to vote in the city of Kenosha, you can visit the Kenosha City Clerk website, email, call 262-653-4200, or visit Room 105 at City Hall, 625 52nd Street.



Kenosha Public Pools 

As temperatures rise, we're all finding ways to keep cool this summer. Luckily, Washington Park and Anderson Park pools are open for the season. Regular pool hours are 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Season pool passes may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Public Works Department, 625 52nd St., Room 305.

  • Cost for non-residents is $60 for a single pass, $180 for a group pass of up to five and $20 for each additional person on a group pass.
  • Daily pool fees are $4 for ages 3-17, $5 for ages 18-59 and $3 for ages 60 and older.
  • Swim coupons good for five visits also are available. Costs are $15 for children and $20 for adults.


Upcoming Events

Taste of Wisconsin
When: July 27-29, 2018, Friday, July 27 from 3-11pm; Saturday, July 28 from 11am-11pm; Sunday, July 29 from 11am-7pm
Where: Downtown Kenosha lakeshore. Here is a link to a map and more information regarding parking, and transportation 

Pike River Rendezvous
August 4th & 5th 

Where: Simmons Island
What: Step back in time when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services and to celebrate. The event is free and open to the public. 

National Night Out 
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 5-8PM
3 locations -- Lincoln Park, Lord of Life, St. Paul Lutheran Church 
Enjoy free family fun and learn about neighborhood watch programs and crime prevention in the community.

The HarborPark Jazz Rhythm & Blues Festival
 Sunday, August 18th, 2018, the festival kicks off at 1:15PM
Where: 5501 Ring Road, Kenosha, WI 
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 go on sale June 22 at Tenuta's Delicatessen & Liquors, Jack Andrea, and the Kenosha Community Foundation office, or visit the listed website to receive $5 online discount. General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. The Texas Roadhouse VIP tickets are $85 (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine).

SafeHarbor Walk for Paws
Sunday August 19, 2018, 9AM-1PM
Where: Kennedy Park, 4051 5th Ave, Kenosha, WI
Walk for Paws 2018 will be partnering with the Kenosha Running Company to make this year's event as a timed 5K.  Race registration is $30 and includes 1 dog--1 additional dog can be added for $15. The course is a looped course, so if you or your pup tire out before the full length feel free to stop at any time! All registrations include a t-shirt and the first 100 people registered are also guaranteed a goodie bag. 

Beer, Brew, and BBQ
 Friday August 25th to Sunday, August 26th, 2018
Where: Pennoyer Park, 
3601 Seventh Ave
Grill Games has been rebranded as Beer, Brew, and BBQ! Live entertainment throughout the day, activities for the kids, beer garden, and a chance to taste some of the finest BBQ around.

3rd Annual Stop Heroin in Kenosha BBQ
When: Saturday, August 25th, 1PM-6PM
Simmons Island Pavilion 
Join NAMI Kenosha for a day filled with free food, non-alcoholic drinks, speakers, and community resources! 

Art of the Car Car Show
August 26th, 2018, 9AM-3PM
Where: Anderson Arts Center
The Anderson Arts Center will be hosting its 4th annual car show! Cars will be displayed behind the center on Lake Michigan.

Kemper Center Paws for the Cause
Sunday, August 26th, 2018 

Where: Kemper Center, 6501 3rd Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143 
What: Fundraiser to benefit Kenosha Forgotten Friends. Tickets: $10 admission, $5 Beer tickets 

Downtown Kenosha Classic Car Cruise-In
When: September 1, 2018 9am-4pm
Where: Downtown Kenosha, enter at 56th Street & 7th Avenue
What: This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments such as brats, pizza, and hotdogs will be available!

16th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show
When: September 2nd, 2018 8am-4pm
Where: 5001 Simmons Island Drive, Kenosha
What: $10 show entry; spectators free. 100% of all funds raised go to our wounded warriors. Donations of used unbroken toys, books, puzzles, and games for children will be accepted




Friends and Neighbors,

As the summer continues, I hope you'll continue reaching out to me with your thoughts on the important issues facing our community. Hearing your views is a crucial part of my job, and I always look for new places and opportunities to connect with constituents.

If you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, or have a problem with a state relate related issue, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or


In solidarity,


Tod Ohnstad
State Representative
65th Assembly District


Rep. Ohnstad Receives 100% Lifetime Voting Record from Wisconsin AFL-CIO Voting

At the conclusion of each legislative session, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO evaluates key votes taken by members of the state legislature. Each legislator is giving a rating, which indicates how much their votes supported Wisconsin's working people. This session, just like last session, I was proud to have a 100% record and maintain my 100% lifetime voting record for workers.


Wisconsin & Tariffs

In May, President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum from the EU, Mexico, and Canada. This was done in addition to the tariffs also being applied to goods imported from China. The image below provides more information on what these tariffs mean for Wisconsin business . With a trade war looming at the Federal level, I wanted to share some information with you in terms of how these tariffs will affect numerous industries across the state.

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Rep. Ohnstad Attends the 6th Annual Pride Parade

Every year, I am proud to participate in Kenosha's Pride Festival. Thinking back I would have never guessed the courts would finally allow for all people to be able to marry the one they love. While 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. With a more conservative Supreme Court in the making, we have to be vigilant in protecting everyone's rights.



ICYMI: Janus v. AFSCME & Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives JEM Grant
  • Though the US Supreme Court will be in recess until the fall, there is no doubt the partisan nature of the Court's decision on Janus v. AFSCME is a blow to working families across our state and nation. My statement on the decision can be found HERE

  • I would like to extend a congratulations to the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau on their 2 year Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. I am proud of the great work they've done in connecting Kenosha to communities across the state and the world. 

  • I had also had a great time reading, 'A Dog Needs a Bone' to community members at the Dream Playground's Read, Rock n’ Roll event. If you haven't had the chance to check out the Kenosha Dream Playground yet, I encourage you to do so.  



The Labor Times 

In addition to writing for my legislative e-newsletter, you can also find another monthly column of mine in the Southeast Wisconsin Labor Times.

To learn more about the Labor Times, visit their Facebook Page:

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Upcoming Summer Concerts 

  • July 25: "Pops Caliente" – a Latin-themed night.
  • Aug. 1: "Pops Ahoy" with nautical-themed songs.
  • Aug. 8: "Pops Reprises" – an evening of encores from this season.
  • July 26: Big Al Wetzel Band performs a mix of fan favorites of every genre, including country, rock, pop, blues, funk and reggae.
  • Aug. 2: The Moods are an award-winning group of recording and performing artists that have been entertaining audiences worldwide. The three performers are dedicated to the fine art of harmony and choreography.
  • Aug. 9: Semple held the #1 spot in Chicago Rock Chart on REVERBNATION.
  • Aug. 16: Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials have played at nearly every blues festival around the world.
  • Aug. 23: Up All Night is a band from Milwaukee, delivering party music spanning from Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars.
  • Aug. 30: The Hat Guys are comprised of some of Chicago’s most dynamic and accomplished musicians. Since 2003, the band has been performing a diverse selection of modern and classic hits.
  • July 31 – Marie Martens and the Messarounds (Blues, Rock n Roll & Funky Grooves)
  • August 7 – Ghosts in the Gravel (Rock, Country, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass)
  • August 14 – Yesterday's Children (Contemporary Rock, Jazz, Pop and Soul Music)
  • August 21 – Kai Anderson & The Pickups (Roots Rock)
  • August 28 – New Vinyls (Classic Rock)