Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

March 30, 2018


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418 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708


PH: (608) 266-7521

TF: (888) 534-0078

FAX: (608) 282-3690



Things happening in the district & around Madison

Double Blue Moon
Saturday, March 31

UW Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

While February had no full moons this year, March and January both have two. A double blue moon-two full moons in two different months of a year-only happens a few times in a century. Hike with a naturalist in search of night life, sights, and sounds. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, April 1st

UW Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

Early spring can have variable weather, influencing plant awakenings and animal behavior. Walk with the naturalist to areas where changes are most evident. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Preschool Storytime
Monday, April 2nd
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required.

Madison Police Department Chief Koval’s Community Forum
Tuesday, April 3rd

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
1701 McKenna Blvd

Madison Police Chief Michael Koval will be hosting a community forum at Our Redeemer Church. He will be discussing concerns specific to the West District. This is a great opportunity to come listen to the Chief, ask questions, discuss concerns and hear about what the police are doing in our community.

West Madison Senior Center Lunches
Wed. & Thur. April 4th & 5th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd

Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding business day by calling 238-7368.

Anji Playdate
Wednesday, April 4th
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lussier Community Center
55 S Gammon

The library will provide play and art materials especially chosen to encourage highly engaged, self-determined play. When kids are done, they'll create a Play Story depicting their play that day. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all ages.

Chess Club
Wednesday, April 4th
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd

Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Representative Mark Pocan Town Hall
Wednesday, April 4th

Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa St

No RSVP required. Join Rep. Pocan at the Goodman Community Center and have the opportunity to join in on a discussion about what is happening in Congress and share what is important to you.


Idun Lodge Sons of Norway April Meeting w/ special speaker Ingrid Kallick
Wednesday, April 4th
Potluck begins at 6:30

Program begins at 7:15pm
Norway Center
2262 Winnebago St

Professional artist and writer Ingrid Kallick will present at the April 4th meeting of the Sons of Norway at the Norway Center. Influenced by her grandparents from Norway, Ingrid illustrated the picture book, “Two Trolls from Norway.” She will share her artistic process, talk about the history of trolls, and show examples of other well-known illustrators. Guests welcome.

Drop In Preschool Storytime
Thursday, April 5th
9:30-10:15 AM

Alisha Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups welcome. Siblings welcome. No registration required.

Knitting at the Library
Thursday, April 5th
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

Literacy Network
Thursday, April 5th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd

Improve reading, writing and computer skills! Call Ezi at 244-3991 Ext 10 to register, space is limited.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Madison
Mondays: Noon-6:00pm
Wednesdays: Noon-6:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-3:00pm
Through April 14, 2018

Richard Dilley Tax Center, The Villager Mall
2300 S. Park Street

The VITA program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many individual states, including Wisconsin. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) prepare and electronically file basic income tax returns for free. No appointment required. 608-283-1261


Visiting the Capitol
Whether you are planning a visit to the state Capitol as part of a large group, small gathering, or just by yourself, our office can assist you in scheduling a free guided tour of the Capitol building during normal business hours.

Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours depart from the ground floor Information Desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm. A 4:00 pm tour is offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are also open during the summer months.




Dear Friends and Neighbors,


It appears that after weeks of special and extraordinary sessions, coupled with one last schedule but ultimately canceled extraordinary session, the State Assembly may have really completed our legislative period for the year. The cancellation of an upcoming session comes on the heels of a court decision that Governor Walker must call special elections to fill two vacancies in the Legislature. Republicans had been poised to change the law to avoid the special elections, but after a third court ruled against the Governor, they have given up on their attempt to skirt their legal obligations.

In this week’s newsletter, you can read more about this victory for democracy, find important information about Tuesday’s Spring Election, and more.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.


Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District


Democracy Wins in Wisconsin
Being forced to comply with a court order, Governor Walker has finally called for a special election in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42 to be held on June 12.

Dane County Judge Reynolds, a Walker appointee, issued an order for the Governor to call special elections in these seats. The Governor appealed the decision, and the Court of Appeals delivered a stinging rebuke of the Governor when deciding not to hear his appeal of the circuit court order. While the Governor initially signaled that he would appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and legislative Republicans discussed going into extraordinary session to pass a bill that would have undercut the judicial branch, those misguided efforts have been abandoned.

The Governor chose to ignore state law and not call special elections to fill these seats when in late 2017 the seats became vacant. It is clear that the Governor’s refusal to call these elections was nothing more than a political decision in light of recent electoral challenges faced by his own party. Had the Governor and Republican legislators had their way, residents of these districts would not have had representation until new legislators are sworn into office in January of 2019.


Boy Scouts of America Annual Report
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America gave their annual Report to the State of Wisconsin, and we heard from Eagle Scouts from each region of the state. Representing Madison and several surrounding counties was Eagle Scout David Chen who lives right here in the 78th Assembly District. To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, David coordinated and led a group of fellow Scouts and volunteers to design and build eight new replacement benches for a locker room at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison. I presented David with a citation congratulating him on becoming an Eagle Scout and thanking him for his service to our community.


Vote Tuesday!
The Spring General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3. There is a statewide Supreme Court election on the ballot, as well as a statewide referendum on whether or not to eliminate the office of State Treasurer. Depending on where you live, you may also have an election for County Board, School Board, or other local offices. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Click here to find your polling place.


During the February primary election, there were Madison area voters whose names were incorrectly removed from poll lists by the State Election Commission, and voters only found out about the problem when they went to the polls. Checking your registration will enable you to confirm that your name is still on the poll list and help to avoid longer lines or problems at the polls. Click here to make sure you’re registered. City of Madison residents can also call the City Clerk’s office at 608-266-4601.

In-person absentee voting for the election is still available until Saturday, March 31, at the Madison City Clerk’s Office and additional locations throughout the city. To learn more about in-person absentee voting, including locations and times, please click here.

Remember: You must present an acceptable photo ID card to vote in Wisconsin. Click here to find out if you have the correct identification and to get information on how to obtain a free Wisconsin State ID Card for voting purposes.

Click here to see what is on your ballot.

Click here to read the “Candidates’ Answers” on the League of Women Voters of Dane County website.

Note: If you vote outside of the City of Madison, you will need to contact your local city or village Clerk’s office for absentee voting locations and times.


Event Notice: A Conversation about Refugees
A group of Attic Angel residents are inviting the public to hear Becca Schwartz, Resettlement Coordinator for Jewish Social Services, speak about refugee resettlement in Madison. The conversation will include discussion of where refugees come from (and how they happen to come to Wisconsin), the distinction between “refugee” and “immigrant,” and other matters of funding and support for refugee families.

Event Details:
Time: 10:30am
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Place: Community Room at Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Road (near Junction Road and Old Sauk).


No Foolin’: Spam Emails are an Everyday Threat
April Fools' Day is a big deal for your garden-variety jokester, but it's just another day at the office for a scammer. Con artists don't care whether it is April 1st, September 19th or February 3rd - they will use any opportunity on any given day to pull tricks on trusting victims and rip them off for money or personal information. And as anyone who follows consumer news knows, bulk emails (better known as "spam emails") are one of their favorite tools.

The good news for consumers is that email scams can be easy to spot...but only if you know what to look for. In recognition of April Fools' Day, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wishes to share some simple tips to help spot a malicious email:

  • Spam emails often include the name, logo, and color scheme of a well-known business, so the tipoff of a scam is often in the language used in the message. Watch for poor grammar, misspellings, awkward wording, and a general lack of professionalism. Legitimate corporate emails will be clear and grammatically accurate.

  • Check the sender's email address for another easy tipoff. In many spam messages, the web address (URL) referenced in the sender's email address does not match the true URL for the business in question. For example, an email that claims to come from the U.S. Postal Service may come from "" instead of "___"

  • Be suspicious of any request to open an attached file or click a link (including to "view your account"). Either action could lead you to download malware onto your device.

  • On a desktop or laptop computer, if you hover your mouse over a link in an email (do NOT click your mouse!), the URL that the link directs you to will typically appear in the bottom of your browser window.

  • Refuse requests to reply to an email with confidential information such as user names, passwords, and personal details. If you question the validity of an email that claims to be from a major business, call the business directly to inquire about its legitimacy.

  • Most of these emails end up in your "junk mail" folder if your security settings are high and your email provider is routing spam correctly, but the occasional junk email inevitably finds its way through the filters and into your inbox.

Two major spam email ploys from recent years have claimed to come from well-known retailers and shipping companies. These emails draw in potential victims through false promises of gift cards as part of a "rewards program" or they claim to have information about a delay or other issue with a (nonexistent) package delivery. Other recent email schemes have involved fake invoices and threats about past-due taxes sent using the names of government agencies.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128, or send an e-mail to


City of Madison Brush Collection
On Monday, April 2, the Streets Division will begin curbside brush collection. Curbside collection should last from April through the end September. Residents will have multiple opportunities for curbside brush pickup during collection season. The official final round of brush collection is weather dependent and will be announced when that date is known.

Residents who wish to utilize the curbside brush collection service are encouraged to use the Pickup Schedule map on the Streets Division's brush website, Using the map will help guide residents on when to place material to the curb to ensure timely collection.

Brush Guidelines
In order for brush to be collected at the curb, it must not be longer than 8 feet in length, and must not be thicker than 8 inches in diameter.

Brush should be piled on an open area of the terrace away from trees, utility poles, and other obstructions. Be sure to pile brush with cut ends facing the same direction, and separate brush from any foreign objects like loose dirt, metal, wire, rocks, and items set out for large item pickup.

Do not put brush into bags, boxes, or any receptacle. Brush placed into a container will not be collected. Smaller brush piles may be bundled with string or twine. Bundles must be shorter than 4 feet in length and must not weigh more than 40 pounds. Oversized bundles, and brush bundled with wire, will not be collected.

Do not pile brush in the street, or obstruct the sidewalk. Also, do not mix brush with yard waste. Brush is a separate collection than yard waste, so the piles must be kept separate. Piles with material mixed together will not be collected.

Drop-off Sites
Residents and taxpayers can also use the City of Madison drop-off facilities. Brush can be delivered to 1501 W. Badger Rd. or 4602 Sycamore Ave.

The Both drop-off sites will be open seven days a week starting March 31. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the sites will be open 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the sites will be open 8:30am to 8:00pm. These hours will remain in place until December 2, 2018.

Residents and taxpayers are restricted to one load a day. The maximum load accepted is the equivalent of one pickup truck, or an 8 foot by 4 foot trailer. Residents and taxpayers attempting to bring in more than this during one trip will be denied access. All users of the drop-off site are expected to show proof of residency or taxpayer status to use the site.

For more information regarding the drop-off facilities, curbside collection, and other Streets Division services, please visit


Reminder: Blue Books and Maps
My office still has several of the newest edition Blue Books and state maps. If you would like one, you may pick one up my at my Capitol office (418 North) anytime from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are unable to come to the Capitol but would like a Blue Book or map, please email or call my office at 608-266-7521 to have one sent to you.


Wisconsin Fun Fact: Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s fun facts will highlight women’s contributions to Wisconsin’s history. The facts have been researched and written by the Wisconsin Women Making History Project, a collaboration of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Television-Education, UW Women’s studies consortium, UW Gender and Women Studies Librarian, and the Wisconsin Humanities council.
Laura Ingalls Wilder - The first book in author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular Little House series is about Wilder’s childhood in Wisconsin.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls, was born in Pepin in 1867. The Ingalls family moved to Kansas in 1869, but returned to Pepin two years later. In 1874 the family began moving again – first to Minnesota, then to Iowa, back to Minnesota, and finally to South Dakota, where they settled. Because her family struggled to make ends meet, Wilder worked as a seamstress while still very young. In 1882, at the age of 15, she earned her teaching certificate and started teaching school in a small town near her family’s home. She met her husband there; they married in 1885 and had a daughter, Rose, the following year.

The young Wilder family moved several times before settling on a farm in Missouri. Wilder worked on the farm and was also secretary-treasurer of the Mansfield Farm Loan Association. She later wrote columns for the Missouri Ruralist, McCall’s Magazine, and other publications. Daughter Rose became an accomplished writer and encouraged her mother to write books as well. Wilder wrote her first book at the age of 65 — Little House in the Big Woods, based on her early childhood in Pepin. Her third book, Little House on the Prairie, was based on her family’s years in Kansas; it became the inspiration for a television series of the same name. Wilder published a total of nine books in her series about her pioneer childhood, and eight of them became Newberry Honor books. More than 60 million copies of the Little House books have been sold, and the series has been translated into more than 25 languages.


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