Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 June 14, 2017


Contact Me


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

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Thursday, June 15

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.


Knitting at the Library

Thursday, June 15

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.


Grazing Ambassadors

Thursday, June 15

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Join Julie Engel, Grazing Ambassador, as she facilitates the conversation to find common ground between environmental stewardship, animal welfare, human health, economic opportunity and community development. Grazing Ambassadors are Wisconsin graziers (grass-based farmers) or grazing experts who have cultivated expertise in areas other than farming through work with organizations such as the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin. This enables them to speak personally about managed grazing's utility beyond livestock production.


Game Night

Friday, June 16

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Join us for a night of board games and puzzles. We'll supply some, but you can also bring your favorites to share with new friends.


Elver Park Farmers Market

 Saturdays, June 16 to September 16

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.


West Side Farmers Market

Saturdays, June 16 to November 4

7:00 am – 1:00 pm

New location: 750 University Row

Behind the UW Health Digestive Health Center


Ecological Restoration Work Party

Saturday, June 16

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

UW Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy


Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. More information: 265-5214 or


One on One Computer Coaching

Saturday, June 17

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Sign up for a one-hour session (starting at 1pm or 2:30pm) with a Computer Coach providing individualized instruction on using word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel) and other computer basics.


Curtis Prairie

Sunday, June 18

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

UW Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy


Explore Curtis Prairie—the first restored prairie in the world. Learn about the resilience of our native ecosystems and their associated plant and animal families. Meet at the Visitor Center.


The Supper Club

Tuesday, June 20

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Discover great apps for kids in this new evening digital storytime for families. Pack a picnic from home or have dinner delivered to the library. No pre-registration required. 


What’s Blooming? Native Garden Plant Tour

Wednesday, June 21

7:00 pm

UW Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy


Join Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, to find, compare, and learn about flowers on native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Meet at the Visitor Center.


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,


I woke up this morning to news of a shooting at a Congressional softball practice in Virginia. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected, and I look forward to a day when we never again wake up to news of such tragic acts of violence.


Today, we are on the Assembly floor, where we will be considering a series of Republican bills that hand more power over to big money special interests and threaten our most fundamental rights. I expect it will be a long day, and we may go well into the evening.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find important information about a mailing you might receive from the Election Commission, a budget update, and news of a proposal for campaign finance reform.


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


Joint Finance Resumes Meetings

Tomorrow, the Joint Finance Committee is expected to vote to on the Department of Employee Trust Funds budget.  It is expected that the Committee will vote to reject the move to self-insurance that Governor Walker included in his version of the budget.  


It remains to be seen if Republican disagreement and dysfunction will continue to stand in the way of progress on other stalled topics such as public education and transportation funding. By law, the budget should be completed by the end of this month. It is pretty clear that political gamesmanship among the Republicans will stand in the way of meeting that deadline, leaving our schools and our communities without the funding certainty they need to move forward.


Campaign Finance Reform

Over the last six years, Republicans have systematically chipped away at Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws. Their actions, coupled with the federal Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, have opened the floodgates to record spending in our state’s elections and have reduced transparency, leaving voters to wonder exactly who is trying to influence their votes.


This week, Democrats began circulating campaign finance legislation that would reverse the significant damage that has been done by Republicans. These bills are being introduced with the support of non-partisan watchdog groups like Wisconsin Common Cause and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  


The proposed legislation would reinstate meaningful spending limits, close loopholes in the definition of political action committees, increase transparency relative to donations and the occupation of donors regarding who is giving and spending money to influence our elections, and would eliminate dangerous coordination between candidates and shadowy groups.


Additionally, I continue working on legislation that would put a statewide referendum on Citizens United on the ballot.


Unfortunately, the Republican majority in the Legislature is unlikely to agree to any positive changes to our campaign finance laws, but I remain committed fighting for what is right. As Republicans continue to game the system and try to stack the deck in favor of themselves and their wealthy donors, my Democratic colleagues and I are standing up for you and all of the everyday people of Wisconsin.


Voter Registration Four Year Maintenance

The Wisconsin Election Commission has sent out 380,000 postcards like the one on the right to Wisconsin residents who have registered to vote but have not voted in the past four years according to Election Commission records.


This mailing is necessary due to current state law requiring inactive voters to be removed from the voter list.  While the voters receiving this mailer have been deemed “inactive,” the mailer provides voters with an opportunity to reply and remain active on the state’s voter list.  If individuals do not respond within a month, they will be marked as inactive on the list.


Since postcards can be misdirected to the wrong mailbox, overlooked, or mistaken for junk mail, you may wish to review your information on the MyVote Wisconsin website,  This website allows you to enter your name and birthdate and see your current voting address and a listing of elections in which you previously voted.  


If you know you voted at least once in the past four years but received the postcard mailing from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, please contact your municipal Clerk to ensure your registration remains active.


Tour of the UW- Madison Preschool Lab

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the School of Human Ecology’s Preschool Laboratory. The preschool is a child development and early learning program for community children and a teaching and research laboratory for University students, faculty and staff.


Their current facility, which was renovated in 2012, is a large space that has allowed the preschool to expand teaching and research opportunities, as well as infant care on the central campus. The preschool provides high quality early childhood education for children ages six weeks to five years that focuses on developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning experiences in safe, relationship-based classrooms. As part of the research component of their work, the preschool models their practices on research and contemporary theories of child development.


Welcome to Our New Intern, Natalie

I am excited to introduce Natalie, who will be interning in the office this summer. Natalie hails from Milwaukee but has grown up with family in the 78th district. She is a senior at the University of Wisconsin - Madison studying Political Science and Strategic Communications. She is a lifelong democrat who is passionate about voting rights, criminal justice reform, and women’s issues. An active member of her local College Democrats chapter, she loves working to advance progressive ideals on campus. After graduation, Natalie hopes to work in political communications or government relations. It is great to have Natalie as the newest member of the team!


June is Pride Month

Our state and nation are at our best when we come together to embrace and celebrate our diversity.  This month we reflect on the advancements made in securing equality for members of the LGBTQ community and rededicate ourselves to the work that remains to be done to have true equality for all. 


Last year, in designating June 2016 as Pride Month, President Obama eloquently stated that, “love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character."  While there was no similar Presidential declaration made thus far this year, the future is nevertheless bright. Today, all couples are able to express their love and commitment for each other via marriage, and that is something to celebrate.


Free Dental Care for Veterans on June 24th 

Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 24th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 35 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2017. There are practices participating in Madison and 13 other cities across Wisconsin.


Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find the closest participating practice and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!


Click here for more information Aspen Dental’s Day of Service for Veterans


Hot Weather Increases Chances for Pavement Buckling

With hot weather rolling in, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is warning of pavement buckling and asking motorists to take extra caution.


Pavement buckles are most common when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot, causing pavement to expand. This can cause concrete slabs of pavement to push against each other, and if the pressure becomes great enough the pavement can buckle. While it’s difficult to predict if or where buckling may occur, WisDOT offers the following tips for motorists:

  • Slow down, buckle up and eliminate distractions to focus your full attention on the roadway. Along with pavement issues, other concerns this time of year can include deer or debris on the roadway.

  • Watch for slowing traffic and be ready to move over for all roadside workers including highway crews as they repair damaged pavement.

  • Before your trip, check the 511 Travel Information system ( for the latest on any incidents or delays.

  • If necessary, report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.

Fun Wisconsin Fact

“On Wisconsin” was composed in 1909 by W.T. Purdy, with lyrics by Carl Beck. The song is one of the most popular college marching songs in the country. Purdy had plans to enter the tune in a competition for the University of Minnesota's new fight song. Beck, who was Purdy's roommate and a former UW student, was able to convince him to allow the UW football team to use the song instead.


Here are the original lyrics written by Beck that are still sung today by loyal Badger fans:


On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Plunge right through that line!

Run the ball clear down the field

A touchdown sure this time.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Fight on for her fame

Fight! Fellows! — fight, fight, fight!

We'll win this game.


On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Stand up, Badgers, sing!

"Forward" is our driving spirit,

Loyal voices ring.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Raise her glowing flame

Stand, Fellows, let us now

Salute her name!


The song has been adopted by thousands of high school bands as their own and 1959 was designated the official state song of Wisconsin. The legislature adopted the lyrics written in 1913 by Judge Charles D. Rosa and J.S. Hubbard:


On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Grand old badger state!

We, thy loyal sons and daughters,

Hail thee, good and great.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

Champion of the right,

'Forward,' our motto

God will give thee might!


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