Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It was another busy week at the Capitol with both the Assembly and Senate in session, the Governor's State of the State address, committee meetings, and new legislation being introduced.  You can learn more about the State of the State address, new legislation, and more in this e-update.

Next week, the Vice President Pence will be attending an event happening at the Capitol.  If you will be traveling through the Isthmus on Tuesday be sure to anticipate delays. If you intend to visit the Capitol on Tuesday, be prepared for security measures in place by the secret service.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and week ahead. 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

In This Weeks Update:

State of the State 2020

Reps. Subeck & Taylor vs. Citizens United

The Week in Review

Neighborhood News

Wisconsin Fun Fact

Whats Happening?

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P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

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State of the State 2020

On Wednesday evening Governor Tony Evers delivered his 2020 State of the State address before a joint convention of the State Legislature. Governor Evers reflected on 2019 and looked forward to 2020, highlighting values and goals important to the people of Wisconsin.

The Governor made it clear that he and legislative Democrats want to work together with Republicans on issues important to Wisconsin. We can find common ground on capping insulin prices, closing the dark store tax loophole, preventing youth vaping, and addressing homelessness – and this is just the start.

Despite obstructionist attempts by Republicans to stand in the way of his efforts to move Wisconsin forward, under Governor Evers’s leadership, we have cut taxes for middle-class families, made new investments in our public schools, and addressed our aging roads and infrastructure needs.

I agree with Governor Evers when he says it is time to set politics aside and to work together to move our state forward, and that the people of Wisconsin deserve elected leaders who put our families and our communities ahead of partisan politics.

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Reps. Subeck & Taylor vs. Citizens United

On Tuesday, the 10th Anniversary of the Citizens United decision, I introduced  a state constitutional amendment with Representative Chris Taylor to insure that corporations do not have a First Amendment right to unlimited campaign spending.

The 2010 United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC overturned 100 years of precedent by legalizing unlimited corporate spending in elections. This national ruling allows for corporations to be treated like “persons” in campaigns, and equating First Amendment speech rights to include unlimited corporate spending in elections. Subsequently, our democracy – and far too many of our elected officials – have been sold to the highest bidder.

Citizens United provided a giant megaphone to corporations and billionaires – and they have been using it ever since to drown out the voices of regular people. This is why Representative Chris Taylor and I introduced the resolution for an amendment to our state constitution that would ensure that if Citizens United is overturned – whether through an amendment to the federal constitution or through a future Supreme Court ruling – politicians here in Wisconsin could not simply undo it by passing a state law.

Across the board, citizens support overturning Citizens United and getting big money out of politics. The people of our state and our country are tired of having their voices drowned out by big money. I hear it when I’m out knocking on doors and in the community. I hear it when my constituents call or write me. I hear it almost everywhere I go. People want big money out – they want government for the people, of the people, by the people… not for, of, and by a wealthy few.

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The Week in Review

Both the Assembly and the Senate were in Session this week. During the Senate Session, Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) announced he will not seek re-election to the State Senate this fall. Since taking office as a state legislator in 1999, Senator Miller has been a tireless advocate for voting rights, renewable energy production, and safeguarding access to clean water, land and air. Senator Miller is a true embodiment of Democratic and conservation values. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Earlier in the week, Democrats introduced a legislative package aimed at preventing youth vaping. These bills will address the public health crisis within our communities by educating and providing prevention services in order to keep our children healthy and safe. You can view the full list of the these bills below. 

Also, this week the Governor signed several bi-partisan bills:

  • Wisconsin Act 70: Makes comprehensive modifications to municipal ordinance enforcement and municipal court procedures to promote clarity, efficiency, and cost reduction
  • Wisconsin Act 71: Authorizes the Department of Employee Trust Funds to withhold money from a participant's Wisconsin Retirement System annuity or lump sum payment consistent with a court order of restitution.
  • Wisconsin Act 72: Permits the use of surveillance devices during real estate showings to prevent any invasion of privacy claims for such use
  • Wisconsin Act 73: Requires the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the Department of Health Services to design and produce signs that raise awareness of Lyme disease, and appropriates funds for this purpose.
  • Wisconsin Act 74: Requires insect repellent to be available for purchase in state parks and forests to help reduce the incidence of Lyme disease in Wisconsin.
    Wisconsin Act 75: Expands protections and considerations for students who are called into active military service while they are enrolled in a university, technical, or private institution. 


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Upcoming Neighborhood Events

Madison Winter Festival – 2020  Come check out Madison’s cold season community festival celebrating and promoting outdoor sports, recreation, art, and healthy lifestyles in the winter! Activities for all ages include cross-country ski lessons, ice skating, and candlelit snowshoe walks. Check out the website link below for more details

When: February 1-2, 2020
Where: Elver Park
Website: http://www.winter-fest.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madisonwinterfestival
Event schedule: Click here



Neighborhood Planting Project The Neighborhood Planting Project is giving away free, food producing trees and shrubs to individuals in the Madison West Neighborhood in Spring 2020. Some species include: Apple, Pear, Serviceberry, Black Raspberry, Plum, and more! Sign up and learn more at dispersionfarms.com.


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Wisconsin Fun Fact

You probably already know that Wisconsin's official state pastry is the kringle, but have you ever thought about the semantics of the word? More specifically, have you ever thought of what the plural of kringle is - kringles? kringle? You might be suprised to learn that the plural is infact, "kringler." According to the Racine Journal Times: "In Danish, plurals work differently than they do in English. Rather than tacking an “s” on the ends of words to make them plural, they usually add an “e” or an “r.” So next time you go to buy kringle, double or triple it up and share some "kringler."


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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Battle of the Badges
Saturday, January 25, 2020

3:45 PM - 10 PM
Hartmeyer Ice Arena

1834 Commercial Ave., Madison

Check out great hockey action as the Madison Fire Department Hockey Team takes on the Madison Police Department Hockey Team in the annual Battle of the Badges. This is a fundraising event to benefit Safe Communities Madison-Dane County. Tickets $5.


Parkwood Hills Sledding Party
Sunday, January 26, 2020

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Hill behind Madison Memorial & Jefferson Middle School on Inner Drive

The party will only be held if there is enough snow on the hill. An update will be sent out Saturday, January 25 if we need to cancel.  No need to RSVP, just show up with your sled. Hot chocolate and hot cider will be provided.

Simple Book Making
Monday, January 27, 2020

6:30 PM - 8 PM
Verona Public Library
500 Silent St., Verona

Explore the limitless possibilities of the Book Arts with three deceptively straightforward book constructions: the Slot Book, the Flip-Flap Tab Book, and the Slot Strip Book. Learn to make simple handmade books without using glue or adhesive. Participants will walk away with the skills needed to spontaneously make keepsake books wherever and whenever the mood strikes. All supplies provided.Class size is limited to 16 participants. Registration required.

Women to Watch Soiree 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Dreambank - American Family Insurance
821 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Join BRAVA Magazine at our Women to Watch Soiree and celebrate the 2020 Women to Watch honorees featured in the January issue of BRAVA Magazine. This is the networking event of the year—come meet the women who are impacting the future of our community! Come celebrate these amazing women, as well as previous years' Women to Watch. The soiree is an evening filled with delicious food, beverages, networking, award presentation—and inspiring company. Here are your 2020 Women to Watch


Comedy for a Cause
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

7 PM - 8:30 PM
World of Beer
8225 Greenway Blvd., Middleton


A night of laughs, entertainment and more to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin.  Join us for a night of comedy featuring four of Madison's best comedians! Enjoy good laughs, good beer and good friends while supporting a great cause at the same time. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin to aid in research and family programs. Limited seating available. $15 per person. Get your tickets now!

Breastmilk Donation
Thursday, January 30, 2020

10 AM - 6:00 PM
Mother's Milk Alliance
2809 Commercial Ave., Madison


Got extra breastmilk? Swing by the Mother's Milk Alliance every Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm to donate. Call 608 251 0776 for more details or check out our website at www.mothersmilkalliance.org

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