Legislative Redistricting, Election Investigation and Sheriff's report; Waterford Safest City

 

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In This Issue

  1. Legislative Redistricting
  2. Election Investigations
  3. Convention of States
  4. In the District - Waterford is Safest City in Wisconsin
  5. Contacting My Office

Legislative Redistricting  

Today, I voted with my colleagues to approve maps drawn by the legislature per our constitutional duty. 

To all of those who believe the Assembly should use Governor Evers' "People's Map Commission" maps, we voted on it. 17 of my Democratic colleagues in the Assembly joined myself and other Republicans and voted against it. That is correct folks, even the Democrats didn't want these maps. 

It has been reported that the Governor's maps were drawn in violation of the open meetings laws. Subcommittees were created that worked on the maps without public notice and/or public engagement. The hypocrisy is worth noting. 

The Wisconsin State Constitution, in Article IV, Section 4, determines how our political boundaries are to be drawn, "... such districts to be bounded by county, precinct, town or ward lines, to consist of contiguous territory and be in as compact form as practicable."

U.S. Supreme Court decisions throughout the years have reinforced our state's constitutional intent and stipulated that political maps must adhere to: compactness, contiguousness, respect and maintain whole communities of interest, and contain districts that follow natural boundaries where practicable (i.e. geographic boundaries, county lines, etc.)

The maps in Senate Bill 621 accomplish these requirements. 

The governor has already signaled that he will veto these maps. The next stop is either the State Supreme Court or the federal courts. I will continue to keep you apprised of any new developments. 


Election Investigations

Yesterday, the Assembly continued their investigations in the 2020 election. Lt. Michael Luell of the Racine County Sheriff's office provided testimony detailing their investigation into the Ridgewood Care Center in Mount Pleasant, WI. 

The sheriff's office is alleging that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) broke state law when it advised municipalities throughout the state to not follow state law and no longer require Special Voting Deputies to go into nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The presentation noted the host of "essential visitors" that were allowed into the facility despite WECs advise that state law should be ignored. The graph below shows the variance in month to month of the visitors during the initial COVID-19 surge. The various types of visitors included: Laundry repair, job interviewees, Orkin Service, and even Door Dash. 

Why is this a big deal? Lt. Luell alleged that 8 people, whose family members said they should not have been able to vote and would not have consciously wanted to vote due to their declined mental ability, did end up voting in the November election. The state legislature passed laws in previous sessions to prevent this type of voter fraud and Special Voting Deputies were denied access to our state's nursing homes to assist with legal voting. 

The rule of law was broken and people's votes were disenfranchised. Keep in mind this is one facility, in one city, in one county. The state's Attorney General, Josh Kaul, refuses to investigate this violation of the law and potentially many more. 

I don't believe this will overturn the past election, but we must root out all voter fraud to restore confidence for all of our citizens that we have fair and honest elections.  

In this timeline, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) issued a directive to municipal clerks to suspend the Special Voting Deputies (SVD) law just one day after Governor Evers said he did not have the authority to suspend the law. This is only one of many problems with the Wisconsin 2020 General Election.

Late last month, the Legislative Audit Bureau released its audit of the 2020 presidential election. Thirty recommendations to the WEC were made in the report. In June, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 205 to deal with illegal voting practices at nursing homes. Governor Evers vetoed the bill.

On October 28th, I attended the press conference in Racine County to hear about election law violations at a residential care facility there. I agree with Sheriff Schmaling's assessment that every person should have their vote counted legally and fairly. We must restore the integrity of our elections for all of our citizens. With the release of the Legislative Audit Bureau's report and the findings by the Racine County Sheriff, we can no longer ignore the ineffectiveness of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Some constituents have contacted my office to ask that the 2020 presidential election be "decertified." The Wisconsin Legislature - in state or federal law - does not have the authority to decertify or reverse certified votes cast by the Electoral College. This memo from the Wisconsin Legislative Council explains that impeachment is the only way to remove a U.S. President who is capable of performing the duties of office.

I appreciate hearing from concerned constituents about the security and integrity of our state's elections. Everyone needs to have faith in the process.


Convention of States

Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Madison recently to support passage of a resolution from Wisconsin calling for a convention of states.

Earlier this year, the Constitution and Ethics Committee, which I chair, heard and passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 9. It passed the State Assembly on May 11th. A companion resolution in the State Senate, Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 8, was reported out of committee in April but has still not been scheduled for a vote in the Senate. 

I voted in favor of AJR 9 and stand in support of this resolution to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, balance the federal budget, and impose Congressional term limits. States have an obligation to curtail the overreach of the federal government and the time to do that is now.


In the District

Waterford is Safest City in Wisconsin

Congratulations to Waterford Town - the "Safest City in Wisconsin!" Ranked by Safewise, an independent review site focused on security for communities and families, the report found Waterford and Muskego to be the top two safest cities in Wisconsin. There were zero violent crimes and just 24 property crimes in Waterford, 56% below the Wisconsin average rate of 14.7 percent. The report analyzed crime numbers of towns with populations over 2,500. I'm happy to recognize the Town of Waterford as the Safest City in Wisconsin!


Contacting My Office

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