FRIENDS OF MUNICIPALITIES
(from Senator LeMahieu's e-Update)
Last week, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and the Common Council commended Representative Paul Tittl and me for our work on behalf of local municipal governments. Representative Tittl and I were chosen by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities as Municipal Champions. Only 15 out of 132 legislators received this designation.
(From left to right): Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels, Representative Paul Tittle, and State Senator Devin LeMahieu
REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION HELD IN GREEN BAY
The state convention was held May 13-15 in Green Bay. Attendees from Manitowoc County included: Don Zimmer-Chairman and wife Marge, Sulynn Moore – Vice Chairman and husband Dave, Representative Paul Tittl and wife Julie, District Attorney Jacyln LeBrae , Mike Canty, Ben Hilburger, Jim Falkowski and wife Debbie and Tom German. On Saturday, the group unanimously voted to support Senator Ron Johnson in his bid for re-election to the US Senate.
LINCOLN DAY DINNER
APRIL 3, 2016
The Republican Party of Manitowoc County held their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn. Featured Speaker was Justice Rebecca Bradley. Two days later Justice Bradley won the election and will be serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 10 years. When the event was over Justice Bradley stayed around for one on-one questions and pictures. A very charming lady!
We appreciate those of you who sponsored students for the event. We were pleased to welcome 10 students: Jason Conant, Jessica Conant, Ethan Hillmer, Will Kleinert, Sam Knutson, Garrett Nagel, Jacob Parcarski, Cooper Schmidt, Grace Stolz, and Joseph Zimmer.
Our group of approx. 100 supporters also heard from U.S. Representative Glen Grothman, WI Senator Devin LeMahieu, Assemblyman Paul Tittl and Tyler Vorpagel (by the way, Tyler, we loved your bowtie!!). Current Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn LaBre spoke to her upcoming election and also introduced our guest speaker.
Because U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was not able to attend, his representative Amy Resop spoke to the group, teling us of the Senator's travels around the state of Wisconsin to encourage Republicans to be supportive of his candidacy against Sen. Russ Feingold. This Senate race is one of the most contested of the 2016 election season and it is critically important that we re-elect Senator Johnson.
Some pictures of the group enjoying the Lincoln Day dinner
On Saturday, Jan 9th 20 people gathered at the home of Oriannah Paul in Oostburg to hear from US Representative Glenn Grothman. There have been those who have questioned his “yes” vote for the Omnibus Budget Bill and he was there to address our questions. These comments below are an explanation;
“This budget was handed to Speaker Paul Ryan by former Speaker John Boehner – unfortunately a year’s worth of work cannot be changed in two months. I supported this legislation, along with the rest of the Wisconsin delegation, in order to move forward towards a new bold and aggressive agenda in the coming year. With Speaker Ryan’s leadership we will return to regular order in the House, get things done in a timely manner and focus on implementing our conservative agenda – including tax reform, spending cuts, and reining in the welfare state.
This bill reins in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and ends the agency’s targeting of conservatives. It stops the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overreach, ends the ban on oil exports, and blocks Obamacare provisions that increase costs on employees, employers, and patients who need help the most. This legislation also ensures that our military and veterans receive the benefits they deserve, along with making reforms to the scandal-plagued Veterans’ Administration."
Representative Grothman admits that many of rules or traditions in the Congress are very frustrating, getting things done quickly just doesn’t seem possible. From his comments and explanations of issues, those of us at the meeting have no doubt that he continues to be an unabashed conservative who is working daily to make government smaller and less intrusive.
One interesting comment that he made. He has more manufacturing business in the districts that he represents than any other member of the House. He has toured most of the sites in the past 2 years and is in awe that many provide products that are used in major companies across the county. Our Wisconsin manufactures may not sell a complete, finished product from their business, but they play an integral part in the final products from some of the largest companies in the county. Good for Wisconsin Manufacturers!
Members in the News
Pete Kappelman, front right, and his wife, Shellie, back center, and their daughter Bethany Gierke, from left son, Mitch and son-in-law, A.J. Kenneke.
The Kappelman Family of Meadow Brook Dairy in northern Manitowoc County was featured in the local news this week. The family has been farming for over a half century, but Pete and Shellie’s farm is very much one of this century. Two of their children and a son-law are actively involved in the farm. Their herd is a mixture of registered Holsteins and brown Swiss – three of their brown Swiss heifers are listed first, second and sixth in the country.
Congratulations to the family and their commitment to farming. Peter is quoted saying, “I think in general it’s a really rewarding, satisfying lifestyle.”
A study commissioned by the Small Business Administration showed that it costs Americans $1.7 trillion to comply with federal regulations every year.
And if that wasn't bad enough, the Senate recently voted against an onerous Environmental Protection Agency rule that would give the federal government the power to regulate a puddle in your backyard. That is not a joke --- this rule would give the federal government regulatory authority over 92 percent of the land in our state. This is the kind of government overreach that many agree is a threat to our freedom and economic prosperity.
These out-of-control regulations would strangle family farms with red tape and make it more expensive for manufacturers to create good Wisconsin jobs.
I'm doing my part to fight back against this overreach - but unfortunately Senator Feingold is not only supportive of this absurd overregulation, he actually laid the groundwork for it by championing a similar proposal during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate.
I work for the people of Wisconsin, not for unelected bureaucrats in DC. I know how irrational it is to give the federal government control over 92 percent of the land in our state. And I will continue to fight against this kind of overreach - and I ask you to stand with me.
REFORMS ARE WORKING!
WISCONSIN ENDS FISCAL YEAR WITH BUDGET SURPLUS OF $135.6 MILLION
Wisconsin’s rating remains high across all three of the major credit rating agencies.
The reforms that we are making in Wisconsin continue to prove successful and the overall financial health of the state is in a good position.
Have a great weekend,
Manitowoc Holiday Parade 2015
I want to express my most heartfelt thanks to those hardy Republicans who ignored the predictions of bad weather and marched in the city of Manitowoc Thanksgiving parade. I have never seen so many people lining the sidewalks of Manitowoc for any parade.
And they saw us Republicans marching proudly, our Manitowoc GOP banner at the head of our group, being held by two of our Hmong Republicans, part of the Hmong contingent who showed up in their traditional colorful costumes. These brave people know what it is like to risk their lives fighting against tyranny. They are great Americans and unhesitant to show their love for our wonderful country.
Also among our marchers were: 9th district state senator Devin LeMahieu, 25th district assemblyman Paul Tittl; 2nd district assemblyman Andre Jacque with three of his children, Caleb, McKenzie, and Langston (I hope I got the names right) marching alongside their proud dad; our Manitowoc County district attorney Jackie LaBre; our acting county party treasurer Bonnie Shimulunas and her formidable Republican dog, a St. Bernard named Patches with a small wooden keg around its neck (I didn’t ask what was in the keg); our county party secretary Lori Stolz and her daughter Gracie; Pete Christiansen who drove our parade vehicle; my wife Marge who rode alongside Pete and kept us supplied with candy to pass out to eager children, and of course, yours truly.
What a great night to show our colors!! The predicted bad weather never appeared and the parade was a complete success.
The local Democrats were nowhere in sight. Of course, I wouldn’t have expected them to join in such a classic celebration of America, which is also an expression of thanks to God for our blessings. A May Day parade is more in keeping with their political and cultural inclinations.
Three members of the Republican Party of Manitowoc County, chairman Don Zimmer, vice chairman Sulynn Moore, and acting treasurer Bonnie Shimulunas, attended the Training Day sponsored by the Republican Party of Wisconsin which occurred on November 14 in Wausau.
One of the highlights of the day was an appearance by Senator Ron Johnson who, as we all know, is locked in a tight battle for reelection against former senator Russ Feingold. As Senator Johnson reminded us, his race against Feingold is going to be a very challenging campaign. The Democratic Party will pull out all stops to defeat Johnson. That is why we Republicans need to rally our voters to get out and vote for Senator Johnson in 2016.
Brad Courtney, the chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin reminded us that Wisconsin has not been won for a presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan did so in 1984. Therefore, much is at stake in 2016. Courtney and Senator Johnson believe that If we can win Wisconsin for our presidential candidate, Johnson’s victory is almost certainly assured as well.
Courtney also introduced to us the current staff at party headquarters in Madison. Several of this dynamic, young staff conducted classes for attendees. I must say, I was impressed by this group of dynamic and knowledgeable young people who included those who will staff our several field offices located throughout the state. Those offices will provide direct assistance to we who will establish campaign offices in each county.