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SNA-WI Legislative News - April 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019  
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SNA Members Attend Joint Finance Committee Hearings

Throughout the month of April, the State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance travelled the state to gain input from the public on the 2019-2021 state budget. The committee held hearings in Janesville, Oak Creek, River Falls, and upcoming in Green Bay.  SNA members urge the committee to maintain Governor Evers’ proposal to fully fund the school breakfast program.  

Specifically, members educated the committee current funding disparities facing the program. While state statue calls for a 15-cent per breakfast served reimbursement, current funding levels allow for just a 7-cent increase. SNA members made the committee aware that the funding shortage is to the health and academic detriment of students across the state.

While the public hearings provided an excellent opportunity for SNA members to participate in the budget-making process, you can still contact the Joint Committee on Finance members and urge them fund the school breakfast program. If you are a constituent of any of the following legislators, please email or call their offices:

·         Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills), Senate District 8

o   Office Address: Room 317 East, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-5830

·         Senator Luther Olsen (R – Ripon, Senate District 14

o   Office Address: Room 122 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Olsen@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-0751

 

·         Senator Tom Tiffany (R – Minocqua), Senate District 12

o   Office Address: Room 316 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Tiffany@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-2509

 

·         Senator Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green), Senate District 17

o   Office Address: Room 8 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Marklein@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-0703

 

·         Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville), Senate District 20

o   Office Address: Room 18 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Stroebel@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-7513

·         Senator Devin LeMahieu (R – Oostburg), Senate District 9

o   Office Address: Room 409 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.LeMahieu@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-2056

 

·         Senator Jon Erpenbach (D – West Point), Senate District 27

o   Office Address: Room 415 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-6670

 

·         Senator LaTonya Johnson (D – Milwaukee), Senate District 6

o   Office Address: Room 19 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

o   Office Email: Sen.Johnson@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-2500

·         Representative John Nygren (R – Marinette), Assembly District 89

o   Office Address: Room 309 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Nygren@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-2343

 

·         Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R – Clinton), Assembly District 31

o   Office Address: Room 304 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-9967

 

·         Representative Mark Born (R – Beaver Dam), Assembly District 39

o   Office Address: Room 324 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Born@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-2540

 

·         Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah), Assembly District 55

o   Office Address: Room 321 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Rohrkaste@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-5719

 

·         Representative Terry Katsma (R – Oostburg), Assembly District 26

o   Office Address: Room 306 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Katsma@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-0656

 

·         Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R – River Falls), Assembly District 30

o   Office Address: Room 320 East, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Zimmerman@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-1526

·         Representative Chris Taylor (D – Madison), Assembly District 76

o   Office Address: Room 306 West, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Taylor@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-5342

 

·         Representative Evan Goyke (D – Milwaukee), Assembly District 18

o   Office Address: Room 111 North, State Capitol, PO Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

o   Office Email: Rep.Goyke@legis.wi.gov

o   Office Number: (608) 266-0645

Spring Election Results

On April 2, Wisconsin voters went to the polls to cast ballots in a statewide Supreme Court race and several local races and referendums. Voter turnout was nearly 27% statewide, which was slightly larger than predicted.

State Supreme Court Race

The marquee race was to replace Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson when her term ends later this year. She announced in 2018 she would not seek reelection after serving on the court for 42 years.

While Supreme Court elections are officially non-partisan, conservative state Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn faced off against liberal Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer in what remains a close race. Hagedorn defeated Neubauer by about half a percentage point. In accordance with state law, Neubauer considered a recount since Hagedorn led by less than one percent. However, in the following weeks, Neubauer conceded the race.

Hagedorn’s victory marked the first statewide win for conservatives in quite some time. In November 2018 Republicans lost every statewide race and in April 2018 liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Many political spectators dissected the differences between Dallet’s victory and Hagedorn’s apparent win. Most notably, Dallet won her election by 11.5 percentage points, which means there was a 12 percentage point conservative swing in State Supreme Court races in the span of one year. As noted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the conservative swing was particularly amplified in northeast Wisconsin, where the conservative margin swung 20 percentage points and in northcentral Wisconsin, where the conservative margin swung 17 points. Both northcentral and northeast Wisconsin performed particularly well for Donald Trump in 2016.

No doubt, the state Republican and Democratic parties will further investigate turnout numbers in every area of the state to better plan their strategies in 2020.

Hagedorn will take his seat on the court when Abrahamson’s term ends on August 1.

Madison Mayor’s Race

While the State Supreme Court race drew most of the attention, political spectators and the media also closely watched the race for Madison mayor. Incumbent Paul Soglin faced off Satya Rhodes-Conway who served 6 years on the Madison City Council. The race was officially nonpartisan, but both candidates are known Democrats.

In a somewhat surprising outcome, Rhodes-Conway handily defeated Soglin by over 24 percentage points. Rhodes-Conway’s victory marks the end of a storied mayoral career for Soglin, who served as mayor in three separate stints over the course of 46 years.

Soglin was first elected to serve as mayor from 1973 to 1979, when he left Madison to be a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was reelected in 1989 and served until 1997, when he resigned to make an unsuccessful run for Congress. In 2011, Soglin once again sought and won election to serve as mayor.

Soglin also notably ran for governor in 2018, but ultimately lost the Democratic primary to Governor Tony Evers. During his run for governor, Soglin publicly stated he would not run for reelection as mayor. However, following his primary defeat, he announced he would seek another term.  While it’s unclear to what extent that reversal affected his reelection changes, political spectators can’t help but wonder if that misstep cost some support.


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