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WAND Government Affairs June 2018 E-Newsletter

Friday, June 15, 2018  
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WAND Government Affairs June 2018 E-Newsletter


The November elections will be here in less than five months. That means WAND PAC is making contributions in the upcoming election cycle to candidates who support our mission and profession. We have made great progress toward our goal but we need you because every bit helps!

We have already used WAND PAC funds for our lobbyist to attend campaign events and will be distributing campaign contributions to legislators in the coming weeks who were helpful to WAND this past legislative session. WAND lobbyists will personally deliver WAND PAC checks to candidates.

WAND PAC is an important part of our legislative advocacy and allows us to support candidates who share WAND’s policy goals and vision for the dietetics profession. Your contributions help increase WAND’s access to lawmakers, which ultimately gives WAND a stronger voice on nutrition and healthcare policies at the State Capitol.

Not sure if or when you donated?  Go to the WAND website, log in, click on “Manage Profile” under “My Profile” (to the right) and you’ll find a confidential listing of your “Donations” under “Invoicing, Payments and History.”  To make an online donation now, click here.

Frostman and Plumer Win Special Elections

On Tuesday, June 12th, voters in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District went to the polls to select their new state legislators for the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session.

In the 1st Senate District, Democrat and political newcomer Caleb Frostman defeated four-term Republican State Representative Andre Jacque in a close race. Frostman garnered 51.4 percent of the vote to narrowly win the seat. The 1st District includes Door and Kewaunee Counties and parts of Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties. The key to Frostman’s victory was a strong performance in Door County, in which he beat Jacque by more than 1,900 votes.

Frostman is the first Democrat to win the 1st Senate District in over 40 years. His victory is another significant success for Senate Democrats, who earlier this year flipped another long-held Republican Senate seat in the 10th Senate District in northwest Wisconsin.

The State Senate is now at an 18-15 Republican majority heading into the November general election. Senate Democrats will focus their efforts to take two more seats and gain the majority in that house.

Meanwhile in the 42nd Assembly District, Republicans managed to maintain control of the seat. Republican and Lodi businessman Jon Plumer defeated Lodi Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd with 53 percent of the vote. The district includes parts of Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Marquette Counties.

Assembly Republicans believe the victory combats the Democrats’ narrative that 2018 is poised to be a “blue wave.” On Twitter, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called it a “#bluetrickle.” Assembly Democrats feel they made progress in a seat that Republicans won by over 17 points in 2016.

There is a major caveat to both elections: Frostman and Plumer both need to win again in November in order to serve full terms in the legislature next session. In fact, both will face the same opponents in November. In essence, the campaigns are not over for any of the four candidates in those races. However, Jacque will face a Republican primary challenger on August 14th.

Political spectators will analyze what the Frostman and Plumer victories may mean for November. Some believe it’s a signal Democrats have a chance to flip the State Senate and therefore spoil the complete Republican-hold on the legislature and state government.

Candidate Submit Nomination Papers

All candidates for statewide office are official. Each office-seeker had to submit their campaign registration statement, declaration of candidacy, statement of economic interests and nomination signatures by Friday, June 1st in order to appear on the ballot for the August 14th primaries and the November 6th general election.

In order to be included on the August primary ballot, and potentially the November general election ballots, candidates for state office need to acquire a certain number of signatures. Candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Treasurer must acquire 2,000 signatures from Wisconsinites.

Those seeking office of U.S. Senator must obtain 2,000 signatures and those running for the U.S. House need 1,000 signatures from residents of the district.

Candidates for State Senate are required to submit 400 signatures, and individuals running for State Assembly must submit 200 signatures. They must be signatures of people who are residents of that district.

In all, 17 individuals submitted signatures for gubernatorial candidacy, including 2 Republicans, 11 Democrats, and 4 third-party candidates. Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker is being challenged in a primary by long shot candidate and Sun Prairie resident Robert Meyer.

A total of 34 candidates submitted nomination papers to run in the 17 Senate Districts up for election this fall, and 199 candidates delivered papers to run for all 99 Assembly seats.

A number of challenges were filed against candidates. Those filing the challenges claimed some of the signatures may not be valid. One such filing is against Charisse Daniels, a Democratic candidate in the 37th Assembly District. The challenge claims some signatures are forged. The Watertown Police Department has opened an investigation into potential elections fraud.

After a period of detailed review, the State Elections ruled four candidates will not be placed on the ballot: two Democrats (AD 8, AD 37), one Republican (AD 57), and one Libertarian (AD 76). For a complete list of candidates who will be on the ballot for the August 14th primaries and the November 6th general election, please use this link.

Justice Abrahamson Not Seeking Re-Election

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will not seek reelection when her term expires next year, according to a press release from May 31st.

In the release, Abrahamson says, “It is a difficult decision. But in that regard, it is like many of the decisions in cases I have helped decide over four decades on the court – most often, good arguments on both sides, difficult choices, important questions.”

Abrahamson was the first woman elected to the State Supreme Court, when she was appointed to the court in 1976 by Governor Patrick Lucey. She won her first 10-year term in 1979 and was re-elected three more times.

In 1996, Abrahamson became Chief Justice and served in the role until 2015 when voters changed the State Constitution to allow the members of the Court to elect the Chief Justice.

Born and raised in New York City, Abrahamson received her law degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She practiced in Madison for 14 years and was a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

There have been no official announcements on who may run for the open seat on the bench next year, but State Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn and Second District Appeals Court Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer have indicated interest in running. Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ has also expressed interest.