On Thursday April 18, Rep. Jim Steineke and Rep. Dave Murphy will meet with us to bring us up-to-date on state legislation. This is an open meeting beginning at 6:15; Appleton Yacht Club.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions on specific bills or issues. You are encouraged to invite interested friends and family to participate.
By: Dave Murphy. Posted by: Ron Tusler
The Assembly passed Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) this week. This is the first ferrous mining regulatory legislation in the history of our state.
I voted for this bill because after more than two years of personal research, including touring the potential mine site, I believe we can responsibly mine for iron ore and reclaim the natural beauty of the area. I spoke with both supporters and opponents of iron mining, including my constituents, people from elsewhere in the state, and environmental experts. I learned that the area people refer to as ‘pristine’ was mined for 85 years with no regulation or cleanup. We can do better.
I believe we can do better at preserving water quality than, for example, the Bad River Tribe. The Tribe has struggled for years to attain even the minimum level of water quality expected by any other community in our state. According to federal records, their own sewage treatment plant is the worst in Wisconsin and the plant is operating without a permit. They’ve been cited for Clean Water Act violations 38 times, due to the excessive amounts of E. coli, solids, and phosphorus released into the Bad River since 2007. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documentation is available through an internet search. As a sovereign nation, their water is their business, but it affects us all. I am confident in the regulatory authority the state and federal governments will have to preserve water quality, should a mine be built in the future. In particular, I trust the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect the natural resources of Wisconsin, and the safety of our environment. Our DNR is an excellent watchdog.
I voted for this bill because it offers a chance. The overriding message I heard from citizens was that the potential for thousands of family-supporting jobs for decades cannot be denied, especially in the largely jobless north. Tourism alone doesn’t give you that kind of salary. Providing the opportunity (not a guarantee) for those jobs to materialize is part of the job of government.
Contrary to what you may have heard, this bill does not reduce air quality, surface water, or safe drinking water standards. It does not increase limits on pollutants or emissions. It doesn’t approve or permit a mine; instead, it creates the framework for companies interested in obtaining a permit to get a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer on whether they can proceed. It builds on the mining laws we already have in Wisconsin and the federal laws the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA are required to follow.
I realize there are differing opinions on this issue, and I know everything we do impacts something else. That’s why we analyze the information, history, and possible future of an idea and decide if the potential benefits outweigh the risks. We make the best decision we can at the time, knowing nothing can be perfect. This mining bill requires any wetland acres that are filled must be replaced with a larger number of acres somewhere else. Some say all wetlands are unique, and while that may be true, replacing them is an option to improve the sum total of wetland acreage. Frankly, you can’t do any project without changing something.
Some folks have told me that the majority of Wisconsinites don’t support this legislation. Although I disagree with that unproven premise, even if it were true, we’d have to stand up for a specific minority: those in the north who need consistent jobs and a future for their families and communities.
Leslie Kolesar, a housewife and registered nurse from Iron County, is a founding member of the Bad River Watershed Association. She testified at hearings and press conferences, and talked with me personally about this issue. Leslie has lived 500 feet from an unreclaimed open pit mine since she was a child. Two things she said really resonated with me. Leslie said Iron County’s only export is our children. Our children move elsewhere to live, work, and raise their families. She also asked that we consider both the natural environment and the human environment in making our decisions. People are part of the ecosystem, too.
I agree with those who say we only have one chance to build, operate and reclaim a mining area the right way. But there’s more than one way to get it right. There’s no magic wand to fix problems, but that doesn’t mean we stop striving to make our world better. My hope is that people who love Wisconsin can stay and earn enough to support their families, and those who want to move here can do the same.
SCOTT WALKER is a confirmed speaker at our Lincoln Day Dinner!!!
Confirmed Speakers: Congressman Reid Ribble, Special Guest Eric Hovde, St. Sen. Frank Lasee,
When: Monday, February 18, 2013. Cocktails at 5:00, Dinner at 7:00, Program at 8:00.
Where: Paper Valley Hotel
RSVP: REQUIRED. No “pay at the door.”
Fifty-one voting members arrived at the Outagamie County Caucus on February 2, 2013. One contested election occurred, while three constitutional positions went uncontested.
Barb Bieber was re-elected as Chairwoman of the County. Barb received 29 votes to challenger Howard Miller, who received 19 votes. A great thanks is owed to Howard Miller, a highly respected businessman and entrepreneur who was nominated for the position.
Challenger Roger Trovato will be Barb’s Vice-Chair. Former vice-chair, Ed Perkins, did not seek re-election. Ron Tusler, your author, was nominated for the position, but respectfully declined. Thus, Mr. Trovato received the position without opposition. Congratulations Mr. Trovato!
Next, Roger Glenn and Carl Soderberg will remain Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Mr. Glenn gave an eloquent speech regarding our party’s need to work together to defeat our common opponents.
The Executive Committee will be chosen by the constitutional officers in the very near future.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THERE IS HEREBY CALLED, A COUNTY CAUCUS ON FEBRUARY 2, 2013, pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution of the Outagamie County Republican Party,(hereafter OCRP) to be held at 5355 Scroth Lane, Appleton, WI 54913, commencing at 9:30 a.m. for the transaction of the following business: (Please park in the back of the building and use the rear door which leads directly into the meeting room).
1. To promulgate the adopt of the reports of the OCRP Chair and Treasurer.
2. To promulgate and adopt the report of the Credentials Committee.
3. To adopt resolutions addressing issues not currently addressed in present/standing resolutions. As such this notice is the formal call to the OCRP members for the submission of resolutions to the OCRP Caucus. Any proposed resolutions not herein specified, should be submitted to Michael Stouffer, PO Box 304, Little Chute, WI 54140 or to GOP2012@michaelstouffer.com OR Brian Garrow at email@example.com. Any proposed resolutions will be edited for clarity, checked for similarity to other standing resolutions and will be available for review on the OCRP web site, www.ogop.org no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013.
A maximum of thirty (30) minutes will be set aside during the caucus for the discussion of resolutions not previously submitted to the Resolutions Chairman. However, the Chair need not accept any such resolution if in his judgment, it is illegible, there are not sufficient copies (30) to allowed informed consideration by the caucus, it is frivolous, the topic has already been addressed by a resolution previously presented to the Resolutions of the Republican Party of Wisconsin or the resolution contains assertions, assumptions or statements of fact that must have been verified prior to discussion by the caucus.
4. To review and accept a list of delegates to serve at the 20113 8th Congressional District Caucus on March 2, 2013 and the 2013 Republican Party State Convention beginning on May 3, 2013. Such list consists of members of the OCRP in good standing (membership dues paid prior to January 1, 2013).
5. To election four constitutional officers as submitted by the Nominations Committee and appoint such committee chairs as the Nomination Committee presents.
6. To transact any other business that maybe necessary to obtain the objectives of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Republican Party of the 8th Congressional District, and the Outagamie County Republican Party.
9:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Call to Order
11:00 a.m. Adjourn
Please direct any questions or comments to:
Barbara Bieber, Chair
Outagamie County Republican Party (OCRP)
PO Box 1854
Appleton, WI 54912-1854
920-730-3933 (OCRP Office)
920-996-9437 (BB Home)
Outagamie County Matters! In some very close elections, Outagamie County voters came to the voting booths on Nov. 6, 2012 and found a way to get our Republicans into Office. Now, its time to reap our reward.
Our assemblymen have made our votes heard throughout the state. The following is a list of our county members and their respective seats in our state’s subcommittees. For a complete list, please see http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/vos/pressreleases/Pages/Speaker-elect%20Vos%20Announces%20Committee%20Members.aspx.
Dave Murphy – Vice Chair of Colleges & Universities. Member of Board – Constitution & Ethics, Housing & Real Estate, Insurance, and Urban & Local Affairs.
Dean Kaufert – Chair of Tourism. Member of Board – JCRAR, Financial Institutions, Small Business Development, Transportation.
Jim Steineke – Member of Board – Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage.
Al Ott – Chair of Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage, Judiciary. Member of Board -Agriculture, Consumer Protection, Criminal Justice, Constitution & Ethics, Gov’t Operations & State Licensing, Transportation, Tourism, Urban & Local Affairs, Veterans.
Finally, our state senators sub-committee’s can be found at Fitzgerald’s Committees.
While Nov. 6th was a disappointment on the federal level, Wisconsin still has one great hope, Scott Walker & his Congress. Candidate Rick Gudex successfully routed liberal Jessica King out of the State Senate, helping Republicans regain the Senate.
Further, Congressman Reid Ribble easily defeated his challenger, Jamie Wall. Reid Ribble continues to stand as a model for strong Republican leadership. Ribble and other Republican congressman helped maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congratulations Sen. Gudex & US Congressman Reid Ribble, lone bright-lights on a rather dreary night.
Great Video Comparing Obama’s Promises to Results.
By: Paul Ryan
Mitt and I are looking forward to celebrating a Republican victory with our family, friends and campaign team on Election Night. For a few more hours, you can enter for a chance to join us in Boston for the party.
We’re even covering airfare and accommodations for the lucky winner and his or her guest — so don’t miss out. It will be a lot of fun!
Don’t delay — contribute $5 or more by 11:59 PM tonight to be automatically entered for your chance to win.
A rally for Tommy…in Green Bay on Monday!! Governor Walker, Congressman Ribble and candidate John Macco will also speak on Tommy’s behalf. If you need further information, pleases contact Johnny at Johnny@tommyforwisconsin.com
Location: Green Bay Distillery, 835 Potts Avenue, Green Bay
Time: Doors open at 5:00. Program begins 5:30.