Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maloney Statement on Cracker Announcement

Maloney for West Virginia

For immediate release: Thursday, March 15, 2012
(304) 376-5038


"How much longer must West Virginia families wait for jobs?" asks Maloney.

MORGANTOWN —West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney released the following statement today following the news that the chemical processing plant, known as a ‘cracker’, would be built in Pennsylvania rather than West Virginia.

“Our hearts go out to the thousands of families in West Virginia who were hoping to finally see some new job opportunities that would have come along with getting this facility in our state,” said Maloney. “How much longer must West Virginia families wait for jobs?”

He continued, “For months, Earl Ray Tomblin has said that this was his number one priority as Governor. Well, he failed. This administration has done nothing to fix the fundamental problems that job creators face in West Virginia, but unfortunately West Virginia families continue to pay the price for the failures of the career politicians, special interests, and lobbyists in Charleston.”

‘Rob Alsop, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's chief of staff, said attracting a cracker remains the governor's No. 1 goal.’
Alsop: “It's our top priority at the moment.” (Charleston Daily Mail, 12/7/2011)

Maloney concluded, “West Virginia just lost billions of dollars of potential investment and lost tens of thousands of job opportunities to the state of Pennsylvania. The Obama / Tomblin team is obviously out of touch with the needs of our state. West Virginian families have no other choice than to demand new leadership. We need a proven job creator in Charleston who will take the bold steps necessary to move our state forward.”

Bill Maloney was the 2011 Republican nominee for governor of West Virginia. A proven job creator, Maloney has built his own businesses and provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. Maloney isn’t a career politician, and he will bring real-world experience and a fresh approach to Charleston. He believes in lower taxes, smaller government and more opportunity. Maloney’s 'can-do' attitude helped to save the lives of 33 trapped Chilean miners recently. Maloney and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters, with a grandchild on the way.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Marinette County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner

Saturday, March 17, 2012

5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Social (Cash Bar)

6:00p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Dinner (Family Style)
Choice of Chicken or Fried Fish Entrée

Schussler’s Supper Club
W3529 Highway B
Peshtigo, Wisconsin 54147

$25.00 per person

Guest include: Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Reid Ribble, State Rep John Nygren, State Rep Jeff Mursau and U.S. Senatorial candidate Mark Neumann

There will be a raffle for two tickets to the Packers vs. Bears game in Green Bay during the 2012 season.

Marinette County Republican Party

P.O. Box 662, Marinette WI 54143

Telephone: 715 587 7771

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Catholic League News Release



March 14, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the statement [click here] just released by the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

The statement, “United for Religious Freedom,” is the clearest exposition of contemporary Catholic thought on religious liberty in America. It leaves nothing on the table.

It speaks directly to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that seeks to force Catholic non-profits to cover services it deems objectionable in its insurance plans. Mincing no words, the statement declares the HHS edict to be “unjust and illegal.”

It debunks many myths about this issue: it is not about contraception; it is not just about Catholic religious rights; it is not about the Catholic Church trying to impose its will on others—it is about the federal government trying to impose its agenda on us; it is not about opposition to universal health care (the Church has long championed this right); and it is not about choosing political sides. It is about religious liberty.

Most important, the statement argues that the HHS mandate seeks to create a three-tiered class of citizens’ rights: by defining religious rights as applying only to those who work for religious institutions that hire and serve mostly people of their own faith, the Obama administration has relegated those who work in religious institutions that serve everyone to a second-class status; those who are not a religious employer but nonetheless reject on religious grounds to funding immoral insurance plans constitute a third-class of citizens.

The good news is that the bishops aren’t flinching: there is no room for compromise when the subject is our constitutional rights—rights that come from God, as the Declaration affirmed, not government. It warms the heart to read that the “unprecedented magnitude of this latest threat has only strengthened our resolve” to do what is right. The bishops have the unqualified support of the Catholic League.

Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191

STRATFOR: A Conversation on Europe with George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

March 09, 2012

Senator Johnson Questions Secretary Sebelius on True Cost of Obamacare
Secretary Sebelius testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. I asked the Secretary about estimates of the cost of Obamacare. Click here to watch the exchange.
Senator Johnson Pays Tribute to Wisconsin's Heroes
I spoke on the Senate floor this week about the sacrifice Wisconsin's military members have made. Click here to watch my remarks.
Senator Johnson Questions Defense Experts at Budget Committee Hearing
Click here to watch my questions for the witnesses.
Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin
This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.
Wednesday, March 14th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cambridge Village Hall, Community Room
200 Spring Street, Cambridge, WI 53523
Wednesday, March 14th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fall Creek Village Hall
122 East Lincoln Avenue, Fall Creek, WI 54742
Wednesday, March 14th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Oakland Town Hall, Main Assembly Room
N4450 County Road A, Oakland, WI 53523
Wednesday, March 14th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bruce Village Hall
100 West River Avenue, Bruce, WI 54819
Wednesday, March 14th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hebron Town Hall, Board Room
N2313 County Highway D, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Wednesday, March 14th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cookie Jar Coffee Shop
24435 County Highway E, Mason, WI 54856

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

Opportunity Squandered—Thousands of Mining Jobs Lost

I am disappointed that mining reform, which could have created thousands of jobs, was rejected by the State Senate this week. Ultimately the State Assembly, the mining company interested in a project in northern Wisconsin, the DNR and others offered numerous compromise proposals and made many concessions. Unfortunately because some State Senators refused to reasonably and responsibly work in good faith with all interested parties, they ultimately squandered an opportunity to create thousands of jobs. It’s frustrating that these Senators stood in the way of a major job creation project in an area of Wisconsin that is economically distressed.

After Senate action, the prospective mining company promptly issued a statement saying, “Senate rejection of the mining reforms in Assembly Bill 426 sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message.” They went on to say, “We are ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine.”

Thousands of good-paying, family supporting jobs left as a direct result of Senate Democrats and State Senator Dale Schultz rejecting reasonable mining reform.

While it seems like a longshot there is still time for State Senators who opposed mining reform to change their minds, we are still hopeful that in the future we can provide certainty to the mine permitting process so that we can get more Wisconsinites back to work.

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Plummets—Private Sector Jobs Grow

This week the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary data for January 2012, which showed that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% (the lowest since 2008) and the state added 15,700 private sector jobs.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is well below the national average and after losing some 150,000 jobs in the three years before I took office, we have begun to turn the economy around. While I am encouraged by the statistics released this week, we still have more work to do to continue to grow jobs, improve the economy, and remain on a path of fiscal sustainability so the next generation won’t be saddled with our debt.

Program to Advance Job Training Announced

This week I announced a three-year, $4 million pilot program aimed at boosting skills training for jobs that are available now. The program, Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant, is designed to foster partnerships between the Wisconsin Technical College System and businesses with advanced manufacturing employment needs. The Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant, created by the non-profit Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, seeks to strengthen the ties between technical colleges, employers, and job seekers.

The goal is to tailor employee training to specific employers, which will help both those enrolled in technical colleges and the businesses in area communities. Closing the gap between jobs and available workers needs to be a high priority, especially in the area of manufacturing, where career opportunities are growing. Working with the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant and the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation we will make substantial developments in workforce training and job placement. I want to thank the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) for partnering with us on this important program.

These grants will strengthen the pipeline between technical colleges and employers offering advanced manufacturing jobs. Specifically the grants will support the rapid development of degree or certificate programs that produce graduates who can meet specific employer needs.

Schools and businesses must partner on their application to the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation for up to $750,000 in funding for each grant over three years. The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation will select award application winners based on how many degree holders will result, how many jobs will be created, and how aggressive the employer proposals are among other criteria set by the Foundation.

By closely tracking the results of the grants, the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation can determine the impact of fostering mutually beneficial relationships between higher education and private industry to inform future funding priorities.

According to the Center on Education and the Workforce, nearly two-thirds of all new job openings in Wisconsin between now and 2018 will require some form of education beyond high school (some college through graduate degrees). Seventy percent of jobs in the next decade will require a degree above high school and below a four-year institution. The majority of WTCS graduates (more than 4 of every 5) stay and work in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 2007. The Foundation provides grants to make higher education possible for young citizens of Wisconsin. Board members include former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke, Boldt Company CEO Tom Boldt, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation CEO Richard George, Michael Best & Friedrich partner Dave Hanson, Foley & Lardner Public Affairs Director Scott Klug and UW-Milwaukee Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Innovation Joan Prince.

The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation will be holding an informational webinar on April 3rd. Additional information on that can be accessed at Questions about the grant application can be directed to Libby Gerds at or by calling 877-396-6249.

Just Ask the Governor: Part VIII

Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.

Question: What is going on with the voter ID injunction?

Answer: I recently penned an op-ed for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding recent developments relating to the implementation of requiring a photo ID to vote. Below are excerpts from that editorial:

Requiring a photo ID to vote is a common-sense reform that protects the integrity of our elections. Ensuring the integrity of the ballot box is an integral part of holding free, open and fair elections.

Photo IDs are already required to buy cold medicine, board a plane, cash a check and apply for public assistance.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld the constitutionality of requiring photo IDs to vote.

We've already run an election in Wisconsin where a photo ID requirement has worked, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared it constitutional, it is a common-sense method to protect the integrity of our electoral system and it has been successfully implemented in states all across the nation.

The time has come to accept the fact that I worked hard to lawfully and constitutionally implement a law that I campaigned on and to move on. There are many pressing issues facing our state; rehashing and litigating voter ID at the taxpayers' expense isn't one of them.

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.


Governor Scott Walker

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Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

RSC Update: How to Make Medicaid Better, More Accountable & More Affordable

From the Chairman

Every state runs its own Medicaid program, but the federal government provides more than half the money and a one-size-fits-all set of rules. It can take months or years for states to get approval for their own changes and reforms. Costs rising at warp speed put enormous strain on state and federal budgets, and countless fraudulent claims are paid out every year. Those who truly need help often struggle to find a doctor and get inadequate care.

President Obama talks a lot about fairness these days. Well, is it fair to the poor when Medicaid promises care but doesn’t deliver? Is it fair to our children to borrow and spend trillions on a program rife with fraud and failure? ObamaCare will make all of these problems even worse, which is yet one more reason to repeal it.

Conservatives introduced the State Health Flexibility Act last week because Medicaid should work better. State officials are more accountable to their citizens and understand their needs and priorities better than federal bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services. Giving states maximum flexibility to innovate and improve their programs will lead to better care for their most vulnerable citizens. In exchange, the bottomless pit of federal taxpayer money would become a predictable and more affordable funding stream. As the chart below illustrates, we can save $1.8 trillion without even cutting a penny from current federal spending.

Governors like Rick Perry, Bob McDonnell, Nikki Haley, Rick Scott, and Chris Christie have all called for an end to Washington’s one-size-fits-all control over Medicaid. The State Health Flexibility Act shows how to do it.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

· Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Stop Gas Prices from Fueling Trouble; Politico, March 5.

· Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49): Distorting the Debate of Religious Freedom; Roll Call, March 5.

· The Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a video highlighting the large amounts of food stamp fraud, March 7.

· Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22): GOP Plan Sets Path to Energy Sufficiency; The Journal Gazette, March 8.

· Rep. Bill Posey (FL-15) with Sen. Rubio (R-FL): A Destructive IRS Mandate; The Miami Herald, March 8.

· Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) appeared on MSNBC to talk about the latest employment report and the JOBS Act, March 9.

· Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07): ObamaCare's Illegal Fee on Faith; The Washington Examiner, March 9.

RSC Member Activity RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) sent a letter to Sec. of the Treasury Geithner warning him that the Administration cannot bypass Congress to increase IMF funding.

· Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-04) introduced H.R. 4136, legislation which triggers the Secretaries of Energy, Agriculture, and the Interior to develop a plan to increase the percentage of federal lands leased for oil and gas production by what is being depleted from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

· Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08) introduced H.R. 4180, the Sound Dollar Act, legislation which transforms the mission and operations of the Federal Reserve to lay the foundation for strong economic growth for America in the future.

· Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) introduced H.R. 4171, the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act (FOCUS) Act of 2012. The legislation prevents the federal government from applying foreign law to American citizens and businesses.

· Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-02) sent a letter to President Obama requesting that his Administration express support for Israel during this time of great uncertainty from the growing threat Iran’s nuclear advances pose.

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.

· On March 6, the House passed H.R. 4105, which would allow the Commerce Department to continue imposing anti-subsidy duties on nonmarket economies.

· On March 7, the House approved H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. The legislation jumpstarts hydropower development on Bureau of Reclamation canals and pipelines by reducing unnecessary and duplicative administrative and regulatory costs.

· On March 8, the House approved H.R. 3606, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. This legislation is a compilation of bipartisan House bills that will provide real solutions to encourage job growth by removing some regulations impeding small businesses and startups.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· This week, the House is not in session as Members head back home for a Constituent Work Week.

· This Friday is James Madison’s birthday. He was the 4th President of the United States.

· This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day.

RSC Reports

· RSC Staff recently compiled a Policy Brief detailing the President’s FY 2013 Budget.

· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.

· Check out the RSC Sunset Caucus’ work to shrink the size of government and the Repeal Task Force’s work to eliminate bad laws and regulations.

· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.

· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.


House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director

Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff

Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff

Derek Khanna, Professional Policy Staff

Brian Straessle, Communications Director

Michael Tate, Deputy Communications Director
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach

Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services

Rick Eberstadt, Research Assistant

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Rick Santorum Says Vote For Ron Paul If You Want Someone Who Voted Conservatively

h/t: The Daily Paul

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