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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wisconsin Rural/City Roads Are Crumbling For The I39/90 Expansion

JG Editor's Blog Excerpt: (April, 2012)
"I have yet another reason to stay up to date on the gubernatorial recall situation. Should Tom Barrett win the primary and defeat Gov. Walker, the DOT’s Majors Fund — the state funding source for the 39/90 project—could be in serious jeopardy, as Barrett has publicly stated his desire to rededicate a chunk of this fund to local street maintenance." - Dan Cunningham, Forward Janesville VP

Here's a piece of unsettling news that was never reported on before, or at least addressed in the same light that Austin Scieszinski, a candidate running in the democratic primary for Tim Cullen's senate seat, described during a recent Q & A candidates forum.

In short order and with some obvious reservation, Scieszinski was responding to a question about road and infrastructure funding and mentioned the I39/90 interstate expansion, when he stated that Gov. Jim Doyle called for a closed door meeting of a special DOT committee that hadn't convened for 8 years.

Scieszinski explained that for some reason, Doyle called the meeting at the last minute right before an election (2010). That meeting resulted in flipping the Federal/State funding shares for the interstate project from federal 80% / state 20% to federal 30% / state 70%. That flip in funding, according to Scieszinski, meant that about $500 million in state aid maintenance funding was washed away from local roads. He did not elaborate any further.

So lets back up on this a moment.

Assuming the timeframe on the DOT meeting is somewhere between September and Election Day 2010, several points of interest come readily to mind. Number one; Doyle was not running for re-election in 2010 so there was no direct political benefit or quid pro quo on his part to call the meeting. He had to be pressured by state legislators or lobbyists or both to convene this late meeting.

#2: The biggest booster for the expansion was and still is the pro-Walker anti-competition business group Forward Janesville. The group formed a special lobby at that time to get the interstate expansion on the state's transportation docket. In fall of 2010, the Transportation Projects Commission (the committee Scieszinki spoke of) recommended approval of the project.

#3: Mayor Tom Barrett, who was running against Scott Walker in a close race for governor, made it known that he's a local infrastructure guy who will defend local taxpayers by doing all he can to not cut state aid for local roads and infrastructure. Obviously, Barrett's support for local taxpayers doesn't help Forward Janesville members and their project. Particularly at a time of projected state deficits.

#4: This is where it gets interesting. With poll projections often showing Barrett in the lead, Forward Janesville may have grown desperate to get the interstate expansion on the state's docket. This is speculation but it does appear the special meeting was called just in case Barrett wins election, FJ's project would at least be on the state's agenda ready for enumeration.

The question then becomes what was traded away in a deal that caused the funding to flip AND who are the legislators that traded $500 million in federal highway funding at the command of a special interest group?

If the above scenario is true, it doesn't mean something illegal was done. It just does not bode well for our local legislators. In fact, it's extremely disappointing.

Sure, there are other road funding problems including shortfalls in the gasoline tax coming into play. Also, current cuts in local road aid might not yet reflect the full $500M shift in funding for the I39/90 expansion. But in the meantime, Wisconsin's city and country roads are crumbling from the pressure of cuts resulting in part from a deal to pay for the I39/90 expansion.

Since the election of Scott Walker, Janesville alone enacted its first municipal wheel tax and will have a tax hike road referendum on the ballot this year.

Janesville taxpayers should think long and hard before committing themselves to additional new taxes. Keep in mind that regardless of who is governor next year, the state is considering a slew of new license and registration fee hikes, including raising the state gas tax and even mileage charges. These higher taxes and charges will be on top of our Forward Janesville induced road tax referendum - if you so choose.

Not ironically, Wisconsin republicans also passed laws disabling drivers from suing state or local jurisdictions for damages done to their vehicle or person by unsafe roads.

This appears to be all part of a reformation of expected decline. In no way would I call it forward.

Watch Scieszinski speak about the funding beginning at 9:36 in the video below. (Part 3):

Part 2: Candidates for Wisconsin Senate 2014

Part 1: Candidates For Wisconsin Senate 2014

Thanks To VCKSTR89 for posting these videos.

NOTE: This posting is not an endorsement for any candidate in the state senate primary. Excluding the videos, I also want to make it clear that candidate Austin Scieszinski did not in any way participate in this commentary. It is the sole opinion of its author.


RNR - Janesville, Is the I39/90 Expansion Worth an $80 Annual Vehicle Tax?

RNR - If We Can't Afford The Roads We Have Now - Go Bigger and More Expensive

RNR - Walker Commits To Deficit Spend Interstate Expansion

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Community Quotes #2

It's been a long, long time since I posted the last "Community Quotes" column. This collection of quotes is an alternate version to the Janesville Gazette's "Sound Off" column. It is meant to provide further discussion and accurately reflects the social/political majority and values of the area.

On Scott Walker's Criminal Scheme:
✦ Just when you think you've seen the worst, Governor Walker does it again. When will the press and voters hold him accountable?

✦ This shows clearly who Gov. Walker works for, and it's not us. If ever a governor needed to be removed from office, it's the one we have now. Go ahead folks, vote for Scott Walker again and get more of the same criminal behavior.

✦ The case against Scott Walker is still pending and regardless of which way a final ruling might go, Walker as an elected official, owes the people of Wisconsin answers to many of the questions raised by the evidence. It's less about legality and more about public trust.

Scott Walker's Act 10 Budget:
✦ People stating that Walker balanced the budget without increasing debt are being willfully deceptive or are misinformed. Walker increased state debt in his two budgets by borrowing $4B to balance. That's not a problem if borrowing to balance is acceptable to you. But if you voted for Scott Walker, you should reconcile the borrowing with his Brown Bag Rule #1: Don't spend more than you have. Clearly, he failed.

On Talk Of GM coming back to Janesville:
✦ Yes. let's bring GM back so then we can have a large part of the workforce doing uneducated, factory labor for a company that could easilly get up and leave again on a whim. let's do the same thing we did before because that clearly worked out so well. How about more jobs for people who actually have college degrees?

✦ The last time GM opened for business in Janesville, they created a minimum of 2,500 family raising jobs, bringing a $150 million annual global payroll to the area ...for 90 years. It was horrr-rible.

On Janesville's New City Manager:
✦ Hopefully he had no connections to any power house big wigs in this area. Would be great to have a new perspective.

✦ He was appointed by them. Who do you think is advising and training him?

✦ So Colonel Freitag called an "all hands on deck" meeting for a pep talk with Janesville municipal employees. Wonder if he lightened the mood for the meeting with Scott Walker's top ten ode to public employees?

✦ Don't personally know him, he could be a great guy. But City Manager Mark Freitag is beginning to sound like a Forward Janesville tax shifter and spender. He seems to think our local tax treasury is as bottomless as the federal government's. Hold on to your wallets.

On Democratic Candidates, Bipartisanship and Forward Janesville:
✦ A Democrat working with or supporting Forward Janeville's legislative agenda is no different than being Republican. Janesville, you may as well re-elect their tool, Joe Knilans.

✦ When I hear a local Dem running for office talking about how they will work with the other side to promote bipartisanship, I want to throw up. This is not 1975. It's not 1990. Heck it's not even 2000. If Tim Cullen couldn't convince Republicans to drop their assault, don't tell me you can. I want someone who will stand up to them. Not wave the white flag. We are not them. Get it?

✦ So local Dem candidates are talking about working with Forward Janesville? What changed? Did FJ members apologize? Did they drop their war on workers, unions or teachers? Did they ever stop laughing at the notion that area workers will be forced to work for less now that GM is gone? Dems are making a mistake telling voters they'll work with FJ after what FJ did to us. I won't be part of aiding the enemy and would rather skip voting in this senate race if that's what we have.

On Janesville's Property Tax Road Hike Referendum:
✦ Funny how so many in the Janesville Gazette's anonymous "Sound Off" column state the dire importance of funding local road maintenance, but when Forward Janesville's leadership supported deeper cuts in state aid for local roads, not one of them voiced their concern.

✦ Let me get this straight: Forward Janesville and the road cartel can simply lobby state legislators to spend $1B to double the lanes of I39/90 and have their way, no referendum needed. But Janesville residents have to referendum themselves a property tax increase to maintain our local roads? On property taxes? No way. We pay our taxes. Walker supposedly had a surplus. Why didn't he increase road funding to locals instead? Oh I forgot, it's an election year.

✦ Wow. So the Janesville city council want property owners to increase taxes on themselves to pay for road maintenance. Yet the council refused to raise the Walker Wheel Fee on their own when they had the chance. Why does the council approve a tax rate hike through referendum they wouldn't approve themselves?

✦ This referendum should be called the "Forward Janesville Suckers Pay" referendum since they were the loudest local supporters for dropping state funding levels for our streets. Charge their membership to make up the difference in state aid to pay for Janesville's streets since they lobbied for it. This is Forward Janesville's puppy.

✦ Hilarious hearing Janesville council members rationalize foisting a tax hike referendum on property taxpayers for roads. "The wheel tax is regressive because it's not tied to the value of the vehicle." Seriously? No. It is regressive, but not for that reason. Any tax that is income blind of the person paying it, is regressive. Property taxes are not the worst offenders, but they're in the top three.

✦ Had to shake my head when council member Doug Marklein stated that the $10 wheel tax is very unpopular, yet he is selling a permanent annual $30 to $40 property tax hike to supplement it as the next best thing.

✦ If Janesville residents vote themselves a property tax hike to replace withheld state aid for roads they already paid, Gov. Scott Walker wins.


RNR - Community Quotes #1 Post (Oct. 2013)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Was Walker Thinking About His Settlement Talks When He Said The Case Is Resolved?

Did Scott Walker let a cat out of the bag when he said the case is resolved? Was he thinking instead about those controversial settlement talks with prosecutors when he spoke? Just food for thought here.

Remember, Walker and his attorney were in settlement talks with prosecutors only weeks before. That discovery prompted an anonymous source privy to the case to post an editorial in the Wall Street Journal blistering Walker and basically claiming that he was preparing to sell out his campaign support groups for concessions. But, what material evidence was Walker bargaining for from the prosecutors? Was it Thursday's document dump of evidence placing him at the center of criminal operations? Perhaps.

Remember too, that the evidence released on Thursday is only a small part of the evidence Judge Rudolf Randa wanted immediately destroyed.

With yet more evidence remaining under seal, Walker still has more chips to bargain for, but Thursday's release was the very first from the case to name Walker explicitly as the central figure. To a politician such as Walker whose career is built on faux imaging and media manipulation, that revelation (center of a criminal scheme) had ransom value ONLY because it carried huge public perception value for Scott Walker. But that bargaining chip is now gone.

So after the WSJ editorial, it can be assumed Walker and his attorney "resolved" the issue by backing away from settlement talks and deciding to "take one" for his big-moneyed base by letting the prosecutor's case run through its natural, albeit, now maginalized course.

The only thing left for Walker to do now is falsely and repeatedly slam the prosecution as politically motivated Democrats, destabilize the reporting media as willing accomplices to their political attack, and conflate those faux narratives into an invisible Goliath he "will not back down" from.

And hope it sells.

Walker is in DefCon One damage control, but this is his "victim card" modus operandi he has used throughout his career with much success.

Of course this is conjecture on my part, but none of it here takes away anything from the fact that Scott Walker is an elected official who owes voters an explanation for his role in the avalanche of evidence presented in both John Doe investigations, judges rulings notwithstanding.

To that end, Wisconsin is still waiting for him to come clean.


MKE Express - Is Wisconsin Club for Growth Suing the Wrong District Attorneys?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Judge Expands Judicial Powers. He's Now Ruling In The Court Of Public Opinion

Wouldn't you know it? The federal judge who earlier stated that circumventing campaign finance laws is something that should not be condemned, but commended, has now halted the release of more evidence regarding those special commendations.

Soon after the official release of 250 pages of documented evidence (WalkerDocs 2) on Thursday, Judge Rudolph Randa ruled that the release of more documents would subject those involved to "unwanted public scrutiny." On that basis, he rejected a request by five media groups to release the entire cache of evidence.

But Judge Randa wasn't finished dishing out his bizarre rationale to block public scrutiny.

Wisconsin Reporter Excerpt:
MADISON, Wis. – In a scorching critique, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa verbally hammers the prosecutors in a politically charged John Doe investigation for seeking “refuge in the Court of Public Opinion, having lost in this Court of law.”

Seriously, to what good end is it for a judge to openly slam prosecutors after the fact? Who is he protecting?

So according to Judge Randa, the deliberate circumvention of campaign finance laws is political free speech ingrained in our culture, but public opinion is not.

Clearly, Randa blocked state prosecutors and prevented the evidence and case to rise or fall on its own volition in the legitimate court of law. That wasn't the prosecutor's fault.

Truth is, IF Judge Randa had done his job, he wouldn't have to worry about withholding evidence from public opinion. Besides, it's not his court to rule in.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Half Of Waste/Recycling Tipping Fees Go To The WEDC

Click banner for OWN's report on the WEDC
I've got so much stuff on my plate that everything is almost at a standstill. From writing about politics, local and state, or about the condition of our feckless partisan media, and exploring the vast opportunities for messaging on social media, graphics, videos and animated GIFs, I must have at least 500 projects in draft stage that will likely never see the light of day. Such is life.

Unfortunately, that means I have been taken away from focusing on local stories percolating from the area's right-wing propanganda operation, the Janesville Gazette.

The recent amphitheater story was just one example where I neglected to mention that the proposal by Forward Janesville along with the Gazette's "gift" meme was first most likely their attempt to change the local narrative and begin steering public focus away from the politically toxic agenda they so strongly support. With the willing Gazette staff in tow and anonymous troll postings in their Sound Off column, they just might pull it off. Apparently, I seem to be the only local voice holding Forward Janesville's record accountable.

One of the recent stories I deliberately delayed was about Janesville's city administration testing the winds of privatization for the city's dump/landfill. Apparently, city officials are claiming that since 2008, "everything conspired to align" against the city's efforts to continue operating the facility. Therefore, they are testing the market to see if they can attract interested buyers, or close the landfill entirely. There's a ton of meat in this story that just sticks in my craw.

Once I get past the notion that the story itself seems to be a creation to purposely fuel outrage against the sale proposal in hopes of softening residents up to accept another hike in fees, I find myself backing up and looking at the big view of location (growth patterns have put the landfill near the center of city) history (the city boasted to visitors from Europe how efficient and cost effective the dump was) and environmentalism (a private buyer will have profit interests in mind, not Janesville's interests) and find their narrative preposterous.

Most importantly, the city's biggest reason to entertain the privatization idea revolves primarily around higher costs and lower trash volumes created in part by the doubling of state imposed tipping fees in 2008. That fee went from $5.90 to $13 a ton and it was meant to limit trash volumes. What they don't report on in the Gazette is Gov. Scott Walker's hands in all this.

Wisconsin Legis.Gov Excerpt:
2011 Wisconsin Act 32 (the 2011-13 biennial budget) eliminated the segregated (SEG) recycling and renewable energy fund and split its former funding and functions primarily between the new economic development fund and the environmental fund.

The $7 state solid waste (recycling) tipping fee, along with most recycling related programs, was transferred to the environmental fund. The economic development (former recycling) income tax surcharge revenue ($25.9 million in 2010-11) is now deposited in the economic development fund and primarily appropriated to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Aren't these the same folks who howled like wild dogs when Gov. Doyle touched their precious "segregated" transportation slush fund? You'd think they would understand that fees meant to restrict the dumping of out-of-state trash on Wisconsin soil or encourage recycling should be returned to those facilities replacing lost revenue needed to fund operations? Not a chance.

Walker's donor club members need them some free money. In the meantime, towns like Janesville will have to buck up big or consider privatizing their municipal landfill risking everything.

Don't forget that $13 tax cut Walker gave you.


RNR - Janesville Waste Collection Fee Jumps 70% (Less than a year ago)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Janesville Amphitheater Proposal. A Gift Or a Curse? That Depends.

I’ll call this a gift of an idea! A proposal not unlike the amphitheater recently written about in the Janesville Gazette. But the main difference is, I reverse the roles of funding and management. You see, with miles of riverfront at our disposal (not really but we can pretend) we would like to have an outdoor music park in Janesville that relies less on government dependency for it’s annual maintenance costs, yet draw in the generous business sector so they can have some “skin in the game.”

So my proposal would look something like this:

Let the area's notorious business club, Forward Janesville, buy the land at fair market value, own it and pay the property taxes, including the taxes, insurance, etc., on the improvements of course. That's very important. The city and FJ could work out a deed restriction agreement in exchange for future proceeds (later in this posting) to make sure the city is the final authority on any possible future property sale or lease agreements. With Forward Janesville's name on the deed, city asset value would remain flat thereby relieving taxpayers of the invisible 6% (apprx.) asset tax the city (.6 x 4.8M = $288,000 tax increase) is entitled to collect from taxpayers.

As a gesture of civic collaboration, the City of Janesville would (maybe) cancel the city's portion of the property tax bill through various forgivable loan abstracts (they're good at that), eliminating about a third of the tab. Anyways, let the city build and pay for the initial costs of the amphitheatre ($4.8 million) property improvements, manage daily operations and keep any proceeds that would payback the borrowing note.

AFTER the note is paid off, proceeds from the property can be split 50/50 between the city's general fund and Forward Janesville. It may take 10 or 20 years for FJ to see some capital return on their land purchase, but they're committed to the community and that timeframe would be similar to that of TIF agreements they promote and surpluses regular taxpayers so patiently wait for.

In return from benefitting from discounted property taxes, Forward Janesville can show a further committment to the community by maintaining the physical features of the property, replacing and repairing structures when necessary, underwriting insurance on the property and care for grass mowing and snow removal ...into perpetuity. Get some skin in game!!

Besides, FJ's "charitable arm," flush in new tax shifting redistributive extractions, boasts millions in excess cash burning a hole in their pockets right now. They proposed the amphitheater in the first place! So, taking care of all the annual operational costs, paying property taxes (oh my), fees, insurance and maintenance on the amphitheater property would save taxpayers money and end city council battles over raising taxes to fund rising operational expenses. That would be a great gift to the city from its business community. The city would own and could lease all advertizing rights for added revenue and hold fundraiser events if there's a shortfall in revenues.

This role reversal of ownership, funding and operational management is a general outline close to (but not quite) being the exact opposite of what Forward Janesville has proposed. And Lord knows FJ's proposal makes it look like the city is getting off cheap. In fact, FJ's media enabler, the Gazette, calls their side of the proposal, "a great gift."

Likely, critics of my proposal represent a small minority of naysayers. I think a silent majority of taxpayers would support this fiscally responsible concept of a sustainable gift to a community in need of one. If you want Janesville to move forward, halt the negativity and rally behind this thoughtful proposal.

NOTE: By the way, I am NOT in support of Forward Janesville's proposal. Not the amphitheatre itself, that's a good idea, but the location (and of course ownership, funding and management roles as described above). It is too small for such a project with homes directly across the street and being tightly locked between the Hedberg library and JPAC.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Republican DA Explains The 'Essence' of Representative Government

You've got to be kidding ...

Why can't a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign? Isn't that the essence of representative government? - Brad Schimel, Waukesha County District attorney and Republican candidate for attorney general.

Have to give Schimel some credit however for being honest to the fault of openly admitting to a backward set of principles. Voters can't say they didn't know he is willing to sell out the government process to the highest bidder.

But no. That is not the essence of representative government. That's the essence of pay-to-play. This really needs explaining? To a district attorney yet?

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker continues to keep names of contributors to his "legal" defense fund a secret. In Schimel's Machiavellian wonderland, Walker is completely justified obstructing our view of government "essence" because others paid more and at the same time, in the spirit of money equals speech, he's suppressing conservative free speech by keeping their names hidden.

It never ends with these guys. Corrupt is as corrupt does.

Read full story here.

Star Tribune - Wisconsin candidate calls lawmakers, donors working together on bills 'essence' of government

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Forum: Meet Progressive Candidates For The 45th Assembly District

The Rock County Progressives present an educational forum:

Meet the progressive candidates for assembly District 45 (now held by Janis Ringhand)

Sheila De Forest, Beloit City Councilor

Mark Spreitzer, Beloit City Councilor

Wednesday, June 11
6 PM-6:30 PM cheese & cracker reception (nonalcoholic potluck)

6:30 PM- 7:45 PM, speakers & discussion

**Basics Food Cooperative
1711 Lodge Dr.
Janesville, Wisconsin

(**This is an independent event not affiliated with Basics)

From Madison route 90 until 1st Janesville exit, south on Route 26 past route 14, look for Toys R Us on the right, right on Lodge Drive, on right across from Toys R Us.

The Community Room is to the left when you come in.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rock County Clerk Is Ready To Roll With Marriage Licenses To All Qualified Couples

BREAKING NEWS: Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler issued the following announcement regarding the issuance of marriage licenses.  The Rock County Clerk's office is located in the Rock County Courthouse, 51 South Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545.

From Clerk Stottler:

"Our office is open Monday - Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm and we are prepared to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples.

*****It is important to know that the Rock County clerk is NOT responsible for the legality of the marriage union and refunds will not be issued to applicants for ANY reason. Those applicants who do not marry prior to a legal action that a stay or an injunction of the current ruling of Judge Crabb could potentially lose rights to file a license with the Register of Deeds, making the marriage unrecognized by the State of WI. Applicants will be told upon presenting at the County Clerks office that they understand the ramifications and are willing to enter into application with this understanding*****

This is the law always - but I feel the need to reiterate to same sex couples due to the impending challenges they may face by moving forward in this unsettled environment.

1 - I can only issue licenses to residents of Rock County or out of state residents wishing to be married in Rock County (residency must be proven - Driver's license or mail, etc) 
2 - Apply in person - together between 8am and 4:30pm
3 - Bring with you a certified copy of your birth certificate (issued from the state or county with the raised seal. Not a hospital copy with your cute little feet on it!)
4 - Bring a photo ID and your Social Security number
5 - If either applicant was previously married, bring a copy of the final judgment of divorce, annulment or certified death certificate to prove how and when the last marriage ended. In Wisconsin it is unlawful for any person to marry until 6 months and 1 day after the date of granting a divorce.
6 - Applicants will be asked who will be performing the ceremony and are expected to provide the name, address and phone number of the wedding officiant.
7 - If a waiver is issued, applicants will be asked to pay $120 cash (95 + 25). Otherwise the application fee is $95 and can be paid in cash or check. A waiver would allow couples to take their license directly to an officiant and be married that day and file their license in the Register of Deeds without waiting the State waiting period.

I hope this is clear to those with questions."

via Fair Wisconsin

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Wisconsin Marriage Ban Overturned in Wolf vs. Walker

Some rare good news in Wisconsin!

Freedom To Marry Excerpt:
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned Wisconsin's discriminatory state ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Crabb did not stay her ruling, but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the order, leaving it unclear whether same-sex couples could immediately marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said he will appeal the decision.

Gov. Scott Walker must have known ahead of time that the jig is up when he recently started waffling his words and dodging questions on the issue. He has always been opposed to equality and holds extreme anti-LGBT views, even going as far as comparing gay marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy.

Washington Blade Excerpt:
In her 88-page ruling, Crabb, a Carter appointee, makes significant of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against DOMA as part of her reasoning leading to her determination that the marriage is unconstitutional. “In light of Windsor and the many decisions that have invalidated restrictions on same-sex marriage since Windsor, it appears that courts are moving toward a consensus that it is time to embrace full legal equality for gay and lesbian citizens,” Crabb said.

Now however, since the winds of social conscience no longer appear to offer Walker a political advantage, the issue has been relegated to his, "things voters don't talk to me about" recycle bin.

As you also know, Walker has a knack for circumventing laws and moving the goal posts in the middle of the game and with J.B. Van Hollen immediately threatening to appeal the decision, Wisconsin isn't out of the woods just yet.

Yes, it's a time to celebrate equality, but we won't be safe until Scott Walker is booted out of office for good.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Video: WI Legislator Speaks On #ALECexposed

This video is already a month old but definitely worth a look about ALEC's influence in Wisconsin. Watch it:

Also, the most current list of Wisconsin ALEC legislators I can find is at SourceWatch. FYI, ALEC legislators near Rock County include:

Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-11) Not seeking re-election
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-45)


Youtube - ALEC Q&A: Dynamics between lawmakers & corporations