Elections and Politics
On Nov. 20, 2013, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters hosted a Civil Dialogue with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The leaders covered many topics related to the end of the 2013 legislative floor period.
On December 17, John Hermes (D-Greendale) will face Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) in the final election of 2013. The winner will fill the 82nd Assembly District seat that was vacated by Jeff Stone. Stone resigned the seat in order to take a job at the Public Service Commission.
Republicans Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin, 21st AD) and Bob Kulp (R-Stratford, 69th AD) won their special election races for the State Assembly on November 19. Meanwhile the winner of the special Republican primary special in District 82, Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) will prepare to face John Hermes (D-Greendale) in the general special election on December 17.
Last week appeared to be the unofficial kick-off to the November 2014 campaign season. It marked a year out from 2014’s November 4 Election Day, it saw the end of the 2013 off-year elections around the United States, and we got our latest glimpse of the Marquette Poll, which explores statewide races and issues in Wisconsin.
Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) is something of an enigma in the Wisconsin Senate. Formerly one of the state Republican Party’s leaders, Schultz is now on the outs with many members of the party after voting with Democrats against the 2011 budget repair bill and against the mining bill in 2012. Schultz now faces a Republican challenger should he choose to run for re-election in 2014.