Hamilton Political Tidbits- August 15, 2014

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 August 15, 2014  


With the results now (mostly) in from the August 12primary election --- the key state races for the general election on November 4 are taking shape. See the article and link below for primary election commentary and results. In this edition you can also check out the new Wisconsin Legislature Website and take an interactive look at where Wisconsin's energy comes from.


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Primary Color

Tuesday's primaries didn't bring much to the table in terms of headline grabbing races, but there were some interesting results.


Gubernatorial Race - Governor Walker v. Mary Burke


At the top of the ticket, incumbent Governor Scott Walker will face-off as expected against Democrat challenger Mary Burke. Statewide polling has shown the race is tight and the last two statewide polls conducted by Marquette, for example, underline the likelihood of the Governor's race being close to the end.


Attorney General - Open Seat - Republican Brad Schimel v. Democrat Susan Happ


Jefferson County DA Susan Happ was a resounding winner in the Democratic primary for Attorney General against State Rep. Jon Richards from Milwaukee and Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne. Happ, a political unknown, topped 50 percent against candidates with perceived advantages.

2014 Election: Candidates & Results
New Wisconsin Legislature Website

Earlier this month the Wisconsin State Legislature's website (legis.wiconsin.gov) received a makeover, which included a reorganization and new features to help voters quickly find information about their legislators. 

Legislative Resources Links on Hamilton Website
Hamilton Consulting's website has a one-stop location for key links to help you follow along as laws and policies affecting your interests are discussed in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Under the Resources menu, at Hamilton-Consulting.com, you can find four key calendars:
  • Political Fundraising Calendar: Tracks every political fundraiser happening in the state;
  • Wisconsin Legislative Schedule: Provides updates when legislators are in session and in Madison;
  • Wisconsin Legislative Floor Calendar: Information on every bill, amendment, and proposal that will be discussed on the Senate and Assembly floor;
  • Weekly Schedule of Legislative Committee Hearings.

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Wisconsin in Vogue



Heading to the farmer's market in the summertime is not only a great way to get your fresh summer vegetables, but a popular summer pastime in the United States. Wisconsin's farmers' markets received their own mention is a recent article in Vogue.


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New Round of Fast Forward Grants Available

The next round of Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grants are available and ready for employers looking for customized worker training grants. $8 million are available for nine different categories, including agriculture, a first for the WFF grant program.

"With this round, Wisconsin Fast Forward moves into high gear," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The amount available exceeds what we've awarded so far, and we are seeking, innovative collaborative proposals in nine categories that reflect Governor Walker's vision in offering the Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative. Also new this round, we're seeking proposals from employers in agriculture and their partners for customized worker training."

State Companies Invited to Trade Venture with Czech Republic, Poland, and Turkey

Together with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation(WEDC) and Council of Great Lakes Governors, Wisconsin businesses are invited to participate in a trade venture to the Czech Republic, Poland, and Turkey, with the goal to help Wisconsin businesses expand their exports. The trip is November 1-11, 2015. 

Wisconsin Energy Profile


Data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration lets us see an interactive, state-by-state analysis and map of where our energy comes from. Click on the photo to interact with the map.


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Governor Announces New High-Tech Start-Up Grants

Governor Walker has announced the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will provide $1 million in funding to high-tech start-ups in Wisconsin, through a new program called Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Advance.

Administered through UW-Extension, the funds will be provided to those with federal SBIR grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. Federal grants provide $2 billion per year of federal research funding. Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, explains the WEDC funding "will fill critical funding gaps for activities such as market research and patent development restricted under federal awards that applicants already hold." The funding will be provided after companies complete key milestones.


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News Clips 


D.A. Happ to face Schimel in attorney general election: Daily Union, Aug. 13, 2014.

Let the people vote their choice (opinion): Beloit Daily News, Aug. 13, 2014.

Federal judge: State voter ID law stays blocked: Fond du Lac Reporter, Aug. 13, 2014.

Likely recounts loom following tight races: Wisconsin State Journal, Aug. 13, 2014.

Winners and losers in Tuesday's primary election: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 13, 2014.

Wisconsin's closest congressional race in decades: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 13, 2014.

Lehman wins lieutenant governor primary: Racine Journal Times, Aug. 12, 2014.

Burke easily beats Hulsey in Democratic primary for governor: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 12, 2014.

Democrat Happ appears headed for win in AG primary: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 12, 2014.

Jonathan Brostoff wins 19th Assembly District primary: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 12, 2014.

Republicans pick Steffen in Assembly District 4: Green Bay Press-Gazette, Aug. 12, 2014.

With Burke's win, the three biggest months of Scott Walker's political career begin: Washington Post, Aug. 12, 2014.

Primary sets stage for Wisconsin Senate battle: Channel3000.com, Aug. 12, 2014.

Attorney general tops Wisconsin statewide ballot: Channel3000.com, Aug. 12, 2014.

Rohrkaste emerges in GOP field to succeed Kaufert: Appleton Post-Crescent, Aug. 12, 2014.

Westlund, Bewley and Meyers hold big leads: Ashland Daily Press, Aug. 12, 2014.

Wanggaard headed for victory: Racine Journal Times, Aug. 12, 2014.

Gov. Scott Walker readies ad for start of general election: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 11, 2014.  


Economic Development and Finance

Coach Bo Ryan films new tourism ad with ZAZ: Wisconsin Radio Network, Aug. 14, 2014.

Diverse workforce challenges require a mix of strategies for Wisconsin: WisOpinion.com, Aug. 14, 2014.

Governor touts transportation improvement efforts: WBAY.com, Aug. 14, 2014.

New $1 million program aims to fuel small high-tech businesses: La Crosse Tribune, Aug. 13, 2014.

Marinette Marine continues work on future USS Detroit: Appleton Post-Crescent, Aug. 5, 2014.


Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, insurer to settle trust account claims: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 5, 2014.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino a sure bet to shake up lodging market: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 4, 2014.

Uncompensated Interns Not Entitled to Health Care Worker Protections: Wisbar.org, Aug. 1, 2014. 

Utilities and Energy
 Clean Line transmission project gets chilly reception in Missouri: Midwest Energy News, Aug. 14, 2014.

BNSF pledges more coal to avoid winter power shortage: Ashland Daily Press, Aug. 13, 2014.

Securities filing outlines details of Wisconsin Energy-Integrys deal: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 13, 2014.

Coal-fired rural co-ops dig in against EPA emission rules, but a few mavericks flirt with renewables: E&E Publishing, Aug. 13, 2014.

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation: Green Tech Grid, Aug. 13, 2014.

Integrys execs to rake in $34 million in golden parachutes: Chicago Business, Aug. 14, 2014.

How smart is alternative energy? MinnPost.com, Aug. 12, 2014.

CapX2020 towers, lines stretch across the area: Rochester Post-Bulletin, Aug. 8, 2014..


Shrinking Revenue Spurs Gas Tax Alternatives: Pewtrusts.org, Aug. 14, 2014.

Greg Peck: Which are more dangerous: Drunks or cellphone users? Janesville Gazette, Aug. 14, 2014.

Appleton committee approves wheel tax: Fox11.com, Aug. 13, 2014.

Driving is increasing in Wisconsin: Reedsburg Times-Press, Aug. 13, 2014.

Vehicle tax picks up a boost: Chippewa Herald, Aug. 6, 2014.

Wisconsin road crew has a plan to make sure its freeway miracles work: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 5, 2014.

Mitchell International reports increased passenger traffic this year: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 4, 2014. 



More must be done to protect state's water supply (opinion): Racine Journal Times, Aug. 14, 2014.

Hudson's Ryan Conway discovering real-world mining horizons: Hudson Star-Observer, Aug. 13, 2014.

Natural Resources Board Approves Changes To How Agency Reviews Policy: WPR.org, Aug. 13, 2014.

Oneida fights suit over waste-to-energy plant: Green Bay Press-Gazette, Aug. 13, 2014.

County Requires Frac Sand Companies To Begin Mining Within One Year Of Getting Permit: WPR.org, Aug. 5, 2014.

DNR seeks public input on proposed Enbridge pipeline project: Superior Telegram, Aug. 5, 2014.

Wisconsin's role in oil boom highlighted by latest proposed pipeline: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 5, 2014.


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