Hamilton Political Tidbits – August 24, 2018

Political Tidbits - August 24, 2018
Hamilton Consulting Group
 August 24, 2018
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Marquette Poll: Walker/Evers, Baldwin/Vukmir Races Start Out as Dead Heats

On Aug. 22, Marquette University (MU) Law School released its first poll analyzing 2018 election candidates after the August primary elections. The poll went into the field the day after the primary from Aug. 15-19.
ICYMI: Vukmir, Evers Win in Wisconsin Primary Elections

All the questions were answered early on election night as Tony Evers easily won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor and Leah Vukmir cruised to victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Both races were called long before the 10:00 p.m. news, and both candidates should get a boost as they move on to face their well-financed incumbent opponents.
In what some might consider upsets, two Democratic incumbent Assemblymen were defeated in their primaries. Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee) lost to LaKesia Myers, a Milwaukee public school teacher. In what was less surprising, embattled Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) lost to attorney Marisabel Carbrera. 
EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which replaces the 2015 Clean Power Plan.
First Municipal Customer Side Lead Pipe Removal Program Approved

On Aug. 16, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the state's first municipal customer side lead pipe removal program. In March, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Leading on Lead Act (Act 136) into law, thereby paving the way for water utilities to provide financial assistance to replace water laterals on private property containing lead.
Judge Hagedorn Announces Run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

2nd District Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Hagedorn is running for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Shirley Abrahamson's retirement in 2019. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer (also serving in the 2nd District) announced her candidacy for the seat in July.
Justice Rebecca Dallet Sworn In To Wisconsin Supreme Court

On Aug. 6, Justice Rebecca Dallet was sworn into office as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dallet's 10-year term will expire on July 31, 2028.
Study Committee Update: Alcohol Beverages Enforcement Committee Discusses Three-Tier, Agency Enforcement

The Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement met for the second time on Aug. 22. The committee heard from several presenters, who discussed the three-tier system, agency enforcement, and other matters.
Continue reading about the alcohol committee.
Study Committee on Investment and Use of School Trust Funds Meets

The Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds met for the first time on Aug. 16, 2018. The committee, chaired by Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), is tasked with reviewing the investment process and loan programs under the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL).

Study Committee on Bail and Pretrial Release Meets

The Study Committee on Bail and Conditions of Pretrial Release met for the first time on Aug. 16, 2018. The committee, chaired by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison), is tasked with reviewing the state's pretrial release system.
Study Committee on Property Tax Assessments Meets

The Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices met for the first time on Aug. 7, 2018. The committee, chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), is tasked with reviewing and recommending changes to current property tax assessment practices in Wisconsin, including the role of comparable sales and market segments in assessments.

Legislators Participate in 'Apprenticeship Signing Day'

On Aug. 23, legislators participated in 'Apprenticeship Signing Day,' joining Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin in celebrating Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program. Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), and Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) attended the event, which took place at Royal Construction in Eau Claire.

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News Clips
Evers, Walker launch new TV ads in governor's race: Wisconsin Public Radio, August 23, 2018.
Campaigns trade barbs in Eau Claire: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, August 23, 2018.
'Scorched earth' spending in Wisconsin governor's race: Wisconsin State Journal, August 22, 2018.

Utilities and Energy
Economic Development
Democrats question Foxconn project scope: Daily Reporter, August 22, 2018.
Foxconn exec: 13K jobs 'absolutely' attainable: Racine Journal Times, August 22, 2018.

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