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Salute to Veterans

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "Americans, indeed, all free men, remember that in the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains." On Veterans Day, and every day, it is important that we honor the sacrifices that so many have made for this great nation. We are forever grateful for the freedom that they have defended throughout our country's history. Thank you.

Upcoming Town Halls

Please join me for one of the town hall meetings in November, December, or January. During these meetings, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at Sen.Kapenga@legis.wi.gov or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Senate Passes GAB and Campaign Finance Reform Bills

Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and campaign finance reform bills.

Eight years since its inception, the deficiencies within the GAB have been well-documented. Audits from the Legislative Audit Bureau have found a host of issues with the board, ranging from a failure to perform regular duties to a blatant disregard of state statutes. The shortcomings of this model are evidenced by the simple fact that no other state has followed our lead. Our actions to overhaul the agency are necessary to ensure our state’s elections and ethics laws are administered in a fair, balanced, and accountable manner.
 
Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws are broken, outdated, and long overdue for legislative action. Numerous court decisions have rendered our laws unreadable and unenforceable. The courts and even the GAB have challenged the legislature to tackle this problem by rewriting the statutes. In the absence of clear boundaries on the government’s ability to regulate political speech, regulators have encroached on the First Amendment rights of individuals and groups to engage in the political process. This bill fixes this problem by establishing greater accountability, ensuring the constitutionality of our statutes, and increasing transparency in our political process.

To view the entire list of bills that were passed by the Senate on Friday and Saturday, click here.

Today in History

 
1892 - In Pittsburgh, William "Pudge" Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when he earns $500 playing for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
1942 - The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins, a pivotal Allied victory in the Pacific.
1954 - Ellis Island closes after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892. 
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia becomes the first manned spacecraft ever to be launched twice when it lifts off at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Madison, WI 53708
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