WI State Senator Jennifer Shilling Will Not Challenge Walker for Governor

This apparently is of little or no interest to Milwaukeeans since the local media hasn’t touched it, but the rumored run for Wisconsin governor in 2018 by State Senator Jennifer Shilling is a non-starter:

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling says she has no plans to run for governor in 2018 and will spend the next four years focused on her role in the Senate.

“I am not running in 2018,” the La Crosse Democrat said Tuesday. “I’m really happy with the role that I have and the district I represent and serving in the state Senate.”

Shilling, who was elected last month to a second term as minority leader in the Senate, had been frequently included on the short list of Democrats expected to make gubernatorial bids. In numerous campaign mailers, the Republican State Legislative Committee labeled her a “Madison insider” intent on climbing the political ladder.

Saying she was flattered to be considered as a contender, Shilling did not rule out a future run.

One of Largest Employment Events of the Year

From our exploding email inbox:

America Works and Representative David Bowen Host One of the Largest Employment Events of the Year

Event to Draw More than 100 Transportation Industry Employers and Thousands of Job Seekers

America Works, a national workforce development company, and Representative David Bowen along with more than one hundred local employers will come together to host one of the largest transportation employment events within the city.

The event is free and open to all job seekers who are interested in employment in the transportation industry. Local employers include Enterprise Holdings, Pepsico, United States Postal Service, Roehl Transport Inc. and UPS among many others, which will offer hundreds of open positions.

Who: State Representative Bowen, who is a member of the Transportation Committee, Earl Bufford of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Dr. Vicki Martin, the President of Milwaukee Area Technical College, America Works Director Carlyle Outten, local employers and community leaders

What: Employment event and press conference with opportunities for interviews with employers, job seekers, elected officials and community leaders

When: March 30, 2016; Event will begin at 10:00AM with a panel discussion; Press Conference at 12:00PM

Where: North Division High School located at 1011 W. Center Street

A number of service providers will also be present to help individuals during the job-hunting process. For example, insurance companies will be on hand to speak to the requirements to be successfully insured before obtaining a job, along with other vendors which assist with paying fines and cleaning driving records among other services. Professional attire specialists will offer free consultations, licensing specialists, child-care providers and many others will offer information intended to help individuals return to the workforce.

America Works of Wisconsin, Inc.

Since 1984, America Works has moved more than 500,000 hard-to-place individuals into the workforce, including military veterans, long-term welfare and food stamp recipients, former criminal offenders, people who are homeless and living in shelters, youths aging out of foster care, non-custodial parents, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people receiving Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance.

Author Thomas Frank coming to Boswell Books on March 22!

From my email inbox comes news that Thomas Frank, the author of Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? will be coming to Boswell Books. The event is starts at 7:00 p.m. and it’s free, and Boswell Books is located at 2559 North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee.

Open Government Advocates to Take Show on the Road


Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council



February 23, 2016

Contact: Mark Pitsch, (608) 252-6145; Bill Lueders, (608) 669-4712

Open Government Advocates to Take Show on the Road

Advocates of open government in Wisconsin are planning a three-day, eight-city informational tour to highlight the importance of the state’s open records laws, in the wake of unprecedented attacks from state lawmakers and others.

“An open society depends on open government. Wisconsin residents understand that,” says Mark Pitsch, president of the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and an assistant city editor at the Wisconsin State Journal. “Last summer’s attempt to gut the records law is just one of several recent examples of official disregard for the public’s right to know. It’s time for education and vigilance.”

The “Open Government Traveling Show” will take place from Tuesday, March 15, through Thursday, March 17, as part of national Sunshine Week, the annual “celebration of access to public information.”

The events—free and open to the public—are aimed at helping Wisconsin residents understand the open records law and how to use it. Each 90-minute presentation will feature a tutorial on the records law and examples of its use by journalists and advocates.

Participants will include representatives of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, the Center for Media and Democracy, the MacIver Institute for Public Policy and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The tour is also supported by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Each stop has its own local sponsor.

La Crosse: March 15, 2 p.m. La Crosse Public Library. Local sponsor: La Crosse Tribune.

Eau Claire: March 15, 7 p.m. Centennial Hall, Room 1614, UW-Eau Claire. Local sponsor: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, UW-Eau Claire chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

Wausau: March 16, 10 a.m. Marathon County Public Library. Local sponsor: Wausau Daily Herald-USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Green Bay: March 16, 2 p.m. Green Bay Public Library. Local Sponsor: Green Bay Press-Gazette-USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN

Appleton: March 16, 7:30 p.m. Appleton Public Library. Local sponsor: Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Sheboygan: March 17, 10 a.m. Sheboygan Public Library. Local sponsor: Sheboygan Press-USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Waukesha: March 17, 2 p.m, Waukesha Public Library. Local sponsor: Schott, Bublitz and Engel S.C.

Janesville: March 17, 7 p.m. Blackhawk Technical College. Local sponsor: Janesville Gazette

Bill Lueders, President • 608-669-4712 • blueders@wisconsinwatch.org • Mail: c/o WNA, 34 Schroeder Crt., Madison, WI 53713




This is my 1000th post on Blogging Blue since Zach asked me to join in 2010. I would like to thank all of you faithful readers…and commenters…and particularly those of you who reached out directly to me to thank me for what I have been doing…for letting me hang around this long. And if Zach allows me to continue…I look forward to the next 1000!!!!

Hillary Clinton to Attend ‘Women for Hillary’ Grassroots Organizing Meeting in Wisconsin

From my email inbox comes news of a “Women for Hillary” grassroots organizing meeting to be held on the campus of UW-Milwaukee on Thursday.

On Thursday, September 10th, Hillary Clinton will make her first trip of the campaign to Wisconsin for a “Women for Hillary” grassroots organizing meeting in Milwaukee. During the event, Clinton will discuss her record of fighting for women and families. As president, Clinton will protect funding for Planned Parenthood, and will fight Republican efforts to take away women’s right to basic healthcare like affordable birth control.

She will fight to ensure all workers receive paid leave, allowing them to take time off for a new baby or to care for a sick relative without losing their paycheck or their job. And she will fight to ensure that women receive equal pay. This will strengthen America’s families by helping women and their families get ahead.

Members of the public interested in attending can sign up here.

Hillary Clinton will speak at a ‘Women for Hillary’ Grassroots Organizing Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, September 10th 2015 at 5:30 PM CDT
Doors open at 4:00 PM CDT

WHERE: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Spaights Plaza

Entry near south side of:

Golda Meir Library
2311 Hartford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Just a quick PSA

Here’s my PSA: Don’t ever think you’re exempt from anything just because you’re “young & healthy.” Always be mindful of that.

Drinking Liberally MKE – July 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. with guest Meagan Holman

From my email inbox comes news of the next (last?) meeting of Drinking Liberally Milwaukee.

Greetings Friends!

As many of you are aware, this will likely be my last Drinking Liberally as host …which is why I’m excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Meagan Holman​, former School Board Director and candidate for the 14th Aldermanic District.

Meagan brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective, and as a previous guest of our organization, also brings a lot of fun and energy into a room.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 20th–7pm at Transfer Pizzeria.


Campaign 16: In Support Of Unlimited Campaign Contributions!

Whoa whoa wait…you got some ‘splainin’ to do Mr. Heinzelman! Well indeed I do, so hold on to your hats!

Citizens United is the most devastating court ruling in my life time. It has tipped the balance of power from the ballot box to the wallet. Money isn’t free speech! But putting that genie back in the bottle may take decades or worse yet…generations…so let’s make the most of it and limit how and where those freedom of speech dollars are spent.

Here’s my official plank: Every individual who is eligible to vote has the right to make unlimited campaign contributions in any race they are eligible to vote in.

So let’s parse this out.

Individual…a unique person…a living breathing person…not a corporation, PAC, Super PAC, 501c3 front group, union, fraternal organizations…etc…a living breathing person.

Every eligible voter. Now I’d really like to say every registered voter but that wouldn’t last more than five minutes in a federal court. So let’s just try eligible voter. You actually have to be eligible to vote to actually contribute campaign funds.

Unlimited contributions – I don’t care how much money you contribute it…but it has to be to a campaign…not to a PAC, Super PAC, 501c3, or any other organization…it has to be to a campaign that records and publishes contributions…no more dark money…ever!

In a race they are eligible to vote in. So no more out of state contributions…I live in the city of Milwaukee, so I could contribute any amount to a candidates in state wide races like governor or US senator or state supreme court…any candidates running for county wide office in Milwaukee county…Milwaukee mayor, my legislators in Madison, my congress representative, my alderman, school board director, my county supervisor…etc…you get the picture. I couldn’t contribute to a candidate for mayor anywhere else, governor of Illinois for example, anyone running against Rep. James Sensenbrenner or Rep Paul Ryan, or a US senate race in Massachusetts. I only get to contribute to the home team so to speak.

So until Citizens United is overturned, let’s make sensible use of free speech as money! Accountable, Transparent, Directed.