Aug 13, 2011

Bob you Liar Liar "Pants on Fire" via

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Wirch’s claim of helping land a big new employer is not only false but ridiculous -- or, Pants on Fire.

Bob Wirch on Monday, July 25th, 2011 in campaign mail piece
In Wisconsin recall race, Dem state Sen. Bob Wirch claims he helped attract employer with 800 jobs to his district

Bob Wirch, one of the two Democratic state senators in Wisconsin facing a recall election Aug. 16, 2011, tells voters they should keep him in office because of his record on creating jobs in his Kenosha-based district.

But can the former factory worker and 19-year lawmaker, who is being challenged by Republican Jonathan Steitz, fairly claim part of the credit for coaxing an Illinois company to bring hundreds of jobs over the border?    NO  ..  Liar Liar "Pants on Fire"

The claim is made in a flier Wirch’s campaign mailed July 25, 2011 to voters. The flier cites Uline, a national distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials, and includes this headline:
"Bob Wirch helped bring Uline to our area -- creating 800 local jobs."
So, did he?
Uline describes itself as a family-owned company that employs 2,600 employees across the country. It was founded in 1980 by Dick and Liz Uihlein; Dick Uihlein is the great-grandson of the founder of the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., one of Milwaukee’s famed beer makers.
The company was headquartered in Waukegan, Ill., just south of the Wisconsin border, when it announced n June 2006 that it would expand in Pleasant Prairie, a Kenosha suburb about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. Both Wirch and Steitz, a lawyer who is making his first run for public office, live in the village.
Uline made big news in January 2008, when it announced it would move its headquarters to Pleasant Prairie and build a distribution center there, investing $100 million and employing 1,000 people by 2010. The company also said it would utilize state government incentives that were later calculated to be worth up to $18.6 million over nine years.
The Wirch campaign flier led Dick and Liz Uihlein to issue a statement in response on Aug. 3, 2011.
"We worked with a variety of state and local officials during the relocation process; however, state Sen. Wirch was not one of them," the couple said in the statement, noting they do not support Wirch’s campaign.
That’s a strong rebuttal to Wirch’s claim that he aided in the company’s move.
The statement also noted that a bill Wirch sponsored to help Pleasant Prairie with economic development -- which is also mentioned in his campaign flier -- was not introduced until July 2011 -- months after Uline had completed its relocation. The bill was "by no means a determinative factor in our decision to relocate," the company’s statement said.
When Wirch’s bill was signed into law in August 2011, Wirch said it would lead to 800 new jobs in Pleasant Prairie being created through a future expansion at Uline and the launching of a new biotechnology business incubator, according to the Kenosha News.
But those 800 jobs are only projected, not already created, as the headline in Wirch’s campaign flier stated. Only some of the jobs are expected to come from Uline. And, in any case, they have nothing to do with Wirch’s claim that he helped Uline relocate to Wisconsin.
When asked to respond to the statement issued by Uline, Wirch said in an email to the Racine Journal Times that he had toured Uline in 2010 "and discussed with company leadership the importance of a strong workforce and well-trained workforce."
But touring Uline after it had relocated hardly equates to helping land the company in the first place.
Also responding to Uline’s statement, Wirch campaign spokesman Phil Walzak told the Kenosha News that all references to Uline would be omitted from future campaign materials. "Sen. Wirch is very respectful of Uline’s wishes and he has no intention of misrepresenting them," Walzak was quoted as saying.
We asked Gillian Morris, another spokesperson for Wirch’s campaign, for evidence that Wirch helped Uline’s relocation from Illinois. She argued the statement Dick Uihlein issued was "politically motivated" since he had contribute to the anti-tax Club for Growth. That’s not even on point.
The statement in question from Wirch is his claim that he "helped bring Uline to our area -- creating 800 local jobs." We found there is no evidence to back the boast.
Uline brought roughly that number of jobs to Wirch’s state Senate district by the time it concluded its move from Illinois in 2010. But the company said it didn’t work with Wirch at all on the relocation. And the bill Wirch makes reference to wasn’t signed into law until long after Uline had relocated.
Wirch’s claim of helping land a big new employer is not only false but ridiculous -- or, Pants on Fire.

Steitz rips Wirch -

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UpFront: Collective bargaining a hot spot in Wirch/Steitz appearance

Dem state Sen. Bob Wirch and GOP challenger Jonathan Steitz sparred during their taping of “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” jostling over the guv’s collective bargaining changes and the recalls of nine state lawmakers.

Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, called the collective bargaining changes the “worst attack on working people in the history of the state of Wisconsin.”
“With his mindset we would have been turning our back on people who are suffering, I’m not that type of politician,” Wirch said of his challenger.

Steitz ripped Wirch’s description of the changes to union powers.
“This was not the worst attack on working families; the worst attack on working families is the overspending and the continual tax increases Bob Wirch has been advocating for,” he said.

Aug 12, 2011

Listen to Jonathan with Charlie Sykes

Listen to Jonathan, Kim and Paul Ryan from today's broadcast with Charlie Sykes on 620AM 
Part1 of Charlie podcast dated Aug. 12th 2011

Join Senator Scott Fitzgerald at our GOTV kickoff TOMORROW (Saturday) at 9am

Kenosha Office
5901 75th St
(Speedway Plaza)
Saturday at 9am

Spare Me the Hysteria

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Charles Krauthammer opines on the lessons of last week's Wisconsin recall elections.

The Tea-Party-propelled, debt-conscious Republicans then move to confront their states’ unsustainable pension and health-care obligations — most boldly in Wisconsin, where the new governor proposes a radical reorientation of the power balance between public-sector unions and elected government.

In Madison, the result is general mayhem — drum-banging protesters, frenzied unions, statehouse occupations, opposition legislators fleeing the state to prevent a quorum. A veritable feast of creative democratic resistance.
In the end, however, they fail. The legislation passes.

Then, further resistance. First, Democrats turn an otherwise sleepy state Supreme Court election into a referendum on the union legislation, the Democrats’ candidate being widely expected to overturn the law. The unions/Democrats lose again.

And then last Tuesday, recall elections for six Republican state senators, three being needed to return the Senate to Democratic control and restore balance to the universe. Yet despite millions of union dollars, the Republicans hold the Senate. The unions/Democrats lose again.

The people spoke; the process worked. Yes, it was raucous and divisive, but change this fundamental should not be enacted quietly. This is not midnight basketball or school uniforms. This is the future of government-worker power and the solvency of the states. It deserves big, serious, animated public debate.

Spare me the hysteria. What happened was that the 2010 electorate, as represented in Congress, forced Washington to finally confront the national debt. It was a triumph of democratic politics — a powerful shift in popular will finding concrete political expression.

Aug 11, 2011

Debate Footage Jonathan vs Bob

Jonathan vs. Bob Aug 11th

Aug 8, 2011

You Ask the Candidates in a Online Forum

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Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, and his Republican challenger Jonathan Steitz will be available to answer your questions Wednesday - and you don't even have to leave your desk.
Join us at 1 p.m. Wednesday at for a live forum with the candidates in the Aug. 16 recall election.

The hour-long forum is completely open, just type in your question for the candidates. They'll type in their response live.
And if you can't make it at 1 p.m. Wednesday, you can see the replay anytime at

The Results Are In

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Remember the violent and disgusting demonstrations over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing away with collective bargaining for teacher's unions?

The results are in. :
  • Some school districts went from a $400,000 deficit to a $1,500,000 surplus as a result.

It seems that the insurance company that provided all the "so-called" benefits to the teachers was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher's union. Since the outfit was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers, and the State had to pay for it (not the teachers) the insurance company was increasing annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state. Then the company was donating millions and millions of dollars to its favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union's outrageous costs. In other words, the insurance company was a "pass through" for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the Democratic Party politicians.

Nice racket, and this is the racket that is going on in every single State that allows collective bargaining. No wonder the States are taking it away. Now the State of Wisconsin is free to put the insurance contract out for bids and, lo and behold, they have saved so much money it has turned deficits into surplus amounts.

As a result,:

  • None of the teachers had to be laid off,
  • Everyone got a raise, etc., etc.,
  • and the taxpayers of Wisconsin don't have to pay more taxes to fund the union's political ambitions.

If you weren't aware of the reasons Gov. Walker was fighting to take away collective bargaining, it gives you an idea of the problem the Republican Party has. Outside of one or two, none of them know how to speak up and explain properly what the problem was.

Aug 6, 2011

Change of Location for the Tea Party Express Saturday 2:30 PM Lincoln Park 6900 18th Ave

The Location of the Tea Party Express Rally has been changed to 6900 18th Ave Kenosha WI 2:30PM Saturday Aug. 6th

It has been moved from the Birchwood Grill to Lincoln Park

Aug 4, 2011

Now it's our turn

As you know, Wisconsin became ground zero in the fight against bloated state budgets and lavish public-sector union benefits earlier this year when Governor Scott Walker bravely passed his Budget Repair bill.
Democratic lawmakers fled the state to stall the legislative process, President Obama publicly denounced Gov. Walker and liberal activists from and the public-sector unions flooded the Capitol in Madison.

Now it's our turn.
Please consider attending the "Restoring Common Sense" Tea Party rallies happening all over Wisconsin in the next few days to support limited government principles: 

Saturday, August 6th
Rally in Kenosha, WI
2:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Location: Birchwood Grill - 7515 125th Ave, Kenosha, WI
Our rally will feature Jonathan Steitz, our candidate for State Senate.  
We cannot overemphasize the importance of this election.
So become involved.  
              Make Phone Calls.  
                        Distribute Literature.  
                                  And, most importantly, Vote.
If you can volunteer, contact the Steitz camp[aign at

Aug 3, 2011

Tea Party Express Saturday 2:30 PM Birchwood Grill Kenosha WI

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Tea Party Groups To Tour Wisconsin In Support Of Republicans Facing Recall Elections

This should be interesting, given how popular the tea party is with the Democrat Media Complex at the moment, and how closely Wisconsin’s left wing unions and activists work with the party.
CNN reports:
Two of the nation’s prominent tea party groups will merge for a Wisconsin bus tour in support of six Republican state senators facing recall elections.
Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express will kick off their four-day “Restoring Common Sense” tour Friday, holding rallies in multiple cities and defending Republicans who supported Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial bill that curbed collective bargaining rights for state employees earlier this year.
“The tea party stands for fiscal responsibility, and Republican Senators in Wisconsin stood firm for those principles,” said Amy Kremer, chair of Tea Party Express. “Now they are under attack for doing the job they were elected to do. It is critical that we support and defend them from these undeserved attacks and in that effort we are proud to be joined by our friends at Tea Party Nation.”
The next round of recalls, scheduled for Aug. 9, is part of a summer long series of elections pitting six Republicans and three Democrats against challengers. An incumbent Democrat already won the first election in July.
If three Republicans can’t keep their seats, then the GOP will lose control of the state legislature and Democrats could be poised to overturn Walker’s budget reforms.
More about the tour, HERE.
Legal Insurrection: Wisconsin, next week is Recall Week

Schedule for Restoring Common Sense Tour: August 5th – 8th:
12:00 Noon – 1:30pm :: Rally in Hudson, WI
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
First Street
Hudson, WI

5:30pm – 7:00pm :: Rally in La Crosse, WI
Location: Copeland Park Oktoberfest Shelter
1130 Copeland Park Dr.
La Crosse, WI

2:30pm – 4:00pm :: Rally in Kenosha, WI
Location: Birchwood Grill
7515 125th Ave
Kenosha, WI

5:30pm – 7:00pm :: Rally in Milwaukee, WI
Location: Thiensville Village Park
250 Elm Street
Thiensville, WI 53092

11:00am – 12:30pm :: Rally in Fond du Lac, WI
Location: Village Park
North Fond du Lac, WI

2:30pm – 4:00pm :: Rally in New London, WI
Location: Crystal Falls Banquet Facility
1500 Handschke Dr.
New London, WI 54961

6:00pm – 7:30pm :: Rally in Merrill, WI
Location: Riverside Park
East End of O Day Street
Merrill, WI 54452

12:00 Noon – 1:30pm :: Rally in Rhinelander, WI
Location: Rhinelander Band Shell
Young Street (Next to Trig’s RiverWalk Centre)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501

5:00pm – 6:30pm :: Rally in De Pere, WI
Location: Legends Brewhouse and Eatery
875 Heritage Rd
De Pere, WI 54115