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Read to Lead Report and Plan Released at Highland View Elementary School in Greendale

This morning I attended Governor Walker and Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers announcement at Highland View Elementary School, Greendale, Wisconsin, about the results of the Lead to Read Task Force.  Some of the highlights are attention to University training for teachers, kindergarten screening, and teaching students based on screening. The Task Force results are a product of a bipartisan group, comprised of the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, teachers, researchers, advocates, and legislators.  Here is a link to the Read to Lead Report.

Gardening Task for January (While We Wait For Spring)

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Winter is hard to wait out for a gardener, but there are things that you can do now to prepare for the spring planting season...

Inventory and clean your pot collection. New ones are not cheap, and it's easy to get the old ones back into shape. First, scrape out any residue. Soak very dirty pots in a tub or scrub them with a sponge. Finally, sterilize everything in a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and air-dry.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker's weekly radio address is about the recently-released Read To Lead report. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.

Hi, this is Scott Walker

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Natural Resources Board January Meeting Agenda Released

The agenda for the January 24, and 25, 2012, Natural Resource Board Meeting is available.  The meeting is scheduled to take place at The State Natural Resources Building, 101 South Webster Street, Room G09, at Madison.  Here is a link to the agenda.

Recall Elections Cost Estimates Released

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) released an estimate cost of $9 million for a statewide recall election.  The estimate includes costs for county governments, municipalities, and the GAB.  Here is link explaining the $9 million estimate by the Director of the GAB.

Hit the Links in January

during January.

Milwaukee County is giving golfers a rare opportunity: play golf

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New Berlin Police Warn About Burglary Ring

New Berlin police are warning residents about a burglary ring that broke into at least five New Berlin residences, as well as targeting homes at Greenfield, Hales Corners, and other Milwaukee-area municipalities.

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State of the State Date Set

Governor Scott Walker will deliver his second State of the State address January 25, 2012, 7:00 PM at the State Capitol.

Wisconsin Working Plan

After losing 150,000 jobs during 2007-2010, Wisconsin's economy added private sector this year.  Job creators have a positive outlook on the state's direction.  There is still a lot more work to be done. Many people remain unemployed.  A common complaint from employers is there is a skill gap between the requirements of open positions and the skills unemployed people possess.

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Department of Tourism Releases New Television Ad

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism released a new winter TV ad featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and directed by Wisconsin native and filmmaker David Zucker.

January 9, 2012, E-Newsletter

The State Senate and State Assembly are scheduled to be on the floor during January.  Legislative committees in both houses of the legislature are meeting for Public Hearings and preparing bills for the Senate and Assembly floor.  At this link you may view the schedule of committee meetings.

Please contact me with your thoughts about bills.    The schedule changes frequently.  If you plan to attend a hearing, please confirm the meeting is taking place on the day of the hearing before you drive to Madison.  You may call my office to confirm.

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New Business Filings Increase

Small business is the engine of any robust economy.  Small businesses create jobs and can be an indicator of optimism and confidence in the economy.  After all, entrepreneurs do not want to start a business at a time of economic pessimism or uncertainty.

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Alice in Dairyland Deadline Fast Approaching

Applications to become the 65th Alice in Dairyland are due to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection by 4:30 PM Friday, January 13, 2012.  Alice in Dairyland is an ambassador for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry, giving speeches, doing media interviews, and presenting to school groups.

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Hearing Notice for Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections Hearing

Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections
Public Hearing
January 12, 2012
330 Southwest
State Capitol

Senate Bill 292
Relating to: reporting of the principal place of employment of certain individuals who make political contributions.

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Batter Up!

Greenfield High School will host a wiffle ball tournament to benefit the Community Services Department Saturday, March 31, 2012. The tournament begins at 9:00 AM and is scheduled to last until 9:00 PM. Children age 8-13 are invited to play. There is a $100 registration fee per team. Participants do not need to be residents of Greenfield School District to play.School District of Greenfield website, or contact Facilities Coordinator Gary Compton at 414-855-2413.

More information is at

Voter ID Website

Part of Wisconsin Act 23, legislation requiring voters to show photo identification to vote, required a public outreach effort to inform people about the new voting requirement. The Government Accountability Board created a website to aid in the outreach effort. Voters may visit and find answers to questions about the new voter photo ID law.

Just a reminder, the law will be in effect beginning February 21 with the primary election for 2012 nonpartisan elections.

Arrogance & Ignorance

 I recently read an article about a confrontation between a man and a woman regarding a parking spot.  Apparently, the man was waiting for the parking spot - just as the spot opened up - the woman swung into the spot.  The man ended up pulling the woman's hair, police were called, he got hauled off to jail.  I may not have this exactly correct but I believe I got the general storyline.  First off, that would make me mad, as well; however, it a freakin parking spot and not worth getting upset over the rudeness, arrogance and ignorance of others.  I witness things like this almost every other day.  If she wanted the spot so badly, let her have it.  Personally, I prefer to park away from the closer parking spots and walk for exercise.  

And, then there's the "wonderful" folks that park so close to your car that you can't get in to it when you return from shopping/eating or whatever.  We recently had this happen to us while at a restaurant - we were the first to park and were in the middle of our parking spot.  When we came out of the restaurant, we could not get back into the driver's side of our car because someone had parked so close to our vehicle - my husband had to climb over our stick shift from the passenger's seat so we could go home.  Even a stick man could not have gotten into our car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! via the driver's side car door.   My first instinct was to leave a nasty note but it just wasn't worth it - an individual such as this would just laugh it off anyway.

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On the rocks..

It had been upwards of 25 years.  Distant, happy, carefree memories float through my mind.    One day, this past weekend, it hit. Why not, I thought? What’s holding me back? Will I survive? Should I prepare my will, up my life insurance? To heck with it, I’m going for it. And I did.

Don’t get me wrong, the entire drive to the main event was nerve wracking.   Silly, but true.  I reconsidered more than twice. I continued my drive and pulled into the parking lot. I parked the car and proceeded into the building. I paid and walked up to the window. “Give me a size 11”, I stated. I did my very best to maintain my composure. Strong, yet shaking like a leaf on the inside. Breathe and relax, if she can do it, so can I.

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Bucks Reading Challenge

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Kids in grades 3-10 can now sign up for the Bucks Reading Challenge at the library.  Just read 500 pages between January 3rd and February 28th and win a free ticket to a Bucks game.  Family members and friends can also purchase tickets at a discounted price.  Stop by the library for more information and to sign up today.

Don't Fall for It

Since the holidays, the scammers are setting their sights on you to finance their New Year.  They are hoping that your finances are tight enough that you would believe you are an instant winner of a contest you never entered and all you have to do is cash the check they sent you and wire it back to them to cover the taxes.  Needless to say, it is a bad check and your bank will hold you responsible for cashing it.  These notices will come in the mail, e-mail, or text messages and they may even be on letterhead and they will look legitimate.  Do not fall for it!  I am going to leave you with a message from our website.


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