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Wisconsin Department of Agriculuture, Trade and Consumer Protection Warns of Fake Verizon Emails Contain Malicious Links

An email that fraudulently claims to come from Verizon Wireless is making the rounds in Wisconsin and could lead to a serious breach of data for consumers who click the links in its text.

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Governor Signs Three Lazich Bills Into Law

Today Governor Walker signed into law three bills I authored.

Senate Bill 341 (SB 341) corrects provisions of a law approved during a prior session prohibiting a person from opening a motor vehicle door on a highway without first taking necessary precautions to ensure the vehicle door does not interfere with traffic or endanger a person. Law enforcement training requires use of open car doors for protection. SB 341 allows law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel to leave open any vehicle door while the vehicle is stopped and the person is performing official duties.

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Taking Care of Your Lawn - 4 Step Program

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The early Spring has done wonders for our lawns and I see most everyone in my neighborhood has already mowed at least once.  We've applied crabgrass preventer and fertilizer a little earlier than usual (it should be done by the end of April in a "normal" year). 

I've been asked about skipping the crabgrass/fertilizer step and go right to the weed 'n feed step (which usually should be done by Memorial Day).  Dandelions are starting to bloom already!  Although skipping the April step may seem like a good idea this year, I think homeowners will get better results if they don't skip it. After all, the key to a great lawn is healthy grass.  Healthy grass doesn't leave room for weeds to grow. And the weed control part of step 2 doesn't really work well until the weeds are actively growing.  They may be growing now, but in a few weeks they will really be active.  That's the time to hit them with the weed control.

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Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day April 21, 2012

The Tax Foundation released its annual report about Tax Freedom Day. Tax Freedom Day is the date calculated annually by the Tax Foundation as the day taxpayers will have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. 

Wisconsin’s Tax Freedom Day is April 21, 2012, giving Wisconsin a ranking of number 10. Connecticut comes in number one with Tax Freedom Day May 5, 2012. Tennessee ranks 50 with Tax Freedom Day March 31, 2012. The average Tax Freedom Day is April 17, 2012. Here is a link to the Tax Foundation's 2012 Tax Freedom Day report:

Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address

Hi. I'm Scott Walker.

My two sons play football at our local high school. Last season, Matt got a slight concussion. The trainer had him sit out a week and get checked out by a doctor. That was good.

On Monday, I went to Lambeau Field and signed into law a bill that requires student athletes who have a possible concussion playing in school and club sports to be sidelined until they are cleared by a health care professional. We want safe sports for our kids in Wisconsin.

I want to thank the Green Bay Packers and the NFL—as well as many health care organizations for their support of this measure.

We also went to Franklin Elementary School in Wausau where I signed a law that advances many of the reforms in reading and educator effectiveness I worked on with State Superintendent Tony Evers and a diverse group from around the state. Last year, I was at the same school and sat down with the staff to talk about ways to improve education. We listened and incorporated their ideas into our work.

Overall, we are creating a safer state for our kids and a better learning environment for our students.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on and

Castle Doctrine Law

 I've been considering writing this blog for quite some time.  I hesitate because I realize it is a hot topic and I'm not an expert on it.  I do have opinions on it and appreciate hearing the opinions of others.

I have attempted to look at the shooting of the young man in Slinger from both sides.  The homeowner who shot and killed the young man was concerned for the safety of his family.  I do not know nor do I remember reading that the homeowner  "warned" the "intruder" that was on the enclosed porch that he (the homeowner) had a gun.  I would have.  However, the homeowner did not know if the young man had a weapon either.  

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Governor Signs Six Lazich Bills on Friday

Today Governor Walker signed into law six bills I authored.

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Conservation Congress and DNR Fish and Wildlife Informational Hearing April 9, 2012

This year’s Conservation Congress and DNR Fish and Wildlife Informational Hearing is April 9, 2012, 7:00 PM. The yearly meeting allows Wisconsin citizens to vote on a series of DNR issues. Each Wisconsin county has one location for the meeting. Locations for Southeastern Wisconsin are:  

Waukesha County
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI

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28th Annual Kids' Spring Fishing Clinics April 14, 2012

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be hosting 16 Kids' Spring Fishing Clinics April 14, 2012. Local fishing club members will be leading clinics within Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha counties from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Clinics begin every hour with the last clinic starting at 2:00 pm. Fishing equipment is available, however, you are encouraged to bring your own rod and reel. Here is a link to locations of the clinics:

2012 Spring Conservation Congress Hearings Results are in!

The 2012 Spring Conservation Congress voter results from the April 9, 2012 state wide meetings are available at this link:

Here is a link to county results:

University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting Webcast April 12-13, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents' April meeting will be webcast with live audio and video streaming beginning 9:00 AM April 12 and April 13. At this link you may view and listen to the meetings live:

Click here to see the The Board of Regent 's agenda and supporting material.

Legislative Audit Bureau Audit of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an audit of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance's (OCI) Local Government Property Insurance Fund. The Local Government Property Insurance Fund was established during 1979 to insure government properties not owned by the state. The coverage for counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, and library boards is reasonably priced and covers all property losses except those resulting from flood, earthquake, wear and tear, extreme temperatures, mold, war, nuclear reactions, and embezzlement or theft by an employee. As of 2011 the fund had 1,087 policyholders.

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Town Halls Provide Snapshot of Senate District 28

Last month, I had eleven town halls throughout state Senate District 28.  I made a point to vary the meetings between daytime and evening, weekday and weekend.  It was my goal that any constituent wanting to attend had an opportunity to do so.

Some venues were better attended than others, and each provided an opportunity to keep my hand on the pulse of our district and provide constituents with news about state issues.  From Waterford to Big Bend, Greenfield to Franklin, Franklin to Vernon, Senate District 28 residents came armed with a range of questions, comments, and concerns.  However, the issues of recall elections and mining legislation were brought up more than any other, and I want to address each for those not at the meetings.

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Herman Parish Author Visit

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Popular children's author Herman Parish, author of Amelia Bedelia's First Vote and other Amelia Bedelia books, will be visiting the Greenfield Public Library on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

This program is sponsored by Boswell Books and the Greenfield Public Library.  This program is free and open to all.  Registration is not required, however space is limited.

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CONFESSION: I’ve gained approximately 10 plus pounds. I included the plus because after I added 10, I stopped visiting the scale on a daily basis. Let’s just say that I’m still able to fit into my skinny jeans.

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Crime Prevention Tips For Your Home

-Lock doors and windows when leaving your residence.  Always lock and close your garage door.  Don't leave an open invitation to a burglar or would-be thief.  
-Most residential burglaries occur during the daytime. 
-Know who is at your door BEFORE opening it. If you do not have a window in your door, consider getting a wide-angle door viewer.
-When not home, leave lamps on timers and consider leaving a radio or television on.  Make your home appear and sound occupied at all times.  If on vacation, have a trusted neighbor, friend or relative check your home while you are away.
-Consider leaving porch lights on at night or get the motion detector lights installed.
  Lighting is one of the most INEXPENSIVE crime deterrents.  
-Never leave your garage door opener in your car if your car is parked outside.
-Be aware of your surroundings before opening your garage door to park your car, especially at night.
-Report all suspicious activity to the police department.  Don't wait for the person or persons to leave - call right away.
-Check the identification of all solicitors, meter readers, repair and delivery persons prior to permitting entry into your home.
-Be sure to re-key your locks when moving into a new home.
-Sliding glass doors should be secured with auxiliary locks or pinned.  Screws can be installed in the tracks to prevent the removal of sliding glass doors.

I hope these are helpful. 

My Insight to Steve Jobs' Rules

Moving Sale

Moving Sale (My place)

Sunday, 04/28/2011

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Happy Mothers Day

Regardless of my circumstances, I am going to do my best to write from the heart. The same heart which is being glued back together, piece by piece. 

I’m going to give it to you straight. Not just from personal experience but from the tears, heartache and hours of conversations I’ve had with women around the world.

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If you bet Southwest, YOU WIN!

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Southwest Airlines has won the battle for Milwaukee.

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