November Elections: Republicans Appear To Be In Good Postion to Retake Control of Both Houses in Wisconsin Legislature
By Tom Larson
With the primary election behind us, the table is now set for the November general election. Wisconsin will once again be in the national spotlight given its status as a swing state in the Presidental election, with Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) on the Reublican Presidential ticket, and a U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls both houses in Congress.
In addition to the Presidential and U.S. Senate races, the November elections will dictate which party controls the state Capitol. In the state Assembly, Republicans go into the fall elections with a 59-39 majority (one independent). After defeating one Republican in the June 5th recall elections, Democrats now control the state Senate 17-16, with a one seat margin. With a twenty seat majority and new redistricting lines that favor Republicans, most political insiders believe that Republicans will remain in control of the Assembly. Control of the Senate, however, is up for grabs, with races in three seats likely determining the outcome.
Key State Senate Races
The three Senate races that everyone will be watching are the 18th, 30th and the 12th Senate Districts. These races will not only determine which party controls the Senate, but also the strength of the majority and the ability to pass controversial legislation like the mining bill. As you may recall, the Senate Republicans were unable to pass mining bill at the end of the last session because it had only a one seat majority and Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) opposed the mining bill as it was drafted.
The 18th Senate District – The most hotly contested race will likely be in the 18th Senate District, where Senator Jessica King (D-Oshkosh) is the top GOP target after winning a recall election against former Republican Senator Randy Hopper last year. This district leans Republican and Sen. King will be facing Republican candidate Rick Gudex, the current president of the Fond du Lac City Council and a production manager at Brenner Tank.
The 30th Senate District-Senator Dave Hanson (D-Green Bay) is once again being targeted by Republicans, after successfully holding off Republican challengers in 2004, 2008 and the 2011 recall elections. Republicans are hopeful about taking this seat because they believe that is has become more Republican in recent years as evidenced by the fact that Scott Walker won Brown County with approximately 60% of the vote during the recall election. Democrats counter that Hanson is very popular in the district and won his recall election with approximately 66% of the vote in Brown County. The Republican challenger is John Macco who won over Ray Suennen.
The 12th Senate District– The 12th Senate District is an open seat after Senator Jim Holperin (D-Conover) decided to retire. Despite the fact that the 12th SD is considered to be more Republican learning in recent years, the Democrats have held this seat for over 20 years. However, state Rep. Tom Tiffany (R- Hazelhurst) is considered the front runner to win the seat
While anything can happen in politics (especially, Wisconsin politics), it appears unlikely at this point that any of the other Senate races will be close. However, we will continue to monitor the races and update you periodically on their status.
NAIOP Public Affairs Guest Speaker, Tom Rave, The Gateway to Milwaukee
On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, NAIOP Wisconsin’s Public Affairs Committee met with Tom Rave, the Executive Director of The Gateway To Milwaukee. Mr. Rave gave a very informative presentation explaining The Gateway To Milwaukee, the Aerotropolis concept, and the
Mr. Rave explained that The Gateway To Milwaukee is a brand name for the area around General Mitchell International Airport. The area is supported by three entities: Airport Gateway Business Association; Airport Gateway Business Improvement District #40 in the City of Milwaukee; and Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation. Mr. Rave highlighted the following general goals as guiding the The Gateway’s decision making:
1) To actively impact government direction
2) To enhance the community through safety and beautification
3) To market the area for economic development
4) To network for mutually beneficial purposes
In addition to explaining what The Gateway To Milwaukee is and what its general goals are, Mr. Rave detailed the importance of transportation and logistics to our region in light of our increasingly globalized economy where speed, connectivity and agility are essential. With that in mind, in 2011 The Gateway To Milwaukee unveiled the branded initiative Aerotropolis Milwaukee, which is a collaborative effort with the purpose of creating a planned and coordinated multimodal freight and passenger system centered around General Mitchell International Airport that provides efficient, cost-effective, sustainable, and intermodal
~Dan Kaminsky, Davis & Kuelthau