State of Wisconsin Archives: on Government Reform


Tommy Thompson: I've never been a lobbyist

In his successful recall effort June, Gov. Scott Walker portrayed public employees as privileged. In the Senate race, Thompson and Baldwin each claim to be the champion of the middle class.

"People are asking the question, 'Who's fighting for us?' versus 'Who's fighting for the big and powerful,'" Baldwin said in an Oct. 2 interview in Milwaukee. "Whose side are you on is a classic question in some elections, and I think it's coming to bear very particularly in this."

[One analyst] said Baldwin is trying to "to recapture the notion that the Democratic candidate is the populist candidate," he said. "She's trying hard to portray Thompson as the tool of the elite."

The Baldwin campaign has labeled Thompson a lobbyist for companies his Health & Human Services agency used to oversee, a charge that Thompson angrily denies. "I've never been a lobbyist," he said in an interview. "That's absolutely a lie." Thompson is working to define Baldwin as a big-spender, calling her "out of the mainstream."

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Oct 5, 2012

Tommy Thompson: I'm a reformer: on welfare, healthcare, & taxes

Thompson said, "As governor I've cut taxes 91 times, reformed welfare [W-2 began in his administration], reformed health care [both Badger Care and SeniorCare began under Thompson, but were continued and enhanced under his successor], helped put Medicare Part D in place, and always tried to do what was right.

"I'm a reformer," Thompson emphasized, "and 742,000 jobs were created while I was governor." He also pointed to the Women's Health Foundation he founded along with his wife and their daughter.

Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Tommy Thompson: I'm a reformer: on welfare, healthcare, & taxes

Thompson said, "As governor I've cut taxes 91 times, reformed welfare [W-2 began in his administration], reformed health care [both Badger Care and SeniorCare began under Thompson, but were continued and enhanced under his successor], helped put Medicare Part D in place, and always tried to do what was right.

"I'm a reformer," Thompson emphasized, "and 742,000 jobs were created while I was governor." He also pointed to the Women's Health Foundation he founded along with his wife and their daughter.

"My opponent is the Number One liberal in the House and the Number One spender in the House," he added.

"We're headed for a Depression," was Thompson's response when asked about the "fiscal cliff". "She introduced legislation and voted more than 100 times for tax increases. We cannot allow sequestration (to occur)," Thompson said, adding, "Isn't it sad Congress is waiting for January to solve (problems)."

Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Mark Neumann: Allow voter ID by repealing Help America Vote Act

Question 5. Would you support repealing portions of the Help America Vote Act that interfere with individual states' rights to maintain the integrity of their voter identification and registration procedures?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Allow voter ID by repealing Help America Vote Act

Question 5. Would you support repealing portions of the Help America Vote Act that interfere with individual states' rights to maintain the integrity of their voter identification and registration procedures?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Mark Neumann: Clean Up Washington: 12-year term limit for Congress

Neumann shared his "Clean Up Washington" plans. Neumann would like to see a 12-year term limit for Congress. He also wants to take away federal pensions and benefits from former members of Congress who become lobbyists. Neumann says the plans would limit federal spending and help balance the budget. "We're going to limit the influence of special interest groups and lobbyists," said Neumann.
Source: WLUK-TV FOX 11 News on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Scott Walker: End tax on HSAs; reduce frivolous lawsuits

The first act I signed as governor eliminated the taxes on health savings accounts, making health care more affordable for small business owners and family farmers. This change was a long time coming for Wisconsin and brings us into line with the rest of the nation. Our second act reduced frivolous lawsuits in Wisconsin. The litigation environment in a state is one of the key drivers for business. Now, we've turned the page on lawsuit reform and offer one more sign that Wisconsin is open for business.
Source: 2011 Wisconsin State of the State Address Feb 1, 2011

Ron Johnson: Third-party issue ad donors should be disclosed

One of the more heated exchanges came in response to a question about whether businesses should be required to disclose their identities in third-party issue ads.

"I'd be happy to have them disclose," Johnson said.

"Well, then why don't you ask them to do it?" Feingold responded.

"Disclose," Johnson said to applause from the audience.

Source: Wisconsin Radio Network coverage of 2010 Wisc. Senate debate Oct 12, 2010

John Schiess: No spending nor contribution limits on political campaigns

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Wisconsin governors?

A: No.

Q: For state senators and reps?

A: No.

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates: Individual?

A: No.

Q: PAC?

A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Parties?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: Wisconsin Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

George W. Bush: We believe in people; they believe in government

The people of Wisconsin, they respect limited government. I thought last night it was one of the most telling moments in the debate when my opponent looked America in the eye and said he’s absolutely against big government. Now there’s a man who’s prone to exaggeration. He wants to grow the size of the federal government. He believes in Washington. We believe in people. We’re of the people and by the people and for the people. That’s the motto of our campaign. He’s of the government. He’s for government. He loves Washington, D.C. Now there’s a role for our government, but it’s not to tell the average folks how to live their lives.

If you’re sick and tired of Washington, D.C., the attitude, the finger-pointing, the name calling, if you want a fresh start after this season of cynicism, join this campaign.

Source: Remarks in Eau Claire, Wisconsin Oct 18, 2000

Winona LaDuke: Business funding of politics leads to political favors

[Democrats and Republicans] “spend $9 million on their conventions that they have to raise and then you wonder why we get public policy that looks like Motorola wrote it,” LaDuke said. “That’s also how you get policies where public parks have logging trucks coming (fully loaded) off of them.”
Source: The Student Voice, University of Wisconsin at River Falls Apr 10, 1997

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