Monday, August 1, 2022

WEMTA Releases BCPL Voter Guide

Wisconsin's primary election is just one week away on Tuesday, August 9. All three of the offices that serve on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL)--Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Treasurer--are on the ballot. There are Democratic Primaries for Secretary of State and State Treasurer. There are Republican Primaries for Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Treasurer. 

These races are of particular importance to WEMTA, because all three offices serve on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which oversees the Common School Fund. 

WEMTA surveyed every candidate for Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Treasurer to see where they stand on issues of importance. We have compiled their responses into a non-partisan voter guide

There are many key races on the ballot on August 9, including the BCPL offices. We encourage you to research all of the candidates who are up for election. You can see which races will be on your ballot on August 9 by visiting myvote.wi.gov and clicking on "what's on my ballot." 

The following offices are up for election in November 2022, and many of these races will have primaries on August 9: 

  • U.S. Senate
  • Congressional Representatives
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General 
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • State Senators from odd-numbered districts
  • Every State Representative





Thursday, April 21, 2022

Attorney General Candidate Preview

All of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) Commissioners--the Attorney General, State Treasurer and the Secretary of State-- are up for election in 2022. BCPL Commissioners oversee the Common School Fund, so these races are very important and will have an impact on school library funding. 

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is not seeking re-election and is instead running for a U.S. Senate seat, so the race for state treasurer is wide open and has a crowded field of candidates. Both Attorney General Josh Kaul and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are running for re-election and face challengers. 

Candidates are currently circulating nomination papers to get on the ballot. Nomination papers are due by June 1. 

If a primary is required for any of the races, it will be held August 9. The General Election will be held on November 8, 2022. 

We have spent the last week previewing the candidates in each of the three races and are concluding the series today with a preview of the Attorney General race. 


Attorney General Candidates

Josh Kaul (D-Madison), Incumbent

Kaul says that if re-elected, he will work to pass gun safety measures, take steps to make schools safer and provide more support for addiction programs. Kaul was first elected Attorney General in 2018. 
 
Campaign Website: https://www.joshkaul.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JoshKaulWI/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshkaulwi


Eric Toney (R-Fond du Lac)

Toney says he is running to "restore the Department of Justice’s mission to fight crime, support law enforcement, protect families, and enforce the rule of law." Toney is currently the Fond du Lac County District Attorney. 

Campaign Website: https://erictoney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricToneyWI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericjtoney


Karen Mueller (R-Chippewa Falls)

Mueller says that if elected, she will "investigate and prosecute allegations" of: hospital homicides related to COVID patients; vaccine injuries and deaths; and election violations and fraud, including de-certifying the 2020 Presidential Election results. Mueller is currently an attorney in Chippewa Falls. 

Campaign Website: https://www.mueller4ag.com/

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Adam Jarchow (R-Middleton)

Jarchow says he is running on a platform of restoring election integrity; stopping violent crime and backing the badge; standing with parents; fighting Biden lawlessness and mandates; and stopping Madison bureaucrats. Jarchow is currently an attorney and previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. 

Campaign Website: https://adamforag.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdamForAG/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdamForAG/


Matthew Joseph Bughman (L-Muskego)

Bughman is listed as a candidate on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website, but does not appear to have a campaign website or social media at this time. 

Campaign Website: N/A

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Monday, April 18, 2022

State Treasurer Candidate Preview

All of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) Commissioners--the Attorney General, State Treasurer and the Secretary of State-- are up for election in 2022. BCPL Commissioners oversee the Common School Fund, so these races are very important and will have an impact on school library funding. 

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is not seeking re-election and is instead running for a U.S. Senate seat, so the race for state treasurer is wide open and has a crowded field of candidates. Both Attorney General Josh Kaul and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are running for re-election and face challengers. 

Candidates are currently circulating nomination papers to get on the ballot. Nomination papers are due by June 1. 

If a primary is required for any of the races, it will be held August 9. The General Election will be held on November 8, 2022. 

We will be featuring the potential candidates over the next week.

State Treasurer Candidates

Incumbent Sarah Godlewski (D-Madison) is not running for re-election. 

Dawn Marie Sass (D-Belleville)

On her campaign website, Sass says she would like to create a State Bank of Wisconsin. Sass previously served as Wisconsin State Treasurer from 2007-2011. She ran for the office again in 2018, but lost to Godlewski in the Democratic primary. 
 
Campaign Website: http://www.sassforstatetreasurer.org/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/115420275145473/ 

Twitter: N/A


Gillian Battino (D-Wausau)

On her campaign website, Battino says she is running for Treasurer to expand access to health care, help people with the cost of prescription drugs, and improve education. She is currently a radiologist practicing in Wausau. 

Campaign Website: https://www.gillianforwi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillianbattinoWI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GillianBattino


Angelito Tenorio (D-West Allis)

On his campaign website, Tenorio says he is running on a platform of taxpayer transparency, economic security, and investing in Wisconsin's future. He is currently an Alderman in West Allis. 

Campaign Website: https://www.angelitoforwi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelitoforwi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelitoForWI


Aaron Richardson (D-Fitchburg)

On his campaign website, Richardson says he is running on a platform of promoting home ownership, diversity and inclusion, unclaimed property, financial excellence, and the environment. Richardson is currently the Mayor of Fitchburg. 

Campaign Website: https://aaronforwi.com/

Facebook: N/A

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aaron4wisconsin


Orlando Owens (R-Milwaukee)

On his campaign website, Owens says he is running for Treasurer to focus on workforce development and economic development. He also says he wants to stop all COVID-19 mandates, stop critical race theory, support election integrity, and support school choice. Owens is an aide to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. 

Campaign Website: https://www.orlandoforwi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoOwens11 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/orlandoforwi 




Friday, April 15, 2022

BCPL Commissioners Are Up for Re-Election + Secretary of State Candidate Preview

All of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) Commissioners--the Attorney General, State Treasurer and the Secretary of State-- are up for election in 2022. BCPL Commissioners oversee the Common School Fund, so these races are very important and will have an impact on school library funding. 

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is not seeking re-election and is instead running for a U.S. Senate seat, so the race for state treasurer is wide open and has a crowded field of candidates. Both Attorney General Josh Kaul and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are running for re-election and face challengers. 

Candidates are currently circulating nomination papers to get on the ballot. Nomination papers are due by June 1. 

If a primary is required for any of the races, it will be held August 9. The General Election will be held on November 8, 2022. 

We will be featuring the potential candidates over the next week, starting with the Secretary of State race today. 

Secretary of State Candidates

Doug La Follette (Incumbent, D-Madison)

Doug La Follette has been Secretary of State, and a BCPL Commissioner, since 1983. If re-elected, this will be his 12th term. 

Campaign Website: http://douglafollette.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sosdoug

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DougLaFollette 


Justin D. Schmidtka (R-Green Bay)

On his campaign website, Schmidtka says he is running to abolish the Wisconsin Elections Commission and to transfer election oversight to the Secretary of State's office. Schmidtka hosts the Badger State Resistance podcast. 

Campaign Website: https://justinforwi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schmidtkaforwisos

Twitter: N/A


Jay Schroeder (R-Neenah)

On his campaign website, Schroeder says he is running to abolish the Wisconsin Elections Commission and to transfer its duties to the Secretary of State's office. Schroeder previously ran for Secretary of State in 2018. 

Campaign Website: https://www.schroederforsecretaryofstate.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaySchroederWI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayForWisconsin


Dmitry Stefan Becker (R-New Berlin)

On his campaign's Facebook page, Becker says he wants to bring the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the Wisconsin Ethics Commission and the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau under the leadership of the Secretary of State. Becker is a member of the National Guard. 

Campaign Website: N/A

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Becker4SecState/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmitrybecker


Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton)

On her campaign website, Loudenbeck says she is running to modernize the Office, to act as a check on the Wisconsin Elections Commission and to protect and maximize BCPL's assets. Loudenbeck is currently a Wisconsin State Representative. 

Campaign Website: https://www.voteamywi.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voteamywi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/voteamywi


Neil Harmon (Libertarian-West Allis)

Neil Harmon has worked in health care for 25 years. His key campaign issues include eliminating the personal income tax, term limits and eliminating the minimum mark-up law. 

Campaign Website: N/A

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonforSecretaryofState 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Third Round of Federal Emergency Connectivity Funds Opens April 28

Schools and libraries will be able to apply for a third round of federal stimulus funds through the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund between April 28 and May 13. An estimated $1 billion in funding will be available. 

These funds can be used to cover the costs of eligible services and equipment that you plan to receive between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023. 

Eligible purchases include: laptops, tablets, WiFi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connections for off-campus use by students and staff. 



Friday, September 3, 2021

FCC Opening Second Window for Emergency Connectivity Fund

The FCC has announced that a second application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund will open on September 28 and close on October 13.  Emergency Connectivity Funds are available to schools and libraries who want to purchase laptops, tablets, WiFi hotspots,  modems, routers and broadband connections for off-campus use by students and staff. 

The first application window received funding requests totaling $5.1 billion. About $7.17 billion was appropriated for the fund by Congress. 

See the full FCC announcement here




Thursday, July 29, 2021

FCC Releases One-Page Guide on Applying for Emergency Connectivity Funds

The FCC has released a helpful one-page guide that gives you all of the information you need to know in order to apply for the Emergency Connectivity Fund program, which was created by federal stimulus legislation to help schools and libraries purchase educational technology! The deadline to apply for these funds is August 13, 2021. 

View the guide here: https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/ecf_how_to_apply_overview_guide.pdf