Governor Walker, Governor Dayton Ask President to Sign St. Croix River Crossing Project into Law
Madison—Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton sent a joint letter to President Obama today, asking him to promptly sign S. 1134, the St. Croix River Crossing Project, into law.
In the letter they wrote:
Members of both of our Congressional Delegations did a fantastic job developing this legislation – it is truly a partnership between local and state governments, community leaders, interest groups and dozens of stakeholders. Legislators and these groups all factored in costs, location, environmental protections, needs being met, and a host of other considerations, and determined that the current proposal is the best solution to the rapidly growing problems of the current bridge.
Our Congressional Delegations have done excellent work moving this legislation forward. S. 1134 is completely bipartisan, doesn’t cost the federal government any additional money, and will create thousands of good-paying, needed jobs in this region.
We respectfully ask you to quickly sign this important legislation into law so that we may begin construction as quickly as possible.
S. 1134 passed the United States Senate on January 23, 2012 and the United States House of Representatives on March 1, 2012 with widespread support. It now awaits the president’s signature to become law.
The U.S. Census Bureau today released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in Wisconsin. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.
The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.
Data for Wisconsin show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Milwaukee, 594,833; Madison, 233,209; Green Bay, 104,057; Kenosha, 99,218; and Racine, 78,860. Milwaukee decreased by 0.4 percent since the 2000 Census. Madison grew by 12.1 percent, Green Bay grew by 1.7 percent, Kenosha grew by 9.8 percent, and Racine decreased by 3.7 percent.
The largest county is Milwaukee, with a population of 947,735. Its population grew by 0.8 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Dane, with a population of 488,073 (increase of 14.4 percent); Waukesha, 389,891 (increase of 8.1 percent); Brown, 248,007 (increase of 9.4 percent); and Racine, 195,408 (increase of 3.5 percent).
The redistricting file consists of five detailed tables: the first shows the population by race, including six single race groups and 57 multiple race groups (63 total race categories); the second shows the Hispanic or Latino population as well as the non-Hispanic or Latino population cross-tabulated by the 63 race categories. These tabulations are repeated in the third and fourth tables for the population 18 years and over and are for the resident population of the United States. The fifth table provides counts of housing units and their occupancy status.
By April 1, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive these data for the following areas: state, congressional districts (for 111th Congress), counties, minor civil divisions, state legislative districts, places, school districts, census tracts, block groups and blocks, and if applicable, American Indian and Alaska Native areas and Hawaiian home lands. In addition, data are available for the 46 states that voluntarily provided voting districts to the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program. Unique geographies for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are also available.
Race and Hispanic Origin Data
The Census Bureau collects race and Hispanic origin information following the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) standards for collecting and tabulating data on race and ethnicity. In October 1997, the OMB issued the current standards, which identify five race groups: white, black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The Census Bureau also utilized a sixth category — “some other race.” Respondents who reported only one race are shown in these six groups.
Individuals were first presented with the option to self-identify with more than one race in the 2000 Census, and this continued in the 2010 Census. People who identify with more than one race may choose to provide multiple races in response to the race question. The 2010 Census results provide new data on the size and makeup of the nation's multiracial population.
Respondents who reported more than one of the six race groups are included in the “two or more races” population. There are 57 possible combinations of the six race groups.
The Census Bureau included the “some other race” category for responses that could not be classified in any of the other race categories on the questionnaire. In the 2000 Census, the vast majority of people who reported only as “some other race” were of Hispanic or Latino origin. Data on Hispanics or Latinos, who may be of any race, were obtained from a separate question on ethnicity.
In addition to the full set of detailed tables to be available on FactFinder within 24 hours, five custom tables are also attached to this news release. The first (Table 1) shows the most populous counties and incorporated places in 2010, their change since the 2000 Census and their population rank for both decades.
Table 2 shows data for all ages and for those 18 and older for the Hispanic or Latino population, as well as for people who reported one race and those who reported two or more races. This table also shows the numeric and percent change in the population by race and Hispanic origin between 2000 and 2010.
Table 3 is similar to Table 2. However, it shows data for the six “race alone or in combination” categories. The concept “race alone or in combination” includes people who reported only a single race (e.g., Asian) and people who reported that race in combination with one or more of the other major race groups (i.e., white, black or African-American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and some other race).
The concept “race alone or in combination,” represents the maximum number of people who reported as that major race group, either alone or in combination with another race(s). The sum of the six individual “race alone or in combination” categories may add to more than the total population because people who reported more than one race were tallied in each race category.
For people who reported two or more races, Table 4 shows the population in each of the 15 combinations of two races (for example, the number of people who reported being both white and black or African-American).
Table 5 shows the population in the major race categories and of Hispanic or Latino origin for Wisconsin's most populous counties and incorporated places.
Description of Two Custom Maps
The attached custom maps show the total population by county for Wisconsin and the percent change in the population by county.
If he decided to run for President Paul Ryan would be the strong first choice of Wisconsin Republicans. 30% say he'd be their pick for the party's nomination followed by Mike Huckabee at 17%, Newt Gingrich at 12%, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney at 9%, Ron Paul at 5%, Tim Pawlenty at 4%, and Mitch Daniels at 3%.
It may seem unsurprising for a potential Presidential candidate to poll well in their home state. But that's actually been more the exception than the rule in our state by state 2012 GOP surveys so far. Mitt Romney at 47% and John Thune at 37% polled better in their respective home states than Ryan does. But Tim Pawlenty at 24% in Minnesota, Jim DeMint at 24% in South Carolina, Sarah Palin at 15% in Alaska, Gary Johnson at 13% in New Mexico, Rick Santorum at 11% in Pennsylvania, and Rick Perry at 9% in Texas all do worse. So grading it on a curve Ryan's numbers in Wisconsin are quite impressive.
Ryan is a rare House member who's as well known- and better liked- as any of the leading possible Presidential candidates. His favorability of 67/10 in the state tops Sarah Palin's 65/25, which is followed by Mike Huckabee at 58/18, Newt Gingrich at 54/23, and Mitt Romney at 49/25.
Ryan's numbers are interesting but a candidacy from him seems unlikely. If you take him out of the mix Huckabee leads with 23% to 15% for Gingrich and Palin, 12% for Romney, 10% for Pawlenty, 5% for Paul, and 3% for Daniels.
A few observations on these numbers:
-Romney's 12% here is one of the worst performances we've found for him anywhere outside the South. Pawlenty's 10% meanwhile is one of his best, probably owing to Minnesota being next door. It makes you wonder though- will a strong Pawlenty really hurt Romney's chances at the nomination- and keep either of them from winning it? I'm not sure how many Republican primary votes there are out there for comparatively moderate, bland former Governors of a Midwestern pedigree. If Romney and Pawlenty split the votes of folks who are in the market for a candidate like that it's going to make both of their roads pretty hard.
-The main reason for Romney's fourth place finish here besides Pawlenty's strength? He's at 7% with voters describing themselves as 'very conservative.' Poor performances with that group are nothing new for Romney, and they're probably his biggest obstacle to the nomination.
-Huckabee's shaping up to be the strongest Republican candidate in the Big Ten states- in addition to his lead on this Wisconsin poll, he's also led in every other every state we've polled in the region so far in 2011- Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Iowa. If Huckabee does end up running you're going to have his strength in the South and Midwest butting up against Romney's strength in the Northeast and West.
-This is a bit of a broken record but still an important point: Republican voters love Sarah Palin but don't want her to be their Presidential candidate. She has the highest favorability of the GOPers besides Ryan, 7 points higher than Huckabee's and 11 points higher than Gingrich's. But she still runs 8 points behind Huckabee on Presidential nomination choice and just ties with Gingrich. Liking someone and thinking they should occupy the White House are two very different things.
Obama Weaker Than 2008 But Still Solid In Wisconsin
Wisconsin is one state where Barack Obama definitely seems to be weaker than he was in 2008, but he would still win it comfortably if he had to stand for election today if not quite by the lofty margin he did last time around.
Obama's approval rating in the state is 49% with 45% of voters disapproving of him. The Democratic base stands pretty universally behind him at 89% approval and independents break slightly in favor of him by a 49/43 spread. Holding him below 50% is that he has virtually no support from Republicans, only 10% of whom approve of his job performance.
Obama's approval spread may only be +4 but his leads over all of his prospective Republican opponents exceed that. He's up 7 points on Mike Huckabee at 48-41, 9 points on Paul Ryan at 49-40, 10 on Mitt Romney at 48-38, 12 on Newt Gingrich at 51-39, and 19 on Sarah Palin at 54-35.
Ryan's performance is noteworthy. It might seem unsurprising for a native son candidate to do better than most of the rest of the Republican field in his home state, but for the most part we've found second tier candidate possibilities doing worse than Romney and Huckabee on their home fronts. So by that measure Ryan's performance is decent.
Ryan is the only one of the Republicans we tested who has a positive favorability number, at 36% rating him positively and 35% with a negative opinion. Beyond him only Huckabee even comes close to breaking even at a 34/37 spread. Romney comes in at 30/41, Gingrich at 26/49, and Palin at 32/60. This makes Wisconsin yet another on the list of swing states where voters dislike all of the potential GOP Presidential candidates.
Obama took Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, so his margins over Huckabee, Ryan, Romney, and Gingrich all represent a tightening from his victory over John McCain. Still he appears to be on much more solid ground in the state than Democrats were in 2000 or 2004. As for Palin Wisconsin makes for another of her 'Goldwater' states- her 19 point deficit would be the biggest loss for a Republican in the state since the party lost by 24 points in 1964.
Tim Pawlenty Statement in Support of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
"Governor Scott Walker is making tough choices needed to avoid financial ruin. The nation's governors don't need a lecture from a President who has never balanced a budget. All levels of government need to bring public employee compensation in line with the private sector. The gig is up for public employee groups who demand better benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bill. I'm confident Governor Walker's reforms will succeed in Wisconsin. Stand strong, Scott -- average taxpayers everywhere are rooting for you."
Vice President Biden, Secretary Geithner to Hold Middle Class Task Force Meeting on Financial Reform in Milwaukee
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, April 27th, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At 11:30 AM CDT, the Vice President will chair a Middle Class Task Force meeting hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. The Vice President and Secretary Geithner will discuss the need for Wall Street reform and the importance of reform for America’s middle class families.
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Announces Launch Of "Tweet Wisconsin"
New website collects what elected officials, candidates, and groups are talking about all in one place
A new website launched by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute today provides onestop shopping for followers of politics in Wisconsin. “Tweet Wisconsin” (http://www.tweetwisconsin.org) collects the Twitter feeds of Wisconsin’s elected officials, candidates, and interested political groups in one place, where fans of politics can see what they’re saying and interact with their politicians.
“A lot of what’s going on in politics is happening on Twitter,” said Christian Schneider, (@cmschneid19) senior fellow at WPRI. “Often times, politicians are talking to themselves, and updating the public in real time as to what’s happening. Now the public has easy access to all that up-to-the-minute info in one place,” said Schneider.
With Twitter, political observers can post observations of up to 140 characters. With increasing regularity, politicians have been using the service to forgo the filter of the media to communicate directly with their fans. Many times, they use the service merely to call attention to articles, pictures, or videos they find interesting. “I was skeptical of Twitter to begin with,” said Schneider, “but I quickly realized that this is where politics happens these days – and it really helps to see what politicians are really thinking.”
The list of twitter feeds currently featured on the site include as many candidates, elected officials, and groups as could be identified. If you are a candidate or group and want to be included in the Tweet Wisconsin feed, feel free to e-mail your username to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the site, one doesn’t have to be a member of Twitter or any other social networking service. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute can be found on Twitter at @wpri.
MADISON - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who has been called “the next generation of leadership in the Republican Party and in America” and Wisconsin’s own Congressman Paul Ryan, ranking member of the House Budget Committee and an emerging leader on fiscal reform, will headline a Chairman’s Reception at the Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention on Friday, May 21, 2010.
“The Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention is going to be an opportunity for conservatives to come together and kick off an outstanding campaign season,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “I can’t think of two better Republicans than Governor Pawlenty and Congressman Ryan to get participants motivated to actively spread our message of common-sense conservative solutions and fiscal restraint.”
As Governor, Pawlenty resolved Minnesota's historic $4.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. During his two terms, Governor Pawlenty has dramatically slowed the growth of state government spending. He also reduced overall spending for the first time in the state’s 150-year history.
Serving as Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Paul Ryan is a leading voice for fiscal discipline and accountability in the federal government. He recently introduced “A Roadmap for America’s Future,” a comprehensive reform proposal that tackles the interrelated crises in health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, our job-killing and cumbersome tax code, and our exploding debt.
The Chairman’s Reception will take place from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on Friday, May 21, 2010. Shuttles from the RPW Convention host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, will be available for convention attendees. Admission to the Chairman’s Reception will be free of charge for paid convention attendees and will cost $20 per person for the general public.
Speaker announcements for a banquet honoring County Chairmen on Saturday, May 22, 2010 will follow in the coming weeks.