Legislative Candidates Forum Set for Nov. 1

Not sure who to vote for? Patch and the League of Women Voters are hosting several state Senate and Assembly candidates at a forum at the Greenfield Community Center.

Just days before the Nov. 6 election, several candidates running for state Senate and Assembly seats will share their views at a candidates forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Greenfield Community Center, 7215 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield.

Candidates invited to the forum are:

  • Democrat Jim Ward and Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich, running in the 28th Senate District;
  • Democrat Kathleen Vincent and  Republican state Rep. Jeff Stone, running in the 82nd Assembly District;
  • Democrat Jim Brownlow and Republican state Rep. David Craig, running in the 83rd Assembly District;
  • and Democrat Jesse Roelke and Republican state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, running in the 84th Assembly District.

As of Oct. 29, Ward, Lazich, Vincent, Stone and Brownlow have confirmed they will attend the forum.

Candidates will field questions from a moderator as well as audience members.

The free forum, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County and Patch.com.

Keith Best October 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
One of the sponsors of this event is the League of Women Voters, who sued to stop Photo ID requirement at the polls, virtually and systematically endorsing fraud at the polls. A majority of people in this state support honest elections by showing a photo ID.
Bren October 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
If ALEC Voter ID legislation is so righteous, why has the DOJ stepped in in a number of former slave states and why hasn't it been enacted here? Congratulations to the League of Women Voters who are working to ensure that all Americans have access to the precious right to vote.
Greg October 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It has been enacted here. The court did not put off making the ruling until after the election because they were going to rule it down.
John Goodsee October 30, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Everyone should attend. But be advised. This is Stone/Lazch land. The Dem's running are cannon fodder.
FreeThought Troy October 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Photo ID legislation is a solution looking for a fictional problem. It is, in reality, voter suppression. Proponents of these laws should be ashamed of themselves.
L.Gralton October 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Does Kapenga spend more time in front of the mirror or fighting with republican s?
robert heule October 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM
John Goodsee Here's something about Mary. The February 2009 issue of Milwaukee Magazine in its rating of best and worst Legislators gave this report on Lazich. One GOP foot soldier said Senator Mary Lazich is a flat-out cukoo: "literally nuts". Conservative activists like him despise Lazich for lying about a GOP leadership vote and for duplicitous statements on the ill-fated Taxpayer Bill of Rights legislation. "There may no legislator who is taken less seriously by her colleagues" he asserts. "One never knows what she will do or why", sighs another observer. " Mary's vision doesn't extend beyond her own shortsightedness".
robert heule October 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Watch out for large white guys in some uniform and rednecks in SWAT vests posing as "election observers"
robert heule October 31, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Greg, the Wisconsin Constitution specifically defines who can't vote: a.Conviction of a felony unless restored to civil rights. and b. Adjudged to be incompetent or partially incompetent unless the judgement specifies that the person is capable of understanding the objective of the elective process. These are the only provisions that deny suffrage. There is no provision based on what document an elector carries in his or pocket, wallet or purse.
Joseph Robert October 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Vote early! Save time and trouble! http://waukesha.patch.com/events/early-voting-for-general-election-f1109cd2
Brenda Kray October 31, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I agree, ID is Free, so all Americans have the right to vote, voter fraud is a big problem I don't understand why a picture ID is a problem, everyone who is a us citizen should have a picture ID of some kind !!!!
FreeThought Troy October 31, 2012 at 02:14 PM
http://brennan.3cdn.net/e20e4210db075b482b_wcm6ib0hl.pdf Voter fraud is not a significant problem. The ID may be free, but there are requirements needed that are not free - like if a birth certificate is required. It is, in essence, a poll tax and targets, students, minorites and the elderly. These are the facts. To state voter fraud is a major issue, is just a talking point meant to narrow the electorate.
Steuerwald, John November 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Election fraud is a non issue. Voter suppresion based on ID is however,a big issue. Documentation has proven less than one percent of voter fraud has ever been discovered. Knee jerk reactions to supposed voter fraud need to be gaurded against. Support free elections. Stop voter ID requirements.
robert heule November 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The Hales Corners Village Clerk's office posted a sign telling early voters that they would save taxpayer's money if they waited until Tuesday and vote at their regular polling place. That was interpreted to be voter suppression. The GAB ordered the Clerk to remove the sign.
The Anti-Alinsky November 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
FreeThoughtTroy wrote: "...The ID may be free, but there are requirements needed that are not free ..." If it's really that big of a problem to get an ID, why are they required to: Drive Cash a check Doctors visits Getting Sudafed Boarding a plane Boarding a train Crossing the border to Mexico, Canada or any other country Buying a gun Getting a job Opening a bank account and the most hypocritical need for a photo ID... Entering the Democratic National Convention
The Anti-Alinsky November 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bottom line though, if the State of Wisconsin has gone out of its way to provide FREE photo IDs to legitimate citizens, how can voter ID be an undue burden? Free, Bren, Lyle and others have yet to provide a not-DailyKOS type answer.
FreeThought Troy November 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
None of these actions (with the exception of buying a gun) are mandated rights by the Constition - 19th Amendment I believe, but I could be wrong. (2nd Amend. for the gun part - this is another topic of argument saved for another day/blog post... why hasn't there been a post about all the mass shootings and the lack of conversation about gun violence? ahh well). Voter ID in essence is voter supression. This concern for fraud is so fabricated and so obviously skewed to surpress the Progressive vote - it is quite depressing.
FreeThought Troy November 01, 2012 at 05:29 PM
In order to rec. one of these Free IDs. one needs to verify thier identity: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/docs/bds316-english.pdf If one doesn't have one of these documents (the elderly - or students with out the proper/Qual. college ID), you can obtain your birth cert. To obtain birth cert. Requires ONE of the following: Wisconsin driver's license with photo Wisconsin I.D. with photo The cost for the search, which includes one copy of the birth certificate, if found, is $20.00. Additional copies of the same record, requested at the same time as the first, are $3.00 each. The cost is the same whether you request a certified or uncertified copy of the birth certificate. How is $20 a free ID?
The Anti-Alinsky November 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
In 2007 the Republican's tried to get Democrats to work with them to get a voter ID bill passed. They kept asking "tell us where the shortcomings are, and we will fix it, and if need be we will fix it in the future". Instead, Democrats just covered their ears, stomped their feet and said "NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!" As it is, you have still to point to ANY legal voter that is able to drive, cash a check, buy a gun, etc WITHOUT a photo ID. There are none. No one today lives without one with the possible exception of Grizzly Adams and the Amish. Voter ID IS NOT voter suppression just because you say it is. Unless of course you are saying suppression non-legal votes (non-citizens, felons, multiple voters...) is a bad thing. Is that what you are saying Free, that we should allow all these people to vote? Maybe if Schmitzy gave Hoffa his 50 bucks, Hoffa would donate it for 2 1/2 people to get those documents.
FreeThought Troy November 01, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Grizzley Adams Or the Poor. Or the Elderly. Or Out of State Students. We should be expanding voting to all citizens. Not searching for ways to limit it. This is a big, free country. Stop limiting its rights like some commodity that will run out.
robert heule November 01, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Voter ID fraud paranoia is a vomited out by ALEC and the Koch Brothers. I'm going to the forum in Greenfield to listen to Kathy Weid-Vincent debate the Jim Crow author of the graveyard bound voter ID law and Jim Ward to debate the dim bulb of the mid-west. I will be delivering some more of "comforting" posts to you Neo-Selmaites when I return.
robert heule November 02, 2012 at 03:20 AM
If an elderly person was born in a rural area of the former Confederacy, it is likely his or her birth certificate could not be located. Some county clerks down there couldn't pass the same literacy test that was required for blacks to vote.
The Anti-Alinsky November 02, 2012 at 08:09 AM
FreeThoughtTroy wrote: "...Stop limiting its rights like some commodity that will run out...." Actually Free, we do need to limit voting. One person, one vote!
FreeThought Troy November 02, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Yes. One person - One vote. Absolutely. Not One person - turned away from voting. That is the Conservatinve effort, to date. Don't vote the way I want - can't vote. Not American.


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