Posts tagged ‘Jim Sensenbrenner’

September 9, 2008

Primary voting tomorrow, Sept. 9

by thoughtfulconservative

Not much to vote on in my ward. Register of Deeds primary. Why do we vote for this again? Is this something people should be deciding? What does a Register of Deeds do?

Then there’s the Fifth Congressional District Republican Primary. Jim Burkee is challenging long time representative Jim Sensenbrenner. I’ve written about it some.

Many of my thoughts parallel Owen’s. I like some of Burkee’s stated positions. And I disagree with some. I agree with some positions Sensenbrenner has taken and disagree with others.

Then I look at who’s supporting Burkee. He has courted moderates, liberals and libertarians. John Torinus likes him and calls him a moderate. The Journal Sentinel and Sheherd Express have both endorsed him.

It’s just too much to cut through. He talks a good talk, but …

And I don’t think the deficit is as big a problem as Burkee contends.

I’ll stick with Sensenbrenner.

September 5, 2008

Journal Sentinel endorses Burkee for Congress

by thoughtfulconservative

It probably didn’t surprise Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. The Journal Sentinel endorsed opponent Bryan Kennedy two years ago. And today they endorsed Sensenbrenner’s Republican opponent, Prof. Jim Burkee to become the Wisconsin Fifth Congressional District representative.

This is a mixed blessing for Burkee. A Journal Sentinel endorsement against a proven conservative usually doesn’t win one any brownie points with the right.

Here are their main points:

Burkee is a fiscal hawk.

He feels tax cuts should follow spending cuts, not the reverse.

Burkee also has talked of a “comprehensive” approach to energy rather than the sort of grandstanding of many who simply call for drilling for oil.

Burkee also favors a third way between protectionism and a no-holds-barred approach which he refers to as “balanced trade.”

Their objection to Sensenbrenner is the same as 2 years earlier: too often he is a roadblock in Congress, especially on immigration. But in a statement one might look at with a jaundiced eye the “editorial board” says,

But our support for Burkee has more to do with the strength of his ideas than with our past disagreements with the incumbent.

The Journal Sentinel’s disagreements with Sensenbrenner are many and varied.

So will the endorsement help or hinder Burkee. Or does anyone care?

(Cross posted at Fairly Conservative).

UPDATE: Blogs that have endorsed Burkee include Nick Schweitzer (implied), Josh Schoeder (who was a student of Burkee, if I remember right).

Those who are not impressed include Spring City Chronicle and Asian Badger. Owen will be voting for Sensenbrenner and elliot seems to be leaning that way. Kyle Prast will also vote for Sensenbrenner.

I’ve already noted Shepherd Express’s endorsement, but include it here for completeness.

Other endorsements will be added as I encounter them.

September 3, 2008

Sensenbrenner only House member with primary race

by thoughtfulconservative

WKOW channel 27 in Madison, WI brings us this tidbit,

A Republican congressman representing Milwaukee’s wealthy suburbs for nearly 30 years is the only incumbent among Wisconsin’s eight US House members with a challenger in the September ninth primary election.

Jim Sensenbrenner has been in Congress a long time. So long, in fact, that there is a veritable array of groups, weak in their own stregth as far as the Fifth CD is concerned, but banding together to try and rid Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District incumbent. Arrayed against Sensenbrenner are the left (I’m not sure the Shepherd Express would recognize a good Republican if he dropped into their offices, but they like Burkee as the “better Republican”), Ron Paul Republicans (with a ringing endorsement from Tim Peterson) and Libertarians (Si is there really a difference?) who only see him as the face of the evil Real ID, and, it appears, many main stream Republicans, including a long list of business men. He’s also endorsed by (Yes, it’s in alphabetical order by state, so you will have to scroll WAAAY down) the Republican Liberty Caucus.

The involvement of the left would imply some kind of crossover vote in next week’s primary, but this post on Sensenbrenner Watch seems to indicate that this won’t happen, at least in large numbers because of Democratic primary races and because

many people find it very difficult to vote in the opposing party’s primary, even if there is no good reason to vote in their own. When they do, they generally vote for the candidate they like the best, not to try to do any malicious damage.

That hasn’t kept Burkee from reaching out to “progressive” Democrats.

The illusion seems to be that Burkee is tilting at windmills. The reality may be that it may be close.

I still haven’t decided, but I will be voting for one or the other next week.

May 21, 2008

“The Sensenbrenner Tax”

by thoughtfulconservative

This is the clever title (well, maybe not so clever since Cato wrote it first) of the latest post by Wisconsin 5th CD candidate, Republican Jim Burkee posted at the Small Business Times and on his Community NOW blog Responsibility Now (which has footnotes where the SBT post doesn’t. BTW, if anyone can figure out how the footnotes work, I would appreciate it. I can’t.).

His basis is that Sensenbrenner was the sponsor of the Real ID Act of 2005 which was responsible for an unfunded mandate that caused the Wisconsin Legislature to raise driver license fees $10 — the Sensenbrenner Tax.

This fee/tax was also involved in the recent budget repair “deal” and a tongue lashing by Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin Assembly Majority leader Mike Huebsch.

Burkee is correct when he says,

With Real ID, Jim Sensenbrenner has managed to unite left and right in opposition.

Of course, Sensenbrenner was just the sponsor. All but 12 Republicans in the House voted for the measure in February 2005 before it was attached as a rider to the military appropriations bill, eight voted “No” and 5 didn’t vote. All three of Wisconsin Republicans voted for the measure, so I’m not sure if Burkee is condemning the entire Republican Party and aligning himself with Ron Paul, who was one of the eight nay votes.

Instead of Real ID, Burkee touts Rep. Paul Ryan’s Employee Verification Act, which seems to have promise, but has not been passed and I doubt it will in the current climate.

I’m not a big fan of Real ID myself, but it seems we need to get something on track. And as Owen has pointed out, the Wisconsin Legislature has already passed the $10 fee and are not rescinding it.

This looks like a spending cut, but it really isn’t.  It cuts $21,989,300 for implementing the Real ID Act and transfers the money to the general fund.  But implementing the Real ID act is de-facto mandatory unless Wisconsinites are cool with their drivers’ licenses being invalid for federal purposes.  So while this looks like a spending cut, it is actually just delaying this spending into the next budget.

Also notice that this was the excuse for the increased vehicle registration fee that was passed in the budget.  So now there is a fee that is being collected to implement the Real ID act, but the money is being taken used in the general fund instead.  Bait and switch, anyone?

Does this mean it’s no longer Sensenbrenner’s tax?

May 18, 2008

Let’s do the carnival

by thoughtfulconservative

In case you’ve lost track, this is the May 18, 2008 edition of the Waukesha Carnival. Welcome.

Well, most folks were exercised this week over the budget “repair” (Can you call them cuts when not much was cut?) and “veto” (Can you call it a veto when you re-write it and find more cuts?).

But let’s start a little closer to home. The Asian Badger fumes over the fact that technical colleges (among others) are exempt from the tax cap.

Josh at Blog Waukesha sounds the alarm about the Waukesha Referendum.

I see they’re talking about a baseball field at Frame Park again. Spring City Chronicle tells us again why this is not feasible. I remember saying that also, but that post is lost in cyber space and Google says they can’t find it.

James Wigderson updates on Wisconsin Assembly district 97 happenings.

School’s out and Yorick’s Persiflage is blogging again. He reflects on what it’s like to be a conservative student when your teacher and most of your class mates are liberal.

Bryon Houlgrave has some new pics, but the amazing fact is he put 1068 miles on his car over the weekend. Yowza! That’s a round trip to Ohio.

Linda Richter questions Matt Thomas quitting blogging. You just can’t win with some folks.

Kyle Prast reports on an HG&D (Human Growth and Development = Sex Education) work session at Practically Speaking.

OK. OK. Here are the posts from the budget “deal” (Can it be a deal when the governor rewrote the bill?).

Sen. Mary Lazich notes what the governor’s “vetos” resulted in.

Dad29 has a warning label that every legislator who voted for the “budget repair” should have on their forehead. I say we include every legislator, period. And include the US House and Senate members while we’re at it.

Fox Head wonders who kidnapped Gov. Doyle and replaced him with one who cut out the foolish parts of the deal made some real cuts?

The Daily Scoff’s jj gravelle was also surprised that Franken-veto (called Zombie Franken-veto by steveegg in the comments) was alive and well. Cindy Kilkenny was flummoxed as well.

OK, enough of that. If you want to read more, just about every one had at least one, and often more, posts.

Jeff at his Eat Wisconsin blog has comments on the first edition of Wisconsin Foodie.

On the national scene, Dean Culver at Common Sense Waukesha says he realizes that McCain is not a “true conservative” but conservatives have such a screwed up reputation that maybe it’s a good thing.

Sancho also posts some thoughts on this at La Raza de Waukesha.

Troy Fullerton points out the roadmap for the GOP future that he cleaned from Ryan and Sensenbrenner speeches at the state Republican convention.

On the Democratic side, Scott Feldstein linked to a DKos discussion of Obama’s possible VP choices. From January. A stronger field than the Republicans have, IMO. Read it and realize this will be a tough race for the presidency.

silent e muses if this is the best the American system can come up with.

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January 24, 2008

Jim Burkee goes negative!

by thoughtfulconservative

Via e-mail from Jim Burkee (not posted at the web site),

Washington is broken, and we know it by looking at our own congressman’s record on big government spending. Over Christmas, Congressman Sensenbrenner voted for a massive, $555 billion, 3,400 page spending package filled with earmarks, including $213,000 for olive fruit fly research in France.

Other pork projects funded in the bill that Congressman Sensenbrenner supported were

. $113,000 for rodent control in Alaska,
. $200,000 for a Hunting and Fishing Museum in Pennsylvania,
. $150,000 for a Louis Armstrong Museum in New York,
. $700,000 for a bike trail in Minnesota,
. $1,000,000 for river walk in Massachusetts,
. $200,000 for a post office museum in downtown Las Vegas,
. And $1,000,000 for an earmark requested by a House member who has been indicted on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering, and soliciting bribes.

He also voted for a temporary tax fix that instantly added $50 billion to our national deficit.

This stuff isn’t just frustrating; Sensenbrenner’s out-of-control spending is wrong.

What? You don’t think that’s negative? The MSM does.