Patriots Meeting This Friday May 13th and The Republican Game

CONFIRMATION:  The meeting this Friday May 13th will be held at the Dwight Foster Library in Fort Atkinson located at 209 Merchants Avenue at 6pm.  It will be an interesting meeting!

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY UPDATE – THE REPUBLICAN GAME…I have just been informed that Constitutional Carry is a DEAD ISSUE.  It will NEVER be introduced in the Assembly and there will be NO VOTE in the Senate no matter what we do.  Our two other leaders from RRP were in Madison today at the Capitol and got the word directly.  THIS IS A DISGRACE! 

The Republican Leadership has been stringing us along on this bill and had no intention of ever allowing it to happen.  After all the work the TEA Party / Patriot / 2nd Amendment groups have done, this is how we are treated?  We are not even being given the opportunity for the bill to be debated on the floor in the Senate or Assembly!  It is time to call your representative and the leadership in the Assembly and Senate and express how DISGUSTED you are.

VOTER ID UPDATE REAL ID is still in the bill that they will be voting on tomorrow.

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Patriots…Call Madison Tuesday February 1st

Dear Wisconsin Patroit,
The Wisconsin State Assembly leaders are dragging their feet regarding election reform because they are waiting for comprehensive legislation to be written. Other reforms are certainly necessary, but they cannot implement everything in time for the state Supreme Court election in April; so they should pass the first bill which includes photo ID by then.  Comprehensive reform can be passed in two stages.  The Senate did their part by conducting a public hearing last week.  Now we need the Assembly to do the same.  They should hear from everybody and their brothers tomorrow.
So leaders, please pass the massage to your mailing lists.
For leaders and everyone else, please make three calls:
Call your Assembly Representative
Call Committee Chairman, Rep. Gary Tauchen -1-608-266-3097
Call Assembly Leader, Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald -1-608-266-2540
The message:  Schedule an assembly hearing ASAP in February on whatever election reform they think they can pass in time for the April 5th election for the following reasons(please state all three as we need a consistent message):
1. Without photo ID this April, the other side will be able to distort the State Supreme Court race with fewer fraudulent votes because of the low turnout.
2. The clerks and voting precincts need to test this during a low-turnout election.
3. The other side may get a court injunction to stall the new law for this election cycle.  If so, it is better to force that confrontation now than to allow them to stall it though courts until just before the 2012 election.
Do not retreat when you hear their rationalizations on “injunctive relief”.  Reiterate these three points.
Tomorrow, February 1st is  the “day of action”.  However, if you cannot get through then, please continue throughout this week until you do.

Voter ID – Response to One Wisconsin Now

One Wisconsin Now writes on voter ID:

http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/blog/2011/01/why-voter-id-is-bad-for-wisconsin.html

Here is the response from Ken Van Doren – Campaign for Liberty in Wisconsin

1. OWN cites all kind of statistics. Where did these number come from, and who determined them?

2. Just because only a few were found guilty of voter fraud does not mean that these few were all the fraudulent votes cast. Witness the anecdotal evidence of busloads of people coming in during the 2008 fall election. Also, as a poll watcher, I was not allowed to examine the evidence of residency that voters presented. One “progressive” web site seemed to invite fraud with the information, “Voting in Wisconsin could not be easier. If you have a friend who is registered, he can vouch for you even if you do not have identification or other proof of residency.” Also, witness that in Milwaukee, the lion’s share of same day registrations came after 5PM. Could it be that this was a purposeful plan to overwhelm the elections staff so they would not have time to carefully consider the evidence of residency? The opportunity if not the fact of fraud was certainly there. No one can tell, with our lax registration requirements, how many fraudulent votes actually were cast, but no doubt the number far exceeded the 3 that they cite. But more than that, why should there be even one, when voter fraud could so easily be prevented?

3. OWN is worried about disenfranchisement. A fraudulent vote in effect cancels 2 legitimate ones. First, one vote to wipe out the fraudulent one, and another to re-establish the advantage or vote differential that otherwise would have prevailed. Why is not OWN just as worried about the disenfranchisement of legitimate voters as they are about voters who may or may not be voting legitimately?

4. OWN complains that voters can not make it to DOT stations to get an ID. Why not? They have all year, and if voting is a priority for them, you would think that they would be able to find the time long before election season.

5. Among those without driver’s licenses or ID’s there are some who are not mentally competent. How many of the others are felons, illegal aliens or otherwise not elibible to vote? Surely these numbers are not insignificant.

6. Most of the people OWN seems most worried about live in major metro areas, where there are DOT offices that are open 5 days a week. In Milwaukee, there are even days where they are open early and late at least one day per week, and one has Saturday hours. None of the DOT offices that are only open once a month or even once a week is in a major metro area. There are DMV offices that are lucky to get 50 license/ID applicants per month, and I understand that DOT management staff has repeatedly advised closing down the low volume offices in order to save taxpayers’ money.

7. In those areas where where the DMV offices are open once per month, there is another office that is open more frequently within the same county. Wisconsin’s excellent and expensive road system allows for transportation to a site that is within easy reach for everyone in the State.

8. Before the law passed making it illegal to provide driver’s licenses to illegals, that there were an estimated 400,000 licenses issued with deficiencies of proof. Some definitely were citizens and qualified but did not have adequate documentation, but estimates of illegals who got licenses, and thereby gained the “right” to vote could be in excess of 100,000.

9. We welcome OWN’s newfound concern for the taxpayers and big government run amok. Hopefully they will manifest this new attitude with regard to other issues before the state legislature.

In a society where representation is decided democratically, there is no better guarantee of government integrity than to insure the integrity of the vote. OWN at every turn wants to encourage policies that would invite and encourage fraud. Honest government starts with honest votes. NOW is time to address this and several other voting related issues.

Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections Public Hearing Notice

Please make time to testify in support of this bill.  The foundation of our republic depends on an honest and fair electoral process with only one eligible person getting one vote.  Whenever and whereever voter fraud occurs, we are all disenfranchised.

Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections Public Hearing Notice