Editorial roundup: Wisconsin

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Kenosha News. August 19, 2022.

Editorial: Rep. Your clings; The Gableman Circus leaves town

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos picked up a narrow victory over challenger Adam Steen in the Republican primary and deserves a round of applause from those who want to move on from the past presidential race and look to the future. coming.

Vos’ victory came despite his disgrace with former President Donald Trump when he refused to support efforts to overturn the 2020 election – something Vos, election law experts and the company’s own lawyers legislature declared to be a legal impossibility.

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Trump called Vos a RINO — a Republican in name only — and endorsed newcomer Steen, who lost to Vos by just a few hundred votes, Vos’s narrowest victory since first being elected to the Assembly. in 2005. Until this month’s election, no challenger — Democrat or Republican — had come within 16 percentage points of the Rochester Republican. Steen, who campaigned largely on a promise to decertify President Joe Biden’s victory, came within 3 percentage points.

The District 63 vote demonstrated Trump’s still long tails, who continue to cling to baseless claims that the presidential race was stolen by voter fraud. That power was also demonstrated in the state’s GOP gubernatorial primary where businessman Trump endorsed party stalwart Tim Michels and former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Michels won through a combination of Trump’s endorsement and a massive three-month ad campaign in which he spent $12 million.

In truth, Vos’ victory came despite his own misstep when he appointed former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to head an office of special advocates to investigate “irregularities.” elections” in the state in 2020.

Gableman’s “independent” investigation instead turned into a highly partisan, taxpayer-funded boondoggle that cost state taxpayers more than $1 million — including $100,000 that went into the pockets of Gableman – and revealed no evidence of fraud or issues that weren’t already known, such as the use of ballot boxes.

So what did taxpayers get for that million dollars? The investigation was characterized by political grandstanding, poor record keeping, legal challenges and bogus claims. The fact is, only 24 of the nearly 3.3 million people who voted in Wisconsin in the 2020 election have been charged with voter fraud. None of them came from Gableman’s investigation.

One of the highlights of Gableman’s investigation was his admission that he did not understand state election procedures.

The capper came a week before the election when Gableman also endorsed Vos’ challenger.

It’s no wonder, then, that during his election victory celebration, Vos said Gableman was an “embarrassment to the state.” Vos fired Gableman a few days later and closed the Office of Special Counsel. To which, we can only say, “What took you so long.”

The rift within the Republican Party with its election deniers and Trump’s continued influence on the far right will likely continue in the months to come, creating more drama.

For now, we congratulate Vos on his victory, he has served the 63rd Assembly District well over the years, and we are grateful that former State Judge Gableman and the Office of Special Counsel are finally bending their tents and their political circus leaves town.

Root Journal Times. August 24, 2022.

Editorial: Concurrent Registration is a UW-P Godsend

Psst, hey kid, yeah you wanna line your pockets with thousands of dollars?

If you’re in high school and thinking about heading to college in a few years, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has an offer for you, and it’s a great deal.

This is called concurrent enrollment, where eligible high school students can earn both college and high school credit by taking designated college courses at their high school during the regular school day, taught by qualified secondary school teachers.

That’s right, a two-iron.

Even better, UWP has announced that this year the cost of these courses for college credit this year has been reduced to FREE. Since the program, called Parkside Access to College Credit (PACC) began six years ago, it has been run with reduced course tuition.

During those years, according to PACC, 1,400 high school students earned more than 4,000 college credits, saving more than $850,000 in future tuition. PACC classes are currently offered at Kenosha and Racine Unified Schools, Burlington High School, and Wilmot Union High School.

Depending on the high school, Parkside officials said students can earn anywhere from 3 to 33 college credits before graduating from high school. PACC Director Denise Olstinske said these were not empty credits and that “program alumni have reported 100% transferability of their PACC courses to other Wisconsin colleges and universities and to across the country”.

Let’s see, 33 credits is more than a full year in college, assuming a full credit load of 15 credits per semester. So how much does a year at college cost? Last year, the average Wisconsin public four-year college tuition was $8,268. Add in average on-campus living expenses and you can increase that by another $12,518.

This totals up to $20,786 and about $3,200 less at two-year community colleges.

So you could walk across the stage on graduation day knowing you could go to campus as a sophomore and you’d pocketed up to $20,000 in savings because you had the good sense to double your class work and earn college credit.

This is a good deal. Also consider that the average student debt nationally is now $32,731 and has increased by 20% over the past six years. It’s a debt that can stay with you for years after you graduate.

So what do you think? You’re smart, you go to college. Can you afford to let a deal like this pass? Do yourself a favor and cut this story or pass it on to your parents.

Then go to www.uwp.edu/pacc or call PACC Director Denise Olstinske to see if she is qualified and can enter. As the attorney’s ad says, “One call is all.” It could put some money in your pocket.

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