Wisconsin’s Obamacare October Surprise. Russ Feingold won’t fix it.


It’s official. The rates for Wisconsin’s benchmark Obamacare plan are going up 16% for 2017. Can you afford to pay 16% more every month?

Does Russ Feingold care? He is one of Obamacare’s biggest fans and has promised to fight and protect Obamacare in the Senate. Knowing what we know now, that’s not looking out for your best interests.

Let’s not forget that Russ Feingold was the deciding vote for Obamacare. He had claimed that the bill “would lower health insurance premiums by 14 to 20 percent”. Russ was wrong, and we can’t afford to send him back to the Senate.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi were hoping that these numbers wouldn’t come out before Election Day, but with 2 weeks left, this is a game-changer for control of Congress. Don’t reward their costly policies by sending Russ Feingold to DC to support an even more expensive liberal agenda.

Your voice is your vote – don’t let it go to waste. Make sure you have your vote information here and vote for Ron Johnson, who will fight for us when it comes to Obamacare.


Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The RNC: Don’t wait until Election Day

We get it. Sometimes it’s tough to get away on a Tuesday to wait in line and vote. This year, take the pain away and vote early by mailing your ballot.

There is still time to request an absentee ballot. Go to Vote.GOP now to request yours today.

You only have a limited amount of time to request the ballot, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

So much in the future depends on your vote this year. The Supreme Court could change for a generation if Hillary Clinton and the Democrats win the White House. We must vote Republican and not let that happen.

The information that you need is all on Vote.GOP.

Be a voter this year.


Chris Carr
RNC Political Director

That sign at Hardee’s couldn’t be right

Stopped at the Hardee’s off the expressway in Delafield this morning for a cup of coffee.

No Steak, Egg and Cheese Biscuit or  Burrito.


No double this…


Just a 73 cent cup of coffee

While emerging from my car I did a double take. The large sign on the road to the parking lot and restaurant matched the sign on the restaurant windows.

That can’t be right. Ah, but it was.

And yes, I’m going to try it.

The latest pro-life news (10/24/16)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin:



Love for Life Gala a success

This past weekend, we hosted Matt Walsh, the conservative blogger and speaker from the Blaze.

He was well-received by all our guests at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.

If you came to the Gala, we appreciate your generosity and your time. We took a lot of photos from the night, and they’re online on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

At the end of the Gala, we asked for your best gift in support of our mission. If you took home an envelope to pray about your contribution, we appreciate your discernment. You’re welcome to return it at your convenience or make your investment online right now.

If you were unable to attend but would still like to invest in a culture of life, it’s not too late! You can click here or call Matt Von Rueden at (262) 796-1111 ext. 15 to make your Love for Life Gala contribution.

As a final Gala note, if you didn’t complete the survey, can you take it online? It’s a seven-question survey about your experience. Find it here.


Pro-Life Wisconsin staff

March for Life

There are two ways to join us in showing your support for life – Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Both marches are in January 2017 – but deadlines to get on one of our buses are approaching quickly.

Register closes Nov. 10 (or at capacity) for the D.C. trip. We’re leaving Wednesday, Jan. 25 from four spots in southeastern Wisconsin.

Register closes Dec. 16 (or at capacity) for Chicago. We’re bringing buses full of pro-lifers from around the state. Find a pickup location near you on our website

Pro-Life News

TRAFFICKING: In their groundbreaking study … Laura J. Lederer and Christopher A. Wetzel examined the stories of sixty-six victims of sex trafficking. They found that fifty-five percent of these women had undergone at least one abortion while being trafficked and more than thirty percent underwent multiple abortions. PLW: We’ve known for a long time that abortion helps cover up a myriad of crimes.

SUPREME COURT: Republican candidate Donald Trump promises that the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling will be overturned “automatically” if he is empowered to make appointments to the nation’s Supreme Court. PLW: While the SCOTUS can’t overturn a decision if it isn’t deciding a case, Trump’s commitment to appoint pro-life justices is heartening.

SIDEWALK COUNSELING: They said the kindness and understanding shown by the pro-life prayer warriors outside the abortion clinic really changed their lives. Not only did they keep them from aborting their baby, but they also opened up their faith in God. PLW: Prayers save lives, it’s as simple as that.

ELECTION: If she is elected, Americans should expect Clinton to use all the resources and political will of the Oval Office to accomplish her abortion objectives. PLW: Clinton’s unfailing support of Planned Parenthood and abortion throughout pregnancy are shocking to many Americans.

CONTRACEPTION: Scientists have made a major breakthrough in male contraception after developing a compound that could switch off sperm’s ability to swim. PLW: Another pill to “fix” something that isn’t broken.

PP FUNDING: In Mississippi, a U.S. District judge ruled that “essentially every court to consider similar laws” has found that (stripping Medicaid funds from abortion-providers) violates the so-called Free-Choice-of-Provider Provision. PLW: Despite having 377 federally qualified health clinics and rural health centers, women have “no where else to go” except Mississippi’s ONE Planned Parenthood.

LIFE TALK TV: PLW’s Communications Director Jade Hrdi was a guest on Life Talk TV, an online show about life-issues. Watch it here.

To stay up-to-date all week, follow Pro-Life Wisconsin on Twitter


The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering an opportunity to live out the corporal work of mercy “to bury the dead.” On All Souls Day, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, the archdiocese will offer to people of all faiths the opportunity to bury the cremated remains of their loved ones in a community crypt at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash St., Milwaukee. Called the “All Souls Remembrance Ministry,” this service is provided free of charge. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by a committal service at 9 a.m.

Price County Respect Life, Taylor Co. Teens 4 Life, local area pro-life organizations and Broadway Theater, are showing the pro-life movie “Voiceless” at the Broadway Theater in Medford, Oct. 21 to Oct 27 at 7 p.m. on 24, 25, 26; and 6:45 and 9 p.m. on the 27. Contact the theater at (715) 748-5556 or visit medfordmovies.com for other show times and prices.

The Pro-Life Wisconsin Election Novena starts Oct. 31. Sign up to receive a once-a-day email with prayer intentions for our country and leaders.

Are you looking to host a pro-life event? We have a speaker for you! Our speakers can talk to your group – of any size – about abortion, contraception, end of life issues, suicide, natural family planning, stem cell research, pro-life legislation… or any other life-related issue you can think of. Call us at (262) 796-1111.

See more events at ProLifeWI.org

From Wisconsin Right To Life


Is Hillary a “Flat Out ‘Abortion Fanatic’”?

Donald Trump’s powerful pro-life argument

ABC’s ‘Notorious’ Takes a Pro-Life, Pro-Adoption Stance


Five-year-old Franklin boy battles cancer with an army behind him

Tearjerking Video Shows Kids With Cancer Ringing ‘End-Of-Treatment’ Bell

10-Year-Old With Muscular Dystrophy Gets ‘Fantasy Fenway Park’ in His Backyard

My Most Popular Blogs (10/24/16)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) The Best Cartoons of the Week (10/22/16)

2) Franklin school district and others are breaking state law

3) Hillary: The Evil Twin

4) A renaissance? In Franklin?

5)  Franklin alderwoman wants a do-over on the Ballpark Commons

6) Congratulations, Senator Lazich!

7) Culinary no-no #493

8) How a referendum becomes a referendum

9) The latest pro-life news (10/17/16)

10) The city of Franklin needs to stop doing this


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We’re in the campaign’s final stretch. We have exactly 15 days left until Election Day. 

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Culinary no-no #494


In 1991 Morley Safer of “60 Minutes” on CBS became an American hero.

His 12-minute segment, “The French Paradox” reported what we’ve known forever. The French diet devours rich and fatty foods on a regular basis (see above). However the French as a people collectively avoid high levels of heart disease.

Here’s an excerpt.


Reaction to Safer’s piece was instant and huge. Sales of red wine skyrocketed. Twenty-five years later Safer’s story is credited with the widely -held notion that red wine isn’t just good, it’s good for you.

The website masslive.com this past week reported that according to the Wine Institute more Americans are drinking more wine than ever before, with wine columnist Ken Ross offering 5 reasons why the grape is popular.

With so many consumers in an absolute love affair with wine it’s no wonder these mega stores have popped up all around the country.


The Total Wine and More website proudly proclaims:

We’re passionate about wine, and know many of our customers feel the same way. So we are committed to offering the nation’s best wine selection, with an emphasis on fine wines. Our typical store carries more than 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world, including more than 2,000 wines not available in any other store. The typical Total Wine & More also carries more than 2,500 beers, from America‘s most popular brands to hard-to-find microbrews and imports, and more than 3,000 different spirits in every style and price range.

We’re also committed to having the lowest prices on wine, spirits and beer every day. Our tremendous buying power and special relationships with producers, importers and wholesalers bring us considerable savings, which we pass on to our customers.

When Total Wine & More opened in Long Beach, CA in June of 2015…

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Local Councilwoman Stacy Mungo was happy and supportive.

“Please tell at least five friends, because the more people that shop here, the more roads I can repair and the more sidewalks I can fix, so spend your money in Long Beach, thank you for opening up this business and go beach!” said Mungo during the ribbon-cutting.

My wife, Jennifer, isn’t exactly an oenophile, but she’s close.  Jennifer mentioned on her blog last week she’d loved Total Wine & More to expand into Franklin.

I must interject that Franklin has a well-deserved reputation of being hostile and difficult when it comes to potential incoming new businesses. As a result we can’t get a buzzard to land here.

The thought of Total Wine and More coming to Franklin (the superstore is looking to set up shop in sites in SE WI) led my good friend, Franklin Mayor Steve Olson to post the following question on social media:

“Been to Three Cellar’s lately?”

When someone requested clarification the mayor replied:

“We HAVE a locally owned business identical to the ‘we want’ one above.”

Disappointing response.

Given that logic Franklin shouldn’t have allowed Oscar’s to open on S. 27th Street because we already had the Milwaukee Burger Company.

Didn’t think the mayor had to be reminded about competition, or being open to a new business model. Not a good message to send to folks thinking about coming here.

Forget Franklin. There have been many news reports that Total Wine and More was looking at Brookfield, a municipality bursting at the seams with all kinds of businesses.

And Brookfield certainly was interested.

However it’s turned into a total mess.

In order for Total Wine & More to operate as successfully as it has elsewhere in America it needed a certain license from Brookfield. A high ranking official says he was led to belive the license was forthcoming.

The city says it only has one of those licenses left. There’s a limit on the licenses and Brookfield doesn’t want to relinquish it to a wine superstore in case a restaurant wants to open and would need the required liquor license.

The Town of Brookfield has offered to turn over one of their licenses to the superstore. That could be a solution but for the fact the city of Brookfield is hemming and hawing.

Last week the city Brookfield approved a lesser license and Total Wine & More is ticked.

From the Small Biz Times:

The city voted 8-5 against the store’s request for a Class B liquor license, instead granting Total Wine a Class A license. By doing so, Total Wine will not be able to conduct its weekly wine tastings and classes, which make up roughly 20 percent of the store’s revenue and is part of the overall customer experience, said David Trone, Total Wine & More’s co-founder and president.

“We really love Brookfield, and think we will do great there,” Trone said. “But we were led to believe when we first met with the city, that we would be given a Class B license. I’m in 21 states and will have 150 stores open by the end of the year. They said build the store first, and we’ll give you the license – I’ve never done it that way. And somehow, 30 days before we open, we don’t get the license.

In an interview with WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner Trone called Brookfield’s attitude and approach “arrogant.”

Taking a page out of my mayor’s playbook the mayor of Brookfield is blaming the state.

Wisconsin’s business climate is improving but there’s a lot of progress to be made. The Brookfield episode with Total Wine & More isn’t helping.


Too much pumpkin spice?


Photos of the Week (10/23/16)

1) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump share a laugh during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Oct. 20 in New York. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

2) Love Manie Simeus, 12, reads the Bible by candlelight in her school’s classroom where she and other residents have taken refuge after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their homes, Les Cayes, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. While her school is used as a shelter, Love has been trying to keep her mind sharp by reading the Bible to illiterate storm refugees and looking through school library books that made it through the storm. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

3) People wait for relief aid to be unloaded from a Dutch navy ship, after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti. Photo: Reuters

4) A prison cell overcrowds with inmates taking turns to sleep on any available spaces  at Quezon City Jail, one of the country’s most congested jails in Quezon City, Philippines. Following the intensified drive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against criminality, arrested drug suspects are jockeying for space inside jampacked prison cells. Quezon City Jail is designed to hold only 800 inmates but it is now packed with nearly 4,000. Duterte on his speach before his state visit to Beijing expressed gratitude to China for helping the Philippines on building rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts. Photo: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPA

5) The Pope’s lavish villa has opened to the public after the frugal Pope Francis decided not to use it, judging it too luxurious and grandiose. Stairs lead to the pope’s private apartment at Castel Gandolfo near Rome on Oct. 21. In 2014, the gardens at the palazzo were opened to the public, but now visitors can tour the never-before-seen private apartment of the palazzo itself. Photo: ALESSANDRO DI MEO / EPA

6) The simple pontifical bedroom, seen here, was used as a delivery room during World War II. The Alban region saw bloody fighting and residents fled toward the pontifical villas seeking sanctuary. Pius XII opened the doors to more than 12,000 people until Rome was liberated on June 4, 1944. As the Vatican tells it, some of the displaced were pregnant. And an estimated 40 women gave birth on the pope’s bed itself; bearing offspring now affectionately called “the pope’s children.” Pius resumed spending summers there after the war and died in the same bedroom in 1958. Pope Paul VI also died in the room in 1978. Photo: TONY GENTILE / Reuters

7) The gallery of Alexander VII is one of the 20 marble-floored rooms in the private apartments.Photo: ALESSANDRO DI MEO / EPA

8) Thousands of pedestrians gather downtown for a lighting and chromalithe exhibition on a catholic church, as part of the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Reuters

9) A rat’s head rests as it is constricted in an opening in the bottom of a garbage can in Brooklyn. Photo: Reuters

10) Azalea, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee whose Korean name is “Dallae,” smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP

11) A vet holds a pygmy anteater, also known as a silky anteater, at the Huachipa Zoo, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru on Oct. 19. The zoo presented on Wednesday three anteater species: giant bears, tamanduas, and pygmies, during an event to promote their pair of silky anteaters, who just turned 11 years old. The zoo is preparing a breeding program of this rare species, that does not exceed 13 cm. Photo: Martin Mejia / AP

12) Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli reaches across the end zone for a touchdown Saturday against Iowa. Photo: Byron Houlgrave/The Register

13) Members of the Wisconsin football team carry the Heartland Trophy after a 17-9 win over Iowa on Saturday. It was the Badgers’ fourth consecutive victory at Kinnick Stadium.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

14) Packers fan Nick Sarno (left) and Bears fan James Gargiulo (right), both from Boston, cheer during the Packers-Bears game Thursday. Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

15) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb reacts after scoring a touchdown while being covered by Chicago Bears cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc. The Packers beat the Bears  Thursday at Lambeau Field, 26-10. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

16) Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan poses with his creation “Is There Life Before Death” (2010), prior to the opening of the exhibition “Not Afraid of Love” at the Hotel de la Monnaie in Paris. Photo: PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters

17) The sculpture “Yellow,” made of 11,014 Lego pieces, is displayed at the opening of US artist Nathan Sawaya’s exhibition “The Art of the Brick,” featuring works made entirely from Lego bricks, in Milan, Italy. Photo: AP

18) Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the ‘academic family.’ Photo: Getty Images

19) Fans dressed as Dark Vader, left, and Chewbacca are pictured in a bathroom as they attend 53rd Antalya Film Festival in Mediterranean Turkish resort of Antalya, Turkey. Photo: AP