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Silica Sand Mining Report Released

At my town hall meetings January 26, 2012, there were questions about Silica Sand Mining also known as Frac Sand Mining. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a report this week about Frac Sand Mining including information about the mining process, environmental implications, and government regulations. Here is a link to the report:

Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about turning Wisconsin around.  The full transcript of the address is below.  To listen to the address, click here.

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

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More Fraud In FoodShare


Nearly $33 million in Wisconsin FoodShare benefits were spent in other states during fiscal year 2010-11, according to an audit released today by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau, including purchases in all 50 states and three U.S. territories.

There may be reasons for FoodShare benefits used in another state. In some cases, the nearest grocery store may be in another state. Purchases at the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Guam, New York, and California raise fraud red flags. For much of Jim Doyle’s time as governor, there was little effort to unearth fraud or overpayments within the FoodShare program. During fiscal year 2006-07 the state Department of Health Services recovered just $1,920 in FoodShare overpayments. In fiscal year 2010-11, the number jumped to more than $400,000. Clearly, there is fraud in the system and it can be corrected.

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Park View Middle School of Mukwonago Needs Your Help

Mukwonago Park View Middle School is one of four finalists in the National Football Leagues "Fuel Up to Play 60" video contest. Visit to vote for the Park View student chef team, known as the Triple Threat Chefs. The Triple Thread Chefs are listed as option number three on the website. The contest ends tonight at 11:55 PM

E-update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

Below is Governor Walker's E-Update.

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Bypassing Congress

Constitution, executive power, Presidential power

Entry 127

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Public School Open Enrollment Time Has Begun

The 2012-13 Wisconsin Public School Open Enrollment application period begins today and continues through April 30, 2012. Wisconsin's Open Enrollment Program allows parents to apply for their child to attend school at any Wisconsin school district. The application must be approved by the child's home school district and the district the parent is applying.

The open enrollment application period is extended this year. Thanks to 2011 Wisconsin Act 114 the open enrollment period is expanded from three weeks to 12 weeks. Here is link to the Department of Public Instructions website with access to an application and information about Wisconsin's open enrollment program:

Connecture To Add 100 Jobs To Waukesha

HAWS Receives New Year's Fiesta from Taco John's

HAWS, adopt, donate, fundraiser, Taco John's, spay, neuter

A great Waukesha eatery has really brightened up the New Year for HAWS!

For the second year in a row, HAWS has received a generous donation from Taco John’s of Waukesha.  The downtown restaurant recently presented the shelter with a check for $1,992.00, the result of their December “Nachos Navidad” promotion and sales of Christmas ornaments at the store at 317 N. Grand Ave.

Taco John’s Unit General Manager Dusty Stiefel noted, “The entire crew at Taco John’s worked very hard to make all the customers aware that we were raising money for HAWS. Our customers were a huge part of raising this money this year – we couldn’t have done it without them!”

“We are honored to receive this amazing donation from Taco John’s,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Support like this from our community means so much to us – and we have enjoyed all of our associations with Dusty and her staff. They are great friends to HAWS!”

(Pictured receiving the check at the HAWS’ shelter are Dusty Stiefel of Taco John’s and Jessica Pinkos of HAWS, joined by several HAWS adoptable pets.)

Get YOUR business involved in the HAWS cause:  Learn more about community partnerships and events to support HAWS’ shelter at!

By the way - World Spay Day is 3 short weeks away.  Help save lives through HAWS' Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP).  Sponsor-A-Spay, purchase a t-shirt, enter the pet photo contest - all sorts of things can help!  Visit our SNIP webpage to be a part of it!

Project set to begin on I-43 in Waukesha County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued information on projects scheduled for Interstate 43 in Waukesha County. Here is the press release

Project set to begin on I-43 in Waukesha County

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University of Wisconsin Regents Meeting Webcast February 9-10, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents are scheduled to meet February 9 and 10, 2012, 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. You may view the live audio and video stream at this link:

The agenda and supporting materials are available here:

Senate Transportation and Elections Public Hearing Agenda February 9, 2012

Committee on Transportation and Elections
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

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Congressman Sensenbrenner Town Hall Meeting February 11, 2012

United States Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. scheduled an open public forum Saturday February 11, 2012, 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at New Berlin City Hall. Congressman Sensenbrenner plans to answer questions and comments from residents of Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. The second hour of the forum is for one-on-one discussion with constituents for any problems they might be having with a federal agency.

Committee Hears Testimony on bill to change look of Wisconsin's Drivers Licenses

The Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections February 9, 2012, meeting included Senate Bill 397 (SB 397). I authored SB 397 at the request of the Department of Transportation (DOT). The bill proposes using non-color photos on state-issued driver licenses. A representative of the DOT testified about various changes under consideration for the next generation of ID cards. Future security measures may include licenses with multiple images of the driver on the card, raised text, advanced holograms, and non-color transparent photos. Testimony included an explanation that non-color identification cards are more difficult to counterfeit and provide more distinguishing photo features. Virginia has implemented a new driver license.

Natural Resources Board February Meeting Agenda Announced

The Natural Resources Board Agenda & Meeting Materials for the February 21, and 22, 2012, meeting are posted on theDepartment of Natural Resources website.

Is Unelected GAB Beyond Control ?

Wisconsin State Constitution

Entry 128

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Judicial Separation of Powers Compromised

Constitution, executive power, Separation of Powers

Entry 129

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Adopt 4 Lucky Paws from HAWS

HAWS, Adopt a Rescued Rabbit, house rabbits, adopt, Bunny Day

February is "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month."  Of course, HAWS is celebrating in a big way!

Meet Poppy!This month, all rabbit adoption fees have been reduced by 50%.  Each 'bun' will go home to its new family with a heart-shaped willow chew toy, and all rabbit adopters will receive a free copy of The House Rabbit Handbook:  How to Live with an Urban Rabbit.

We have more than a dozen (!) beautiful house rabbits currently available for adoption at HAWS.  Here are just a few:
The beautiful Juliette!
There's Poppy, a gorgeous New Zealand White girl with lovely pink eyes who appeared in a commercial for Boston Store!  (Adopt 4 paws AND a star!)

And how about Juliette, the Lionhead, a rowdy and rambunctious girl who loves to hop, leap and binky about the room.  (What's a "binky" you ask?  THIS is a binky...!)
Buster & Posey - a winning pair!
Don't forget Buster and Posey, a sweet and gentle bonded pair of dutch bunnies!  They love to shower each other with kisses and snuggle together...and are compatible with well-behaved children and dogs.

Learn all about House Rabbits as pets from the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society - and be sure to mark your calendar for HAWS annual Bunny Day, coming up on Sunday, March 18th.

By the way - World Spay Day is next Tuesday, February 28th.  Are YOU doing your part to help HAWS save lives?

Voting Ourselves Largess of the Public Treasury

10th amendment, Constitution

Entry 130

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HAWS Observes World Spay Day 2012

HAWS, spay, neuter, Project Guardian, Sponsor-A-Spay

HAWS again joins HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, to observe World Spay Day 2012 – Tuesday, February 28th.

The message is simple: Spay-Neuter works – and HAWS is aggressively fighting pet over-population in the community with several life-saving programs.

In conjunction with World Spay Day 2012, HAWS is running the annual Cat-Nip and Pit SNIP Campaign, offering free spay-neuter services to the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents. “World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a real positive light,” notes Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Our focus this year is cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, since those are the animals and breeds most in need of spay-neuter efforts in Waukesha County.”

HAWS also invites greater community awareness and support!  Donate to HAWS’ Sponsor-A-Spay drive or purchase a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS ($15, while supplies last). Pet owners can even help raise money for HAWS and promote spay-neuter programs all while showing off their best pet friend by entering the HSUS online Pet Photo Contest. Details and links are on HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) page at

Olenik continues: “This year in particular, Spay Day gives us a chance to promote our Project Guardian and its impact on pet overpopulation within our community.  This very important, grant-funded program sterilizes barn and outdoor cat populations in Waukesha County with no cost to property owners.” Olenik notes numbers of stray kittens coming into HAWS have dropped nearly 20% since the outdoor cat program began in 2005, proving the program a great success already!

“Everyone can get involved – by promoting awareness of spay and neuter for pets, or with their financial contributions,” said Olenik. “Every donation helps save countless lives of animals in our community!” 

Call the shelter at (262) 542-8851 or visit to learn how to help.

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