Monday, January 24, 2011

Oshkosh Mayor Interested in Installing Video Gambling Machines - Public Invited to Speak

The Oshkosh Northwestern reports that Paul Esslinger, Mayor of Oshkosh wants to discuss installing video gambling machines in the Lakeshore Golf Course Clubhouse. The article points out that “The machines are illegal under state law, but local police and sheriff’s departments do not have jurisdiction to enforce gambling laws with regard to them.”  The mayor was quoted as saying, “We’re desperately looking for new sources of revenue and I think this would be a great source of revenue.”  You can read the full article here: wants-to-discuss-installing-video-gambling-machines

The Oshkosh Common Council has listed this as item #29 on the agenda at their Common Council meeting, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Oshkosh City Hall. These video gambling machines are listed on the agenda as, “Amusement Machines”. 

This Common Council meeting will allow the citizens to speak on this issue.  If there is support at the Tuesday Common Council meeting, the Mayor plans to forward the idea to the Parks Advisory Board.

Besides speaking at this meeting Tuesday night, citizens of Oshkosh can also contact the members of the Oshkosh City Council as follows:

Mayor Paul Esslinger – (920) 426-9750
Deputy Mayor Jessica King (920) 376-0706
Steve Cummings – (920) 231-5692
Steve Herman - (920) 573-0799
Tony Palmeri - (920) 235-1116
Bob Poeschl – (920) 312-0529
Burk Tower – (920) 426-3236

Residents may also contact the City Attorney, Lynn Lorenson with concerns at (920) 236-5115

Friday, January 21, 2011

Voter ID Bill to Have Public Hearing

A Public Hearing will be conducted on Wisconsin Senate Bill 6 a Bill which would require the showing of photo ID in order to vote.  The full text of the SB-6 can be found at:

The Public Hearing will be held Wednesday, January 26th at 10:00am in Room 411 South at the State Capitol.  You may appear at the Public Hearing to express your views.  You may also contact your Senators using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800- 362-9472.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Legislation Introduced to Deny Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana has introduced H.R. 217 “The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act” which would block funds to organizations that perform abortions.  In his press release he stated,

“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion.  It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.

"Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts.  During that same time, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions.

“The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.

“The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions.  It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.

"I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors of this important legislation and look forward to voting to enact the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.”

Three congressmen from Wisconsin are among those who are co-sponsors of H.R. 217.  They include:  Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble. 

You may contact your Wisconsin Congressmen with your views on this legislation as follows:

Paul Ryan                    (202) 225-3031
Tammy Baldwin         (202) 225-2906
Ron Kind                    (202) 225-5506
Gwen Moore               (202) 225-4572
James Sensenbrenner(202) 225-5101
Tom Petri                    (202) 225-2476
Sean Duffy                  (202) 225-3365
Reid Ribble                 (202) 225-5665