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0812, 17 Apr 20

Republicans Stepping Up

It’s good to see Speaker Robin Vos, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senator Duey Stroebel (my senator), and others stepping up their opposition to Evers’ dictatorial rule. I sure would like to see my Assemblyman, Rick Gundrum, get out in front. He represents the most conservative district in the state (arguably). He should be leading.

Now we need to get past words and see action.

UPDATE: according to a commenter, Gundrum did make a statement on Facebook


0812, 17 April 2020


  1. MarkRevere

    Sheriff Martin Schulteis had the ability and duty to defy unconstitutional orders. Will he? We miss you Dale.

  2. jonnyv

    I see a few republicans who are “stepping up” to complain. But I don’t hear anything about having an actual solution or a plan to open up the state.

    Be honest, do you think that ANY of them have a plan? And if they did, do you think they would even try to go to Evers to discuss it? No. Because the Rs and Ds in this state are so dysfunctional it is bonkers.

    Personally I would like to see him open up the northern part of the state. See how that goes for a week or so, if we don’t see a jump in cases then extend it to other parts of the state slowly. And if things go well, I think that by the first week of May, we could be looking at opening up most (if not all) of the state.

  3. jjf

    Exactly, JonnyV.  Show me the WisGOP plan, let’s quiz the facts, examine the assumptions, discuss the risks.  Oh, wait, the Legislature doesn’t really debate things.  Their caucuses just pose and battle with the other side.  Such leaders!

  4. Mar

    jjf, kind of like the Democrats in Congress?

  5. jonnyv

    Mar, as of the end of last year the Democrats in the senate had passed hundreds of bills that McConnell refused to bring up to vote.

    Neither side is willing to let anything thru for fear of “losing a point” to the other side. Nor do they want to go on record for or against something. It is awful. But right now, it is on the Rs in the Senate.

  6. Mar

    jonnyv, you probably meant the House. That’s fine and even if McConnel brought the bill’s, they would have been shot down and it would have been a waste if time.
    But what has Pelosi done to help in the crisis, except to bitch and complain and hate on President Trump?
    What is her plan to reopen the states. In fact, what is Evers plan, besides locking people down.
    In Arizona, our idiot governor, a Republican, did the same thing and threw a lot of people out of work. Except here, not too many people are staying indoors. They are going about their daily routine as much as possible and ignoring the request to stay indoors. Of course one reason is that in a month or so, it’s going to be hot to go outside much.

  7. jonnyv

    Mar, but even if those bills get shut down, they could be voted on. But as I said, the Rs don’t want to be put on record. Lame.

    Evers hasn’t released a plan other than “Lock-down and wait”. I can see the frustration in that with people. But he is working with other Govs. in the midwest it sounds like. At least that is SOMETHING. It may not be something that people like, but it is a course of action.

  8. Le Roi du Nord


    What exactly do you mean by this: “Personally I would like to see him open up the northern part of the state”  ?  To whom?  Folks in Forest and Langlade Counties, where there are no confirmed cases as of yesterday, aren’t real keen on have the virus driving up from one of the counties in SE WI.

    Be smart.  Let’s all be safe.

  9. jjf

    You’d think they’d welcome the risk of infection! 

    According to the Kaiser report, Oneida has the most beds at 20. Vilas has 10, Price and Langlade counties have 4, while Forest, Iron and Lincoln counties have zero.  In the Upper Peninsula, Gogebic county has 4 ICU beds and Iron County, Michigan has 3.

  10. jonnyv

    Nord. Yes, there is no way we can protect against people who are free to move. If IA opens up on May 1st, you can’t stop people from coming up to their cabins in Northern WI. Short of pulling over people with different license plates. I like that the midwest states are banding together to coordinate during this time.

    But, I think you send recommendations for people to NOT travel outside of their county/city. But opening up businesses in areas that have not been hit hard could be a good beginning to lighten the frustration and economic impact to begin with.

  11. Le Roi du Nord

    Folks that don’t heed the stay at home suggestions are being selfish and extremely short-sighted.  No excuse for that.

    But I am glad to see the midwestern states doing some coordination.  Let’s see how it works out .

  12. Mar

    So, if the hospitals are overwhelmed up North, then will send their most severe to hospitals in Marshfield, Wausau, Green Bay, Appleton and other large hospitals.
    Just like they do now.

  13. Pat

    We need a national testing program in order to responsibly open the country up.

  14. Pat

    President Trump says states have to show 14 days of sustained decrease in cases before they can move into phase one. Wisconsin is showing increases. So do we follow the recommendations of the President or not?

  15. MarkRevere

    Racine sheriff won’t enforce Ever’s order. Washington County waits for Sheriff Schulteis to act.

  16. Mar

    Pat, is each county increasing or just certain parts of Wisconsin?

  17. Mar

    Pat, no we don’t.

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