September 2, 2015

Risser bill would prohibit teen tanning

fredrisserA state lawmaker wants to keep teens out of tanning salons. Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) said his proposed legislation would address a serious public health issue, “Statistically, melanoma is a very serious and deadly disease, and it’s often caused by over use of tanning by young adults,” he said.

Risser believes that prohibiting teens from tanning salons shouldn’t be any different than banning them from smoking and drinking. “I think society has an obligation to try to treat and advise young minors in such a way that they arrive at adulthood in pretty good shape.”

Cases of melanoma skin cancer in the U.S. have jumped 200-percent since 1973, and the Surgeon General blames excessive tanning.

Walker: Fight with radical Islamic terrorism a ‘generational struggle’

Gov. Scott Walker at The Citadel in South Carolina.

Gov. Scott Walker at The Citadel in South Carolina.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker laid out some of the key parts of his foreign policy strategy Friday, during a speech to military cadets at The Citadel in South Carolina.

Walker, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, focused heavily on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. He told cadets “It will not go away overnight. This is a generational struggle. And these radical groups will continue to grow if we do not destroy them.”

The governor focused heavily on ISIS, an Islamic militant group operating out of Syria, which he called “the best-armed and best-funded terrorist organization in the world.” He blasted President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, for pushing a foreign policy that has seen the US losing its global influence. “The Obama/Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind is not working – and we’re heading toward a disaster,” Walker said.

Walker also took aim at the Obama administration’s handling of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, which would see the Middle Eastern nation scaling back its program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. He noted that the move comes as Iran continues to hold Americans in captivity. “It is a stain on our nation’s honor that our countrymen languish in Iranian prisons while we are freeing up billions of dollars for the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and legitimizing its massive nuclear program,” he said.

Walker’s plan calls for securing the nation’s border with Mexico, strengthening the U.S. military to combat terrorism abroad, and building better alliances in the Middle East. He also proposed creating a no-fly zone over Syria and pledged to block the Iran nuclear deal on day one, if Congress fails to stop it from passing. “I reject the Obama-Clinton false choice between this bad deal and another war. I vow to turn up pressure across the board on Iran. I refuse to live with a deal that threatens our safety and that of our closest allies.”

Walker said the whole world is watching how the U.S. confronts the challenges of the Middle East. He asked, “How can we deter our sophisticated adversaries in Eastern Europe and competitors in the South China Sea if we cannot defeat the barbarians of ISIS and roll back the theocrats in Tehran?”

The governor said that, if he’s elected commander in chief, he would send the message that “the retreat is over. American leadership is back and, together with our allies, we will not surrender another inch of ground to terrorists or any other power that threatens our safety.”

Duffy doubtful Trump will be GOP nominee

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

A Wisconsin Congressman has doubts about Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

The New York real estate developer has been crushing other GOP hopefuls in recent polls, with some showing Trump with double digit leads over much of the competition. Despite the strong showing, U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) does not expect that momentum to continue as election season moves forward.

Duffy said “as the bold rhetoric wears off, and we actually get to the substance of who he is and the ideas he has for the country, I think the conservative movement, the Republicans will probably look somewhere else for someone who can fix the great problems.”

During a stop at a in the Wausau-area Thursday, Duffy added that he’s not worried about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s lagging poll numbers, because he believes Walker has solid ideas that the country can resonate with in the future. Walker has seen his status as a top contender in the race evaporate in recent weeks as Trump has gained momentum.


Pocan says veto of Iran deal opposition can be sustained


Newby, Pocan WRN image

Throwing support behind the Iran nuclear deal, groups rallied in downtown Madison on Wednesday to thank their congressman for his work on the issue. A House vote is expected next month on a resolution opposing the deal, and President Obama has said he’ll veto that action.

“We feel that we are in a position to uphold any veto in the House,” said 2nd District Representative Mark Pocan. “We think we have enough votes. We’re still reaching out to members who are undecided, making sure that people who are undecided have all the information that they need.”

Former state AFL-CIO director David Newby was among the group who rallied outside Pocan’s Madison office, and presented him with hundreds of statements in support of the Iran deal, from constituents. “We are here to be part of the effort to ensure that there are not enough votes in Congress to sink this deal,” Newby said.

Pocan said the deal, negotiated with the Iranian government by the U.S, U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China, represents the best opportunity to curtail Tehran’s quest for a nuclear arsenal. “After decades of sanctions, they’ve continued to be able to move forward” towards that goal, he said.

Proponents say the deal would roll back Iran’s capability to enrich enough uranium to be able to produce a nuclear weapon for a decade or more. Opponents are concerned about Iran’s ballistic missile program, its support of terrorists, and its threats against Israel.

Republican members of Wisconsin’s House delegation were generally critical, when the White House announced the final parameters of the settlement last month. Pocan’s fellow Democrat, Representative Ron Kind of La Crosse, recently returned from a trip to the region, where he met with Israeli officials. Kind has not yet decided if he will support or oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, but said the trip will help put several issues into perspective.

Walker loses ground in latest Quinnipiac poll

Governor Walker in Iowa

Governor Walker in Iowa

A new national poll has Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in sixth place, among GOP presidential candidates. Walker polled at 6% in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University. A month ago, Walker was second in the same poll, at 13%.

Donald Trump continues to be the runaway leader with 28%. Ben Carson is next at 12% followed by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz — each with 7%. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has a slimmer lead over Bernie Sanders. The poll found Joe Biden – who’s still considering a run – is the only Democrat who would beat Trump now.

Nearly 1600 registered voters were surveyed from last Thursday through Tuesday. The Republican candidate polling has an error margin of 3.8%.