Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Attention online shoppers: You might have to pony up more cash for those online shopping sprees, if federal sales tax legislation becomes law.
Online shoppers, who enjoyed avoiding paying sales tax for their out-of-state purchases, probably won't be happy if a bill pending in Congress becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed 69-27 in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, allows states the authority, and option, of collecting taxes on Internet and catalog sales. The act does not create a new tax. But it does allow states the option of collecting the taxes, which they are already owed. However, the legislation does exempt small businesses that make less than $1 million from collecting the tax. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) voted for the bill, but Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did not. “Today, I joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate in support of the Marketplace Fairness …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Democrat from Wisconsin says the high court "will have an opportunity to reaffirm our founding belief that all Americans are created equal under the law.”
For the second straight day, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments on same-sex marriage and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin was in the courtroom for the proceedings. Since 1996, the federal government has defined marriage as between a man and a woman, but depending on the outcome of two challenges that could change. “This is a historic week in the U.S. Supreme Court, where they will hear two important cases on marriage equality,” Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. senator, said in a statement. “Our country has made great progress since I first entered public service and was elected to political office in 1986. "Over time, we have all seen with clarity that our nation is moving forward on issues of equal opportunity and fairness with…
Friday, January 4, 2013
After seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Baldwin's ascendance to the Senate marks Wisconsin's first female senator and the country's first openly gay senator.
As the 113th Congress begins this year's session, Wisconsinites will have a new U.S. senator in Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin, a Democrat, was sworn in Thursday during the first Senate session of the year. After seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Baldwin's ascendance to the Senate marks Wisconsin's first female senator and the country's first openly gay senator. The 113th Congress includes a record number of women, along with the country's first Buddhist senator, first Hindu representative and first bisexual member of Congress, according to the New York Times. According to her U.S. Senate page, Baldwin serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the Senate Budget Committee, and the Committee on …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
From Scott Walker emerging as the only governor to survive a recall and Paul Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, a national spotlight shined on Wisconsin this year – and sometime Wauwatosa was in the center of it.
Divisive – from recalls to recounts, it became a buzzword for Wisconsin politics in 2012. A national spotlight shined hard on Wisconsin this year, as it was a historic one for politics. Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville became a national household name after being selected as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate and state voters elected Tammy Baldwin to fill Herb Kohl's seat, making in her the first openly gay woman in the U.S. Senate. On the heels of a slew of recall elections and large-scale protests on the steps of the state Capitol building, the year kicked off with more recall attempts, including one aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. Largely…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
New reports put total spending in the congressional race past $78 million, shattering state records.
Candidates and interest groups poured more than $78 million into Wisconsin’s recent U.S. Senate race that led to Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s Nov. 6 win over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, making it the most expensive Senate election in state history. New financial disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the candidates, including those who lost to Thompson in the Aug. 14 Republican primary, spent just over $34 million during the current two-year election cycle through Nov. 26, the reporting cutoff. Baldwin led the candidate spending at $14.7 million. Thompson doled out $9.2 million, including $800,000 of his own money, the FEC filings show. Eric Hovde, who came in second to Thompson in the primary, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Results for Tosa's vote, in which the city once more tilted Democratic for the presidency but supported Tommy Thompson over Tammy Baldwin by a small margin.
President again captures city, but by a smaller margin than in 2008 when he overturned a tradition of Republican voting.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Barack Obama for a second time carried Wauwatosa in a national election, although this time by a more narrow margin. Obama polled 15,220 votes in Wauwatosa, compared to 14,511 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In 2008, Obama polled 15,573 to John McCain's 13,728. Despite the Democratic president's win, Republican Tommy Thompson, in the race for the U.S. Senate, garnered 72 more votes here than did Democrat Tammy Baldwin, outpolling her just 14,588 to 14,516. Obama becomes a two-term president after winning Wisconsin and the nation; Baldwin, after 14 years in the House of Representatives, becomes a U.S. senator-elect, the first woman from Wisconsin to hold that office. Thompson says he won't run for office again. Wauwatosa …
Late returns from Democratic strongholds push her over the top against Thompson.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin claimed victory in Wisconsin’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a small margin and helping her Democratic Party hold on to its narrow national majority. Baldwin, at her Election Night gathering in Madison, by then a victory part, said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you," to her supporters there and around the state just before 11:30 p.m. “It's that battle for Wisconsin's middle class that this has all been about since this journey began 14 months ago,” Baldwin said. "Everywhere that I've gone in our beautiful state, people have told me that they want a senator who will listen to the middle class when they need help... A senator who will wake up every morning and fight for …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Poll here close at 8 p.m., but swing states end voting as early as 6 p.m. local time.
Wisconsin voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as three hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. Wisconsin time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennslvania and New Hampshire close their polls. The final two swing states, Nevada and Iowa, close at 9 p.m. CST.
Updates on the 2012 federal and state elections will be posted here throughout the day on Tuesday. You can also connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections and in our live blog.
Heading into Tuesday's presidential election, Democratic insiders were feeling a bit more confident about their party's chances than their Republican counterparts, according to the results of Patch's final "Blue Wisconsin" and "Red Wisconsin" surveys. The surveys of party activists, elected officials and bloggers and other "influencers" showed 95 percent of the Democrats believe that President Barack Obama will carry Wisconsin and 92 percent say he will win the national popular vote. Among Republicans insiders, 70 percent said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will win Wisconsin, and 88 percent said he will take the national vote. 2012 ELECTION RESULTS All results shown here are statewide totals. Winners appear in bold. LAST UPDATE: 1…