Friday, January 25, 2013
The mining debate will likely be a focus of Monday night's meeting at the Oak Creek Public Library.
The debate over mining is likely to be a major focus of a town hall meeting Monday night hosted by State Sen. Chris Larson. The town hall will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave. Larson says the event will allow him to talk about issues facing the community and state and listen to the concerns of residents. In recent days, Larson has expressed his opposition to the controversial mining bill introduced by Republicans earlier this month. He said the legislation "ignores the public input heard during the bipartisan committee hearings, does not take into account the concerns raised by federal regulators, and was drafted without input from Democratic legislators." "Mining can be done …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Democrats are using the techniques learned during President Barack Obama's successful run for a second term in hopes of retaking Madison in 2014.
Touting it as a calculated risk they think will pay off big in 2014, state Democrats are putting "boots on the ground" now to start reaching out to voters in an effort to take back the Capitol building. In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and State Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) unveiled plans of attack to swing the 2014 gubernatorial and state representative races back to blue. In a nutshell, Dems are looking at establishing a dynamic ground game in all 72 counties because party leaders recognize that they'll need a strong presence outside the major Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Dane Counties. "We know this is a …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
State Sen. Chris Larson is now the minority leader of the Wisconsin state Senate.
State Sen. Chris Larson was elected Senate minority leader Tuesday, as legislators convened for the first time since the November elections. Larson, whose district includes Oak Creek, succeeds Mark Miller of Monona. "I am humbled by the confidence my fellow senators have in me by electing me their leader," Larson said in a statement. "Wisconsin voters spoke loud and clear on November 6. They want Democratic and Republican lawmakers to move the state forward with programs and policies that reflect our shared values. For the sake of Wisconsin’s future, I encourage members of the Legislature to work together as Wisconsinites by casting off our partisan labels and setting aside any politically divisive agendas." Larson said he looks forward to…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
State Rep. Jeff Stone and state Sen. Chris Larson took part in Oak Creek High School's first-ever "Great Presidential Debate" Wednesday at the Oak Creek Community Center.
Though the presidential debates are in the rearviewmirror, Oak Creek High School put on its own version Wednesday afternoon. State Sen. Chris Larson and state Rep. Jeff Stone played the roles of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the school's "Great Presidential Debate" at the Oak Creek Community Center. It was the first time Oak Creek High School has put on such a debate, which was a joint effort between the Young Democrats and Young Republicans. Unlike the real presidential debates, civility ruled the day and personal attacks were nonexistent. With the nation polarized over the campaign, Wednesday's event provided a welcome reprieve. "We have to give people credit — they can hear opposing viewpoints," event coordinator Dave Liccione said. "…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
State Rep. Jeff Stone and state Sen. Chris Larson will represent their parties at an Oct. 31 debate sponsored by Young Democrats and Young Republicans of Oak Creek High School.
Think Monday night was the last presidential debate of the year? Oak Creek High School students will offer their own version of the presidential debate in an event featuring two local elected officials. Republican State Rep. Jeff Stone and Democratic State Sen. Chris Larson will represent their parties in the 2012 OCHS Great Presidential Debate, held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave. The Young Democrats and Young Republicans of OCHS are sponsoring and moderating the debate, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by pizza and soda. Larson's Senate district includes Oak Creek and areas north of the city along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Stone represents parts of nearby …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A divided audience of about 40 people was not about to reach a consensus Monday night at the Oak Creek Public Library.
Chris Larson was never going to get everyone at his Oak Creek town hall meeting to agree with him. The outspoken Democratic state senator was in the Oak Creek Public Library for about two hours Monday evening, answering questions and giving his views on some of the biggest issues facing the state. Larson and a sharply divided audience revisited some of the union debates of 2011, the recall debates of 2012 and fresh debates about how best to heal and come together as a state. Sometimes Larson was shouted down. Other times he was applauded. Whatever the case, Larson said he doesn't mind a good give-and-take from people across the political spectrum. "I don't think we should shy away from it," Larson said in an interview afterward. "I was …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
State senator has scheduled a town-hall meeting at 5 p.m. June 18 at the Oak Creek Public Library.
State Sen. Chris Larson will hold a town-hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave. Larson said in his e-mail newsletter that residents are invited to talk to him about issues facing the community or state as well as listen to the concerns and thoughts of neighbors. Larson is hosting similar events in other parts of his district this month. His district includes Oak Creek and other areas along the South Shore.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Oak Creek's state senator called on Gov. Walker to bridge the divide in a "real way that actually means something."
One legislator who did not attend Tuesday's much-hyped "brat summit" at the governor's mansion: Chris Larson. Larson, who represents Oak Creek in the state Senate, said on his Facebook page he has to take care of his new baby while his wife is at work. But he also called on Gov. Walker to bridge the divide in a "real way that actually means something." Namely, a special legislative session. "If Walker truly wants to find compromise and work together on jobs, education, and health care, he will convene a special legislative session now that there is actually a check on his power in the state senate. Let's have a real conversation about where Wisconsin is headed," Larson said. Walker scheduled the cookout for Tuesday afternoon in an attempt …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate will host a town hall on Medicare with Chris Larson, Rob Zerban.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the likely Democratic nominee in this fall's U.S. Senate race, will hold a town hall meeting on Medicare Thursday in Oak Creek. State Sen. Chris Larson and Rob Zerban, a Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, will join Baldwin at the event, from 10 to 11 a.m. at UAW Local 438, 7435 S. Howell Ave. In an e-mail to supporters, Baldwin said the town hall "will set the record straight on the Ryan budget plan." Baldwin voted against Ryan's budget proposal, which passed the House last week on a mostly party-line vote.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Oak Creek's state senator pushes for compromise day after Senate rejects legislation.
A day after the state Senate rejected the latest mining bill and Gogebic Taconite announced it is abandoning plans for a $1.5 billion mine, state Sen. Chris Larson still held out hope that a bipartisan mining proposal could proceed. Larson released a statement Wednesday in which he criticized Republicans and said legislators must continue to work toward a compromise, even if a bill can't be adopted by the time the Legislative session ends March 15. "Despite the actions of Republicans, a compromise can and must be reached," he said. "We still have the opportunity to move Wisconsin forward by passing legislation that will make our state an attractive investment for all mining companies. It's time to end the mine games. The majority in the …