Thursday, January 24, 2013
John Jagler, class of 1987, won his first election bid in November to join Mark Honadel as one of two Oak Creek High School graduates in the state Assembly.
As initiations to state politics go, it's hard to think of a more chaotic way to enter than as a staffer for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald during the 2011 Capitol protests. But that's exactly how it was for Oak Creek High School graduate and former radio host John Jagler, who became communications director for Fitzgerald right before the controversial Act 10 was introduced. With Fitzgerald one of the faces of the legislation, which put limits on collective bargaining for many public employees, Jagler and other staffers were often yelled at, threatened and followed to their cars. By the time it was over, Jagler came to know some of the thousands of protesters that descended on Madison by name. Even for Capitol veterans, the scene was …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Rep. Mark Honadel, who has supported previous mining legislation, is out in front of the latest effort to pass a mining bill.
State Rep. Mark Honadel, a vocal supporter of the mining bill that died in the Legislature last year, is co-sponsoring the latest version of the legislation. Supporters of the legislation say it will help create a mine in northern Wisconsin that could have an economic impact of $1.5 billion and create some 3,000 jobs, according to a news release. Oak Creek's state representative said the bill would help grow jobs in southeastern Wisconsin, in addition to jobs in the northern part of the state. "Not only will this provide family-supporting jobs in northern Wisconsin, but it will have a direct impact on businesses in the Milwaukee area such as Caterpillar and Joy Global," Honadel said in the news release. Gov. Scott Walker and top state …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Oak Creek's state representative will again lead the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities.
State Rep. Mark Honadel has again been named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities. Honadel has served on the committee since 2003, his first year in the Assembly, and was also chairman in the last Legislative session. "Last session I served as the chair of the committee, which was instrumental in passing monumental reforms to modernize our state's telecommunications laws," Honadel said in a statement. "Streamlining our state regulations removed barriers that drove up costs and stood in the way of job-creating investments in new technologies. "I look forward to continuing to take on the important issues of the committee by focusing on competition and job creation, as well as the overall needs and priorities of our …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The interchange, which officials hope will jump-start economic development, will likely open at the beginning of next week.
Tuesday's ribbon-cutting on the Drexel Avenue bridge in Oak Creek was a day seven years in the making. It was back in 2005 when officials started discussions on a new interchange at Drexel Avenue. It took several more years of meetings and approvals until a deal could be struck and construction started on the first new interchange in southeastern Wisconsin since Interstate 94 was built. All of that work culminated Tuesday, as officials celebrated the reopening of Drexel Avenue between 13th and 27th streets and the new Drexel Interchange. "This is a big deal for us," Mayor Steve Scaffidi said. The interchange likely won't open until early next week, Scaffidi said. Drexel Avenue was expected to reopen later Tuesday. It's now a four-lane, …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Democrat Bill Kurtz lost to Incumbent Mark Honadel in his first run for public office.
Bill Kurtz knew running a campaign against a nine-year veteran of Wisconsin Legislature was going to be an uphill battle. Despite getting 40 percent of the vote against Mark Honadel in the race for the 21st State Assembly District, Kurtz says he wouldn't change the way he ran his campaign. "I felt I did everything right," Kurtz said. "The only way to unseat Honadel would be when he decides to leave the political picture." Kurtz believes Honadel's name recognition and reputation carry significant weight in the eyes of the voters. He believes an independent voter is less likely to vote for someone they don't know. For his part, Honadel told Patch, "I'm a firm believer that if you don't get caught up in all the fluff and politics, and you …
Friday, November 9, 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Layton Avenue entrance ramp to celebrate the completion of the project.
A four-year long interstate project that may have given southside drivers a headache has been completed a month ahead of schedule. Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, state legislators and community members gathered at the newly opened Layton Avenue entrance for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The Mitchell Interchange project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. “This is a beautiful new piece of Wisconsin’s infrastructure,” said State Rep. Mark Honadel, who represents Oak Creek. “We look at this particular interchange as a gateway to our state, the front door to our state (for) all our air travelers that come in here people from the south of Illinois that come through here.” The project constructed a …
State representative says Wisconsin needs to reevaulate both state and federal regulations that may be well-intentioned, but have serious negative effects.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Editor's Note: the following editoral was written by State Rep. Mark Honadel. Jumpstarting our economy is priority number one this election year. American energy manufacturers are poised to do precisely that, which is good news for Wisconsin considering that our state is the largest manufacturing-intensive economy in the U.S. Our manufacturers, who handle everything from food processing and chemical manufacturing to plastics and forest products, consumed more energy than any other sector in the state in 2011. This is why it’s imperative that leaders in Madison as well as Washington pursue energy policies that promote and sustain the development of homegrown, affordable energy. Otherwise, our energy-intensive manufacturing industry will …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
State Rep. Mark Honadel got 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in winning re-election to the 21st Assembly District seat.
State Rep. Mark Honadel said he was honored to be elected to another term in the Assembly and looked forward to getting back to work in the state Legislature. Honadel got 60 percent of the vote Tuesday against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in the race for the 21st Assembly district, which includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small portion of Franklin. Kurtz, 60, is a former reporter who has also worked for several colleges. He was in his first run for public office. It will be Honadel's fifth full term in the Assembly after winning a special election in 2003. "As long you enjoy this job and want to get something done, it's an honor. No doubt about it," Honadel said Wednesday. "I never take this for granted, being in politics." The …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Nine-year incumbent Honadel faces political newcomer Kurtz in race for the 21st Assembly district.
In one corner, you have the Republican incumbent, a nine-year veteran of the Wisconsin Legislature who won his last re-election bid with 69 percent of the vote. In the other, you have the Democratic challenger, a man in his first run for public office who spent years covering local politics as a journalist. State Rep. Mark Honadel and challenger Bill Kurtz will square off Tuesday in the 21st District Assembly race. The district includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small part of Franklin. In interviews with Oak Creek Patch, Honadel touted his record of working with both parties to pass meaningful legislation, while Kurtz criticized the incumbent's support of Gov. Scott Walker's agenda. Get complete info on where to vote and who's on …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Republican state representative will face Democrat Bill Kurtz in Nov. 6 election.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Name : Mr. Mark Honadel Age : 56 Place of residence : South Milwaukee, WI Job titles held : Independent businessman, former professional metal fabricator, welding instructor, industrial manager. Employers : NA Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: State office Running for position: State Representative Chamber/district: 21st Assembly District Incumbent: Yes First elected: 22 July 2003 Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None Website : www.markhonadel.com