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 …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
But border security should be the priority, the Republican senator and Tea Party favorite said during an interview with Patch, adding immigration reform should be tackled in bite-sized pieces, not on a comprehensive basis.
U.S. Ron Johnson says he is open to the idea of a pathway to citizenship, or some sort of legal status system, so the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country "can come out of the shadows." However, the Tea Party-backed Republican said Thursday that Congress should tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis — instead of passing a comprehensive plan. The debate over immigration reform has heated up in recent days, with protests staged Wednesday in cities across the country, including Milwaukee, as part of May Day celebrations. The demonstrations served as a message aimed at Congress, showing there's support for a path to citizenship, according to the New York Times. In an interview with Patch on Thursday in Bayside, Johnson …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets angry with Republican senator's questioning over the attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
In a heated exchange on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson took issue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s explanation of how she handled the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Clinton told members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that she accepted responsibility for not being aware of the warnings that the Benghazi facility wouldn’t be able to resist “a sustained assault,” but Johnson said the American people were misled as about the reasons for the attack in which four people were killed, according to a story by NBC News. In her opening statement, Clinton told the committee: “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
None of the U.S. elected officials from Wisconsin particularly cared for the deal hammered out to avoid the "fiscal cliff" — and that includes those who voted for it.
The "fiscal cliff" was averted Tuesday when the U.S. House handily passed a bill approved a day earlier in the U.S. Senate that raised taxes on the wealthy and staved off a tax increase for the middle-class. The bill passed 257-167 in the House, a comfortable 40 votes more than what was needed to become law. Among the congressmen serving southeastern Wisconsin, U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI 5th District) and Tom Petri (R-WI 6th District) voted "no" on the measure, while U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan (R- WI 1st District) and Gwen Moore (D- WI 4th District) cast "yes" votes. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI 7th District), who now serves the Hudson area, voted no. The U.S. Senate passed the bill 89-8 on Monday with Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
An estimated 800 people were at the Republican Party of Waukesha County's rally with the Florida senator.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had a message for the Green Bay Packers who play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Please, please don’t run up the score if the Packers get ahead in the game, he said. “We are both swing states,” Rubio said. “Take it easy.” An estimated 800 people were at the Republican Party of Waukesha County’s headquarters Thursday morning during a rally for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s political campaign. The Wisconsin Republicans were cheering especially loud whenever Ryan’s name or the Green Bay Packers was mentioned. Rubio looked at the packed room on the east side of Waukesha and encouraged the Republicans to keep up their momentum in the last week and a half before the Nov. 6 election between President Barack Obama and …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch among those featured at conservative gathering.
On the same day that President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Milwaukee, about 250 gathered at the Waukesha County Expo Center Saturday afternoon for "Yes, We Did Build It!" rally. The events, sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Government, featured speeches from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, and WTMJ-AM talk show host Charles Sykes. The rally also featured testimonials from local business leaders.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Party leaders and delegates offer up some advice for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on what will be the biggest speech of his life.
TAMPA, FL -- All eyes will be on U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday night as the Wisconsin congressman formally accepts his vice presidential nomination in a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention here. Patch chatted with Wisconsin delegates and other party leaders in Tampa about Ryan's acceptance speech and asked them what they thought he needs to do to introduce himself to America. __________________________________ Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "Paul Ryan just needs to go and be himself. Paul Ryan is loved in Wisconsin. Paul Ryan is a hero not just to the GOP in Wisconsin, but to all of us who share his values, who share his love of the outdoors, his love of family and his Midwestern virtues that he is going to bring to …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus lead rally for Mitt Romney at GOP headquarters.
More than 200 people came out to see Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson Sunday at a Waukesha rally that marked 100 days until the Nov. 6 presidential election. The event was held outdoors at the Republican Party of Waukesha County Campaign Victory Office at 1701 Pearl St. The three traveled around the state on the Mitt Romney "Believe in America" bus while the Republican presidential candidate was in Israel solidifying relations with our biggest ally in the middle-east. The enthusiasm and energy of the crowd was dynamic as each spoke of how America has gotten past "Hope and Change" of the 2008 election, to restoring American prosperity by electing Romney as president. Editor's note: Keith…
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also will take part event at GOP campaign headquarters in Waukesha.
Three key Republican leaders from Wisconsin will stop in Waukesha on Sunday as part of the national “We Did Build This” bus tour spearheaded by the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Matt Romney. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Reince Priebus, a Wisconsinite who is chairman the Republican National Committee, will headline a rally at 3:30 p.m. at the GOP Victory Center, 1701 Pearl St. The stop is part of Romney's nationwide effort to position President Barack Obama as anti-business for a comment he made this month at a campaign event in Virginia. “If you've got a business — you didn't build that," the Democratic president said. "Someone else made that happen." On Wednesday, state Sen. Alberta Darling joined local business…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Congressman Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson fully supported and endorsed Mitt Romney at the pancake brunch in Wauwatosa.
Congressman Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson fully supported and endorsed Mitt Romney at the pancake brunch in Wauwatosa on Sunday. Hundreds gathered to hear Mitt Romney at Bluemound Gardens Restaurant. Romney gave his stance on government spending, health care and unemployment. State Sen. Chris Larson made an appearance at the end of the event to give his opinion on Romney's campaign. MORE COVERAGE OF THIS EVENT