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"This is one of the greatest abuses of power that the country has never heard of."

I miss America.

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* Hunger Task Force Food Bank, 1240 Clinton St. La Crosse, provides food to 64 programs in western Wisconsin. Food items in need are tuna, canned or boxed soups, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereals, canned fruit (in water), pasta and sauce. Please drop off your donations 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. or by appointment (608) 793-1002.

This past week, I gave my fifth State of the State Address and I’m proud to report the state of our state is strong.

Over the past four years, we put the power back into the hands of the citizens of this great state. In turn, Wisconsin is now more free and prosperous.

Today, more people are working, while fewer are unemployed. Budgets are set based on the public's ability to pay, instead of the government's hunger to spend.

School scores are up and more students are graduating, and we are helping more of our fellow citizens transition from government dependence to work.

The Wisconsin Comeback is working.

This session, I’m calling on the members of the State Legislature to pass legislation holding all schools receiving public funds accountable, giving parents the information and ability they need to decide what is best for their children.

I recently noticed several talking heads discussing the possible Republican candidates for president in 2016. I haven't heard any of them make any sense yet. Perhaps I'm just listening to the wrong programs...

They throw around all sorts of obtuse statistics and polling data but none of them have even come close to addressing the biggest factor in the 2016 race for the White House: which Republican Party will show up for the election?

Will it be the Republican Party of Lincoln who fought (literally) to defeat Southern, slave-owning Democrats and bring liberty to a whole race of people?

Will it be the Republican Party of Senator Everett Dirksen who fought for the Civil Rights Act in the 60's that was vigorously opposed by Democrats including Strom Thurmond?

Will it be the Republican Party of Scott Walker who fought against the abuses of unions and put a stop to the corruption that was draining the bank accounts of small towns and cities throughout Wisconsin?