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 …
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
With the big push to get the vote out, how did Brookfield and Waukesha County do in bringing home the votes for Romney and Obama? Total ballots cast in Brookfield was up about 2 percent.
Town of Brookfield voters chose Mitt Romney by a nearly two-to-one margin, with a town-wide voter turnout of 89 percent.
- Lisa Sink
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Town of Brookfield voters chose Mitt Romney by a nearly two-to-one margin, with a town-wide voter turnout of 89 percent. The Romney/Ryan ticket won 2,689 votes or about 65 percent of the Town of Brookfield vote, according to data provided by Town Clerk Jane Carlson. Barack Obama received 1,416 votes or 34 percent, with one percent for third party and scattering votes. Tommy Thompson won 64 percent of the Town of Brookfield vote, with Tammy Baldwin picking up 34 percent and the remaining two percent for third party and scattering votes. In the neighboring City of Brookfield, Romney garnered a slightly higher 68 percent of the city vote, compared to Obama's 31 percent. Scroll to very bottom of for ward-by-ward voting results. President …
All day Tuesday Patch kept you up to date with what was happening at Brookfield polls. Read the real-time updates from Brookfield voters on Election Day.
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
Romney garnered 68 percent of the vote in Brookfield, with a citywide turnout of 89 percent.
Despite a big get-out-the-vote push by both Republicans and Democrats in Waukesha County, Brookfield added about 2 percent or nearly 500 more total votes than it did four years ago. Mitt Romney on Tuesday got nearly 1,200 more votes than John McCain got from the City of Brookfield, while Barack Obama received about 660 fewer votes Tuesday in Brookfield than he received in 2008. (See chart below on presidential voting history.) Turnout Tuesday in the City of Brookfield was 89.2 percent — virtually the same as the 89 percent in the 2008 McCain-Obama presidential race. In raw numbers, Brookfield residents on Tuesday cast 25,664 votes for president, nearly 500 more than the 25,196 ballots cast in 2008, according to city records. Other …
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.