Monday, April 22, 2013
Isabella's Law would make it a condition of bail that defendants in child sex assault cases not be allowed to live at adjacent addresses or within 250 feet of their alleged victims.
When Jimi Street's daughter told him their neighbor touched her inappropriately, he was understandably upset. But, when the man was released on bond and returned to his Racine home right next door, Street was outraged. Reps. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Tom Weatherson (R-Caledonia) wanted to help the Street family and prevent this from happening to others. Their bipartison legislation - Isabella's Law - would make it a condition of bail for defendents that they not live less than 250 feet or at an adjacent property from the homes of their alleged victims. They held a press conference Monday on the steps of the Racine County Courthouse to announce their co-sponsorship of the proposed bill. "Let me be clear. This isn't for a conviction, this …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Area state Democrats hosted a budget listening session Monday at the Racine campus of Gateway Technical College.
Most people at Monday's budget listening session with area Democrats Monday weren't pleased with the prospect of expanding vouchers. But, citizens also talked about Gov. Scott Walker's refusal of federal money for Medicaid, cuts in transportation, funding for the arts, and cuts to conservation programs. Reps. Peter Barca, Cory Mason and Tod Ohnstad were joined by state Sens. John Lehman and Bob Wirch for a three-hour budget listening session at the Racine Campus of Gateway Technical College. Bob Lang, director of the non-partisan Budget Fiscal Bureau was also on hand to record residents' remarks. During his opening remarks as the emcee of the night, Mason said he is a better representative when he hears directly from the community. Lehman …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Democratic representatives from the area will holding a listening session Monday about Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2013-2015 budget.
Area residents are invited to a listening session Monday with Democratic representatives at Gateway Technical College about Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2013-2015 budget. Representatives Peter Barca, D-Kenosha; Cory Mason, D-Racine; and Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha with state Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, will host event. In a written release from Mason's office, residents are enouraged to bring questions and concerns. "All members of the press and the public are encouraged to attend and share their views on the state budget," the statement reads. The session runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Gateway Technical College Racine campus in the Great Lakes Room, 1001 Main Street.
Friday, March 29, 2013
A round table discussion was split along party lines, but everyone agreed that to make sure Racine Unified gets what it needs, officials need information.
Legislators for the Racine Unified community met with school board members and lead administration Thursday to talk about the future of funding for the district. Democratic Representatives Cory Mason (Racine) and Peter Barca (Kenosha) were joined by state Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, at the RUSD administrative offices for what BOE member Pam Handrow called an informal conversation to talk about funding for education, especially for RUSD. Some of the conversation was clearly divided along party lines with the Democrats calling Gov. Scott Walker's budget "wrong-headed" and Vos defending it. There was also talk about vouchers and whether or not they're really harming the district, with the party …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Now that lawmakers are all sworn into office, the Legislature can get to work.
Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is now Speaker Robin Vos, and Tom Weatherston is officially Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia. Both took the oath of office Monday at the Capitol Building in Madison. This is Vos' 5th term representing the 63rd Assembly District and Weatherston's first term. He is also a trustee in the Village of Caledonia. In a written statement after he was sworn in, Vos said he is looking forward to members of both parties working together, and that the first order of business will be reforming Wisconsin mining laws. “I’m optimistic that Republicans and Democrats can come together to find the best solutions for Wisconsin’s future,” Vos said in the release. “We all must put aside our differences in order to bring more jobs …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Sen. John Lehman and Rep. Cory Mason will be together at a listening session for all Racine-area residents on Sept. 24.
State Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, and Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, will host a joint listening session at 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at River Bend Nature Center. Billed as a "legislative listening session," the press release issued says that all Racine-area residents are welcome to stop by and no appointment is necessary. The session is scheduled from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Em’s Cabin at River Bend, 3600 N. Green Bay Rd. Earlier that same day, Lehman has a listening session in Pleasant Prairie from 2 - 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex, 9900 Terwall Terrace.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Seniors Speak Out About Paul Ryan events are being planned all over Wisconsin. The Racine event was held Wednesday at Wilson's Coffee in West Racine on Washington Avenue.
Critics who live in Paul Ryan's current congressional district gathered at Wilson's Coffee in Racine to make it plain to the newly-named Republican vice presidential candidate that his budget isn't going to fly with them come November. Seniors Speak Out About Paul Ryan was organized by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. The invitation asked seniors to attend and let them know they might be asked to hold signs during the event. The crowd of about 60 residents - most of them seniors - listened as people explained how Ryan's plans to revamp Medicare and Medicaid could impact seniors and threaten the middle class. "We're here to tell Paul Ryan that his plan is a very, very bad idea," said Jane Witt, chairwoman of the Racine County Democratic …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A total of four candidates are vying for a position in the newly formed 62nd Assembly District and yes... there's probably going to be a primary.
A Democratic primary election has become a possibility for the newly redistricted 62nd State Assembly seat now that a second Democratic candidate has announced their candidacy. Randy Bryce, 1718 Dale Drive, announced his bid for candidacy this afternoon. “With the current volatile political atmosphere in Wisconsin, I seek to build bridges so that all of the people in the State can have their voice heard," Bryce said. "Our government should be accessible, transparent, and, accountable. I seek to stop giving breaks to those who can afford it while the majority of working America keeps being told to make more sacrifices. I refuse to accept cuts to our services while property taxes are raised.” Bryce, 47, of Caledonia, is a political …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Mason is the Assemblyperson for the 62nd District, which includes parts of the City of Racine and Mount Pleasant and all of Sturtevant. He will be at Wilson's Coffee on Washington Avenue on April 11, 2012.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Rep. Cory Mason issued this statement about the end of the latest Legislative session. He is critical of Republican claims that Wisconsin's economy is improving.
When the gavel came down on the Republican-controlled legislative session, more than 60 bills designed to create jobs and grow our economy died. Republicans blatantly disregarded Wisconsin’s job crisis and turned their back on dozens of measures that could have helped Wisconsin’s struggling families. Since Gov. Walker took office, our state’s jobs numbers have gone in only one direction – down. While the nation as a whole has added jobs 17 straight months, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state over the past year – despite the governor’s promise to create 250,000 jobs. Our citizens needed legislators to be focused on creating good-paying jobs for Wisconsin’s middle-class families. Instead, Republicans focused on their extreme …