Saturday, August 11, 2012

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 30th Senate District


Public libraries in the 30th.
Brown County Public Library
Central
East
Farnsworth Public Library, Oconto
Marinette County Libraries
Academic library
Cofrin Library, UW-Green Bay

The Democratic Incumbent

Biography.   Born Green Bay, December 18, 1947; married; 3 children, 10 grandchildren. 

Graduate Green Bay West H.S.; B.S. UW-Green Bay 1971. 

Full-time legislator. Former teacher. Former truck driver for Green Bay Department of Public Works. Former Teamster’s Union steward. 

Former member: Brown Co. Human Services Bd. (chp.); N.E.W. Zoo Advisory Bd.; Brown Co. Education and Recreation Com. (chp.); Great Lakes Compact Commission. 

Brown Co. Bd. Supervisor 1996-2002. 

Elected to Senate 2000; reelected since 2004. Assistant Minority Leader 2011, 2005, 2003; Majority Leader 2009 (eff. 12/15/10); Assistant Majority Leader 2009, 2007.  

Won 2008 re-election race with ease.

Easily survived 2012 recall election.

The Republican Challengers

John Macco

About.   John Macco was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has lived in the area his entire life. John is married to wife Suzan, and together they have two sons. 

After graduating from Green Bay Southwest High School, John helped his father, Jim Macco, found Macco’s Floor Cover Centers, Inc., which now has six locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin. John has worked in marketing and managed small businesses in the finance field. 

Currently, John is President of Macco Financial Group, Inc., a business he runs with his son. 

John has always understood the need for community involvement and has served on the Old Main Green Bay and Downtown Green Bay, Inc executive boards as well as various roles at his church, Central Church Green Bay.

Ray Suennen

About.  Ray Suennen is a "career businessman" andand conservative Republican candidate for the 30th District of the Wisconsin Senate. 

Ray’s background includes 39 years of diverse business experience with 
  • 10 years of owning and operating his own businesses 
  • 25 years of accounting and finance 
  • 4 years of Federal Government contracting law.
 It also includes 25 years of leadership experience with 
  • 10 years as controller of accounting and finance departments; and •
  • 12 years of budgeting experience involving preparing billion dollar budgets 
He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. His diverse business experience includes working for both large and small companies and in several different industries, including manufacturing, warehousing, trucking, environmental testing, residential care, restaurant, regulated utility, energy marketing and public accounting. 

In April of 2012, Ray was re-elected for his second two-year term as Trustee for the Village of Howard, and has just completed four years on the Howard Planning Commission. This experience gives him a significant understanding of local governmental issues.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Deficit Reduction Package -- "The Ryan Budget" -- Shifts Significant Costs to States and Localities

About the Center.

The report's 4 main bullet points:
  • The Ryan budget would heavily shift costs to states by cutting Medicaid funding. 
  • The Ryan budget would impose deep cuts in funding for a wide range of other state and local services, as well. 
  • Cuts in funding for state and local governments under the Ryan plan would be much deeper than the automatic cuts (or “sequestration”) scheduled to begin in January
  • The Ryan budget cuts likely would bring funding for state and local services far below historical levels.

(Pages 9-10)   Major education programs threatened with deep cuts under the Ryan budget:
  • High-poverty schools (Title I)
  • Special education (IDEA)
  • Pre-school programs provided through Head Start
  • Improving teacher quality. 
  • Impact Aid.  (Provide support to school districts near military bases, Indian lands, or other types of property that cannot be taxed by the school district)

(Pages 11-12)  Major housing and community development programs threatened with deep cuts under the Ryan budget:  

(Pages 12-13)  Major health and environment programs threatened with deep cuts under the Ryan budget:

(Pages 13-14)  Major workforce programs threatened with deep cuts under the Ryan budget:

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 24th Senate District



Care to guess why the new 24th stretches into Monroe County?

Maybe these numbers from the 2010 gubernatorial election will help.


Scott Walker, with nearly 58% of the vote.

Public libraries in the 24th.
Adams County Public Library (service area)
Charles and JoAnn Lester Library, Nekoosa
Coloma Public Library
Hancock Public Library
Lester Public Library of Arpin
Lester Public Library of Rome
Lester Public Library of Vesper
Lettie W. Jensen Library, Amherst
McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
Pittsville Community Library
Plainfield Public Library
Portage County Public Library
Sparta Public Library
Tomah Public Library
Wautoma Public Library

Academic libraries
UW Marshfield/Wood County Library
UW-Stevens Point Library


Biography. Born Stevens Point, October 21, 1970; married; 3 children.

Graduate Stevens Point Area Senior H.S.; B.S. in political science and public administration UW-Stevens Point 1993; UW-Madison La Follette Institute of Public Affairs graduate work.

Full-time legislator. Former legislative aide and executive director, Plover Area Business Assn.

Member: Heart of Wisconsin Business and Economic Alliance; Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Portage Co. Democratic Party (former chp.); Portage Co. Business Council.

Dewey Town Board 1993-94.

Elected to Assembly 1998-2002 (resigned eff. 5/9/03); elected to Senate in April 2003 special election; reelected since 2004. Minority Caucus Chairperson 2011; Minority Caucus Secretary 1999.

Re-elected to State Senate with 68% of the vote in 2008.

Lost to Sean Duffy in the 2010 7th Congressional race.  Received 46% of the vote.

The Republican Challengers

Steve Abrahamson

Republican Senate hopefuls make case to challenge Lassa.  (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, 7/27/2012)

Excerpt:   Abrahamson, of Wisconsin Rapids, said he was a "common person with common sense" who was running to restore faith and values in state government.

OK, still trying to find out more about this guy.

24th Senate District questionnaire: Steve Abrahamson, Republican. (Stevens Point Journal, 8/5/2012)

Excerpt:   My work history includes many leadership positions that I had to show great work ethics and a sound mind to obtain. A common sense approach goes a long way for a person to obtain their goals by being rewarded on merit.

Let's move on.

Scott Noble                                        or John Goodman?

About:    My name is Scott Kenneth Noble, and I am the conservative candidate running for state senate in Wisconsin’s 24th district. 

I am a life long Wood County resident, and a graduate of UW-Stevens Point. 

I currently manage my family’s business, the Marshfield Professional Center, where we offer a rental facility that caters to both individuals and businesses. I find that environment to be very suitable to my personality, as I'm also licensed in social work and teaching. 

In addition to having sat on the Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin, I am also a former Marshfield Alderman. While on the Council, I learned that changing policy requires everyday citizens to become engaged and active in their local government. Attending or volunteering locally for committees, your city council, or school board help people learn first hand how things are run. Doing just that fueled my passion to run for higher office.

Noble coordinated an unsuccessful recall effort against Lassa in 2011.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Magazine Subscriptions Flat, Newsstand Sales Decline by 10%


Women’s Magazines Lead Overall Decline in Newsstand Sales. (The New York Times, 8/8/2012)

Excerpt:  According to data released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations on Tuesday, overall paid and verified circulation of magazines declined slightly, by 0.1 percent, in the first half of 2012. But newsstand sales — often seen as the best barometer of a magazine’s appeal — were down nearly 10 percent.

"Celebrity" titles slipping badly.  (Why wait for the news in print when you can go online and get instant gratification?)
People (-18.6%)
Star (-14.2%)
In Touch (-13.3%)
Us Weekly (-11.4%)

Home and food titles get a boost.
Food Network Magazine (+17/8%)
Architectural Digest (+8.6%)
Woman's Day (unspecified single-digit increase)
Family Circle (ditto)

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Soundtrack

Brought to you by Spotify.
Or, pleasantly innocuous music to snooze by.

Read about it at Galley Cat.

Community Room Usage @ the Santa Teresa Branch Library


Otherwise, a straightforward, informative, if not entertaining, presentation about the rules and procedures for using the community room at the Santa Teresa Branch Library.

Elgin Library Trustee Randy Hopp Not Yet Fit to Stand Trial


Elgin library trustee sent to downstate mental health facility. (The Daily Herald, 8/9/2012)

Excerpt:  A Kane County judge refused Wednesday to intervene in the state’s plan to have Randall L. Hopp, a Gail Borden Public Library trustee accused of felony battery in a domestic incident involving his elderly parents, sent to a maximum security facility downstate until he is ruled fit to stand trial.

Hopp, 61, of the 1500 block of Pamela Court, Elgin, is banned from the library, and in late June was ruled unfit by a jury to stand trial.

Since then he’s been held in the Kane County jail while the state’s Department of Human Services decides on a treatment plan and facility for him.

Related articles:
Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)
Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)
The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)

Pomona Public Library Parcel Tax on November 6 Ballot


Pomona council votes to place library tax measure on November ballot. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 8/7/2012)

ExcerptCity Council members voted unanimously late Monday night to place a library parcel tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Council members voted 6-0 for the parcel tax measure, which will require the approval of two-thirds of those who vote.

Councilman Steve Atchley left before the council addressed the matter.

At the same meeting, the council voted to move ahead with a plan to close a fire station and to outsource the city's park maintenance.

Should the library tax measure pass, it would generate about $1.5 million for the library's operations and services.

Owners of single family home parcels would pay about $38 a year. City leaders decided Monday to leave out a sunset clause, thereby making the parcel tax measure a permanent tax if approved. They also opted to include language committing the city to provide 38 hours of service, five days a week.

Related posts:
You'll see less.  (8/5/2012)
What a way to celebrate 100 years of service.  (7/23/2012)
Keeping up with the Pomona Public Library.  (7/8/2012)
The Pomona Public Library gets a reprieve from the city council. 6/27/2012)
Best blog name ever (?) and more on the Pomona Public Library.  (6/22/2012)
David Allen is now a card-carrying Pomona Public Library supporter.  6/22/2012)
Vote to close Pomona library postponed to June 25.  (6/22/2012)
Pomona library bears brunt of layoffs.  (6/14/2012)

I wonder if Frank Novak has seen these numbers?

Mr. Let's-spend-10%-of-our-materials-budget-on-print.


Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction Hardcover Revenues Topped eBooks in April. (Galley Cat, 8/8/2012)

Even though year-to-date ebook sales are up 27.5% in 2012, sales of adult fiction and nonfiction are up 4%.  Looks as though both formats still have a place in publicly and personally funded libraries.


Related posts:
Adult hardcover book sales hold their own, paperbacks sales drop in 1st quarter of 2012.  (6/17/2012)
Library ebook circulation skyrockets @ the Greendale Public Library and throughout Wisconsin.  (5/29/2012)
In so many words:  Libraries will have a place at the table. (4/30/2012)
3M Cloud Library ebook lending service goes beta at select libraries.  (4/28/2012)
Pew Research:  The rise of e-reading, summarized. (4/5/2012)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution attempts to get a handle on the ebook era.  (4/2/2012)
And I quote from "Bringing Up an E-Reader".  (3/29/2012)
The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board weighs in on ebooks and libraries. (3/19/2012)
Carl Zimmer responds to Franzen.  (1/31/2012)
It's only Monday but this is still the best ebook headline of the week.  (1/20/2012)
Jonathan Franzen has something to say about ebooks.  (1/30/2012)
As they have been doing all along, libraries adapt to technology.  (1/29/2012)
Floating an Idea: The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory's Library License.  (1/17/2012) 
Getting in line @ your library for ebooks.  (1/15/2012)
The Post-Christmas ebook sales surge. (1/10/2012)
Honey, we've been 'trying' it.  For years.  (12/25/2011)
Chris Bohjalian on our totemic connection to books.  (12/20/2011)
Hold that bricks-and-mortar bookstore obituary.  (12/13/2011)
Your local public library: The greenest option of all in the ebooks vs. print books debate.  (12/11/2011)
Go directly to Amazon, do not pass library.  (11/3/2011)
Ebooks in U.S. public libraries.  (10/22/2011)
How ebook buyers discover books.  (9/27/2011)
Cookbooks make the transition to digital publishing.  (9/27/2011)
Redefining what an ebook is and who gets to publish it. (9/19/2011)
The L.A.Times on ebooks: An Amazon tablet, push into interactivity. (9/16/2011)
The Economist:  "Great digital expectations".  (9/16/2011)
Lev Grossman presents a short history of the reading device..  (9/6/2011)
Speaking of gadgets, here's the latest iteration of ebooks.  (8/25/2011)
Sounds like another digital divide in the making.  (7/30/2011)
Libraries and ebooks:  Any book, not any time soon.  (6/1/2011)
On the distinction between the book reader and the book owner.  (5/10/2011)
Demand for ebooks grows exponentially in Wisconsin.  (5/2/2011)
Struggling to find an ebook common agenda between libraries and publishers.  (4/5/2011)
Ebooks and libraries:  "The challenges just keep piling up".  (3/28/2011)
Publishers Weekly tracks ebook sales.  (3/18/2011)
Word is getting out:  Ebooks @ your library.  (3/18/2011)
Ebooks continue to gain market share.  (3/17/2011)
Publishers look to bottom line in formulating ebook policies for libraries. (3/15/2011)
News stories on HarperCollins ebook decision go mainstream.  (3/5/2011)
9 years of book sales:  trade and ebook.  (2/17/2011)
Will ebook readers be wooed by Barbara Cartland?  (2/12/2011)
The impact of ebooks on libraries.  (2/11/2011)
OverDrive news release: Library eBook circs up 200% in '10. (1/10/2011)
Mashable: 5 ebook trends that will change the future of publishing. (12/29/2010)
Christmas 2010 the tipping point for ebooks?  (12/24/2010)
Ereader as brown paper bag.  (12/9/2010)
The ebook reader compatibility surprise.  (12/3/2010)
Ereader ownership:  Survey says....  (11/30/2010)
David Carnoy asks, "Does the Kindle pay for itself?" (11/29/2010)
Need to repair that ebook reader?  (11/19/2010)
Who uses an ereader:  Survey says....  (9/22/2010)
Book industry wrestles with print vs. pixels.  (9/2/2010)
Coming soon to a screen near you:  Ads in ebooks.  (8/20/2010)
Ebooks now comprise 8.5% of book sales. (8/12/2010)
Genre paperback publishers drops print.  (8/6/2010)
Ebooks and libraries.  (5/4/2010)
Ebooks eliminate a free form of adversiting:  the book jacket.  (3/31/2010)
Ebooks: another round of false promises?  (3/19/2010)
The skinny on ebooks.  (3/8/2010)
Hardcover vs. ebook:  Breaking down the costs.  (3/1/2010)

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 14th Senate District

The 14th Senate District

Public libraries in the 14th.
Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton

Academic library
Lane Library, Ripon College

The Republican Incumbent

Biography: Born Berlin, February 26, 1951; married. Graduate Berlin H.S. 1969; B.S. UW-Madison 1973; Wis. Rural Leadership Program Group IV 1990-92.

Partner in farm supply dealerships.

Member: Green Lake Co. Republican Party; Waushara Co. Republican Party; Education Commission of the States (bd. of dir.); Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory (bd. of dir.); Manitowoc Mutual Insurance Co. (bd. of dir.).

Former member: Waushara Co. Fair Bd. (dir.); Family Health/La Clinica director (1995-99); Berlin Area School Board 1976-97 (pres. 1986-95).

Elected to Assembly 1994-2002; elected to Senate 2004; reelected 2008.

Ran unopposed in 2008.

Won 2012 recall election.

The Republican Challenger:  David Eiler

About:    Being on the Markesan School Board has inspired me to help find ways to fund our schools to keep them the best we can offer our students. Our leaders of tomorrow are our students of today. We must give them the best education we can to prepare them for the struggles they will face tomorrow.

I’m offering myself up to you. Madison needs people with common sense business practices to hold down the spending of our hard earned tax dollars. I will go to Madison to fight for your children’s educational system, to fight for small business owners, to fight for the elderly, to fight for the working class people, to fight to hold down taxes and state spending. I’m willing to fight for these things, are you?

Meet the 14th Senate District candidates.  (Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, 8/3/2012)\

More specifically, the Republican primary candidates, as Worthington is not included in the interviews.

Eiler sets an interesting table in response to the first question:  What sets you apart from your opponent?

Answer: I feel it is the fact that I am a born-again Christian. I have been married to only one woman, and I take my vows very seriously.

The Democratic Challenger:  Margarete Worthington

About:   [bold added]  Margarete Worthington lives in the rural Marquette County with her husband Richard and their 3 dogs. 

Margarete served on her town’s planning commission and is presently is in the Member Advisory Group for her area’s rural electric cooperative. Margarete comes from a military family as her father, uncle, brothers and husband all served in the US military. Margarete’s father was a WWII Veteran and one of her uncles was a WWI veteran. Margarete respects and appreciates those who serve our country and she wants to continue her family’s tradition of public service by representing her district in the Wisconsin State Senate. 

Margarete learned the importance of education from her father who had to quit school in 7th grade to start working. Margarete worked her way through college because her parents couldn’t afford the tuition and she earned a Bachelors degree. 

Margarete has a long work history in business. She has been the Assistant Manager of a family owned art store where she supervised 50 employees and she managed the lab safety program at a large university. Margarete worked in the financial industry and for almost 12 years she worked in the IT Department of a large construction company were she coordinated multi-miillion dollar budgets, negotiated telecom service contracts, leased and purchased all computer equipment.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Andrew Napolitano, what law books are you consulting?

Since you said this on Fox News, we'll just assume you're makin' stuff up as you go along.


[Like Pavlov dogs.]  Fox News Analyst:  Sikh Temple Massacre 'Not Domestic Terrorism".  (Crooks & Liars, 8/7/2012)

Excerpt:  "The legal definition of terrorism is two or more acts of violence intended to change the policy of the government, by scaring the population or by scaring the government," Napolitano told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday. "That does not appear to be what happened in this case."

Wisconsin Department of Revenue: Statement of Changes in Equalized Property Values - Preliminary 2012 Report

Statewide property values fall again. (Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance, 7/31/2012)

The past 4 years.

The red columns translate into $45,000,000,000 in reduced home values in Wisconsin.

The biggest losers in 2011, by county:
  • Green Lake (-8.6%)
  • Kenosha (-7.7%)
  • Burnett (-7.1%)
  • Walworth (-6.4%), 
  • Racine (-6.1%)
  • Milwaukee (-5.4%)
The 7 gainers (none more than 1.6%)
  • Chippewa
  • Clark
  • Florence
  • Grant
  • La Crosse 
  • Lafayette
  • Trempealeau



Final report available August 15.

Budget Snapshots, We've Got Budget Snapshots


From the Introduction 

State fiscal conditions continue to improve at a slow and steady pace. 

A spring 2012 survey of state legislative fiscal officers found 
  • revenue performance remains positive and 
  • expenditures in most states are stable. 
And for the first time since before the Great Recession, a number of states are projecting to end the fiscal year with small unobligated balances. 

In another sign of improving fiscal conditions, few states have faced mid-year budget shortfalls in fiscal year (FY) 2012. This is good news for state lawmakers who have closed more than $500 billion in budget gaps over the previous four fiscal years. In addition, fewer budget gaps are projected for FY 2013 compared with recent years. 

Despite this encouraging news, a degree of uncertainty still lingers over state budgets. Concerns about 
  • unemployment levels, 
  • potential federal deficit reduction actions, 
  • spending pressures and 
  • global economic events, 
are contributing to a cautious state budget outlook. 

This report is based on data collected from legislative fiscal officers in March and April 2012. It includes information on: FY 2012 tax performance; Projected return to peak revenues Spending overruns in FY 2012; New FY 2012 budget gaps and projected FY 2013 budget gaps; Projected FY 2012 unobligated balances; and Summary of the state fiscal situation.

Wisconsin mentions in the condensed free version of the report.

Personal income taxes.  16 states saw collections come in on target. Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina had raised their estimates while Maine, Oregon and Wisconsin had reduced theirs.

General sales taxes   16 states reported that collections were coming in on target. Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota were meeting targets that had been revised upward. Maine, New Jersey and Wisconsin were meeting reduced estimates. 

Corporate income taxes.  Fifteen states reported collections coming in on target. Of these, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi and New Jersey had raised the forecast, while Delaware, Oregon and Wisconsin had lowered the forecast. 

The complete report costs $49 for non-members.

In our case, estimates may be lowered, as reported by NCSL but according to the Wisconsin Budget Project and the WI DOR table below, Wisconsin is on track to meet or exceed the revenue forecast for this fiscal year.

From the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Wisconsin Economic Outlook, June 2012.

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 12th Senate District


Public libraries in the 12th.
Marinette County Libraries

Academic library
Richard J. Brown Library, Nicolet College.

Holperin won't run for re-election.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/23/2012)

An open seat.

The Republican Candidate

Tom Tiffany

Biography  [bold added]

Family.
I grew up on a dairy farm near Elmwood, Wisconsin with five brothers and two sisters. We learned the lessons of hard work, honesty and accountability from our parents at an early age. My wife, Chris, and I work everyday to pass those same timeless values on to our children Karlyn, Lexie and Katherine. 

Business Chris and I began operating our excursion business, Wilderness Cruises, in 1991, on the Willow Flowage. The business currently operates as Wisconsin River Cruises. For twenty seasons we have strived to offer our customers a pleasurable experience in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. 

Community and Civic Leader Over the years, I have been involved with many community organizations. Our business, Wisconsin River Cruises, belongs to the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce and the Tavern League of Wisconsin. I am a member of the National Rifle Association and the Ruffed Grouse Society. Currently, I am an elected Town Supervisor in the Town of Little Rice

And??      And??

Curious he doesn't mention the fact that he currently represents the 35th Assembly District.   Link includes photo of him without hardhat.

The Democratic Candidates

Susan Sommer

Biography.  [bold added] Susan is a native of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She attended Pine Lake grade school, James Williams Junior High School, and graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1978 with honors.. After high school, Susan attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She moved to Milwaukee and later attended Marquette University Law School, obtaining her law degree in 1987.

For 17 years, Susan worked as a prosecuting attorney in Milwaukee and Jefferson counties. In 2004, Susan left her work as an assistant district attorney to join the Americorps program, often called the "domestic Peace Corps," as an assistant construction supervisor with the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Susan and her husband, Tuck Daniels, also led Global Village trips to the South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux reservation and Northern Ireland to build houses with Habitat.

Susan and Tuck met through their work and were married in 2005 on the steps of the community center in the Habitat neighborhood they helped build in Bluffton, South Carolina. In Fall 2008, after being away too long from her family and Wisconsin, Susan and Tuck moved home to the Northwoods and settled in Phelps. Tuck is a master carpenter by profession, and Susan returned to the practice of law. 

Lisa Theo

Biography:   Lisa Theo is an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she teaches geography. Theo and her husband Christos Theo have been married 27 years, and they have three adult sons. While the children were young, she returned to school earning her Bachelors of Science in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC), and her Masters of Science in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).

Theo has held a number of public service positions and started two home businesses during her more than 30 years in the workforce. She has managed women’s clothing stores, served as a legislative aide to a state senator, worked in food service, ran a home childcare business, and had a home business designing and constructing original wedding gowns and bridal accessories. 

She has taught at the university level since 1999, first at UW-Madison as a graduate student, then at UWEC before joining the Geography and Geology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in 2007. During her teaching career, Theo served as a task member of Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton’s Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity Initiative where she was responsible for spatial analysis and cartography. She also served as UWEC’s representative to the Wisconsin Economic Summit from 2001-2003, coordinating a session on university and community partnerships for economic development in 2003. Theo’s research as a university instructor concentrated on community change in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Theo has deep roots in the Northwoods. 



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