THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF THE
7th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
STANDING RESOLUTIONS 2015 CAUCUS

Adopted at 2014 Caucus

1. PORNOGRAPHY

1 – WHEREAS, the free availability of pornography is detrimental to the moral fabric of society and offensive to a majority of citizens, and

2 – WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not protect obscenity, and

3 – WHEREAS, establishments trafficking in pornography foster crime and contribute to declining property values and urban blight;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports restrictions of pornography to the greatest extent constitutionally permissible, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, encourages elected Republican officials to lead in restoring morality and family values.

2. PRIVATIZATION

1 – WHEREAS, government is involved in non-regulating area which could be returned to private enterprise, and

2 – WHEREAS, the public would be better served if these areas of government were put on the open market;

3 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, encourages government at all levels to privatize all appropriate functions.

3. REDUCING GOVERNMENT AND TAXES
1 – WHEREAS, government in the United States of America and the State of Wisconsin has become a huge inefficient bureaucracy, and

2 – WHEREAS, government in the United States of America and the State of Wisconsin has centralized authority that more properly belongs at the local level, and

3 – WHEREAS, the cost to the taxpayers for this form of government has become too great a burden;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls upon the Wisconsin Legislature to continue to lower taxes and to delegate even more authority to the most local level of government that is practical, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin expects the federal government to follow the State of Wisconsin’s lead in controlling its spending while reducing taxes in a balanced budget.

4. GAMBLING

1 – WHEREAS, gambling undermines the work ethic, spawns crime, hurts other businesses and costs jobs, increases divorce and child abuse, victimizes youth, while giving rise to suicide and severe mental health problems, and

2 – WHEREAS, gambling is the worst possible model for the poor, being the opposite of thrift, discipline, hard work and ingenuity, and

3 – WHEREAS, gambling is often supported by those who can least afford it, and

4 – WHEREAS, gambling is a financial drain on society, and

5 – WHEREAS, property tax relief from the state lottery has become virtually insignificant, and

6 – WHEREAS, the people of Wisconsin in a referendum ballot expressed opposition to casino gambling;

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, demands that the state legislature make all gambling, casinos and state lottery illegal.

5. SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM

1 – WHEREAS, the Social Security system has changed from the traditional and historical purposes, and

2 – WHEREAS, Social Security was never meant to be the sole means of retirement income, and

3 – WHEREAS, Social Security is heavily indebted by abusive borrowing schemes by Congress and the President, and

4 – WHEREAS, at one time 30 American workers supported one recipient through the withholding tax and today just three workers support each retired person;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the opportunity to “opt-out” of the Social Security retirement program for Americans under age 40 and;

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support tax policy which will raise current limits on individual contributions to IRA accounts and encourage citizens to invest in equity-based stock market investments, and;

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support full tax-deductibility and/or credits for alternative investments into non-government sponsored savings programs.

6. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

1 – WHEREAS, all people should have an equal opportunity to pursue careers and business ventures on the merits of their own abilities;

2 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, believes that neither the State of Wisconsin nor any of its subdivisions or agents shall use race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin as a criteria for discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group in the operation of the state’s system of employment, education or contracting.

7. UNFUNDED AND UNDER-FUNDED MANDATES

1 – WHEREAS, the State and Federal Legislatures have on a regular basis, created laws which mandate county and local municipalities to perform certain acts and create certain requirements for said county and local municipalities, and

2 – WHEREAS, many of these mandates are either not funded or are under-funded by the Legislatures, and

3 – WHEREAS, these unfunded or under-funded mandates cause an undue burden on the local municipalities and cost to the local taxpayer;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports prohibition of all unfunded or under-funded mandates and that a review of past mandates be made to remove these unfunded or under-funded mandates.

8. CREATIONISM IN THE CLASSROOM

1 – WHEREAS, prominent geneticists, astrophysicists and quantum specialists recognize that there must exist a creator;

2 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges the local boards of education to present information on creationism.

9. PESTICIDE DATABASE

1 – WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin has instructed DATCP to study the development of a pesticide database system, and

2 – WHEREAS, farmers feed the world, and

3 – WHEREAS, as a state, as a nation, and as a world, people need to eat to sustain life (and sometimes just for the fun of it), and

4 – WHEREAS, the farmers of Wisconsin must use pesticides on their crops to maintain a bountiful harvest and therefore sustain a living, and

5 – WHEREAS, farmers should not be singled out with the possibility of being sued over the results of this database;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, directs the legislature to enact measures to protect the farmers of Wisconsin from any legal harm from the collection of this information.

10. VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

1 – WHEREAS, criminals demonstrate to society that they have no respect for the law, law abiding citizens, or their civil rights, and

2 – WHEREAS, a criminal can threaten to sue their victim in an effort to intimidate or prevent the victim from filing criminal or civil actions or testifying against the criminal in a law proceeding;

3 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges that criminals not be allowed to sue their victim if they are injured while committing a crime.

11. RETAIN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

1 – WHEREAS, our country was organized as a Federal Republic with separate but united states and according to the U.S. Constitution each state which holds federal or national elections is entitled to be represented in an Electoral College by a number equal to its total of senators and representatives in Congress, and

2 – WHEREAS, this was a compromise devised by our Founding Fathers to persuade the small states to join the Union, in as much as the small states thought they would be overwhelmed by the big states if national elections were to be decided by a popular vote without regard to state boundaries, and

3 – WHEREAS, the Electoral College has proven to be a restraining barrier to the fraud we are experiencing, and if such restraining barriers were eliminated, and the popular vote prevailed throughout the country, we would undoubtedly see more election fraud in our big cities, which could then determine the outcome every election;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the role of the Electoral College in national Elections as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, rejects any attempt to alter the function of the Electoral College.

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, directs that the legislature enact an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that provides for a division of the Wisconsin electoral vote based on actual popular vote for each candidate, by Congressional District. (moved from the 48th resolution, deleted remainder of that resolution)

12. TORT REFORM
1 – WHEREAS, lawsuits have become more numerous, and

2 – WHEREAS, the alleged culpability of respondents in these dubious lawsuits is often tenuous, and

3 – WHEREAS, the costs of litigating lawsuits are borne by society as a whole due to resulting higher insurance premiums, higher costs of goods and services and increased costs to operate our court systems, and

4 – WHEREAS, many lawsuits are settled out of Court simply for expediency to avoid a trial on the facts, and

5 – WHEREAS, most are settled without the knowledge or consent of the sued party, and

6 – WHEREAS, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant much like a fine for speeding and not enrich the litigant;

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges change in the law so that the prevailing party in a civil lawsuit be given the right to collect all reasonable legal fees, costs and expenses associated with the disposition of the matter from the losing party after a verdict has been rendered by the trial court and after exhaustion of appellate rights, and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, direct that the Wisconsin Legislature pass legislation to provide that the insurance carrier shall not settle any lawsuit without the consent of all parties, that any attorney who is found o have brought a frivolous lawsuit be severely sanctioned by the Court, that all punitive damages that are awarded go to the State education fund, and to create a rebuttable presumption of innocence for the defendant.

13. AGRICULTURE AND DAIRY

1 – WHEREAS, government regulations affect the cost and distribution of goods and services, and

2 – WHEREAS, United States farmers lead the world in production and quality, and

3 – WHEREAS, United States farmers face domestic competition from foreign commodities without equal competition in those same markets, and

4 – WHEREAS, domestic agricultural products are of the highest quality;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the elimination of rules and regulations that interfere with the free flow of dairy products between the states, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin supports a cost effective Farm Policy which ensures an adequate and safe domestically produced food supply including building up strategic food reserves, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin supports an aggressive U.S. Foreign policy to completely open foreign markets to U.S. Agricultural products, and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin supports holding imported agricultural products to the same health and sanitary standards as domestic production with country of origin identified.

14 END STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM LAND PURCHASES

1 – WHEREAS, the Wisconsin State Legislature has authorized an undetermined amount of debt to be used for environmental purposes, and

2 – WHEREAS, instead vast tracts of private property have been purchased by the State, and taken off the tax rolls;

3 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, shall stand opposed to Stewardship Fund land purchases and calls for the ending of the Stewardship Fund. Furthermore, the State should be selling land instead of purchasing more land.

15. STOP GENERAL PURPOSE REVENUE FUNDING OF WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO AND WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION

1 – WHEREAS, nineteen per cent ($2,800,000) of Wisconsin Public Television’s (WPT) funding is supplied by State of Wisconsin General Purpose Revenue (GPR), and

2 – WHEREAS, forty per cent (approximately $6,000,000) of Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) funding is supplied by Direct and Indirect State/University money, and

3 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin is experiencing a significant budget deficit, and

4 – WHEREAS, neither Wisconsin Public Radio nor Wisconsin Public Television provide equitable representation of all political perspectives;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls for the cessation of GPR support to WPR and/or WPT.

16. TERMINATE REGIONAL PLANNING DISTRICTS IN WISCONSIN

1 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin has been divided into regional planning districts, and

2 – WHEREAS, we are a democratic republic, represented in Madison by our duly elected officials, and

3 – WHEREAS, regional planning is premised on the concept of government by administrative rule, and

4 – WHEREAS, administrative rule is unconstitutional and deprives the electors a vote in self determination, and

5 – WHEREAS, the regional planning commissions have become willing accomplices in establishing the United Nations agenda on sustainable development (Smart Growth), and

6 – WHEREAS, tax dollars are increasingly being channeled through this bureaucracy instead of through legitimate constitutional agencies, and

7 – WHEREAS, local units of government are now turning to the regional planning commissions for grants and funding and submitting to stipulations that are often in direct conflict with the will of the people, and

8 – WHEREAS, planning commissions are a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and result in a loss of local control;

9 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, hereby opposes Smart Growth and calls for the law to be promptly repealed by the State Legislature, and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that the Wisconsin State Legislature shall be urged to introduce legislation to terminate all regional planning districts in the State of Wisconsin, and

11 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all funding appropriations, for administration of and grants distributed by the regional planning districts, shall be returned to the general fund to balance the State Budget or refunded to the taxpayers.


17. THE USA PATRIOT ACT

1 – WHEREAS, the USA Patriot Act has proven to be a vital tool in the protection of our homeland, as is shown by the prevention of a major terrorist attack since September 11, 2001, and

2 – WHEREAS, the USA Patriot Act allows investigators to use the same tools that have long been used to fight organized crime and drug trafficking, to investigate terrorism, and

3 – WHEREAS, the USA Patriot Act permits the sharing of information between law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and

4 – WHEREAS, an investigation conducted by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General failed to uncover any civil liberties violations under the USA Patriot Act, and

5 – WHEREAS, the USA Patriot Act received overwhelming, bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives upon its enactment;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that we support the objectives of the USA Patriot Act and we urge our Representatives in Congress to vote for the renewal of this important legislation every four years at an off presidential election year.

18. MINIMUM WAGE

1 – WHEREAS, it is not possible for government to legislate wealth into existence, but only to redistribute existing wealth, and

2 – WHEREAS, history has consistently demonstrated that increasing the minimum legal wage reduces the availability and number of minimum-wage jobs, and

3 – WHEREAS, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 500,000 jobs would be lost due to increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and

4 – WHEREAS, removing the least-skilled, or least employable laborers, from the labor market and progressively moving more qualified laborers into ever higher income brackets, is a result of an increasingly inflated minimum legal wage and accomplishes the exact opposite of the stated goal;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that we oppose increasing the minimum legal wage, and that we support legislative efforts that will promote stable economic growth in the State of Wisconsin.

19. NATIONAL MOTTO

1 – WHEREAS, during the Second Great Awakening, the Republican Party responded to popular sentiment and put “In God We Trust” on our national coinage, and

2 – WHEREAS, then like now, broad based religious sentiment grew in response to national crisis and war, and

3 – RECOGNIZING, that great leaders such as Salmon P. Chase, Abolitionist, Senator, Treasury Secretary and U.S. Supreme Court Justice and President Abraham Lincoln were instrumental in giving us the National Motto, and

4 – RECOGNIZING, that nearly a century later President Dwight D. Eisenhower, responding to popular wishes extended the “In God We Trust” motto to our paper currency as well as our coined money, and

5 – RECOGNIZING, with prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions that the National Motto, like the Pledge is non-sectarian and does not violate the Establishment Clause, and

6 – AGREEING, with the late Chief Justice Rehnquist that Michael Newdow’s wishes for the National Motto and Pledge of Allegiance are a “Heckler’s Veto” and therefore petty and not serious;

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, strongly encourages Republican lawmakers and Party Officials to defend the use of the “In God We Trust” motto on our money as part of our Nation’s and Party’s Heritage and if challenged in the courts, to submit Amicus briefs supporting its continued use on our nation’s money.

20. COLLECTORS’ RIGHTS

1 – WHEREAS, we believe that the U.S. Constitution, not the United Nations should be, where appropriate, the guide for the regulation of business and trade, and

2 – WHEREAS, we believe that a government that wishes to regulate the collecting hobbies of private citizens on behalf of foreign powers, especially if it involves the seizure or reclamation of property purchased in good faith has overstepped both the spirit and letter of the 4th, 5th and 11th Amendments of the Constitution, and

3 – RECOGNIZING, that the numismatic trade provides many fine families with their means of income, and also creates numerous jobs in support industries, key to states such as Wisconsin where companies publish books, manufacture coin holders, binders, software and other supplies that support the coin collecting hobby, and

4 – WHEREAS, we believe that import restrictions and cultural property laws may have the unintended consequences of driving hundreds of family businesses into ruin and also criminalize the hobbies and educational activities of numerous law abiding citizens, and

5 – WHEREAS, we believe along with Ronald Reagan, “that coin collecting has educational and cultural value, promotes greater understanding of our history and heritage, and is enjoyed by millions of Americans,” and

6 – WHEREAS, we support reasonable efforts to protect archaeological sites and public and private collections, we oppose the claims of those who say: (a) anything “old” should be considered state property; (b) anything without a known provenance should be deemed stolen; and (c) only foreign states and their favored academics should have the right to preserve, protect and study the past, and

7 – WHEREAS, we reject recent efforts to restrict the collecting of coins and other common collectibles over 100 years old;

8 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, asks lawmakers to oppose any import restrictions or other constraints on the collecting of coins, stamps and similar collectibles as a waste of valuable government resources.

9 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, asks lawmakers to pass a bill exempting coins, stamps and other common collectibles for consideration from future import restriction and cultural property laws and treaties.

21. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

1 – WHEREAS, the state of Wisconsin does not have the death penalty as a form of criminal punishment, and

2 – WHEREAS, the prison system has violent criminals who show no remorse or repentance for their crimes, and

3 – WHEREAS, the release of repeat sexual offenders into the public poses a great threat to the safety of the public, and

4 – WHEREAS, while we recognize that all crimes against humanity are offensive, certain heinous crimes are so reprehensible that justice requires the maximum penalty permitted under law by the constitution of the United States;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports strict punishment of all criminal activity, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin the reinstatement of the death penalty for heinous crimes, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin urges restrictions on the release of sexual repeat-offenders coming back into the community and supports the lifetime incarceration of level 3 sexual offenders.

22. ENFORCING CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS

1 – WHEREAS, immigration and maintaining control of our borders is a critical national security issue, and

2 – WHEREAS, the government estimates that there are eight to twelve million illegal aliens currently in this country already, with hundreds of thousands more entering illegally every year, and

3 – WHEREAS, in our continuing war on terror an open border is an invitation to attack, and

4 – WHEREAS, illegal aliens have broken the law by their unlawful presence, and

5 – WHEREAS, illegal aliens are causing increased burdens on our government agencies and public infrastructure, especially along our southern tier of states, and

6 – WHEREAS, the excessive number of illegal aliens is already a significant factor in depressing current wage rates for American citizens, and

7 – WHEREAS, past amnesties have only served as an invitation for additional illegal migrations;

8 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges the United States government to enforce its current immigration laws and seal its borders from aliens and that any illegal aliens found in this country be sent back to the countries they came from and that their native governments be billed for their transportation home, and

9 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that neither the United States nor any state or local government provide any rewards, amnesties, visitation extensions or benefits to illegal aliens, and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the State of Wisconsin shall not issue vital identity documents, including a Wisconsin driver’s license, to anyone who cannot show proof of legal residence in the United States, and

11 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin requests elected Republican officials to change the laws so that children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens are not granted automatic citizenship, and

12 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin directa that the Wisconsin Legislature pass legislation to direct the local enforcement of immigration laws by all State, County, and municipal law enforcement authorities and requiring them to conduct immigration status investigation of every individual where reasonable suspicion exists that they are illegal.

23. ENGLISH AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

1 – WHEREAS, English is the most commonly used language in the United States of America and that has been true throughout our history, and

2 – WHEREAS, the lack of a common language is an impediment to commerce, results in additional costs to the taxpayer and can contribute to a lack of national unity, and

3 – WHEREAS, the lack of knowledge of the dominate language in any society impairs one’s ability to become a productive and contributing member of that society, and

4 – WHEREAS, the designation of English as the official language of our country and state is not intended to demean the speaker of any language, nor discourage speakers of English from learning other languages from multilingual American as a valuable asset to our nation, and

5 – WHEREAS, Executive Order 13166 requires every federal, state and local government to provide written and verbal translation services, in every language, for every person who requests such services, and

6 – WHEREAS, the Federal Government has no business dictating what language States print ballots in or to dictates to what extent bilingual education must be offered in pubic school;

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports that the English language becomes designated the official language of the United State and of the State of Wisconsin as stated in the English as the Official Language plank of the 2010 Republican Party Of Wisconsin platform.

24. SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

1 – WHEREAS, our founding fathers recognized life as an inalienable, divine right given by our Creator which the Republican Party has reaffirmed in declaring abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia as violations of this sacred and basic human right, and

2 – WHEREAS, the Supreme Court in 1973 denied a constitutional right to life of the unborn by legalizing abortion, and

3 – WHEREAS, it is the obligation of These United States of America under the 14th Amendment not to deprive persons of life without due process of law, and

4 – WHEREAS, stem cells are harvested from both aborted and living human embryos who are killed in this process, and

5 – WHEREAS, stem cells from adults are readily obtainable for research;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls for the end of all abortions, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls on federal and state legislators to reinstate the fetal tissue research ban and maintain strict regulations concerning medical research on humans, and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, demands that state and federal legislators pass a law to stop the buying and selling of baby body parts and/or fetal tissue for profit or any other reason, and

9 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, demands that human cloning be banned, including “therapeutic cloning,” and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges the State of Wisconsin to apply for federal funding of the Wisconsin Cord Blood Bank, thus promoting ethical research.

25. ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

1 – WHEREAS, the United States now imports a majority of its oil, putting this country at the mercy of foreign suppliers for both price and the amount of oil they will sell to us, and

2 – WHEREAS, in recognition of the fact that this is a very dangerous situation from the standpoint of our economy and our national defense as well as being very detrimental to our balance of payments situation, past administrations have called for opening up 1% of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, which could supply as much as 8% of our domestic oil needs, and

3 – WHEREAS, environmentalists oppose opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because of possible damage to the wildlife and the terrain, but since it is only proposed to open up 1% of the 19,000,000 acres in ANWR, and since the actual experience with the Alaskan Prudhoe Bay oilfield has proven that the environment was not damaged and that the caribou actually thrived, and

4 – WHEREAS, the EPA has decided that each area across the country needs its own special blend of gasoline, making it impossible to redistribute gasoline from other areas if events disrupt the supply in one area (such as a fire at a refinery) and thus causing high price increases in each area;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports President Bush’s intention of opening 1% of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to develop environmentally friendly exploration for honest assessment of the value of the asset, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls for the establishment of a national energy policy that encourages the free market exploration, development, and production of domestic energy, and for state government to expedite the process.

26. EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE

1 – WHEREAS, we hold the right to property as a fundamental American right, and

2 – WHEREAS, eminent domain is being abused by various local governments to steal property from law-abiding citizens and give it to other entities to increase their tax base, and

3 – WHEREAS, eminent domain is meant to be used exclusively for public works for the public good, and

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in Caucus assembled, condemns all abuses of the power of eminent domain, and that we support the halting of the use of eminent domain for private works through legislative or judicial means.

27. ELECTION REFORM

1 – WHEREAS, widespread election fraud has long involved citizens casting multiple votes from multiple registrations and multiple impersonations, and has now come to include the registration and voting of aliens, and

2 – WHEREAS, the low election turnout in recent decades has made each individual vote count more, making the integrity of each vote even more imperative, and

3 – WHEREAS, current programs such as on-site registration and the motor-voter law combined with inattention and institutionalized indifference invite fraud at the polling place, and

4 – WHEREAS, driver’s licenses, and similar identification cards are so plentiful today that it is no longer an imposition to require their display;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the requirement to present photo identification when registering to vote or when voting, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that registration lists be checked by municipal clerks and purged of ineligible felons, non-citizens, non-residents, and the deceased, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all voters should be required to register at least ten days prior to an election, and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all temporary residents (students, etc.) be required to vote in their place of permanent residence, and

9 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a statewide voter database be established and maintained for the purpose of ensuring the integrity of the voting system, and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that violations of election laws be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

28. REGULATION OF SMOKING

1 – WHEREAS, it is not the place of government to regulate private behavior except in those cases of gross immorality, and

2 – WHEREAS, personal liberty is a core conservative principle, and

3 – WHEREAS, government regulation of our lives inevitably leads to further government regulation, and

4 – WHEREAS, private property rights are destroyed by the continued regulation of behavior on private property, including business open to the public, and

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, publicly opposes any and all attempts by the legislature of the State of Wisconsin to regulate or restrict the practice of smoking on private property including privately owned businesses in the state of Wisconsin.

29. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN RESIDENT KIDS FIRST

1 – WHEREAS, there is a deep concern with the lack of focus of Wisconsin residents being accepted into the University of Wisconsin Systems, and

2 – WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin Systems are not preferring lifetime Wisconsin resident students in enrollment;

3 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports legislation mandating that the University of Wisconsin System show enrollment preference to Wisconsin residents, and

30. PUBLIC REPORTING OF ALUMNI FUNDS AND DONATIONS OF THE UW SYSTEM

1 – WHEREAS, there is a deep concern with the budgetary issues of the UW-College System a Public Institution of the State of Wisconsin, and

2 – WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin System is suffering from a constant budget crisis, and

3 – WHEREAS, students of the University of Wisconsin System are suffering high college tuition costs that continue to climb, and

4 – WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin System receives money from Alumni and other donations;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports legislation mandating that the University of Wisconsin System shall publicly report all monies received from Alumni and other sources.

31. STUDENT ACADEMIC FREEDOM

1 – WHEREAS, a truly enlightened educational environment provides and encourages research and discussion of a variety of viewpoints on major issues which impact society, and

2 – WHEREAS, in a civil society, citizens must analyze varying viewpoints objectively and must respect people who hold those viewpoints, and

3 – WHEREAS, educational institutions which allow conservative views to be marginalized or ignored are participating in an insidious form of sanctioned bullying, and

4 – WHEREAS, curriculums meant to address bullying represent an institutional hypocrisy and become ineffective when a group of people representing any specific point of view is marginalized;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges that the academic freedom of students to express ideas to be vigorously protected and encouraged so that students have opportunity to study and discuss a subject without fear of reprisal or hindrance, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, urges that the protection of a student’s academic freedom become a written part of all documents which identify professional ethics, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, believes that failing to protect a student’s academic freedom is an act of insubordination subject to appropriate professional consequences.

32. FOR THE STUDY OF AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT

1 – WHEREAS, the first federal standards for education, written by our founding fathers under Article 3 of The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, offer the following provisions for the advancement of education: “Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged,” and

2 – WHEREAS, De Tocqueville, a French jurist and prolific writer in the 1800s wrote “In New England every citizen receives the elementary notions of human knowledge; he is taught, moreover, the doctrines and the evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution. In the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, it is extremely rare to find a man imperfectly acquainted with all these things, and a person wholly ignorant of them is a sort of phenomenon,” and

3 – WHEREAS, national test scores have clearly demonstrated that our schools have abandoned these principles;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that curriculum of schools receiving federal funding must include studies of the founding fathers, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers, Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention, Ruler’s Law v Peoples Law v no law, and the 28 basic principles identified in the Federalist Papers that are appropriate for each grade level.

33. DE-FUNDING and REPEAL OBAMACARE

1 – WHEREAS, the Mid-term Elections of 2010 were a statement by Republicans, Independents, and many Democrats that spending by the Federal Government is far above acceptable limits, and

2 – WHEREAS, that same electorate demands the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and

3 – WHEREAS, that same electorate demands the de-funding of Obamacare
until it can be repealed, and

4 – WHEREAS, the Obamacare law is currently self-funded due to a provision
within the law, and

5 – WHEREAS, grass-roots Republicans across the United States are becoming
disenchanted and disappointed that Continuing Resolutions are allowing Obamacare funding to continue and,

6 – WHEREAS, Continuing Resolutions are allowing the budget passed by the
last Congress to continue to increase the national debt by $3.8 billion every day, and

7 – WHEREAS, any power not granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution is reserved to the authority of the states and its citizens, and

8 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin is a sovereign entity and has the right and duty to interpose between its citizens and the federal government;

9 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the “Healthcare Freedom Amendment”, which would amend Section 27, Article 1 of the state constitution, thereby preventing any infringement on the right of Wisconsin’s citizens to enter into private contracts for healthcare services and to purchase private health insurance coverage; and also fully recognizing that the legislature may not compel any person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any healthcare system or plan, and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the 7th
Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls upon our members of Congress to work for the immediate repeal of the self-implemented funding mechanism for Obamacare until the entire Act can be repealed, and

11 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls upon our members of Congress to work for the immediate repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

34. EQUALITY IN APPLICATION OF LAWS

1 – WHEREAS, the United States Declaration of Independence declares the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right, and

2 – WHEREAS, Article.I.,Section.1 of the United State Constitution states: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives, and

3 – WHEREAS, the Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of citizens in the several States, and

4 – WHEREAS, Amendment XIV, Section 1., states No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protections of the laws, and

5 – WHEREAS, Congress has is often chosen to exempt themselves from certain laws;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports a proposed 28th Amendment stating the congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives. Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

35. EXPOSING AND REJECTING UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21

1 – WHEREAS, United Nations (UN) Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control initiated at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and

2 – WHEREAS, Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States by the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) via local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “green” or “alternative” projects, and

3 – WHEREAS, Agenda 21 views the American way of life, including private property ownership, privately owned farms, single family homes, personal automobiles, and individual travel choices all as destructive to the environment, and

4 – WHEREAS, one of Agenda 21’s stated goals is “sustainable development,” which in fact equates to no development, and

5 – WHEREAS, another of Agenda 21’s stated goals is “social justice,” which, in fact amounts to a collectivist redistribution of wealth, and

6 – WHEREAS, according to Agenda 21 policy, national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice, and

7 – WHEREAS, citizens throughout the district fully recognize and reject Agenda 21’s destructive and insidious nature, and

8 – WHEREAS, citizens throughout the district hold that the UN Agenda 21 treaty has no legally binding authority over the U.S. government or any state or local governments in that it has never been endorsed by the U.S. Senate, and

9 – WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee did, on January 24th, 2012, adopt a resolution to expose the destructive intent and insidiousness of Agenda 21;

10 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, endorses the rejection of any Agenda 21-related grant monies by federal, state, or local governmental entities, and

11 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, hereby exposes to both the public and to public policy makers Agenda 21’s true nature and intent, and

12 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, here by encourage elected officials, in those ways that they are able, to work to prevent the entrenchment in the State of Wisconsin and to expose the great danger to national sovereignty, states’ rights, local control, and individual liberty that exist in implementing United Nations Agenda 21 “sustainable development” strategies.

36. SUPPORT OF MINING

1 – WHEREAS, mining is part of Wisconsin’s history, and

2 – WHEREAS, iron ore mining can be done with proper oversight to ensure a balance between a healthy natural environment and a strong economy, and

3 – WHEREAS, the iron ore mining industry provides a stable and secure long-term economic benefit to the citizens of Wisconsin;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports efforts to revitalize the mining industry in the state of Wisconsin.

37. DISSOLUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD (GAB)

1 – WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is charged with oversight of Wisconsin’s campaign finance, elections, ethics, and lobbying laws, and

2 – WHEREAS, the G.A.B., created in 2007 under Wisconsin Act 1, replaced the State Elections Board and the State Ethics Board, and

3 – WHEREAS, the G.A.B. mission is to ensure accountability in government by enforcing ethics and lobbying laws, and to enhance representative democracy by ensuring the integrity of the electoral process, and

4 – WHEREAS, the six-member board has failed to enforce the ethics and lobbying laws of the Wisconsin, and

5 – WHEREAS, both the Board and its staff have not served in a non-partisan manner, and

6 – WHEREAS, the GAB has proven to modify its policies, protocol and legal voting policies in a strictly partisan manner, and

7 – WHEREAS, the GAB has ruled in opposition to their own rules in order to favor one political party over the other, and

8 – WHEREAS, the GAB mission is to enforce the election, ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws vigorously to reduce the opportunity for corruption and maintain public confidence in representative government;

9 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, encourages all caucuses to call for the dissolution of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, and

10 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that all duties and responsibilities of the GAB revert back to the State Elections Board under the office of the Secretary of State.

38. ELIMINATION OF STATE FUNDING FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN

1 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin currently provides incentives and encourages school districts to offer 4K programs at great expense to the taxpayer, and

2 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin cannot responsibly subsidize programs neither required by statute nor able to demonstrate lasting benefit, and

3 – WHEREAS, by inhibiting the free market, 4K has an adverse effect on many private daycare providers throughout Wisconsin, thereby costing jobs, income, and tax revenue;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, calls upon the Wisconsin State Legislature to eliminate all state funding for 4K programs in Wisconsin, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the right of individual communities to choose via local ballot whether or not they wish to offer a 4K program and to levy appropriate local taxes to pay for it should it be the express will of the voters in a community.

39. STRENGTHENING THE RIGHT OF WISCONSINITES TO “STAND THEIR GROUND

1 – WHEREAS, all law-abiding citizens have a natural right to be secure in their persons and property, and

2 – WHEREAS, all law-abiding citizens have a natural right to defend themselves or the lives of others against imminent threat of death or great bodily harm, and

3 – WHEREAS, Act 94 was enacted on December 7, 2011 to protect individuals against civil litigation should the need arise for them to defend themselves or others within their dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business, and

4 – WHEREAS, Act 94 is incomplete because law-abiding citizens can potentially face imminent danger in many more locations beyond a dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, stands in support of amending Act 94 to protect law-abiding citizens from civil litigation in the event that they need to defend themselves or others against imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they are legally permissible.

40. WISCONSIN ENUMERATED POWERS ACT

1 – WHEREAS, numerous federal laws have been passed that violate sound constitutional authority, and

2 – WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin is, according to the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, a sovereign entity and has a right and duty to protect itself against the overreach of federal authority, and

3 – WHEREAS, any law passed at the federal level should have a direct justification that derives from the United States Constitution, which is the highest law in the land;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, demands that federal legislation abide by the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

41. CANDIDATE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PLATFORM AND RESOLUTIONS OF
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF WISCONSIN

1 – WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) has, through county delegates to the annual state convention, adopted a platform and passed numerous resolutions, and

2 – WHEREAS, the state party platform and resolutions thus represent the will of rank-and-file party membership across the state of Wisconsin, and

3 – WHEREAS, the state party platform and resolutions generally reflect principles in accord with free-market economics and the United States Constitution that, if followed would result in constitutionally limited government, fiscal sanity, and greater opportunity and prosperity for Wisconsinites, and

4 – WHEREAS, candidates who run under the party banner should understand that the platform and resolutions in large measure define the identity of the party, and

5 – WHEREAS, candidates who run under the party banner should also understand that the platform and resolutions communicate the will of state party membership in relationship to public policy matters, and

6 – WHEREAS, candidates who run under the banner of the party should be held accountable to upholding the identity of the party;

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that the State Chairman of the Republican Party should routinely send a copy of the RPW platform to each candidate running for elected office under the party banner, and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that these records should become a means for party membership to hold candidates more fully accountable to the state party platform and resolutions.

42. DNA COLLECTION

1 – WHEREAS, a person’s DNA contains their entire genetic make-up, and

2 – WHEREAS, a genetic DNA profile can contain a predisposition to many diseases and genetic defects that can and have been used by medical professionals and health insurance companies to “rate” or even deny coverage to an individual, and

3 – WHEREAS, this will cause a tremendous increase in the cost of health insurance to the employer and employee, and

4 – WHEREAS, mandatory DNA samplers are already collected from all convicted felons, and

5 – WHEREAS, as an example, even a simple traffic citation is an “arrest”, and

6 – WHEREAS, proposals to collect DNA from anyone who is “arrested” constitutes an invasion of privacy, and

7 – WHEREAS, the Obama administration has provided partial matching funds as an enticement to collect and create a DNA data base;

8 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, directs that the Wisconsin Legislature oppose legislation to collect DNA without a warrant from all persons arrested or for genetic profiling for any reason.

43. SALES TAX

1 – WHEREAS, a state and county sales tax is currently levied on the purchase price of new cars and other person property, and

2 – WHEREAS, the consumer is also required to pay income tax on a car manufacturer’s rebate, and

3 – WHEREAS, such requirement is a tax on a car “price” that is above the real “sales price” that a consumer actually pays for a car, the tax in effect exceeds the maximum statutory tax rate of 5.5 % and is thus excessive and unlawful, and

4 – WHEREAS, sec. 77.51 (15) (b) 1, Wis Stats. provides that “sales price” shall not include cash discounts allowed and taken on sales;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, directs that the Legislature take appropriate action to eliminate taxing of new car rebates and other cash incentives taken by the consumer.

44. SHORE LAND ZONING

1 – WHEREAS, Wisconsin Statute Ch. 59.692 established shore land zoning authority and regulation by all Wisconsin Counties, while denying independent regulatory authority to the Towns, and

2 – WHEREAS, several Wisconsin Towns have mistakenly presumed upon themselves the authority to adopt and enforce shore land zoning regulations, and

3 – WHEREAS, the effect of such town level regulation is the duplication of bureaucratic regulatory function, increased regulatory costs on citizens, and the attendant needless growth and cost of government, and

4 – WHEREAS, those Towns which have adopted shore land zoning claim authority to do so by reason of ambiguity in the wording of Ch.59.692(2)(b), which states “If an existing town ordinance relating to shorelands is more restrictive than an ordinance later enacted under this section affecting the same shorelands, it continues as a town ordinance in all respects to the extent of the greater restrictions, but not otherwise,” and
5 – WHEREAS, dispute over legislative intent in the passage of ch.59.692 in multiple counties is causing and will continue to cause unnecessary and expensive litigation

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that the Wisconsin Legislature expeditiously address the issue of clarity of Wisconsin Ch. 59.692.

45. NATIONAL FOREST

1 – WHEREAS, the Federal government formed the United States Forest Service with a mission to supply lumber and fiber to the nation, while protecting the watersheds, and provide recreational opportunities, and entered into an agreement with the people of Forest County to allow the establishment of a National Forest within the borders of the state of Wisconsin, and

2 – WHEREAS, lands were “taken” from private citizens under the principal of Eminent Domain and the condemnation Orders specified the purpose of the taking was for the production of timber, and

3 – WHEREAS, said agreement and promises were made by the USDA Forest Service to provide a sustainable forest industry within the state of Wisconsin at the time of the transfer of lands to the Federal government, and this agreement is still controlling between the people of the state of Wisconsin and the Federal government, and

4 – WHEREAS, a Forest Plan in 10 year cycles was developed in the 1980s at great expense for the purpose of concisely managing the National Forests for multiple use, including prescribing the volume of timber to be harvested annually, and

5 – WHEREAS, reductions in the annual harvest have caused a loss of jobs and reduced revenue to local units of government;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, states their opposition to the actions taken by the USDA Forest Service in recent years to reduce and curtail the sale of merchantable timber within the National Forests in the Lake States and specifically within the state of Wisconsin.

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that we demand that the Federal government and the USDA Forest Service resume the sale of timber at the prescribe rate, to address these issues and live up to the original intent of the National Forests and to comply with the agreements and promises made by the USDA Forest Service and our Federal government during the formation of a National Forest within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.

46. REPUBLICAN STEADFASTNESS

1 – WHEREAS, the Republican Party has been the party of strong conservative values, and

2 – WHEREAS, with the defeat of the Republican Presidential Candidate, there is growing pressure from party moderates to “move to the center,” and

3 – WHEREAS, moving to the center would mean becoming more like the Democrats, and

4 – WHEREAS, becoming more like Democrats would mean being pro-choice on abortion, acceptance of homosexual marriage, more spending, more taxes and bigger government, and

5 – WHEREAS, the majority of Republican Party Members remain committed to our conservative core values, and

6 – WHEREAS, moving away from our conservative values would disenfranchise much of the membership, and

7 – WHEREAS, loss of conservative members would weaken the party;

8 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, shall hold fast to the traditional Conservative Core Values of the Republican Party.

47. ENDORSEMENT

1 – WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Wisconsin meets at convention annually to conduct business that is beneficial to electing Republican candidates and advancing conservative political platforms, and

2 – WHEREAS, one of the acts of business conducted in election years is to select candidates who will be endorsed by the Republican Party of Wisconsin for offices including, but not limited to, Governor and US Senate, and

3 – WHEREAS, in those instances where the convention does not endorse a candidate, the Republican Party of Wisconsin must wait until after a primary to announce it’s endorsement of a candidate whose image and finances have been weakened in the primary process, and

4 – WHEREAS, the primary process serves to weaken our field of candidates as they debate and spend outlandish amounts of money campaigning against each other in the primaries, many times only serving to weaken our Republican Party of Wisconsin image and produce negative sound-bites for Democrats to use against our candidate in the actual election, as was witnessed in the recent US Senate race in November, 2012, and

5 – WHEREAS, a Republican candidate should be empowered to win an election by leaving convention with an actual endorsement from the Republican Party of Wisconsin;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin will meet at convention and conduct an election by delegate vote to select candidates that will be endorsed by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and

7 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that the voting process to endorse a candidate will be carried out using the existing voting procedure, whereby after each vote, the candidate with the smallest vote is eliminated from consideration, and this procedure will continue until one candidate wins a simple majorityy of the vote (not the 60% vote requirement now in place), and

8 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that after a candidate has been selected for endorsement at convention, the Republican Party of Wisconsin shall announce that endorsement publically and put it’s full weight and effort into electing that candidate, and

9 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that by implementing this procedure we will send a message to our liberal Democrat opponents that the Republican Party of Wisconsin is united in it’s effort to endorse and elect Republicans and we will no longer do the heavy lifting for Democrats by watching our Republican Candidates destroy each other’s chance of winning before an election even occurs.

48. ADVERSE POSSESSION ABUSE

1 – WHEREAS, we hold the right to property as a fundamental American right, and
2 – WHEREAS, adverse possession is being abused by certain individuals across the country to “squat” in foreclosed property, and

3 – WHEREAS, adverse possession puts rightful property owners at risk of losing their property due to the confusing nature and court history of adverse possession;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, support reasonable restrictions to be put on the use of adverse possession to stop “squatters” from stealing houses and entire properties, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that we support the law
being more fully defined and clarified so that property owners can better understand their rights regarding it.

49. OPPOSE NET NEUTRALITY
1 – WHEREAS, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have limited bandwidth to provide to their customers at a reasonable cost, and

2 – WHEREAS, some Internet users use vastly larger amounts of bandwidth through peer-to-peer file sharing and the downloading of high-definition video, and

3 – WHEREAS, ISPs need to have the freedom to control and innovate within their networks;

4 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, opposes federal rules mandating that ISPs treat all network traffic the same way, and

5 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the right of ISPs to offer different levels of service for different types of network traffic such as slowing down the speed of heavy peer-to-peer users, and

6 – BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the right of ISPs to offer premium service for additional charges as the market will accept.

50. SUPREMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION

1 – WHEREAS, our founding fathers, via the Declaration of Independence, explained the purpose and function of government: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted,” and

2 – WHEREAS, our founding fathers, via the Constitution, defined and instituted as law, the purpose and function of our government: “We the People of the United States, in Order to…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution,” and

3 – WHEREAS, the Preamble to the Wisconsin Constitution proclaims: “We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings…do establish this constitution,” and

4 – WHEREAS, Article I, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution underscores Federal law: “All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted,” and

5 – WHEREAS, the primary purpose and function of our government is to secure our rights and liberties; it therefore follows that: The primary purpose, function, and highest duty required of those who by oath swear (or affirm) allegiance to the Constitution is to secure our rights and liberties, and

6 – WHEREAS, Article I, Section 22 of the Wisconsin Constitution states: “The blessings of a free government can only be maintained…by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”

7 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports Platforms, Resolutions, Standing Resolutions, and GOP Principles that proclaim the fundamental principle that the primary purpose and function of government, and the highest duty required of those who by oath swear (or affirm) allegiance to the Constitution of the United States is to secure our rights and liberties.

51. OPPOSE COMMON CORE STANDARDS

1 – WHEREAS, education belongs under the control of states and local communities, and

2 – WHEREAS, there is no federal constitutional authority to fund or to influence school curriculum, or textbooks in our local schools, and

3 – WHEREAS, the Common Core Standards shift control to a flawed one-size-fits all national standard, and

4 – WHEREAS, the Common Core Standards stifle educational innovations;

5 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, demands that Wisconsin repeal the Common Core Educational Standards and adopt a rigorous set of state standards without federal interference.

52. FAMILY VALUES

1 – WHEREAS, personal responsibility and traditional family values strengthen the family and the nation;

2 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled:

A. Recognizes “family” as people related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and

B. Believes the primary responsibility of teaching family values and sexual education should be upon parents and places of worship, and

C. Believes that the marriage¬-based, two¬-parent, heterosexual family is the best opportunity for children to be instilled with personal responsibility and family values and urges Wisconsin legislators to support this definition of family as stated in the Wisconsin Constitution when considering legislation.

53. RIGHT-TO-WORK

1 – WHEREAS, a strong economy benefits all classes of Wisconsin citizens, and

2 – WHEREAS, Right-to-Work laws provide choice for employees to participate in labor unions according to their own assessment of their self-interest, and

3 – WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court (Schecter Poultry vs. United States; 1935) identified mandatory collective bargaining as an “…intolerable interference with an individual’s personal liberty,” and

4 – WHEREAS, it is unfair to force any employee to provide financial support to a private institution that does or may act contrary to the employee’s values, and

5 – WHEREAS, labor unions have historically acted as a partisan in political activities;

6 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, supports the enactment of Right-to-Work legislation in the State of Wisconsin to encourage business growth and provide high-income jobs for its citizens.

54., BANK FEES

1 – WHEREAS, Some financial institutions in order to recover losses that are of their own making, are beginning to levy a fee for “Direct Deposit” of payroll and government payments and,

2 – Whereas: Most State and other governmental body payments mandate direct deposit and,

3 – Whereas: These fees can represent a hardship on citizens of low and fixed income.

4 – Therefore be it resolved: that the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, direct that the legislature pass legislation prohibiting State chartered banks from charging a fee for direct deposit.

5 – Be it further resolved: by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that this prohibition extend to any currently State chartered bank that is subsequently bought out or taken over by assignment or otherwise by any out of state financial institution not State chartered.

55. IN SUPPORT OF NUCLEAR POWER

1 – WHEREAS, Wisconsin has a critical need to increase the generation of electricity, and

2 – WHEREAS, nuclear energy presently supplies more than twenty (20) percent of the electricity generated in Wisconsin, and

3 – WHEREAS, Wisconsin has strict standards to control pollution, and

4 – WHEREAS, nuclear generation of electricity produces no air pollutants or greenhouse gases, and,

5 – WHEREAS, nuclear generation of electricity produces no water pollutants including mercury, and

6 – WHEREAS, no member of the public ever has been injured due to a nuclear accident in a generation plant in the United States due to the industry’s own rigorous safety standards the industry’s close oversight by the Nuclear regulatory Commission, and

7 – WHEREAS, nuclear generation provides affordable electricity to the consumer, and

8 – WHEREAS, nuclear generation of electricity has proven to be a very reliable source of base load power, and

9 – WHEREAS, increased nuclear generation of electricity will help to ease demand for and reduce the cost of other fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas needed to heat homes, and

10 – WHEREAS, there have been vast improvements in the design and construction of nuclear power plants throughout the world since the last nuclear plants were constructed in the United States, and

11 – WHEREAS, a new nuclear power plant in Wisconsin would create as many as 2,000 construction jobs and provide from 500 to 1,500 permanent high-paying plant operations jobs – jobs that cannot be out-sourced – in Wisconsin, and

12 – WHEREAS, commercial nuclear fuel used for the generation of electricity does not contain sufficient fissionable material – i.e. enrichment – to be deployed in weapons applications (commercial fuel is enriched to less than five (5) percent as compared with weapons material, which must be enriched to 80 percent or more, and

13 – WHEREAS, the abundant supply of uranium throughout the United States and in other safe, politically stable regions of the world make nuclear energy a key strategic component of a sustainable, diverse statewide and national energy portfolio, with corresponding economic and national security benefits, and

14 – WHEREAS, policies are in place for nuclear waste to be stored safely, including long-term disposal in a geologic repository;

15 – NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, that we urge the state of Wisconsin to allow the construction of new nuclear electricity generation plants.