PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Jesse Kremer 40th Birthday Party Invitation

To Rep. Jesse Kremer’s 40th Birthday Party
With Special Guest, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Come out to meet with Jesse and the Lieutenant Governor and wish him a “Happy Birthday”!

A family-friendly event – bring the kids for some snacks, cake, ice cream and pictures.

April 21, 5:00-8:00 pm
Allenton Fohl-Martin #483 Post American Legion
419 Railroad Street (Cty W), Allenton
(click the address above for a map)

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Although there is no cost to attend, this is a fundraiser.
If you are able, please consider a donation of $1.00 for every year that Jesse is old ($40.00).

If you cannot attend and would like to wish Jesse a Happy Birthday with an online donation
please click the link below.

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Rep. Jesse Kremer “Maintaining Relevancy for All Vets; The American Legion Legacy”

By Rep. Jesse Kremer

March 21, 2017, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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I was blown away when I opened a recent letter from my own Wisconsin American Legion. The topic?  If legislators don’t act, 2000 Wisconsin veteran construction jobs and $113 million in wages will be lost and 200 more veterans will be in poverty – within a year… if legislators complete the repeal of artificially inflated wages on state projects, otherwise known as prevailing wage.  As I dug into this astounding union-generated propaganda piece, I became more concerned.  The highly charged prevailing wage debate is not reminiscent of past American Legion endeavors.  The Legion was vital in the creation of the VA, fought in Congress for a US Flag Code and helped to author the GI bill – honorable achievements for all veterans.

Having been a union member for 35% of my employed days, I am not one to promote or dissuade union membership.  That being said, I was disturbed to find that the newest legion post in Wisconsin, Post 139, not only bears the same numerals as the Local 139 Operating Engineers, but membership in the post is strictly limited to Operating Engineers.  (Coincidentally, the Operating Engineers 139 lobbyists in Madison have been fighting desperately to prevent a repeal of prevailing wage – something that would allow greater entrepreneurship and small business creation.)  At a time when the American Legion has a dwindling membership, potentially compromising non-partisan integrity through a muddled relationship with a third party politically leftist lobby is not only disturbing on many levels, but begs the question, how can they maintain relevancy?

When queried, Wisconsin’s Adjutant General David Kurtz, was adamant with me that the resolution and study touted in the promotional material was “peer reviewed by a Marquette professor.”  Incidentally, Professor Abdur Chowdhury, Ph.D. was the same individual whose studies became gospel for the left when slamming Right to Work legislation.  I asked General Kurtz multiple times during the course of our conversation, “Have you talked to any of our construction companies in Wisconsin to garner anecdotal evidence?”  His response, “It is a peer reviewed study.”  Large construction companies have told us that, yes, there are worker shortages and no lack of projects on the horizon.  To top it all off, the Wisconsin Legion leadership dropped the ball by failing to represent its membership during Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Zimmerman confirmation hearings in Madison last week.  It is time to get back to our fundamentals as a Legion, maintain our relevancy, and remember that “From the outset, The American Legion kept out of politics.  As a result, it rapidly acquired great political power.”  Richard Seelye Jones, “A History of the American Legion” 1946.

Respectfully,

Rep. Jesse Kremer

“Body Cameras: Policing with Privacy in an Age of Technology” by Rep. Jesse Kremer

By Rep. Jesse Kremer

March 9, 2017, Madison, Wisconsin

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On February 18th, 2017, Officer Nelson responded to 228 Oak Street for a 24 year old woman who was concerned about an ex-boyfriend who had been stalking her.  Nelson was invited into the woman’s home, took a statement and asked if she had any protection.  The woman advised Nelson that she has a concealed carry permit and has a firearm in the house, but wanted to make the police aware of the situation “just in case”.

This is just one example of hundreds of scenarios that our law enforcement professionals handle on a daily basis.  However, there is a serious concern being raised among law enforcement, lawmakers and the public.  What if Officer Nelson had been recording the entire conversation with his body camera?  Not a problem, right?  This would offer protection for both the woman and the officer.

Consider this, the local media station reviews Calls for Service (CFS) on a weekly basis.  They have been writing a story on domestic situations and the CFS intrigues them.  Sgt. Roman, the records supervisor, receives a request from this media outlet for the video footage of the encounter.  Sgt. Roman determines that because the footage is a public document and there is no investigation that it can be released.  Is this concerning?  It should be.

21st century technology, although beneficial, has placed us on thin ice with the Fourth Amendment and in situations where there is an expectation of privacy.  There is the “Balancing Test” that law enforcement agencies can use to determine what is redacted or released, but in recent discussions with various Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, I’m told 95% of what is requested is released under our Open Records Law.  I have grave concerns with this, and so does the law enforcement community.

In the very near future, we will be introducing a bill to protect known victims and witnesses who may be in a law enforcement officer’s body camera footage.  At the same time, we want to ensure that every department utilizing body cameras have policies in place and a mandatory minimum hold time before footage can be deleted.  This legislation will have the support of Wisconsin law enforcement for the security and privacy of Wisconsin’s citizens.

Respectfully,

Rep. Jesse Kremer

 

PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Kremer, “New Manufacturing, Tech, and Ag Jobs on the Horizon with Reintroduction of Industrial Hemp in Wisconsin”

Wisconsin Industrial HempFebruary 23, 2017, Madison, Wisconsin

This afternoon Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) circulated a bill for co-sponsorship that would re-invigorate our agriculture sector, create new manufacturing and tech opportunities and have the potential to create additional jobs and tax revenue.

Industrial hemp, a distinctly different variety of cannabis than its cousin, marijuana, is non-psychoactive.  The Republican Congress’ 2014 Farm Bill gave states permission to begin research on industrial hemp, a material that is stronger than carbon fiber.  Hemp has dozens of high tech, manufacturing and health applications including the replacement of Kevlar in bulletproof vests, a lower cost substitute for graphene in costly high capacity batteries, and non-psychoactive CBD seed oils that are higher in Omega 3 than fish oils.

Rep. Kremer issued the following statement regarding the bill’s release, “I am really excited to have had the opportunity to educate myself on this topic over the past six months.  The 59th Assembly District has a rich history of agricultural hemp production in the first half of the 20th century and processed industrial hemp in Hartford for the war department.  Today, the future is bright for this commodity – new jobs, increased tax revenue, brand new tech industries and agricultural growth.”

Rep. Kremer went on to add, “I would like to thank our bipartisan authors, Senator Vinehout (D-Alma) who has been working on this issue since 2009, Senators Testin (R – Stevens Point), Harsdorf (R – River Falls) and Taylor (D – Milwaukee) and Representatives Kulp (R – Stratford) and Krug (R – Nekoosa).

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau recently adopted a policy that will support this legislation.

To view a printable copy of this press release >

Rep. Kremer represents the 59th Assembly District which includes Southern Calumet, Western Sheboygan, Northern Washington and Eastern Fond du Lac Counties.

Industrial Hemp Informational Video

Industrial Hemp Bill Language

Industrial Hemp Co-Sponsorship Memo

Rep. Jesse Kremer Opinion: “Original Intent: Restoring the Rights of the Governed!”

By Rep. Jesse Kremer
December 12, 2016 Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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It is time… time to take back our state and restore this nation to its founding principles! I was not an avid cheerleader of our President-elect early on, but realized in the last few weeks that we will have a real opportunity with this man in the oval office. I have been cautiously optimistic by the phenomenal experts that he is surrounding himself with. That being said, it is time to ensure that our rights are being protected. Yes, I have been researching RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) legislation, but, quite honestly, we have a much stronger state Constitution than most regarding this issue: “The right of every person to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed.” Nevertheless, we must remain vigilant regarding our first amendment freedoms. The 2nd amendment “right to bear arms” must also be addressed. Multiple states have begun to take back this fundamental right by changing their statutes to remove any language preventing law abiding gun owners the right to protect themselves without the requirement for a government issued permit. Wisconsin courts and legislators addressed serious 4th amendment issues related to search and seizure during the past couple of years, however there are still very precarious situations regarding police video footage and body cameras when recording in an area where there is an expectation of privacy. Police agencies have been very supportive of a bill that I will be introducing early this next year to help curtail and monitor these situations. Finally, there is the issue of federalism and 10th amendment protected states’ rights. I am very optimistic that the new administration and Congress in Washington will relinquish the choke-hold on many programs including education, transportation, public benefits and EPA regulations. I for one have had it with the EPA and their burdensome, illogical, non-scientific approach to strangulating state economies. Their latest overreach is an increase in regulations being imposed upon Sheboygan County related to non-attainment. I will not stand for this and will be pushing back on the blended fuel regulations and non-attainment zones. Will it be effective? That remains to be seen, but your votes on November 8 made these sci-fi dreams a reality. On Wisconsin!

Rep. Jesse Kremer Editorial: “The Rebirth of Industrial Hemp”

By Rep. Jesse Kremer
November 21, 2016 Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “hemp?” Marijuana? I asked someone who is very involved in the fight to end the drug scourge in Washington County and I was a bit taken aback by his answer. His first words were, “There used to be a large processing plant in Hartford years ago.” While I am 110 percent opposed to legalized, recreational marijuana, I have to admit I was ill-educated on the issue of industrial hemp.

Hemp served as a staple crop for the production of clothing and canvas, especially during World War II. Despite the fact that an individual could smoke an entire field of hemp and never become “high,” hemp was classified as marijuana in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Under a Republican led Congress, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to conduct research and pilot programs with industrial hemp if it was legalized. So why the original ban? The paper and cotton lobby had a lot to do with the statutory demise of hemp production. We cannot grow it, but have no problem importing $0.5 billion dollars of hemp every year! This is complete lunacy. We should be giving our own farmers this resource. Our farm families have been decimated by tanking dairy, grain and cattle prices while a crop exists that is not only perfect for the Wisconsin soil and climate, but is highly sought after. This could also give birth to a non-existent processing industry and thousands of new jobs in our rural areas.

Modern day hemp produces seed oils that provide more Omega 3s than fish oil; have stronger fibers that last longer than cotton; can be manufactured into super capacitors that store energy, like graphene, at a fraction of the cost; is being used to replace Kevlar in bullet proof vests; strengthens plastics making them 10 times stronger than steel and is also used in brake pads and clothing for firefighters. Wisconsin would not be the first, but we can be the best. Several nearby states are already working on hemp pilot programs and hemp legislation, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, North Dakota and Minnesota. I propose that Wisconsin take the lead and push to become the national leader in hemp production and processing.

Grading our Children’s School Security

By Rep. Jesse Kremer
October 24, 2016 Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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We live in a world of uncertainty, but Wisconsin legislators could provide a lot less uncertainty regarding the safety of our young children by giving parents complete control over their security. As a firefighter, I enjoy teaching kids and educating adults about fire prevention. Schools, and residences are filled with tools that prevent injury or death – smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, semi-annual fire inspections and sprinkler systems. The combined result of these safety measures? No children have died in a school fire for at least the last half century. Fire safety should be awarded a passing grade. Which begs the question, what grade should we assign to the security of our nation’s schools? What safety measures are in place at your child’s schools to dissuade or stop an active shooter? Locked doors with cameras, emergency drills, a school resource officer (if you’re lucky), windowless doors for the classroom? Some of these tools may prove effective, but there is an additional tool that state lawmakers have been denying parents and schools – the ability to utilize concealed carry if they so choose.

Wisconsin state law is currently much more restrictive than the federal “Gun-Free School Zone Act.”  Except for an off-duty law enforcement officer, Wisconsin law does not allow a law abiding concealed carry holder to protect themselves or their children when on school grounds. If this additional, untapped tool can be utilized to discourage a school attack or to disarm an attacker, then why are your elected officials preventing its use? After all, parents, school board members and school administrators know what is best for their kids, right? I feel that elected officials will be personally responsible if they continue to prevent a school from utilizing every security resource available to them. It is high time that Madison politics get out of the way of your child’s safety at school.

(To get the conversation started, a forum will be held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson on November 12 from 10:00-12:00. Moderated by former Fox 6 reporter Katrina Cravy, audience questions will be answered and discussed by a panel of law enforcement, teachers, parents and concealed carry instructors.)

 

We Must Promote and Prioritize Ethical Research in Wisconsin

umbilical_cord_blood_virgin_health_bankBy Rep. Jesse Kremer
September 27, 2016, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin can become a biotechnology leader by prioritizing life-saving, ethical research utilizing umbilical cord blood. Like stem cells found in bone marrow, cord blood contains unique stem cells that can help repair damaged body tissues. Unlike bone marrow cells, cord blood is collected safely and painlessly after birth and has been used to treat over 80 conditions including Alzheimer’s, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, liver failure, spinal cord injury, stroke, autism, genetic diseases, immune deficiencies and many, many more.

If collected, cord blood is stored in either public or private banks. Public banks are often non-profit and receive blood from various donors. Private banks serve individuals who pay thousands of dollars to have their cord blood stored for private, family use in case of a future illness. According to an article published in the June 2015 edition of Bone Marrow Transplant, approximately six times more cord blood is stored in private banks than in public; however, public banks release approximately 30 times more units of blood to treat illnesses.

With approximately 130 million annual births world-wide, cord blood is a largely untapped, plentiful source of highly specialized, potentially life-saving stem cells. Unlike embryonic stem cells, umbilical cord cells do not result in the taking of a life to research the preservation of life. Wisconsin’s leaders and representatives in the scientific community should encourage the establishment of cord blood banks here in the state as well as promote the ethical, life-saving research in this promising field.

Rep. Jesse Kremer Op/Ed: Every Election is Consequential (Part 2 of 2)

By Rep. Jesse Kremer
August 31, 2016, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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“As a firefighter, I am sick and tired of cleaning up fatal accidents on Highway 23.” “I’m a 23 year old single guy, why am I forced to purchase an absurdly expensive insurance plan that covers pregnancy?”   “Why is Voter ID still in the courts?” The answer? Unelected, federal judges have decided that they can write law and become “gods” in their own right. As James Madison once said, “As the courts are generally the last in making the decision, it results to them, by refusing or not refusing to execute a law, to stamp it with its final character. This makes the Judiciary department paramount in fact to the Legislature, which was never intended, and can never be proper.”

Many courts have abandoned a purist sense of judicial review – the act of judging laws against the Constitution and nothing further. Instead, they have created their own reality and place more reliance on precedent, or prior court rulings. Their revisionist tactics include plucking the words “wall of separation between church and state” completely out of context from a letter that Jefferson wrote to a Baptist group in Danbury, CT. In truth, the original intent of this phrase, as penned by the church, was to protect it from rulers like King Henry VIII during the reformation in 1500’s Europe, not vice versa.

Even as I write this, the activist U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has been attempting to usurp each state’s tenth amendment right to resist the mandate that young girls be forced to lose their dignity and privacy by changing next to teen boys in school. The court ruled that we must defer to the “experts” – unelected, federal Education Department bureaucrats – to set policies and define reality for our children.

If we really want to take this country back, we have to ensure that unelected judges are not the be-all and end-all, but simply one of the checks and balances in our government. The only way to accomplish this is to ensure that we elect federal officials who will confirm judges that will not “play god,” but will serve God and protect the sanctity of the Constitution of these United States. Elections do have consequences.

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Rep. Jesse Kremer Op/Ed: Every Election is Consequential (Part 1 of 2)

160209131853-03-nh-primary-0209-large-169By Rep. Jesse Kremer
July 25, 2016, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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“I hate politics.” “I don’t like politicians.” “I don’t follow elections.” “What I think doesn’t matter.” Do these words sound familiar? I hear them all too often and it saddens me.

Until a few years ago, I had never been a member of a political party. I hadn’t knocked on doors to discuss issues with folks or considered myself a viable candidate for office. While I didn’t expect to win, I felt that even if I lost, at least my children would know the importance of engaging in the democratic process. It was a challenge jumping headfirst into something that I knew little about; however, I believe that this is what the authors of the Constitution intended – representation by the people, not wealthy, politically connected elitists who could buy their way into office.

Our government was given to us by some of the brightest political minds to have walked this earth. While not perfect, our political process is important. There are bad actors in government just as there are in all walks of life, but we need not let that discourage us from our responsibility as citizens. The majority of elected officials are in office to serve, to stand up for the Constitution and to ensure that our freedoms are not trampled upon.

Good representatives take their constituent’s thoughts and concerns to heart; I personally read every constituent contact. Elections do matter, and they will matter this fall. They should not be about who is the most attractive, who is the most popular or who will provide the most handouts; rather, they should be about who will preserve and protect our rights and freedoms today and for years to come.