Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Paul Ryan Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by either July 23, 2014, by mail, or in person on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014 (up to 20 days before election).[4]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Paul Ryan (R), who was first elected in 1998.

Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District encompasses Rock, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.[5]

Candidates

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Issues

Amar Kaleka

Marijuana use

Kaleka (D) admitted to using medical marijuana while living in California, after his father was killed in the Sikh temple shooting in 2012.[11]

"It's something I had used in the past to get over a lot of the anxiety, the sleepless nights, the hunger. I would be hungry, but I couldn't eat...The major things were depression, suicidal thoughts, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, going four or five days without sleep, and that really messes with you," Kaleka said.[11]

Residency

[Kaleka (D) is a filmmaker and divides his time between Los Angeles and Wisconsin. He claimed Wisconsin is his home and pointed out he has paid taxes in both Wisconsin and California. He also explained that his split residency does not hinder his campaign saying, "I don’t know if (where you live) corresponds to whether you’re going to do a good job in Congress. I would rather elect somebody who has a lot of national leadership experience and international experience."[12]

Sirius

Sirius is Kaleka's latest documentary. The film discusses ."..the belief that oil interests and their allies in government have suppressed the existence of alternative energy sources."

Kaleka said, "I don’t think that any knowledgeable human would say that extra-terrestrials don’t exist."[12]

Paul Ryan

Below are important votes Ryan cast during the 113th Congress that will likely influence 2014 campaign discourse.

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Ryan voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Ryan voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Report on budget

In a March 2014 report critiquing the budget situation, Paul Ryan developed his own proposal of programs to cut; among those programs were welfare, child care, college Pell grants and other assistance programs.[19]

In the short term, Ryan's proposal attempted to introduce some concrete Republican solutions to reverse perceptions that the GOP has become simply the party of "no" in opposition to Obama.[19]

"This report will help start the conversation. It shows that some programs work; others don't. And for many of them, we just don't know. Clearly, we can do better," Ryan said.[19]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[20] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[21] Ryan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Ryan voted against HR 2775.[24]

Campaign contributions

Paul Ryan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ryan's reports.[25]

Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 8, 2013$1,363,328.25$606,616.49$(414,968.43)$1,554,976.31
July Quarterly[27]July 8, 2013$1,554,976.31$1,106,812.48$(474,978.85)$2,186,809.94
October Quarterly[28]October 11, 2013$2,186,809.94$1,173,587.18$(750,483.14)$2,609,913.98
Year-end[29]January 31, 2014$2,609,913$1,053,283$(456,603)$3,206,594
April Quarterly[30]April 9, 2014$3,206,594.31$1,396,792.5$(595,990.76)$4,007,396.05
Running totals
$5,337,091.65$(2,693,024.18)

Amar Kaleka

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kaleka's reports.[31]

Amar Kaleka (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[32]January 31, 2014$0$72,279$(14,892)$57,387
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$57,387.16$37,438.00$(73,892.12)$20,933.04
Running totals
$109,717$(88,784.12)

Rob Zerban

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zerban's reports.[34]

Rob Zerban (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[35]January 31, 2014$0$265,964$(221,482)$44,481
April Quarterly[36]April 1, 2014$44,481.86$124,185.37$(92,363.92)$76,303.31
Running totals
$390,149.37$(313,845.92)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Paul Ryan (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rob Zerban and Keith Deschler in the general election.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Zerban 43.4% 158,414
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 54.9% 200,423
     Libertarian Keith Deschler 1.7% 6,054
     Miscellaneous N/A 0% 167
Total Votes 365,058
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Paul Ryan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L) in the general election.[37]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan incumbent 68.2% 179,819
     Democratic John Heckenlively 30.1% 79,363
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 1.6% 4,311
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 134
Total Votes 263,627

See also

External links

References

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