MINOCQUA - Tuesday marks the third statewide primary election day in Wisconsin this year.
We talked to voters in Minocqua about whether they're getting tired of heading to the polls.
The consensus: while they don't mind voting, they could do without the bickering that leads up to it.
"We sometimes turn off the TV. We don't want to hear it anymore," said Dolores Johnson.
"I'm not getting tired of the elections, it's the sassy stuff that they're doing on TV, instead of getting down to the basics of what they stand for" said Karyl Winch of Hazelhurst. "There's been a lot of negativity, and I think that the people running for office need to focus more on what they stand for."
Bob Scott of Minocqua sees this as a critical time for people to get involved.
"If you have an opinion, you better take out the few moments it takes to get out and vote or you shouldn't be able to talk about it," he said.
Voting is especially important for Gisella Lusa.
Lusa lived under communist rule in Eastern Germany, but now - her last name says it all.
"I like the spelling of L-U-S-A. USA - I am a citizen of the United States," she said. "Everybody should get out and vote, because everyone should voice their opinion and this is, like I said, a free country. So go out and vote."
In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.
Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.
WOODRUFF - The capitol may be far away but one of our local legislators wants to bring it closer. Assemblyman Rob Swearingen is meeting with constituents around the 34th district.
He visited Woodruff and Eagle River today.
Swearingen is five months into his freshman term. He wants to make sure people can put a face to his name.
He also wants reach those who might be skeptical of him because of his political party.
"You get that, just because I have the "R" in the back of my name that you're automatically not going to be friendly to those issues. And we encourage you to reach out. I may respond and it may not be the response you want to hear, but if you're going to ask me an honest question I'm going to give you an honest answer," says Rep. Swearingen.
Swearingen says everyone's working hard on the budget in Madison. He's hearing a lot of concerns about school funding locally.
"I just really feel that people should be engaged with their own local legislators so the legislator knows them, and knows how they feel. And I showed him my tax bill and he got a real perspective for someone who's on a fixed income and how all the costs for education impact one of his constituents," says Shirley Kufeldt, from Conover.
"We're looking for more funding for the K-12 funding program. I think there's been a lot of heightened awareness in the capital on both sides of the isle and in the Governor's office. So I'm looking for hopefully some good results to help rural schools as the budget moves forward before the Governor signs it in the first part of July," says Rep. Swearingen.
Swearingen's first budget motion was to allow Nicolet College to be eligible for state aid based on enrollment. That motion passed unanimously.
He says his weekly drive to his office in Madison is a reality check.
"There's the state capitol and you realize that your office is inside that building. It's a really surreal feeling to walk into that building each morning. Every time I press that button, whether it's green or red, I am voting on behalf of over 50,000 people in the 34th Assembly District. And that is something you don't take lightly," says Rep. Swearingen.
Swearingen will continue district dialogues on Monday. He'll be in Florence, Rhinelander and Crandon.
Florence, May 20th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Maxsells Restaurant Inn & Pub, 209 Central Ave, (US Highway 2)
Crandon, May 20th 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Forest County Courthouse, Board Room
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