Ron Johnson

Word on the Hill: Financial Planning
ACLI Capitol Challenge signups, and members back up Wynonna Judd

ICYMI this week: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake handed out alpaca-themed cupcakes and copies of his seventh oversight report titled "Tax Rackets: Outlandish Loopholes to Lower Tax Liabilities" to reporters and staff in the Capitol press gallery on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

April is National Financial Literacy Month and the Senate Office of Education and Training has arranged for staffers to meet with a certified financial planner today on a first-come, first-served basis between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902.

No registration is required, just your Capitol identification. Come with specific questions and/or any financial documents.

Johnson's Office Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Constituent
Not allowed to call or visit Johnson's office

Ron Good of Milwaukee said he dialed the office of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc. 83 times before someone picked up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Milwaukee man received a cease and desist letter from the office of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., after calling his office hundreds of times.

According to CBS 58, Earl Good, a Vietnam War veteran and Democrat, received the letter after calling numerous times, calling once 83 times before someone picked up.

Trump Administration Avoiding Senate Hearing on Immigration Enforcement
Democratic Sen. McCaskill had invited ICE officials

Sen. Claire McCaskill sought testimony from ICE. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Securing the border and enforcing immigration law are priorities of the administration of President Donald Trump, but testifying before the Senate?

Maybe not so much.

Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Democratic Senate Incumbents Could Withstand Rust Belt Shift
An early look at the re-election prospects of 4 senators from Trump states

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown will be up for re-election in 2018 in Ohio, where Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Rob Portman won handily last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Paul Maslin could sense that former Sen. Russ Feingold was in trouble, as the Wisconsin Democrat tried to win back his Senate seat from Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson.

“I could feel Johnson found a message groove and Russ was doing sort of a victory lap,” said Maslin, a Democratic consultant in the Badger State, who was doing work for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Word on the Hill: How Will You Judge Trump’s Inauguration Speech
‘I’m also very much of a germophobe, by the way. Believe me’

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is almost a week away. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re almost a week away to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and on Wednesday, he gave his first news conference since the election.

The blog analyzed presidential inaugural addresses and ranked them by reading level. The analysis was part of a study of top American speeches, on eight different linguistic scales to figure out the complexity of their syntaxes. Of the inaugural addresses, the analysis found that President George H.W. Bushgave the easiest speech in 1989 while President John Adams gave the most difficult in 1797.

Trump Election Is Made Official Over Scattered Objections
House Democrats object to Electoral College results, but senators remain mum

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, top right, reacts as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., top left, puts down an objection by a Democratic House member to the Electoral College count, during a joint session of Congress to tally the electoral ballots for U.S. president and vice president on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For Donald Trump, all that’s left is the oath of office — and, likely, many tweets.

House Democratic efforts to challenge the electoral process failed Friday when no senators joined the objections as Congress certified Trump’s Electoral College victory.

Ron Johnson on Going It Alone in 2016
Wisconsin Republican was written off as a certain loser

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, fresh off his re-election to a second term, is looking forward to working closely with the incoming Trump administration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Ron Johnson is entering his second Senate term as something of a free agent.

Other than Sen. Mark S. Kirk in neighboring Illinois who lost his re-election bid, the Wisconsin Republican was the incumbent most of the GOP establishment had written off as a lost cause. Polls, as late as October, found Johnson’s opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, up by as much as a dozen points. And while campaign money did pour in late, Johnson seemed to spend much of the cycle in the wilderness.

GOP Readies Cuts to Federal Workforce Under Trump
Reductions part of long-sought civil service overhaul

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is readying a plan that would likely make big changes to federal workers’ generous retirement benefits (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For years, Republicans in Congress have been eyeing an overhaul of the federal workforce — by reducing the number of workers and curtailing benefits and pay while making it easier to fire bad employees.

Now, with a president-elect who has promised to do much the same, 2017 could be the best time in recent memory to make sweeping changes affecting those who work for the bureaucracy.

How Johnson Used Data to Pull Off the Upset
Wisconsin GOP senator inherited the system from Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's victorious campaign relied on a superior data operation that had a better understanding of the electorate than most. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Wisconsin Senate race was an afterthought in mid-September: Polls showed Republican Sen. Ron Johnson trailing, while both parties scrambled to pour money in states they considered more competitive.

But to top officials in Johnson’s campaign, the middle of September is exactly when they became convinced they would win — thanks in part to a data operation that had a better understanding of the electorate than most.