Clark won't seek re-election - State Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, said Thursday he will not seek re-election this fall. (Baraboo News Republic 2/6/2014)
Council opposes mining bill - The Baraboo City Council is on record opposing a bill that would restrict local governments' environmental controls over mining operations. (Baraboo News Republic 1/17/2014)
Bill would let counties handle Medicaid - It's been nearly a year since Gov. Scott Walker announced he would reject federal money to expand a state program that provides health insurance for poor people. (Baraboo News Republic 1/16/2014)
Medical marijuana bills remain stalled, despite unprecedented backing - Despite more support for the legislation than ever before among Wisconsin lawmakers, an ongoing effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in the state appears to be headed nowhere. (Baraboo News Republic 12/26/2013)
After considerable reflection, and many discussions with family and close friends, I have decided not to run for re-election in the 81st Assembly District in 2014.
It has truly been an honor to have represented so many fine people in Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Adams, Dane, and Iowa counties since 2009. It is now time for someone else in our community to step up and represent the 81st Assembly District.
While controversy, extreme partisanship, and special interest influence in recent years has worked against the best interest of Wisconsin citizens in many different ways, I believe that our legislative system will remain as strong as the level of involvement of all of us as citizens. I will miss the many rewarding aspects of public service and of representing my neighbors in the legislature, and I hope to continue serving in other ways.
In the remaining months of the 2014 session I'll be working hard to secure passage of important and long-needed reforms, including fair funding for our public schools, and most especially, passing legislation creating a non-partisan process for legislative re-districting.
Thank you for all your past support and all YOU do to make Wisconsin a better place. Keep the faith and I will be standing with you today and tomorrow!
81st Assembly District
February 6, 2014