- 8-24-10 — John Gard has endorsed Reid Ribble in NE Wisconsin’s 8th District GOP primary. The winner of the primary will face Gard’s old opponent, Steve Kagen, come election day. Gard said, “Ribble is the one person in this race that can beat Steve Kagen.” while Ribble stated “maybe no one knows more about this district and running against Dr. Kagen than him.”
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Remember 2006: John Gard was an arch-enemies of medical marijuana. It was good news for Wisconsin medical marijuana supporters when both Mark Green and John Gard went down to defeat and back to private life!
Jump to 2014: The Wisconsin legislative session has adjourned, and a very limited medical cannabis bill was passed and signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The new law, A.B. 726, exempts a very limited class of individuals from criminal penalties for the use and possession of cannabidiol “in a form without a psychoactive effect.” The law allows individuals with seizure disorders to possess non-psychoactive cannabidiol if they have their physician’s written approval. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give patients a realistic way to obtain their medicine in Wisconsin. Unlike other more progressive states, edible marijuana products, even those with low THC and non-psychoactive cannabidiols will not be accessible in the near future. And the April Session’s adjournment means the death of A.B. 810, a bill which would have ended Wisconsin’s marijuana prohibition by replacing it with a system that legalizes adults’ marijuana use and possession and taxes its sales, similar to how the state regulates alcohol. You don’t have to guess how John Gard would have reacted to this piece of legislation even in its limited form.
Help Bring Wisconsin values back to the 8th district!
I’ve taken the first steps towards gathering the resources I’ll need to run a winning campaign to represent the 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. I believe the people of Northeast Wisconsin deserve a congressman who will look out for the best interests of our hard-working families and fight for our Wisconsin values.
Steve Kagen and I have some very real differences on some of the most important issues facing our country like the mortgage and foreclosure crisis. For information to avoid foreclosure visit Nationwide Biweekly Administration.
Since his election to Congress, Steve Kagen voted for a budget that would pave the way for the largest tax increases in American history. I believe families are seeing too much of their paychecks taken up in taxes. I would have voted differently.
Steve Kagen voted to spend Social Security dollars on other government programs. I believe Social Security dollars should be spent on Social Security only. I would have voted differently.
Steve Kagen voted against fully funding the construction of a fence to guard our borders, and he voted to allow illegal immigrants to have access to federal housing assistance funds. I believe we should stop rewarding illegal behavior and start protecting our borders – immediately. I would have voted differently.
Reid Ribble won the representing Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District seat with 54.77% of the vote in 2010, 5.95% of the vote in 2012, and 65.0% of the vote in 2014.
In 2016 Mike Gallagher, Republican, was elected to represent the Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District when Reid Ribble decided not to seek re-election.
Jump ahead to 2019 and News about the representing Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District:
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican, won another term representing Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, beating Beau Liegeois, a Democrat. Gallagher has represented the district in the House since 2017. As a reminder, the district went for President Trump, a Republican, in 2016 by a margin of 17.4 points. Trump won Wisconsin by 0.8 point. However by 2018 Democrats gained a majority in the House, with 235 seats in the next Congress.
It was while I was working on Mike Gallagher re-election campaign that I learned about a medicine to stop alcohol addiction that changed my life. My father has been an alcoholic for a number of years after the death of my mother. After having unsuccessful treatments at several rehab centers and failing miserably at the 12 step program with abstinence that AA requires, I was at my wit’s end until a fellow campaign volunteer told me about a website called LifeBac and the medication baclofen. Baclofen is normally used to treat muscle spasms, stiffness, and other back conditions. However, it is also being tested to treat alcoholism. Doctors in Europe have been prescribing baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively. Baclofen’s action on the GABA receptors in the brain may help lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms for alcohol. It may also help people remain abstinent from alcohol. Although in the US baclofen has not yet received approval by U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective treatment for alcohol or drug use disorders, that hasn’t stopped doctors in Europe, Australia and even Japan from prescribing it for that very purpose. Suffice to say my father agreed to try the new LifeBac program that combines medication (baclofen) to remove cravings along with behavior changes via psychotherapy to rewire one’s habits. So far, he is doing very well and I am hopeful that this time he will be able to take back his life and move on successfully. The 2020 elections are fast approaching and Mike Gallagher’s re-election campaign is gearing up in a very toxic political environment. I am glad I can now spend 100% of my energy and focus on his campaign and not worrying about my father.