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Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor Separating Fact from Fiction!

Not only am I a conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, I'm also a voter.  Like you, I want to know the truth about candidates for office as much as the next guy.  When things are stated about candidates that are untrue, they need to be addressed directly by the candidate but often those untruths aren't corrected.  Because I'm not into politics as usual, and I want you to be an informed voter, I would like to tell you where I stand on a few more issues.
 
You may have heard a discussion on a southern Wisconsin radio show that incorrectly stated where I stood on a few issues.  More on that shortly.
 
Here are the facts:
 
For those of you that don't know me, I am the mayor of Superior, a former small business owner for over 20 years, and now a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  I married my wife Lynn 37 years ago and we now have 4 married daughters, 12 grandchildren with our 13th due in October.
 
I ran for my first term as mayor of Superior because the city's government wanted to raise taxes again; that time by 13%.  I won that election as a staunch conservative, and card-carrying Republican, in a very strong Democratic area that voted 65% for Obama in 2008.
 
As mayor, I led the way to reduce the city's debt, spending, and the size of government while running the city efficiently and without a reduction in city services.  I am pro-life/pro-family and I'm the only candidate with executive experience to receive the endorsement of all three major pro-life/pro-family organizations in Wisconsin.  I'm an ardent backer of second amendment rightsthat are not only important to the people of Wisconsin, but to the citizens of this country.
 
Back to the radio program:  It was incorrectly stated that I was in favor of high speed rail and that I do not support our second amendment rights.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I actually called the radio station, during that discussion, and I was flat-out denied the opportunity to set the record straight or to present the facts.

I have NEVER, in public or in private, supported high speed rail.  There is one document in which my name appears regarding improvement of the state's infrastructure, yet the radio discussion and some of my opponents, distorted that document to say that I support high speed rail.  Let me be clear:  The high speed rail project is nothing but a liberal "feel-good" project that will ultimately end up costing the Wisconsin taxpayers millions every year until it's derailed.

 
Our second amendment rights are something I hold dear to my heart.  Living in a state with more lakes than Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes), I value hunting and fishing about as much as anyone.  I know first hand how important second amendment rights are to every citizen in Wisconsin, and the country for that matter.  Furthermore, I will do whatever possible to ensure that conceal and carry legislation is passed in Wisconsin as soon as possible.
Once again, years ago there was a document from an organization that I, along with other mayors, signed that stated we were against:
 
  • illegal immigration and,
  • those convicted of a felony in another country could not possess a firearm in the United States.
 
Several years ago, that organization changed and added to its positions, which prompted me to immediately resign and have my name removed and I also organized others to do the same.  The National Rifle Association even thanked me for my efforts.
 
The future of Wisconsin, and the amount of government intrusion, deception, higher taxes, and job losses you're willing to tolerate is critically at stake in this election.  I am the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor with an actual record of Proven, Dependable leadership that has already solved these and other problems.
 
I need your help in getting my message out.  Thanks in advance for forwarding this information to your friends and family.  If you'd like more information as to where I stand on other issues, or you have any questions, please visit my website at www.friendsofdaveross.com or call me directly at (218) 390-2369.
Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership
Sincerely,
 

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

A Pro-Life/Pro-Family Clean Sweep

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

A Clean Sweep for Pro-Life!

How valuable is just one life?  In one life, it's impossible to measure its potential, productivity, creativity, imagination, inspiration, motivation, emotion, connection, relationships and so forth.  As you can see, the list of words describing the value of a life is, in itself, endless.  Nothing else compares!  It's impossible to determine the worth of a life!
 
With that being said, I'm happy to tell you that once again I've received and accepted another Pro-Life endorsement.  The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund Political Action Committee has endorsed my candidacy for WisconsinLieutenant Governor.  I am now the only candidate for the office with actual executive experience that has also received the endorsement of all three major pro-life organizations in Wisconsin.
 
As you know, the sanctity of life along with its endless virtues is constantly under attack in Wisconsin as well as the rest of the country.  Our opponents use the word "choice" when they really mean "convenience."  Truthfully, I believe that abortion is used as a means of birth control in most situations.  As your next Lieutenant Governor, I will do all that I can to prevent unwanted pregnancies, promote abstinence, and at the same time, I will work to promote adoption as an alternative that Wisconsin's children "can live with."
 
I'm grateful for all of the pro-life organizations that work in Wisconsin and I look forward to working with all of them to bring about our shared vision of a Wisconsin that considers every life priceless.  After all, when our opponents promote policies of "convenience" they really do put a price on a life!
 
Please stop by my website to find out for yourself where I stand on other issues.  While you're there, I'd be grateful if you'd make a contribution to my campaign here.
Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership
Sincerely,
 

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman

Wisconsin Budget: One of the Top 10 Worst

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Wisconsin Budget: One of the Top 10 Worst!

Lately, I've heard a lot about the state's budget woes and the WisconsinSupreme Court's recent ruling to force the state to repay about $200 million to the Medical Malpractice Fund.  You may recall, this is the fund in which Governor Doyle and the Democratic pirate ship raided the money from to try and balance the state budget.  In the end, the budget was not balanced and there's still a $2.7 billion deficit that the Democrats intend to pass on to you through higher taxes and program cuts if re-elected.   According to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, prior to the July 20thSupreme Court ruling, there was approximately a 23% gap in budget funding.  This latest ruling will increase that even more.  In fact, Pew states that Wisconsin has one of the top 10 worst budget deficits in the country.  Wisconsin is now in the same fragile group of states as California, Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon.     Aside from California, I'm not surprised that the others have Democratic governors as well.  Pew graded the Doyle administration and Democratic legislature a C+ when it comes to money management.  As I've said before, the people of Wisconsin deserve better!   Our state is one of only seventeen in which its constitution requires a "supermajority" to increase taxes, generate revenue, and approve budgets.  Anyone irresponsible enough to vote for this budget should be sailing away from their record and heading into the sunset!   While serving as mayor of Superior, I have faced these issues head on and I have earned a track record of Proven, Dependable leadership.  My record has accounted for Superior having the second fastest adjusted growth rate in the state of Wisconsin.  As the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor with executive experience, I have the skills and experience that the next governor will need to help right the ship.   Please visit my website to see my views on the other issues.  If you like what you see, I'd be grateful if you'd make a donation to my campaign.  Furthermore, I need your help both in the voting booth and by getting the word out. Please forward this letter to your friends, family, and associates.  I'd be honored if you did.

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

There's No Tax Democrats Dislike

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

There's No Tax Liberals Dislike!

Recently, I had a spare hour to actually relax and watch a little television.  This is a rare occasion to say the least.  During that short hour, I saw several campaign commercials with themes like "tax the rich" or "the rich should pay their fair share" and so forth.     In one short hour I realized that there isn't a tax that the Democrats don't like!  In that same time, I listened to several of them tell me how they want to create jobs, build infrastructure, and make just about every other promise under the sun.  Furthermore, these Democratic candidates boldly told me they approved the message!  Can you believe it?  They've been in power for a few years and so far all they've accomplished are increased deficits, higher unemployment, and higher taxes. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.   It got me thinking about how they could make these promises while they raise taxes on the very people that create the jobs!  The reality is they can't.  Without a plan and, under those conditions, their assurances are about as powerful as the batteries in my TV remote!   I owned a small business for over 20 years and I know that taxing the job creators is not the answer. We need Wisconsin to have a business-friendly atmosphere; one that welcomes employers to set up shop here in Wisconsin.  We need policies that promote lower taxes which in turn will lead to economic growth.   As mayor of Superior, I'm the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor with actual executive experience, and the only candidate with a record that has actually contained taxes!  The results are indisputable.  Superior has the second fastest adjusted economic growth rate in the State of Wisconsin.  Economic growth means jobs and I've worked with the job creators to bring them to Superior.   Please visit my website at and learn more about where I stand on other issues. If you agree with me, I need your support:  First, in the voting booth and also as a financial supporter of my campaign.  I'd be grateful if you'd make a donation here.

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

Good News Keeps Coming!

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Good News Keeps Coming!

Great News!
I'm proud to tell you that after receiving a great endorsement last week, this week I was endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life PAC (WRL PAC).

As you know, I strongly support legislation that protects the most at-risk people in our community:  The unborn and vulnerable adults.  Together with WRL PAC, as your Lieutenant Governor I will work hard to promote a culture that welcomes, cherishes, and protects human life.  

Every day, the opposition is chipping away at the sanctity of life.  Wisconsin is not immune from this attack!  Whether it's at the federal, state, or local level I am vehemently opposed to any legislation that demeans the sanctity of life. Liberals across this country are constantly introducing legislation that:

  • promotes abortion (or its advocacy)
  • funds organizations that urge women to have abortions
  • pays for abortions with taxpayer dollars
  • denies a parent the right to know their daughter is seeking an abortion
  • allows the use of embryos for stem-cell research
  • promotes physician-assisted suicide
  • denies health-care providers their right of conscience
It's virtually impossible to list all the ways the opposition tries to slide this into the fabric of our society!  

Nonetheless, Wisconsin Right to Life PAC recognizes that my values are chiseled in stone when it comes to the issue of human life and, therefore, has awarded me its endorsement that distinguishes me as a Lieutenant Governor candidate that proudly supports life!  I have proudly accepted the WRL PAC endorsement because I share its unwavering stance on this issue.

Please stop by my website at www.friendsofdaveross.com to find out for yourself where I stand on other issues.  While you're there, I'd be grateful if you'd make a contribution to my campaign at www.supportdaveross.com.
Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership
Sincerely,
 

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman

Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorsement

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Dave Ross for Lt. Governor

My dad always told me that if you do the right thing, keep strong values, tell the truth, and work hard people will notice.  If you think about the direction our state and country is heading, running for Lieutenant Governor as a pro-family, pro-life, pro right to bear arms, all-around conservative, is the right thing to do. 

I'm proud to tell you that the Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC) agrees and, therefore, has endorsed me as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  WFA PAC has found that my positions, beliefs, and character distinguish me from my opponents as a true conservative.

WFA PAC is a tireless promoter of Wisconsin's best natural resource; its traditional families.  As a true conservative, I stand united with WFA PAC to strengthen and preserve the traditional family for the good of our state.  WFA PAC has endorsed candidates on several important criteria and it has determined that I am a solid, pro-family conservative worthy of its endorsement.  That being said, I have humbly accepted WFA PAC's endorsement.

Please stop by my website at www.friendsofdaveross.com to find out for yourself where I stand on other issues.  If you agree that I'm doing the right thing, I'd be grateful if you'd make a contribution to my campaign atwww.supportdaveross.com.
 
It's funny how the older I get, the smarter my dad is.
Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership
Sincerely,
 

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman

The Grand Experiment

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

The Grand Experiment

In case you haven't noticed, the grand experiment in Europe called "socialism" has fallen on hard times.  Lately, the news is full of Greece's problems, but Greece's socialism experiment is affecting almost all of Europe.

For years we have watched Democrats, especially those from Wisconsin, look over the pond with envy.  They have said if we could only have trains like those in Europe. Health care like they have in England.  A pension system like that ofGreece.  A ruling class of bureaucrats to make every decision for its citizens.  Not surprisingly, even with all the blatant turmoil in the news, the Democrats haven't changed their tune.

The cold hard fact is that Europe is in debt and is broke.  It can no longer support the vast array of "free" benefits it provides for its citizens.  There are more people in the wagon than pulling it!

In Wisconsin Governor Doyle and the Democratic majority in both houses of the legislature are on the same road as their European colleagues.  They have Wisconsin billions in debt and have created a burdensome regulatory and tax structure where even our best companies may have no option but to leave the State.  Essentially, they put the people of Wisconsin on one of those European trains and sent it down the wrong track.

What the Democrats have forgotten is the graduates from our great Wisconsin schools need jobs.  The best train in the world can't take you anywhere if you don't have work.  Furthermore, the best safety net is a "hand up" not a "hand out."  

As mayor of Superior I have faced these problems and more.  I am the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor that has chief executive experience.

For over 20 years I was a self employed small businessman.  I understand that a successful business cannot spend more revenue than it takes in and that's what my administration changed in Superior.  Under my watch, we have reduced the city's debt by more than 20 percent.  The size of our local government has been reduced by over 10 percent and we have held the line on taxes while we delivered the lowest cost and highest quality service to our taxpayers.  Throughout my tenure as Mayor of Superior, my administration has provided the Proven, Dependable Leadership that Wisconsin needs more than ever.

I am thankful that the people of Superior have given me the privilege to serve as their mayor for all this time.  I care deeply for our great state and that's why I'm a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  It would be an honor if you'd stop by my website at www.friendsofdaveross.com to learn more about my record and my position on the critical issues.  While you're there, I'd be humbled if you'd make adonation to help put Wisconsin back on the right track.

I'd be grateful for your support and I would like the opportunity to meet you at theState Republican Convention this weekend in Milwaukee.  Please join us Friday night in our hospitality suite at the Hyatt Regency.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman

Thankfully, the Legislature is No Longer in Session!

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor Thankfully, the Democratic-controlled legislative session for 2010 is over but the damage has been done.  Let's take a quick look at what they did TO Wisconsin taxpayers.

Democrats made sure Governor Doyle's "stimulus" package for the country of Spain remained intact.  Thanks to the them, Wisconsin taxpayers will be paying $47.5 million dollars for a train that the Spanish company, Talgo, is building for Wisconsin commuters through a "no-bid" contract.  If you're like me, this should anger you.  This Legislature's irresponsibility has caused Wisconsin taxpayers to help Europeans with their unemployment problem in the same way President Obama did when he spent 80% of the $2 billion dollar wind power "stimulus" with foreign companies.

This legislature raised taxes by over $3.5 billion dollars, borrowed over $3 billion new dollars, and left unemployment at over 9%.  Wouldn't you think they'd stick around long enough to fix the mess?  I honestly believe the Democrats do not see deficit-spending as a problem.  Could you borrow and spend your way to financial security?  Absolutely not, and we can't do it as a city, county, state, or country either!  What bothers me even more is the Democrats didn't even touch the most important issue facing them this session:  Jobs!

Now that they're back home spending the rest of the year campaigning, they can't do any more damage.  The next governor will need to repair the harm caused by this legislature and I'm asking you to let me help.  Just like you, I cannot believe this legislature thought tax increases, borrowing billions, and overspending would fix the problem.  Not only has this failed, it's made the situation worse. 

These are the same problems I inherited when I was elected Mayor of Superior.  I not only have the experience to face problems like these, I am the only Lieutenant Governor candidate to have actually solved them.  As mayor of Superior, my administration has decreased the size of government, contained taxes, paid down debt, and promoted a business-friendly environment that has truly created jobs.

I'm running for Lieutenant Governor because I'm sick of seeing our taxpayers' money being wasted and even used against them.  I'd be grateful if you'd stop by my website at www.friendsofdaveross.com and learn more about where I stand on the issues.  Furthermore, I'd be humbled if you'd make a donation atwww.supportdaveross.com and together we can help put Wisconsin back to work

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

Dave Ross Wins Two Congressional District Straw Polls

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Ross Wins Two More Straw Polls!

Saturday, March 27th, was yet another big day for the Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor campaign.  Dave finished first in the Third Congressional District Republican Party straw poll and backed it up with another first place finish in the Fourth Congressional District Republican (Milwaukee) straw poll.

Mayor of Superior and candidate for lieutenant governor, Dave Ross, continues to exhibit his strong statewide grassroots support with a resounding victory in theThird Congressional District GOP straw poll held in Eau Claire. Dave Ross received 62% of the vote on Saturday for lieutenant governor.  The second highest vote was only 18%. The Third Congressional District encompasses 19 counties along the western border of Wisconsin.

Dave Ross also won the Fourth Congressional District Republican Straw poll on Saturday in Milwaukee.  "Winning two congressional district straw polls on opposite sides of the state, on the same day, is another demonstration of Dave's widespread support", said Craig Rosand, campaign chairman.  From our largest city on a great lake to our small towns and rural communities along a mighty river, Dave Ross appeals to a wide range of fiscal conservatives that want to put Wisconsin back to work.

Mayor Ross said, "This election will be decided upon a record of accomplishments based on promoting job growth and limiting government spending and taxation."  According to Ross, the role of the lieutenant governor is "to take away the roadblocks to private investment, and assist our next Governor in creating a plan to rebuild Wisconsin's economy for the next generation."

Over 65 party leaders have endorsed Dave Ross for lieutenant governor, including nearly half of all county chairs and numerous former chairs and vice chairs. "In a crowded race for the lieutenant governor position this reflects significant grassroots support" said Craig Rosand, campaign chairman.

For more than 20 years Dave Ross owned and operated a small upholstery business.  In 2003, he decided to run for Mayor of Superior because local government spending and taxation was out of control.  He could no longer ignore government waste and inefficiencies. 

The Ross Administration in Superior has contained taxes, reduced the city's debt, raised Superior's credit rating, and invested in economic development to create jobs. 

Superior has historically voted for Democrats at all levels of government (President Obama received over 65% of the vote in 2008).  Dave Ross was elected with 58% of the vote as a fiscal conservative in his first run for Mayor in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 with 62% of the vote as a card-carrying Republican.  Conservative Democrats and Independents recognize that government cannot spend beyond the taxpayer's ability to pay.

Superior now has a pro-business attitude that has been instrumental in the creation of many new businesses in the past few years.  Superior has the second fastest economic growth rate in Wisconsin.  Economic growth means jobs!  That is why Superior has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Wisconsin.

Please help us to spread our fiscal conservative pro-business message across the State of Wisconsin by making a contribution online atwww.FriendsofDaveRoss.com.

 Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

Lower Taxes, Higher Expectations

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 Lower Taxes & Higher Expectations

In less than a year, the Doyle administration will be out of work and out of office. The devastating legacy this administration and legislature will leave will be felt for many years to come.

Governor Doyle's tax increases, which supporters said would save the budget crisis, has only left us deeper in debt.  Unemployment has worsened in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties. 

In Wisconsin we can do better. As Mayor of Superior, I have taken the road less traveled. We have reduced the size of government. We reduced our debt by over 10%. We have cut the red tape, kept taxes low and removed the hostile environment most businesses face in the rest of Wisconsin. 

The result has been the second highest economic growth rate in the state of Wisconsin. Our credit rating has been upgraded twice in the last year and our unemployment rate is one of the lowest.

For over 20 years, I was a self-employed small businessman. Career politicians have ruled Madison for too long. We need to elect conservatives who have done what they have promised.

The September primary is less than 5 months away. I am the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor who has reduced spending.  I am the only candidate for lieutenant governor that has reduced the size of government. I am the only candidate for lieutenant governor that has reduced debt while in elected office. I am the only candidate who has achieved economic development that has resulted in job growth.  I am the only candidate that has a record of Proven, Dependable Leadership.

Please help us to spread our fiscally-conservative, pro-business message across the State of Wisconsin by making a contribution online at www.FriendsofDaveRoss.com.

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

Party Leaders Endorse Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

WI GOP Party Leaders Endorse Ross

Greetings! 

Over 65 party leaders have given the Ross Campaign new momentum. Nearly half of all Wisconsin's county chairs, and numerous former chairs and vice chairs, have given their support to Mayor Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor. "In a crowded race for the lieutenant governor position this reflects significant grassroots support and reinforces Dave's front-runner status," said Craig Rosand, campaign chairman.

Dave Ross expressed that he was humbled by the support of so many grassroots leaders. "We have a grassroots team of leaders who believe in Wisconsin and are dedicated to restoring fiscal sense and accountability to our great state", said Dave Ross.

"I knew Dave Ross when we were mayors together. Dave Ross is a leader in fiscal conservative government," said Mike Monson, chairman of the 7th GOPcongressional district. "He has decreased the size of local government, paid down debt, and invested in economic development that has created jobs. Dave Ross is the type of leader we need as lieutenant governor".

Please help us to spread our fiscally conservative, pro-business message across the State of Wisconsin by making a contribution online atwww.FriendsofDaveRoss.com today.

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,
Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

Tax and Spend: Coming to an End!

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Tax and Spend: Coming to an End!

Greetings! 

As you know, Wisconsin is at a crossroads.  For years, politicians in Madison have taxed, borrowed, and spent your tax dollars without restraint, leaving the state of Wisconsin in a financial mess. 
 
Wisconsin's debt has doubled under the Doyle Administration and the Democratic party's "big government" machine.  Even in booming economic years, the state government has failed in its fiscal responsibility.  You and I must live within our means and it's time we mandate that our government does the same. 
 
That's why Dave Ross is running for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.  Dave's record of Proven, Dependable, Leadership is just what Wisconsin needs to combat the tax and spend mentality running rampant in Madison!   As Mayor of Superior, Dave Ross has taken a path not often traveled in government at any level.  Dave has worked hard to minimize the city's debt, even during these hard economic times.  Dave's administration has successfully reduced the size of local government by over 10%, contained taxes, and improved the credit rating of the City, all while investing in economic development. 
 
The results have been outstanding!  
 
Superior now has a smaller and more efficient government along with the second fastest economic growth rate in the state of Wisconsin.  Economic growthmeans jobs!  As a result, the City of Superior now has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.   What Scott Walker has accomplished in the southeast portion of Wisconsin, Dave Ross has achieved in the northwest; lower taxes, reduced debt, smaller and more efficient government.    Help elect a winning team in November and visit Dave Ross' web site atwww.friendsofdaveross.com for more information.  While you're there, he'd be grateful if you would make an online contribution. 

Dave Ross - Proven Dependable Leadership

Sincerely,
 

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

Paid for by Friends of Dave Ross.  Craig Rosand, Chairman.

News from FRIENDS OF DAVE ROSS

News From “Friends of Dave Ross” Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

 Will Help Rebuild Wisconsin’s Economy

For more than 20 years I owned and operated a small upholstery business in Superior.  In 2003, I decided to run for Mayor of Superior because local government spending and taxation was out of control.   I could no longer ignore how government waste and inefficiencies were affecting citizens and businesses in my community.   Rather than sit back and complain about the direction of the City I decided to stand up and do something about it. 

I promised the citizens of Superior that government could be smaller, more efficient and cost effective. I am proud to say my Administration has delivered on those promises.  We have contained taxes, reduced our city’s debt, raised Superior’s credit rating, and invested in economic development to create jobs. The results have been outstanding – even during the worst economic downturn in a generation.  We now have a smaller and more efficient government. We have successfully privatized many non-essential services.  And we did it while holding the line on property taxes.

Superior has historically voted for Democrats at all levels of government (Obama received over 65% of the vote in 2008). I got elected with 58% of the vote as a fiscal conservative in my first run for Mayor in 2003 and I was re-elected in 2007 with 62% of the vote as a card carrying Republican.  The Democratic machine in Superior and Douglas County was in total disbelief.  What they didn’t understand was that our message of fiscal responsibility resonated with conservative Democrats and Independents because they recognize that government cannot spend beyond taxpayer’s ability to pay. 

Superior now has a pro-business attitude that has been instrumental in the creation of many new businesses in the past few years. Superior has the second fastest economic growth rate in Wisconsin.  Economic growth means jobs.  That is why Superior has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, during the Doyle Administration Wisconsin has raised taxes, increased spending, increased debt and created a hostile business climate which has cost Wisconsin jobs.  Wisconsin has lost more than 170,000 jobs in the past year because our tax and regulatory climate has stifled investment and job growth in our state. I am running for Lieutenant Governor as a Republican to bring a proven track record of fiscal responsibility and job creation to partner with our next Governor to make jobs and economic development the top priority for Wisconsin.  I will be a tireless promoter of policies that will put Wisconsin back to work.   As Lieutenant Governor, I will work to restore Wisconsin’s business image.  My job will be to take away the roadblocks to private investment, and assist our next Governor in creating a plan to rebuild Wisconsin’s economy for the next generation.  I want to bring the same results oriented focus I have demonstrated as Mayor of Superior to the state of Wisconsin.

I need your help.  It is critical for Republicans to nominate a winning ticket in 2010.  We need a gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor Candidate that can appeal to Republicans, conservative Democrats and Independents to ensure victory in November.  For months we have been traveling the state spreading our fiscal conservative and pro-investment message.  Please join our effort by making your donation online at www.friendsofdaveross.com

Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor

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For more than 20 years I owned and operated a small upholstery business in Superior.  In 2003, I decided to run for Mayor of Superior because local government spending and taxation was out of control.   I could no longer ignore how government waste and inefficiencies were affecting citizens and businesses in my community.   Rather than sit back and complain about the direction of the City I decided to stand up and do something about it. 

I promised the citizens of Superior that government could be smaller, more efficient and cost effective. I am proud to say my Administration has delivered on those promises.  We have contained taxes, reduced our city’s debt, raised Superior’s credit rating, and invested in economic development to create jobs. The results have been outstanding – even during the worst economic downturn in a generation.  We now have a smaller and more efficient government. We have successfully privatized many non-essential services.  And we did it while holding the line on property taxes.

Superior has historically voted for Democrats at all levels of government (Obama received over 65% of the vote in 2008). I got elected with 58% of the vote as a fiscal conservative in my first run for Mayor in 2003 and I was re-elected in 2007 with 62% of the vote as a card carrying Republican.  The Democratic machine in Superior and Douglas County was in total disbelief.  What they didn’t understand was that our message of fiscal responsibility resonated with conservative Democrats and Independents because they recognize that government cannot spend beyond taxpayer’s ability to pay. 

Superior now has a pro-business attitude that has been instrumental in the creation of many new businesses in the past few years.  Superior has the second fastest economic growth rate in Wisconsin.  Economic growth means jobs.  That is why Superior has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, during the Doyle Administration Wisconsin has raised taxes, increased spending, increased debt and created a hostile business climate which has cost Wisconsin jobs.  Wisconsin has lost more than 170,000 jobs in the past year because our tax and regulatory climate has stifled investment and job growth in our state. I am running for Lieutenant Governor as a Republican to bring a proven track record of fiscal responsibility and job creation to partner with our next Governor to make jobs and economic development the top priority for Wisconsin.  I will be a tireless promoter of policies that will put Wisconsin back to work.  As Lieutenant Governor, I will work to restore Wisconsin’s business image.  My job will be to take away the roadblocks to private investment, and assist our next Governor in creating a plan to rebuild Wisconsin’s economy for the next generation.  I want to bring the same results oriented focus I have demonstrated as Mayor of Superior to the state of Wisconsin.

I need your help.  It is critical for Republicans to nominate a winning ticket in 2010.  We need a gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor Candidate that can appeal to Republicans, conservative Democrats and Independents to ensure victory in November.  For months we have been traveling the state spreading our fiscal conservative and pro-investment message.  Please join our effort by making your donation online at www.friendsofdaveross.com.

Sincerely,

Dave Ross

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Dave Ross for Lieutenant Governor How Much of My Money Do They Want?

Have you ever asked that question of your local politician?  How much of your money in taxes and fees does the government really want?

I answered that question at the Madison Tea Party, where I had the privilege of speaking to a crowd of well over 8,000 people.  "They want all of it,” I said.  Governor Doyle, in all four of his budgets has treated tax payers like they were ATMs, doubling the state's debt, while raising taxes and fees by billions of dollars. Politicians from Washington and Madison have run all over the state handing out gifts to local communities, as if they had just won the lottery, buying these gifts with your credit card and hard-earned dollars.

I am a candidate for Lieutenant Governor because I believe the voters will be looking for proven, dependable leadership.

I believe a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor must have a proven conservative record.  It is easy to talk about our conservative Republican values, but using them to govern is a different story.

As Mayor of Superior, I have taken the less traveled road.  We have reduced the size of our government, held the line on taxes and decreased the amount of municipal debt. In reducing our debt, we have raised our credit rating.  YES, in Superior, we have actually shrunk the size of government while improving services and privatizing non-essential services!  In the last three years, I have completed over 100 million dollars in private sector investment in our community.  In fact, on August 14th, the State Department of Revenuereleased its latest changes in equalized value in selected cities.  Superior has the second highest economic growth in the State of Wisconsin.  All of this has added up to more jobs for our community!

Please help us to spread our fiscal conservative pro-business message across the State of Wisconsin by making a contribution online at: www.FriendsofDaveRoss.com.

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