Reading though an entry from Wikipedia I note that he has had endorsements from the NRA (National Rifle Association ), anti-choice group (Wisconsin Right To Life ? ).
He is a strong supporter (in committee and other capacity) of recent "VoterID" legislation making it difficult for students, the elderly, the rural population and non-driving population of the state to vote (i.e., the 47%, 99%).
He supported legislation (I believe of the same nature as state Senator Grothman) that "nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." This on the surface seems to be the Rick Santorum - Single Mothers Destroying America school of thought.
In December 2012 he announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction ... if elected one can assume that he will be a strong supporter of charter school initiatives, using public money to support private schools and further diminish local control of education. Teachers and parents should be very concerned.
In an off-cycle state wide election (April 2013) can he win? YES!
Huffington Post on Child Abuse: Grothman and Pridemore
Pridemore - Wikipedia entry
Wisconsin State Assembly
2010 PrimaryIn 2010, Pridemore faced a three-way primary for the 99th District from Hartford Mayor Scott Henke and former Sussex Village Trustee Jim Batzko. With endorsements from the National Rifle Association and a 100% rating from Wisconsin Right to Life, Pridemore won with 58% of the vote.
2012 PrimaryRedistricting moved Pridemore to the 22nd District. Hartford was no longer in his district, but most of Menomonee Falls and parts of Milwaukee were. In 2012, Nick Oliver challenged Pridemore for the Republican nomination for the 22nd Assembly District. With endorsements from the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association, Mark Belling, and Governor Scott Walker, Pridemore defeated Oliver 83% to 17%.
Pridemore was unopposed in the general election after successfully challenging Democrat challenger Chad Bucholtz's nomination papers. Bucholtz turned in at least 17 ineligible signatures. As a result, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board found Bucholtz was 13 signatures short of the 200 needed to be on the ballot.
Healthcare whistleblowersPridemore has sponsored legislation to protect whistleblowers in the health care industry. His bill was supported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Election reformPridemore has introduced legislation to require photo identification in Wisconsin elections. Special registration deputies would also be required to have a criminal background check. His bill would also move the party primaries from September to August so as not to conflict with a federal law intended to give military and overseas voters enough time to vote.
Nonmarital parenthood and child abuseIn 2012, Pridemore cosponsored a bill that recognized "nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect". He commented that in some situations there may be other options than divorce, stating "If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help." Politifact rated as "True" the bill author's claim that children in a nonmarital parenthood setting "have a 20 times greater chance of being sexually abused."
Dog breedersIn 2011, Pridemore sponsored legislation that would redefine "commercial breeder" to protect hobby breeders and rescues from restrictions targeting large scale 'puppy mills.' The previous restrictions had been implemented by former Governor Jim Doyle in an effort to prevent 'puppy mills' where dogs live in abusive and neglectful conditions The Dog Federation of Wisconsin argued that the previous restrictions were negatively impacting "rescue groups and smaller humane societies". The previous restrictions were resulting in increased "dumping" of dogs in rural counties.
Superintendent of Public InstructionIn December 2012, Pridemore announced he would be running for the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction office in the Wisconsin April 2013 Election.
ControversyIn 2009, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board alleging that Pridemore's criticism of a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in a press release issued on his state letterhead violated state law.
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