State Senate District 10 has unfailingly voted for Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf for the past 16 years, despite sometimes shifting to vote for Democratic presidential candidates. The Observatory dug deeper to find out why Harsdorf has been consistently so successful.
The Observatory fact-checked a tweet from Senate District 10 candidate Diane Odeen about education cuts. Her claims were only partly true, so we turned to a school in her district to gauge their significance.
After the enactment of the Affordable Care Act the Supreme Court ruled that individual states could choose whether or not to accept federal funds to increase Medicaid eligibility in their state. Including Wisconsin, 19 states have declined to explan Medicaid eligibility in their states in return for these federal Medicare dollars.
Senate District 10 candidate Diane Odeen claimed on a radio debate that Wisconsin would save more than $1 billion over the next six years if the state accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid. The Observatory checked it out.
Senate District 10 incumbent Sheila Harsdorf claimed on her website that Wisconsin unemployment has been cut by more than half. The Observatory fact-checked her claim to see if Wisconsin has really improved its job statistics.
Senate district 10 challenger Diane Odeen claimed in a tweet in August that her opponent Sheila Harsdorf has turned her back on public education in her district. Odeen cited education cuts and tax breaks to millionaires, but can her claims be verified?