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Jeff Smith - Supporting Public Schools is “A Plus” for Our Kids

State Senator Jeff Smith
March 1, 2022

Wisconsin’s K-12 schools are the cornerstone of our communities. The education offered at our neighborhood public schools provides the opportunity for our kids to reach their full potential. It’s our responsibility to ensure this opportunity is available for all Wisconsin students—regardless of zip code.


Jeff Smith - The Opportunity to Do What’s Right

State Senator Jeff Smith
February 22, 2022

When the opportunity to do what’s right is in front of us, we must grab it because it may not be there for long. This is something we all learn, even if it’s the hard way. It’s painful when we don’t recognize opportunity, we hesitate and it’s gone. That’s when opportunity becomes regret.


Jeff Smith - Celebrate 150 Years of Eau Claire

State Senator Jeff Smith
February 15, 2022

History always fascinates me. I grew up on the north side of Eau Claire and was surrounded by history. This year, the City of Eau Claire is celebrating its 150th birthday, which got me thinking about my upbringing in Eau Claire—how my life has been shaped so much by the history and culture of the area.


Jeff Smith - Trust is Complicated

State Senator Jeff Smith
February 9, 2022

I’ve learned a lot about building and holding one’s trust, especially as an elected official. Trust can be elusive especially when the facts we find don’t align with the rhetoric. When claims are verified with facts, trust is earned.


Trust can be puzzling too when it’s given without any question or verification of facts. When we hear or read statements that align with our beliefs we might automatically trust the source. It’s not earned, but we want it to be true.


Jeff Smith - Biden’s Economic Boom is Strong for Wisconsin

State Senator Jeff Smith
February 3, 2022

Nothing comes easy. I’m sure you’ve heard that before from a parent or teacher when you encountered unexpected obstacles while trying to get something done. I have to remind myself of that with almost every project I take on. Patience and persistence can become your greatest asset when facing challenges like these.


Jeff Smith - It’s On Us to Invest in Innovation

State Senator Jeff Smith
January 26, 2022

The 20th Century was an amazing time for technological advancements. For instance, people had been trying to fly for centuries, but in 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made it happen. That was just the beginning. A dozen years later airplanes were being used in World War I.


Jeff Smith - The Final Five: How Would You Rank Them?

December 13, 2021

Americans are skeptical about our political system, and I can’t blame them. Having been elected to the Wisconsin State Senate eight years after leaving the Assembly in 2010, I personally see how politics have changed. Americans recognize this dysfunction and they’ve grown frustrated from it.


Jeff Smith - The Time is Now for Affordable Health Insurance

November 30, 2021

Staying on top of your health is key to a good quality of life. Although, it can be cost prohibitive if you have to pay out-of-pocket for routine checkups or visits to a clinic. That’s where health insurance comes in. Even then, for some, the cost of a good health insurance policy can be out of reach.


Jeff Smith - Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season

Senator Jeff Smith
November 23, 2021

Over the last ten to fifteen years, we’ve seen an amazing resurgence of entrepreneurs and small home-grown businesses. Something seems to have occurred to make us realize that fun and quality shopping isn’t necessarily in malls. Sure, it’s still pretty fascinating that so many stores can be under one roof, but something was always missing. It was the personal identity of a small business—going into a shop that you won’t find in every city and every mall.

Jeff Smith - CWD’s Unchecked Spread to Western Wisconsin

November 15, 2021

It’s pretty common to read about something that happens somewhere else and assume that it doesn’t affect you. Something could happen hundreds of miles away, and you think it could never happen to you.