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Today Is The Day!

November 6th, 2012

Hello Everyone.  Today is the day that we have all been waiting for.  After all of the parades, forums, lit drops, and knocking on doors, we cast our ballots today.  My supporters and I can be proud that we ran a clean campaign based on issues.  We did not get negative even though there were outside interests and even my opponent trying to distort my record.  I am proud of my record and will do my best to support you, the families of the 25th Assembly District.  If you have any last minute questions or concerns, please call me at 920-682-9713 or 920-973-1003.

Also, please join us tonight at the The Tower Tavern, 602 North Water Street, Manitowoc to celebrate!  The fun begins at 7:30 PM.




Herald Times Reporter – Letter: Brey is clear choice for 25th District

October 18th, 2012

I’ve known Jim Brey for a long time, and having had the honor to serve the 25th Assembly District myself for over a decade, I trust him to do what’s right for our community if we elect him to represent us in Madison. Jim shares my commitment to working families, job creation, economic development and the sanctity of life.

In his many years of service on our local city council and county board, Jim has dealt with some of our toughest budgets and, more recently, with some very challenging top-down management from Madison. The decisions he has made have not always been crowd-pleasers and I have not agreed with all of them. But the definition of a good leader is not someone who tries to please everyone all the time.

Jim is deliberative and will consider each decision and its unique details. For those who have sometimes disagreed with Jim, you should remember that often the alternative to someone like Jim is someone who votes a rigid political philosophy regardless of changing information and developments in the community.

Jim and his family have been up against one of the most negative and shameful campaigns this community has ever seen. He has responded to these tactics with a positive campaign, even while being vastly outspent by the out-of-state supporters of his opponent. Jim’s reaction to this assault has bolstered my support for him.

Many of our families, friends and neighbors are still struggling. Now more than ever, we need a strong representative who understands our values and will put people before politics. Jim is the one we can count on to stand up for us. I encourage you to join me in voting for Jim Brey on Nov. 6.

Vern Holschbach


Russ Feingold Is Coming!

October 15th, 2012

Vern Holschbach’s 86th Birthday Bash

With Special Guest Russ Feingold

In Support of Jim Brey For 25th Assembly

with Hosts Todd and Andrea Holschbach

Sunday October 21st

4:00 – 7:00 PM

at their home

2222 Lakeside Blvd., Manitowoc

Give a birthday gift in the form of generous contribution to

Jim Brey’s campaign

Minimum suggested donation $25 per person

RSVP to holschbacht@hotmail.com , or 920-652-9650.

Beverages and hors d’oeurves will be served

Can’t make it? Show your support by giving online:



September 29th, 2012

Brey Condemns Dishonest Attack from Shady Special Interest Group

Calls for an end to negative, divisive politics

MANITOWOC – Today Jim Brey, candidate for the 25th Assembly District, strongly condemned a recent mail campaign from a shady special interest group that distorts and even lies about his record as a member of the Manitowoc City Council and Manitowoc County Board. Brey called on his opponent, Paul Tittl, to join him in denouncing these attacks and running a campaign based on the issues.

“These divisive, dishonest attacks are exactly what are wrong with Wisconsin politics today,” Brey said. “My opponent and his special interest allies may believe in trying to tear us apart but I believe in working together on the issues people care about – creating family-supporting jobs, strengthening public schools and building better opportunities for future generations.”
In his time serving the citizens of the City of Manitowoc and Manitowoc County, Brey has earned a reputation as a fair, honest and dedicated public servant who stands up for his constituents. Brey believes that even when people disagree on the issues, they should do so in a respectful and responsible way.
“We must get back to our values and our heritage of working to find common ground and common-sense solutions to our problems,” Brey said. “I’m running to change how things are done in Madison – and I will fight the outright false attacks that are poisoning this campaign.”

St. Nazianz Rocks!

September 23rd, 2012

               Great time in St. Nazianz on Saturday.  Parade and Community Fest.  Great food and great people!


Never Forget

September 10th, 2012

I will never forget where I was and how I found out about the first airplane that flew into the World Trade Center.  I was at work and I think all of us thought it was a freak tragic accident.  We would all soon find out that this was a day that we would never forget.  I think everyone experienced every emotion under the sun on September 11, 2001.  There were many brave people who gave up their lives trying to save others and they should never be forgotten.  God bless them all and God Bless the United States of America!

It’s A “Fest”Apalooza Saturday

September 8th, 2012

Good morning everyone!  Busy day today.  Going door to door today, Applefest in Chilton, back to Manitowoc for Lobsterfest, then over to Sputnikfest.  After that, I am wondering if I could attend Sleepfest.  Hope to see you at one of these fine events being held today. We are very fortunate to have the many volunteers that make these events successful.  Thank you all very much!

Happy Labor Day!

September 3rd, 2012

This day is for all of the hardworking people of our great nation.  Happy Labor Day and God Bless the American Worker!


The History of Labor Day

But what of the history of Labor Day? The DOL provides more information:

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.   Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”   But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.  

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.   In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.  

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.


Sign of the Times

August 28th, 2012

If you need a new sign to replace a damaged one or now want to put up a sign, let me know.  We will be working to put them up in September.

Comments Are Closed For A Little While

August 26th, 2012

Not sure how many people have posted here on the Jim Brey blog but it has been overrun by spam!   So until we can get it under control, I  will be closing the comments portion of all of the posts.  We shall return shortly!