Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Best of luck to Alyson Dudek!

Good news from Senate District 28

The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver start tonight with the opening ceremonies. Actual competition begins Saturday.

I am very proud that one of my constituents, speedskater Alyson Dudek of Hales Corner is representing the United States. Her quest for gold begins with her first event Saturday

I wish Alyson Dudek and all her teammates the best of luck in Vancouver!

UPDATE from Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners, Wis., couldn't have asked for much more in her Olympic debut.

Dudek got through her heat in the 500 meters and advanced to the quarterfinals. She also helped the U.S. women's 3,000-meter relay team advance to the finals.

That means Dudek, 19, is still in the running for two medals.

"It was awesome," she said. "I really fed off the crowd's energy. It was really cool. The first race of any competition is the most nerve-wracking so I'm just happy that's out of the way. I feel much better."

Dudek will compete in the 500 quarterfinals Wednesday and the 3,000 relay final Feb. 24.

In her 500 heat, she was in third place early in the race but quickly moved up to second and stayed there the rest of the way, finishing just behind Italy's Arianna Fontana, the 2007 world champion. Only the top two of four racers advanced in each heat.

"I wanted to get her at the (finish) line but she skated a really tight track," Dudek said. "My coaches said, 'Play it safe. You want to advance to the next round.' So that's what I did."

Katherine Reutter of Champaign, Ill., also advanced to the quarterfinals by winning her heat.

"That is awesome for the U.S.," Dudek said. "We have a really, really strong women's team."

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