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02
Feb
2016

wisconsinSen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about Ag Day at the Capitol. Farmers from across the state came to the Capitol to share ideas and perspective on what needs to be done to benefit agriculture and keep local communities thriving, not on partisan politics.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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02
Feb
2016

scott_fitzgeraldMADISON - Yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald introduced a bill to specifically bar county executives from serving simultaneously in the Legislature. The bill comes as Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, is running for Republican Sen. Mark Gudex's open Senate seat in the 18th Senate District.

Bill author, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, had nothing to say in the past when his colleagues held a county executive post at the same they served in the Legislature. Fitzgerald stayed silent when fellow Republican Paul Farrow held his Senate seat and ran Waukesha County executive. Furthermore, former Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer served in both the legislature and as the Manitowoc County executive for nearly six years, between 2006 and 2012.

mark-harrisNow that the Republicans' weak hold on the state Senate is in jeopardy, Senator Fitzgerald is trying to pass legislation to single out a specific Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district.

This attempt to disqualify a candidate for office speaks to a desperate fear of facing the voters. In six years, we've seen Republican's try to repeal open records laws, shield themselves from John Doe investigations, disenfranchise voters, and rig campaign finance laws in their favor.

"It's clear Republicans in Wisconsin are afraid to defend their failed record on a level playing field." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "Sen. Fitzgerald and Republicans are so scared of facing the voters they've introduced a proposal to single out a Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district. Their corruption appears to know no bounds"

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
 
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01
Feb
2016

clean-drinking-waterLegislation threatens safety of drinking water; removes local public control over Wisconsin’s water systems. Press Conference on Water Privatization Bill scheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd in Green Bay.


GREEN BAY - On Wednesday, Senator Dave Hansen will join community leaders from Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club to call on the Wisconsin State Senate to reject a bill that threatens drinking water for millions of Wisconsinites and opens the door to corporate control of Wisconsin’s water systems.

dave-hansenThis legislation benefits the private water industry while removing the transparency and accountability that allows citizens and local elected officials to ensure safe drinking water.  Senator Hansen, representatives from Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Fox Valley Sierra Club, and additional community members will be available for comment after short prepared remarks.

WHAT: Press Conference on Water Privatization Bill

WHERE: The Rotunda of the Brown County Courthouse, 100 S Jefferson St, Green Bay, WI 54301

WHEN: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2pm CST

WHO: Speakers will include: Senator Dave Hansen, Staush Gruszynski of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Will Stahl of the Fox Valley Sierra Club, and other community leaders

Written by League of Conservation Voters, Jonah Hermann   
 
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