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23
Jun
2016

senateMembers at odds over transportation delays, Trump candidacy.


MADISON - In a week marked by inaction among congressional Republicans, Wisconsin’s GOP leaders are facing turmoil of their own.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans reiterated their hard-line opposition to infrastructure investments, contrary to overwhelming public support for investment into our state’s decaying roads and bridges.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has struggled to maintain support of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy amid ongoing controversies surrounding his racist remarks.

"This week has proven that Republicans are incapable of making the tough choices needed to move our state and our nation forward," said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. "While Republicans continue to bicker amongst themselves, Democrats remain focused on promoting positive reforms that strengthen the middle class, invest in the future, and move Wisconsin forward. Instead of partisan posturing, Wisconsin families want to see results."

Experts have said that failing to invest in our infrastructure now will result in costly project delays, decreased road safety, and fewer jobs. In spite of this, Republican leaders have been unwilling to stand up and propose any long-term transportation funding solutions.

Donald Trump's candidacy has also presented challenges to the fractured Republican caucus. Senate Republicans have refused to condemn the erratic candidate's blatantly racist remarks, while Senator Fitzgerald doubled down on his support of the divisive presidential contender this week in an attempt to unify an increasingly fractured and dissatisfied base.

"Hardworking families are tired of Republican inaction and are eager for a change in Wisconsin," added Ullsvik. "Across the state, Democratic candidates are offering a positive vision for the future that focuses on growth, innovation, and opportunity. Commonsense Democratic proposals to expand student loan refinancing, childcare tax credits, and retirement security are resonating with voters who have grown tired of the misplaced Republican agenda. This week's public display of inaction and partisanship from majority party members reinforces the need for new leadership."

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
 
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22
Jun
2016

dems-v-repubThe emergence of a new major party is unlikely, and it appears American voters are doomed to a choice between the two most disliked major party nominees in polling history. They both will play on fear of the other. But what can we do?

Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
 
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21
Jun
2016

lake-michigan-shoreWisconsin environmental groups' concerns remain; modified diversion plan will require vigilance.

Written by Abby Kuranz, WiscCIC   
 
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21
Jun
2016

elderly-people-on-computerThe IRS has witnessed a significant increase in email scams using the IRS name to lure people into giving up important personal information.  Sen. Kathleen Vinehout shares information about what the IRS won’t do and how to report a scam.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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21
Jun
2016

water_drinkingLUXEMBURG, WI — More than 18 months after local, state and national environmental groups petitioned EPA to take emergency action to provide safe drinking water to Kewaunee County, EPA and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a joint public meeting during which DNR’s recommendations will be released, followed by a Q&A session.

The meeting comes on the heels of the most recent round of private drinking water well testing in Kewaunee that revealed continued contamination. DNR’s recommendations are the result of a year of stakeholder meetings that included farmers, agronomists, agency staff, local land and water conservation staff, environmental groups, and Kewaunee citizens. The recommendations will shape the roadmap for state action to resolve the issue of drinking water contamination in the county.

Citizens are being encouraged to attend and bring a written statement to give to DNR and EPA, as well as any questions that they have regarding the problems in Kewaunee County and the proposed solutions.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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