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Ron Johnson Comes Under Fire for Being MIA at Senate Committee Hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:36

ron_johnsonMADISON - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Senator Ron Johnson missed 60% of the hearings held by the homeland security committee and the subcommittees to which he was assigned during his first four years in office.

"Chairman Johnson is the worst kind of hypocrite," said Kory Kozloski, executive director of the state Democratic Party. "He says national security is his most important issue. But until 2015, he barely showed up to work on critical committee hearings regarding our homeland security."

Johnson's early committee attendance record includes missing hearings on homegrown terror, terrorist travel, and three separate hearings on border security. The Senator even found raising campaign dollars more important than keeping Americans safe, managing to attend fundraisers on the same days he skipped homeland security hearings.

Johnson continues to beat the drum on national security now that it is a hot-button issue during an election year, but his own campaign confirms the senator only attended 83 hearings out of a total 207 from 2011 to 2014. 

"If he really cared that much about keeping us safe," Kozloski said, "he'd have done his job when the voters weren't looking, not just when his job was at risk."

 
Shot/Chaser - Tomah Rep says "I feel used by Sen. Johnson" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:31

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an attempt to cover up for Ron Johnson’s documented failures for Tomah veterans, the senator’s allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to their phony, politicized, and misleading attacks.

Shot: From last week’s reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

Ellinghuysen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she made an error in marking the memo as being hand-delivered to the Democratic lawmakers. She said she made an assumption but that the deliveries did not occur.

Ellinghuysen said the print ad was "not truthful."

Chaser: From Dan Bice’s latest story detailing Johnson’s attempts to cover up his own failings…

"I feel used," [Ellinghuysen] said. "I feel used by Sen. Johnson."

In an attempt to cover up for Ron Johnson’s documented failures for Tomah veterans, the senator’s allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to their misleading attacks.

 
Milwaukee Debate Sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:08

democratic-presidential-primary-debatePBS NewsHour Democratic Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9 PM ET.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - PBS NewsHour will host the fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9pm ET, at the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The debate will be broadcast live on PBS and will stream live on NewsHour’s website. PBS NewsHour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate.

 
Citizen Action Endorses Judge Joe Donald for State Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 19:17

Joe DonaldMILWAUKEE - Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a statewide membership organization with over 38,000 members, announced today its endorsement of Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Judge Joe Donald is an extremely experienced jurist. With nearly 20 years presiding over civil and criminal court cases he is by far the most qualified candidate. Throughout the legal community, Judge Donald is highly respected for his command of the law, his fairness, and his common sense approach. Judge Donald will deliver justice for everyone in Wisconsin.

At a time when special interest dominance is eroding public confidence in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it is critically important that we elect judges who make independent judgments based on the merits of each case. The specter of Supreme Court judges failing to recuse themselves from cases involving parties who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their behalf has sullied the reputation of Wisconsin’s highest court. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin believes we need a Supreme Court Justice like Joe Donald, whose long record of judicial independence is beyond reproach.

Judge Joe Donald is a leader in improving and modernizing our criminal justice system. Wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate for African Americans in America. Judge Donald has been a leader in the creation and development judicial solutions like drug treatment courts, which reduce the mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders and work to address the root causes of drug addiction and poverty. We need this kind of common sense innovation to reduce crime and improve lives at our highest court.

kraigThe election of Judge Joe Donald would also be a historic milestone. Judge Donald would be the first African American elected to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court (Former Justice Louis Butler was appointed).

“On behalf of our 38,000 members in every corner of the state, we are proud to recommend Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Judge Donald will work to secure justice for everyone in Wisconsin, not just well connected special interests and big campaign contributors. Based on his proven record of judicial integrity, innovation, and impartiality, Judge Donald has earned a place on Wisconsin’s highest court.”

 
Right-Wing Front Group Highlights Sen. Ron Johnson's Hypocrisy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:35

ron-johnsonMADISON - It's become a regular practice for Senator Ron Johnson's partisan allies to use the whistleblower complaints about the Tomah VA as a political weapon while glossing over Johnson's own failure on the issue.  

Ron Johnson spent months pointing fingers at his political rivals, placing blame on others for the complaints that surfaced at the Tomah VA. Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quickly made Johnson change his tune after revealing the Senator's office allowed the whistleblower's information to die in "the equivalent of a congressional black hole." 

Previously, Johnson's office claimed the complaints were referred to an oversight committee, an intentionally misleading statement since the complaints were merely passed off to other members of Johnson's staff. 

Since the Journal Sentinel report, Johnson has refused to accept any responsibility or hold his staff accountable for failing Wisconsin veterans. That hasn't stopped Johnson's dark money henchmen from lodging shameless, hypocritical attacks on the issue. 

Right-wing front group Wisconsin Alliance for Reform is running baseless attack ads against Johnson's opponent Russ Feingold. The ads claim Feingold failed to take action after receiving a memo in 2009 outlining the problems occurring at the Tomah Va, but the union president says she has no proof any such memo was delivered. 

"It's no surprise that a front group started for the sole purpose of attacking Democrats with untold amounts of anonymous money would run baseless attack ads to support an incumbent Republican candidate as vulnerable as Ron Johnson," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. "The more Johnson's dark money attack dogs bark on this issue, the more they highlight the Senator's shameful inaction and bold hypocrisy."

 
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