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Trump administration tightens restrictions on fetal tissue research PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 06 June 2019 15:39

womens-march-dcWill block scientists from using federal funds to conduct research


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration on Wednesday said it will block scientists from using federal funds to conduct research that relies on the material collected from elective abortions.

In a victory for anti-abortion groups, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also canceled a multimillion-dollar contract with the University of California, San Francisco, that uses fetal tissue to test new HIV treatments.

Read the developing story here

 
Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:07

wisconsin_senateBirth Outcomes to Worsen in Wisconsin after Republicans Reject MA Expansion

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:39
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Mexican officials meet with Pence in last-ditch effort to avert tariffs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 06 June 2019 13:53

donald-trumpTrump said Tuesday during a press conference that “it’s more likely that the tariffs go on”

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:06
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Judiciary Democrats Announce Series Of Hearings On Mueller Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 15:48

mueller-speaksHearing, entitled "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes," will start on June 10.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 16:17
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Republicans Demonstrate Fiscal Irresponsibility on State Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 15:24

affordable-care-actJFC Republicans willing to double tax their constituents in the name of politics.


MADISON, WI - Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance will be passing on another opportunity to save hundreds of millions of Wisconsin’s tax dollars that could be re-invested into programs around the state, and provide access to affordable health care for every Wisconsinite.

If Republicans continue to refuse the enhanced federal funding available in the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin will be forced to spend state tax dollars to backfill what could have been funded through our federal tax dollars, essentially making us pay twice for the same services. Republicans claim they are looking out for the Wisconsin taxpayer, but their actions demonstrate just the opposite.

“Like many Wisconsinites, I look for deals and use coupons when I shop so I can save where I can and spend the savings on other necessities and priorities. We owe it to hardworking taxpayers to use state dollars effectively. Expanding Medicaid would save $324.5 million of our own money and allows us to invest the savings elsewhere,” said Senator Johnson, (D-Milwaukee).

Under the people’s budget, Governor Evers covers more people with less state money, while saving the sate $324.5 million and attracting $1.6 billion in federal monies. The Governor wisely invests those state savings back into vital health care programs such as preventing child lead poisoning, reducing youth tobacco use, addressing the opioid crisis, improving access to dental and mental health care, and increased funding for nursing homes and dementia care specialists.

“We have definitive proof that in the 29 states that have expanded Medicaid, there is a positive impact on financial well-being. Not only does it bring the cost of health insurance premiums down and prevent medical bankruptcies for individuals, but it also allows us to access pots of money we wouldn’t otherwise be able to—large sums of money,” said Senator Erpenbach, (D-West Point).

“Republicans are continuing to choose to follow their partisan marching orders rather than listening to the will of the people,” said Representative Taylor, (D-Madison). “The people are begging for health care investments in their communities, yet Republicans threw the one vehicle we had to fund all of the People’s priorities out of the window—Medicaid Expansion. They would rather not adequately fund K-12 special education and the UW System, effectively picking winners and losers when we could have done it all. Republicans continue to march our state right off of a cliff with their irresponsible fiscal ways.”

evangoyke“Health care was the central issue in last year’s election. Republican candidates and incumbents around the state promised to improve access and affordability of health care, and today the Republicans have broken their promises. Expanding Medicaid would save state taxpayers twofold, and they are turning their backs on both expanding essential services and saving taxpayers money,” said Representative Goyke, (D-Milwaukee).

The Joint Committee on Finance is expected to take up the Department of Health Services budget in Executive Session today at 1pm.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 15:43
 
Ban on Sexual Contact by Law Enforcement Officers Receives Diverse Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 03 June 2019 18:16

violenceBottom line, you can not consent to sexual contact with a law enforcement officer, while in their custody. There is an inherent imbalance of power in that situation.


MADISON - Last Thursday, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) testified at a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety for AB 171/SB 104, relating to sexual contact by a law enforcement officer with a person in his or her custody and providing a penalty. Taylor originally introduced the legislation last session after learning about the story of Anna Chambers.

In 2017, Chambers accused two New York police officers of sexually assaulting her while she was in their custody. A rape kit collected the semen of detectives Eddie Martin and Richard Hall. The officers claimed that the sex was consensual. At the time, New York law nor Wisconsin made it illegal for a police officer to have sex with an individual in their custody.

Since that time, New York’s law has changed. In Wisconsin, support for the bill has been bi-partisan, receiving backing from law enforcement agencies and the community. After the hearing, Taylor released the following statement:

lena-taylor.“Bottom line, you can not consent to sexual contact with a law enforcement officer, while in their custody. There is an inherent imbalance of power in that situation. Wisconsin law doesn’t currently allow it for correctional officers or parole agents, police officers should be subject to the same laws.”

“I am thankful for the law enforcement agencies that agreed with the legislation and my colleagues that have helped to champion its merits. The bill will help protect everyone involved, officers and detainees. It should be a no-brainer and quite frankly, I was surprised to learn at the time of Chambers’ assault, this loophole existed in 35 states.“

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:01
 
Take Action: Support Bill to Ban Gerrymandering! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Monday, 03 June 2019 16:37

voterid_handThis redistricting press conference has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date.


MADISON - You’re invited to a press conference on Tuesday, June 4, in the State Capitol as two legislators unveil their bipartisan bills to ban gerrymandering in Wisconsin.

Senator Dave Hansen and Representative Robyn Vining will introduce their bills at 11:30 a.m. in the Assembly Parlor. Please come if you can!

We have two Assembly Republicans (Travis Tranel and Todd Novak) signed on as co-sponsors, but we need more.

If you are in one of the following three Assembly districts, please contact your legislator and urge him to co-sponsor the bill to ban gerrymandering (LRB-2062/1):

Representative Mark Born from Beaver Dam (AD39):
(608) 266-2540
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Representative Jon Plumer from Lodi (AD42):
(608) 266-3404
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Representative Joel Kitchens from Sturgeon Bay (AD1):
(608) 266-5350
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All three of these Republican legislators have expressed support, in principle, for banning gerrymandering in Wisconsin.

This is the next round in the fight to get fair voting maps and a level playing field for Wisconsin.

We’re going to win, and thanks for helping out!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:19
 
Applicants Needed for Washburn County Circuit Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 03 June 2019 16:23

judgeMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced last week that he is seeking applicants for Washburn County Circuit Court Judge.

The appointment will fill a vacancy being created by Judge Eugene D. Harrington’s retirement, effective August 2, 2019. The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2020.

The application form for this position can be found on the "Apply to Serve" page on Gov. Evers' website at evers.wi.gov. Click the application form link for "Judge or Justice" and send a completed application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on June 14, 2019.

Potential applicants with questions about the judicial selection process may contact the governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at (608) 266-1212.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:08
 
Protect Wisconsin Farmers from Trump Tariffs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Monday, 03 June 2019 15:19

trump-tariffsWisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms last year as President Trump escalated his trade war. We should be supporting our local farmers and helping them to compete on a level playing field instead.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:49
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Evers Seeks Applicants for Court of Appeals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 24 May 2019 09:47

judgementGovernor needs to fill vacancy created by Judge Kitty Brennan’s retirement from District 1 in Milwaukee.


MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he is seeking applicants for the Court of Appeals – District I. District I consists solely of Milwaukee County.

The appointment will fill a vacancy being created by Judge Kitty Brennan’s retirement, effective September 6, 2019. The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2020.

The application form for this position can be found on the "Apply to Serve" page on Gov. Evers' website at evers.wi.gov. Click the application form link for "Judge or Justice" and send completed applications to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on June 10, 2019.

Potential applicants with questions about the judicial selection process may contact the governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at (608) 266-1212.

 
State Legislators Introduce PFAS Standards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:43

kewaunee-harbor-familyPFAS, or per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are man made chemicals found in common household products that do not break down naturally and can accumulate over time in the environment. Health impacts to humans may include low birth weight, increased cholesterol, immune system impacts, cancer and thyroid hormone disruption.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:43
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