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Citizen Action hires new movement politics director, JoAnna Bautch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Thursday, 19 December 2019 17:10

joanna-bautchWill focus on helping current (and future) members run for office.


MILWAUKEE - Citizen Action is very excited to announce the hiring of JoAnna Bautch as our movement politics director! JoAnna will be developing Citizen Action’s electoral and voter engagement programs, with a focus on helping current (and future) members run for office on our long term agenda for structural reform. JoAnna will also help recruit and develop members who want to learn how to run campaigns and support Citizen Action candidates who, if elected,h will co-govern with us.

JoAnna is passionate about the growth of her community. She is born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and loves everything the city has to offer.

Raised by a single mother, JoAnna knows the importance of a strong work ethic, and coming from a matriarchal family, she knows the power of the Latina voice. Although JoAnna struggled through high school, she is a proud MPS graduate, and in May of 2017, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Alverno College.

JoAnna stays active with her community as a board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Milwaukee Chapter, the Milwaukee Water Commons, and TRUE Skool. She is also a member of the 88Nine Cultural Commons/Community Stories Live Steering Committee and the Alverno College Latinas Con Fuerza Ceremony committee, a ceremony she helped found during her senior year at the college.

In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys drinking coffee at local coffee shops, taking in various cultures at different festivals and eating tacos from a food truck.

If you are interested in running for office in the future or learning the skills needed to help run campaigns contact JoAnna at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2019 17:28
 
Federal Court Decision Threatens Health Coverage in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2019 16:46

healthcare-family-drWisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, marketplace health insurance, at grave risk of having coverage taken away by right-wing federal judges.

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GOP Blocks Contract for State Troopers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 19 December 2019 16:00

wi-state-patrol-troopersAmidst staffing shortages, Legislative Republicans have refused to approve a state contract with a wage increase for Wisconsin's top law enforcement agency.

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Wisconsin Welcomes Refugees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 19 December 2019 15:39

immigration-childrenGovernor tells Feds we will continue supporting refugee resettlement in the state.


MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of State notifying the federal government of Wisconsin's intent to continue supporting refugee resettlement in the state. This announcement follows an executive order issued by President Trump requiring states and localities provide written consent for refugee resettlement.

tony-evers“In Wisconsin, we believe in kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion—those are our Wisconsin values. Time and time again, I have watched Wisconsinites roll up their sleeves and help each other, rising to the call of our neighbors in their time of need,” said Gov. Evers. “As we face that call today, I am disappointed by the Trump Administration's overly cumbersome and inappropriate process for those involved in resettlement, but the state of Wisconsin will continue to proudly welcome those seeking refuge into our communities and our state.”

Gov. Evers' letter can be found here.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2019 15:47
 
House votes to impeach Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2019 10:30

trump-impeached-mjsHistoric step Wednesday will send long-lasting reverberations throughout the Capitol and the country.

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Lt. Governor Takes Part in Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Office Press   
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:37

educationLt. Gov. Mandela Barnes goes to Washington, D.C. to participate in bipartisan education policy fellowship program with 22 other high-ranking state leaders.


MADISON – Last week, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes took part in The Hunt Institute’s Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program, the nation’s premier education policy fellowship, in Washington, D.C. The program brought together a group of bipartisan state leaders who will examine state-level education policy over the next nine months.

Lt. Gov. Barnes joined a network of 90 Fellows over five cohorts and was one of 23 high-ranking state leaders who began the program Dec. 11-13 in the nation’s capital.

mandela-barnes“It was an honor to be invited to be part of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program and have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about education policy,” Lt. Gov. Barnes said. “As a staunch advocate for our public schools, I look forward to learning how to better craft policies that not only support our public schools but the health and well-being of children and families. More children will succeed in the classroom when we achieve economic justice and have access to things like health care, housing, and transportation.”

During their time together in D.C., Cohort 6 Fellows explored the importance of K-12 standards and assessments, school funding, early learning, and effective teachers and school leaders along with some of the nation’s leading experts in education, policy, and politics. Fellows also participated in a local school visit to Thurgood Marshall Academy.

Along with Lt. Gov. Barnes, the 2019-20 Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows also included:

  • Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D-VA)
  • State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler (R-ND)
  • State Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-NC)
  • State Superintendent Jillian Balow (R-WY)
  • State Sen. Regina Barrow (D-LA)
  • Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (D-CT)
  • Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R-GA)
  • Board of Regents Fred DuVal (D-AZ)
  • Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette (R-SC)
  • State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick (R-MO)
  • Lt. Gov. Mike Foley (R-NE)
  • Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist (D-MI)
  • Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D-NJ)
  • State Rep. Ken King (R-TX)
  • State Sen. Dave Lent (R-ID)
  • State Treasurer Fiona Ma (D-CA)
  • Lt. Gov. Howie Morales (D-NM)
  • Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell (R-OK)
  • State Sen. Patricia Rucker (R-WV)
  • Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D-IL)
  • Fmr. State Senator Billie Sutton (D-SD)
  • State Sen. Max Wise (R-KY)

“Launching the next group of Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows is always motivating as we welcome a new group of influential state leaders who are determined to challenge the status quo in education,” Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, The Hunt Institute’s President & CEO, said.

Unique to this program, Fellows had access to The Hunt Institute’s bipartisan network of former governors who have established reputations for working across the aisle and improving public education. The governors who joined the Fellows during the program included Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT); Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. (D-NC); Gov. Tom Kean (R-NJ); Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD); and Gov. Bob Wise (D-WV).

Counted among Fellow Alumni are Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon, Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Gov. Brad Little of Idaho, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gov.-Elect Tate Reeves of Mississippi and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada. Five Fellows are currently running for governor – Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (UT-Cohort 1), Attorney General Tim Fox (MT-Cohort 5), Attorney General Mark Herring (VA-Cohort 1) and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (AK-Cohort 3).

“We are looking forward to continuing working with our sixth cohort of Fellows – a group of leaders who share the goal of improving education through thoughtful policy,” Gov. Hunt, the program’s co-founder, said. “If we expect our education systems to improve, we must be strategic and bold in our actions.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:54
 
Lawmakers pile on the spending in $1.4 trillion deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:29

tax-planWASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers added $24.7 billion in emergency and “off-book” spending to a nearly $1.4 trillion package as they sought to settle differences and finish the congressional appropriations bills for the fiscal year.

The White House and Congress had reached a $1.37 trillion deal in July that increased defense spending by $22 billion and domestic spending by $12 billion.

But the final deal brings the sum total to $1.394 trillion, and includes emergency funding for natural disasters, the 2020 census, medical funding and other priorities.

Read the developing report here

 
New Legislative Package to “Disrupt Disparities” Proposed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BOWEN PRESS   
Monday, 16 December 2019 16:37

jailedRepresentatives Bowen and Crowley will host round-table at UWM to discuss further steps to end the disparities in Wisconsin.

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Democrats tell court they need Mueller grand jury documents for impeachment trial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Monday, 16 December 2019 16:24

muellerClaim Barr led Department of Justice is trying to avoid disclosing grand-jury material needed for the House’s impeachment of President Trump and the Senate’s trial.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2019 16:53
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Democrats get the health care fight they want with prescription drug bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 14 December 2019 15:22

affordablecareDemocrats, progressive groups plan to spotlight Speaker Pelosi’s sweeping bill as central piece in 2020 health messaging.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats looking for a health care fight in 2020 have found a key marker with the House drug pricing bill.

The White House said the bill would impose “price controls” and indicated President Trump would issue a veto if it gets to his desk.

But lowering drug prices polls consistently as one of the top issues for voters, and Democrats and progressive groups plan to spotlight Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) sweeping bill as the central piece to their health messaging in 2020.

Read the full story here

 
LWV-WI Will Fight Court Order to Purge Voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Women Voters WI, Erin Grunze   
Saturday, 14 December 2019 14:45

voter-primariesLeague of Women Voters of Wisconsin working on options to halt Friday's court order in Ozaukee County to purge over 234,000 voters from rolls statewide.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2019 15:20
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