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Democrats Urge Protection of Voter Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:37

donald-trumpRepublicans silent on Trump request for voter data and Social Security numbers.

MADISON – The top Democratic leaders in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly have urged the state’s Elections Board to protect voter rights and reject a request from the Trump administration for sensitive voter information. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity recently requested Wisconsin voters’ confidential information including voters’ dates of birth, partial Social Security Numbers, and partisan political preference.

jen-shilling“The Commission’s request would jeopardize voter rights and violate Wisconsin privacy laws,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Close advisors to President Trump are still under investigation for potential election violations and inappropriate contact with Russian agents. The last thing we should do in the midst of these ongoing investigations is hand sensitive voter data over to the Trump administration.”

peter-barca“There have been repeated attempts by Republicans in Wisconsin and in Washington, D.C. to suppress voter participation in our Democracy,” said Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). "We have heard from a number of sources that this request by Trump’s administration could very well end up as a thinly veiled attempt to take state-level schemes to kick Democratic voters off voting rolls to a national scale. We need Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans to join us in this effort to protect voter privacy and prevent the Trump administration from overstepping its authority.”


NOTE: A copy of the letter to the Elections Board is here. Thanks to Tony Palese and Olivia Hwang for this article.

Walker Proposes Road Delays, Layoffs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Friday, 07 July 2017 16:29

road-repair-wi-milwLong-term transportation fix remains elusive for disjointed GOP lawmakers.

Wisconsin Misses Budget Deadline As Squabbling Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 09:53

capitol-dome-mdsnRepublicans just can't get their act together in Madison or in Washington.

MADISON - The parades and fireworks are over, but Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state legislature have yet to pass a 2017-2019 biennial state budget, missing the state's July 1 deadline. Last week, state lawmakers bickered intensely in the public over budgetary sticking points. The public squabbling mirrored that of Republicans at the federal level who continue to argue over how to kick millions of Americans off their health care insurance. Republicans control all levels of government at both the state and federal level and their inability to govern is apparent as uncertainty over health care, local school funding, and transportation infrastructure remain.

"Republicans just can't get their act together in Madison or in Washington. They're in complete control at the state and federal level, but so far the biggest hallmark of their respective leadership is a complete failure to govern," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby on Wednesday. "While D.C. Republicans can't decide how best to eliminate health care for millions of Americans, Wisconsin Republicans can't fix their broken budget-writing process. It's clear that the time is now for them to work with Democrats, end the impasse, and deliver some certainty for hard-working Wisconsinites."

Helping Veterans Become Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:37

veteransA proposal before the Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism committee would provide assistance to veterans interested in farming. A career in agriculture helps veterans who are suffering from PTSD return to civilian life and will also address the aging workforce of farmers.

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