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Democratic Black Caucus Has Statement On Verdict In Heaggan-Brown Trial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 26 June 2017 11:31

Heaggan-BrownAsks community for peace, vote instead.

MADISON - The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Black Caucus Vice-Chair Felesia Martin with regards to last week's verdict in the Heaggan-Brown trial:

"The Black Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin supports the calls for peace, requested by the family of Sylville Smith. After the disappointing verdict in the trial of former Milwaukee Police Officer Heaggan-Brown, Mr. Smith’s sister, Sherelle Smith, said, it’s time to 'Do something different in the community.'

"We would encourage members of the community to join us in our work to educate our community about the benefits of civic and voter engagement. When we elect individuals who are committed to social justice, racial equity, and respect for diversity it helps to improve employment, education, health, and criminal justice outcomes. Our thoughts are with the Smith family, friends, and community. #BlackLivesMatter"

Relief for Victims of Contaminated Wells Progresses in Legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:34

CowsConservationists Praise Passage of Assembly Bill 226

MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 226 yesterday. The bill will make it easier for more households to replace wells contaminated with manure and human sewage or fix failing septic systems.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann issued this statement:

“This bill represents a step forward for Wisconsin residents suffering from manure-tainted drinking water. As taps run brown in some parts of the state and one-in-five private wells are poisoned with coliform bacteria, this crucial action will offer immediate relief to victims of Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis. We urge the Senate to pass this bill as soon as possible. 

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters looks forward to tackling the manure management problems that made this bill necessary through upcoming administrative rules and future legislation. It is unconscionable that thousands of Wisconsinites are unable to drink their tap water. We urge decision makers to make reduction of manure pollution a high priority. We thank Rep. Joel Kitchens for introducing the bill and members of the Assembly who voted for its passage.”

Citizen Action Issues 'Health Care Red Alert' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:59

Mitch McConnellSenate Republicans will release their health care bill today in Washington, and here's what you can do about it.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans are poised to release the long awaited details of their health care bill later today and details leaked to the media last night. While many hoped the Senate would produce a more humane bill, in some ways it may be worse than the House version which even Donald Trump says is “mean.”

This explains why the bill has been developed in secret, and why Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to ram it through in one week with as little public debate as possible. The Republican leaders know that their goal of taking health care away from millions of Americans to fund huge new tax cut for the super rich cannot succeed if the public is fully informed.

Because of the incredible work of thousands of people like you across Wisconsin, Senator Ron Johnson now says he is on the fence. Today Johnson told The Hill newspaper: “I’ve told [McConnell], unless I have the input from my constituents, unless I have got the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won’t be voting yes.”

McConnell can only lose 2 votes, so a defection by Ron Johnson could be huge. But there is a good chance that McConnell will be able to twist Johnson’s arm and force him back in line unless we can keep the pressure on!

Repealing Prevailing Wage Could Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $336 Million PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:02

Construction New report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute examines impacts to the salaries of construction workers in Wisconsin.

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