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Citizen Action Redoubles Efforts for Redistricting Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:59

VotedSCOTUS Decision to Postpone New State Election Maps is Disappointing News for Wisconsin Voters


MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to stay the order by federal judges that required Wisconsin to redraw its unconstitutional voting maps by this November. The stay means that even if the people ultimately win the Gill v Whitford court case in the U.S. Supreme Court, it will be tougher to have fair maps in place by the 2018 election.

“Candidates need time to prepare and campaign within their districts. We hope this case will be decided quickly, otherwise we could be facing another unfair election in 2018,” responded Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action, which has been leading a statewide campaign for redistricting reform. “But we are not deterred. Our members are more committed than ever to fight for fair maps.”

In January, a federal trial panel ordered Wisconsin to redraw its election maps by November 2017 following the landmark decision last fall that Wisconsin’s legislative districts were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Attorney General Schimel appealed both the ruling and the order to redraw the maps. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide on the Gill v Whitford case within the year.

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Hear Wisconsin Redistricting Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Monday, 19 June 2017 15:18

supreme-courtGREEN BAY - With the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Wisconsin’ redistricting case, the Court has the opportunity to correct a part of our electoral process that has opened the door to election rigging here in Wisconsin and across the country.

Wisconsin Republicans rigged the electoral map so profoundly that two federal courts have ruled it unconstitutional saying the Republican effort “intended to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters...by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats.

dave-hansen"Republicans can argue that rigging the maps is legal, but anyone who believes in a truly representative democracy knows it is not right," said Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in a statement released today. "Voters have a right to expect fair and competitive elections. And the health of our system of government depends on it."

Our democracy works best when we have fair and competitive elections. Regardless of how the court decides this case. it is time to take partisan politics out of redistricting and adopt a non-partisan process that voters can be confident in.

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Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed this story.

 
Gableman Not Seeking Re-Election To State Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 16 June 2017 07:48

michael_gablemanStrong Candidates and Grassroots Enthusiasm Intimidate Justice Michael Gableman from Seeking a Second Term say Dems.


MADISON - The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on the news that Conservative Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman will reportedly not seek a second term on the state's highest court:

martha-laning"After the success progressives had in the 2017 spring elections it is no surprise that Justice Michael Gableman has reportedly decided to not run for re-election next year.

"In April's spring elections, 74 percent of the candidates the Democratic Party worked with won their elections - including Tony Evers' massive statewide victory.

"Powered by the success of local organizing and the strength of grassroots groups around the state, Democrats are turning on the off-year and six months into the year conservative candidates are clearly becoming intimidated by the strength of our operation.

"It is great to see candidates stepping up to run for the Supreme Court who will restore fairness and impartiality to the high court." ​

 
State GOP Passes on Chance to Address Opioid Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 15 June 2017 09:00

drugaddicts-youngDemocratic amendment would protect taxpayers, held pharmaceutical industry to task for their role.

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