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Democratic Wave Grows in Special Elections Across Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:28

patty-schachtner-farmPatty Schachtner overcomes the odds in Senate District 10 race to win seat previously held by Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf for 16 years. Democrats show gains in Assembly District 58 and win unopposed in 66.

Good Gov't Groups Defend Elections & Ethics Administrators PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:33

wisc-elections-commBrian Bell, the administrator of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, and Michael Haas, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission are fair, impartial, and nonpartisan in their positions.

MADISON - On Wednesday, leaders of good government groups in Wisconsin are holding a press conference to defend Brian Bell, the administrator of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, and Michael Haas, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

michael-haasBoth are facing a reckless and baseless attack on their reputations from Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who have demanded their resignations. Fitzgerald has also announced plans to vote them out of their jobs on Jan. 23 without even holding a public hearing to give them a chance to defend their good names and to allow the public to weigh in on this matter.

The good government groups are urging Vos and Fitzgerald to hold a public hearing and to call off their vendetta.

Speaking at the press conference will be:

Erin Grunze, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin;
Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin;
Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

"The only ‘sin’ that Brian Bell and Mike Haas have committed is being scrupulously fair, impartial, and nonpartisan in their positions and in gaining the unanimous bipartisan support from the Ethics and Elections Commissioners,” says Heck. “Apparently, Fitzgerald and Vos want hyper-partisans answerable to them alone in these jobs for the upcoming 2018 elections.”

“Mike Haas and Brian Bell are dedicated public servants who have the unanimous support of their bipartisan commission boards,” says Grunze. “It is especially troubling that elected officials are attacking them without cause in an election year when the public needs confidence in our democratic processes.”

On January 10, 11 good government groups signed an open letter to Vos, Fitzgerald, and all Wisconsin State Senators: The letter urged them “to call off the scurrilous attacks on Haas, Bell and the commissions they lead. Give them a public hearing so that they may clear their names.”

That letter was also signed by two former Senate Majority Leaders: Tim Cullen, a Democrat, and Dale Schultz, a Republican.

How Haste Empowers the "Shadow Legislature" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:14

mta-madisonLast week, 49 committees took action on 150 bills. This hasty process allows for out-of-state “Shadow Legislature” groups to push for action on bills while Wisconsin citizens struggle to keep up with the process and make their voice heard.

Immediate Action at Lincoln Hills Proposed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:06

lincohn-hills-youth-prisonWalker and GOP have kicked Lincoln Hills crisis down the road for years. Democrats introduce correction reform proposals to improve safety now.

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