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Senator Vinehout Voices Opposition to Republican Labor Relations Act PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Linda Kleinschmidt   
Friday, 12 January 2018 14:51

unionworkersSays bill will take away local powers related to employment.

Governor’s Ad Campaign Won't Lure Millennials Back PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:11

wisc-leaving$6.8 million advertising campaign doesn’t reflect Walker's real priorities, which undermine quality of life he touts.

When Will Lincoln Hills Close? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:16

boy-in-docIf Gov. Walker has been making plans as he claims -- rather than another political cover up -- this should be an easy question to answer.

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker continues his political cover-up of the mounting crisis at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls -- but this time he is misleading those most impacted: workers and youth at the facility and their families. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning stressed that it is time to call Walker’s bluff: Give the public a closing date for Lincoln Hills. Walker must also make public whatever timeline he developed during his alleged year of planning.

laning3“Gov. Walker needs to be honest with the people of Wisconsin about this urgent crisis he’s ignored,” said Laning. “If he truly has been developing plans for more than year, it should be easy to give the public a date Lincoln Hills will close down.

“However his own statements reveal he plans to dump these problems on the next governor in 2019 and is just trying to bury further mounting evidence he’s been an absentee governor.”

Up until last week, Walker dodged the thorny issue, repeatedly refusing to act and ignoring numerous Democratic plans (such as the one he is belatedly embracing) proposals and legislation to improve the situation. Two months ago, he stated plainly that things were safe and he flatly refused to visit or meet with an injured teacher or alarmed family members. 

It has been 5 years, 10 months and 25 days between when Walker was first warned about the serious cases of abuse and neglect going on at Lincoln Hills and when his administration announced the school’s closure. 

During those 2,155 days, there have been numerous incidents of horrifying abuse at Lincoln Hills, including but not limited to sexual assault, dismemberment and physical abuse of both youth and employees. In 2015, a criminal investigation into Lincoln Hills was launched by Attorney General Brad Schimel, an investigation he botched so severely that the FBI had to step in and take over. Unfortunately, Walker and his administration largely stayed silent during this period. 

Because of his inaction, it will likely be two or more years until Lincoln Hills is fully closed, and those personally impacted by this crisis have a right to know when that will be. 

Concluded Laning: “If Walker is unable to provide a date, it will answer the question of whether this plan has actually been in the works for a year. Six years of crisis on his watch is plenty of time to come up with a detailed plan to close Lincoln Hills given the urgency of the problem and the real harm being done to Wisconsinites that Walker is supposed to represent and protect.”

Flynn Departure Creates New Opportunities in Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jordan Krieger   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:51

edward-flynnCity police chief will step down on February 16.

MADISON – Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn announced Monday that he would be stepping down effective February 16, 2018. Following the news, Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee) released the following statement:

lena-taylor“In the coming weeks, it is my desire that we build on the areas where Chief Flynn fell short," said Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee). “Most notably, the areas identified by the recent U.S. Department of Justice draft report which demonstrated Flynn’s issues implementing community policing, creating a police department that reflects the diversity of the community they serve, providing sufficient training, and revising policies that led to disproportionate surveillance and stops of minority residents.”

“Moving forward, I hope that the community and elected officials of the Common Council will have a say in the selection of our police chief and that the process is fair, transparent, and reflective of the reforms needed. Chief Flynn, your service has been appreciated, but it is time to move on.”

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