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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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Senate Republicans Vote Against Giving Veterans the Day Off for Veterans Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:17

veterans_army_medicWisconsin GOP goes AWOL when it comes to going beyond lip service for veterans.


MADISON - Senate Republicans voted against giving veterans who work in the private sector a paid day off to observe Veterans Day. The amendment to Senate Bill 113, introduced by State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), would have made sure that every veteran who goes to a job in Wisconsin would receive a paid day off for Veterans Day.

dave_hansen“It’s important that Wisconsin recognize Veterans Day, but it should be about more than closing state offices and giving state workers the day off,” said Hansen. “If we truly want to honor our veterans we should give them the day off with pay so they can participate in Veterans Day events or use it as a day of personal reflection. They are the ones who sacrificed for us. It’s the least we can do for them on their day.”

Hansen said he believes Wisconsin employers would support such a change in the law.

“I don’t know why Senate Republicans would oppose giving veterans the day off. I certainly can’t imagine any patriotic business owner objecting to honoring our veterans who have done so much to protect our way of life in this way.”

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