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Wis Democracy Campaign "Unheralded Wins!" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 16 November 2018 14:36

wdc-logoGreat wins occurred on pro-democracy referendums.


MADISON - Amidst all the coverage of Tony Evers’s narrow victory over Scott Walker last week, one story got lost: the great wins that occurred on pro-democracy referendums.

By overwhelming margins, citizens in four counties voted against partisan gerrymandering, and citizens in nine communities said they were in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Here are the details:

Pro-Democracy Referendums Pass in Wisconsin, Elsewhere

Another story that didn’t get enough attention was the record amount of outside money that splattered our screens with mud in the lead-up to Election Day. Here’s our list of express advocacy groups, and the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity tops it:

Reported Electioneering Group Spending Tops $36M in Fall Elections

And we continue to expose how big donors have gotten their way, time and time again, at the DNR under Scott Walker. Our most recent posting here was about the Kohlers and their golf course:

Ex-DNR Employee Says Agency Was Pressured to Approve Big Donor’s Golf Course

matt-rothschildWe’ll be vigilant, over the next six weeks, to watch for any last minute giveaways to donors, and we’ll press ahead with our pro-democracy agenda in the year ahead.

Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Democratic Radio "Veterans Day" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:32

veteranflagMADISON - This week, Assistant Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein (D - Middleton) discusses Veterans Day and the importance of remembering those who served.

Audio File of Radio Address

dianne-hesselbeinThe text of Rep. Hesselbein's comments is presented below.

Hello, this is State Representative Dianne Hesselbein with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

On November 11th, Americans celebrated Veterans Day.

On this day we especially honor those who performed the highest duty any individual can offer our great nation – service in our Armed Forces.

Our brave veterans are a steadfast reminder of the sacred obligations we hold as Americans, both at home and abroad to protect our freedoms and way of life.

As a state legislator, I believe it is my duty to ensure when our service men and women return home, they are provided the opportunities they need to succeed.

That means opening the door to educational opportunities, ensuring access to high-quality healthcare, and breaking down barriers for veterans to enter the workforce.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my husband Bob for his 28 years of military service as a pilot in the Army and Air Force.

A debt we can never fully repay is owed to these brave individuals and I pledge to never stop working to move Wisconsin and our veterans forward.

Thank you.

 
“Walker repealed and replaced with Evers/Barnes” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 09 November 2018 15:42

walker-repealed-and-replacedTuesday’s historic election, the Citizen Action lawsuit that expanded access to early voting, and more...


STATEWIDE - We review Tuesday’s historic election that swept Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes, Josh Kaul, and Sarah Godlewski into statewide office and overwhelmingly re-elected Tammy Baldwin to fight the Trump administration in Washington. We look at highlights and a few lost opportunities.

We welcome Anita Johnson to discuss her organizing work and her role in the Citizen Action lawsuit the expanded access to early voting, which had a decisive late night role in Walker's defeat. We are also joined by Robyn Vining. who narrowly upset Matt Adamczyk in a Republican district in suburban Milwaukee, and Citizen Action organizer Jeff Smith, who overcame the growing urban/rural divide and won election to the State Senate in Western Wisconsin.

LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #367
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Milwaukee and Dane County Democratic Parties: “All Cities Matter” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, Shyla Deacon   
Friday, 09 November 2018 15:19

mc-courthouse-jailThe voters of Wisconsin on Tuesday clearly relegated the politics of 'divide and conquer' to the dustbin of history. Speaker Vos should work with Governor-Elect Evers to build a bipartisan partnership.


MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee and Dane Democratic Party County Chairs Christopher Walton and Michael Basford released a statement slamming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for his remarks saying that state legislative maps weren’t meant to represent Milwaukee & Madison.

robin-vos“Speaker Vos is even more tone deaf than we ever thought possible. He had the audacity to say that the state isn’t gerrymandered because, "If you took Madison and Milwaukee out of the formula, we (republicans) would have a clear majority." Milwaukee and Madison are as much part of Wisconsin as Racine, Onalaska, Green Bay, and Plover.

How frankly racist of the Speaker to say that if you get rid of the areas where about 95% of the African American people in the state live we’d have a Republican state legislature. But we all know that erasure is primary focus of the Republican Party platform.

As the Chairs of the Democratic Parties of Milwaukee and Dane Counties, We believe that the voters of Wisconsin on Tuesday clearly relegated the politics of 'divide and conquer' to the dustbin of history. If Robin Vos spent more time listening to all voters in Wisconsin than continuing to further divide Wisconsinite against Wisconsinite, perhaps his party wouldn't need this extreme gerrymandering to hold onto what power it has left. Speaker Vos work with Governor-Elect Evers to build a bipartisan partnership rather than continue that divide and conquer politics of the last 8 years.”

Signed:

Christopher Walton, Democratic Party of Milwaukee County

Michael Basford, Democratic Party of Dane County

Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2018 15:40
 
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