Saturday February 24, 2018

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“Attorney General Schimel wants to arm teachers” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 23 February 2018 15:04

school_arm_teachersWe discuss AG's shameful election year call for arming teachers in Wisconsin schools in an effort to fire up gun advocates, and more...

STATEWIDE - We review this week’s Spring Primary Election results and looking forward to April 3rd General Election. Robert reviews the latest Gov. Walker healthcare scheme which vainly attempts to cover one of his greatest political vulnerabilities.

We dive into Attorney General Brad Schimel’s shameful election year call for arming teachers in Wisconsin schools in an effort to fire up gun advocates. Finally we review explosive new research from the ACLU documenting that that hundreds of thousands of Milwaukee Police stops violate basic constitutional rights because they are not based on reasonable cause, and disproportionately subject people of color to stigmatizing and traumatic police encounters.

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Democratic Radio: "Despite Flooding Risks, GOP Rolls Back Wetland Protections" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
Friday, 23 February 2018 14:50

hurricane-harveyAssembly action this week will make it substantially easier to replace wetlands with paved surfaces all across Wisconsin, and may cause enormous damage in future storms.

MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:

A written transcript of the address is below:

janet-bewley“Hello, this is State Senator Janet Bewley

“As I’m recording this, 12 Wisconsin counties are under flood warnings. In the middle of February.

“It’s been 16 months since deadly floods caused enormous damage across Northwestern Wisconsin. We spent months detouring around washed out roads as crews did heroic work helping our communities recover and start rebuilding. It will be years before we’re back to where we started.

“That’s why I was so disappointed to see my republican colleagues vote for a bill yesterday that is almost guaranteed to make things worse. Assembly Bill 547 will make it substantially easier to replace wetlands with paved surfaces all across Wisconsin. We saw what that did in Houston, why would we want to replicate it here in Wisconsin? Wetlands not only provide critical protections for our water by filtering out pollution, they also protect against flooding.

“I understand the need to update laws to make sure that we aren’t needlessly thwarting economic opportunity, but we shouldn’t go too far. We need to ensure that any changes we make to wetland protection don’t result in increased flooding. It’s not just a question of having to spend more time with our shop-vacs in our basements, it’s a question of where are we going to find the resources to rebuild whole communities that have been devastated by flooding.”

Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 18:52
Democratic Radio "Black History Month" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:46

martinlutherkingMADISON - This week Rep. David Bowen (D - Milwaukee) presents the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on Black History Month, a time to honor African American leaders and important historical events.

Audio File of Radio Address

david-bowenHello, this is State Representative David Bowen with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

February is Black History Month.  This is the time of year many host commemorative events to honor African American leaders and important historical events.

But Black History is about so much more.

It is about the real, shared experiences of African Americans from all walks of life.

A time when we remember those who fought for the right to vote.

Those who marched for access to public services without Jim Crow laws.

Those who died fighting for the recognition that all people are created equal.

It is about those experiences strengthening this state and strengthening this nation, because Black History is American history.

Most of all, it is remembering where we have been, so we can remember and recognize how far we still have to go.

Black History Month, just like every month, is a time of action.

That action can be working on economic equity, criminal justice reform, advocating for fair housing practices, and demanding quality education for our children.

For me, it means tirelessly working to ensure our community has a seat at the table and a voice in our state government.

Like the great black public servants who came before me, Lloyd Barbee, Vel Phillips, and so many others, I will continue to fight for the community I was born and raised in.

I will continue to work making Wisconsin a better place for all of us.

Thank you.

Rep. Sargent on Child Tax Rebate and Annual Sales Tax Holiday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:10

scottwalker-dreamWalker’s plan for a one-time child tax credit and sales tax holiday is an election-year gimmick says legislator.

MADISON – On Wednesday, Assembly Bill (AB) 944, Governor Walker’s plan for a one-time child tax credit and sales tax holiday, was recommended for adoption on a party-line vote by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement about the vote:

melissa-sargent“The chickens are coming home to roost for Wisconsin Republicans. Seven years’ worth of their failed policies have finally caught up with them, so their last-ditch effort is to buy votes at $100 apiece. Well, I have news for Governor Walker and Republicans in the Legislature: you can’t buy our votes.

Governor Walker might not be handing these checks out at polling locations in November, but Wisconsinites are smart enough to read between the lines. This is a one-time sales tax holiday and a one-time $100-check to be delivered right before an election—if that doesn’t scream ‘election-year gimmick,’ I don’t know what does.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:07
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