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Bewley Statement on Turning the Dial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Monday, 11 May 2020 11:02

businesses-microNew Senate Democratic leader likes limited reopening.

MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason) released the following statement regarding Governor Evers’ actions turning the dial to responsibly further reopen Wisconsin businesses:

janet-bewley“I appreciate Governor Evers’ and DHS Secretary Palm’s steady, pragmatic leadership throughout this public health crisis. With the assistance of public health officials at DHS and economic development partners at WEDC, we can begin to the turn the dial to safely reopen our economy. This has been a difficult time for many families across Wisconsin. As a state we are all in this together and by continuing to practice safety measures and social distancing we can limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Appleton GOP Press Conference on “Re-opening” Dangerous and Tone Deaf says Hansen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 08 May 2020 17:08

jim-steineke-appleton-wbaySenator says area Republicans don’t seem to care that the majority of people in this state do not want to re-open now, nor do they care about the predicament the workers are in. They just seem so eager and willing to risk the lives of others.

Gov. Evers: Encouraging Wisconsinites to Stay Safer at Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 08 May 2020 16:21

covid-19-busMADISON - Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on Thursday encouraging Wisconsinites to Stay Safer at Home.

Audio file of radio address.

The following is Gov. Tony Evers' radio address encouraging Wisconsinites to stay safer at home.

tony-eversHi, folks. Governor Tony Evers here.

Safer at Home is working and I want to thank you for everything you’ve been doing to help us flatten the curve and save hundreds of lives in our state.

While lawsuits and political posturing drag on, it is important to remember that when it comes to COVID-19 we are not out of the woods just yet.

We still need to listen to science and public health experts, and Safer at Home remains our best and most effective tool in this fight while we’re waiting for a vaccine.

Now, folks, believe me, I know this isn’t easy. I know folks are making sacrifices, and we all want to get back to some sort of normal, but this virus has killed more than 350 of our family members, friends, and neighbors and thousands more across our state are sick.

Without preventative measures like Safer at Home, we could see further outbreaks in our communities, landing us right back where we started and slowing down the process we’ve made these past months.

Deadly viruses don’t stop at county lines, they don’t wait for bureaucrats and politicians to work out their differences, and they certainly don’t go away on their own.

We need you to continue doing your part to help keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe.

Let’s get through this together by staying safe, staying healthy, and staying home.

Thank you.

Sen. Hansen: Justice Roggensack’s comments show she is unfit to serve PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:18

patience-roggensack_050720Her comments also show a complete lack of knowledge or understanding of just how transmittable the coronavirus is, says Green Bay Senator.

GREEN BAY, WI - As Brown County continues to increase at the fastest rate in the state, Justice Roggensack’s comments that workers at meat packing plants “are not regular folks” are as dangerous as they are insulting, demonstrating a sense of elitism and ignorance one might expect from our current president but not from a justice on our Supreme Court.

dave-hansen-gbHer comments also show a complete lack of knowledge or understanding of just how transmittable the coronavirus is which makes her judgment dangerous to those who will soon be forced back to work when she and the other activist Republican justices are expected to rule against Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order.

Justice Roggensack’s comments show her to be unfit to serve on the state’s highest court. At the very least she should recuse herself from any and all decisions related to challenges to Governor Evers’ order.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2020 14:31
Sarah Godlewski: WI opening many state parks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer   
Friday, 01 May 2020 15:01

sarah-godlewski-inparkGet out of the house and stay healthy says State Treasurer.

MADISON - It’s no secret that Wisconsin has unbeatable natural resources and stunning state parks, and now, I’m happy to announce that as of today (May 1) many of these wonderful state parks will be once again open to all Wisconsinites while still maintaining the social distancing guidelines to keep us all healthy.

As the Chair of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I know how important it is for Wisconsinites to be able to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of our state. Not only that, but it’s also critical to maintaining both mental and physical health.

Best of all, these parks are being opened in a safe, responsible manner that will continue to keep us healthy as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are uncertain times, but if we do our job as responsible citizens and continue to respect social distancing guidelines while at these wonderful parks -- then we can all once again enjoy the natural beauty of our state.

To read more about these guidelines, and to learn which parks are open check out this Press Release from Governor Evers’ office.

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe.

Talk soon,


Continuing Outbreak Demonstrates Need for Continuing Safer at Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 01 May 2020 14:52

covid-19-protest-madisonWithout vastly expanded testing, you really have no way of knowing how many people around you are infected. That's why early reopening plans by Republicans and others who oppose the Safer at Home order are so dangerous, says Green Bay Senator.

Senator Hansen: Marinette Marine wins Navy frigate contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 01 May 2020 09:55

manufacturingGREEN BAY, WI - The news that Marinette Marine has won the Navy frigate contract is great news during this difficult time. Not just for Marinette Marine and the people who work there but for the people of our area and the entire state.

dave-hansen-gbCongratulations to Marinette Marine CEO Jan Allman, the entire Fincantieri team and Governor Evers and his team on what is a great win for Wisconsin!

“Capitol COVID crisis” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 24 April 2020 10:12

bgw-mail-424STATEWIDE - The GOP war on public health continues in Wisconsin with Republican legislative leaders appealing to the right-wing Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the Governor’s stay at home order and inciting dangerous protests at the state capitol scheduled for Friday. We welcome attorney Mark Thomsen, who specializes in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, to discuss Speaker Vos’s repugnant amendment to COVID-19 relief legislation which makes it impossible to sue for any kind of nursing home abuse. The amendment was shamefully introduced on behalf of the WI Hospital Association, WI Medical Society, and WI Assisted Living Association. We close with a look at this fall’s state legislative elections and why they are so important to the healthy and prosperity of Wisconsin.

Listen Now – Episode #439
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Democratic Radio: Badger Bounce Back Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 23 April 2020 11:04

matc-studentsMADISON - Gov. Tony Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address on Badger Bounce Back Plan.

Audio file of radio address.

The following is Gov. Tony Evers' radio address on the Badger Bounce Back plan. 

tony-eversHi, Wisconsin, it’s Governor Tony Evers.

A few weeks ago, Wisconsin had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state.

The good news is that data show that Safer at Home is working. It’s projected we have saved at least 300 lives, and perhaps as many as 1,400 lives. We have helped flatten the curve, which has resulted in fewer cases and hospitalizations, but folks, we aren’t out of the woods just yet.

As you know, last week I acted to extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order until May 26, 2020 because as I have said all along, we are going to rely on the science and public health experts to help guide us through these challenges.

That extension is going to provide our state critical time to continue building the tools we need to safely reopen our economy and ensure that it stays open. That’s where our Badger Bounce Back plan comes into play.

The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed by the White House's Guidelines and it outlines important criteria Wisconsin must meet in order for us to safely move forward.

That includes increased testing and expanded lab capacity, and therefore has to have more thorough contact tracing as a result. It’s about boxing in the virus rather than boxing in people.

It includes growing our supply of personal protective equipment and bolstering our healthcare workforce and capacity.

What we are going to be looking for is a downward trajectory of positive COVID-19 test results as a percentage of total tests within a 14-day period.

When the state has seen these efforts be successful, Wisconsin can begin to turn the dial to reopen our state and get our businesses and workers back on their feet.

That's what the Badger Bounce Back plan is all about: our resilience as a people and as a state. I hope you will join me in these efforts to stay safer at home and bounce back together.

Thank you.

Wis Democracy Campaign - Earth Day/Lethal Protests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:25

wdc-header-2020-logoMADISON, WI - Happy Earth Day!

Our staff put out a thorough report this week on how, during the Walker Administration, Wisconsin shirked its obligations to combat climate change and to protect the environment. Here’s our press release, with a link to the report:

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Added Fuel to Climate Change Fire, WDC Report Shows

And today, the Wisconsin Examiner printed my op-ed, which summarized the report, showed the progress that Gov. Evers has made on this issue, and briefly discussed the impact of the coronavirus on the environment:

An Earth Day Assessment of Wisconsin's Environmental Progress

Lastly, I wanted to share with you something I just wrote. It’s about the MacIver Institute, here in Wisconsin, ginning up the protests against the governor’s “Safer at Home” order. MacIver’s idolatry of the “free market” extends to flagrantly jeopardizing lives in Wisconsin, as I argue here:

The Lethal Idiocy of the MacIver Institute

I hope you share my outrage about this.


Matt Rothschild
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