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Democratic Radio "It’s a New Day in Wisconsin" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Evers Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:23

mandela-barnesMADISON - This week Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes presents himself to the people of Wisconsin.

Audio File of Radio Address

Hi, I’m Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

It’s a new day in Wisconsin with the inauguration of Governor Evers last week, and I’m honored to serve our great state by his side as Lieutenant Governor.

As your Lieutenant Governor, I intend to focus the work of my office on promoting equity and sustainability across Wisconsin.

We have a responsibility to make sure that opportunity exists in every community across our state, because a person’s zip code should not determine their destiny.

I’m excited to work with Governor Evers to improve great access to healthcare, provide great schools in our neighborhoods, invest in our crumbling roads and infrastructure, and ensure sure that clean and safe drinking water is available in all of our homes.

So right out the gate, we’ve been traveling across the state, meeting with community members and talking about how we can come together to address the critical issues that impact every one of us.

What we’ve heard is that people are ready for their elected leaders to set aside political differences, in order to make Wisconsin work together to solve problems- which is exactly what we’re doing.

It’s truly an honor to serve as Lieutenant Governor of our great state.

I look forward to visiting you in your community soon.

Thank you.

 
Blue Jean Nation "Hold on to that trump card" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:26

dogs-playing-pokerALTOONA, WI - Wisconsin Democrats entered a euchre player in a high-stakes poker game.

We’ll see how that goes. Early signs are worrying, though.

I don’t know much about euchre. Played it a couple of times as a kid. Seemed like a nice, friendly game. But I couldn’t wait to get back outside to play ball.

When I was willing to sit long enough to play cards, it was usually poker. It took no time to learn it’s generally a good idea to hold on to aces. The euchre player just discarded one, making an early concession to legislative Republicans by backing off his plan to eliminate the state’s failed economic development agency in his budget.

Bad opening play.

Bad because it violates the first rule of deal-making: Never make a unilateral concession, never negotiate with yourself. Only give up something when you get something in return.

Even worse, an invaluable trump card is lost and bargaining leverage is surrendered.

tony-eversThe state budget process starts with the governor’s proposal, which will be coming sometime next month. The legislature tears it apart and puts it back together, amending it to lawmakers’ liking before returning it to the governor’s desk. The governor signs it into law, but not before being able to substantially alter the legislature’s preferences with partial vetoes.

The first hand that’s dealt should be played with the final hand in mind. The governor should ask for the moon and the stars. Budgets are first and foremost declarations of priorities. What’s important to spend money on and what’s not. By setting spending priorities, budgets are also vision statements. Proposing a budget is the governor’s opportunity to put dollar signs next to his aspirations for the state.

He won’t get everything he wants, so he should ask for more than he wants. And trump cards need to be held for the final stages of horse trading. I can think of at least two. Both are state subsidy programs beloved by Republicans. Both have been colossal wastes of taxpayer money. Both have been around for years and have failed to produce the promised results.

One is taxpayer-subsidized private schooling, otherwise known as school vouchers. The other is the state’s corporate welfare office, officially called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Both are miserable failures. Yet Republicans remain deeply invested in them. The governor can single-handedly make them vanish. He can propose eliminating funding for both. Republicans who control the legislature can and will vote to restore funding. The governor can then use his partial veto authority to zero out the funding again, and two-thirds majorities in both houses are required to override those vetoes. Republicans don’t have two-thirds majorities.

This gives the governor considerable bargaining leverage, if he chooses to keep it and use it. If Republicans don’t grant him more than a few of his budget wishes, he makes two of their most cherished pet programs go away. The governor holds some good cards. How he’s able to play his hand depends on which cards he keeps and which ones he throws away, of course.

As the Irish used to say, politics ain’t beanbag. And crafting state budgets ain’t euchre, either.

 
Bowen Applauds New Governor Evers Visit to Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Bryce Dille   
Monday, 14 January 2019 18:44

boy-in-docVisit highlights the contrast with leadership of the past.


MILWAUKEE - Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement on Friday’s announcement that Governor Evers toured the Lincoln Hills & Copper Lake juvenile prison:

Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Barnes conducted a tour on Friday of the troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile prison with Secretary Carr of the state Department of Corrections. Bowen stated, “This stands in stark contrast to the actions of former Governor Walker who neglected to visit once during his tenure, even as the situation deteriorated to the point that an investigation was opened by the FBI.

tony-evers“No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we can be thankful for Governor Evers making this trip one of his top priorities in office and showing these youth, advocates, and workers that they finally have a governor who is willing to lead.

david-bowen“As Ranking Member of the Assembly Committee on Corrections, I look forward to working with the Evers Administration and the other members of this committee to bring bi-partisan transparency to our juvenile correctional institutions. It’s time to further restoration and dignity-based reforms that put an end to the horrors that have been allowed to happen at Lincoln Hills & Copper Lake for far too long,” Bowen concluded.

A repair bill to last session’s legislation is forthcoming and being worked on currently.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:01
 
Wisc Democracy Campaign "The Flaw in Marsy’s Law" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 11 January 2019 15:55

wdc-logoMADISON - It’s been a busy start to the new year for us.

Last Wednesday, right after the holiday, we posted something on the NRA’s spending on Scott Walker in the last election, and the media jumped all over it. If you didn’t see the coverage, here’s the original item:

Influence Peddler of the Month: The NRA

Then earlier this week, we posted an article on the controversial powerline in the Driftless Area that American Transmission Co. and Dairyland Power are behind, and we noted that they’d been shoveling money on both sides of the fence:

ATC throws money around in Madison

And on Wednesday, I testified at the State Capitol against “Marsy’s Law,” an effort to amend our state constitution to protect victims’ rights, which sounds like a good idea. But the resolution contains a huge defect, as I pointed out here:

Why Marsy’s Law Is Flawed

matt-rothschildI hope you like these postings.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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