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Democratic Radio "No Taxation Without Representation" PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:18

newiMADISON - This week State Representative Daniel Riemer (D - Milwaukee) speaks on the two legislative seats Governor Walker has held vacant since December and the 200,000 Wisconsinites left without representation.

Audio File of Radio Address

daniel-riemerHello, this is State Representative Daniel Riemer with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

“No taxation without representation.” The rallying cry of the American Revolution stood for a simple but powerful idea—that no free person should be governed without an opportunity to have their say in the way their government is run.

That high ideal has grown over the centuries, enfranchising Americans with the right to vote regardless of their economic position, their race, or their gender.

What took root in America is visible in budding republics around the globe. Those who remain unrepresented aspire to it in their ongoing struggle for freedom.

All 5.8 million Wisconsinites are represented in our State Legislature by both a representative and a senator.

When vacancies occur in the state legislature the Governor has the sole responsibility to call for special elections to allow voters to choose their representative.

For three months, two legislative seats have been vacant. Governor Walker has refused to call for special elections in these seats, leaving 200,000 Wisconsinites without representation for more than a year in a desperate, partisan attempt to maintain his grip on power.

Last week, a judge appointed by Governor Walker, ordered that the Governor hold special elections to fill the vacant legislative seats.

Rather than honor the decision of the judge he appointed, Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature plan to undermine the basic principles of American government by fundamentally changing Wisconsin’s election laws to allow the governor to avoid calling for special elections.

Wisconsin Democrats stand with all Wisconsinites. We stand for American values. We remain committed to ensuring that regardless of political affiliation, the people of Wisconsin are represented in the State Capitol.

“No taxation without representation” is not a dead slogan, it remains alive and well as long as we fight for it.

Thank you.

 
Why I am Voting “No” on Eliminating the State Treasurer PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:25

state-treasurer-logoThe referendum question on next Tuesday’s ballot asks voters if they wish to amend Wisconsin’s Constitution to eliminate the Office of the State Treasurer. Sen. Vinehout shares some information about the functions of the office which should be helpful to voters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 14:38
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Wisc Democracy Campaign "Koch volunteer sinks marine sanctuary" PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 23 March 2018 15:43

lake-michigan-shoreMADISON - When Scott Walker pulled a 180 on the Lake Michigan Marine Sanctuary, I wondered who got to him. Here’s what I found out:

Koch volunteer of the year helps sink Wisconsin marine sanctuary

As the legislature wraps up, here is some of the dirty work it just did:

GOP Senate approves landlord dream bill

Senate approves Sheldon Adelson’s anti-BDS bill

And in these next three posts, you can see how the GOP has a tremendous advantage in the money race:

Corporate contributions to state parties, legislative committees topped $1M in 2017

GOP lawmakers led Dems in fundraising, cash on hand in 2017

GOP legislative campaign committees outraised Dems 2:1

On the good news front, a grassroots movement is gaining steam here in Wisconsin to reclaim our democracy by tossing out the legal fallacies that corporations are persons and money isn’t speech:

9 Wisconsin communities voting April 3 to overturn Citizens United

If you know anyone in these nine communities, please urge them to vote YES on this crucial referendum. Forward to a Friend

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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P.S. Early voting has already started, so go to your clerk’s office if you can. You can find your clerk and see what is on your ballot here. And please vote NO on the referendum to get rid of the State Treasurer’s office. I’ll be writing more on that next week. Thanks!

 
Sen. Shilling: Homeowners shouldn’t be left footing the bill PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Jennifer Shilling, State Senator 32nd District   
Friday, 23 March 2018 15:13

menards-wiCan you pay lower property taxes by simply saying no one lives in your neighbor’s house? Under Wisconsin’s “Dark Store” loophole, large corporate retailers can.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2018 16:37
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