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Erpenbach on GOP Emergency Session PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Saturday, 01 August 2020 12:03

coronavirus-mask934 people have lost their lives in Wisconsin and 96% of our state’s population lives in a place with a high level of COVID-19. Blocking real public health plans to keep us safe is reckless.

WEST POINT, WI - People have been struggling to navigate a UI System filled with barriers created by Senator Fitzgerald and his caucus. The pleas for social justice and safe elections have been ringing across the state for months. And yet, the only time we rush back to the floor is to restrict the Governor’s ability to respond to this pandemic.

jon-erpenbachAnd I’m not buying the ‘freedom’ argument or ‘it’s my body and my choice’ argument either. Voting rights have been eroded from people of color, and women have been losing their ability to make their own healthcare decisions for years now.

Almost 600 people have lost their lives in Wisconsin and 96% of our state’s population lives in a place with a high level of COVID-19. Saying no is an easy thing to do. But not having a plan to keep Wisconsinites safe during a pandemic is reckless.

As we’ve seen before, the GOP has NO PLAN for this pandemic, only to say ‘NO’ to the one thing we know will keep Wisconsinites safe.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2020 13:02
Fitzgerald Decision to Overturn Governor’s Mask Order Just More Politics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Saturday, 01 August 2020 10:21

covid-19-protest-madisonSenate Republican move to overturn Governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public is simply pandering for votes and power, ignores public health.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2020 11:41
Wis Democracy Campaign - Trump’s Move Backfires PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 01 August 2020 10:08

portland-fed-force-2020MADISON - You might have thought I was being a bit on the hysterical side last week when I wrote to you about the risk of Donald Trump imposing martial law. But there he was this week tweeting about postponing the election!

Fortunately, this move backfired, as he was met with near universal condemnation, including from Republican elected officials (even in Wisconsin!).

We at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign signed on to a letter denouncing this reckless move, which you can read here.

Meanwhile, this week we kept doing what we do, day in and day out: Exposing money in Wisconsin politics.

matt-rothschildBefore I came to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, I didn’t even know what Legislative Campaign Committees are. But I soon found out: They’re the treasure chests that the Speaker, the Senate Majority Leader, and the two minority leaders have at their disposal for elections.

This year, these campaign committees raised record amounts, with the Republicans way ahead, as you’ll see here:

Legislative Fundraising Committees Raise Record Cash

In a related post, we discussed another record that was broken: fundraising by all the legislative candidates. Speaker Vos, for his personal campaign, led the way with $355,000 on hand. Add that to the $2,371,000 he controls as head of the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, and you can see why he’s so powerful. You can find all the details here:

Legislative Donors Undaunted by Pandemic

And here’s some good news! The Marathon County Board this week passed a resolution in favor of independent, nonpartisan redistricting. That makes 52 counties out of the 72 in Wisconsin that have passed board resolutions to ban gerrymandering. Also this week, the Bayfield County Board voted to let the citizenry weigh in on this issue on November 3 with an advisory referendum. That makes 10 county referendums coming up: Adams, Bayfield, Brown, Crawford, Door, Dunn, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, and Rusk.

Thanks to all the amazing grassroots activists who are making this happen!

I hope you have a nice weekend.


Matt Rothschild
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Rep. Gruszynski Supports Governor's Face-covering Emergency Order PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Friday, 31 July 2020 10:45

coronavirus-office-closed-wiBy wearing face coverings we are taking a positive step toward fighting this pandemic together.

Madison- Rep. Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) released the following statement today responding to Governor Evers declaring a Public Health Emergency and Face-covering Emergency Order:

staush-gruszynski“As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic we must listen to science and the public health experts who best understand this pandemic. I applaud Governor Evers for this action in working to protect the health of the constituents the 90th District and all Wisconsinites. Science and public health experts are telling us that wearing a face-covering helps protect our communities, including those at higher risk for severe illness and workers who frequently come into contact with others like nurses, grocers, and first responders. The sooner we get back to working together to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can get safely back to work, school, sports, concerts, and doing all the things we all miss. By wearing face coverings we are taking a positive step toward fighting this pandemic together.”

Everyone should read FAQ on Governor Evers’ Face-covering Emergency Order, not attached.

Democratic Radio: Face Covering Requirement PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 31 July 2020 08:52

coronavirus-outbreak-czech-republicAs we battle the new surge of COVID-19, remember we are in a battle against this virus, not each other.

Governor Evers Makes Right Call PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Friday, 31 July 2020 08:17

coronavirus-masks2-nycStatewide mask mandate will slow the spread of covid-19, save lives and help strengthen the economy says Green Bay Senator.

Wis Democracy Campaign - Trump’s March to Martial Law PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 25 July 2020 13:13

portland-fed-force-2020With Trump's placement of federal forces in Portland and his vow to send them to other cities, Matt Rothschild fears loss of democracy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2020 14:19
“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 24 July 2020 14:03

contagion-bgw-covidSTATEWIDE - The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats.

We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?

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Democrats Have Plan For Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Palzewicz for Wisconsin, Chelsea Cross   
Friday, 24 July 2020 09:47

coronavirus-masksFifth District Congressional Candidate Palzewicz agrees with Joe Biden's approach to fighting the virus, which calls for “a decisive public health response" to curb the spread and a decisive economic plan that delivers real relief.

Brookfield, WI – Americans are tired of the lies and denial of the Covid-19 pandemic coming out of the White House and the Republican Party, but Democrat Tom Palzewicz, running for the Fifth Congressional District seat in Washington, promises transparency and empathy in working for a clear national plan to help.

Palzewicz agrees with Joe Biden's approach to fighting the virus, which calls for “a decisive public health response to curb the spread of this disease and provide treatment to those in need — as well as a decisive economic response that delivers real relief to American workers, families, and small businesses, and protects the economy as a whole.”

tom-palzewiczPalzewicz is ready to roll up his sleeves and work for Wisconsin by promoting bi-partisan cooperation and discussion.

“The Republican response in Wisconsin, led by Scott Fitzgerald, has been to file a lawsuit and have the Wisconsin Supreme Court do the legislating,” said Palzewicz. “There was no discussion, or debate on the floor of the legislature, no kind of democratic process. That is not how government is supposed to work. It is, however, the way Donald Trump works and the Republicans are all too eager to fall in line and do his bidding. This kind of action goes beyond mere denial of the truth or the scientific facts of the matter—it's pure political bullying.”

Palzewicz promises to face the pandemic issue head-on and help the country form and effective crisis response, based on solid scientific fact to fight the disease and a well-designed plan to bring relief to American workers, small businesses and the economy.

scott-fitzgerald“Wisconsin was poised to make a good recovery after shutting down,” Palzewicz explained. “But Governor Tony Evers and the Badger Bounce Back Plan was stopped, even though we were meeting all of the goals and readying for a safe reopening of the state. Since then, the numbers of cases continues to climb.”

The pandemic has spread from state to state over recent months, but the lessons learned from states like New York, under the leadership of Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, have not been learned by Republican-led states in the south. Texas and Florida are hitting record highs because the reopening strategy did not work.

“The virus does not know political party and even when states do the right thing, like California, the numbers can climb,” said Palzewicz. “That's why we need a national strategy on this virus and a concerted effort to plan for future eventualities. We need to learn and adjust, learn and plan. The Republicans want to sweep this under the rug. It doesn't work.”

Palzewicz will continue working to earn the trust of Fifth District voters, who will make the choice between Republican autocracy, or a return to American democracy.

Donald Trump’s Endangerment of Senior Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 23 July 2020 11:17

elderly-crowdAs Trump continues to ignore the COVID-19 crisis, elderly Wisconsinites have been put in even greater danger.

WISCONSIN -- Today, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Philip Shulman released the following statement on Donald Trump’s endangerment of senior Wisconsinites:

donald-trump-little“As Trump continues to ignore the COVID-19 crisis and infections spike across the Badger State and the country, elderly Wisconsinites have been put in even greater danger. Trump’s actions have threatened seniors since long before the Coronavirus came to the United States; Trump has attacked Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and has repeatedly tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan. This has made it far more difficult for seniors to get crucial resources they rely on such as home care, medicine, and money to pay for groceries and rent.

“Older Americans deserve to live their lives with dignity and respect, instead of living with the threats of Trump’s heartless policy goals. He doesn’t care about the well-being of older Wisconsinites and they see just how dangerous another four years of his presidency would be for them. That’s why their support continues to grow for Vice President Biden who has a plan to address the crisis Donald Trump helped create by ensuring seniors receive the care they need without having to fight for their livelihoods.”

Additional Background:

  • 28% of Wisconsinites on Medicaid are elderly or disabled.
  • As of 2018, over 1,100,000 Wisconsinites receive Medicare.
  • Medicaid Covers Nearly Two-Thirds Of The Nation’s Nursing Home Residents. “Though Medicare generally covers older people, Medicaid funds long-term services, including nursing home stays. Nearly two-thirds of America’s 1.4 million nursing home residents rely on Medicaid to cover their care.” [Washington Post, 6/27/17]
  • Policy Experts Said Trump’s Efforts To Repeal The ACA “Would Weaken Resident Protections, Strip Many Nursing-Home Workers Of Health Coverage, Limit Long-Term-Care Options For Many Seniors, And Undermine Efforts To Improve Nursing-Home Quality At A Critical Moment.” “While toppling the law wouldn’t necessarily erase all the reporting requirements, it would weaken resident protections, strip many nursing-home workers of health coverage, limit long-term-care options for many seniors, and undermine efforts to improve nursing-home quality at a critical moment, policy experts say. Janet Wells, a long-term-care public policy consultant in Washington, D.C., says the ACA ‘addressed some of the obvious weaknesses in implementation and enforcement’ of previous nursing-home reform law.” [MarketWatch, 7/2/20]
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2020 11:25
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