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This Presidential Race Is Neither The End Nor The Beginning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:47

donald-trump-dumbassIt’s been so dark, so ugly, so ridiculously comical at times, it must signal something. A nation at war with itself, or maybe not. Mike McCabe argues the nation is remaking itself, and doing it far ahead of the politicians.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:54
Walker Higher Ed Bills are Election-Year Smoke and Mirrors PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, District 64   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:14

loanMADISON, WI - On Monday, Governor Scott Walker signed into law four higher education bills, Assembly Bills 740, 741, 742 and 744, calling the package 'college affordability bills' .

These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.

These anemic Republican bills do not provide a single ounce of relief for the roughly one million Wisconsinites burdened by the $19 billion student debt crisis. Republicans did not even pass the most significant of these weak bills which at least would have provided a tax break to a small percentage of those with significant debt.

Democrats provided Republicans ample opportunity to support our ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ bill which is a real solution to providing relief to Wisconsinites with student loan debt. The Democratic proposal allows borrowers to refinance their loans, just like a car loan or mortgage. It is a common sense, popular plan that would grow Wisconsin’s economy and unfortunately Republicans voted against this proposal several times this session.

Gov. Walker and Republicans also cannot hide from their record of gutting higher education in Wisconsin. Since they came into power, the UW System has lost $795 million in state aid* and the technical college system has lost $203 million in state aid.

(*excluding debt service. Source: Jan. 2016 Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo)

The Early Voting Window for April 5 is Quickly Closing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:03

voteridRecently passed Republican legislation changes absentee/early voting rules in Wisconsin, making the window for early voting very small and more difficult to use for many working people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:48
Pro-pollution Bills Push Wisconsin Backwards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 25 March 2016 11:08

walkerScott Walker signs the last of the nasty bills that Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald plopped on his desk, and Wisconsin keeps going backwards.

MADISON - We’re still waiting to see whether Scott Walker signs the last of the nasty bills that Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald plopped on his desk.

Here’s one of them:

Bill to ease sulfur dioxide pollution enforcement goes to Walker

Speaking of pollution, Tuesday was World Water Day, and Wisconsin keeps going backwards as far as protecting this vital resource goes, as we noted here:

Wisconsin all wet on World Water Day

For the big Wisconsin Supreme Court race on April 5, we just updated our files on the outside groups that are throwing their money around:

Hijacking Campaign 2016 updated with new PAC and issue ad group activity

And I’m still very concerned about the John Doe II appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, so I wrote the following open letter to the DAs involved:

Letter to DAs in John Doe II case appeal

I hope these postings interest you.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 11:22
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