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Republican Civil Service Law Puts Political Interests over Public PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Assembly Democrats, Laura Smith   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 15:53

walker-manpowr-signingGovernor Walker Further Opens Door for Cronyism, Corruption in Wisconsin.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker signed into law a GOP backed bill that guts Wisconsin’s civil service system.By dismantling our state’s civil service system, Walker and legislative Republicans are kicking down the door for cronyism and corruption in Wisconsin.

The civil service system was founded on the idea that state employees should serve the public interest, not partisan political interests. Republicans have made it clear they will stop at nothing to consolidate their own power while rewarding their cronies with taxpayer-funded jobs.

peter_barca"Early in his administration Governor Walker was caught in a couple prominent situations where he placed allies in key positions with thin to no qualifications," says Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). "This law will make it easier to more broadly do this unencumbered by the rules."

Additionally, Walker used this approach at WEDC, where he eliminated civil service for hiring staff and we saw continuous problems with turnover and ethically questionable conduct with potential pay to play and taxpayer funds at risk, yet Republicans want to make that the model for our entire state.

This is truly a dark day for Wisconsin’s proud heritage of clean, open and transparent government.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 16:56
Wisconsin's Capitol a Disaster Area! PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:08

capitol-night-wiscAB 723 limiting the ability of towns and counties to issue local IDs, AB 868 the "Mark Harris bill" prohibiting legislators from simultaneously holding the office of county executive, bills to siphon more of our taxpayer dollars away from our public schools, maneuverings in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and more attacks on local control lead the list.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:31
Seinfeld vs. Duck Dynasty PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Monday, 08 February 2016 19:25

duck-dynastyALTOONA, WI - It’s been said art imitates life. But when it comes to politics these days, it’s the other way around.

For the past several decades, the Democratic Party has been the political embodiment of Seinfeld. Urbane, smart-alecky, talking a lot but seemingly never working – just like Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer. Seinfeld was a show about nothing. For many a year now the Democrats have stood for next to nothing.

Today’s Republican Party is Duck Dynasty. Republicans are working for the Carringtons but are politically shrewd enough to know that looking and acting upper crust won’t sell to the masses. So the GOP markets itself as the Robertsons.

Long beards, camo from head to foot, stars-and-stripes bandanas, fundamentalist religion, redneck attitudes and a business fabricating duck calls and decoys that grew from a mom-and-pop operation to a multi-million dollar sporting empire have the Robertsons living large. Got ’em their own TV show too. And, like the Republican Party, the Robertsons are increasingly split politically.

Seinfeld had a big audience. Duck Dynasty has one now. Again, sort of the like the Democrats and Republicans.

Both Seinfeld and Duck Dynasty are entertaining in their own right. Both are good for a laugh. Both have memorable if not lovable characters. Both are seriously lacking in substance. Neither has much redeeming social value. More ways the major parties currently reflect the boob tube.

If the promise of the American Revolution is to be carried forward, if our republic is to endure much longer, at some point we are going to have to do a whole lot better than sitting around in a coffee shop or duck blind, if you catch my drift.

VOTE: Walker's worst ideas? PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Tammy Baldwin, Senator from Wisconsin   
Sunday, 07 February 2016 12:23

scott-walkerMADISON - Wisconsinites have a celebrated history of progressivism. We value civic engagement and activism. We believe in the power of regular people and government’s role in improving and protecting the lives of citizens.

But after six years under Governor Walker’s failed leadership, many of the values Wisconsinites hold dear are being eroded and undermined.

Today we want you to tell us which of Governor Walker’s policies you think are the most harmful to Wisconsinites.

Was it his attempts to...

  1. Rollback worker protections
  2. Make it more difficult to vote
  3. Infringe on a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions
  4. Cut funding from our public schools and universities
  5. Weaken government accountability measures
  6. Other
  7. All of the above

It’s no secret that Governor Walker’s drastic departure from Wisconsin’s progressive traditions has negatively impacted people across our state. But if we’re going to return to our roots and fight back against his extreme right-wing agenda, we need you to speak out.

Make sure you answer our quick survey and let us know which of Governor Walker’s policies affected you the most.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2016 12:34
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