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“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 11 December 2020 11:56

trump-enablerSTATEWIDE - We review a surreal week that saw Texas and 17 states sue Wisconsin and other states where Trump lost narrowly to overturn the election. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tussler, the chairman of the Assembly Elections committee, is holding a sham hearing Friday, and has already said he is willing to defy the will of the voters. We talk about the issues the do-nothing-good Wisconsin Legislature and US Senate are ignoring, especially COVID 19 , and laud Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ broad Climate Task Force plan which was released this Wednesday. Will its provisions make it into Governor Evers’ state budget? Finally, we welcome Shawn Phetteplace, Wisconsin State Manager of the Main Street Alliance, to discuss the budget priorities of small business owners.

Listen Now – Episode #471
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Agard Calls Republican Election Hearing "Sham" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:48

wisconsin_senateLegislative Republicans Hold Sham Public Hearing, trying to throw out 221,000 legally cast votes on Baseless, Unsubstantiated Election Fraud Claims says Senator-Elect.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2020 11:15
Democratic Radio: Release of the Climate Change Task Force Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lt Gov Office Press   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:08

mandela-barnes-cctfMADISON —​ Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address on the release of the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change Report, which the task force released after a year of meetings and listening sessions.

Audio file of address.

Hi everybody, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes here. This week, I’m proud to announce that the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change has released its full report including over 50 strategies for Wisconsin to begin addressing the climate crisis. 

Climate change is having an impact on everyone in our state—whether it be illness caused by air pollution, loss of life and livelihood from extreme weather events, or the economic toll it’s having on farmers, the tourism industry, or infrastructure.  

Communities of color and low-income communities in our state are feeling the burden of the climate crisis the most—despite contributing the least to the problem. In order to address this crisis and the environmental injustices associated with it, we must take urgent action. 

That’s why in October of last year, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #52 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and appointing me as its Chair. 

I’m proud to have led this work as we considered science and data, learned from Native Nations, farmers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local governments that are already taking action to address the crisis, and — most importantly —  listened to the experiences of Wisconsinites — particularly those of communities that have been excluded from policymaking in the past.  

The solutions in the report range from the creation of an office to address environmental injustices, green job training programs for displaced and marginalized workers, funding to help farmers adopt more sustainable practices, policies to promote cleaner methods of transportation, and statutory changes to help the energy sector transition to cleaner energy production.  

This report will lay the foundation for our state to become a leader in tackling the climate crisis. Find the report at and join us in fighting for a cleaner, safer, and more equitable Wisconsin.

Wis Democracy Campaign - Tomorrow’s Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:25

wisconsin-senateMADISON - Tomorrow, Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are holding a joint hearing on allegations of election fraud, and I wanted to share with you the letter I wrote to the chairs of that hearing:

Don't Trash the Vote!

Here’s the gist of the letter:

matt-rothschild“Please do not bow to political pressure ginned up by a President who has neither the dignity to concede when he has lost nor the decency to uphold the norms of our treasured democracy. Please use the power and authority you have to speak the truth, to point out the irrational, to calm the frenzied, and above all, to defend democracy itself.”

You can watch the hearing yourself starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning on WisconsinEye.

I appreciate your own concern for our democracy!


Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 04 December 2020 16:21

vos-2020-bgwSTATEWIDE - We discuss the adolescent and divisive COVID-19 legislation introduced by Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans that cuts funding for school districts and fails to address the historic pandemic bludgeoning Wisconsin families. We review Trump’s illegitimate lawsuit which seeks to change the rules of the game after the election and throw out hundreds of thousands of legal ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County. We kick off the State Budget fight that commences with Governor Tony Evers’ budget that he must present early next year. We discuss our top budget priorities, including a BadgerCare Public Option, Pharma Reform, and Green New Deal initiatives, and encourage our listeners to contact the Governor.

Become a Citizen Action member and attend our Annual membership meeting this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

Episode #470
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Gov. Evers Urging Wisconsinites to Help Stop the Spread PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 04 December 2020 15:32

coronavirus-office-closed-wiMADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address urging Wisconsinites who attended a holiday gathering to help stop the spread by taking precautions to keep others safe.

Audio file of radio address.

tony-eversHello, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

As we continue to move through the holiday season and winter months, we must be as vigilant as ever that we are taking every precaution to protect ourselves, our friends, families, neighbors, and fellow Wisconsinites from the spread of this virus.

If you chose to gather with people outside of your household for Thanksgiving, then we’re going to need your help in the days ahead to keep others safe.

So, go get tested. Symptoms could appear 14 days after exposure, but we need your help to box in the virus and stop the spread, so you can help today by isolating yourself away from others until you get results.

And also remember—a negative test today does not guarantee a negative test tomorrow, and not every COVID positive person will display symptoms, so the safest thing to do is to continue to stay home as much as you can and avoid contact with others.

If you absolutely must go out, please wear a mask and maintain distance from anyone you do not live with.

Staying home, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask are not political statements—it’s a sign to the people you pass that you care about them and their health and safety.

Those basic actions can and will save lives when done properly and when done together. Thank you very much.

Federal and State Action Needed on COVID Relief for Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 04 December 2020 11:08

coronavirus-small-busn-loanFederal dollars the state of Wisconsin received to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on December 30, 2020. We need movement on a plan.

MADISON - State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) confirmed in a new memo from the Wisconsin Legislative Council that any federal dollars the state of Wisconsin received to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on December 30, 2020.

jon-erpenbach“The situation in Wisconsin is dire. Our hospitals are at capacity, our medical workforce is strained, small businesses are suffering and need our help, said Erpenbach. COVID-19 isn’t going away on December 30th and we need to be able to respond.”

According to the memo, barring any new federal legislation addressing the issue, costs for expenditures using Corona Virus Relief funds must be incurred by the end of the day on December 30, 2020. After that any remaining money must be returned to the federal government. We do not have the ability to put the money into a fund to spend later and there is no provision to ask for an extension.

Wisconsin is on pace to spend all federal dollars it has received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, without federal assistance in the form of another relief package, we will have to spend state dollars to fund any program that will help combat the pandemic.

“There isn’t a person in Wisconsin that hasn’t been impacted by COVID. Our friends in the GOP here in Wisconsin need to recognize that and step up to the plate and get our state ready to have the kinds of programs in place to assist those who need it most-our hospitals and clinics, child care centers, schools, small businesses and our local governments and public health departments,” said Erpenbach.

“We’ve given them over 7 months to come up with a plan and all they have given us are empty promises of bipartisanship, broad support for doing nothing from Republicans in the Senate and from Speaker Vos we get a plan that will actually increase division in our communities, increase the spread of Covid-19, and put politicians in charge of decisions that should be left to public health experts. Meanwhile, Wisconsinites face eviction, food insecurity, job loss and a medical system that is completely overwhelmed. We need new funds from Congress and we need a plan to bring Wisconsin back stronger than ever,” added Erpenbach.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 December 2020 15:31
WI Democracy Campaign - Trump’s Treacherous Moves PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 04 December 2020 10:43

trump-2020-wdcMADISON - The President of the United States is off his rocker.

Yesterday, he gave a 46-minute speech that was the scariest I’ve ever read. And the mainstream media downplayed the shocking part: that Trump explicitly said that the election should be overturned. Here’s what I wrote about this, and about calls from Gen. Flynn and others for Trump to declare martial law:

Don’t Ignore Trump’s Psychotic Speech

matt-rothschild-2018I also posted a critique of Trump’s groundless lawsuits right here in Wisconsin, which also seek to overturn the will of the people:

Trump’s Bogus Wisconsin Lawsuits

Trump is taking the country through very treacherous waters right now, and we ignore this threat at our peril.

Thanks for reading these two items, for defending our democracy!


Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Knudson Trying to Overturn the Will of the People PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 17:53

trump-mike-pence-nbcnewsNew Senator from Madison critical of claims that Wisconsin certification of ballots was illegal, thanks dedicated election officials for conducting this election securely and safely.

MADISON - During a meeting of the Wisconsin Election Commission, Commissioner Knudson made claims that the Wisconsin certification of ballots was illegal and that no results should be certified in the state.

Senator-elect Agard issued the following statement:

melissa-agard-sargent“The comments made by Commissioner Knudson are extremely harmful to our democracy. It is clear that he is following the marching orders of the outgoing President who continues to undermine our election results and file baseless lawsuits in a reckless attempt to overturn the will of the people here in Wisconsin and around the country. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to disenfranchise Wisconsin voters who legally cast their ballots. It is imperative that we continue to move forward in the process to preserve faith in our election systems.

“There is no evidence that there was any sort of voter fraud in the state, Commissioner Knudson even admitted this. With no fraud to back up baseless claims made by Republicans at all levels of government, Commissioner Knudson is turning to misinterpreted statutes to try and undermine the work done by election officials. The action of certifying our state's results were legal and followed the same statute used in 2016. To protect our democracy, it is important that we move forward with the transition of power at all levels.

“I want to again thank our dedicated election officials for conducting this election securely and safely during this time. Your hard work and dedication to public service is greatly appreciated. We, as a state, owe you a debt of gratitude.”


Melissa served on the Dane County Board and the Wisconsin State Assembly prior to being elected to represent the 16th Senate District. Concern for the greater community and a vision for a better Wisconsin brought her to public service and community activism. She is a proud mother of 4 boys, and lives on Madison’s northside.

Hintz Unhappy With Republican COVID Legislation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Assembly, Aaron Collins   
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 17:34

robin-vos-is-safe-to-voteMADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on legislation put forward by Republicans:

jon-erpenbach“There are so many extremely politically divisive items in this legislation at a time when we need the opposite. Not only do Wisconsin Republicans not want to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, they want to put into law limits on local governments in their ability to respond in the way that works for their community. This bill is politically driven, undermines Governor Evers’ efforts to combat the virus, and ignores the reality our state is facing.”

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