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Trump Is Taking Wisconsin’s Working Class Down With Him PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 18 June 2020 09:50

trump-tariffsDonald Trump's failures as a President and leader coming home to roost on the economy.

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Senator Jeff Smith: The Movement America Has Been Waiting For PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 09:51

george-floyd-protest-eau-claireWe still have a lot of work ahead of us to address systemic racism and injustice, and it will take a collective effort to achieve equality.

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Wisconsin DEMS: A Week In Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 13 June 2020 10:13

covid-19-wh-trump-debunkDemocrats comment on Trump's disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic pain caused by his lack of leadership, and the violence against peaceful protesters he encouraged.


WISCONSIN - This week Wisconsin Democrats continued to hold Trump accountable for his disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has cost over 113,000 Americans lives and millions of jobs, his attacks on the health care system, and his divisive and racist rhetoric in response to the national protests taking place in small and large cities across Wisconsin and the United States.

On Monday, an op-ed by Gary Mitchell, president of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, highlighted how Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus, as well as his attacks on the Affordable Care Act, have put seniors in a perilous situation. Mitchell argues that “America’s seniors — and all who love them — desperately need President Trump and Republicans to end their assault on America’s health care.” -- and he’s right. For years Trump has promised to lower health care and prescription drug costs, but even in the midst of a pandemic he refuses to help people hold onto or get the care they need.

Just a few days later, DNC Chairman Tom Perez, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, State Representative Greta Neubauer, AFL-CIO State Treasurer Dennis Delie, and farmer and business owner Tina Hinchley blasted Trump for destroying the booming economy he was handed by the Obama-Biden administration. The speakers highlighted that while a great deal of the economic pain came from Trump’s failure to address the COVID-19 pandemic, his disastrous trade wars as well as the tax-scam bill he passed hurt working class Wisconsinites far before the virus came to the United States.

Black leaders like Rep. Moore, Democratic Party of Wisconsin 1st Vice Chair Felesia Martin, and Milwaukee Alderman Chevy Johnson called out Trump for his racist rhetoric that has been a keystone of his presidency. Recently, Trump has encouraged violence against peaceful protesters, bemoaned army bases having their names changed from Confederate generals, and has used a segregationist rallying cry to further divide the country.

Trump continues to fail Wisconsinites, and they will continue to hold him accountable until he is voted out of office on November 3rd.

 
Wis Democracy Campaign - This Historic Moment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 12 June 2020 08:46

george-floyd-protest-mdsnMADISON - We’re living in a historic moment.

We’re witnessing the biggest mass movement in this country in the last 50 years. And from studying history, we know that progressive mass movements are what propel positive change in this country.

I reflected on this moment, and this movement, in a talk I gave by Zoom to the Rock County Progressives last night:

On Racism, Voter Suppression, and Democracy

We also posted something on the political spending by police unions. They were split about evenly, but the Milwaukee Police Association gave overwhelmingly to Republican candidates, as we note here:

Police Groups, Unions Spent $2.3M on Lobbying and Elections

On the gerrymandering front, I noticed that Scott Jensen is up to his old tricks again. He’s filed a request with his pals at the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging them to take up any lawsuits that might arise during the redistricting process next year. It’s a preemptive strike, as I explain here:

Scott Jensen Tries to “Pre-Rig” Redistricting

matt-rothschildI hope you find these postings to be of interest.

Have a nice weekend, and join a protest if you can.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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“Listening to Sterling Brown” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 12 June 2020 08:23

bgw-06122020MILWAUKEE - We welcome Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, to discuss critical lessons from Sterling Brown’s legal case against the Milwaukee Police and what they teach us about police reform. In addition, we discuss the Wisconsin Election Commission’s unanimous decision to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million Wisconsin registered voters.

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Democratic Radio: “Celebrate Pride Month” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Democrats   
Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:06

pride-flagMADISON, WI – Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) offered the Democratic weekly radio address celebrating Pride Month.

tim-carpenter“Although there is still work to do in Wisconsin as we move forward, such as ending the practice of conversion therapy in our state, I am extremely proud of the progress that our state and country have made during my lifetime.” – Senator Tim Carpenter

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below: 

“Hello, this is State Senator Tim Carpenter, I’d like to invite you to celebrate “Pride Month” with me this June. Ever since the Stonewall Uprising in June of 1969, June is a special time for us to come together to show our pride in our identity and the contributions that LGBTQ people have made to society. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride celebration, making it the Pride jubilee!

“I would like to thank Governor Evers for celebrating with us by flying the rainbow flag over our State Capitol, signifying his support for people all across the spectrum. I would also like to thank him for his actions he has taken to support the community, especially his veto of a bill this session that would have undermined Wisconsin’s protections for sexual orientation, national origin, and ancestry.

“Although there is still is much more work to do in Wisconsin as we move forward, such as ending the practice of conversion therapy in our state, I am extremely proud of the progress our state has made during my lifetime. Although celebrations this year will be affected by physical distancing, I look forward to seeing the creative ways that everyone expresses their pride this June!”

 
Kristina Shelton represents the change we need in the 90th District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jarret Brown, Green Bay   
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:39

kristina-sheltonBrown County Dem supports Shelton over Gruszynski in northeastern Wisconsin Assembly race.


GREEN BAY, WI - This summer, voters in Green Bay’s 90th District, currently represented by first-term incumbent Staush Gruszynski, should support challenger Kristina Shelton. Shelton is vice-president of the Green Bay School Board. She has proven herself to be an excellent campaigner, but more importantly, she is a leader that brings people together and solves problems by listening, collaborating, taking decisive action, and being accountable. Shelton is a progressive leader who will help increase turnout by reaching out to people who have never been reached out to before and empowering them to become part of the solution to the problems facing all of us.

Over the last 20 years, Shelton has proven to be a leader who improves the organizations that she is a part of. She’s the leader we need right now because she represents the change we need. And electing her in this August’s primary is even more important because of the consequences of our current representative’s recent behavior.

staush-gruszynskiIn October 2019, freshman Assembly Representative Staush Gruszynski sexually harassed a state employee while having after-hours drinks with a group of people in Madison.

In December, the state legislature’s HR department found the victim’s account of the incident to be credible. Gruszynski didn’t deny the victim’s statements. The freshman legislator admitted to making ‘’a terrible mistake’’ and claimed to be in counseling and practicing sobriety.

Leaders of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the Assembly Democrats, and the Young Democrats of Wisconsin called on Gruszynski to resign. Minority Leader Gordon Hintz banned him from caucusing with Democrats and asked Speaker Robin Vos to withdraw Gruszynski’s committee assignments, which the speaker did.

Gruszynski stubbornly refused to resign and stated that he would ‘’continue to work hard’’ to represent Green Bay in Madison in the Assembly.

Ever the politician, Gruszynski looked forward to his next election instead of reflecting on how his actions affected a worker. He started strategizing about how to repair his image and build up his endorsements almost immediately. As far as I know, Gruszynski hasn’t spoken publicly about what happened on that night and he hasn’t appeared on camera to take questions from reporters or the public.

Remarkably, Gruszynski has had some success at garnering endorsements from old friends and political allies. His old friends and allies have a right to support anyone they want, but loyalty in light of what happened that night sends the wrong message. They are standing by their man in spite of how his actions affected a worker.

I want to be clear that Gruszynski has never done anything to me personally. I voted for him in 2018 and supported him as a small-dollar donor at two of his fundraisers. I genuinely supported him and wanted him to succeed as a representative of Green Bay.

However, Gruszynski’s actions on that October night disappointed me when I read the newspaper reports some time later. Gruszynski was entrusted with a position of power, but he made a big mistake that affected another person and he squandered an opportunity to fully represent the interests of Green Bay citizens as our representative in Madison.

Despite support from his loyalists, Gruszynski has the political strength and momentum of a wounded turtle. He’s been on the outside looking in on the political activity in Madison and he hasn’t been allowed to participate in committee meetings because he lost his assignments due to his actions. We don’t know when or if Gruszynski will be welcomed back to caucus with Democrats or be returned to his committee assignments even if he is re-elected.

Political observers and voters in Green Bay have been discussing whether or not Gruszynski deserves to keep his job as our representative. In America, and indeed here in Green Bay, we believe in second chances because of our deep religious roots and our understanding that no one is perfect. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences and repercussions for actions or that a person is entitled to be forgiven and keep his or her job regardless of what they do. Gruszynski deserves a second chance in life and the opportunity to redeem himself, but I don’t think he deserves to keep his job as our representative.

Morally, I think it is clear that Gruszynski’s actions should keep us from nominating him in the Democratic primary on August 11 and re-electing him on November 3.

Politically, nominating Gruszynski would weaken Democrats in November. As most everyone knows, it is crucial for Democrats in Green Bay to do well in November because of how the local turnout and results could determine the outcome of the presidential election.

We as Democrats pride ourselves in being in favor of workers’ rights and women’s rights, as well as being deeply committed to doing what is right. In my opinion, we as members of the local party will lose credibility if we nominate and support someone who recently admitted to sexually harassing a worker. How can we question the character of Republicans who abuse their power and at the same time support a Democrat who did the same thing?

If, like me, you want our party to stand for accountability and workers’ rights, please join me in supporting Kristina Shelton to be the next representative for Green Bay and the 90th District in the Assembly.

- Jarrett Brown, Green Bay

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Jarrett Brown is a factory worker, activist, and voter who lives in the 90th Assembly District in Green Bay. He is an active member of the Democratic Party of Brown County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:55
 
Senator Jeff Smith: What We Can Learn From Dairy Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:29

farm-familyThe Senator writes about ways we can support our dairy farmers and celebrate June Dairy Month in Wisconsin. He reflects on conversations with friends from the farming community and their ability to be resilient during tough times.

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Veterans Call Out Trump’s Continued Attacks on The Military PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Monday, 08 June 2020 10:01

trump-church-photoop-artnetA military member's oath is to defend the constitution and the rights it bestows upon all Americans, not promote the political ambitions of one particular President say Veterans.

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ACS Stands With Civil Rights Community, Condemns Racism and Violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by American Constitution Society   
Thursday, 04 June 2020 11:16

george-floyd-ht-jcStatement of Russ Feingold, President, and Zinelle October, Executive Vice President, American Constitution Society on the tragic murder of George Floyd and acts of violence by police rooted in racism.


WASHINGTON, DC - ACS stands with the civil rights community in observing a National Day of Mourning this Thursday. Each time a tragedy like the murder of George Floyd happens, it is triggering for Black and Brown people who see themselves and their loved ones in each victim, which is shamefully often. The stress and pain are real and personal. 

russ-feingold-speaksThese murders and acts of violence by police are rooted in racism. We are grieving over these systemic and senseless losses of life, and we stand with our Black and Brown communities who feel this like no other. And while it’s important to grieve, we must also be a part of the change that’s so desperately needed. While we revere the Constitution, defend democracy, and work toward a more just union, we cannot ignore the racist history of our nation’s founding documents. We must continue to insist and work to uphold the Constitution in the 21st Century by ensuring that law is a force for protecting our democracy and the public interest and for improving people’s lives—including the lives of Black and Brown people.

Judge Carlton Reeves reminded us at last month’s ACS virtual graduation that we all have to advocate for a more perfect union. We take that charge seriously, and we encourage our members and supporters to stand up against racism and, as our colleagues who organized the day of mourning mention, work to stop the “brutal killings of African Americans by police and vigilantes – as well as the appalling, inappropriate response by police to peaceful uprisings.” Here are a few ways that we will and we should work toward those missions:

  • Observe a National Day of Mourning this Thursday
  • Save the date for our briefing call on “A History of Violence: Institutional Racism in Our Criminal Justice System” on Friday, June 5th at 1:30 pm ET.
  • Organize or join an antiracist or diversity and inclusion discussion with your local ACS chapter. If you’d like to be connected with your local chapter, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Sign this petition by Color of Change calling for the end of police violence against Black people
  • Volunteer to Help Protesters. The National Lawyers Guild is looking for lawyers to help with protest support efforts around the country. Volunteers are needed to answer hotlines, act as legal observers, and help with legal defense work. Training materials are available through the National Lawyers Guild and local chapters. If you are interested, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include your location and where you are barred so we could connect you/share further information.
  • See these anti-racism resources.
  • Join our virtual national convention June 8-12.
  • Complete your Census form and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
  • Vote and sign up with us to get out the vote.
  • If you have other ideas for ACS, please let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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