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Democracy at Work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 10:08

voting-2020-538Although Americans may have different reactions now that the election is over, it’s important that we continue having conversations to move forward together.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2020 10:27
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“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Saturday, 07 November 2020 11:36

winsconsin-bgwSTATEWIDE - We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base.

We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.

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Wis Democracy Campaign - Trump’s True Colors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 07 November 2020 10:31

wdc-logoMADISON - Donald Trump showed his true colors Thursday night. Even as Joe Biden was on the brink of winning the election, Trump kept up his effort to discredit that victory. To say the least, this was not normal or acceptable behavior, as I wrote about here:

Trump’s True Colors

Here in Wisconsin, one result you might not have seen is the success of all the non-binding referendums to ban gerrymandering. Here’s that good news:

14 Referendums to Ban Gerrymandering Pass in Wisconsin

And here’s an important non-election story that you might have missed: A judge threw out the so-called “Marsy’s Law” amendment to our state constitution. And that’s a good thing, as I noted here:

Judge Tosses Martial Law

matt-rothschildWell, it’s been quite a week! And I hope you’re able to finally get some rest after the election drama that we all just watched.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Democratic Radio “Encouraging Wisconsinites to Stay Home and Take Precautions to Protect their Neighbors” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 06 November 2020 09:40

tony-eversAs COVID-19 rages, the choices you make every day could be the difference between preventing a hospitalization or even saving a life says Governor.

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Wis Democracy Campaign - Vos Hit with Outside $/Vote!!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 30 October 2020 09:21

robin-vos-is-safe-to-voteMADISON - It looks like Robin Vos is getting a run for his money, as outside groups supporting his Democratic challenger are all of a sudden spending big against the Speaker, as we noted here:

Outside Groups Escalate Spending Against GOP Speaker Vos

That’s one of the more interesting developments in Wisconsin politics this week.      

Another development, which was a blow for voting rights, was the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to allow an extension for Wisconsin to count ballots, though it oddly has allowed other states an extension. Here’s what we wrote about that:

U.S. Supreme Court Slams Door on Wisconsin Voters

This decision by the Supreme Court makes it all the more vital that you exercise your right to vote right away.

If you haven’t voted yet, I’m urging you to do so by the end of the day tomorrow.

Most clerks’ offices are open for early voting till 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and some, especially in bigger cities, are open on Saturday and Sunday, too.

If you don’t know where your local clerk’s office is, you can easily find it at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk.

If you have an absentee ballot, and you haven’t mailed it in yet, DON’T PUT IT IN THE MAIL. Instead, drive it to your local clerk’s office and hand it in, in person, or put it in an official drop box if there is one.

matt-rothschildOf course, if you’d prefer to vote on Election Day, as I’ve always done until this year, please go ahead.

And while you’re at it, please urge all your family members to vote. I know I texted my sons this week to make sure they voted!

Democracy works best when everybody votes.

Happy voting!

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Search for Truth During an Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 09:24

vote-47-mbFrom the disinformation we read on social media to the “issue ads” we see on TV, it’s important that we do our research and stay vigilant before casting our ballot.

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Trump has been a disaster for Veterans & America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Buzz Davis, Army Veteran & Activist   
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:24

trump-protest-marinetteTrump's plan is to privatize and close all Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare centers in America. We must vote wisely Nov. 3rd urges retired veterans, former VA worker and activists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:20
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“Can You Hear Us Now?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 23 October 2020 09:59

can-you-hear-us-nowDocumentary filmmakers, Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi talk about years of one-party rule in Wisconsin.


MILWAUKEE - We welcome documentary filmmakers, Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi, who will be debuting their outstanding film “Can You Here Us Now?” next week on Wednesday at 6pm. The film looks at the ways that years of one-party rule in Wisconsin have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history. We also talk with State Assembly candidate August Schutz who is running the gerrymandered 62nd District in Racine County. We discuss the shocking COVID-19 numbers in the state and our failed response from Republican leaders like Ron Johnson who asserts we are flattening the curve and State Representative Joe Sanfilippo who said the government has no role in helping deal with the pandemic. We released a report this week finding Wisconsin billionaires are getting richer during the pandemic. Also early voting has started in Wisconsin with long lines in many cities as the state prepares for potential militia activity on Election Day.

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Wis Democracy Campaign - Patience on Election Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 23 October 2020 09:35

vote-47MADISON - I voted on the first day of in-person early voting Tuesday afternoon at my town clerk’s. It felt good to get that done!

If you haven’t yet voted absentee (early in person or by mail), please do so if you can to avoid the rush on Election Day. Mailing the ballot back at this time is not recommended as you cannot ensure your municipal clerk will receive your ballot before the deadline at 8:00 pm on Election Day. Contact your municipal clerk to confirm an official and secure ballot drop box available near you.

And on Election Night, we may not actually know the results, so I’m urging caution and patience, as I wrote here:

Patience on Election Night

We’re continuing to track all the big money in Wisconsin legislative races, and we’re detecting something unusual: The money on the Democratic side is far outweighing that on the Republican side. Here are the details:

Dem Groups Swamping GOP Groups in Legislative Election Spending

matt-rothschildAll this could change, of course, over the next 12 days, and we’ll be posting updates as more money pours in, so please check our website at www.wisdc.org.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Democratic Radio “Start of Early In-Person Voting” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Office Press   
Friday, 23 October 2020 08:20

voting-dropboxWe are under two weeks out from Election Day, but you don’t have to wait to make your voice heard. So get out and vote early, Wisconsin!


MADISON - Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address on the start of early in-person voting in the state, including some important reminders for Wisconsin voters in order for them to vote safely.

Audio file of radio address.

mandela-barnesHey Wisconsin! This week marked the start of early in-person voting in our state.

Here are just a few things to remember about early in-person voting:

One - hours and locations depend on where you live, so go to myvote.wi.gov to find in-person absentee voting options or contact your local clerk’s office to find out where and when you can vote early.

Two - when you go vote, make sure you don’t forget to bring your photo ID, your mask, some hand sanitizer, and your own black or blue pen if you can.

Three - if you aren’t registered at your current address yet, no problem. You can register at your early in-person voting location. Just be sure to also bring a proof of residence. Check if you’re registered and learn more about proof of residence at myvote.wi.gov as well.

We are under two weeks out from Election Day, but you don’t have to wait to make your voice heard. So get out and vote early, Wisconsin!

 
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