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Labor Groups Call Out Ron Johnson For Abandoning Farmers, Health Care Workers, Laborers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 13 January 2022 10:24

farmer-wicornMADISON, Wis. – In response to Senator Ron Johnson breaking his pledge to only serve two terms by announcing his re-election campaign, leading labor groups from across Wisconsin to blast Johnson for betraying their workers.

See what leaders from the agriculture, health care, and labor sector had to say:

Darin Von Ruden, President of the Wisconsin Farmers Union: “During more than a decade in D.C., Ron Johnson has repeatedly failed to stand up for Wisconsin farmers. Instead Johnson has used his time in office to pass massive tax breaks for himself and his biggest donors, sided with China and agri-business over the family and mid-sized farms across our state, and tried to block needed infrastructure investment that would help farmers grow their business and get our products to market. We know farming is the lifeblood of so many local communities across our state, and Ron Johnson has proven time and time again that his priority is looking out for himself and his wealthy donors at our expense.”

ron-johnsonJaime Lucas, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Care Professionals: Ron Johnson has spent his career trying to increase health care costs for Wisconsinites, take away critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and now – in the middle of a global pandemic – he has done everything he can to undermine our efforts to get COVID under control. Ron Johnson is putting health care professionals in great peril with his dangerous rhetoric. With health care on the ballot in 2022, we’re committed to ensuring that Ron Johnson is defeated so people across the state can access the essential health care they deserve.

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO: “Senator Ron Johnson is deeply out of touch with the people of Wisconsin. From voting against good union jobs by voting against the transformational bipartisan infrastructure deal, to delaying needed support for working families throughout the pandemic, and failing to support working people by refusing to support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, Senator Ron Johnson has continually and without fail put his extreme political interests ahead of what is best for Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s working people are committed to ensuring all people across our state have strong economic opportunity with good and safe jobs, access to high-quality affordable healthcare, and a healthier democracy. That means mobilizing to defeat Senator Ron Johnson at the ballot box next November.”

Johnson previously voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, COVID relief funding, rewarded companies for outsourcing jobs, was the deciding vote on the 2017 GOP Tax Scam bill, has spread dangerous COVID disinformation that is prolonging the pandemic, and has continuously tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 January 2022 10:33
WisDems Launch TV Ad Against Rebecca Kleefisch For Violent, Divisive Rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press   
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:48

rebecca-kleefisch-rallyKleefisch: “We have to pay mercenaries… because our army must be bigger.”

MADISON, Wis. — The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is launching a TV ad against Rebecca Kleefisch’s violent, divisive rhetoric. Kleefisch has called for building an “army” of “paid fighters” and “mercenaries,” as well as asking supporters if they were ready to have their “knives out.” Violent language only leads to violence — just look at the January 6th insurrection.

Kleefisch’s radical agenda for our state will only escalate the deep divisions in our country. She has vowed to sign extreme changes to our election laws, and hasn’t ruled out allowing the state legislature to overturn election results, should the GOP not like the outcome of the 2024 election. Radical Rebecca is hinting that she would be on board with a coup, as long as it benefits her political party.

The ad comes on the heels of Kleefisch’s first TV buy of the cycle – a misleading attempt to smear Gov. Evers on education –  and more than doubles the measly amount sources say her campaign spent.

It’s clear: Rebecca Kleefisch is too radical and divisive for Wisconsin. The ad begins airing Tuesday.

Click here to watch the ad.

“As we’ve seen from the unprecedented far-right violence over the past year, no good can come from a politician calling to build an army or prepare for bloodshed. Wisconsinites are tired of politicians deliberately trying to divide our communities, but that’s exactly what Rebecca Kleefisch is doing with statements like these," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler. “Kleefisch’s divisive language is downright dangerous, and her selfish pursuit for political power will always come before her loyalty to our country. She’s too radical for Wisconsin.”

Ron Johnson’s Rocky Campaign Launch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Philip Shulman   
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 11:09

ron-johnson-quibblesMADISON, Wis. – Report after report around Ron Johnson’s re-election announcement highlights what a damaged candidate he is after years of solely focusing on his self-serving agenda at Wisconsin’s expense.

See the coverage below of how Ron Johnson has betrayed Wisconsinites:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday he's running for re-election, breaking a campaign pledge to serve only two terms…Johnson also promoted a key provision of a 2017 tax-cut bill, successfully pushing for a tax break for small businesses and other so-called pass-through entities. Pro Publica reported that Johnson's provision benefited wealthy Americans, including two of the biggest forces in Republican politics in Wisconsin and nationally. ProPublica said that Dick and Liz Uihlein of Pleasant Prairie-based packaging company Uline and Diane Hendricks of Beloit-based ABC Supply ‘contributed around $20 million to groups backing’ Johnson's 2016 reelection campaign.”

WPR: “The Cook Political Report, a national newsletter that analyzes elections, campaigns and political trends, lists the race as one of six U.S. Senate races across the country in 2022 with ‘toss up’ status, rather than being inclined toward one party or another…However, Johnson has been far from a narrowly-focused politician. He has made headlines for his stances on a wide number of issues since arriving on the political scene, from coming to the defense of a major oil company after an oil spill to blaming sunspots for global warming.”

The Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Johnson is facing a trickier road to retaining his seat, with state polling showing him underwater. A Marquette Law School Poll of registered voters in late October showed 38% said they would vote to re-elect Mr. Johnson, while 52% said they would support someone else.”

The Washington Post: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has announced he will seek reelection for a third term this year, despite a previous pledge to retire…Johnson, 66, had promised in 2016 when he ran for his second term that he would retire at the end of it if he won. Earlier this year, the senator waffled on that promise, telling reporters that he had not decided yet whether to run for a third term.”

HuffPost: “...Some Wisconsin Republicans called him a modern-day Joe McCarthy, the late Republican senator from Wisconsin who staged the national witch hunt for communists in the 1950s — dubbed ‘McCarthyism’ — that ultimately destroyed the livelihood of many. McCarthy, who had an acrimonious relationship with many of his Senate colleagues, was ultimately censured.”

The Guardian: “The Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson, a hardline Trump supporter once described as ‘what you get when QAnon and the Tea Party have a baby’, has confirmed he will seek a third term, a step he once promised not to take...Newspapers called for him to resign…Referring to Johnson and Republicans who went through with objections, the paper said: ‘These men are cowards.’”

Rolling Stone: “Johnson, unfortunately, has not been telling the truth when it comes to Covid. He promoted mouthwash (yes, mouthwash) as a way to kill the virus. ‘Standard gargle, mouthwash, has been proven to kill the coronavirus,’ he said. This lie became so popular that it prompted mouthwash company Listerine to create a website debunking the claim. YouTube has also suspended his account — numerous times — for violating its Covid-19 misinformation policy (Johnson has claimed this is censorship).”

Newsweek: “‘Ron Johnson is not someone you can take seriously as a United States senator,’ [Sophia] Nelson said during a segment of MSNBC's The Sunday Show, responding to the news. ‘He is a hack of the highest order. He has, you know, been someone who has just engaged in the most nefarious type of conversation, gas-lighting obstruction, from Russia all the way to January 6th. So I expect nothing less from him. I am no longer surprised,’ said the former GOP attorney…”

Vanity Fair: “Johnson, who on Sunday called upon the ‘support of every American who values the truth and refuses to allow lies and distortions to prevail,’ has been at the forefront of the attacks on public health and democracy that have come to define today’s GOP…Outside of parroting false claims about elections, Johnson has dedicated much of his time to spreading fringe theories about the coronavirus and the efficacy of vaccines. Johnson, who is not vaccinated, has spread anti-vaccine misinformation while advocating for unproven or discredited COVID-19 treatments such as mouthwash.”

WisDems Applaud Biden, Harris for Leadership on Voting Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press   
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 10:40

biden-harris-pusaBoth forcefully advocated for the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

MADISON, Wis. – Tuesday, President Biden and Vice President Harris forcefully advocated for the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act —  two critical pieces of federal legislation that will assert our nation’s commitment to free and fair elections while protecting Americans’ right to vote.

Following the speech, Governor Tony Evers released the following statement:

“The right of every eligible voter to participate in our elections isn’t partisan, it’s a fundamental piece of our democracy that we have to protect. That’s why we’ve done the right thing and stopped partisan attempts here in Wisconsin that would make it harder for people to participate in our elections, particularly seniors, communities of color, and those with disabilities. Unfortunately, the right to vote is under attack across the country. By defending voting rights at the federal level, President Biden and Vice President Harris are reaffirming the values that define America. It’s time for every member of Congress to join in this commitment and pass federal legislation that protects voting rights."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler released the following statement:

“President Biden and Vice President Harris are fighting to protect the very essence of American democracy: the right for every eligible voter – whether Black, brown, or white; urban, suburban, or rural – to have their say in electing their representatives. It’s time for the Senate to follow their lead by swiftly passing both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and to adjust the filibuster if necessary to do so.

“This federal legislation will be a lifeline for Wisconsin, where Republicans continue to systematically assault our election system. The GOP’s 21st Century Jim Crow laws – which seek to restrict who can vote in ways that disproportionately affect voters of color, young voters, and voters with disabilities – are an archaic way to suppress the voices of the most marginalized Americans. We applaud the President and Vice President for speaking out and taking action against these relentless attacks on voting rights.

“Governor Evers has stood strong in defense of voter suppression bills and partisan manipulation. This federal legislation will ensure that Wisconsin is home to free, fair, and secure elections – and it’s time for the Senate to act.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 January 2022 10:44
Lasry Releases New Digital Ad Targeting Ron Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:20

alex-lasryMilwaukee - Monday, Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry announced that his campaign is launching a new digital ad against Ron Johnson.

“With Ron Johnson announcing that he is running for reelection, the stakes for Wisconsin are just too high,” said Alex Lasry. “There is nothing more important than defeating Ron Johnson. Wisconsin deserves a leader who listens to the facts, not someone who spreads conspiracies.”

The new digital ad looks at Ron Johnson’s record of misleading Wisconsinites as an Insurrection-Denier, a COVID-Denier, and a Climate Change-Denier. The new ad can be viewed here.

“I’m proud to be endorsed by progressive leaders from across Wisconsin,” Lasry said. “They know I’m our best chance to win in November so we can give Wisconsin two senators that we can be proud of.”

The Lasry campaign previously was on the air with a seven-figure statewide broadcast, cable, and digital buy in October and November.

The Democratic Primary Election for the United States Senate will be held Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. For more information about Alex Lasry’s campaign, visit www.alexlasry.com.

Alex Lasry Responds to Ron Johnson Entering the Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Monday, 10 January 2022 11:26

alex-lasry-senateToday he announced, and in November we unseat him, says Senate candidate Lasry.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:35
Ron Johnson Announces Re-Election Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Philip Shulman   
Monday, 10 January 2022 11:08

ron-johnsonJohnson Starts Campaign by Breaking Pledge that He’d Only Serve Two Terms.

Ron Johnson’s Continued COVID Disinformation Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 06 January 2022 11:05

ron-johnsonWhat they’re saying about it in the press.

MADISON, Wis. – Ron Johnson is continuing to spread disinformation about COVID and the vaccine to distract from his many failures as a Senator. Johnson’s disinformation hinders medical professionals and prolongs business owners’ ability to recover from the pandemic. Check out coverage about Johnson’s most recent COVID comments:

The Washington Post: “Johnson is saying that the way to not get sick is to ... get sick. Makes sense. Put another way, Johnson’s argument is the equivalent of saying that you don’t need to wear a bulletproof vest if you instead simply let your torso be perforated by a cannonball. No one’s going to shoot you in the stomach if your stomach has already been shot away! Checkmate, libs.”

HuffPo: “During a familiar rant Monday on a conservative radio show about the merits of relying on the body’s ‘natural immunity’ to COVID-19 after being infected with the virus, the senator asked, ‘Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system isn’t the marvel that it is?’…Twitter was flooded with notes on his flimsy logic. For one, vaccines have been proved safe and reliable to prevent COVID-19 infection. Getting sick with COVID-19 has not been, and it could result in severe illness or death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who have already had COVID-19 should still get a coronavirus vaccine because the shots are much more reliable and effective than natural immunity.”

MSNBC: “First, when Johnson talks about ‘natural immunity,’ he's describing an approach to a public health crisis in which people get infected with a dangerous contagion and then develop immunity to the virus as a result of the infection. Part of the problem with this is that many people who get infected with the coronavirus die. That should be a strong incentive to avoid such a health care strategy. Another part of the problem is that there's a safer solution: There are safe, effective, and free vaccines readily available. Instead of protecting yourself from Covid-19 by getting infected with Covid-19 — in the process, running the risk of serious illness or death — you can get vaccinated. Again, this really isn't that complicated.”

MSNBC: “Johnson's question seems rooted in the idea that if a form of protection [vaccine] doesn't offer a 100 percent guarantee of success, then it's worthless. That's not how reality works. Birth control isn't 100 percent effective, but it's still a responsible thing to take advantage of to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Similarly, seat belts aren't 100 percent effective in saving lives in serious car accidents, but that doesn't mean they're useless. Your odds of surviving a crash are vastly improved if you buckle up…Johnson has also spent months desperately trying to undermine public confidence in the vaccines people need to get in order to properly deal with the Covid threat.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It didn't take long for the medical establishment to take note that Johnson failed to mention the fact that vaccinations greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization or death. ‘I’d say that he’s so misguided that it makes me wonder whether this is all just an act,’ responded Jonathan Reiner, the medical analyst for CNN. ‘And if this is not an act, then he is just the most ignorant man in the United States Senate. And that says a lot.’”

Raw Story: "Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) this week doubled down on his campaign to promote the so-called 'natural immunity' that occurs after one has been infected by Covid-19…Public health experts recommended vaccinations for most people regardless of previous Covid-19 infections."

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 January 2022 11:11
VIDEO: Radical Rebecca Kleefisch’s Rhetoric is Too Divisive for Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press   
Thursday, 06 January 2022 10:36

trump-jan6-storm-capitolKleefisch: “Are we ready? Knives out?”

MADISON, Wis. – Today is the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, but Rebecca Kleefisch isn’t slowing down her divisive campaign rhetoric. Kleefisch has called for building an “army” of “paid fighters” and “mercenaries,” as well as asking supporters if they were “ready to throw some hands” and had their “knives out.”

rebeccakleefischThis kind of inflammatory speech is a hallmark of Radical Rebecca’s brand of politics. When she’s not calling for people to throw hands, she’s agreeing that survivors of sexual assault should turn “lemons to lemonade” or endorsing divisive policies like limiting voting rights and allowing the state legislature to overturn elections. It’s clear: Rebecca Kleefisch is too radical for Wisconsin.

Watch the video here.

“Radical Rebecca Kleefisch’s violent rhetoric has no place in Wisconsin,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Iris Riis. “Kleefisch will say or do anything to rile up the radical right and get elected, even if it means embracing the type of destructive politics that resulted in an attack on our Capitol last year. Wisconsinites want a governor that embraces unity and respect for one another — words that aren’t in Kleefisch’s vocabulary — and they will soundly reject her radical agenda in 2022.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 January 2022 10:46
Lasry Releases Plan to Strengthen U.S. Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Wednesday, 05 January 2022 10:18

alex-lasry-senateWe must recommit ourselves to maintaining an electoral system where every citizen can cast their ballot easily and securely, says Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate. Here's how.

Milwaukee - Today, Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate, Alex Lasry, released his plan for strengthening American Democracy. The plan calls for multiple reforms including ending the filibuster, enacting automatic voter registration, banning political gerrymandering, and reforming the Electoral Count Act, among other policy proposals.

“One year ago, our country witnessed something that has never been seen in the United States - a sitting President and his followers attempted to disrupt and even stop the peaceful transfer of power,” said Lasry.  While their tyrannical attempt to overthrow our government failed, the continued assault on the very fundamental tenets of American democracy has not ended.

“We must recommit ourselves to maintaining an electoral system where every citizen can cast their ballot easily and securely. And every citizen must have confidence that every one of those votes will be counted.”

Lasry plan focuses on protecting and enhancing voting and preserving American democracy by:

  • Ending the Filibuster;

  • Expanding Voting rights by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act;

  • Making it easier to vote thru Automatic Voter Registration and guaranteeing everyone their right to vote;

  • Banning political gerrymandering;

  • Reforming the Electoral Count Act;

  • Curtailing the influence of special Interests by increasing transparency;

  • Strengthening election security and ending foreign interference;

  • Promoting democracy abroad;

  • Supporting DC statehood and letting Puerto Rico self determine; and most importantly

  • Voting Ron Johnson out of office

Lasry’s full plan can be found online here: www.alexlasry.com/democracy.

The Democratic Primary Election for the United States Senate will be held Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. For more information about Alex Lasry’s campaign, visit www.alexlasry.com.

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