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PUSA Takes on Trump's Reckless School Push and Coronavirus Failures, Highlight Joe Biden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Friday, 21 August 2020 10:18

pusa-lifeanddeathNew TV Ads from Priorities USA highlight how Donald Trump continues his reckless push to send our kids back to the classroom with little regard for their health or safety.

Washington, DC — Every day we read about another coronavirus outbreak in a school, and every day Donald Trump continues his reckless push to send our kids back to the classroom with little regard for their health or safety. With coronavirus outbreaks still uncontrolled in many states and millions of people still out of work thanks to Trump’s failures, Americans are facing an uncertain future while other countries return to normal life. The Trump administration was given multiple warnings by experts, guidelines for handling the pandemic, and opportunities to educate the American public about effective mitigation strategies. Donald Trump ignored every single opportunity to get the coronavirus under control, instead opting for his comfort zone of lies and disinformation. Every American is now paying the price for Trump’s incompetence.  

A pair of new TV ads from Priorities USA Action hold Donald Trump accountable for his failures and tell the stories of Americans who have been harmed by his lack of action. 

Darlene works on the front lines of our nation’s coronavirus crisis as a nurse. She wants her child to go back to school, but she fears for their safety with the pandemic still taking thousands of American lives each week while Trump fails to act. A registered Republican, Darlene will share her story with battleground state voters during the week of the Republican National Convention. In “Life and Death,” she declares that she cannot vote for Donald Trump because of his failure to listen to experts and keep Americans safe. 

Wreck” contrasts Donald Trump’s failed leadership that has always put himself first with Joe Biden’s fact-driven, compassionate leadership. While Trump is trashing our economy and our institutions, Joe Biden has a plan to build our economy back better than it was before. Not only will Joe Biden and Kamala Harris listen to science and confront the virus, they will create millions of good jobs, improve access to affordable health care, expand Medicare, and ensure that our progress is preserved for generations to come.

Life and Death” and “Wreck” will run on cable and broadcast in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. 

Priorities USA Action is spending about $2 million per week on television and digital ads telling Americans the truth about Donald Trump’s failure to contain the virus and protect our children. Priorities is committed to investing more than $200 million through November to defeat Donald Trump and ensure that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are in the White House in 2021. 

“To keep America’s children safe, parents and teachers need a leader that they can rely on. Handling this pandemic is the ultimate test of leadership — and Trump has failed miserably,” said Chairman of Priorities USA Guy Cecil. “There is still so much uncertainty about how we will open our schools safely, and the blame for this chaos rests squarely on Donald Trump’s shoulders. We need a president who will lead with compassion and always heed the advice of experts. Joe Biden will be that leader. Priorities is committed to doing everything we can to support the Biden-Harris ticket so we can forge a better future for our country next year.”

Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorses its third wave of candidates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Thursday, 20 August 2020 16:09

wetlands-wiCandidates share values of clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy.

MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Voters is proud to announce its third wave of endorsements for candidates running for office in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

kelda-roys“Our endorsed candidates share our values: clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy,” said Executive Director Kerry Schumann. “We’re proud to endorse this most recent slate of candidates who will fight for a brighter, cleaner, more equitable Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Conservation Voters Board vets candidates through a questionnaire, a personal interview, and research on each prospective candidate and their campaigns.

Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorses the following candidates:

Rep. LaKeisha Myers for Assembly District 12
Jessica Katzenmeyer for Assembly District 15
Erik Brooks for Assembly District 21
Shaun Murphy-Lopez for Assembly District 49
Emily Berge for Assembly District 68
John Ellenson for Assembly District 75
Francesca Hong Assembly District 76
Jacob Malinowski for Assembly District 82
Charlene Warner for Assembly District 93

Melissa Sargent for Senate District 16
Kelda Roys for Senate District 26

“With the future of Gov. Evers’ veto power in jeopardy as well as the future of clean energy policy, clean water policy, and voting rights, this election is one of the most important in the state’s history,” Seth Hoffmeister, Organizing and Political Director, said.

For our entire slate of endorsed candidates and election updates click here.


Engaging voters to protect Wisconsin's environment.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2020 16:23
Trump Administration is Failing Wisconsin Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 09:31

donald-trump-uk"Our economy is hurting, our state is hurting, we’re tired of the photo-ops. We need leadership. We deserve more. We deserve a president that actually cares," say Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin AFL-CIO Treasurer, and small business owner.

Women for Trump Bus Tour Blasted for Campaigning During Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Sunday, 16 August 2020 16:02

women-for-trump-bus-cbs58Wisconsin leaders are speaking out about the threat Trump poses in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his other reckless policies.

WISCONSIN -- As the “Women for Trump” Bus Tour irresponsibly rolls through the Badger state, Wisconsin leaders are speaking out about the threat Trump poses to them, both in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reckless policies he’s pursued during his presidency that have harmed women. Since taking office, Trump has gone after women’s  health care, tried to remove workplace protections, and has failed to come up with a comprehensive plan that will keep families and their children safe.

See Read what  just a few leaders are saying:

latonya-johnsonState Sen. LaTonya Johnson: “Trump’s disastrous failed COVID-19 response has been particularly devastating for Black and brown women. They disproportionately serve on the frontlines of this pandemic and have been crucial for keeping our friends and neighbors safe as well as keeping essential businesses open. This bus tour is nothing more than a sham and does nothing to help Wisconsinites confront the pandemic. Since the outset of his presidency, Trump has made clear he sees Black and brown and women as expendable, and a wreckless bus tour will do nothing to change that.”

robyn-viningState Rep. Robyn Vining: “Wisconsin women don’t need a visit from the Women for Trump Bus to show us how terrible the president has been when it comes to dealing with each and every issue that affects us personally, our families, and our communities. But here we are, and here they come. Whether it’s resolving this pandemic, navigating the plan for school reopening, fighting for health care, reigniting our economy, combatting violence against women, or protecting our children and families, I know Wisconsin women would much rather be on Team Joe than be anywhere near this terrifying bus. Love wins and so will we.” 

State Rep. Greta Neubauer: “This irresponsible and unsafe campaign event can’t distract from the fact that Trump has completely failed Wisconsin’s women. He continues to prioritize his own campaign over the women of our state. Trump’s inability to respond to the coronavirus pandemic has put countless lives at risk, cost many people their jobs and left families wondering how they will make it to the end of the month. We deserve better and the only way we’ll get it is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House.”

More Background:

Trump came to Wisconsin in 2016 and promised “nobody will be better to women”, but it couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Trump: “Nobody will be better to women, and nobody will give greater security to our country for women, and in that case, for everybody. Nobody but Donald Trump.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Appleton WI, 3/30/16]

Trump’s failed COVID-19 response has disproportionately hurt women, especially women of color.

Pew Research: “More women than men lost their jobs from February to May, 11.5 million vs. 9.0 million.”

National Women’s Law Center: “While the overall unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% in July, almost 1 in 7 Black women (13.5%) and Latinas (14.0%) remained unemployed” 

CNN: “Coronavirus infection may make pregnant women more severely ill, CDC says” 

Throughout his presidency, Trump has attacked women’s health care, including birth control, and is currently in court trying to strike down the Affordable Care Act and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Vox: “The Affordable Care Act changed everything. It prohibited insurers on the individual market from charging people more based on their gender or their medical history. Women are more likely than men to have a preexisting condition, which can include a history of rape, domestic violence, or even pregnancy. The law required insurers to cover certain services, including maternity care, ensuring women would be able to buy a health plan that actually covered the medical care they needed.” 

ABC News: “Supreme Court Allows Trump To Exempt Employers From Obamacare Birth Control Mandate.” 

Trump has also tried to use his office to undue meaningful regulations around workplace harassment and fair pay.

NBC News: “On March 27, Trump revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order then-President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws.” 

Washington Post: “A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to reinstate an Obama-era rule that required companies to report pay data by race and gender, a move advocates say will help shrink the wage gap.  Tanya S. Chutkan, a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia, ruled that the Trump administration violated the law when it halted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s efforts to collect pay data by race and gender from large companies.”

PUSA Ad: Donald Trump Still Wants to Take Health Care from Millions of Americans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Saturday, 15 August 2020 16:27

covid-19-wh-trump-debunkNew ad “C’mon Man” illustrates Donald Trump’s attack on American health care using his own words.

Washington, DC — As the United States surpasses 5 million cases of COVID-19, Donald Trump is still pushing the Supreme Court to kill the Affordable Care Act while at the same time threatening to choke off crucial funding from Social Security and Medicare. As president, Joe Biden will reverse Donald Trump’s unconscionable attacks on the well-being of the American people and protect health care access for generations to come.  

Released ahead of the start of the Democratic National Convention, “C’mon Man” illustrates Donald Trump’s attack on American health care using his own words. Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his administration will “kill” the Affordable Care Act and “terminate health care.” While Trump is trying to score political points at the expense of American lives, Joe Biden has consistently vowed to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act, providing access to high quality health care for millions of Americans. “C’mon Man” will run on digital platforms in key battleground states targeting voters particularly persuadable on health care as part of Priorities’ nearly $1.5 million weekly TV and digital ad buy. 

Priorities USA Action is committed to spending over $200 million to defeat Donald Trump and ensure that Joe Biden is in the White House next year to fight for our access to high quality care. 

“Donald Trump’s assault on the health care coverage of millions of Americans is nothing new. Trump’s obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act is part of a clear pattern of putting personal politics ahead of the well-being of the American people,” said Josh Schwerin, Senior Strategist and Communications Director for Priorities USA. “As an instrumental figure in passing the ACA, Joe Biden knows what it takes to pass consequential legislation that will actually improve the lives of the American people. Our health care is under attack, and we need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the front lines.”

Lt. Gov., Health Care Professionals Blast Trump Administration for Failed Coronavirus Response PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 15 August 2020 16:18

donald-trump-rally-milw"The Republicans who continue to bury Wisconsin under this pandemic could learn a thing or two by watching the Democratic Convention where they’ll see the pain they’ve caused our state.”

WISCONSIN -- Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, President of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Care Professionals Jeff Weber, and health care professionals blasted Donald Trump and the Republicans for their failed coronavirus response and dangerous decision to campaign in person during the pandemic. Trump’s visit to the state comes as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that over 1,000 Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19. During the press call, Barnes, Weber, and other health care professionals condemned Trump’s failure to lead and called on him to tune into the Democratic convention to hear the stories of hardworking Wisconsinites hurt by his horrible coronavirus response, instead of holding a photo-op that does nothing to solve the crisis facing our state.

Watch the full event here or read excerpts of what the speakers said below.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes: “In order to solve any problem you have to first admit that there is a problem, and Donald Trump has yet to do that. He is showing his lack of sincerity in addressing this issue in any sort of way by scheduling an in person visit to Wisconsin this week. He’s doing that because he is not very popular in the state at the moment and he is trying to do everything that he can do. This is a very desperate move, but a desperate move that will put lives at risk, including the people who are traveling with him, including his own… Peoples’ lives and safety have been completely disregarded since Donald Trump took office. He has shown no willingness to help people out, especially those who are in need, especially those who are struggling, so as we battle COVID-19 we are doing the responsible thing. We have always let the medical advice and science guide our decision making, and we’re going to continue to do that, even if it means we can’t have the exciting time that we planned to have in nominating the next president of the United States of America, Joe Biden. Even if it means we can’t celebrate with tens of thousands of our closest friends, we are going to do the responsible thing, because that’s what this moment calls for us to do. That’s what the nation is calling for us to do, and the country can see an example of what it means to make the sacrifice so we can provide a better quality of life for people all across this country.”

Jeff Weber: “I represent over 2,500 health care workers across our state who are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic. Everyday they go to work risking their lives -- wondering if this is the day that they may catch the virus. You see, even though we’ve been fighting this virus for nearly six months, Donald Trump is still abandoning nurses, doctors, and health care professionals… The people of Wisconsin are suffering, and as of this week, at least 1,000 Wisconsinites have died of COVID-19 and over 60,000 have tested positive. 1,000 is a hard number to swallow, 1,000+ grandparents, parents, friends, and family members, all ripped from us because of Trump and his Republican colleagues inability to listen to science and experts… It is in insult that Trump, Pence, and other Republicans would come here to hold in person campaign events as this crisis rages. Their carelessness and recklessness is a slap in the face to health and essential workers who put their lives at risk everyday… The Democratic Party has shown us what it means to value people over politics, and has made the difficult yet smart decision to present their party convention virtually. The Republicans who continue to bury Wisconsin under this pandemic could learn a thing or two by watching the Democratic Convention where they’ll see the pain they’ve caused our state.”

Marcia Steele: “I am dealing with the result of the president’s failed response to the coronavirus pandemic every single day. From the moment that the virus hit, it was clear that the president and Wisconsin Republicans were not going to provide the support and leadership we need. For months all they’ve done is watch the death toll grow… How many more patients will I have to swab? How many family members will be infected and possibly lose their life because of this event?... Countless lives depend on us electing new leadership this fall. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a comprehensive plan to get the pandemic under control and support the workers who are risking their lives to help patients… I’m proud that my party made the tough decision to hold a virtual convention. They trust science and the public health experts, knowing it is the best way to keep people safe. That’s the sort of leadership we deserve and that’s what we’ll get with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House.”

Kate Walton: “For the past few months, I’ve watched COVID-19 cases skyrocket, I’ve cared for patients with tragic outcomes that could have been prevented or avoided, and have felt my cries and my frustration have been ignored by the current administration. The absence of any form of leadership from Donald Trump and the White House is a driving reason behind why we have seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in proportion with our population, especially in comparison to other countries… Trump refused to take this pandemic seriously from the outset and continues to do so… Trump boasts that America is the greatest country in the world, yet we are rationing PPE because as a country we’ve never taken any of the steps that could help us survive this pandemic. We need supplies, we need help, we need leadership. I wake up every morning, knowing that I am putting myself in a direct line of fire with a deadly illness, only to see Donald Trump and Mike Pence parade around Wisconsin for a political photo-op. That is not the leadership we asked for… I support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because they listen to science, they care about public health, and they are fighting to put nurses like me out of harm's way.”

Trump Triples Down on Plan to Cut Social Security in Wisconsin Tele-Rally PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Friday, 14 August 2020 09:42

donald-trump-rally-milwTrump promotes executive order to defer payroll tax that would slash funding for Social Security.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2020 10:35
Seniors Slam Trump’s Relentless Attacks on Social Security PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 13 August 2020 08:52

elderlyWisconsin Senior: “Since Donald Trump took office, he has broken every promise he ever made to protect Social Security.

WISCONSIN -- As Donald Trump doubles down on his commitment to slashing social security, congressional candidate and State Representative Amanda Stuck joined Social Security recipients Sarah Conklin and Crystal Porter to criticize Trump’s repeated attacks on Social Security over the last four years, and his cruelty in threatening to permanently cut funding for the program during a pandemic. Social Security is a vital lifeline for countless Wisconsin families, seniors, people with disabilities, and this threat is part of a long history of Trump and his administration recklessly playing politics with people’s lives.

Watch the full event here or read excerpts of what the speakers said below.

Congressional Candidate Amanda Stuck: “We have about 150,000 people here in the 8th congressional district that rely on Social Security… Folks like my grandma who worked her entire life… raised her family here and now relies on Social Security. They are very worried about what cuts or defunding will mean to them… In the economy that we have now, we know we can't afford to be cutting these benefits at all. If anything we really need to be looking at how we can help people, how we can make sure people have more resources, not less, during these hard economic times… This is something that really is going to be on the ballot, that people are going to be watching, and they should know who is actually looking out for them and who really wants to cut their livelihood and their benefits.”

Sarah Conklin: “I am a poster child for pre-existing conditions, including MS, and like so many Wisconsinites my out of pocket costs are horrendous. The only way I’m able to afford my medication and treatments are with Medicare and Social Security… If Trump gets his way with this new executive order, which would cut funding for Social Security, I don’t know what I’ll do. Since Donald Trump took office, he has broken every promise he ever made to protect Social Security and has repeatedly attacked it, along with Medicare and Medicaid, when we senior citizens depend on it for our wellbeing. Trump and the GOP are clearly more interested in passing tax cuts for big corporations instead of helping the senior citizens that depend on Social Security for a bare minimum of financial stability. We are tired of his broken promises and cannot wait to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this fall. Who have shown they are committed to defending Social Security and expanding financial protection for seniors across the country.”

Crystal Porter: “I work a part time position at our local senior center. I talk to seniors every single day, besides myself, who are concerned about their benefits being cut. Donald Trump’s attack on our Social Security and Medicare would be very devastating to all of us… If one of us should get sick with COVID and our benefits are cut, where do we go? Do we lose our home? Are we out in the street?... We depend on that Social Security to live. We are so excited to know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be our next president and vice president and I can’t wait for November 3rd to come, to make it so we’re all covered and take care of, so that our president and our vice president are concerned about the American people and are not just tossing us out like garbage, as the Trump Administration is doing giving tax cuts to the rich and taking away from us and making us poorer than we already are… I see this every single day working with the seniors at our senior center… some people don't have enough money to buy their lunches, decent groceries, or medicine, and… something has to change and I pray it changes soon.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2020 09:01
Jonathon Hansen Wins Democratic Primary Election for State Senate District 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hansen for Senate   
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:04

jonathan-hansenDe Pere Alderman Jonathon Hansen thanks the people of the 30th State Senate District for their support.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2020 09:05
PUSA: A Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration Will Fight For Every American PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:49

biden-harris-pusaNew Priorities USA ad features how Kampala Harris will bring her years of experience in California and in the Senate to help build the most progressive administration in history.

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