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Voter Suppression Is Real, LWV Continues To Fight It PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Friday, 10 March 2017 13:37

voter-idThe non-partisan League of Women Voters Wisconsin discuss strict voter photo ID laws that suppress voting, Women's History Month, their 2017 Annual Meeting, June 9-10 in Green Bay, and more.


MADISON - A new study by researchers at University of California-San Diego found that strict voter photo ID laws suppress voting by Latinos, African Americans and other American minority groups, resulting in “a growing racial gap” and amplifying the voices of those who are not restricted by the ID requirement. The League believes elections should be free, fair and accessible, and that is why we have fought against photo ID and other restrictive voting laws in Wisconsin and elsewhere.  

It’s Women’s History Month! Carrie Chapman Catt, the founder of the League of Women Voters, and Jessie Jack Hooper, the first president of the Wisconsin League, are among this list of “the most important women in Wisconsin history.” Many more League leaders will no doubt be in the new historical timeline tracing women’s political firsts as elected officials in the state, which is being compiled by Wisconsin Women's Council.

Plan to attend the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin’s 2017 Annual Meeting, June 9-10 in Green Bay. An updated agenda is on our website.

Finally, we are so grateful for your participation in The Big Share. More than 80 people contributed to our online fundraising event to give us a total of $11,168! This exceeded the amounts raised in past years and blew away our expectations. A sincere thank you from our staff and board to everyone who gave, shared and made The Big Share a BIG Success for LWV WI. (And if you didn’t yet but still want to contribute to the League through The Big Share, you can do so here through Friday.)

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 March 2017 12:51
 
LWV 'No more tax dollars for gerrymandering' PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:59

vote-equalWisconsin's legislative districts have been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of federal judges, and last week Attorney General Brad Schimel appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The League of Woman Voters says fight back.


MADISON - The framers of Wisconsin's legislative districts, which have been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of federal judges, voted in secret last month to spend taxpayer dollars to have high-priced lawyers write an amicus brief in defense of the gerrymandered districts.

Attorney General Brad Schimel last week appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. All of this will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of tax dollars, and that’s on top of more than $2.1 million already spent to draw the maps in secret and defend them through two lawsuits to-date!

If you find this shocking, contact your own legislators and the legislative leadership:

  • Let them know how you feel about this abuse of power and tax dollars.
  • Tell them Wisconsin can save millions of dollars and create more competitive voting districts in the future by adopting nonpartisan redistricting.
  • Urge them to support two bills – AB 44 and SB 13 – which would have the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau draw the maps.
  • Tell Senator Fitzgerald and Rep. Vos that these bills deserve a hearing. They did not allow hearings for these proposals last session. What are they afraid of?

--To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address under Find My Legislators, next to the little green map of Wisconsin.
--Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester)
(608) 266-9171,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
(608) 266-5660,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Mark your calendar for the League’s state annual meeting, June 9-10 in Green Bay. Click here for information and registration.

 
Americans Want Baldwin's Made In America Economy PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:32

manufacturingPresident Trump maintained his campaign message before Congress and now it's time to turn those words into action.


MADISON - The backbone of our economy is a highly-trained workforce making products right here within our borders. So, it's no surprise that focus groups reacted favorably to President Trump's promise to "Buy American, and Hire American" in order to rebuild our countries infrastructure.

tammy-baldwinBefore the President's joint address on Tuesday, Senator Tammy Baldwin made it clear that she was hoping to hear a detailed plan to strengthen our economy by making products right here in Wisconsin, and across America. While the speech lacked in details, President Trump did double down on a campaign promise to put American workers and products first.

Immediately after the speech, pundits turned to focus groups to gauge how it was received.

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President Trump maintained his campaign message and now it's time for President Trump to turn those words into action. Trump has already failed to act when Buy America was eliminated from water infrastructure legislation by House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican ally. If Trump really cares about making things in America again, he should lead by example.

"It's great to see that President Trump heeded Tammy Baldwin's call to buy products made in America again," said Brandon Weathersby, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director, on Thursday. "Now it's time to take action: Trump to needs stand up to the Washington establishment, big Wall Street banks, and outsourcing Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan by supporting Senator Baldwin's Buy America provision. America makes great products already, President Trump should buy them."

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:58
 
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