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Nicholson & Vukmir Failed Wisconsin Veterans At King PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:07

veterans-home-kingKevin Nicholson was absent when it mattered, failed to conduct proper oversight. Leah Vukmir funneled away funding that should've gone towards King veterans' care.

MADISON -- This morning's Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing on the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King audit report is a chilling reminder of the disastrous neglect and malfeasance that can happen if Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir are entrusted with looking out for Wisconsinites. 

veteran-olderThe well-documented neglect of Wisconsin veterans that occurred at King can be traced directly back to both Nicholson and Vukmir:

  • Kevin Nicholson was supposed to be looking out for veterans living at King as a member of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans Affairs, but Nicholson skipped a July 2016 VA board meeting at the King facility and he failed to "respond to emails with concerns about the home" from as far back as February 2013.
  • Senator Leah Vukmir, for her part, sat on the Joint Finance Committee as she championed budgets from Gov. Scott Walker that slashed state funding and, as implemented, ultimately led to tens of millions in funding being siphoned away from the Veterans Home at King -- including $12 million in 2016, alone.

"When it really, truly mattered, Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir weren't there for Wisconsin veterans at King," said Brad Bainum, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race. "As Nicholson and Vukmir scramble to compete for campaign dollars from out-of-state special interest megadonors, Wisconsin voters of both parties would do well to remember Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir's failure to fulfill their obligations to our veterans living at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King."

Remembering Jerry Kleczka, a True Public Servant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Press Office   
Monday, 09 October 2017 10:30

jerry-kleczkaFormer Congressman Kleczka dedicated his life to serving his community, even after his 35 years in elected office.

MADISON - Over the weekend we received the news that former United States Representative Gerald 'Jerry' Kleczka, a Wisconsin Democrat representing the 4th Congressional District from 1984 to 2005, had passed away.

In addition to his two decades in Congress, Rep. Kleczka also served in the state Assembly and Senate, where he was Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Joint Finance Committee.

His career centered around tirelessly helping his constituents and community in Milwaukee, with a steadfast focus on national and state policy designed to better the lives of the poor, the disadvantaged and the elderly. After leaving elected office, Rep. Kleczka continued his public service in many nonprofit and community groups including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and America's Black Holocaust Museum.

In honoring Rep. Kleczka's career in Congress upon his announced retirement, former Senator Russ Feingold read a tribute into the Congressional Record, highlighting Kleczka's work banning "drive-thru" baby deliveries and protecting seniors living in public housing, as well as fighting for Social Security and affordable health care as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means. "Jerry has embodied Wisconsin's progressive tradition during his 35 years of public service," said Feingold. "The son of a factory worker, Jerry always stayed true to the hardworking Wisconsin families who counted on him to fight for them in Congress."

Congresswoman Gwen Moore honored her predecessor shortly after he left Congress in 2005, reading a tribute into the Congressional Record, calling him "a champion of the causes of working men and women" and "a spirited and tenacious advocate."

"Congressman Jerry Kleczka was the embodiment of a truly dedicated public servant who is loved and will be missed by so many," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning. "He focused his time and energy on his community. And for people whose voices are too often ignored, he will always be remembered as a true advocate and dedicated friend."

Falk Endorses Tim Burns for the Wisconsin Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Burns for Wisconsin, Amanda Brink   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 15:28

tim-burnsMADISON - Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has endorsed Tim Burns for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Burns is running for the seat now held by Justice Michael Gableman, who has announced his retirement from the court. The non-partisan election will be held in the spring of 2018.

kathleen_falkThe following is a statement from Kathleen Falk:

"As an attorney who argued cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I know firsthand the Court’s far reaching influence. From free speech to our right to privacy to protecting natural resources, the Wisconsin Supreme Court hears and decides the most important legal issues. Tim Burns has the backbone, the integrity, and the courage a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice must have. He will be a strong addition to our Court."


Tim Burns is a partner at a law firm in Madison, WI. He is a former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

A graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, Tim is licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Tim's national practice focuses on making insurance companies live up to their obligations to their policyholders.

Tim also serves on the national board of the American Constitution Society and he chairs the Fair and Impartial Courts Committee of the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section of the American Bar Association.

Tim and his wife Pam, have chosen Middleton to raise their family. Married for over 20 years, they have three children.

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