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Kelda Roys to Deliver Remarks on Early Childhood Education at Ribbon-Cutting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelda for Governor Press   
Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:04

kelda-roysMADISON, WI - To kick off the National Week of the Young Child, Kelda Roys will be the featured speaker at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bright Child Learning Center's brand new infant wing.

Roys’ remarks will focus on her plans to dramatically expand support for families and young children all across Wisconsin. Roys’ early childhood agenda is the most ambitious of any Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and will expand opportunity, close the achievement gap, and improve the livelihoods of thousands of Wisconsin families.


A ribbon cutting luncheon followed by a tour of the new facility


Kelda Roys: entrepreneur, former state representative, candidate for governor

Greg Thomas: Owner of Bright Child Learning Center

Other community leaders


Noon on Monday, April 16


Bright Child Learning Center, 3149 Maple Valley Drive, Madison



Every year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children hosts the Week of the Young Child to raise awareness of the importance of early learning and celebrate young children, their teachers, and their families. To learn more, visit naeyc.org/events/woyc/overview.

Roys, 38, is a small business owner, attorney, former state representative, and past head of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin who has been standing up for women and families throughout her career. In the Assembly, she stood out as an influential and effective lawmaker, delivering results for working families and helping lead the opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s divisive agenda. As a parent and step-parent of four girls, Roys will fight for paid family leave, affordable childcare, great schools, and quality healthcare for all. In a year in which Wisconsin voters are ready for change, Kelda Roys provides the clearest contrast to Scott Walker.

Illinois Billionaire Spending Millions to Buy Election for Nicholson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:58

richard-uihleinDick Uihlein, outside groups have spent more than four times as much on negative ads against Tammy Baldwin than against any other senator.

MADISON - "Outside spending in [the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race] likely is 'unprecedented' for a U.S. Senate campaign, excluding special elections, at this stage," according to a new report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

kevin-nicholsonAnd it turns out that most of those millions have been directed towards either attacking U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin or promoting corporate consultant Kevin Nicholson, who's competing with state Sen. Leah Vukmir for the Republican Party's nomination.

Key Points:

Tammy Baldwin remains a top target of right-wing billionaire megadonors like the Koch brothers and Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein:

  • "A broader view of outside spending in the race, based on data provided by Democratic and Republican sources in Wisconsin, puts the total amount spent at more than $13 million."
  • "Meanwhile, Baldwin, D-Madison, has faced a negative ad blitz that so far dwarfs any other U.S. Senate incumbent seeking re-election this fall. Outside groups have spent more than four times as much on negative ads against her than against any other senator, the Center for Responsive Politics data show."
  • "Much of the anti-Baldwin ad barrage comes from groups funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, among the nation’s most prolific donors to conservative and Republican political causes."

Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein-funded outside groups have already "spent more than $5 million" on TV and radio ads to buy Kevin Nicholson a U.S. Senate seat:

  • "Outside groups have spent nearly $5 million to support Nicholson"
  • "Nearly all of the pro-Nicholson ads come from super PACs funded largely by Uihlein."
  • "America’s PAC and Restoration PAC, super PACs funded almost entirely by Uihlein, together have spent more than $5 million to back Nicholson or oppose Baldwin, according to the center."
  • "Uihlein made a huge early splash for Nicholson when he pledged $3.5 million to a super PAC supporting him...He also has given $850,000 to John Bolton Super PAC, affiliated with President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser."
  • "The pro-Nicholson spending spree has helped make Uihlein the top national donor to outside groups in the 2018 cycle so far."

Read more -- Wisconsin State Journal: 'Unprecedented' outside spending hits Tammy Baldwin, boosts Kevin Nicholson in US Senate race

Poll: Americans Worried as GOP Sabotage Spikes Health Care Premiums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:39

farmsAs Wisconsinites face skyrocketing health care costs following GOP sabotage, Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson continue to run on taking away 30 million Americans' health care access.

MADISON - In Wisconsin and across the country, Republican health care sabotage continues to spike consumer costs, shouldering Americans with skyrocketing premiums -- particularly in rural areas -- and rising worries that their care will soon be completely unaffordable. But GOP U.S. Senate candidates Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir are nevertheless dead set on taking away 30 million Americans' health care access and further spiking consumer costs, as part of their right-wing, corporate-special-interest-giveaway agenda.

kevin-nicholsonNicholson and Vukmir have continued to campaign on dangerous Trumpcare repeal plans that would gut protections for people with preexisting conditions, spike premiums and take health care away from up to 30 million Americans. And Vukmir and Nicholson are standing by their fellow Republicans' efforts to further destabilize health care markets -- malicious sabotage that's already spiking premiums in Wisconsin and across the country.

leah-vukmirRepublican-led health care market sabotage has gotten so out of control that a recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds that a majority of Americans are "worried about their out-of-pocket costs increasing so high that" they won’t be able to afford the care that they need.

Meanwhile, additional polling shows that health care remains the top issue for voters heading into November's midterm elections. In Wisconsin, specifically, a recent PPP survey found that 72% of likely voters name health care a top issue. 

That's bad news for Trumpcare candidates like Nicholson and Vukmir, who are also running on a Republican tax law that spikes health care costs while simultaneously calling for dangerous cuts to Wisconsinites' Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

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