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SCOTUS Drops Ball on GOP Election-Rigging Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:47

vote-equalEvery voter deserves to have their voice heard. Many state Republican politicians who have blocked this right are up for re-election this fall.


MADISON, WI – The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a decision on the merits of Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislative maps, dealing a temporary setback to advocates for fair elections. In response to the ruling, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:

jennifer-shilling“Democrats believe every voter deserves to have their voice heard,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Republican efforts to suppress voters, restrict voting rights and rig elections through gerrymandered maps have demonstrated just how desperate they’ve become to cling to power. Despite this delay, Democrats will continue to champion non-partisan redistricting reform to empower citizens and restore fairness to our election process.”

Republican lawmakers in the majority party have repeatedly blocked redistricting reform legislation (SB13/AB44) and voted against a Democratic budget motion to create a non-partisan redistricting plan. Republican politicians, many of whom are up for re-election this fall, will benefit from maps that been drawn unconstitutionally in their favor.

Wisconsin legislative districts have been described as “one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern American history.” Even though State Senate Democratic candidates won a majority of votes in 2016, Republicans expanded their majority due to the partisan gerrymandered district lines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:25
 
Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Renews Need for Change PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:44

vote-equalWe need to take the politics out of the map-drawing process by enacting our Fair Maps redistricting plan, says Senator Hansen.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:24
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Gronik on Supreme Court Gill v. Whitford Decision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Gronik Press Office, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 18 June 2018 17:54

vote-rightsPragmatic, common-sense solutions, like an independent redistricting reform, are needed to remedy our broken politics where career politicians, special interests, and major corporations win at the expense of everyday people in our state.


MILWAUKEE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andy Gronik, released the following statement on Monday in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Gill v. Whitford:

andy-gronik"Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to delay action on Gill v. Whitford, the Wisconsin gerrymandering lawsuit. I applaud the plaintiffs on bringing up an important case and bringing attention to millions of voters who now know what gerrymandering is and how letting legislators choose their constituents, instead of the other way around, destroys our democracy.

"From the beginning of this campaign, I've made it clear that if we want to protect democracy here in Wisconsin, our governor needs to be a fighter, someone who will fight to make sure the peoples' voice is heard. This month, I took on the state GOP and Governor Walker after they tried to strip away the voices of 1,770 people in Milwaukee's African American community and people with previous felony convictions who had signed his nomination papers. I'm not talking the talk, I'm walking the walk and fighting for every voice in Wisconsin.

"As your next governor, I'll use my problem-solving skills to work with the legislature to pass independent redistricting reform that adopts the Iowa redistricting model and takes partisanship out of mapmaking in the future.

"It's pragmatic, common-sense solutions, like an independent redistricting reform, that we need to remedy our broken politics where career politicians, special interests, and major corporations win at the expense of everyday people in our state.

"I've always believed in a transparent, accountable, and accessible government. The right to vote is sacred and we should do all we can to protect that right and expand it to as many Americans as possible to ensure they have a voice in our government. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.

"We need someone who is a fighter and who will protect our democracy as our next governor. I don't sit on the sidelines while my fellow Wisconsinites are attacked and have their voices taken away by dirty political tricks. I've stood up to Scott Walker and his election machine twice and won. I am that fighter that Wisconsin needs and after I beat Walker in November we'll restore the voice of the people of this state once again."

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:32
 
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