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Feingold Endorses Ryan Solen for Congress in 1st District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:54

ryan-solenDemocratic Nominee Ryan Solen, an Army veteran of Iraq and married father of four, is seeking to replace Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives.

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Senator Russ Feingold endorsed Ryan Solen of Mount Pleasant, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 1st Congressional District on Monday.

russ-feingold"Ryan Solen understands the struggles that so many families in the 1st CD are facing. He is committed to fiscal responsibility while investing in infrastructure improvements, healthcare, and education. He will make an excellent representative for the people of the 1st Congressional district and I am proud to support him for United States Congress." - Russ Feingold

Ryan Solen’s life has been marked with distinction and achievement. Educated in business, technology, and world affairs, he has established a solid knowledge of the world and the way in which people from other cultures and governments interact. Military service in the United States Army honed his skill set in successfully working with people of all backgrounds, including leading soldiers in overseas deployment in a war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A hard working family man, Mr. Solen understands what people in the lower and middle classes have gone through, and continue to face in times good and bad. His own life experiences have given him an empathetic ear for those facing all manner of difficulties and issues, and he has a vision for the future of the country.

On learning of this endorsement, Ryan Solen said that, "Russ Feingold's work in the Senate has done much to improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin, as well as the United States. His history of standing up for what he believes in, despite great opposition on occasion, is a testament to his character. I am honored to accept his endorsement of me as I run to be the representative for the 1st Congressional district of Wisconsin."


Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.

He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit

Wisconsin Election Observers Welcome, But Must Follow Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:24

voteMADISON – There has been a lot of talk lately about the role of election observers. While some think poll monitors will root out corruption at the polls, others are concerned that the presence of aggressive observers could intimidate voters. In Wisconsin, election observers are an important part of the election landscape.

People who go to the polls expecting to stop illegal voting might not find the excitement they seek. A recent, extensive study found only 31 credible allegations of fraud out of more than a billion votes cast nationally between 2000 and 2014.

As for intimidation, Wisconsin fortunately has excellent procedures that welcome observers but do not allow them to disrupt voting. Polling places are covered under our open meetings laws. Anyone may observe, but there are rules in place to protect the voting process.

Election observers are nothing new. Candidate campaigns and political parties have long sent observers to the polls to note whether their supporters have voted so they can make targeted reminder calls by late afternoon. Advocacy groups send observers to ensure that polling places are accessible for people with disabilities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:44
Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder: The “Ken Burns” Edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Harry Hartfield   
Saturday, 27 August 2016 11:57

ron-johnsonJohnson says teachers should be replaced by classroom movies.

MADISON - Senator Johnson had a rough week this week. He got schooled by students, teachers and even Ken Burns over his suggestion to replace qualified teachers with TV. The proposal came when Johnson was asked at a WisPolitics luncheon about his plan to make college more affordable. Without a serious plan, Johnson resorted to the same extreme and out of touch ideology to which he's always resorts. So what was his bold idea? Forget the teachers: sit kids in front of the TV for hours on end.

It only got worse from there. Educators panned his visions. One said, "it is somewhat akin to saying - 'we've already got WebMD, why do we need medical researchers?" Even Ken Burns weighed in saying he’s here “to support teachers, not replace them.” You can't make this stuff up.

Don’t believe us? You don't need to take our word for it. Here's just a few headlines (we don't have room for all of them):

“We already knew he disparaged federal student loans as 'free money,' but it turns out Senator Johnson's vision for education also includes supporting a presidential candidate who ran a phony university, legalizing discrimination against students with disabilities, and replacing teachers with videos. What will will he think of next? The sad truth behind the bad headlines is the fact that Senator Johnson's plan is to actually keep higher education financially out of reach for middle and working class kids.” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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