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Wisconsin Democrats Join Call for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:41

donald-trump-littleMADISON - Wisconsin Democrats, including Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Ron Kind, and State Senator Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling are joining Speaker Paul Ryan’s call for Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Tammy Baldwin“The time is way past due for Donald Trump to release his tax returns, as every other major party nominee has done for the past 40 years. The people of Wisconsin and the people of America deserve to know what Donald Trump is hiding,” said Senator Tammy Baldwin.

“We recently learned that Donald Trump’s business interests overseas could pose unprecedented conflicts of interest and threaten our national security. Trump needs to immediately release his tax returns to show the American people the extent of his international financial interests. The American people deserve transparency,” said Congressman Ron Kind.

jennifer-shilling“The people of Wisconsin deserve a President who meets the basic threshold for transparency. We need more insight into Donald Trump's business record other than his dispositions, lawsuits, and boastful rhetoric,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling.

Last week’s report offers a disturbing preview of the foreign entanglements that could influence Donald Trump, should voters make the grave mistake of electing him president. We now know that over the course of decades, The Trump Organization has been financially involved in more than a dozen countries on five continents -- including Russia, Ukraine, Libya, Turkey, China, and Brazil. These new revelations bring greater urgency to the need for Trump to release his tax returns, so the American people can what influences he might be subject to.

 
An Open Letter from Ryan Solen to Paul Ryan PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:19

paul-ryanSpeaker Paul Ryan has been off in Washington a long time, and it appears he does not want to acknowledge the existence of his Democratic opponent Ryan Solen. In this open letter, Ryan asks the Speaker to come back to the district and actually engage him and the people face to face.


MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Mr. Ryan, Since you seem so insistent that we never meet, or that you even wish to acknowledge my existence, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ryan Solen. I am the Democratic candidate running against you at this very moment. Contrary to what your staff may have told you, there is still an election on November 8th, and I have been attempting to invite you to a debate or two. Common courtesy would be to answer at least one invitation out of the two dozen I provided. Considering that you have not even attempted to reject the invitations, I can only assume that your insulting silence is an arrogant sneer at what you perceive to be my simple campaign. Perhaps you don’t see my campaign as a threat to your bought-and-paid-for corporate sponsored empire. You would be wrong.

ryan-solenI have had the opportunity to speak to many of the people within the 1st Congressional district. Many are questioning what they know about you and what you really represent. You were one of the original group that decided to fight against Obama on everything when he was sworn into office. Not compromise. Not question. Fight against. Since that time, this country has watched as you promoted, and took part in stopping progress on the simplest of legislation while cultivating a persona of being the nice-guy. Now as Speaker of the House, you are the figurehead of a party that uses obstruction as a political tool, while the rest of us feel the pain from the lack of action.

Today, the country is struggling. Unemployment still haunts many as more companies ship jobs overseas in the sick pursuit of ever wider profit margins while lowering their tax profile. Trickle-down economics is nothing more than the wealthy and corporations relieving themselves on our feet while trying to convince us that it’s raining. Corporations benefit. The people suffer as a result. You have tried to rescind the ACA dozens of times, wasting time and money in the process, while promoting a vague idea of your own health care ideas that look a lot like what the ACA was created to fix. Health insurance companies benefit. The people suffer. You encourage cutting education funding in the name of reducing “spending”, and fight against student loan reform. Banks benefit. The people suffer. You declare that welfare benefits need to be cut and accuse the poor that they are unemployed because they are lazy, even when no jobs are available, no education options are affordable, and they can’t afford to keep themselves healthy. The privileged survive. The poor remain poor and suffer. You pack unrelated and unpopular legislation in important bills in the hopes that Democrats will vote against it so you can blame them for inaction. Party politics continue. The people suffer. I participated in the war in Iraq; a war that you voted for against the recommendations of military leaders and the international community; a war that resulted in many veterans requiring further care from the VA that you continue to vote against. You are so enamored with how inspired our form of government is, yet you do everything in your power to instill distrust in it. Your endorsement of Donald Trump, a man of such moral turpitude and lacking of empathy or compassion, leaves many including myself to question your political motivations and leads us to conclude that your true allegiance is to the party first, corporations second, and the people last if considered at all.

For a long time, I have been one of your constituents. Now I am also your possible replacement. Your ability to represent the people is called into question, as in order to represent, one must actually be present. Your campaigns portray you as one of us, yet you entertain big donors and receive millions of dollars from those hoping for stronger influence and benefit. Your constant urging of opposition to even the simplest of suggested progress across the aisle indicates that as Speaker of the House, your performance has been a disaster, and that your decision making ability in government has been blinded by partisan prejudice. You have failed me, and the people of the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin.

Please consider this the start of debate. I, and the rest of the country await your rebuttal.

Regards,

Ryan Solen
Congressional Candidate
1st Congressional District of Wisconsin
September 18, 2016

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:54
 
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Withholds Financial Records PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Monday, 19 September 2016 17:10

David-ClarkeSheriff Clarke seems to be using his elected position to reap huge gifts from private groups while also claiming to be a public official. He needs to disclose his full financial history to show he is working for the people of Milwaukee County.


MADISON - With just 50 days left until Election Day, Donald Trump is yet to release his tax returns to the public. Not only does Trump have a problem with being forthcoming with his own personal records, he has a penchant for surrounding himself with people like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke who refuse to be transparent with the public. 

Sheriff Clarke has spent the last few months stumping for Donald Trump, repeating the Republican nominee's dangerous rhetoric and doubling-down on Trump's reckless policy proposals. Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows that Clarke received thousands of dollars in gifts, speaking fees, and traveling expenses - all as an elected public official. Clarke has refused to disclose everything he has received, raising serious questions about who he is truly representing as County Sheriff. 

According to the report, in 2015, private groups or individuals paid $51,840 in airfare for the Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke to fly to 25 events, meetings or speaking engagements - including a $40,000 trip to Israel and Russia paid for primarily by the National Rifle Association. Other items gifted to the Sheriff include a $1,159 firearm, a $350 black powder muzzleloader, and tickets to sporting events. In the interest of transparency to the public, Milwaukee County officials are supposed to report anything of value they receive.

State Department of Revenue officials say they have no record of Clarke's 2015 state income taxes leaving it unclear if the Sheriff has reported the gifts and value of his travel on his income taxes. 

"Sheriff Clarke must see Donald Trump as a role model since he's not just copying his dangerous rhetoric, but also mimicking the Republican nominee's unwillingness to disclose crucial financial records," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Brandon Weathersby said on Monday. "Unless Sheriff Clarke can prove otherwise, it seems he is using his elected position to reap huge gifts from private groups while also claiming to be a public official - that's not how the system is supposed to work. Clarke needs to disclose his full financial history immediately to show he is working for the people of Milwaukee County and not right-wing special interests."

 
Sen. Johnson Changes His Story on $10 Million Payout PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Harry Hartfield   
Friday, 16 September 2016 14:32

ron-johnsonMILWAUKEE, WI - After a bombshell report on Tuesday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Senator Johnson keeps changing the story about his $10 million corporate payout.  But no matter how you slice it, Senator Johnson clearly lied to Wisconsinites.

SHOT: 9/23/2011 - “Johnson said the $10 million payment was 'an agreed-upon amount' that was determined at the end of his tenure with the company. Agreed upon with whom? ‘That would be me,’ he said.”

CHASER: 9/15/2016 - "Pacur recognized he would be resigning from his active position with the company and settled the account by independently calculating the back pay he was owed."

 
Healthcare Is A Right For All Says Solen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Friday, 16 September 2016 11:27

healthcare-familyOver 207,000 people in Wisconsin participated in the ACA marketplace as of February, but Paul Ryan wants it repealed. His characterization of ACA’s “coverage gap” for low-income people fails to address that the gap is entirely due to the refusal of the GOP’s state officials to expand Medicaid under ACA.


MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report which shows 207,349 people in Wisconsin participated in the ACA marketplace as of February 22, 2016. The program is highly successful: 50 percent of the state’s consumers obtained coverage for less than $100 per month.

Residents could choose coverage from 15 insurers offering an average of 67 health plans. Despite GOP claims that young people would not sign up for ACA, 53,760 consumers—32 percent of participants—have signed up for ACA.

But, Paul Ryan wants ACA repealed.

paul-ryanThe Speaker claims, “by putting the patient-doctor relationship first and applying free-market principles, House Republicans have offered a ‘better way’ to fix America's healthcare system.” Under Ryan’s “better way,” millions of people would lose coverage or be subjected to significantly reduced benefits.

ryan-solenRyan Solen disagrees with the flawed free market model that prioritizes insurance company interests above those of the patients. He knows Wisconsinites will benefit far more from universal health care that will provide them access to quality and affordable essential services rather than letting insurance companies profit through the Speaker’s flawed “free market” model.

Ryan Solen knows protecting families from incurring astronomical medical debt that causes them bankruptcy ultimately costs government far more than a solid universal health care plan. He knows if insurance companies cared as much for their subscribers as they claim, they would not need to spend tens of millions of dollars trying to convince consumers to sign up for policies—advertising costs that could be put to work increasing the quality of health care in Wisconsin’s communities.

“All other variables aside, healthcare is the great equalizer; the common denominator of the human condition is that we all need healthcare, “Solen said. He added, “If we truly believe in the concept of all being created equal, then all should have the same access to healthcare regardless of income.”

Many Wisconsinites are in jeopardy of losing health coverage when they find a job. Nearly 180,000 Wisconsinites work at minimum wage jobs in companies such as Walmart and McDonald's. The majority of these jobs don't offer insurance. Single adults who work a minimum wage job—approximately $1,300 before taxes—are dropped from BadgerCare if their salaries exceed the federal poverty level of $990 per month.

Paul Ryan’s disingenuous characterization of ACA’s “coverage gap” for low-income people fails to address that gap is entirely due to the refusal of the GOP’s state officials to expand Medicaid under ACA.

The House Speaker’s broad outline contains no specific plan for health care. He calls his proposal, “the beginning of the conversation, not the end.”

In Wisconsin, the “conversation” centers on whether people should work at a non-covered minimum wage jobs and lose their health insurance. Their only other option is not to work so they can get medical coverage while they try to figure out how to pay for rent, food, and utilities.

Paul Ryan ignores ACA’s overwhelming success in Wisconsin. His constituents need to know “the beginning” of Ryan’s proposals may be “the end” of their health care coverage for both themselves and their families.

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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 www.solenforcongress.com.

 
Mike Gallagher Doubles Down On Ill-Received Social Security Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:34

mike-gallagherGallagher can try to deflect negative attention by lying about Tom Nelson's record, but at the end of the day Gallagher's silence on his own Social Security plan shows how devastating it would be for older Wisconsinites.


MADISON, WI - Mike Gallagher has been running around trying to deflect attention from his ill-received Social Security plan, which would cut benefits for 2/3 of older Wisconsinites down to the poverty level, by lying about Tom Nelson's record of standing up for seniors. However, what Gallagher hasn't said is that the criticism about his plan wrecking Social Security coverage is in anyway wrong.

elderly-crowd "If Mike Gallagher truly believes his Social Security plan wouldn't cut benefits for 2/3 of older Wisconsinites down to the poverty level than why isn't he saying so?" Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Brandon Weathersby said on Wednesday. "Gallagher hasn't refuted the facts that his Social Security plan would be a disaster for older Wisconsinites. He knows just how bad his plan would be for seniors by slashing their benefits to the poverty level."

Seniors are speaking out against Gallagher's plan because they know it would be a disaster. The Alliance for Retired Americans has said as much: "The Gallagher plan would result in drastic Social Security guaranteed benefit cuts for two-thirds of seniors...it is clear that Mike Gallagher can never be trusted to stand up for our seniors."

"Gallagher can try to deflect negative attention by lying about Tom Nelson's record, but at the end of the day Gallagher's silence on his own Social Security plan shows how devastating it would be for older Wisconsinites," Weathersby concluded.

 
Smith Backs Refinancing Plan For Student Loan Debt Relief PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:02

uwgb-studentsDebt refinancing would save student loan borrowers hundreds each year.


WAUPACA, WI – Families in central Wisconsin would save hundreds of dollars each year under a plan supported by Waupaca Mayor and State Senate candidate Brian Smith. With over 800,000 Wisconsin residents owing more than $19 billion in student loan debt, Smith says bold solutions are needed to protect families and spur economic growth.

brian-smith“Too many families in our state are struggling to pay off student loan debt,” said Smith. “Massive cuts to UW schools and Wisconsin’s technical colleges have shifted more of the burden onto students and families. People are finding it harder to buy a car, start a family, or open a new business after graduating because of their crushing debt.”

Smith pointed to the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill as an immediate solution to help lower student loan debt. The plan would target tax relief to middle class families and allow individuals to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.

“A student graduating today with $30,000 to $40,000 in debt is going to spend decades paying off that loan,” said Smith. “Families in Wisconsin should be allowed to refinance their student debt just like you can with a car loan or home mortgage. It’s a commonsense, consumer-driven solution that will lower interest payments and ease the burden placed on our local hardworking families.”

Seventy percent of Wisconsin's college graduates have student loan debt, the third highest percentage in the nation. Several states including Minnesota have already launched student loan refinancing efforts in a bid to lower costly interest payments. According to the Minnesota Higher Education Commissioner, the new refinancing option could lower payments by $200 a month for an average student loan borrower.

“It’s time to follow the lead of other states that are working to lower student loan debt and expand economic opportunities for our hardworking local families,” concluded Smith. “While politicians in Madison have been slow to respond to this growing crisis, I’m ready to step up and make student loan debt a top priority in our state.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:21
 
Paul Ryan Has A Trump Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Monday, 12 September 2016 09:15

donald-trumpMOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Ryan Solen has long been astounded that Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump, accepted Donald Trump’s endorsement, and continues to endorse the Republican nominee for president despite Ryan calling Trump out on numerous occasions for saying all manner of insulting things. Friday Paul Ryan crossed a line that Ryan Solen didn’t think he would see and simply refused to comment on Trump’s latest antics at the NBC/MSNBC candidate forum Thursday night.

paul_ryanSpeaker Ryan was decidedly uncomfortable at his first press conference when reporters asked him why Trump claimed Putin is a better leader than Obama. “Do you think I’m going to stand up here and be election pundit? I’ve got other things to do in this job,” Ryan fumed. “Yeah, he’s the nominee of our party, because he won our nomination fair and square. I’m not going to sit up here and do the tit for tat on what Donald said last night, or the night before, and Hillary versus Donald. That is not my job, and I’m not going to be the election year pundit commenting on all these little things. I’ll leave it at that.”

So, the presidential race is one of those “little things” the Speaker refuses to address?

Not only has Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District U.S. Representative and America’s highest ranking elected Republican refused to even answer Democratic challenger Ryan Solen about a campaign debate, he refuses to answer any questions regarding his own party’s presidential nominee. Does the Speaker feel praising a dictator- like Donald Trump did last night in his tribute to Vladimir Putin- is superior to showing respect for a democratically elected president?

With only three more weeks before the next recess—and 60 days until the general election—it is hard to imagine that questions about Trump’s comments will cease. Will Speaker Ryan eventually answer questions about his support of Donald Trump? Or will he continue to evade questions like he has evaded Ryan Solen’s request for a debate?

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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 www.solenforcongress.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 09:36
 
Mike Gallagher Should Release Donor Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 09 September 2016 19:30

mike-gallagherIs Mike Gallagher trying to hide who is really funding his campaign by failing to fully disclose information on 1 in 4 of his donors? His SuperPAC also refused to disclose donors despite spending nearly $50,000 in the Republican Primary. Voters in Northeast Wisconsin deserve full information.

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Johnson Puts Politics Above Fighting Zika PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Friday, 09 September 2016 10:37

ron-johnsonMADISON - Following Senator Johnson’s vote on the Senate's disastrous Zika bill, here’s what Wisconsinites need to know about Senator Johnson’s record on Zika:

“If Senator Johnson was serious about fighting Zika he wouldn’t support a bill that restricts women’s health services and falls hundreds of millions of dollars short of what experts say is needed. After 24 confirmed Zika cases in Wisconsin, Johnson continues put his extreme ideology above the safety of Wisconsinites. Is there any problem Senator Johnson doesn’t think can be solved by restricting women’s health services? Even for Senator Johnson, politicizing a national health emergency is a new low in his desperate attempt to stay in Washington,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

 
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