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Paul Ryan Has A Trump Problem PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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
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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.

 
Does Sen. Johnson Support Donald Trump's Praise of Putin? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Harry Hartfield   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 14:43

donald-trumpMADISON - After Trump’s disastrous performance in last night’s presidential forum, does Sen. Johnson still trust Trump with the nuclear codes? Donald Trump spent a half hour pushing his dangerous, insulting and sexist policies. In case you missed it here are some of Trump’s most egregious comments from last night:

  • He praised Vladimir Putin, citing the Russian President’s high approval rating

  • He insulted servicemen and women, claiming that American generals had been “reduced to rubble”

  • He suggested that men and women should serve separately in the armed forces

ron-johnsonSen. Johnson has said that he would pull his support for Trump if the Republican nominee said anything that “crosses the line.” So the question for Senator Johnson is, do any of Trump’s comments last night cross the line? We’re guessing not.

In his desperate attempt to stay in Washington, Sen. Johnson has thrown his lot in with a reality TV  star who pushes reckless, racist, sexist and xenophobic ideology. At this point there’s nothing Trump can say that would cross the line for Sen. Johnson, and that speaks volumes about what Senator Johnson stands for.

 
Paul Ryan Still Endorses Candidate Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:38

trump-rnc-2016MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - NBC News and MSNBC had a candidate forum tonight that left Democratic nominee for Congress Ryan Solen wondering how Paul Ryan can continue to endorse Donald Trump after a series of questions from Matt Lauer and members of the all-veteran audience proved Trump is incapable of handling the United States military or any other aspect of the highest job in the land.

Does Paul Ryan, like Donald Trump, believe that American military generals have been “reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing to our country”? Ryan Solen is an Army veteran and served in the war in Iraq with the same generals Donald Trump disparaged. Will Paul Ryan disavow that comment and stand up for the United States military?

paul-ryanDoes Paul Ryan care that Donald Trump has a “secret plan to defeat ISIS” that he won’t reveal? Tonight, when he was asked directly by a veteran in the audience, Trump sidestepped answering how he will defeat ISIS and moved on to how he will stabilize that part of the world after America has somehow defeated the international terror group without giving any indication how he plans to do that except to consult with the very generals he just belittled or, perhaps, new generals. Paul Ryan talks about being a policy wonk, doesn’t he want a president who makes plans and implements them?

Donald Trump has been clear on his feelings about undocumented immigrants and that he plans to have them deported back to their country of origin yet tonight he said that if one expressed an intention to serve in the military he would allow them to remain. If an immigrant is good enough to serve in our military, why could they not stay in our country and continue to make America great? What does Paul Ryan think about this?

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2016 13:51
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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."

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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.

 
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
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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.

 
Teacher from Wittenberg Challenges Big Money, Politician in 2nd Senate District PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:48

john-powersVietnam Veteran, History Teacher John N. Powers from rural small town Wittenberg takes on career Wisconsin Senate fixture Rob Cowles in David v. Goliath race, and he wants to do it without accepting any donations.


GREEN BAY - In a scene that reminds one of David v. Goliath, John N. Powers of Wittenberg officially announced his candidacy for the Senate seat in Wisconsin’s 2nd District last week. John is seeking to unseat a political institution in the Senate, Republican Robert Cowles, and he wants to do it without accepting any donations from any source in his campaign.

Rob CowlesCowles has been in the Senate for 29 years, more than any other Republican. He has consistently won re-election by large margins or been unopposed. In the Senate, he is the chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee. You would hope that someone with that kind of seniority and position would be a voice for reason representing his district's residents first.

Powers says he will put his record of public service up against his opponent’s any day of the week. That record started at age 17 when he enlisted and served four years in the military, including a year of USAF Intelligence Operations in Vietnam (1967-68).

John earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UW-Stevens Point. He has lived in rural Wittenberg since 1974, teaching US history among other things for 31 years in Shawano County, Bowler and Wittenberg-Birnamwood schools. While teaching, he also found time to spend 15 years as a Boy Scout leader. For the past 10 years, he has worked at St. Clare's Hospital in Wausau as a unit coordinator in the emergency room.

“This will not be an ordinary campaign,” Powers says. “In this time of drastic cuts to our public schools, a state agency that gives hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to businesses that fail to create jobs, and a complete gutting of the authority of the DNR, Wisconsin cannot continue to allow our elected officials to be exempt from prosecution for political corruption while enforcing gag orders on state employees.”

Powers points to Cowles’ recent proposal on high capacity wells, Senate Bill 291. That proposal would remove all decision making from the DNR and turn it over to the legislature. So, if the local DNR is inspecting a problem well, it may not consider the impact caused by any other wells and instead must request approval from the Joint Committee on Finance in Madison .

This loss of local control doesn't make much sense to John. He also feels Wisconsin cannot continue to give away our tax dollars with no jobs being created in return. As a former teacher, he knows Wisconsin cannot give more of our tax dollars per student to private schools than to our public schools.

Feeling very strongly that our system of elections is broken, Powers will not accept any donations from any source in his campaign. “More than 70% of the people in this state feel that Citizens United should be repealed. Yet we continue to allow money to be the deciding factor in our elections, even at this level. I will not participate in an auction,” says Powers. “You will have to decide to vote for me, or not, based on my merit, not my money. If I succeed you will have made history. If not, we go back to the status quo.”

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You can find out more about John Powers for State Senate on FaceBook or at www.voterpowers.com

 
Gallagher Continues to Stand By Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Monday, 22 August 2016 10:27

donald-trumpRepublican Candidate for 8th District seat has lived in a high-end neighborhood in Washington, D.C. for years, not Wisconsin. 50 national security officials say Trump would be “most reckless President in American history”.


GREEN BAY - It's been two weeks since 50 GOP national security officials signed a letter saying Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” and yet Mike Gallagher continues to stand by his stated support for Donald Trump, even suggesting he should start naming his foreign policy team.

mike-gallagher-speaks“For years, Mike Gallagher lived in a high-end neighborhood in Washington, working for the politicians who run the place,” Brandon Weathersby, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said on Monday. “With top national GOP leaders calling Trump reckless and dangerous, it’s astounding that “DC Mike” is willing to put his party over his country by not outright rejecting a presidential candidate so unfit to serve.”

Despite the outcry from our country's top military officials, Mike Gallagher seems to be comfortable with Donald Trump being in control of our military and the nuclear codes. Gallagher has tried to cover his bad judgement by saying Trump will “put the best people around him and listen to their advice and council." However, GOP leaders disagree, stating he will be unable to listen to his advisers or encourage conflicting views.

"Mike Gallagher's support of Donald Trump is dangerous for Wisconsin and our country. We deserve better than another Trump apologist representing us," Weathersby concluded.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 10:46
 
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