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Donald Trump Rooted for Housing Market Crash PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:33

single-family-homeIn 2006, he hoped everyday Americans with a mortgage would lose to line his own pockets, buy low, sell high.

MADISON - Donald Trump's own comments in 2006 indicate that he hoped the housing market would collapse, saying that while average citizens lost their homes, jobs, and savings, he would be able to profit by buying their property at a low.

martha-laning"The Democratic Party has long been committed to ensuring that all Americans, especially the most most vulnerable, have access to housing that is safe, decent, and affordable," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairwoman Martha Laning.

"Our party is continuing that work to this day because we want every American, regardless of income, to have a roof over their head for a fair chance to get ahead," she continued. "You shouldn't have to be a millionaire to buy a home, save for the future, and give your children better than you had."

donald-trumpDonald Trump rooted against the success of everyday Americans and bet on their suffering. Trump hoped that while average citizens lost their homes, jobs, and savings, he would be able to profit from their misery.

"We can't risk having someone in the White House who would dare bet against the American people for their own personal gain," concludes Laning. "Donald Trump clearly does not have the best interest of the American people at heart and he does not have the temperament or stability to be President of the United States."

"Donald Trump is a risk we cannot take," she said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:13
Brian Smith to Run for State Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:17

brian-smithWaupaca Mayor and businessman to run for Wisconsin’s 14th Senate District.

WAUPACA, WI - Recognizing the need to create jobs and get Wisconsin back on the right track, Waupaca Mayor Brian Smith formally announced his candidacy for the 14th State Senate District today.

“I’m running for State Senate because we deserve better than what we’ve been getting from Madison,” said Smith, “As Mayor, I’ve fought to make sure Waupaca remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. As a small business owner and accountant, I know what it takes to balance a budget the right way so we create good jobs and grow our economy.”

A former high-school teacher and football coach, Brian is the Mayor of Waupaca where he was born and raised. He is a small business owner, partner in the accounting firm he founded and co-owns Smith’s Paca Pub. As Mayor, Brian worked with Fox Valley Technical College, the Waupaca Foundry, and the Wisconsin Veterans’ Home at King to bring training for good-paying nursing and skilled factory jobs here. He also partnered with local businesses to ensure good jobs stay here, rather than get sent overseas or out of state.

Brian and his wife Terri live in Waupaca. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Residents can learn more about Brian at:

The 14th Senate District includes portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Outagamie, Sauk, Waupaca, and Waushara Counties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:27
Ron Johnson Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After 2,323 Days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 18:03

ron-johnsonMADISON - "What did Johnson have to say? Who knows. He didn’t even show up."

Ron Johnson Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After Ignoring Court Vacancy For 2,323 Days By Jennifer Bendery
May 18, 2016

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) just can’t bring himself to play well with others.

He’s spent more than six years — 2,323 days, to be precise — singlehandedly preventing a vacancy on a court that covers his state from being filled. It’s the longest circuit court vacancy in the country.

That’s why it was a big deal Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Wisconsin lawyer Donald Schott, who would fill that seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Schott’s other home-state senator, introduced him with rave reviews. A few committee members peppered him with questions, but signaled no problems with his qualifications.

What did Johnson have to say? Who knows. He didn’t even show up.

Typically, both of a nominee’s senators come to these hearings to make the best case possible for confirming the nominee. Schott was one of eight finalists for the seat suggested by the Wisconsin senators’ own commission. And Johnson previously joined Baldwin in turning in their “blue slips” for Schott — a procedural step that signals a senator is ready to advance a nominee in the committee.

A Johnson spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment on why he skipped the hearing or whether he actually plans to push to confirm Schott, versus just turning in his blue slip for appearance’s sake.

At least one Wisconsin senator was eager to introduce a home-state nominee to the Judiciary Committee.

Johnson’s efforts to stall on filling the 7th Circuit seat fit into a broader GOP strategy of blocking nearly all of President Barack Obama’s judicial picks this year. That’s because Republican leaders would prefer to hold out until 2017, when Donald Trump might be in the White House (is this really happening?) and put forward lifetime judicial nominees more to their liking.

The problem is that courts with vacancies can get so swamped that people’s cases are delayed for years even as judges grapple with burnout. There are currently 87 federal court vacancies. Twenty-eight are considered emergencies.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said last week that he expects the Senate to stop any confirmation of judges by the time August hits. That doesn’t bode well for the 7th Circuit, which is positioned to roll into year seven with this vacant seat.

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