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Ron Johnson Still Refusing to Listen on SCOTUS Vacancy PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:06

ron-johnson3As More Senators Take Garland Nomination Seriously, Johnson Remains in Lockstep with Obstructionist Fringe.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday news broke that Republican Sens. Ayotte, Portman, Murkowski, and Flake are all set to meet with Judge Merrick Garland next week. After meeting with Garland, Republican Sen. Susan Collins is now “more convinced than ever” that Garland should get a hearing.

potus-merrick-garland-scotusAnd today at lunch, Sen. Mark Kirk was spotted handing out memos to his Republican colleagues encouraging them to meet with Garland.

But despite the majority of Wisconsinites who want the Senate to do its job and hold hearings, Sen. Ron Johnson remains in lockstep behind the Koch brothers and the Republican lobbyists who have spent millions to obstruct the nomination process and Mitch McConnell who just yesterday said, “I think it’s safe to say that there will not be hearings or votes.”

Johnson himself was the first to admit that his obstruction is entirely due to partisan politics. But the Supreme Court should be a cause beyond politics. Even some Senate Republicans now seem to understand that. Unfortunately, Ron Johnson is not one of them.


Washington Post: GOP senator ‘more convinced than ever’ that Garland should get hearing

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Collins Urges Republican Colleagues to Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Garland

Politico: Kirk rips 'closed-minded' GOP on Garland nomination

The Hill: Portman to meet Supreme Court nominee

NBC: Supreme Court Fight: Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

Roll Call: Another GOP Senator, Kelly Ayotte, to Meet with Obama Court Nominee

Chicago Tribune: GOP senator meets with Garland, says hearings should be held

New York Times: Merrick Garland to Meet With More Republicans

 
Former Congressman Dr. Steve Kagen Endorses Hillary Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Dr. Steve Kagen, M.D.   
Monday, 04 April 2016 19:38

steve-kagen-drAPPLETON - We have a serious election on Tuesday, and we should feel proud to live in America where everyone’s vote is important and by law must be counted.

hillary-clintonI am voting for Hillary Clinton. She is hard working, tough and cannot be bought.

In my lifetime, there’s never been a better prepared candidate for President of these United States.

Hillary is the positive change-maker we need.

She will work together with everyone to fix what’s broken and improve on what we already have.

Please join me in voting for Hillary tomorrow.

 
Senator Ron Johnson Defends his Support of Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 04 April 2016 14:10

ron-johnsonMADISON - This past Sunday Senator Ron Johnson tried to explain away his deplorable support for the bombastic and offensive Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Trump has taken his party by storm, including the support of Ron Johnson, by pushing misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and making fun of physically disabled individuals.

donald-trumpIn addition, Ron Johnson continues to defend his partisan obstructionism of not allowing President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, from having a hearing and a vote. Other Republicans are decrying these tactics as foolhardy and as serving no common good.

See excerpts from the article below.

After U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told CNN that he thinks having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket in November could help down-ticket GOP candidates, a number of outlets picked up on one quote:

"Stump with Trump?" he said last Monday in Waukesha when asked if he would campaign with the current GOP front-runner, according to CNN. "Just because it rhymes: It'd be the Ronald (and) the Donald,"CNN quoted Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh.

Johnson, who's running for re-election against former Sen. Russ Feingold, was on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and tried to clear up that he hasn't endorsed any of the Republican candidates for president. Judging from the reaction, he may have made things less clear.

Host Chuck Todd called Johnson one of the few on the Republican side who've said that Trump being the GOP candidate would help in a re-election campaign.
"What I've been talking about is, from my standpoint, I'm a businessperson,"

Johnson said. "I'm a completely outsider. And that certainly is what has resonated about his campaign in many respects. But from my standpoint, I think what this campaign ought to be about is growth. How do you grow our economy? It's the No. 1 component for a solution.

[…]

In Sunday's "Meet the Press" interview, he reiterated that he thinks it's "problematic" to consider a new Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year.

"He appears to be pretty hostile to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, which would not be popular in Wisconsin," Johnson said of Garland. "So I'm doing my job in protecting the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsinites by just withholding my consent."

Read the whole article here.

 
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