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WisDems Chair On the End of the Republican National Convention PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 22 July 2016 07:57

martha-laningMADISON - With the end of the Republican National Convention, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning released the following statement:

"The Republican National Convention showed exactly why we must elect Hillary Clinton to the White House and other Democrats up and down the ticket into office. If elected, Donald Trump would severely damage our economy, diminish our standing in the world, and make our communities less safe. He is divisive, dangerous, and lacks the judgment and temperament to be Commander in chief. When he says, 'Let’s make America great again,' that’s code for 'Let’s take America backward.' This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans, our values as Wisconsinites and Americans are at stake."

 
Another Disastrous Night in Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 21 July 2016 08:27

scott-walker-at-rncMADISON - The build up to Scott Walker's speech could not have been more overshadowed by his own undoing. 

Before the convention even began, Scott Walker couldn't be found by his fellow Wisconsinites because he who was too busy schmoozing the Iowa delegation trying to re-live his failed presidential bid and couldn't be bothered. This set the stage for what we already know: Scott Walker has no interest in representing and working with the people of Wisconsin, even those in his own party, and is so dead set on running for president again in 2020 he forgot he was at the convention to help unite his party, not build upon his own ambitions.

Things only got worse-- former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson openly questioned if Walker had any reason to run again in 2018, as his approval numbers have dropped to a measly 38%.

Finally, when Scott Walker got the moment he had been eagerly anticipating-- to be in the lime light again for a few minutes to praise Donald Trump--, his speech fell totally flat. While Walker may have forgotten his muddled support of the Donald, people in the room did not. Walker previously swore to support the nominee, then backtracked and wouldn't commit to Trump, and when he finally did, it was as tepid an endorsement as they come.

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Sean Duffy's Support Of GOP Ticket Underscores His Own Anti-Women Record PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:07

sean_duffyMADISON - There were few happier than Sean Duffy when it was announced Governor Mike Pence, who has crusaded against proper health and reproductive care for women, would be the Republican Party's nominee for Vice-President. Like Pence, Duffy's record on supporting women's health and reproductive rights is abysmal, and his extreme views have been detrimental for the well-being of women across Wisconsin and our country.

On top of voting to defund the ACA dozens of times, which would take away health care from millions of women, Duffy voted to defund Planned Parenthood, wants doctors to be criminally charged for failed abortions.

It's not just Mike Pence that Duffy aligns so closely with when it comes to endangering women's health, Duffy stand with Trumps dangerous, anti-women record as well. When Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump stated a woman should be punished for receiving an abortion, Duffy stood silent, with only his extreme record to do the talking.

"Sean Duffy has stood in complete opposition of quality and accessible health and reproductive care for women," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Monday. "Rep. Duffy constantly cries out about the evils of government until it has to do with women's health care and their right to choose, then he thinks government can't be big enough and should dictate a woman's course of action. His extreme record is detrimental for women in Wisconsin and across this country."

 
Sean Duffy Voted For Protecting His Own Pay, Against Soldiers' Pay PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Monday, 18 July 2016 14:05

iraq-warSean Duffy's talk about supporting our men and women in the military is cheap. He would rather shut down government than pay the vets.


MADISON - At tonight's Republican National Convention, you can expect Rep. Sean Duffy to talk about supporting our men and women in the military. However, his record shows anything but.

duffy-stallingRep. Duffy voted against legislation that would ensure soldiers receive their more than deserved pay in the event in a government shutdown. But just one year earlier, Duffy voted against legislation that would cut his own pay under the same circumstances.

"It is shameful that Sean Duffy would vote to protect his own salary but not those of the brave men and women in uniform who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Tuesday. "Right wing, tea-party extremists like Sean Duffy are willing to shut down the government and refuse American soldiers their paycheck, while complaining that he does not get paid enough as a congressman."

Duffy previously stated that his $170,000 salary, which is nearly six times larger than what the average Wisconsinite takes home, isn't enough money for him. While Sean Duffy may think he and his tea-party extremist pals are entitled to a paycheck when they shut down the government, he also thinks those brave men and women who put their lives on the line are not entitled to the same treatment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:30
 
Sen. Johnson's New Attack Ad this Morning Misleads Public PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Friday, 15 July 2016 10:48

ron-johnsonMIDDLETON, WI - RFW communications director Michael Tyler issued the following statement after Sen. Johnson aired a new attack ad just hours after last night's tragedy in Nice, France:

"Only hours after the horrific attack in France, when we must pull together as a free society to defeat terrorism, Sen. Johnson sadly continues to mislead, divide, and scare. It’s shameful that Sen. Johnson is so desperate that he keeps resorting to fear mongering in the wake of tragedy and using his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee to launch partisan attacks, instead of offering real solutions to confront this terror.

"Sen. Johnson has failed to do his job for years and has no strategy other than to point fingers like a typical Washington politician. Russ is committed to combatting terrorism and is the only one with a specific plan to defeat extremists and keep America safe."

 
We Need to Stand Up for Public Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Monday, 11 July 2016 10:29

middle-school-studentsRHINELANDER, WI – Recently, a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau detailed that general school aid to public schools has been cut by $210 per pupil over the last six years. The memo also detailed that private school voucher funding has increased by $911 per pupil over the same period. These funds disproportionately go to the Milwaukee area, where roughly 85% of the vouchers are sent.

bryan-van-stippen“Public education has traditionally been a high priority in Wisconsin statewide, yet in recent years our public schools have been abandoned by legislators in Madison,” said Van Stippen in a statement on Wednesday. “Our representatives in Madison have left rural schools behind while funneling hard-earned taxpayer money into Milwaukee’s private schools. We must reverse this dangerous trend by reinvesting in our public schools so that every child can receive a quality education.”

Because of these education cuts, dozens of school districts around the state were forced to include referendums on their ballots in the recent April elections.

“Our families should not be forced to decide between paying more in local property taxes and cutting school resources. While it is good that local communities care about investing in quality education, the tragic part is that this money is not improving their school districts. Instead, this money is merely allowing the districts to stay afloat after Gov. Walker and the Legislature have cut so much of their funding,” Van Stippen said.

“It’s time for a complete reinvestment in public education so that we can attract and retain the state’s top talent, fill teaching vacancies across the state, and give our students the great education that they deserve,” Van Stippen concluded.

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Bryan Van Stippen is running to represent the 12th Senate District in northern Wisconsin. Residents can learn more about Bryan at: www.vanstippenforsenate.com

 
Update from DPW Chair, Martha Laning July 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Saturday, 09 July 2016 08:22

martha-laningMADISON - This week I will address the multiple senseless killings we saw this week, an interview I had with WGTD, the continued efforts of Planned Parenthood, the importance of investing in early childhood education, properly funding Wisconsin's infrastructure, and Donald Trump's continued bigotry.

WE ARE IN MOURNING AGAIN

It’s been an emotional week for all of us as we seek to cope with the past three days of senseless violence that has gripped our nation and dominated news headlines.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who joined a long list of law abiding African Americans unjustly killed by police solely for the crime of having darker skin. Again and again, we have seen the systemic racism in our country played out on the evening news in the form of another member of our community having their life taken for no reason.

Throughout our nation's history, we’ve taken to the streets, marching and protesting to highlight the need to transform policing in America. Last night in Dallas, people of all colors and creeds joined together to demonstrate the urgent need for justice, transparency, and accountability. The peaceful demonstration ended abruptly due to the actions of a lone gunman targeting caring police officers, killing five officers and injuring six others.

Police put their lives on the line each and every time they report to duty - their job is not an easy one. We grieve for the families of the Dallas police officers who were targeted while serving their community. The demonstrations happening around the country have been peaceful and focused on highlighting an important issue. We implore others to remember that violence is not the answer to the problems we face at this time.

Please, let me be clear, what we saw in Baton Rouge was an act of terror; what we saw in St. Paul was an act of terror, and what we saw last night in Dallas was an act of terror. We cannot abide by the status quo, continue to stoke flames of racial division, and turn a blind eye to the important business of making sure that our country is one that stands by its promise to ensure justice and equality for all.

To truly honor the lives of those taken from us through senseless violence this week, we need to come together to summon the political will to recognize injustice and to ensure that justice is truly for all.

WGTD INTERVIEW

This week I sat down with WGTD, an affiliate of NPR, to discuss our party’s goals going into the Democratic National Convention. Democrats across the state are standing strong and unified behind our shared common values, poised to win races up and down the ticket this November. The general election will pose a new challenge, but we are confident that Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. The national convention will be an exciting opportunity for Democrats from all 50 states to come together in unity and show an outpouring of support for our nominee and the principles we all hold as Democrats. The nation will see our strength and dedication, and join us on this journey toward progress. The interview will air next week, and I will be sure to share a link with you all in next week’s update!

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR WOMEN ACROSS WISCONSIN

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin and Democratic legislators are calling to repeal a section of Wisconsin’s abortion laws, which are nearly identical to those in Texas that the Supreme Court struck down for being unconstitutional. Just last week, the Supreme Court rejected Wisconsin’s appeal to reinstate a law requiring doctors who perform abortion to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, with multiple justices citing our state’s law were almost the same as those in Texas. While the Supreme Court rejected Wisconsin’s appeal and the law is not legally binding, the law remains on the books. As stated by Planned Parenthood legal and policy associate Mel Barnes, the allowance of the law to stay in the books violates the civil liberties and dignity of Wisconsin women. The Supreme Court’s decision reminds us why it is so important we support Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. It is critical in order to protect women’s constitutional rights to safe and accessible contraceptive and reproductive health care and moving our society forward.

IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN EARLY EDUCATION

Psychology professor Seth Pollak and economist Barbara Wolfe recently conducted a study focusing on socioeconomic brain research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which highlights the importance of early education. The study found that lags in the critical area of the brain, responsible for learning, memory, and comprehension, are linked to the 20 percent gap in test scores of low-income children. These findings suggest student’s ability to succeed in Elementary and Middle School relies on the student’s early education environment. Children that do not have a structured early education early in life, especially those growing up in poverty, could experience delayed brain development that significantly harms their educational progress. As we all know, a major key to success later in life is receiving a quality education when you are younger. It is imperative that regardless of a child’s zip code or their parents’ income they receive the quality education they deserve. Instead of slashing education budgets like we have seen over the past several years, we should be making the necessary investment in our future by properly funding our public education system. These findings prove the importantance and need of proper government funding to support early education programs, and ultimately, the prosperity and successful future of Wisconsinites.

INVESTING IN WISCONSIN'S INFRASTRUCTURE

Earlier this week, State Senator Janis Ringhand released an excellent statement demanding expansion of and investment in state infrastructure. Criticizing Scott Walker and legislative Republicans' do-nothing strategy concerning our roads, bridges, and highway system, Sen. Ringhand warns when we ultimately fix and upgrade our roads and bridges, the price tag will be much larger, to the tune of an excess of  $700 million that taxpayers will be on the hook for. Instead of being responsible and making the proper investments, Scott Walker and the Republicans are playing chicken with Wisconsinite’s safety and are ultimately going to cost the state far more money.

I agree with Sen. Ringhand: investing in Wisconsin's infrastructure shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Sen. Ringhand calls for us to adopt the local government model in order to work together and solve this crisis while simultaneously improving road safety and creating economic opportunities. For Governor Walker and legislative Republicans to let our crumbling infrastructure continue to deteriorate while motorist safety suffers and economic development opportunities are lost is simply irresponsible.

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON HIS BIGOTRY (AGAIN)

This week, Donald Trump tweeted out a picture of our presumptive presidential nominee for President, Hillary Clinton, using anti-Semitic imagery of money and the Star of David to call Secretary Clinton “corrupt.” After months and years of Donald Trump’s racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and bigotry, we now expect this from the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. What is surprising is that prominent Wisconsin Republicans continue to support such an abhorrent candidate. Gov. Walker, Sen. Johnson and Speaker Ryan can denounce Trump’s comments all they want, but at the end of the day they still support him as their nominee for President. In the case of Governor Walker, that will also mean speaking in support of Trump at the GOP convention, which he agreed to earlier this week. Wisconsinites know better than to support Donald Trump, so why don’t our elected leaders?

 
Ron Johnson's Lecture at the Milwaukee Rotary Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 17:39

ron-johnsonMiddleton – In response to Sen. Johnson's lecture today at the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, RFW Communications Director Michael Tyler released the following statement:

"In a single conversation, Sen. Johnson reminded Wisconsinites that on the issues that matter most, he continues to side with the corporate interests and Washington Republicans and refuses to listen to this state’s middle class and working families.

"Sen. Johnson praised the disastrous TPP trade deal while blatantly admitting that he won't come clean with his position until after the election. He ducked and dodged his way through every question over his support for Donald Trump. He doubled down on his intention to jeopardize retirement security for Wisconsin’s seniors by privatizing Social Security and turning Medicare into a voucher program.  And he continued to advocate for another massive, reckless ground invasion in the Middle East.

"Sen. Johnson failed to connect with the people of Wisconsin today. The only thing he accomplished was reminding Wisconsinites that he’s all Washington."

 
Update from DPW Chair, Martha Laning July 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:52

martha-laningMADISON - I wanted to recap a few things: the big Supreme Court decision this past week, a Common Sense Gun Safety legislation rally we saw Democrats put together, a new study showing Scott Walker's priorities are designed to help the rich, the death of the Government Accountability Board, and the draft of the new DNC platform.

SUPREME COURT DECISION SUPPORTS WOMEN

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down crucial parts of the restrictive Texas anti-abortion law HB2. The law imposed strict requirements on abortion providers and impeded women from getting the safe health care they need. The Supreme Court concluded the restrictions HB2 imposed on clinics were unnecessary, offered no medical benefits sufficient to justify obstructing abortion access, and violated the Constitution. Immediately extending the reach of Monday’s ruling, the Supreme Court denied an appeal over a nearly identical Wisconsin law. The Supreme Court dashed the hopes of Scott Walker and Republicans to reinstate state laws requiring abortion doctors to hold unnecessary admitting privileges at local hospitals, which were struck down as unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in 2015. The Supreme Court’s decision reminds us why it is so important we support Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. It is critical in order to protect women’s constitutional rights to safe and accessible contraceptive and reproductive health care and moving our society forward.

A WIN FOR WISCONSIN WOMEN

This week, our Executive Director Kory Kozloski and I attended an event hosted by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, where we celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Scott Walker’s appeal to uphold our regressive anti-women’s health legislation. This comes in the wake of their decision to strike down laws in Texas that were making it nearly impossible for women to successfully seek an abortion. A woman’s personal health care decisions should be made by a woman, with her family, her faith and the counsel of her doctor. The Supreme Court sent a clear message today that the Wisconsin Republican law is unconstitutional.  Women, Democrats, and Planned Parenthood have a lot to celebrate this week.

WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS STANDING STRONG

Representative Mark Pocan, accompanied by Madison Mayor Paul Slogan, State Representatives Christ Taylor and Terese Berceau, and Michael Johnson of the Boy and Girls Club led a press conference to continue the call for common-sense gun-safety legislation. It is clear the pressure we Democrats are applying is working, as it was announced today that there will be a vote in the House on gun legislation. This comes after we saw Democrats occupy the House floor for 26 hours, demanding the House hold a vote. Thank you to our Democratic legislators who fought for this issue to keep Americans safe.  We are all better off when we work together and I am glad to see the Republicans starting to move on this important issue. Democrats, Republicans, and sportspersons alike agree we need to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and criminals to help keep Americans safe.

THE BROKEN WALKER AGENDA

This week, information requested by Democratic State Representative Gordon Hintz was released by the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, showing Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans’ tax legislation is giving a $21 million tax break to 11 of Wisconsin’s wealthiest taxpayers. It is shameful they would prioritize a group of people, who are estimated to make $35 million or more per year, over everyday Wisconsinites who are struggling to get ahead. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Manufacturing and Ag tax credits have cost the state twice as much as initially projected. The credit essentially eliminates state income tax for manufacturing and Ag business.

In response to why this credit was put in, both Governor Walker and Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce point out that manufacturing jobs have increased.  That really irritated me.  Wisconsin manufacturing jobs didn’t increase because of this tax credit.  Wisconsin has added a lot of jobs because of President Obama's policies, which prevented our country from going into a depression and have pulled our whole country out of the Great Recession. I live in one of the highest manufacturing areas of the state, and we have great business leaders and workers who made compromises to get through the hard times of the Recession so that they could build their lives back up after the crash. The jobs that have been added are not due to the manufacturing tax credit but due to recovery from the Recession.

Giving huge tax breaks to millionaires while under-funding schools, our university system, local communities, and our infrastructure is wrong.  This is just the latest in a long list of Governor Walker and Wisconsin GOP moves that have left middle-class Wisconsinites in the dust while the richest few race further ahead. Wisconsin deserves better.


THE DEATH OF THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

This week, several of our most distinguished Wisconsin legislators and Democratic Party leaders held a press conference in front of the Capital to address the unjust end of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. State Senators Jon Erpenbach and Mark Miller, as well as Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, stood alongside former State Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson to discuss how Scott Walker and the Republicans are doing everything to strip openness and transparency from government in exchange for deception and secrecy. Our leaders explained that the Government Accountability Board was a model for our nation, and eliminating it in favor of the old toothless partisan oversight is bad for Wisconsin.  Wisconsin voters lost a huge ally on Thursday when the GAB was closed in exchange for this new partisan organization – our state is taking a big step backward to a time when lack of oversight left both parties with individuals that broke the law.  Unfortunately, this is just another chapter in the long book of Governor Walker and Republican’s attempts to push forward their damaging agenda by any means necessary. Democrats believe our elected officials should be held accountable for their actions and should be in full view of the public.


DNC PLATFORM

I wanted to highlight that the DNC has released draft resolutions for how our party will be moving forward. This covered everything from education to raising the minimum wage to tackling climate change. If you want to read in more details about the platform, click here.

 
Lamont Lilly Leads WWP Community Conversation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisc Bail Out The People Movement   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:46

Lamont LillyLilly is the Vice Presidential candidate of the Workers World Party. Milwaukee event on Thursday, July 7 is free and open to the public.


MILWAUKEE, WI - Lamont Lilly, Vice Presidential candidate for Workers World Party (WWP), will be leading a community conversation about BUILDING PEOPLE'S POWER Thursday, July 7 at 734 N 26th Street in Milwaukee at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Monica Moorehead, WWP Presidential candidate, will join the meeting via Skype.

Mr. Lilly's Campaign Manager Ms. Teresa Gutierrez, will also be speaking July 7. WWP activists and supporters are now collecting signatures for Mr. Lilly and his presidential running mate Ms. Monica Moorehead to obtain ballot status in Wisconsin.

Announcements will also be made July 7 about how participants can travel to Cleveland to protest the RNC and to Philadelphia to protest the DNC.

Mr. Lamont Lilly is a leading member of the Durham, North Carolina., branch of WWP and a member of WWP's National Committee. As a people's journalist, as an activist, an organizer, and a speaker, Lilly has traveled widely to stand in solidarity with struggles against racism and imperialist war, for people's justice and for socialism.

Lilly was born in 1979 in Fayetteville, NC. A military veteran, he graduated from North Carolina Central University, and then worked for several years as an educator and nonprofit program coordinator, focusing on African American youth leadership and academic development. His focus on youth continued as he became an activist.

In 2010, he traveled to Colombia in South America as a human rights delegate with Witness for Peace, advocating for displaced Indigenous and AfroColombian people. In 2015, Lilly went to Syria and Lebanon in a delegation led by Ramsey Clark and Cynthia McKinney. In Beirut, he spoke as a Black Lives Matter representative at the International Forum for Palestinian Solidarity. In Damascus, where millions are displaced by war, he met with Syrians defending their sovereignty and opposed to the U.S. instigated destruction of Syria. He also met comrades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Inside the U.S., he has gone wherever the struggle called, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. From the Baltimore rebellion after the police killing of Freddie Gray to the Days of Grace actions in Charleston, S.C. in the wake of the racist massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church, Lamont Lilly is always there on the ground—as a journalist providing consistent revolutionary inside perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and the continuing struggle for Black Liberation, and as a tireless organizer whose energy and enthusiasm have helped encourage a new wave of activism among oppressed and working-class youth.

Lilly's political commentary has been featured in Workers World newspaper, Truthout, Counterpunch, the LA Progressive, Black Youth Project, the Durham News, and Triangle Free Press.

Lilly was awarded a 2015 Local Hero Citizen's Award by Indy Week of Raleigh-Cary-Durham-Chapel Hill N.C. for "pushing for workers' rights and police reform."

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For more information about the Moorehead-Lilly campaign: https://www.facebook.com/mooreheadlilly2016 or http://www.workersworldparty.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:01
 
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