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New Polls Bad News for Sen. Johnson, Kochs PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:44

ron-johnsonMADISON - Last week saw two new polls on the Wisconsin Senate race – a new Marquette University Law School poll and a Public Policy Polling survey.

The results of both polls look much like the results from 17 other public polls on this race.

  • Russ Feingold is leading Senator Johnson

  • He’s ahead 51-42 among likely voters in Marquette

  • He’s ahead 51-41 in PPP

But there’s one big difference this time.

Since the conclusion of Wisconsin’s spring elections and presidential primary in April, outside groups have moved into Wisconsin in a very big way.

  • The outside conservative groups Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Action Fund, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Let America Work and Judicial Crisis Network have all run TV ads either attacking Russ Feingold or promoting the Koch Brothers’ “model legislator” Senator Johnson.

  • These outside groups have outspent the Feingold campaign by a margin of 5 to 1, bringing nearly $5 million in corporate and special interest money into the race on behalf of Senator Johnson.

A $5 million corporate and special interest-funded advertising blitz is a pretty major investment. And we’re sure both the Koch brothers and Senator Johnson expected to see some returns.

But, as the Cap Times reported: after nearly $5 million in false and misleading dark money attacks on Senator Johnson’s behalf, his allies have failed to move the needle in Johnson’s favor. In the face of a relentless ad blitz by the Koch network and other outside groups, Russ has actually extended his lead amongst likely voters by 6 points since the last MU poll: 51-42.

It’s been widely reported that Senator Johnson has essentially outsourced his own campaign to groups from outside of Wisconsin in the hopes their money can breathe life into his low-energy campaign. If these early reports are any indication, that outsourcing is working as well for the senator as his outsourcing policies have worked for the people of Wisconsin.

Of course, if the Koch brothers can’t keep Senator Johnson in Washington, he can always ride Donald Trump’s coattails.

 
Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by People for the American Way   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:44

donald-trumpARLINGTON, VA – On Wednesday, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta will join People For the American Way (PFAW) to mark the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and launch PFAW’s new campaign, ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate.’

Since June 16th of last year, when he infamously described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” at his campaign launch, Trump has only increased his attacks against immigrants and Latinos. Starting on Thursday, new Spanish-language ads from PFAW will run for four weeks, highlighting Donald Trump’s campaign of hate thus far.

The press conference on Wednesday, co-hosted by CASA in Action (Virginia), will include more details on the ad launch. At the event, Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner, will share her story about why she’s becoming a citizen to vote against Donald Trump. She will discuss her personal interactions with Donald Trump, including how he derogatorily referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy.” Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and is a board member of PFAW, will discuss the importance of the Latino vote and speak out against the hate Donald Trump has displayed over the last year. Virginia leader and former elected official J. Walter Tejada will focus on the Latino vote in Virginia, and leaders from PFAW and CASA in Action will speak about their stand against Trump’s bigotry.

WHO: Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner and soon-to-be first-time voter

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation*, board member of People For the American Way

J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member and first chairman of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission

Lizet Ocampo, manager of political campaigns at People For the American Way and director of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program

Luis Aguilar, advocacy and elections specialist of CASA in Action

WHAT: Press Conference: Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch

WHERE: Atlacatl Restaurant, 4701 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204

If you are not able to attend in person, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for video of the event.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th at 1 PM

*Dolores Huerta’s title and affiliation to the Dolores Huerta Foundation are for identification purposes only.

 
Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder - "The Immigration Edition" PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:59

rjMADISON - Sen. Johnson made so many missteps this week it was hard to choose just one. He continues to support his pal “The Donald,” despite the presumptive Republican nominee’s racist comments, and now he’s ducking reporters' questions rather than denouncing Trump. But rather than remind readers of Sen. Johnson’s love of all things “Trump,” we wanted to highlight his out-of-touch comments on immigrants.

Johnson has campaigned on the slogan of “walls work” when it comes to immigration. But in an interview with WCCO, in his home state of Minnesota this week, he went one step further, stereotyping millions of hardworking Americans. Referencing Trump’s plan to deport 11 million immigrants Johnson said, “Who is going to milk cows in Wisconsin? Who is going to pick vegetables in California, roof our homes, build our homes, clean our hotels?” Someone should remind the Senator that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.


Blunder - AUDIO

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 11:09
 
Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama Coming to Green Bay Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 09 June 2016 16:38

hillary-clinton-2016Hillary Clinton plans to visit Green Bay with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 15. Wisconsin could play a prominent role in November. Clinton will be campaigning in two other key battleground states, Ohio and Pennsylvania on Monday and Tuesday.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016 11:19
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Sen. Johnson Votes No on Combating Opioid Addiction, Fighting Zika, Again PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 09 June 2016 14:40

ron-johnsonMADISON - Sen. Ron Johnson again sided with his conservative colleagues in Washington over Wisconsinites today, voting against an amendment that would have helped combat Wisconsin's opioid crisis, fought Zika and invested in infrastructure projects. Johnson voted no on the Reed-Mikulski Amendment, which was aimed at boosting national security and helping the country respond to emerging crises. Included in the package was a billion dollars to combat opioid addiction (a cause Johnson has claimed to care about) and nearly $2 billion to fight Zika (this is the third time he’s voted against funding for Zika research).

“In little over a month Senator Johnson has said no on fighting Zika (thrice), combating opioid addiction (twice), investing in infrastructure, and increasing wages for everyday Americans. Who knows what the Senator will do for his encore. Sadly, none of this surprises the people of Wisconsin. They learned long ago that Senator Johnson is more concerned with special interests than Wisconsin interests,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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Harry Hartfield contributed.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 14:48
 
Republican Senators Should Denounce Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 10:07

donald-trumpGOP Senators refuse to admonish ‘indefensible’ racist statements aimed at sitting federal judge.


LA CROSSE, WI – After Donald Trump’s latest tirade of racist remarks aimed at a sitting federal judge, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

jennifer-shilling“Donald Trump’s latest remarks have been labeled ‘indefensible’ and ‘racist’ by many in his own party, yet Wisconsin’s Senate Republicans continue to stand by their nominee. They’ve made it crystal clear that they think Donald Trump’s message of racism, xenophobia and misogyny will help them win elections.”

“Donald Trump, through his repeated actions and words, has proven he is too divisive, dangerous and erratic to be President. In order to move our state forward, I implore my Republican colleagues to denounce Mr. Trump’s hateful rhetoric and unconditionally reject his presidential candidacy.”

 
Sen. Johnson Continues To Support Trump For President, His Racism & All PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 09:13

ron-johnsonMADISON - Sen. Ron Johnson has joined a growing number of Republicans critical of Donald Trump's comments about a federal judge's Mexican ancestry, says the Capitol Times in an opinion piece yesterday, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. But all three Republican leaders continue to support the candidate's presidential bid.

Johnson's opponent's campaign is questioning why the senator hasn't withdrawn his support for the presumptive GOP nominee. Read the whole article below.

Cap Times: Wisconsin Republican leaders critical of Trump judge comments, but still support him
By Jessie Opoien
June 7, 2016

Sen. Ron Johnson has joined a growing number of Republicans critical of Donald Trump's comments about a federal judge's Mexican ancestry, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. But all three Republican leaders continue to support the candidate's presidential bid.

Johnson's opponent's campaign is questioning why the senator hasn't withdrawn his support for the presumptive GOP nominee.

Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said the senator thinks Trump should retract his statements accusing Indiana-born U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased against him in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage."

"Ron disagrees, just as he has in the past," Reisinger said. "Ron will hold both candidates accountable when they’re wrong, and there will be plenty of opportunities to do so with a Washington career politician like Hillary Clinton. Wisconsinites respect honesty and know that Ron will always tell them the truth."

Michael Tyler, a spokesman for Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold, noted that Johnson said last month he would withdraw his support from "any individual" if the candidate "would say something that crosses a line and, in the end, is so significant, so major that you couldn't support them."

"Sen. Johnson said that if Trump said or did anything that 'crossed a line,' he'd have to withdraw his support for the Republican nominee," Tyler said. "It's clear from his response that racist comments from Trump don't rise to that level for Sen. Johnson."

Trump has said Curiel cannot rule impartially in the case against Trump University because of the candidate's previous comments calling for a wall between Mexico and the United States.

Over the weekend, he extended the argument to suggest a Muslim judge could also not treat him fairly due to his calls for a ban on Muslim immigrants entering the U.S.

According to a Bloomberg Politics report, Trump told supporters on a call on Monday that "the people asking the questions" about his comments "are the racists."

The candidate's comments earned him criticism from the Speaker of the House not 24 hours after the Republican leader had endorsed him.

Ryan continued his rebuke on Tuesday, calling Trump's statements "indefensible" and "the textbook definition of a racist comment." But he maintained that Trump is still a preferable alternative to likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Walker made similar comments on Monday in an interview with USA Today Network-Wisconsin. The governor said he "fundamentally" disagrees with Trump's comments but still believes the Republican candidate is better suited for the presidency than Clinton.

 
Five Questions for Sen. Johnson on His Continued Support for Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:41

donald-trumpMADISON - Senator Johnson continues to back the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, even after Trump’s racist comments on Judge Curiel.

ron-johnsonThe Senator has previously said he would pull his support from any candidate who said something that “crosses a line.”

Since clearly racism doesn’t cross the line for Ron Johnson, here are five questions for the Senator about his continued support of Trump.

  1. Have you considered retracting your endorsement of Trump, as Lindsey Graham recommended?

  2. Do you regret saying you looked forward to campaigning with Trump like the “Ronald and the Donald?”

  3. You’ve said you have a lot in common with Trump because you both are wealthy businessmen. Given that shared background, do you accept the business practices of Trump University?

  4. Do you believe that Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Do you believe he will keep us safe?

  5. You’ve said you would revoke your endorsement of Donald Trump if he “crosses a line.” Why don't these racist comments cross the line? At this point what would cross the line for you?

 
Russ Feingold Culminates Listening Tour at Democratic Convention in Green Bay PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:50

russ-feingoldIn Address to the Convention Friday night, progressive U. S. Senate candidate Emphasizes Optimism and Change, Week long Tour Featured Stops in all Corners of Wisconsin. Hear what he found out.

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Van Stippen Thankful for Polashek Support in 12th Senate District PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Friday, 03 June 2016 10:55

Bryan Van StippenDEERBROOK, WI - After learning that Dave Polashek has suspended his campaign for the 12th Senate District, Bryan Van Stippen released the following statement:

“Dave is a good friend of mine, and I am sad to hear that he has suspended his campaign for the 12th Senate District. I have a lot of respect for Dave and his wealth of experience in education as an educator and superintendent in Oconto Falls. I hope to be able to work with him on education issues that our state is facing.”

"Dave and I both share the goal of stopping Senator Tom Tiffany’s disastrous policies coming out of Madison. Going door-to-door and listening to what people have to say, they see Senator Tiffany isn’t a representative of the district.”

“Not one person who I have talked to said they want more restrictions on local control, but we see Tom Tiffany sponsoring that type of legislation. Legislation that has no place in the Northwoods, or anywhere in Wisconsin. I want to be able to represent the district for the people who actually live here, not the special interests that just come and deplete our natural resources.”

“I am glad to have gained the support of Dave and his followers, and be a unifying candidate for all of the residents of the Northwoods.”

“Bringing back accountability to our state government and releasing the handcuffs that Senator Tiffany has put on local municipalities is what I want to do as your representative in the 12th Senate District.”

Bryan Van Stippen will be attending a candidate meet and greet alongside the 34th and 35th Assembly District Democratic candidates at 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 5th at the Rhinelander Quality Inn. He will be available for discussion and interviews.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 11:12
 
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