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Five Questions for Sen. Johnson on His Continued Support for Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
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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
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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.

Van Stippen Thankful for Polashek Support in 12th Senate District PDF Print E-mail
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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
Senator Johnson Finally Leaves Washington... To Fundraise in Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:08

ron-johnsonMADISON - While Russ Feingold travels the state listening to the concerns of Wisconsinites in all 72 counties, Sen. Johnson is hobnobbing with millionaires in Texas. Johnson will join one of his ultra-conservative colleagues, John Cornyn, for a fundraiser in San Antonio today.

Lucky Texans can shell out $500 dollars for a chance to meet the Washington Republicans. After San Antonio, Sen. Johnson will swing by Houston for a second fundraiser. It's indicative of who he represents that on the deadline to file nominating papers to represent Wisconsin, but Sen. Johnson (who flew out yesterday) is busy courting wealthy out-of-state donors.

Johnson has been crisscrossing the country to meet with wealthy backers. He left work in Washington early a few weeks ago to meet with Wall Street bankers in New York. Unfortunately, Wisconsinites don’t get as much face time with our state’s senior U.S. Senator. Between his time in Washington and his time out of state to fundraise, Sen. Johnson doesn’t have much time to listen to his own constituents.

Dave Polashek Suspends Campaign, Backs Van Stippen to Defeat Tiffany PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:12

david-polashekOCONTO FALLS, WI – On Wednesday, former educator Dave Polashek announced he is suspending his candidacy for State Senate District 12. Thomas Tiffany (R - Hazelhurst) currently holds the seat.

Senate District 12 covers a large area of Northeastern Wisconsin, bordered from Wausaw and Suamico on the south, Marinette on the east, and the Nicolet National and Northern Highland State Forests on the north and west.

Polashek spent his career serving students, families and communities as an educator and school administrator. He recently retired as superintendent of schools for Oconto Falls.

While he is suspending his own candidacy, Polashek will continue to work to defeat Tiffany. He supports Bryan Van Stippen for the seat and urges his supporters to do the same.

Dave Polashek made the following statement suspending his campaign for State Senate:

“I am announcing today that I am suspending my race for the State Senate District 12. When I entered the race I said I did so because I was convinced that the Northwoods and the State of Wisconsin cannot withstand four more years of Tom Tiffany. In my six months of talking to residents as I traveled the district, I heard that time and time again. As it is, we may never recover from the damage he and his fellow Republicans have already inflicted on our beloved State: our public schools, environment, municipalities, public servants, and especially Wisconsin’s century-long reputation as a progressive state that values clean and open government.”

“With the recent announcement that Bryan Van Stippen has entered the race, I knew I had a decision to make. I sought the counsel of family, friends and supporters as to how I should proceed. We concluded that the only upside to a Democratic primary would be that there would be two of us on the campaign trail informing voters about Tiffany’s reckless and dangerous record. That positive had to be weighed against the possibility of an expensive primary that would divide our resources and our efforts.”

“There is a saying I think applies here. Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can ever learn. And since I have been an educator my whole life, I am taking this advice to heart. I throw my support behind Bryan Van Stippen and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must keep our eye on the goal: to restore our Senate District and our State to its former greatness by leading our citizens out of the economic, political, and environmental chaos Tom Tiffany and Republicans have created in Wisconsin.”

Gallagher Holding Fundraiser with Anti-Muslim Trump Advisor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:36

mike-gallagherN.E. Wisconsin GOP candidate for Congress Mike Gallagher picks strange bedfellows with Trump advisor who Supports Banning Muslims from Entering the U.S.

MADISON - Eighth district congressional candidate Mike Gallagher is holding a fundraiser today headlined by Donald Trump advisor Michael Flynn, who stirred controversy by publicly supporting Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States and other questionable policy positions held by the Republican Presidential nominee.  The fundraiser, located in Milwaukee, features a “Homeland Security & Anti-Terrorism Round Table discussion with the General [Flynn]” for $5,400 or they can attend a “photo opp” for $2,700.

Both Gallagher and his leading competitor for the Republican congressional nomination, State Senator Frank Lasee, publicly supported Trump's candidacy in separate interviews on WFRV TV [4/26/2016 and 3/13/2016].

“Given that Gallagher has endorsed Trump and is using one of his top advisors to raise campaign cash, does he also endorse Trump and Flynn's support for discriminating on the basis of religion who can visit the United States,” said Brandon Weathersby. “Or does Gallagher support Trump’s plan to slash taxes for big corporations?  Both Mike Gallagher and Frank Lasee need to explain why they are supporting someone like Trump whose values are so different from those of most people in Wisconsin.”

The 8th congressional district includes Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, and parts of Winnebago counties. The race is one of the most competitive in the country, and top national race watchers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg rate the race as “toss-up.”


Trump-Advising General Defends Muslim Ban

“Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, an informal advisor to Donald Trump, has some creative ways of embracing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s most controversial plans.

‪Former Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn expressed his support for Donald Trump’s extreme national security positions in an interview released Thursday — including a ban on Muslim entry.” [The Huffington Post, 5/19/2016]

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 10:53
Johnson Staff Knew Tomah Smear Campaign a "Total Lie" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:25

veteransIt is a "total lie" that Russ Feingold received the Ellinghuysen memo on negligence at the Tomah VA when he was in the Senate. AP reports Johnson's staff concealed evidence, ran false ads on his behalf anyway.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:33
Wisconsinites Deserve to Know Why Sen. Johnson Voted Against Zika Funding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 10:18

ron-johnsonMADISON - Two weeks ago Sen. Johnson voted against a bipartisan bill to combat the Zika virus. Today Wisconsin confirmed its second case of the disease in as many weeks. Voters deserve to know why Senator Johnson cared more about the opinion of his fellow Washington Republicans than the safety of everyday Wisconsinites.

Case of Zika confirmed in Dane County

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County has its first known case of Zika virus, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County.

A Dane County woman, who is not pregnant, got the infection while traveling in Colombia where Zika infected mosquitoes are present.

The first Zika virus infection in the state was reported last week.

There have been more than 500 cases of the Zika virus in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All of the reported cases have been contracted abroad in places like the Caribbean and parts of South America. As places south of the U.S. continue the fight against the Zika epidemic, states like New York and Georgia are taking preventative measures, like fogging neighborhoods with pesticides.

But University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Susan Paskewitz said similar efforts in Wisconsin would be futile, because there are no Zika virus-carrying mosquito breeds in the Badger state.

"We've never seen them here all,” Paskewitz said of the breeds. “All of the people who do any kind of mosquito surveillance work have never seen them here."

She said there is no need for civilians or government bodies in Wisconsin to spray specifically against the Zika virus-carrying insects.

Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 27 May 2016 09:48

ron-johnsonThe “Democrats Were Right Again” Edition.

MADISON - Senator Johnson has finally decided it might be worthwhile to listen to Wisconsinites about TSA lines, but only after a gentle push from Democrats.

For months TSA lines have grown longer and longer. Millions of Americans have been stuck waiting for hours at security checkpoints. Senator Johnson chairs the Senate committee that oversees the TSA, but he was too busy explaining the difference between supporting and endorsing Donald Trump to care about the issue.

In fact, while he's been chair of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, the number of agents and scanners at airports has fallen.

To be fair, the Senator's focus has been on courting Republican mega donors who fly private jets and don’t need to worry about the problems of everyday Wisconsinites. So since the Senator couldn’t be bothered with the issue, we decided to help him out. On Monday we sent a press release highlighting Johnson’s inaction on the issue.

Four days later Johnson miraculously decided to hold a hearing on the issue. You're welcome for the advice Senator.

Robot Ron on Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 27 May 2016 09:42

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an interview on CNN’s “New Day” this morning, Johnson grinned and held back laughter as he tried to claim there was a difference between "supporting" and "endorsing" presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. But his stand up act was too much for host Alisyn Camerota. She laughed as Johnson pulled a Marco Rubio and kept repeating his talking points over and over again - a regular Robot Ron.

Click here to watch Robot Ron on CNN's "New Day"

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