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Ron Johnson: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:24

ron-johnsonMADISON - “Ron Johnson plans to 'reintroduce' himself to the voters of Wisconsin, but he can’t run from who he really is - an ultra-conservative Washington Republican who is more interested in taking orders from Mitch McConnell than listening to middle class and working Wisconsin families. And with a long record to prove it.” Harry Hartfield, Spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Don’t take our word for it. Below, in his own words, Sen. Johnson proves just how out of touch he is with the people of Wisconsin. You can learn more about Johnson’s record at ronjohnson.org.

Trade
Not only did Sen. Johnson vote to fast track the TPP, but he's referred to disastrous trade deals that ship Wisconsin jobs overseas as creative destruction.

Social security
Johnson called Social Security "a Ponzi Scheme" and believes it's "a shame" that George W. Bush didn't privatize the program immediately before the economic collapse of 2008.

Student debt
Johnson not only opposes efforts to allow students to refinance their loans, but he also completely objects to federal student loans that help young people afford higher education. He thinks federal student loans are "free money."

Foreign policy
Johnson's only plan to combat ISIS is another American-led ground invasion in the Middle East of "25,000 [American] troops, a total coalition of 100,000" – advice he must have received from campaign contributor Donald Rumsfeld.  
Women’s issues
Johnson called his vote to defund Planned Parenthood a "fun" vote and railed against equal pay legislation as doing "more harm than good." He voted against equal pay legislation five times, claiming it could "cause workplace conflict."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:29
 
Ron Johnson Campaign Tour a Map of Outsourced Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:03

ron_tourWISCONSIN - Touting his manufacturing credentials from a factory in Oshkosh, Senator Ron Johnson launched his re-election campaign with a week-long tour of Wisconsin. However, Senator Johnson remained silent on the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s remaining manufacturing jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Sen. Johnson previously supported fast-track authority for the TPP, and has taken a number of other votes that side with the CEOs of multinational corporations over Wisconsin workers.

The route of Johnson’s campaign tour illustrates the devastation that has been wrought by trade policies which stack the deck against Wisconsin workers. The cities Senator Johnson will visit this week have seen as many as one-third of their manufacturing jobs leave since 2000.

“No matter how much Ron Johnson trumpets manufacturing, his failure to oppose rigged trade deals that enable the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs speaks volumes about whose side he is really on,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “We need Senators who will fight to end the economic treason against working families, and begin to build an economy that expands opportunity for everyone in America.”

Table 1: Manufacturing Jobs and Establishments lost since 2000 For Counties Visited in Johnson Campaign Announcement Tour

 

Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Percent Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Change in Manufacturing  Establishments, 2000-2015

Brown County

-3,953 jobs

-13.4%

-2 establishments

Dane County

-6,775

-22.0%

-111

Douglas County

+104

+8.3%

-4

Eau Claire County

-197

-3.6%

-18

Fond du Lac County

-3,519

-24.7%

-8

Forest County

-117

-27.3%

-5

La Crosse County

-2,546

-24.8%

-21

Milwaukee County

-28,645

-35.3%

-518

Oneida County

-412

-21.3%

-10

Racine County

-5,333

-22.6%

-88

St. Croix County

-980

-12.8%

+3

Waukesha County

-10,687

-19.6%

-205

Winnebago County

-8,169

-26.6%

+6

Marathon County

-2,962

-15.6%

+12

Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. September 2000 to September 2015, most recent source of the data.

 
Hassert Convicted, but Ryan, Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Money PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:52

paul_ryanCurrent Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy have refused to return campaign contributions they received from disgraced fellow Republican and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys.


MADISON - This week, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois. While current Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, was quick to extend the symbolic gesture of removing Hastert's picture from the speaker's lobby outside the U.S. House of Representatives floor last year, five months and one conviction later, Ryan, along with Rep. Sean Duffy continue to refuses to return the donations he received from Hastert over the years.

martha-laning“As a parent, I am truly disgusted by Mr. Hastert’s actions. What he did to these young students and to the trust placed in him by the public is truly reprehensible,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Friday. “We must never turn a blind eye to this kind of behavior or settle for merely symbolic gestures. Any person who has received contributions from Mr. Hastert must do the right thing and return them or give an equivalent amount to charity. "

Dennis Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, and gave $25,500 to Paul Ryan's campaign through his leadership fund from 1998 to 2012. Hastert's fund also gave $1,000 to Rep. Sean Duffy in 2012. To date, neither have returned the funds or announced any plans to do so. Illinois Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk, announced last June that he would donate a $10,000 Hastert donation to a nonprofit that helps provide after-school programs to children in the area.

"The Courts have done their job to bring Mr. Hastert to justice, now it's time for Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy to their public duty and completely cut ties with the disgraced Speaker by returning his contributions." Laning concluded.

 
4 Questions for Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:14

ron-johnsonAs He Launches His Campaign from PACUR, he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator.


MADISON - Ron Johnson really wants you to know that he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator. He’s also a high-paid former CEO.

We’re assuming the Koch Brothers couldn’t come to his campaign kickoff, so he decided to announce at the HQ of his old employer PACUR – named for the company founder Pat Curler. Johnson has long been an advocate for the downtrodden CEO’s and billionaires of America, and we’re lending him a hand in sharing his record with the people of Wisconsin.

Sen. Johnson, a regular critic of government programs like student loans and social security, gleefully embraced government subsidies when it benefitted his in-laws company.

And in a smooth business move, the Senator conveniently took home $10 million in deferred compensation after loaning himself $9 million for his 2010 campaign. Like any Washington insider, Johnson knows how to make sure the system works for insiders like him.

So as he announces his re-election campaign from the very company his in-laws founded, here are 4 questions that Wisconsinites deserve answers for from Sen. Johnson:

1.     Why did you pay yourself $10 million in deferred compensation from PACUR following your campaign?

2.     Is it coincidence that number of so close to the $9 Million you loaned yourself in the 2010 campaign? 

3.     Can you provide copies of the disclosures you allegedly made to the FEC, IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue that prove your story about the compensation? 

4.     Why did your company accept millions in subsidies and assistance from the government? Considering your strong opposition to big government, do you feel remorse for relying on government support?

“Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign launch at PACUR helps shine a light on his out of touch record in Washington and his long history of gaming the system for insiders like himself. As a corporate CEO, Johnson arranged a $10 million golden parachute before leaving for Washington," Russ Feingold spokesperson Harry Hartfield said on Sunday. "Now he’s returning the favor, fighting for the interests of his fellow millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the middle class. Wisconsinites can’t rely on a $10 million dollar gift from their brother-in-laws company and need a Senator who will fight for them.”

 
Ron Johnson’s Record – A Blueprint for Exploding the National Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:14

ron-johnsonMADISON - When you’re a seasoned political pro like Ron Johnson you get good at saying one thing and doing another.  But a look at Johnson’s record reveals that despite his rhetoric, he couldn’t care less about reducing the national debt.

He’s had several chances to vote for budgets that would reduce the deficit, but he’s voted against them. Instead of working on bi-partisan solutions, he gets in line with Mitch McConnell to vote for budgets that would explode the national debt while cutting programs for the middle class.

Johnson may say he cares about reducing the debt, but his record shows a different story.

As a Senator, Johnson has:

  • Voted for the FY 2013 Ryan budget that was estimated to add $3.1 trillion to the deficit. This budget would have protected tax breaks for oil companies and companies that shipped jobs overseas while cutting critical programs for Wisconsinites like Pell Grants, K-12 education, and Head Start.
  • Voted against the 2011 Budget Control Act that reduced the deficit by up to $2.4 trillion over ten years.
  • Voted against the 2014 Farm Bill, which would have reduced the deficit by $23 billion.
  • Voted against a responsible Senate budget that would have reduced the budget deficit by nearly $2 trillion.

In fact, by Johnson’s own admission, the only things he has accomplished are a failed blueprint for a budget that wasn’t even voted on, and an obscure accounting proposal that doesn’t actually do anything to reduce the debt. 

“Ron Johnson can’t run from his record. Like a true politician, he says one thing but does another. Wisconsin voters are tired of Johnson’s political games. They want a Senator who gets things done not just ponders ‘blueprints’ for a future generation to consider,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

 
Walker, Republicans Must Educate Wisconsinites on Photo ID Law PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:58

voter-idGAB requests $250,000 from Joint Finance Committee To Educate Voters.


MADISON - During the Government Accountability Board (GAB) meeting this week, members voted 4-2 to seek $250,000 from the Joint Committee on Finance to educate voters about Republicans' unnecessary photo ID law. 

Gov. Walker and Republicans approved the law in 2011 to require certain forms of photo identification to be shown at the polls to vote, even though in-person voter fraud has proven to be virtually non-existent in Wisconsin. [1] It officially became the law this year for the February 16 spring primary and the April 5 presidential primary election. 

walker-clapsWisconsin failed to appropriate adequate funds to educate the public ahead of the April 5 elections, and in turn, voters in some areas waited up to three hours to cast a ballot, were confused about the necessary requirements to cast a ballot and were even turned away due to misinformation on the part of poll workers. On election night, Congressman Glenn Grothman revealed he believed that photo ID requirements gave Republicans an edge heading into the fall election. [2]

"Democrats in Wisconsin, and across the nation, believe the right to vote is sacred, and the public shouldn't have to jump hurdles just to have their voices heard," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Thursday. "If photo ID is going to be the law of the land during the current election cycle, then the state has an obligation to do all it can to educate the public and ensure that everyone who is eligible to cast a ballot will be able to do so."

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Sen. Johnson’s Refusal to do His Job Started the Day He Took Office PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 22 April 2016 13:23

ron-johnsonGet In Line, SCOTUS. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Has Been Waiting 2,296 Days For A Judge, largely because of one person, namely Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).


MADISON - If you thought Senator Johnson’s refusal to vote on the President’s Supreme Court nominee was bad, wait till you hear about the 7th Circuit. A recent report says that Johnson has held up the President’s nominee to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals his entire time in office.

The vacancy is the longest of any circuit court in the entire country.

Senator Johnson has been playing politics with the judicial system like a true insider since day one. For years, Senator Baldwin worked to find a compromise but Johnson continued to move the goal post, insisting it was his way or the high way.

Even after Senator Johnson finally found a candidate he approved of, attorney Don Schott, he has refused to put pressure on the judiciary committee to hold hearings. Schott has decades of experience, bi-partisan support and is backed by past presidents of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

The result of Johnson’s refusal to do his job is delays for small business and everyday Wisconsinites that rely on the courts.

It’s the height of hypocrisy that Johnson is campaigning to reduce bureaucratic red tape as he personally creates more delays and backlogs. If Senator Johnson is really interested in cutting bureaucratic red tape he should start by looking in the mirror. He should stop playing Washington insider games, and confirm the President’s nominee.

 
Ron Johnson Looks Forward to the Republican Convention, Embracing Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:28

ron-johnsonMADISON - After last night's results, it's clear that the Republican Party is the Party of Trump. As a growing number of Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from a potential Trump candidacy, Ron Johnson is doubling down on his support for the eventual nominee, saying he plans to attend the Republican Convention.

Ron Johnson’s enthusiastic anticipation of a Trump coronation puts him in a more extreme position than his own party leadership. The Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee recently told vulnerable Republicans to skip the convention. Unlike the moderate members of his party, the ultra-conservative Johnson seems all too comfortable with a President Trump.

Yesterday, Senator McCain became the most recent senator in a tough reelection campaign to announce that he would skip the convention. Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk have also said they would skip the convention.

 
Scott Walker Joins Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:16

scottwalkerMADISON - Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker finally joined the Party of Trump, saying he would support Donald Trump when he becomes the Republican’s presidential nominee. Although Scott Walker’s own presidential campaign fizzled quickly, he has worked tirelessly to remain relevant in the GOP contest, first endorsing Ted Cruz, and now throwing his support behind an eventual Trump nomination.

donald-trump“It’s not surprising that Scott Walker would line up behind Donald Trump, when you consider that so many of his of his policies do as well," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Thursday. “After endorsing Ted Cruz and becoming the face of the #NeverTrump movement, Walker seems to be quickly abandoning his principles and kowtowing to his party’s frontrunner, Donald Trump.

Some have speculated that Walker’s recent actions are aimed at keeping his name in consideration for the Vice Presidency spot on the ticket. His actions today seem to indicate he will say anything, and support anyone to keep those ambitions alive. Walker’s potential support of Trump is even more galling when you consider the extreme Policies Trump has pushed for during his campaign - even going so far as to suggest that women who have abortions should be punished.

“Thankfully, Democrats have two excellent candidates in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both of whom have spent their campaigns talking about the issues that matter to voters,” concluded Kozloski. "Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders are working to bring our country together, grow our economy, and build on the successes of President Obama."

 
3 Questions for Sen. Johnson at Opioid Field Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 15 April 2016 09:26

ron-johnsonWAUKESHA, WI - Friday afternoon at Waukesha County Technical College, Sen. Ron Johnson will join Sen. Tammy Baldwin for a field hearing on the opioid crisis that is ravaging Wisconsin communities.

Johnson has a well-documented record of failure when it comes to offering real solutions to Wisconsin’s families on this tragedy. He’s fully embraced the failed “just say no” rhetoric of the past that did nothing to prevent or treat drug addiction in our communities.

With Sen. Johnson’s failed record in mind, here are 3 questions for which Wisconsinites deserve answers:

1. Why did you vote against the $600 million in emergency funding that would have provided prevention services, education, and other resources to local law enforcement and others to combat this crisis right here in Wisconsin?

2. Why do you support another expensive “just say no” campaign, when you say we can’t afford funding for local law enforcement and health professionals to combat and prevent this crisis?

3. Why do you support the idea of putting billions of dollars toward a wall on our southern border when you say we can’t afford funding for local law enforcement and health professionals to combat and prevent this crisis here at home?

 
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