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“The Ronald and The Donald” PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:17

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON - This pretty much speaks for itself.  When asked if he would campaign with Donald Trump, Sen. Ron Johnson bluntly responded:

“Stump with Trump? Just because it rhymes, it’d be the Ronald and the Donald.”

There you have it. Even as other Republican senators try to distance themselves from the most toxic frontrunner in their party’s recent history, Wisconsin’s own Sen. Johnson looks forward to barnstorming across the state right alongside The Donald.

But Johnson is just stating clearly what Wisconsinites already know: that he’s not at all interested in listening to the people who hired him.  He’d rather take orders from the likes of Donald Trump and the extreme fringe.

CNN: Navigating Donald Trump and SCOTUS: One senator’s plan

The Hill: Vulnerable GOP senator: I’d stump with Trump

TPM: Vulnerable GOP Sen. Predicts Trump Will Help Republicans Down Ballot

 
Judy Gatlin Running for Eau Claire County Board PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:41

judy-gatlin-ecEAU CLAIRE, WI - With the spring election just two weeks away, we're excited to introduce you to Judy Gatlin, running for Eau Claire County Board!

Judy is a long-time resident of her district and the community. She is an original member of the Eau Claire Alliance for Strong Communities board, serves on the 15 Now Northwest Wisconsin steering committee, and chairs the Community Services Committee of the Area Labor Council.

Her leadership in the community reflects her commitment to improving the lives of the area's residents.

In her own words, Judy "believes a county can only be prosperous if its residents are safe and healthy. Policymakers and municipal leaders should hold steadfast to the elements which maintain that stability." Judy seeks to promote a local government that protects tax dollars, promotes a living wage, and preserves local control.

Help Judy accomplish these goals by contributing by mail to her campaign at Judy Gatlin for County Board 1810 Birch Street Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Thanks for supporting these great candidates!

 
Peter Barca Endorses Hillary Clinton for President PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 25 March 2016 13:47

peter_barcaKENOSHA – Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) formally endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday for President. Rep. Barca, who serves as the Assembly Democratic Leader, issued the following statement on his endorsement:

“In this Presidential election, the stakes have never been higher. I am proud to stand with Hillary Clinton - a leader who has the experience and vision to lead our country into the future and make sure that every family in Wisconsin and across the nation can get ahead and stay ahead.

hillary-clintonHillary Clinton has a lifelong record of fighting for our families and the American Dream from her early start at the Children's Defense Fund through her service as Secretary of State. At a time when Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate, we need a leader like Hillary Clinton who will tackle the issues keeping Wisconsinites awake at night.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in the race with the strong broad-based experience to lead our country and fight to grow our economy and incomes so that every American can afford a better life. I have the utmost confidence that Hillary Clinton will work tirelessly to keep our nation safe, ensure every child can reach his or her full potential, help build the middle class and continue the progress America has experienced economically the past eight years.

“I believe in Hillary Clinton and I hope you will join me in voting for her on April 5th.”

Early voting in Wisconsin takes place on weekdays from March 21-April 1st. For more information on early voting visit: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/absentee

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 14:02
 
Media Outlets React to Paul Ryan Speech on GOP Political Circus PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 25 March 2016 10:40

paul_ryanMADISON – The reaction to Speaker Paul Ryan’s empty and self-serving speech this week was clearly not what he was hoping for. While the Speaker expressed hollow statements on the state of American politics, the public knows far better than to trust the words of someone who has pushed draconian budgets, contributed to years of gridlock and dysfunction in Congress, and still refuses to stand up to the extreme elements of the Republican Party.

It is easy for Speaker Ryan to stand at a mic and speak in platitudes, but he can't hide from his record of cutting funding for crucial service programs, voting against raising the minimum wage, voting to ban same-sex marriage, attacking women's rights, and attempting to repeal health care for millions of Americans.

Just see what some of the national news outlets had to say:

Mother Jones: Paul Ryan Says He Regrets Calling the Poor "Takers." That Isn’t Enough.
"The obvious pushback is that while Ryan may have stopped talking about "makers and takers," his policies are exactly the same as they've always been. After all that time spent listening, he changed his rhetoric but apparently none of his substantive views."

Think Progress: Paul Ryan Apologizes For Calling The Poor ‘Takers’
"While offering a mild denunciation of the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, and pro-white supremacist rhetoric in the 2016 race, Ryan failed to acknowledge that the Republican Party has for years pushed bills in Congress that advance similar views and helped create a space for the current election tenor."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Paul Ryan needs to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy with Donald Trump
"But here's another idea that matters: Donald Trump doesn't care about your ideas. He cares about what the barbarians always care about: power."

Vox: Paul Ryan's bizarre speech was a de facto endorsement of Donald Trump
"Given the chance to reflect on the state of national politics, Ryan does not sense an alarming rise in overt racism or anti-Muslim prejudice. Ryan does not feel that anti-immigration sentiment has gone too far. Ryan doesn't even express alarm at the backlash against international trade. Ryan isn't worried about protestors getting beaten up at rallies, and Ryan isn't worried that a leading presidential candidate lies constantly. Ryan just thinks people should be nicer, in general, and that Republicans should say nice things about poor people. All in all, an excellent day for Trump."

Washington Post: Dear reporters: Don’t forget Paul Ryan said he would support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee
"Ryan (R-Wis.) is quite obviously not a fan of the way Trump campaigns. But here's the thing: He has said repeatedly that he will back the billionaire real estate magnate should Trump win the GOP nomination. This is a major caveat that should temper any praise of Ryan's supposed fortitude -- and any argument that his words carry weight."

Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s cowardly neutrality on Trump
"There is, in general, plenty of bad behavior on all sides. But the current crisis is very specific: A xenophobe who makes scapegoats of racial and religious minorities is threatening to take over the Republican Party and to throw the country into turmoil — and Ryan isn’t denouncing him, or even saying he won’t support Trump."

US News: Paul Ryan and He Who Must Not Be Named
"Ryan didn’t just ignore the elephant in the room; he ignored that a rampaging elephant is tearing the room down around him. In fact, Ryan's speech displayed just how divorced his words are from the current Republican zeitgeist. The policy he pointed to as indicative of the way the parties can come together – tax reform – is telling. Ryan, as he has always done since arriving in Washington, is hawking a tax plan that will deliver most of its benefits to the richest Americans."

 
Voting Early has Started! PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:13

voteMADISON - Early voting started yesterday across Wisconsin! It is important that we all get to the polls, so why not do so long before election day?

Voting is easy - just register, find your municipal clerks office, and bring a photo ID!

Just a few tips and facts to make voting easier:

Dates: You can vote early between March 21 and April 1 (early voting is not available on Saturdays and Sundays)

Where to vote: Find your municipal clerks office here to find hours and location and then head over to cast your ballot

Photo ID: This includes forms of government ID like drivers licenses or Veterans IDs. You can find all the accepted forms of ID here

We have an opportunity to begin putting Wisconsin back on the right path - and it starts right now!

 
Milwaukee Poll Workers, Observers Statewide Needed for April 5 Vote PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:08

votersMADISON - I’m urging you to vote in the April 5 elections. There is a very important state supreme court race -- go to our Campaign Profiles 2016 to view candidates' campaign finance summaries -- along with the presidential primaries. So please go to the polls on April 5 or skip the lines and vote this week. Early voting is available at your city clerk’s office all this week and next. Remember: Bring your photo ID along.

And here are two other ways you can help make democracy work during this election.

First,
Because of higher turnout than expected, the City of Milwaukee issued a call for more poll workers.

Qualifications include:

  • Must be qualified to vote
  • Reside in Milwaukee County (not limited to the City of Milwaukee)
  • Proficient reading and writing skills and the ability to quickly process instructions
  • The ability to work well with the public

Election workers receive $130 in compensation for working a full day or $65 for working half day (AM or PM shift), plus $15 for attending training.

If you’re interested, complete an online application at www.milwaukee.gov/election.

And second, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is looking for election observers to be their eyes and ears at the polls in cities, villages and towns across the state. They will be monitoring whether new election laws are being uniformly applied statewide. In particular, they will be watching for signs of voters being disenfranchised by election laws or election administration procedures. The League will provide online training and a packet of materials to support your work. Use this link to sign up if you can help the League out with the April 5 primary. 
http://www.lwvwi.org/VotingElections/ElectionObserverVolunteerForm.aspx

Thanks for doing your part to help make every vote count.

 
Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling Endorses Hillary Clinton for President PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Jennifer Shilling, State Senator 32nd District   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:10

jennifer-shilling-clinton-2016LA CROSSE, WI – As a fearless advocate for women, children, and working families, Hillary Clinton is the leader I trust most to advance our shared progressive values. Hillary has demonstrated that she not only has a vision, but a plan, to unite our country and strengthen our middle class.

From expanding economic opportunities and preventing gun violence, to making college more affordable and defending a women’s right to access reproductive health care, Hillary has laid out a comprehensive agenda designed to help everyone succeed. I am entirely confident in her ability to hit the ground running on day one, advance our shared progressive values and keep American families safe.

While our nation continues to face challenges at home and abroad, Hillary has a lifetime of experience fighting against discrimination, injustice and inequality. There is no one more uniquely qualified and experienced than Hillary to lead our country into the future.

Just like strong women are making history in the Wisconsin State Senate, Hillary Clinton is on the verge of making history as the first woman nominee for President of the United States. While it has taken 240 years to get to this moment in our nation’s history, I’m proud to say, without any hesitation: “I’m with her!”

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Jennifer Shilling serves as the Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader. She represents the 32nd State Senate District which includes La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, and part of Monroe Counties. Wisconsin’s presidential primary election is April 5, 2016.

 
President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden Endorse Russ Feingold PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Monday, 21 March 2016 10:42

potus-russ-feingold"Russ is an honest, independent-minded public servant who's not driven by what's politically expedient; he's driven by what he knows is right for the people of Wisconsin," says the President.


MIDDLETON – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Russ’s bid for the U.S. Senate Friday. Citing Russ’s commitment to fighting for middle class and working families, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced their support for Russ.

"Russ Feingold is a proven champion for middle class families,” said President Obama. “He listens to the people of Wisconsin, and he's always led their fight for good-paying jobs, affordable college education, and a secure retirement. Russ is an honest, independent-minded public servant who's not driven by what's politically expedient; he's driven by what he knows is right for the people of Wisconsin. I'm proud to endorse him in his campaign for United States Senate," said Obama.

"Russ Feingold is a friend and a tireless advocate for the working families of Wisconsin,” said Vice President Biden. “We've fought together to grow our economy, raise wages for American workers, protect Social Security and clean up our campaign finance system. I'm happy to support his campaign for United States Senate, because I know the good work he'll continue to do for Wisconsin and our nation," said Biden.

“I’m proud to have the support of President Obama and Vice President Biden,” said Russ. “I’ve worked with both of them and share their commitment to our middle class and working families. In the past seven years, their leadership has guided us to a stronger economy, and I look forward to building on that progress by fighting to create even more opportunities for Wisconsin families.”

 
March 19th Update From The Democratic Party Chair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Saturday, 19 March 2016 12:50

martha-laningMADISON - Welcome to the weekly installment of my Chair Update!

This week I will discuss the field trip the DPW staff took to Green Bay to plan for the State Convention, a big endorsement that Russ Feingold received, as well as the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition, I will provide information on the WisDems Messaging Team our Communications department launched, the very sad passing of Representative Tamara Grigsby, and the Democratic Weekly Radio Address delivered by Representative Lisa Subeck.

Lastly, I will talk about the State Senate session that concluded, the request for volunteers to help with poll watching and a number of other voting issues that you should be aware of.

brown-county-demsGreen Bay Trip for State Convention

The DPW headed up to Green Bay this past Monday, joining forces with the Brown County Democrats, to start getting ready for our State Convention in June and to Celebrate Pi Day. This was a great opportunity for many of our new staff members to meet community activists, ensure we have a highly successful convention, and enjoy a slice or two, (or 3 or 4) of pie.

Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge of the DC Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Garland has more federal experience then any Supreme Court nominee ever put forward and when first confirmed for a judgeship in 1997, he was confirmed with the support of 30 senators, 7 of who are still in the senate. Unfortunately, Ron Johnson continues to play obstructionist games and refuses to support a hearing and vote for Judge Garland. President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty and put forward a Supreme Court nominee, now it is time for Ron Johnson to do his job and allow for a hearing and vote.

Read more...
 
Ron Johnson Jumps To Defend Rebecca Bradley PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 18 March 2016 15:20

ron-johnsonMADISON - We already knew that Sen. Ron Johnson plans to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, but it’s his support for a candidate right here at home that raises even more  serious questions on his judgement.

rebecca-bradleySen. Johnson has now rushed to defend extremist Rebecca Bradley, who infamously penned blatantly homophobic, sexist, and abhorrent comments about the very Wisconsinites over whom she would preside. Yet rather than condemning Bradley, Sen. Johnson praised her as exactly the type of person he wants in a judge.

LISTEN to the clip and read the transcript of Johnson’s comments below:

[AUDIO]

JOHNSON: If you ever ask yourself the question, how come we don't have more good people run for public office? Go no further than take a look at what's been happening to Rebecca Bradley. A real judge, by the way. Somebody who has the restraint, the integrity, the fidelity to the written Constitution. That's what we need.

 
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