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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
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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.

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

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.

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
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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!”


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
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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.

Ron Johnson Jumps To Defend Rebecca Bradley PDF Print E-mail
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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:


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.

Democratic Rep. Jorgensen Not Seeking Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Laura Smith   
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:21

andy-jorgensenMADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced today that Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton) will not run for re-election to the Assembly this fall.

peter_barca“It has been a pleasure to serve alongside Rep. Jorgensen for the past eight years, including four years where he served as Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus," said Barca in his statement. "Rep. Jorgensen has shown tremendous leadership in our caucus and played a crucial role in advancing our Democratic agenda focused on creating jobs, strengthening public education and improving economic opportunity for all our citizens."

Perhaps Rep. Jorgensen’s greatest accomplishment was when he led two separate successful efforts to save SeniorCare. By collecting petition signatures, working with stakeholders and raising awareness on this issue, Rep. Jorgensen helped preserve a life-saving Wisconsin program that also saves participants and taxpayers tens of millions of dollars every year.

“As those who have met Rep. Jorgensen at town halls, community events, grocery stores and countless other places throughout the 43rd District can attest, he has always been an accessible, passionate and dedicated legislator who truly cares about his constituents and our state," said Barca. "We wish him and his family the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:32
Will Peters Says Time to Replace Guy Zima on County Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Brown County   
Monday, 14 March 2016 17:52

will-petersGREEN BAY - As you may know, with the support of my neighbors I have gotten my name on the Spring 2016 General Election ballot. I am running for Brown County Board of Supervisors, District 8. I am running because I care deeply about the quality of life in my community and want to do my part to improve it. This will not be possible without your support.

Brown County deserves someone who will wear his community pride on his shoulder. Brown County deserves someone who will treat his constituents and colleagues with dignity and respect. Brown County deserves someone who not only focuses on the needs of his constituents, but Brown County as a whole. I am that someone. However, in order to effectively reach my constituents I need your support.

Brown County does not deserve someone who spits on his fellow representatives, makes racist and sexist remarks. Brown County does not deserve someone who picks and chooses who he represents. Brown County does not deserve someone who holds grudges and builds walls. Guy Zima has not lived up to his role as Brown County Supervisor and has been more of an embarrassment than an effective leader.

I need your help to beat Guy Zima. I need your help to reach my neighbors to inform them of what I can do for them and our County. You can help me by donating $25, $50, or up to the individual contribution limit of $500. If you are able to donate please mail a check to Citizens for William Peters 233 N. Ashland Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303 or click here.

With your help we will make Brown County a more vibrant and healthy place to live!!

Thank you for your support,

Will Peters

Russ for Wisconsin Responds to Sen. Johnson's Latest Comments on SCOTUS Vacancy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 21:01

ron-johnsonMADISON - In response to Sen. Johnson's comments this morning admitting that his obstructionist opposition to filling the Supreme Court vacancy is rooted in partisan politics, Russ for Wisconsin Communications Director Michael Tyler issued the following statement:

“Sadly, Sen. Johnson is confirming that he’s only willing to do his job if it helps Washington Republicans. Sen. Johnson was hired by the people of Wisconsin, not Mitch McConnell and not the Koch Brothers. He should do the job he was hired for and consider any Supreme Court nominee, whether it’s from a Republican President or a Democrat. But if he won't do his job, at least he's being honest that his interest lies with Washington Republicans rather than with the people of Wisconsin."

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 11:07
Sen. Ron Johnson Confirms Obstructionist Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:48

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON – After weeks of leading the charge on obstructing a vote on a nominee to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States, today, Sen. Ron Johnson confirmed what we already knew: Wisconsin's senior Senator really does not want to do his job. 

SHOT: Last week, Sen. Ron Johnson appeared on a Conservative Political Action Conference panel titled "The Lights Go Down In The City: The Journey to Energy Self-Sufficiency." Johnson doubled down on his refusal to do his job and revealed Republicans' motives for obstruction.

"And let me assure everybody, because I know there's some concerns, the Republican majority in the Senate will not allow the Supreme Court to flip. You can take that one to the bank, we will not allow that to happen." [CPAC Panel, 3.3.16]

CHASER: During an interview this morning, Sen. Ron Johnson made his most pointed comments yet on the issue when asked if things would be different if the president was a Republican.  

"Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you’re replacing — if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it."

"But when you’re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court — you know, let’s face it, I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion — President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court," [Talking Points Memo, 3.10.16]

Sen. Johnson expressed what the entire Republican obstruction caucus is thinking, but are too afraid to say out loud. Johnson's concern with the court flipping is the pinnacle of politicizing the one branch of the federal government that should be above the fray of partisan politics.

Sen. Ron Johnson should quit playing partisan games and do his job.

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