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Democratic Rep. Jorgensen Not Seeking Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
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.

 
Ron Johnson Follows Through on Pledge to Support GOP Nominee PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:13

donald-trumpMADISON - One day after Donald Trump’s dominating performance on Super Tuesday, and Ron Johnson is already falling in line behind his party’s front runner (he's been doing so for a while...).  The GOP has long prepared for the day when Donald Trump becomes their party’s nominee.  Now that Trump is marching toward the Republican nomination, let’s review just how well Sen. Johnson has towed the line:

SHOT: Washington Post: Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee [3/2/16]

ron-johnsonCHASER: Sen. Ron Johnson on Trump’s march toward the GOP nomination: “I’ll accentuate the positive of anybody. I’ll look for areas of agreement... I like the fact that he knows how to negotiate...I mean that’s one of his appeals.”

As Bloomberg News Reports:

At least some in the party began showing a willingness to get behind Trump after his big night. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who faces an uphill run for reelection in a state won twice by Barack Obama, said Wednesday he sees the Trump's appeal to voters.

Johnson, like Trump, left a lucrative life in business for politics in a bid to shake up Washington.

"I'll accentuate the positive of anybody," he said. "I'll look for areas of agreement.”

Lime: What he's trying to say is...

"I will support the Republican nominee." - Sen. Ron Johnson

 
For Johnson, Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis “A Huge Problem” He’ll Do Nothing About PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:58

ron-johnsonMADISON - Johnson famously said “doing nothing is also an action.” That phrase has taken on a much darker meaning today.

In the face of a full-fledged opioid crisis that is ravaging our communities, Ron Johnson again chose to stand with Washington Republicans at the expense of Wisconsinites suffering from addiction.

When faced with a chance to act on this crisis, today Johnson again chose inaction by voting against $600 million in emergency funding to fight the national opioid epidemic. Families in Wisconsin and across the country will go without the prevention and education provided for in the Shaheen amendment.  They’ll go without increased treatment.  And they’ll go without additional aid to local law enforcement to combat this crisis.

Prescription and heroin overdoses are at an all-time high according to the CDC.

“Senator Ron Johnson has called the opioid epidemic ‘a huge problem.’  But when presented with an opportunity to actually do something for the countless Wisconsin families afflicted by this crisis, Johnson voted against helping the families he’s supposed to represent," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. “For Sen. Johnson, not even a national tragedy is worth breaking ranks with his party.”

 
Barbara Dorff Is Running for Green Bay City Council PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:50

Barbara DorffGREEN BAY - This week, Meet Barbara Dorff running for Green Bay City Council!

Barbara spent over 20 years as a K-12 school counselor and more than 15 as a school administrator in the Green Bay Area Public Schools. She has been an active volunteer in her community for decades with the Green Bay Police and Fire Commission, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, and Marion House.

Barbara has truly made Green Bay her home and its children and families her priority. She wants to ensure safe and secure neighborhoods, improve access to services for the elderly, families, and veterans, and build community partnerships to help clean up the environment.

The Green Bay City Council is currently 100% men. Help Barbara get elected and change the face of local government!

Thank you for supporting these hard-working candidates,

The Wisconsin Progress Team

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We know Barbara will be a leader on the council just as she has been a leader professionally and in the community. Support Barbara by donating $5 or $10 here!

P.S. If you would prefer to mail Barbara a check, you may do so to Friends of Barbara Dorff 3375 Pebble Beach Court Green Bay, WI 54311.

 
Ron Johnson Trumped by His Own Remarks PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:33

donald-trumpMADISON - For Sen. Johnson it must be “depressing” trying to keep up with the marching orders from Washington Republicans.  For months now, Johnson has vowed to support the Republican Presidential nominee.

Now that Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination, let’s review the praise Sen. Johnson has heaped upon The Donald for months now:

  • Johnson compared his own brand of politics to Trump’s saying, “I think what’s resonating about Donald Trump, I’d like to think, some things is appealing about my candidacy here in Wisconsin.” [MSNBC, 8/13/15]
  • Johnson called Trump a “real leader” when citing his high poll numbers. [John Howell Show WLS, 12/7/15] (AUDIO)
  • Johnson praised Trump’s willingness to “tell the American people the truth.” [WJFW, 8/9/15]

But as Donald Trump looks to dominate Super Tuesday, there is one quote that stands above the rest:

I will support the Republican nominee.” – Sen. Ron Johnson (R- WI)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:39
 
A Bad Start To The Week For Senator Ron Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:46

ron-johnsonMADISON - Senator Ron Johnson had a rough start to the week with four opinion pieces coming out blasting him for his irresponsible decision to not give any Supreme Court nominee a hearing and vote. Senator Johnson has the right to vote down a nominee, but it is wrong and irresponsible to not even give President Obama a chance to pick someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. This sort of obstructionism will leave the highest court in our land gridlocked for nearly a year and is an insult to the people of Wisconsin who deserve better than a Senator who won't do his job.

Just take a look at what the opinion sections of newspapers across Wisconsin had to say on this issue:

From the Wisconsin State Journal: But rejecting Barack Obama’s nominee before that person is even identified is unfair and irresponsible. It risks a prolonged vacancy, causing high court dysfunction if 4-4 votes occur.

From the Journal Sentinel: To live up to the original understanding of the Constitution that they purport to prize, the Senate Republicans should recognize that the Constitution neither forbids the president from making appointments during the last year of his term nor allows the Senate to outright ignore nominations and hold nominees hostage. They also should recognize that while the Constitution empowers the Senate to prevent an unfit person from sitting on our Supreme Court, it does not give senators license to vote against confirmation of a fit nominee with a judicial philosophy different from their own.

From the Gazette Extra: Polls have clearly shown Americans (and Wisconsin citizens specifically) supporting moving ahead, rejecting our Sen. Ron Johnson’s unwillingness to fairly uphold his mandated responsibilities here. This inaction cheats us out of our rightful opportunity to have judicial decisions adequately considered, leaving this critical judicial seat empty for a year.

From the Green Bay Press Gazette: Continued Republican obstructionism is not in the party’s nor the country’s best interest. I encourage Johnson, and all senators, to honor Scalia’s memory by honoring the Constitution he loved so dearly.

If Senator Johnson needs a history lesson on how his obstructionism reeks of partisanship and goes against the history of Presidents being given a chance to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, he should read the Washington Post article that said “President Obama countered that he would perform his constitutional duty and nominate a successor to Scalia, adding, “Your job doesn’t stop until you are voted out or until your term expires.” The historical record supports that position: 14 presidents have appointed 21 justices during presidential election years. A half-dozen presidents, classic lame ducks, filled Supreme Court seats even though their successors had been elected”. Regardless of their party, Senators have been responsible and done their jobs during Presidential elections years, it's time for Ron Johnson to do his.

 
American People Have Decided on SCOTUS Nominee, Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:41

ron-johnsonDemocratic Shot/Chaser and national polls show majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court this year.


MADISON - A day after Senate Republicans officially adopted Sen. Johnson’s strategy of “doing nothing” on an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, new polling demonstrates the American people and the people of Wisconsin aren’t buying their obstructionism.

Shot: “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court.” – Sen. Ron Johnson explaining his obstructionist stance on filling the court vacancy.

Chaser: Majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee this year.  As reported by Politico:

POLL FINDS STRONG SUPPORT FOR SCOTUS HEARINGS IN WISCONSIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Public Policy Polling is out with a poll this morning finding that respondents in Wisconsin and New Hampshire broadly support filling any vacancy on the Supreme Court this year - 62 percent in Wisconsin and 59 percent in New Hampshire. Those numbers could be significant for the two Republican senators representing those respective states, Sens. Ron Johnson and Kelly Ayotte. Both are up for re-election this year during a cycle that favors Democrats. The poll found that an even higher number of respondents – 78 percent in New Hampshire and 76 percent in Wisconsin – believe the Senate should consider who is nominated before making the call for or against confirmation hearings. http://goo.gl/mdE8GZ

Lime: Johnson’s approval rating is underwater at -17.

The people of Wisconsin have spoken, Sen. Johnson. Do your job and consider a nominee to the Supreme Court.

 
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