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Fitzgerald and Republicans Attempt to Change The Rules...Again PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:30

scott_fitzgeraldMADISON - Yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald introduced a bill to specifically bar county executives from serving simultaneously in the Legislature. The bill comes as Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, is running for Republican Sen. Mark Gudex's open Senate seat in the 18th Senate District.

Bill author, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, had nothing to say in the past when his colleagues held a county executive post at the same they served in the Legislature. Fitzgerald stayed silent when fellow Republican Paul Farrow held his Senate seat and ran Waukesha County executive. Furthermore, former Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer served in both the legislature and as the Manitowoc County executive for nearly six years, between 2006 and 2012.

mark-harrisNow that the Republicans' weak hold on the state Senate is in jeopardy, Senator Fitzgerald is trying to pass legislation to single out a specific Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district.

This attempt to disqualify a candidate for office speaks to a desperate fear of facing the voters. In six years, we've seen Republican's try to repeal open records laws, shield themselves from John Doe investigations, disenfranchise voters, and rig campaign finance laws in their favor.

"It's clear Republicans in Wisconsin are afraid to defend their failed record on a level playing field." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "Sen. Fitzgerald and Republicans are so scared of facing the voters they've introduced a proposal to single out a Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district. Their corruption appears to know no bounds"

 
Retirement of 8th CD Congressman Reid Ribble PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 01 February 2016 15:55

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Late Saturday, the word broke around Green Bay that Congressman Reid Ribble, a local Republican who represents Wisconsin’s 8th District, would not be seeking re-election in November. The question on everyone's mind; "who would the Democrats get to run for the seat?".


MADISON - The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski on the retirement of Congressman Reid Ribble:

"With over 70 percent of Americans disapproving of the job Republicans are doing leading Congress, it's no surprise that Congressman Ribble doesn't want to face the voters in 2016.

"During his six years in Washington, Ribble supported massive tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthy, voted for a right-wing plan that would essentially end Medicare, and protected companies that ship American jobs overseas.

"Ribble's retirement from this swing district represents a tremendous opportunity for Democrats in 2016. In the coming weeks, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be working with local leaders and grassroots activists to recruit and support a top notch candidate to represent the 8th Congressional District."

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 16:06
 
Russ for Wisconsin Files Q4 FEC Report PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:48

russ-feingoldMIDDLETON - Russ for Wisconsin will e-file its 2015 Q4 FEC report today. The campaign reports raising $2,655,519.81 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $7,423,595.86 since Russ jumped into the race 8 months ago.

Both figures represent federal off-year records for Wisconsin.

Russ for Wisconsin reports $4,814,837.83 in cash on hand at the end of Q4.

Over 25,000 Wisconsinites from all 72 counties have contributed to Russ’s campaign. Broad grassroots support continues to define Russ’s bid. 94% of all Q4 contributions are $100 or less.

“This strong grassroots support reflects the enthusiasm of hardworking Wisconsinites across the state who are the backbone of Russ’s campaign,” said Campaign Manager Tom Russell.

Since announcing his candidacy, Russ has traveled to all 72 counties, listening to Wisconsinites in every corner of the state.

 
Russ Feingold Holds Lead over Johnson in U.S. Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:54

russ-feingoldMILWAUKEE – A new Marquette Law School Poll released today shows Russ Feingold is supported by 50 percent of registered voters, with Republican incumbent Ron Johnson receiving 37 percent. In November, Feingold was at 49 percent and Johnson was at 38 percent.

The poll is evidence that Feingold is still in a very strong position in these early months of 2016, despite nearly $2 million in ads run against him, and a constant barrage of negative and misleading attacks from Senator Johnson and his supporters.

ron-johnsonA few key points from this most recent poll:

  • Feingold is leading the head-to-head 50-37, up from the November Marquette poll. While it is still a long way off to the November elections, but Feingold’s lead in every public poll to date means he's off to a good start.
  • Feingold continues to enjoy strong favorability. His +14 rating (44-30) is a full 21 points higher than the incumbent Senator Johnson. These numbers seem to indicate that Wisconsin voters appreciate Feingold’s willingness to listen to them and his commitment to helping working families get ahead in this economy.
  • By contrast, Senator Johnson continues to be one of the most unpopular Senators in the nation, reaching a new low with 26 percent of Wisconsinites viewing him favorably.

Feingold will spend much of this week on a tour of Wisconsin colleges and universities, listening to students at UW River Falls, UW Eau Claire, Marquette University, UW Whitewater and UW Waukesha. By contrast, Senator Johnson spent much of this week explaining why he missed most of his Homeland Security hearings in the years leading up to his re-election.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:16
 
Ron Johnson should reject false attack on Russ Feingold PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:36

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an editorial in Wednesday's Capital Times, the paper delivers some cold hard facts to Ron Johnson and his political attacks dogs. The editorial board writes that Senator Ron Johnson has an "obligation" to call out false and misleading partisan attacks coming from his right-wing front group.

Senator Johnson's allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to what the paper describes as "false", "untrue", and "unfair"  attacks.

Johnson's right-wing attack dogs continue their efforts to cover up for the senator's documented failures for Tomah Veterans. Even after their partisan attacks were debunked by media reports, Johnson's allies continue to parrot false talking points, and the senator has yet to denounce the attacks.

In today's editorial, the paper opines, "in the case of a recent attack that touches on particularly sensitive and concerning issues, and that clearly paints an untrue picture of Feingold, Johnson can and should make it clear he recognizes and rejects false statements regarding troubles at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah."

The editorial board's stinging criticism continues, "the Republican incumbent should step up and say the attack on his rival — by a group that the Wisconsin State Journal notes is headed by former GOP staffers — is wrong and unfair."

The paper concludes by pointing out Johnson has "a particular responsibility to made it clear that there was no failure to take action on the part of Russ Feingold — and that any suggestion that such a failure occurred is, as Lin Ellinghuysen explained, 'not truthful.'"

Read the entire editorial on the Capital Times website

 
Ron Johnson Comes Under Fire for Being MIA at Senate Committee Hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:36

ron_johnsonMADISON - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Senator Ron Johnson missed 60% of the hearings held by the homeland security committee and the subcommittees to which he was assigned during his first four years in office.

"Chairman Johnson is the worst kind of hypocrite," said Kory Kozloski, executive director of the state Democratic Party. "He says national security is his most important issue. But until 2015, he barely showed up to work on critical committee hearings regarding our homeland security."

Johnson's early committee attendance record includes missing hearings on homegrown terror, terrorist travel, and three separate hearings on border security. The Senator even found raising campaign dollars more important than keeping Americans safe, managing to attend fundraisers on the same days he skipped homeland security hearings.

Johnson continues to beat the drum on national security now that it is a hot-button issue during an election year, but his own campaign confirms the senator only attended 83 hearings out of a total 207 from 2011 to 2014. 

"If he really cared that much about keeping us safe," Kozloski said, "he'd have done his job when the voters weren't looking, not just when his job was at risk."

 
Shot/Chaser - Tomah Rep says "I feel used by Sen. Johnson" PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:31

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an attempt to cover up for Ron Johnson’s documented failures for Tomah veterans, the senator’s allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to their phony, politicized, and misleading attacks.

Shot: From last week’s reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

Ellinghuysen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she made an error in marking the memo as being hand-delivered to the Democratic lawmakers. She said she made an assumption but that the deliveries did not occur.

Ellinghuysen said the print ad was "not truthful."

Chaser: From Dan Bice’s latest story detailing Johnson’s attempts to cover up his own failings…

"I feel used," [Ellinghuysen] said. "I feel used by Sen. Johnson."

In an attempt to cover up for Ron Johnson’s documented failures for Tomah veterans, the senator’s allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to their misleading attacks.

 
Milwaukee Debate Sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:08

democratic-presidential-primary-debatePBS NewsHour Democratic Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9 PM ET.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - PBS NewsHour will host the fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9pm ET, at the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The debate will be broadcast live on PBS and will stream live on NewsHour’s website. PBS NewsHour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate.

 
Citizen Action Endorses Judge Joe Donald for State Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 19:17

Joe DonaldMILWAUKEE - Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a statewide membership organization with over 38,000 members, announced today its endorsement of Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Judge Joe Donald is an extremely experienced jurist. With nearly 20 years presiding over civil and criminal court cases he is by far the most qualified candidate. Throughout the legal community, Judge Donald is highly respected for his command of the law, his fairness, and his common sense approach. Judge Donald will deliver justice for everyone in Wisconsin.

At a time when special interest dominance is eroding public confidence in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it is critically important that we elect judges who make independent judgments based on the merits of each case. The specter of Supreme Court judges failing to recuse themselves from cases involving parties who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their behalf has sullied the reputation of Wisconsin’s highest court. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin believes we need a Supreme Court Justice like Joe Donald, whose long record of judicial independence is beyond reproach.

Judge Joe Donald is a leader in improving and modernizing our criminal justice system. Wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate for African Americans in America. Judge Donald has been a leader in the creation and development judicial solutions like drug treatment courts, which reduce the mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders and work to address the root causes of drug addiction and poverty. We need this kind of common sense innovation to reduce crime and improve lives at our highest court.

kraigThe election of Judge Joe Donald would also be a historic milestone. Judge Donald would be the first African American elected to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court (Former Justice Louis Butler was appointed).

“On behalf of our 38,000 members in every corner of the state, we are proud to recommend Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Judge Donald will work to secure justice for everyone in Wisconsin, not just well connected special interests and big campaign contributors. Based on his proven record of judicial integrity, innovation, and impartiality, Judge Donald has earned a place on Wisconsin’s highest court.”

 
Right-Wing Front Group Highlights Sen. Ron Johnson's Hypocrisy PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:35

ron-johnsonMADISON - It's become a regular practice for Senator Ron Johnson's partisan allies to use the whistleblower complaints about the Tomah VA as a political weapon while glossing over Johnson's own failure on the issue.  

Ron Johnson spent months pointing fingers at his political rivals, placing blame on others for the complaints that surfaced at the Tomah VA. Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quickly made Johnson change his tune after revealing the Senator's office allowed the whistleblower's information to die in "the equivalent of a congressional black hole." 

Previously, Johnson's office claimed the complaints were referred to an oversight committee, an intentionally misleading statement since the complaints were merely passed off to other members of Johnson's staff. 

Since the Journal Sentinel report, Johnson has refused to accept any responsibility or hold his staff accountable for failing Wisconsin veterans. That hasn't stopped Johnson's dark money henchmen from lodging shameless, hypocritical attacks on the issue. 

Right-wing front group Wisconsin Alliance for Reform is running baseless attack ads against Johnson's opponent Russ Feingold. The ads claim Feingold failed to take action after receiving a memo in 2009 outlining the problems occurring at the Tomah Va, but the union president says she has no proof any such memo was delivered. 

"It's no surprise that a front group started for the sole purpose of attacking Democrats with untold amounts of anonymous money would run baseless attack ads to support an incumbent Republican candidate as vulnerable as Ron Johnson," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. "The more Johnson's dark money attack dogs bark on this issue, the more they highlight the Senator's shameful inaction and bold hypocrisy."

 
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