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Warren to drop out of presidential race PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 05 March 2020 10:46

elizabeth-warrenNo news on whether Warren will endorse one of the other Democrats still running in the presidential race yet.

Testin Ignores Pleas for Health Coverage Protections PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Katie Iliff   
Thursday, 05 March 2020 09:47

patrick-testinState Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) continues to single handedly block efforts to strengthen protections for Pre-Existing Conditions.

MADISON - As the Trump Administration renews their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) continues to single handedly block a proposal to protect health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Senate Bill 37, also known as the Comprehensive Health Care Protection Act, would safeguard federal health protections at the state level, and ensure families and seniors are able to access the care they need without going bankrupt. Despite overwhelming public support, the bill has languished in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services where Senator Patrick Testin serves as chair.

healthcare-family-dr“It is appalling that Senator Testin continues to block access to affordable and quality health coverage,” said Katie Iliff, SSDC Executive Director. “Senator Testin and the rest of his Republican colleagues have made it their mission to undermine the health care marketplace and protect the profits of wealthy insurance executives. Not only is he refusing to do his job, he is actively working to eliminate health care protections for the 2.4 million Wisconsin residents living with pre-existing conditions. This fall, voters will finally have a chance to protect our care and send greedy pals of the insurance industry like Patrick Testin packing.”

In addition to blocking protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, Sen. Testin has established a pattern of ignoring children, families and seniors who lack access to affordable health care. Already this session Sen. Testin has voted against legislation to lower insulin costs, improve birth outcomes and expand Medicaid coverage for thousands of Wisconsinites while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Bloomberg drops out after terrible Super Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 17:20

mike-bloomberg-01-21-2020He also endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, saying it was clear from the Super Tuesday results that Biden was the best candidate to defeat Trump.

Klobuchar drops out of 2020 race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Monday, 02 March 2020 19:17

amy-klobuchar-pbsSen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will end her presidential campaign on Monday and endorse Joe Biden.

Buttigieg to drop out of presidential race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Sunday, 01 March 2020 19:07

pete-buttigieg-2019Buttigieg's decision to drop out of the race comes after billionaire Tom Steyer suspended his campaign on Saturday following a poor showing in South Carolina.

Paul Piotrowski Announces Candidacy for State Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Piotrowski Press   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 18:11

paul-piotrowski-announce-spjStevens Point Veteran to run for Wisconsin’s 24th Senate District

Stevens Point, WI – Citing the need to lower health care costs, provide quality education for our children, restore local decision making authority and protect our drinking water, central Wisconsin native and longtime law enforcement officer Paul Piotrowski, has formally announced his candidacy for the 24th State Senate District.

“I’m running for State Senate because we deserve a stronger voice than what we have in Madison,” said Paul, “Residents throughout the 24th Senate District need someone they can trust and rely on. From my service in the Navy to protecting our community as a police officer, I know how to fight for the issues impacting families every single day.”

Piotrowski, a Democrat, proudly served his hometown for close to 27 years as a Stevens Point police officer. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, earning a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and most recently served as the Stevens Point City Clerk, an elected position. As an officer for the Stevens Point Police Department, Paul served in various roles including Patrol Sergeant and Community Resource Officer. Piotrowski represented the department on different committees and commissions like Portage County Alliance for Youth, the Family Crisis Center Advisory Board, and Triad with senior citizens. He has also served as a volunteer in the community over the years, particularly for the Portage County Cultural Festival. Paul and his wife Cindy live in Stevens Point. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

“I’m a native of central Wisconsin. Cindy and I raised our children here and we both have been deeply involved in our community and the region. I look forward to meeting voters across the district and to learning about their needs and expectations.” he said


Residents can learn more about Paul at: www.piotrowskiforsenate.com

The 24th Senate District includes portions of Adams, Portage, Monroe, Marathon, Wood and Waushara Counties.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 February 2020 18:26
Bill would reverse funds transfer for wall, restore Wisconsin military contracts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:46

donald-trumpMADISON, WI - Despite numerous promises that Mexico would pay to fund a border wall, Donald Trump is stripping millions of taxpayer dollars away from Wisconsin, again, to pay for his vanity project. Most recently he took aim at the Oshkosh Corps, which supports thousands of manufacturing jobs, by taking away millions of dollars in funding for the military vehicles they build. In September of 2019, Trump diverted millions of dollars from the Truax Field Air National Guard Base.

Read below how Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is fighting to reverse Trump's budget cuts.

Wisconsin Examiner: Bill would reverse funds transfer for wall, restore Wisconsin military contracts
Erik Gunn

Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined two-and-a-half dozen other Senate Democrats this week in a bill to reverse the Trump administration’s transfer of $3.8 billion from the Department of Defense to pay for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The bill aims to pressure the administration to restore funding for military contracts with two Wisconsin manufacturers. It also would limit the DoD from diverting more funding for the wall, which was a top talking point for President Donald Trump in his 2016 campaign and has remained so since his election.

“You promised the people of Wisconsin that Mexico would pay for your ineffective border wall,” Baldwin (D-Wis.) wrote in a letter she sent to Trump on Monday. “However, you are once again making American taxpayers fund it and you are taking funding away from Wisconsin manufacturers that strengthen our national defense and create jobs.”

Earlier this month, Trump announced the transfer of $3.8 billion in DoD funds for the wall project. Included in those funds, according to Baldwin’s office, were $101 million that Congress appropriated for Army heavy wheeled defense vehicles to be built by Oshkosh Defense, a brand of Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, Wis. Also included, Baldwin stated, was $650 million for an amphibious Navy ship powered by diesel-engine electric generation systems built by Fairbanks Morse in Beloit, Wis.

The Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020, authored by Sen. Dick Durbin (R-Ill.) and cosponsored by 31 other Democratic senators, including Baldwin, would reverse the $3.8 billion transfer. It would also cut how much the DoD could transfer under the fiscal 2020 budget, from $6 billion to less than $2.2 billion.

The $3.8 billion diversion comes on top of $2.5 billion in DoD money transferred last spring to help pay for the wall.

In addition, Trump has announced plans to move another $7.2 billion in military money to the wall project, “diverting funding from military families and forcing American taxpayers to pay for his vanity project and failed campaign promise,” Baldwin said in a statement.

Where the 2020 Democrats stand in Super Tuesday polls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2020 11:04

bernie-sandersBernie ahead now, but much more to come.

WASHINGTON, DC - With the first three presidential nominating contests in the books, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the undisputed front-runner in the Democratic field, but the overwhelming majority of primary voters have yet to cast their ballots.

Other candidates are looking to make up ground in less than a week on Super Tuesday, when 15 states and territories — including the two biggest — will allocate a third of the pledged delegates up for grabs this cycle.

Centrist candidates are increasingly warning of the dangers they say a Sanders nomination can pose to the party and its chances in November, and some are looking to Tuesday's primaries as the best chance to boost their flagging campaigns.

But polling shows Sanders in a strong position heading into the March 3 contests, particularly in delegate-rich California, fueling fears that the Vermont lawmaker could run away with the nomination after next week, following his close second-place finish in Iowa and victories in New Hampshire and Nevada.

Read the full story here

Five takeaways from the Democratic debate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:08

bernie-sandersWASHINGTON, DC - The Democratic White House hopefuls slugged it out on Tuesday at the party's 10th presidential debate, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) coming under a fierce volley of attacks ahead of Saturday’s primary in South Carolina.

Here are five takeaways from a heated night in Charleston, S.C.

Read the full story here

Wisconsin Republican Party Struggles to Recruit New Candidates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Katie Iliff   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:24

dan-kapankeGOP recycles Dan Kapanke for his former 32nd District state Senate seat, a recalled candidate with history of ethics violations & extreme views.

LA CROSSE – Despite being rejected by voters in three straight elections (2010, 2011 & 2016), Republicans announced Dan Kapanke is once again running for office. As a previously recalled GOP politician with a history of ethics violations and out-of-touch views, Kapanke’s candidacy is the latest sign of Republican struggles in Wisconsin. Low enthusiasm, a divisive agenda and declining popularity among young adults, women and working families have driven many Wisconsin voters away from the Republican Party.

“Republican Party bosses clearly didn’t get the message the first, second, or third time that voters in western Wisconsin rejected Mr. Kapanke at the polls,” said Katie Iliff, SSDC Executive Director. “His record of massive school cuts, tax giveaways to the wealthy, and limiting access to women’s health care have shown that he is another rubber stamp for the Republican special interest agenda. We need to move Wisconsin forward - not backwards. The last thing families need is a relic from the past that is only interested in obstructing progress for our state.”

As an elected official, Dan Kapanke voted for the largest cut to local K-12 schools in Wisconsin history and argued that Gov. Walker’s attacks on worker rights didn’t go far enough. He voted against the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act and supported legislation making it harder for women to access birth control.

“Hardworking families trust Jennifer Shilling and appreciate her commitment to local schools, affordable health care access and pro-growth policies that strengthen communities,” added Iliff. “Jennifer Shilling has proven that she’s not afraid to stand up to special interests to protect local families and move our state forward.”

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