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Trump is Responsible for Devastating Unemployment Numbers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:03

trump-lashesMADISON, WI - Thursday, due to Trump’s chaotic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate nationwide rose to 14.7%. In Wisconsin, over half a million people have filed for unemployment insurance.

In response, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Spokesperson Philip Shulman released the following statement:

“Had Donald Trump taken the coronavirus seriously from the outset instead of playing it down and kowtowing to China, over half a million Wisconsinites and tens of millions of Americans who have now lost their jobs wouldn’t be left worrying about how they are now going to pay their bills, put food on the table, and pay for their medicine. But here we are: Trump left our country unprepared for Covid-19 and we are now seeing the devastating consequences. Wisconsin, and the country, can’t afford another four years under President Trump."

Karl Jaeger to Run for 89th Assembly District Seat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jaeger For Wisconsin, Karl Jaeger   
Friday, 08 May 2020 16:14

jaegerforwisconsinJaeger is a strong advocate for more State attention to the drinking water contamination in northeast Wisconsin and wants expanded coverage for jobless families uninsured as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.

DNC Chair, Wis AG, Wisconsinite Blast Trump’s Continued Attack on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Friday, 08 May 2020 15:01

trumpcare20 million Americans could lose their health care coverage and as many as 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions would be in danger of facing increased insurance costs if Trump gets his way to overturn ACA.

MADISON, WI -- Wednesday on a video press conference, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Wisconsinite Noah Reif, who has type 1 diabetes, blasted Trump’s continuing attacks on protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This event comes on the back of Democrats and their allies filing arguments with the Supreme Court in defense of the ACA. 

The case, California v. Texas, has been buttressed by Trump and his Department of Justice in his latest attempts to overturn the law. If Trump is successful in striking down the ACA, at least 20 million Americans could lose their health care coverage and as many as 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions would be in danger of facing increased insurance costs or being potentially kicked off their coverage all together. Furthermore, striking down the Affordable Care Act amid the coronavirus pandemic could jeopardize the coverage of millions of Americans who would be effectively uninsurable without protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

See below for excerpts from the event or click here to watch the press conference.

josh-kaulWisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul: “Today is a really significant day. One of the leaders of the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act had been my predecessor, Brad Schimel. Ultimately, the people of Wisconsin weighed in on this issue...and they elected Governor Evers and me….Wisconsin is no longer part of that challenge to the Affordable Care Act. It’s a suit that should not succeed and no state should be a part of. If this suit is successful, millions of Americans will lose access to health insurance coverage. We need more resources for our medical system, and it’s one of the reasons why expanding Medicaid now is critical for the state of Wisconsin. Frankly, I think it’s very troubling that this suit is going forward during a pandemic.” 

DNC Chair Tom Perez: “We know from the research that states that have expanded Medicaid see better health outcomes... But the President and Republicans across the country are on a mission to undo the heart and soul of health care for millions of Americans. It is tough enough right now in a pandemic to make ends meet. There is so much fear. And when we put the Affordable Care Act at risk for the tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions…that’s unconscionable. That’s why Democrats are continuing to fight for the Affordable Care Act, continuing to fight to expand Medicaid...We believe that health care is a right for all and not a privilege for the few.” 

Wisconsinite with pre-existing condition Noah Reif: “For me this really hits home. Like millions of others of Americans I am immuno-compromised. Like too many other people in this country with Type 1 (diabetes), I know what it’s like to ration insulin…now we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, and health care coverage for people like me is more important than ever. It is unacceptable that President Trump would continue to push to overturn the Affordable Care Act. No matter where we live, no matter how much money we have in our wallet, that also applies to people with pre-existing conditions as we try to navigate this really challenging time. We should not have to live in fear because it ticks the box of someone trying to get reelected. Now more than ever we can’t afford to lose these protections that keep us safe."

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:24
New Priorities Digital Ads Highlight Biden’s Honest Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:31

joe-bidenWhile Trump fails to deliver for frontline Medical Professionals, group will not let his campaign’s dishonest, cherry-picked ads go unanswered.

Washington, DC - As part of its ongoing seven figure per week digital campaign in battleground states, Priorities USA Action is launching digital ads contrasting Donald Trump’s downplaying and mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic with Vice President Joe Biden’s steady leadership, calls to listen to experts, and compassion for those who have been hit hardest by this crisis.

trump-lashes“We will not let the Trump campaign’s dishonest, cherry-picked ad campaign go unanswered. Donald Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and failed to heed expert advice, and now America has lost more lives than any other country in the world,” said Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA. “Vice President Joe Biden has demonstrated his ability to lead our country through a crisis with steadiness and honesty. America cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump.”

  • You Come First” demonstrates Joe Biden’s compassionate leadership, putting those who have been harmed by the coronavirus first, while Trump continues to focus only on himself.

  • Responsible” demonstrates that in contrast to Trump's failed leadership, Vice President Joe Biden has the experience to provide real solutions during hard times.

  • Real Leadership” and “Joe’s Got Your Back” show that a true leader is honest with the American people and puts them first. While Donald Trump lies and obfuscates, Joe Biden will listen to scientists and public health experts to protect the American people and get the country back on track.

  • Frontliners First” shows that unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden knows that real leaders take responsibility. With Joe Biden in the White House, frontline workers will get the support they need to do the crucial work that keeps Americans healthy.

The digital ads will run on pre-roll video, social media, and streaming TVs in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida, targeted at voters who are likely to be undecided. Priorities has committed $200 million to defeat Donald Trump and has already spent over $11 million on TV and digital ads related to President Trump’s failure to protect the American people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:54
Wisconsin Democrats Prove To Have Superior Field and Digital Infrastructure Heading Into the Presidential Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 02 May 2020 14:49

jill_karofskyState Democrats move ahead of Republican counterparts with April election.

MADISON, WI -- The spring election that concluded on April 13th with Judge Jill Karofsky defeating Donald Trump's candidate Justice Dan Kelly by more than ten points proved the superior organizing and digital infrastructure of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) over their Republican counterpart. Since the victory, the DPW has continued to build their field and digital infrastructure to support the Democrat’s presumptive nominee Vice-President Joe Biden.

See the story below to learn more about the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s organizing and digital infrastructure.

WI Examiner: Political organizers pivot to a digital campaign
With COVID-19 shutdown, Democrats finds a virtue in necessity
By Erik Gunn 


  • When Vice President Mike Pence visited Madison’s GE Healthcare ventilator factory on April 21 to praise company workers and tout the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin offered a rebuttal a couple of days later.
  • In a video on its Facebook page, Democratic Party spokesperson Philip Shulman looked at the camera and walked through a point-by-point takedown of President Donald Trump’s claims on his nightly videos about the pandemic.
  • Of course, that’s part of Shulman’s job as the voice of the Democratic Party’s Trump rapid response operation in Wisconsin. But a few things stood out. The video wasn’t presented as a 30- or 60-second TV spot. It wasn’t even on TV, just on social media.
  • The format is professional yet informal, and the temperature is relatively cool. The format “really allows us to communicate what the facts are and tie it into how it affects people in Wisconsin,” Shulman says. By “connecting all these dots for people,” he hopes to be able to get across the message of “Trump’s failure to Wisconsinites.”
  • Shulman says more videos will be rolling out over the 2020 presidential campaign — “sometimes longer videos, sometimes shorter snippets” — and what sets them apart from past efforts is a greater emphasis on hard information and explanation.
  • And another thing: For the foreseeable future, with perhaps the exception of direct mail,
  • With many people required to stay home, and also intensely concerned about how the disease could affect not just their health and life but their livelihood, “they’re spending a lot more time on the internet and a lot more time on social media platforms,” Shulman says. “It gives us a bigger window to tell a bigger story.”
  • That window includes the primary social media platforms — Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, along with Google advertising.
  • “There’s a bigger hunger for this information because people have the time,” Shulman says. “This is touching everybody’s lives. There’s no one who’s immune to this.”
  • Training — “three years building an armada of people knocking on doors” — switched to how to use Zoom calls to reach out to organize voters and supporters. Volunteers learned how to effectively use text messaging in the place of placards left at people’s screen doors.
  • One tactical change was to organize phone banks so that the volunteers calling would be connecting with people in their own community instead of just anyone, he says. “We’re having a higher connection rate and warmer conversations than conventional statewide [campaign] phone conversations.”
  • Voting by mail is a particularly resonant issue with voters, organizers have found, and so information about how to do that is welcomed by many who are at the other end of the campaign volunteers’ lines. “People are deeply motivated to vote right now, and they’re trying to balance the urgency of voting with their fear of the pandemic,” says Wikler. “Campaigning about voting from home is a useful service.”
  • Shulman says the party’s shift to an all-digital strategy was made easier because it had already built a strong organizing structure that made use of digital tools, and forging “long-standing relationships” dating back to a year before the 2018 “blue wave” election in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices.
  • The Supreme Court race was the test that proved the party had made a successful transition, Shulman says.
Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2020 14:58
Trump Has a Senior Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities Wisconsin, Cassidy Geoghegan   
Friday, 01 May 2020 10:36

elderly-crowdTrump won 52% of voters age 65 and older nationally in 2016, but his disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has made seniors increasingly concerned.

Amash launches exploratory committee for Libertarian presidential run PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 09:57

justin-amashMichigan Congressman will seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States.

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) announced Tuesday that he has launched an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, his strongest indication yet that he will mount a third party White House bid.

Read the developing report here

Hillary Clinton to endorse Joe Biden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 09:08

hillary-clintonWASHINGTON, DC - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday, according to a source familiar.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee who lost to President Trump, is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. She will appear with Biden during a virtual town hall later in the day to discuss the effects of the coronavirus on women.

Read the developing report here

Hintz Congratulates Bewley on Election as Senate Democratic Leader PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Saturday, 25 April 2020 14:29

janet-bewleyMADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement after Senator Janet Bewley (D-Mason) was selected by her colleagues to lead the Senate Democratic Caucus as Minority Leader:

gordon-hintz“I congratulate Senator Bewley on being chosen to lead the Senate Democrats. I served with Janet during her time in the Assembly and I admired her tenacity, intelligence, and commitment to her district. She will bring a unique perspective to this position, and will fight tirelessly for our shared values of fairness, opportunity, and community.

“Senator Bewley has some big shoes to fill after Senator Shilling’s distinguished years in leadership, but I am confident she is up to the task based on her experience and integrity. I look forward to working with Senator Bewley and her office in her new role.”

Shilling Statement on Democratic Leadership Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Friday, 24 April 2020 11:23

jennifer-shillingShilling steps down as Senate Democratic Leader, congratulates Senator Bewley as her replacement.

MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Senator Janet Bewley (D-Mason) was elected the Senate Democratic Leader:

“It has been an honor to serve in the Senate and I’ve been humbled that my Democratic colleagues put their trust in me to be a leading voice for our caucus and state these past five years. I want to congratulate Senator Bewley and am happy to pass the baton as she takes on this new role. I know that Janet’s strong and pragmatic leadership will provide a smooth transition and lead to success over the coming months. Democrats will continue fighting for Wisconsin families, workers, and the opportunity of a brighter tomorrow.”

In addition to unanimously electing Sen. Janet Bewley as the Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) was unanimously elected as Assistant Democratic Leader.

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