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Wisconsin Farmers Union President Responds to Trump’s Claim He'll Help Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Friday, 18 September 2020 10:08

farm-familyReports that he’ll announce Farm Aid just an attempt to buy farmers off and nothing more than an 11th hour campaign stunt.

WISCONSIN -- In response to Trump’s visit and report’s he’ll announce additional aid for farmers, Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden released the following statement:

donald-trump-jrsr“Donald Trump continues to think he can buy farmers off, but after devastating our industry -- including the loss of over 2255 dairy farms since Trump took office and a record 818 shutting down forever last year -- we know this is nothing more than an 11th hour campaign stunt; this is too little too late. Trump failed us when he engaged in meaningless trade wars; he abandoned us when he used “bailouts” to give handouts to big Ag who further gobbled up small and medium-sized family farms, he’s shown he’s in the pocket of Big Oil as he continues to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard, and now he’s doubling down on what we’ve always known: we’re nothing more than a pawn to Trump. 

“Wisconsin farmers are vital to our state and national economy, and are also husbands and fathers, daughters and mothers. But Trump has treated us and thrown us away like we're nothing, and we deserve more from our president. Farmers don’t want handouts, we want sound, reliable markets that can provide for our families and won’t be devastated the way Trump eviscerated the markets that had been supporting Wisconsin families for decades.”

Additional Background

  • Wisconsin farmers are facing a once-in-a-generation crisis: 2019 was one of the worst years in recent memory, with 818 dairy farms closing their doors as the state led the nation in farm bankruptcies.
  • Donald Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, blew off these closures when in Wisconsin last year, saying: “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
  • The Trump Administration has not provided any assistance to biofuels producers during COVID-19 and is now considering a $300 million bailout of Big Oil through the Department of Agriculture. Once again, Donald Trump is siding with oil companies over farmers.
Wisconsin Democrats Condemn Pence Visit to Janesville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:35

trump-mike-pence-nbcPence’s visit comes on the heels of Janesville moving many of their K-12 students to a fully online education model due to the spike in COVID-19.

JANESVILLE, WI -- Ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to Wisconsin, Congressman Mark Pocan and State Rep. Debra Kolste of Janesville condemned Trump for his utter failure to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both leaders highlighted how insulting it is for Pence to visit an area that has seen infections and economic turmoil because of Trump’s failed public health response. 

Pence’s visit also comes on the heels of Janesville moving many of their K-12 students to a fully online education model due to the spike in infections. 

Read key points here:

CBS 58: Biden, Wisconsin Democrats respond to Pence's Janesville visit

  • Biden's campaign focused on the Trump administration's COVID-19 response when responding to Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Janesville.
  • “President Trump admitted he intentionally downplayed the virus and misled the American people, and Wisconsin continues to pay the price -- in lost jobs, lost businesses, and lost lives," the campaign said in a statement.
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, held a press call Monday responding to the visit. Pocan said the White House has not given states or hospitals enough support to fight COVID-19.
  • “He’s telling states that we’re largely on our own, and he’s also telling us that the virus is in its final stages and that we’re near the end of the pandemic,” Pocan said.
  • Pocan and Wisconsin State Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville, said if the Trump administration had taken the virus more seriously to start, Wisconsin would be in better shape economically and from a public health standpoint..
  • “Pence comes here and flaunts their recognition that they think they’ve handled this is just, it’s an atrocity," Kolste said. "If they had been honest in the first place, we could have stopped this.”
Fitzgerald's Position: Don't Debate, Send A Postcard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Palzewicz for Wisconsin, Chelsea Cross   
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:15

palzewicz-baldwin-harrisTom Palzewicz would welcome the opportunity to call Scott Fitzgerald out on his lies and debate the issues.

Brookfield, WI – Republican Scott Fitzgerald sent out a mailer to Fifth District voters recently, outlining some of his positions. The problem is he had to lie about the Democratic positions to make his point. In the election, his opponent, Tom Palzewicz, would welcome the opportunity to call him out on these lies and debate the issues.

scott_fitzgeraldFitzgerald begins by attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a favorite target for President Donald Trump. His claims do not match with Palzewicz's stated positions:

Fitzgerald claims Democrats will:

  1. Defund the police. Palzewicz does not favor defunding police, but does advocate for training and changing the policing strategies in places where racial injustice has led to public outcry. Palzewicz is very much in support of law enforcement.
  2. Eliminate Medicare as we know it. Palzewicz and the Democrats want to bolster Medicare, expand it, to provide healthcare coverage to all Americans. Republicans would like to kill the Affordable Care Act, which would effectively end coverage over 20 million. Fitzgerald's assertion is false.
  3. Punish job creators and jeopardize our recovery. Palzewicz is a small business owner and advocates strongly for job creation and growth. He helped create more than 2,000 jobs in southeastern Wisconsin. Moreover, he sees an opportunity for massive job expansion by leveling the playing field for businesses in Wisconsin.

Tom Palzewicz believes politicians should be elected on their ideas and re-elected on their results. Palzewicz is an open book on his policies, beliefs, and vision for the Fifth District. Fitzgerald, riding on the coattails of Jim Sensenbrenner, will not debate and wants to use his power as Senate Majority Leader to coast his way to Washington without ever having to face his opponent or the voters.

"Democracy is all about the people and hearing their ideas and thoughts," said Palzewicz. "I challenge Mr. Fitzgerald to come out of hiding and face Fifth District voters and not just lie about our positions. Leave the lies to Donald Trump."

Health Workers, Democrats Blast Administration for Prolonging Pandemic, Slowing Economic Recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:35

pocan-kolste-blast-trump"No community is immune from COVID-19 -- we’ve seen that everywhere across this state, whether it’s here in Janesville or cities or rural communities, the virus has reached everywhere because of Trump's failures."

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:53
Stuck Kicks Off Literature Drop Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Stuck Press   
Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:06

amandastuck8th Congressional District Candidate goes to Door County to meet as many voters as possible.

Sturgeon Bay - Representative Amanda Stuck, candidate for Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District, will spend the weekend in Door and Kewaunee counties to kick off her fall lit dropping program.

"I think it's important to find new ways to reach voters during these uncertain times," said Rep. Stuck. "We came up with our lit drop and text system to maximize our volunteer efforts and engage as many voters as possible while still exercising caution. We are encouraging our volunteers to still carry a mask and practice social distancing while helping get the word out about our campaign as well as the down ballot races."

Rep. Stuck will be partnering with AD-01 candidate Kim Delorit Jensen this weekend with kickoffs at 9am at the Door County Dems office at 611 Jefferson St in Sturgeon Bay, 1pm at Harbor View park in Egg Harbor, and at 430p at the bandstand at Sister Bay Beach. Stuck and down ballot candidates will be collaborating on weekly kickoffs Monday nights from the Brown County Dems office and Wednesday night from Outagamie County Dems office.

Ott's History of Siding with Abusers and Felons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Kate Constalie   
Friday, 11 September 2020 14:51

jim-ott-wtmj4NRA-Endorsed Republican Jeopardizes Public Safety

MADISON -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently announced their endorsements for Wisconsin Republican candidates including Jim Ott (R-Mequon) who received an “A” grade. The endorsement highlights Ott’s loyalty to the NRA and his obstruction to common sense gun safety laws like expanding background checks and enacting Extreme Risk Protection legislation. 

“Wisconsin families, students, and communities deserve better representation than Jim Ott who is beholden to the interests of the NRA,” said DPW spokeswoman, Kate Constalie. “It is repulsive that Jim Ott and his Republican colleagues protected a loophole that allows domestic abusers and felons to purchase firearms. There have already been too many tragedies as a result of gun violence and Wisconsin needs elected leaders that will stand against gun lobbyists to ensure that every Wisconsinite can feel safe from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous individuals.”

Additionally, a Marquette Law Poll found 80 percent of Wisconsinites – including the vast majority of gun owners – support strengthening background checks. That same poll also found that 81 percent of Wisconsinites support Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation that would reduce an individual’s access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2020 15:07
Bilingual Ad Uses Donald Trump’s Admission That He Downplayed the Coronavirus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Friday, 11 September 2020 14:24

trump-pusa-play-it-downPriorities continues to invest $4.25 million per week on TV and digital advertising countering Donald Trump’s campaign of misinformation.

Washington, DC — New recordings of interviews conducted by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward confirm what many Americans have known for months: Donald Trump lied to us knowingly and consistently throughout his entire presidency. He downplayed the coronavirus despite knowing the threat was deadly in order to protect his reelection, and many more Americans have died as a result. 

Cover Up,” a new digital ad from Priorities USA Action, puts Donald Trump’s abhorrent admission in context. Over 190,000 Americans have died, millions have lost their jobs, and new outbreaks of infections are still forming in thousands of communities. Donald Trump knew how deadly the coronavirus was, how easily it could spread, and how much havoc it would wreak on the lives of the American people. Still, he continued to say that it would “go away,” claimed it was a hoax, and erroneously compared it to the flu long after he privately admitted the coronavirus was far more harmful. The ad will run in English and Spanish across battleground states including Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona.

Priorities continues to invest $4.25 million per week on TV and digital advertising countering Donald Trump’s campaign of misinformation and has been holding Trump accountable for downplaying the virus for months. Memorably, the Trump campaign sued Priorities USA and a small Wisconsin TV station for an ad that features many of Trump's attempts to downplay the virus as it spread unchecked throughout the country.

“What these recordings reveal is not ignorance, it is evil. Donald Trump admitted, on tape, that he lied to protect his own reelection at the expense of American lives,” said Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA. “Trump let thousands of Americans die, watched as millions lost their jobs, and plunged our country into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all to avoid telling the American people the truth and having to put in the work to solve the problem. Donald Trump is unfit for office — and Priorities is doing everything we can to ensure that we defeat him in November and elect Joe Biden as our next president.”

New PUSA Ad Keeps Focus on Coronavirus, Health Care and the Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:36

trump-pusa-mask“Mask,” a new TV ad from Priorities USA Action, holds Donald Trump accountable for abandoning Americans who have lost their jobs and their health insurance during the pandemic.

WI union leaders say Trump has betrayed working Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Wednesday, 09 September 2020 09:51

WISCONSIN -- Ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to the badger state on Labor Day, Union leaders from across the state bashed the administration for hurting Wisconsin workers for the last four years. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, Donald Trump’s failed response to COVID-19 has completely abandoned working families across the state.


News8000: WI union leaders say Trump administration has betrayed working Wisconsinites

  • Ahead of the Vice President’s visit on Monday representatives from the American Federation of Teachers, Wisconsin Farmers Union, and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees shared their frustrations about the Trump administration during a video press call.
  • AFSCME Council 32 representative Valerie Landowski said the administration’s response to COVID-19 has failed Wisconsin.“It’s wreaked havoc on Wisconsin families. We aren’t getting the PPE we need in our facilities. We’ve seen thousands of layoffs and furloughed employees. This has created an economic downturn that will destroy the economy of Wisconsin and nationally for years to come,” Landowski said.
  • Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden also shared his thoughts, saying the dairy industry is failing because of moves made by the administration, including outsourcing products because it’s cheaper. “Farmers need to produce at a lower cost, which we can’t do because the price of our essential needs, equipment, materials to run our businesses have also increased in price because of the aluminum and steel tariffs,” Von Ruden said.
  • AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas touched on Wisconsin lawmakers’ response to getting the economy back on track, saying they aren’t doing enough. “The fact that there has not been a session to deal with COVID, to deal with the economy, and to deal with unemployment is completely unacceptable. Governor Evers has called for it, he has asked to have these conversations, and they have been rejected. I don’t think there are a lot of solutions unless we’re willing to sit down and start talking about it,” Kohlhaas said.


Democrats Speak Out on BLS Jobs Numbers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 05 September 2020 10:30

donald-trumpTrump continues to downplay the COVID-19 crisis and, in doing so, has prolonged and deepened our job loss.

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