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22
Jun
2017

Mitch McConnellSenate Republicans will release their health care bill today in Washington, and here's what you can do about it.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans are poised to release the long awaited details of their health care bill later today and details leaked to the media last night. While many hoped the Senate would produce a more humane bill, in some ways it may be worse than the House version which even Donald Trump says is “mean.”

This explains why the bill has been developed in secret, and why Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to ram it through in one week with as little public debate as possible. The Republican leaders know that their goal of taking health care away from millions of Americans to fund huge new tax cut for the super rich cannot succeed if the public is fully informed.

Because of the incredible work of thousands of people like you across Wisconsin, Senator Ron Johnson now says he is on the fence. Today Johnson told The Hill newspaper: “I’ve told [McConnell], unless I have the input from my constituents, unless I have got the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won’t be voting yes.”

McConnell can only lose 2 votes, so a defection by Ron Johnson could be huge. But there is a good chance that McConnell will be able to twist Johnson’s arm and force him back in line unless we can keep the pressure on!

Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
 
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20
Jun
2017

Construction New report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute examines impacts to the salaries of construction workers in Wisconsin.

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20
Jun
2017

VotedSCOTUS Decision to Postpone New State Election Maps is Disappointing News for Wisconsin Voters


MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to stay the order by federal judges that required Wisconsin to redraw its unconstitutional voting maps by this November. The stay means that even if the people ultimately win the Gill v Whitford court case in the U.S. Supreme Court, it will be tougher to have fair maps in place by the 2018 election.

“Candidates need time to prepare and campaign within their districts. We hope this case will be decided quickly, otherwise we could be facing another unfair election in 2018,” responded Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action, which has been leading a statewide campaign for redistricting reform. “But we are not deterred. Our members are more committed than ever to fight for fair maps.”

In January, a federal trial panel ordered Wisconsin to redraw its election maps by November 2017 following the landmark decision last fall that Wisconsin’s legislative districts were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Attorney General Schimel appealed both the ruling and the order to redraw the maps. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide on the Gill v Whitford case within the year.

Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
 
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19
Jun
2017

wisc-dairy-farmThis week Sen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairyland as part of June Dairy Month. She shares some reminiscences about being a dairy farmer.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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19
Jun
2017

supreme-courtGREEN BAY - With the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Wisconsin’ redistricting case, the Court has the opportunity to correct a part of our electoral process that has opened the door to election rigging here in Wisconsin and across the country.

Wisconsin Republicans rigged the electoral map so profoundly that two federal courts have ruled it unconstitutional saying the Republican effort “intended to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters...by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats.

dave-hansen"Republicans can argue that rigging the maps is legal, but anyone who believes in a truly representative democracy knows it is not right," said Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in a statement released today. "Voters have a right to expect fair and competitive elections. And the health of our system of government depends on it."

Our democracy works best when we have fair and competitive elections. Regardless of how the court decides this case. it is time to take partisan politics out of redistricting and adopt a non-partisan process that voters can be confident in.

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Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed this story.

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Jun
2017

Bow trumpTrump’s shockingly unkind words about the health care plan he forced on Paul Ryan, the difficulty Republicans face in passing it, Matt Rothschild, and more.


STATEWIDE - We discuss the secrecy surrounding the Senate healthcare legislation and President Trump’s shockingly unkind words about the health care plan he forced Paul Ryan to jam through the House of Representatives.”

Robert reveals interesting details of meeting between Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative members and Sen. Ron Johnson’s legislative aide regarding the difficulty Republicans face in passing a healthcare bill.

We welcome Matthew Rothschild, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, to discuss the the Assembly passage of a bill that could spark a constitutional convention and the dangers it poses our democracy.

We close the show with a discussion of innovative approaches to creating good jobs and economic opportunity in Los Angeles with Roxana Tynan, the executive director of LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy).

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