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Interview with Tom Nelson - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 17 September 2021 08:46

tom-nelson-interview-2021MILWAUKEE - We discuss the escalating and human-made COVID pandemic here in Wisconsin and accross the country. New state data shows that in August the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die. Robert highlights a new In These Times story revealing the US is not really pushing a COVID vaccine patent waiver at WTO, despite an official policy earlier this year. We discuss the Gableman/Vos election probe, which is getting national news in an embarassing Arizona kind of way. Next, the panel updates the latest developments in Congress on the Build Back Better agenda. Finally, we welcome U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Nelson, the County Executive of Outagamie County, in our continuing series of interviews with Democratic U.S. Senate candidates. We learn more about his views on Medicare For All and other progressive issues.

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Blank Check Election Investigation is a Farce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Thursday, 16 September 2021 07:08

voterid_handSpeaker Vos’ continues to waste taxpayer dollars and sow doubt in our elections says Legislator.

“Endless War vs Green New Deal” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 10 September 2021 09:12

endless-war-911MILWAUKEE, WI - We reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destructive 20 year “war on terror” that ensued. Our panel discusses the cost of the war and the American “police state” that followed. We update the latest situation in Congress with the effort to pass the historic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. We close with Wisconsin’s concerning COVID surge that finds over 1000 people in state hospitals for the first time since January as students head back to school.

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Gov. Radio - New Programs to Invest in Wisconsin Communities, Support Continued Economic Recovery PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 10 September 2021 08:45

coronavirus-small-businessMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on Thursday to share information about two new programs, supported by more than $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, that will help support Wisconsin’s continued economic recovery and give communities and Wisconsinites across the state additional support to keep bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Audio file of Radio Address.

tony-eversHey, folks! Governor Tony Evers here.

Every day, more Wisconsinites get their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, our economy continues to rebound, and we’re another step closer to putting this pandemic behind us.

But if we want to keep up this momentum and ensure our state keeps bouncing back, we have to keep working to get shots in arms and invest in our economic recovery.

That’s why I was proud to announce we’re investing $275 million into our state’s infrastructure and future so that we can come out of this pandemic even better than we were before.

We’re putting $50 MILLION of our American Rescue Plan Act funds toward a new grant program to invest in healthcare infrastructure across our state, as well as creating a $200 MILLION Neighborhood Investment Fund to support projects in communities near you.

These programs will help local leaders ensure their neighborhoods recover from the pandemic with projects that connect the dots to help families and workers succeed—like housing projects, childcare solutions, expanding transit, and increasing access to healthcare in underserved communities.

I also announced $25 MILLION to support transit infrastructure in our two largest cities to help ensure our workers, students, and families can get from point A to point B.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done to support our state’s continued economic recovery and am looking forward to making these investments so we can continue to bounce back and even better than we were before this pandemic hit.

Let’s keep it up, folks! Thank you.

Take Action: Contact Vos, Brandtjen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Monday, 06 September 2021 12:23

wisgop-circus-2021MADISON - We need to let our own legislators know, and the leaders of the Assembly and the State Senate know, that we won’t stand for the grotesque waste of taxpayer dollars on the endless fishing expeditions about last year’s election.

Even Paul Ryan this week acknowledged: “It was not rigged. It was not stolen.”

So please contact your own legislators, as well as Rep. Janel Brandtjen, who heads the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, and Kathy Bernier, who heads the Senate Committee on Elections, as well as Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.

Here are their emails:

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Tell them to stop messing with our freedom to vote.

matt-rothschildTell them to stop wasting $680,000 of our hard-earned taxes on these lies and shams.

And tell them instead to work on the crucial issues we face in this state, including COVID, health care, public education, the environment, and broadband.

Thanks for sending these emails, and for defending our freedom to vote!


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“Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 03 September 2021 09:21

scotus-2021MILWAUKEE - We are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin president and CEO, Tanya Atkinson, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court court’s midnight assault on Roe v. Wade, which rendered abortion illegal in the second largest state and may reach Wisconsin in 2022. We head into Labor Day Weekend with guest Laura Dresser, the lead researcher for the Center On Wisconsin Strategies (COWS) on their annual State of Working Wisconsin report released this week. Our panel also discusses WEAC’s call for vaccine and mask mandates in Wisconsin schools in the face of a wave of violence against educators and public health leaders by anti-mask and anti-vax protesters. Finally the empire is striking back in Congress, as a united corporate America unleashes a massive lobbying and advertising blitz against President Biden’s visionary Build Back Better agenda. Can the newly united Democrats stand up to the pressure?

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Gov. Evers: Welcoming Wisconsin Students Back to School PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 02 September 2021 16:57

schools-reopeningMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on Thursday welcoming students across Wisconsin back to school and expressing gratitude to teachers, students, and school faculty for their hard work this past year to keep themselves and their communities safe.

Audio file of Radio Address.

tony-evers-students-backHi, Wisconsin teachers, staff, administrators, kids, and parents! Governor Tony Evers here welcoming you back to school this semester.

I hope you've had a chance to enjoy a safe and fun summer and you're ready for another great school year ahead of teaching, learning, collaborating, and creating.

There’s no doubt about it—the past couple semesters have been tough, and I know for a lot of folks this semester will be difficult, too.

Every semester over the last eighteen months has presented new challenges, and this semester promises to be different still.

But in the midst of all of that, I’m incredibly proud of how hard you’ve worked to always do your best, to support your friends and neighbors, and to help keep each other safe—and I know you’ll keep it up this semester, too!

Thank you for doing all you can to wear your masks, getting vaccinated if you can, and keeping your distance to help keep each other, your classrooms, and your communities healthy and safe.

I know if everyone masks up, stays safe, and continues to be good, kind, and respectful neighbors, we can get through this pandemic together.

So, with that, stay safe, study hard, and welcome back to school, Wisconsin!

Hintz Comments on Increased General Tax Fund Collections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Thursday, 02 September 2021 14:14

school-kidsMADISON – Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) issued the following statement on today’s announcement of increased general tax fund collections:

gordon_hintz“Under the leadership of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act and Governor Evers’ COVID-19 response plan of getting shots in arms, Wisconsin continues to see strong economic growth and record state revenue.

“It is remarkable that with continued strong economic news the Republican Legislature could add almost zero new funding for K-12 public school classrooms. Today’s news should serve as another opportunity to invest in our future at a time of increased need so local school districts are not forced to make cuts or ask voters to raise property taxes.”

Gov. Radio Address - New $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 27 August 2021 09:31

evers-speaksMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address highlighting the new $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program he announced earlier this week and encouraged eligible Wisconsinites ages 12 and up who haven’t gotten their COVID-19 vaccine yet to take advantage of this program and do so. Wisconsinites who receive their first dose of the vaccine from a Wisconsin provider before the program ends on September 6th will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

Audio file of Radio Address.

Hey, Wisconsin! It’s Governor Tony Evers.

We’ve got big news for you this week, folks: starting August 20th and running through September 6th, Wisconsinites 12 and over who get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will also get a $100 Visa gift card.

You heard that right: a $100 Visa gift card!

The Delta variant is spreading rapidly around the country, and with our kids headed back to school, it’s critical that we all do our part to stop the spread and get vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and one of the best tools we have to keep folks safe and continue bouncing back from this pandemic.

If you haven’t received the vaccine yet, I’m encouraging Wisconsinites who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Not only will you get $100 in your pocket, but you can rest assured knowing that you’re helping keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe.

So don’t wait, folks. Get your COVID-19 vaccine and the $100 Visa gift card as soon as possible.

And remember, you have to get your first shot between August 20th and September 6th to be eligible for the gift card.

For more information, visit the $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward program page on the DHS website at dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Thanks, Wisconsin. Let’s get this done!

Alex Lasry on the One Year Anniversary of the Shooting of Jacob Blake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 12:09

jacob-blakeCandidate for Senate comments on the one year anniversary of Kenosha police shooting.

MILWAUKEE - "I want to offer my condolences to Jacob and the Blake family, and to all the families of the victims of the senseless violence that occurred in the aftermath of Jacob being shot last summer.

We can never forget what happened in Kenosha. It is up to each of us to make sure that this year’s anniversary is not just a reminder of last summer's horrifying violence, but a call to action for all the work that is still ahead of us. A year later, we still have not seen true accountability for what happened to Jacob.

alex-lasryLast summer, people rose up and demanded change. We have seen the Kenosha community come together, lean on one another, and continue to fight for justice. Just this weekend, there was a rally in Kenosha to continue this fight.

I urge everyone to continue marching and continue supporting the Blake family and Kenosha community as they keep up the fight to ensure that what happened to Jacob does not happen again."

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