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McCabe: “Be Afraid” Is A Common Political Theme PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:39

mike-mccabeGREEN BAY - Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation and Democracy Checkup talks about the current political theme of “Be Afraid” espoused by both political parties in the country in an effort to gain and hold supporters. McCabe instead suggests that people should find a common ground and focus on democracy, freedom, and service to all.

Hear Mike on WORT 89.9 Talk Radio HERE.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:19
 
Democratic Radio "No Campus Gag Rule" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats   
Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:45

uw-mdsn-studentsMADISON – Today, Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on the Assembly bill that represses free speech on Wisconsin's university campuses:

"Your legislature should not be setting itself up as big government policing free expression on campus," Rep. Berceau said. "This is bill is about chilling protests – sending a message to students and faculty to be careful not to offend conservatives. This is a dangerous encroachment on free speech principles that have been in place since 1791."

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here, and the video can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below:

terese_berceau"Hello, I’m Representative Terese Berceau with this week’s Democratic Radio Address

"Last night, Assembly Republicans passed a gag rule on free speech on college campuses. Citing incidents with speakers in other states, not Wisconsin, Republicans want to suspend and even expel students who are alleged to have interfered with someone’s right to speak.

"The University has disciplinary rules on the books already. There are campus and city police to deal with major disruptions. Your legislature should not be setting itself up as big government policing free expression on campus.

"This is bill is about chilling protests – sending a message to students and faculty to be careful not to offend conservatives. This is a dangerous encroachment on free speech principles that have been in place since 1791. Liberal and conservative speakers have been, and still are, challenged when they speak on campuses because colleges are places of clashing ideas that are the catalyst for intellectual growth. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Democrats will defend the rights of everyone to speak on campus."

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:20
 
Democracy Campaign 'The Big Redistricting Case' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:15

univ-student-voteUpdate on SCOTUS and Wisconsin redistricting, Walker, big corporate money, and more...


MADISON - Here’s our take on the big redistricting case that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take. The short answer: I still think the good guys can win this:

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Wisconsin redistricting case

Speaking of Supreme Courts, the Wisconsin Supreme Court just embarrassed itself again when the conservative justices voted to slam the doors on the public and no longer discuss administrative rules out in the open:

Wisconsin Supreme Court shuts public out

On the corporate front, Scott Walker continues to hobnob with people who cut him the big checks:

Walker visits Ashley Furniture and big donors

And the people of Wisconsin are not benefiting from all the money being tossed his way. Take a look at Anthem. It’s a big funder of Republicans in Wisconsin, and still it’s bolting:

Anthem is Wisconsin GOP booster

Meanwhile, I’ve given three speeches recently that I wanted to share with you in hopes that at least one of them appeals to you:

Walker’s assault on clean and open government

March for Truth speech

Why the disability rights movement and the democracy movement need each other

I’m eager to speak in your community, too, so if you’d like me to come out, please send me an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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"So that’s why it was secret" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:34

so_that_s_why_it_was_a_secretThe Senate healthcare bill, Green Bay's State Rep. Eric Genrich on his visionary legislation to provide BadgerCare for all, Wisconsin's historic gerrymandering case, UW free speech, and more...


MILWAUKEE - We discuss the long-awaited, secretive Senate healthcare bill that includes larger cuts to Medicaid but differs little from the “mean” House bill that cuts healthcare from million Americans to provide a large tax break to the wealthy.

State Rep. Eric Genrich joins us to talk about his visionary legislation to provide BadgerCare for all through a public option.

We welcome Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair elections Project, to update us on the legal developments this week in the historic gerrymandering case the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear this fall.

We also review new developments on Republican efforts to restrict free speech at the UW System and how Gov. Walker’s plan to drug test Medicaid recipients received over 1000 public comments in opposition while only 5 comments in support.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:21
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Blue Jean Nation 'Upending the new Jim Crow' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:14

black-hoodyMonopolized political speech, mass incarceration and voter suppression together pack an enormous discriminatory wallop. Overcoming the new Jim Crow starts with recognizing it and seeing through the false justifications.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:02
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Celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairyland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 19 June 2017 15:35

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 21:09
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“Mean House & Secretive Senate” Battleground Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:13

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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Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:21
 
Democratic Radio 'Give Veterans the Day Off' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 16 June 2017 19:43

IraqVeterans deserve more than hand shakes and lip service, it's time they got a day off for Veteran's Day.


MADISON - Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below:

Dave Hansen“Hello, this is State Senator Dave Hansen with this week’s Democratic Radio address.

“This week, Senate Bill 113 (SB-113) creating the state holiday of Veterans Day on November 11th was taken up in the State Senate. Its passage will result in the closing of state offices and state workers taking the day off. Those veterans who need to contact a state office for assistance will have to wait a day.

“Supporters of the bill said it was important to pass the bill because Wisconsin is the only state that does not officially recognize Veterans Day by closing state government in observance of the day and those who served our nation. We can all agree that that is a mighty short list that we should not be on.

“Unfortunately when Senate Democrats brought up an amendment to require that all working veterans in the private sector be given the day off, Republicans voted against it.

“It is difficult to imagine any patriotic employer objecting to such a change in the law.

“After all, we are talking about the people who sacrificed so much to protect us. They deserve to have the time on Veterans Day to spend it as they see fit as a reflection of our undying gratitude for their service.

“Unfortunately, when it came time to choose between profits for business or a day off for veterans Senate Republicans chose to side with business. “

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Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this article.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 July 2017 11:20
 
Blue Jean Nation "The football game that never ends" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:49

ProtestThe pro-life, pro-choice issue is a political football that both major party's use to whip up their base. What if we stopped taking the bait, and focused instead on solving this incredibly sensitive issue that the ruling elite clearly do not want to see resolved?

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:34
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Democratic Radio "WI Can Do Better" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 09 June 2017 07:55

tod-ohnstadMADISON – Today, Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on the continued failures of Gov. Walker's administration: 

"We lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs and created 10,000 fewer jobs than in previous years. That makes 2016 the worst year for job creation since the great recession in 2009," Rep. Ohnstad said. "It’s time to set aside partisan politics. We need to work together to build an economy that works for everyone."

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here, and the video can be found here

A written transcript of the address is below:

“Hi, I’m Representative Tod Ohnstad with this week’s Democratic Radio Address. 

"This week, the federal government released information on the number of jobs created in Wisconsin last year, and the news isn’t good.

"We lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs and created 10,000 fewer jobs than in previous years. That makes 2016 the worst year for job creation since the great recession in 2009.

"Since Gov. Walker took office, Wisconsin has continually done worse than our neighboring states for job creation. Last year, we ranked 33rd out of all 50 states. We can do better than this. 

"I’ve heard a lot of excuses from Gov. Walker recently about why Wisconsin isn’t doing better, but most of them simply aren’t true. Instead, workers in Wisconsin are having a hard time finding good-paying jobs. Last year, the average Wisconsin worker took home $624 less in their paychecks than they did in 2015. 

"Wisconsin also fell behind in things that impact our quality of life like roads, student loan debt, and start-up activity.

"It’s time to set aside partisan politics. We need to work together to build an economy that works for everyone.

"Thank you."

Last Updated on Monday, 24 July 2017 11:20
 
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