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Robin Vos “Burning Through” Taxpayer Dollars to Destroy Trust in Wisconsin’s Elections PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by DPW Press   
Thursday, 26 August 2021 09:03

trump-insurgents-enterReince Priebus Reveals WI GOP’s Sham Election Review Could Cost Taxpayers Nearly $700,0000


MADISON, Wis. -- In a scathing editorial today, The Capital Times editorial board slammed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for failing to stand up to Donald Trump’s lies and using taxpayer dollars to undermine confidence in our elections, saying, “With each passing week, Vos and his bumbling henchman — disgraced former Wisconsin Supreme Justice Michael Gableman — have upped the ante, amplifying the big lie and burning through more tax dollars.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus said Robin Vos’s sham election review could cost Wisconsin taxpayers as much as $680,000. After Priebus broke the news, Vos confirmed he has allocated additional resources for “independent contractors” to bring Arizona’s Cyber Ninja circus to Wisconsin.

A recount, a report from Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security, and multiple rulings by courts in Wisconsin proved that the 2020 Wisconsin election was secure time and again.

If Vos was honest, the ed board said, “He would have rejected the lie long ago and told Trump to crawl back into the swamps of Mar-a-Lago.”

Read the full editorial here.

“This is such a joke - Robin Vos is letting Trump and his lackeys walk all over him, and Wisconsin,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Kayla Anderson. “Republicans aren’t in Madison to help Wisconsinites, they’re there to help themselves. If Robin Vos and his caucus actually cared about Wisconsin, they’d focus their energy on expanding affordable health care, fully investing in equity in education, or encouraging people to get the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine - instead they’re taking plane rides with Donald Trump and spending taxpayer money on undermining our democratic elections. It’s pathetic.”

 
Nelson for Wisconsin Announces 8th Day of “Full Nelson 72 Counties Tour” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nelson For Wisconsin Press, Irene Lin   
Thursday, 26 August 2021 08:48

tom-nelsonSenate Candidate Tom Nelson pledges to wrestle Wall Street and corporate interests to the ground.


Appleton, WI – U.S. Senate candidate and Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson will visit five more counties on the ninth day of his “Full Nelson 72 Counties Tour” on Aug. 27.

Nelson announced the tour in a video explaining his plan as the only Senate candidate to travel through all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties in 72 days.

“I come from the Fox Valley, a tough place for Democrats to win, but I’ve won six times. So look for us, coming soon to a restaurant, to a gas station, a community center near you,” said Nelson in the video launch.

Nelson has visited 38 counties already, getting an especially great response from community members who live in parts of the state that can otherwise feel ignored, as noted by KPJR-TV channel 6 of Superior, Wisconsin.

The tour will continue through September, with Nelson driving all night long to make sure he hits each community and is open and accessible to all. While many candidates do tours that only involve elected officials and select invited guests, Nelson has chosen to open his tour up to anyone who wants to see him at the local pub, McDonalds and coffee shops. He has won six times in a Trump county because he’s not afraid to speak to anyone, regardless of political party.

A schedule for the ninth day of the tour can be found below:

Winnebago County - 9:00 a.m. -  Pilora's Cafe, 910 N Main St,

Oshkosh, WI 54901 - https://fb.me/e/K2b7RGNy

Fond du Lac County - 10:20 a.m. - Annie's Fountain City Cafe,

72 S Main St, Fond du Lac, WI 54936 - https://fb.me/e/2KoPuS27a

Green Lake County - 12:00 p.m. - Town Square Community Center,

492 Hill St, Green Lake, WI 54941 - https://fb.me/e/1buVALayT

Marquette County - 1:20 p.m. - MORE Healthy Foods

15 Main St, Montello, WI 53949 - https://fb.me/e/1bCZKGzZ1

Waushara County - 2:45 p.m. - Bird Creek Park

16th Ave & W Division St, Wautoma, WI 54982 - https://fb.me/e/1f9x3XTx4

Watch Nelson’s video launch HERE.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

TOM: Hi, Tom Nelson, candidate for the U.S. Senate, coming to you live from Highway 10 - in the middle of our great state. This is a practice trip of sorts because later this week, we’ll be kicking off the ‘Full Nelson Tour.’That’s right, 72 counties in 72 days - we are going all over!  I want to find out the issues that are important to you because when I go to Washington, I’m going to take on the corporate interests. I’m going to put the billionaires and the millionaires in a headlock because I’m going to Washington to work for you. I’m gonna fight for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage. I come from the Fox Valley, a tough place for Democrats to win, but I’ve won six times. So look for us, coming soon to a restaurant, to a gas station, a community center near you.

 
WisDems on One Year Anniversary of Shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:10

kenosha-protestsMADISON, Wis. -- This week marks one year since a police officer shot and seriously injured Jacob Blake in Kenosha, as well as the tragic killings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler released the following statement:

ben-wikler“As these dates bring up traumatic memories for Black Wisconsinites, the Kenosha community, and our state as a whole, we send our deepest condolences to Jacob Blake and to the families of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wish them and their loved ones strength. This year’s anniversary is yet another horrifying reminder of the violence of white supremacy, which devalues, maims, and ends Black lives in our state.

“We have to fight racism head-on. Every single day. On the ground. That work demands all of us -- you, me, and those we elect to represent us. That means having committed leaders who are willing to work proactively for equity and racial justice. I’m proud to say that Gov. Evers has been taking important steps to work towards just that -- including his leadership helping Kenosha repair and rebuild, with millions of dollars directed to support small businesses to ensure the community bounces back.

“Appallingly, instead of moving forward and coming together, Republican politicians relentlessly lie, stir up conflict, and sow division in a community that has been through so much. The GOP’s repeated lies and false ads are a disgusting and unproductive campaign to politicize a tragedy, and a deliberate insult and provocation to those who have been organizing and protesting in defense of Black lives. Republican politicians are trying to distract and divide Wisconsinites, and slow down the movement for racial justice by spreading lies about the state’s response. One year after a series of infuriating and sickening events, the people of Kenosha deserve better.

“We must keep our focus on coming together and fighting for a just and equitable Wisconsin. If our laws do not prevent or address injustice, it is time to change them. This means confronting and defeating racism and white supremacy in our state and in our nation. Black lives matter.”

 
Wisconsin Democrats Applaud Biden, Evers for July Jobs Numbers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Sunday, 22 August 2021 10:31

manufacturing-jobsMADISON, Wis. -- According to Friday’s jobs report, Wisconsin added 13,100 jobs in July. Compared to July 2020, Wisconsin has added over 104,000 jobs over the past year.

This economic recovery is echoed across the country, as all 50 states and the District of Columbia saw jobless rates decrease from this time last year. The economy is building back better thanks to President Biden’s pandemic relief efforts, congressional Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, and Governor Evers’ support for small businesses across the state.

Thanks to Democrats, Wisconsin is on the road to economic recovery:

NBC Madison: Wis. bank CEOS report more favorable economy than end of 2020, survey finds

CBS Milwaukee: Evers, WisDOT announce rail project to help spur $10M investment, 40 new jobs in Walworth County

CNBC: Just one child tax credit payment reduced financial anxiety for 56% of families

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Julia Hamelburg released the following statement:

“While Wisconsin Republicans like Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Mike Gallagher, and Derrick Van Orden continue to peddle baseless conspiracy theories and curry favor with wealthy donors, Democrats are focused on delivering for Wisconsin’s working families. Today’s jobs report is further evidence that thanks to President Biden and Governor Evers, Wisconsin is bouncing back as vaccination rates continue to increase and people are getting back to work.”

 
Ron Johnson Faces Backlash Over Loyalty to Biggest Campaign Donors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Thursday, 19 August 2021 08:45

ron-johnsonUihleins, Diane Hendricks, and Johnson himself made big money on 2017 tax cut, media reports.

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WisDems Thank Gov. Evers, President Biden, for Funding Tourism Benefits, Local Economies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Friday, 13 August 2021 09:16

coronavirus-small-businessNational American Rescue Plan grants helping local economies, small business owners build back better from this pandemic across the state, say Democrats.


MADISON Wis. -- The American Rescue Plan is continuing to deliver for Wisconsin families. Governor Evers and President Biden are working together to ensure that federal funds are available and allocated to Wisconsin’s hospitality and tourism industries.

The American Rescue Plan, made possible by President Biden and Democrats in Congress, provided essential pandemic relief and federal funds to states. Gov. Evers has been a committed partner to Wisconsin hotels and tourism-related businesses, ensuring the federal support uplifts the tourism industry and powers businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently, Gov. Evers dedicated $70 million in federal grants to Wisconsin hotels to offset their losses from the pandemic. Grants of up to $2 million went out last Friday to 888 lodging businesses around the state. Gov. Evers also made investments in local tourism -- dedicating $10 million of funds from the American Rescue Plan to local governments and tourism-entity nonprofits for tourism-related investment projects.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin’s tourism industry accounted for more than 157,000 jobs across the state and contributed $17.3 billion to the state’s economy in 2020. These grants are a continuation of the Governors more than $140 million commitment to Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries, including:

  • $75 million to lodging grants;
  • $11.25 million to movie theaters;
  • $12 million to live event small businesses;
  • $2.8 million to minor league sports teams;
  • $10 million to live venues;
  • $15 million to destination marketing organizations;
  • $8 million to summer camps;
  • $1 million to the Wisconsin Historical Society to assist in reopening historical sites; and
  • $7.5 million to increase marketing support for the tourism industry.

“With a partner like President Biden in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, Gov. Evers has made unprecedented investments in Wisconsin’s hospitality industry, helping thousands of businesses bounce back after Trump’s failed response to the pandemic,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Julia Hamelburg.

“As local economies continue to build back better from this pandemic, small business owners across the state won’t soon forget that support for Wisconsin’s tourism industry was made possible by Democrats in Washington delivering the American Rescue Plan -- and no thanks to Republicans in Congress who voted against this critical relief.”

 
NDRC Calls for New Maps to Fairly Reflect the Will of Wisconsin Voters PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by NDRC, Fabiola Rodriguez   
Friday, 13 August 2021 08:41

wi-fair-mapsU.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday enables Wisconsin lawmakers to start drawing new congressional and state legislative maps. Despite winning just over half of the congressional vote in 2020, Republicans hold 2/3.

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Gov. Tony Evers Thanks Ron Kind PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Tony Evers Press   
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 09:06

ron_kindMADISON, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers released the following statement thanking Congressman Ron Kind for his decades of service to the state:

tony-evers"For more than two decades western Wisconsin has been able to count on Ron Kind. Thanks to his tremendous leadership, countless small businesses, farmers, and families have a brighter future ahead of them. While his voice in Congress is going to be sorely missed, his legacy as a pragmatic and selfless leader will continue to move Wisconsin forward. I wish Ron, Tawni, and their entire family well on their next chapter and I’m confident they’ll continue to play an important role in the direction of our state."

 
Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Six Anti-Democratic Election Bills PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by DGA Press, Christina Amestoy   
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 08:57

evers-budget-signEvers shuts down GOP conspiracy circus, says Democratic Governors Association.


WASHINGTON, DC - Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed six Republican-backed bills that would have imposed new restrictions on absentee ballots in the key battleground state of Wisconsin and made it more difficult to vote. As Republicans assault their state’s democratic institutions, Gov. Evers is proving once again that Democratic governors are the last line of defense for voting rights.

The anti-democracy GOP wants to limit ballot drop boxes, restrict who can return absentee ballots for others, and tighten rules for when elderly and disabled voters can automatically receive absentee ballots. 

“Politicians don't get to decide elections — that power remains with the people,” said Gov. Evers. “That’s why, as governor, I'll keep working hard to protect the right of every eligible person to vote and make sure it's easy and accessible for them to do so.”

These voter suppression bills are part of the larger effort to challenge the results of the 2020 election, fueled by Donald Trump’s dangerous lies and sore losers like Speaker Robin Vos, who is organizing a taxpayer-funded investigation into Wisconsin’s election results. The bogus investigation will be conducted by retired police officers, including a known election fraud conspiracy theorist. Gov. Evers’ vetoes come days after a Republican lawmaker attempted to seize ballots and voting machines in Brown and Milwaukee counties. 

“Governor Evers’ veto today safeguards the right to vote for thousands of Wisconsinites at a time when the GOP will do whatever it takes to undermine it,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Instead of protecting our democracy, Speaker Vos and the Wisconsin GOP have shamefully chosen to spread Trump’s deadly ‘Big Lie’ to appease the far-right. Gov. Evers’ leadership has proven again to be the last line of defense in protecting Wisconsinites constitutional rights and shows what is at stake in 2022.”

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2021 09:15
 
Congress Prepares to Vote on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by DGA Press   
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 08:47

mike-gallagherWill Mike Gallagher let down Wisconsinites once again, asks DGA?


WASHINGTON, DC - Congress is preparing to vote on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a historic bipartisan agreement that will make the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure in nearly a century. 

The infrastructure deal will create millions of good-paying, union jobs, while putting America on a solid path to building a stronger, more sustainable, and more equitable economy — all without raising taxes.

The bill is a gamechanger for American workers and families and it’s extraordinarily popular. For Wisconsin, the infrastructure package would secure a minimum of $5.2 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs, $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs, and $595 million to improve public transportation options over five years. Wisconsin will also receive a minimum of $100 million to help increase broadband coverage across the state, which would help provide access to the at least 318,000 Wisconsinites who currently lack it.

Despite the enormous support for this bill among economists, labor leaders and everyday Americans, Mike Gallagher still refuses to publicly support it. Gallagher previously opposed the American Rescue Plan, despite the critical direct assistance it provided to Wisconsinites struggling during the pandemic. 

“After voting against the American Rescue Plan and opposing necessary relief for millions, Mike Gallagher will now once again demonstrate if his priorities lie with his constituents, or with his party’s extreme agenda,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “Will he vote for this historic bill that will deliver much-needed progress and opportunity to Wisconsinites, or will he once again leave them high and dry?”

 
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