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Hintz Proud To Support Wisconsin Equal Rights Amendment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Tuesday, 09 March 2021 11:26

george-floyd-protest-wausawResolution introduced Monday would guarantee equal rights in Wisconsin’s state constitution.

OSHKOSH – Monday, legislative Democrats proposed the enactment of a Wisconsin Equal Rights Amendment.

Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

gordon_hintz“I am proud to support this resolution to guarantee equal rights in Wisconsin’s state constitution. Our state has a long tradition of fighting for equal protection of its residents, and I am proud that Wisconsin was one of the first states to ratify a federal Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. We should build upon that action in the 20th century by passing a state constitutional amendment in the 21st century.”

“Too many Wisconsinites still face inequality and unfair treatment simply because of who they are. So the question we must ask as state leaders is what are we doing to fight for a more equal state? Adopting this state constitutional amendment would show we are listening to all Wisconsin residents and show our state truly values equality. I urge my legislative colleagues to support this important constitutional amendment.”

DPW Responds to Johnson Gambit to Delay Covid Relief PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:47

ron-johnson-speaksRon Johnson is urging fellow Republicans in Washington DC to delay COVID relief.

MADISON - In response to reports Wednesday that Senator Ron Johnson is urging fellow Republicans to delay Covid relief as long as possible, including personally stalling progress through a stunt of Parliamentary procedure, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued the following statement: 

“Wisconsinites can’t afford to wait for help while Ron Johnson continues pandering to the most extreme elements of the Republican party. Every day Johnson and his fellow extremists waste is a day that Wisconsin families are waiting for their $1400 survival checks, a day that our state is losing out on vaccine distribution resources, and a day that schools and small businesses are without aid to bounce back from the pandemic. If Ron Johnson is more interested in playing cable news commentator than helping Wisconsin families, he should resign now and get a head start on life after the Senate. He’ll need a new job after November 8, 2022 either way.”

Lasry Takes the End Citizens United Pledge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 16:16

mta-milwaukeePledge calls for the reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

DPW Chair On Failed Candidate Derrick Van Orden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 12:00

derrick-van-ordenMADISON -- Following failed GOP congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden’s announcement that he was “seriously considering running” for Congress again, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued this statement: 

“In the months since Wisconsin voters rejected Derrick Van Orden, he’s launched Semitic and personal attacks on Twitter, spread conspiracy theories about his own election, and demonstrated alongside the rioters who attacked the very building he’d sought to work in. Derrick Van Orden’s extremism doomed him at the ballot box the first time around, and the result will be no different if he runs again.”

DPW Chair: GOP Wants Schools to Do More with Less PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:55

teaching-studentsMADISON — Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler Monday released the following statement in response to Republicans in the state legislature calling for withholding funding to some of the Wisconsin schools hit hardest by the pandemic:

“Our schools are facing more and more challenges, yet Republicans want the hardest-hit schools to make do with even less. Safely reopening schools should be a priority for all, but this hypocritical GOP approach would punish the very schools with the greatest safety concerns. Budgets are a reflection of values, and this stunt from Republican legislators makes clear they continue to value political games over our kids and teachers.”

Then and Now: WI Republicans Change Their Tune On Local Decision Making

After months of demanding a “regional approach” to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin Republicans now want to punish school districts for making their own decisions about how to return to in-person instruction. The about-face is proof that for them, this has never been about kids or education, it’s all about politics. Here are some highlights of what Republican legislators have said over the last year:
  • Republicans Insisted For Months That Districts Make Their Own Decisions About In-Person Education.
Scott Fitzgerald, May 2020: “There’s A Uniqueness In Certainly A District That Has 1800 Kids Versus Something In Northern Wisconsin Who Has 120 Kids. I Mean, The Difference Is Dramatic. So There’s Not, Again, There’s No One Size Fits All When It Comes To These Decisions.” MCKENNA: [00:17:48] “Is there any way to force this, that’s the question, and I think the answer’s probably no. I mean what is, what can the Legislature do to force the play? Can you draft legislation, at the very least, dare him to veto legislation that is, you know, a plan to reopen Wisconsin’s schools, which parents would appreciate right about now?” FITZGERALD: [00:18:06] “Well, Wisconsin School Board Association are the ones right now who, that are consulting with the school boards of the state, saying, we need the parameters so that school boards can act. And the school boards are ready to go. I think they are ready to implement some type of plan. And it’s going to — there’s a uniqueness in certainly a district that has 1800 kids versus something in northern Wisconsin who has 120 kids. I mean, the difference is dramatic. So there’s not, again, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to these decisions. And, you know, it’s everything from food service to transportation, to — you know — whether or not they’re going to conduct athletics en masse or not. There’s ton of — there’s a slew of them, I think it would be really difficult for the legislature or anyone else, like I said, to just say, okay, here’s the plan moving forward. I think those decisions are going to be made at the local level.” [Vicki McKenna Show, WIBA, 5/21/20]

Scott Fitzgerald, August 2020: “There's A Number Of Districts That I Think Did It Right. They're Fully Allowing Kids To Come Back In Person Five Days A Week. And Then, If You're Uncomfortable With That, Then You're Online. I Think That's The Way To Handle It.” SCOTT FITZGERALD: [00:04:54] “Yeah, I think the one other group I'll just mention real quick is, there's a number of districts that I think did it right. They're fully allowing kids to come back in person five days a week. And then, if you're uncomfortable with that, then you're online. I think that's the way to handle it. I think a lot of people were comfortable with that.” [Vicki McKenna Show, WIBA, 8/3/20]
  • Since The Beginning Of The Pandemic, Republicans Have Insisted On A “Regional Approach” To COVID Instead Of “One-Size-Fits-All” Mandates.
Sen. Duey Stroebel, April 2020: “One Size Fits All Does Not Work.” WEBER: [01:00:45] “Another – you know, the one-size-fits-all thing was, was a reaction to unknown. Well now we have a much better grasp, better handle on what we’re really dealing with. We’re going to have very quickly, you know, new advances not only on testing but on treatment. And another simple reality that, to me, hasn’t been addressed, is that most of Wisconsin is rural, it’s smaller towns, it’s wider spaces. It’s less populous. Lotta of Wisconsin is suburban. We could certainly start reopening regions of the state’s economy, couldn’t we?” STROEBEL: “No question. That is something I’m focused on. One size fits all does not work. You look at areas of the state, I mean, you can draw a circle within a hundred miles and you’re really not going to find anything there. And if I was from that area, boy, I would be incredibly frustrated with what’s going on here. You know, yes, we have our spots, hotpsots. You know: Dane County, Milwaukee. And we have our demographic groups, you know, who have a greater propensity to be impacted certainly by this bug, this pandemic. And I think that’s where we need to start to adjust our lives, to look at that in terms, you know, being more targeted in our approach on this issue here. We certainly don’t need crush our economy like we’re doing right now. It’s just, it’s a waste of time right now this process that we’re under at this point in time.” [Jay Weber Show, WISN, 4/16/20]

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, April 2020: “We Do Think That A Regional Approach Makes More Sense, Where A Vast Majority Of The State Doesn’t Have Major, Major Issues WIth This Virus, And They Should Be Allowed To Start To Open Up.” QUESTION: [00:00:55] “Now, Republican leaders we know are suing to block the governor’s restrictions. If successful, is there a plan to replace the governor’s with?” STEINEKE: [00:01:04] “Yeah, I mean, really what we’re doing is trying to force bipartisan compromise on this. The lawsuit specifically asks the Supreme Court, if we are successful, and they rule in our favor, to stay the ruling to give us enough time to work with the administration to implement a different plan than what the governor has. We’re not saying that the safer-at-home should go away completely tomorrow and Wisconsin should open wide up. But we are saying we think that there’s a different way that the governor can go. We certainly don’t think he should exceed his authority and try to continue to act unilaterally. And we do think that a regional approach makes more sense, where a vast majority of the state doesn’t have major, major issues with this virus, and they should be allowed to start to open up.” [Morning News, WTAQ, 4/24/20]

Speaker Robin Vos, April 2020: “Sometimes People Who Live Inside A Bubble Of The Capital In Madison, Don’t Appreciate The Fact That For An Awful Lot Of Wisconsin, There Is Very Limited COVID cases. [...] I Mean We’ve Also Got To Have The Potential For Some Sort Of Regional Approach.” VOS: [...] “We actually made it so if you get tested for COVID-19, you don’t have a copayment or deductible because we want more people to be tested, so we can show that this virus, especially for most of Wisconsin, Jay – and that’s the other thing I think sometimes people who live inside a bubble of the capital in Madison, don’t appreciate the fact that for an awful lot of Wisconsin, there is very limited COVID cases. And that is fantastic. But we are putting the same restrictions on a couple who lives in rural Wisconsin, that goes to, you know, one grocery store and one gas station, as someone who lives in downtown Milwaukee. I mean we’ve also got to have the potential for some sort of regional approach. Other states have looked at that. [00:42:34] That’ve been successful. So, again, somebody who gets to act like the king in Madison and issue dictates that nobody really gets input into, and then all of us are just supposed to bow down and salute. We have to have an opportunity for us to have the conversation to say, a one-size-fits-all certainly was not what was envisioned in the statutes when we gave this ability for the Department of Health secretary to contain a pandemic. And it certainly wasn’t envisioned by the people who wrote our Constitution.” [Jay Weber Show, WISN, 4/17/20]

Former JFC Co-Chair John Nygren, May 2020: “I Always Was A Believer In That [We] Should’ve Probably Taken A More Regional Approach Because We Had Parts Of The State That Had Zero Cases.” EARL BROOKER: [00:07:04] “We’re speaking this morning with State Representative John Nygren. The state has opened up back up, certainly not completely, not back up to 100 percent and roaring yet. But your thoughts on that partial opening and the status of where we are with COVID 19?” NYGREN: [00:07:20] “You know, I’m – I always was a believer in that should’ve probably taken more a regional approach because we had parts of the state that had zero cases. I remember the idea was to flatten the curve. And we did that. We did a good job of flattening the curve. We didn’t see those huge spikes. And because of the – the flattening the curve, the health care system, the idea was to have the health care system be able to be prepared for it.” [Morning News, WTAQ, 5/26/20]

Rep. Gundrum On Mask Requirement: “I Have Always, And Will Continue To Support Local Governments And Their Efforts To Doing What Is Best For Their Communities As Opposed To The Evers’ One-Size-Fits-All Approach.” "While we need to take responsible steps to protect the health of Wisconsinites, a statewide mask mandate with a $200 penalty during these times of economic hardship is not the answer. Local governments across the state have responded appropriately with decisions they feel are in the best interest of their unique populations. I have always, and will continue to support local governments and their efforts to doing what is best for their communities as opposed to the Evers’ one-size-fits-all approach. I do not support this mandate." [Press Release, Rep. Rick Gundrum, 7/30/20]

Rep. Rob Brooks: “Wisconsin Does Not Need A Statewide, One-Size-Fits All Approach To Combat COVID-19.” "Wisconsin does not need a statewide, one-size-fits all approach to combat COVID-19. I have full confidence that our local governments and health departments are able to address each community’s individual needs and respond accordingly. The need for local control and discretion has never been more evident than after today’s directive." [Press Release, Rep. Rob Brooks, 7/30/20]

Speaker Vos On Mask Requirement: “Local Governments Have Been Responding Appropriately And Increasing Precautionary Measures As Needed. But Wisconsin Shouldn’t Have A One-Size-Fits-All Mandate.” "I understand the necessity of doing all that we can to control the spread of COVID-19. We all know it’s serious. People have lost loved ones, businesses are struggling to survive and this ‘new normal’ for families is stressful and exhausting.  ‘Local governments have been responding appropriately and increasing precautionary measures as needed. But Wisconsin shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-all mandate. It doesn’t build public support when there are questions surrounding the metrics and the constitutionality of this mandate." [Speaker Vos, Press Release, 7/30/20]

Sen. Van Wanggaard: “You Can’t Legislate Common Sense. For That Reason, I Continue To Strongly Oppose The One-Size Fits All Approach Of Governor Evers’ Response To Coronavirus In This State, Including The Statewide Mask Mandate.” "You can’t legislate common sense. For that reason, I continue to strongly oppose the one-size fits all approach of Governor Evers’ response to coronavirus in this state, including the statewide mask mandate. It’s transparent and blatantly political that his order doesn’t take effect until his handpicked Supreme Court justice take office" [Press Release, Sen. Van Wanggaard, 7/30/20]

Sen. Chris Kapenga: “[...] We Keep Saying, A Regional Approach Is Absolutely The Way To Go So We Can Focus In On An Area But Not Impact The Lives [...]” FANNON: [00:07:02] “You kind of talked about having a Republican – you know, a seat at the table. Wanting to talk to the governor about this. And Republicans often criticize how the governor and the DHS secretary are responding to this pandemic. I heard early on in this pandemic, from GOP leadership, that they have a plan. So do you know what that plan is? Do you have a plan to address this pandemic?” KAPENGA: [00:07:21] “Well, we actually had a plan put in place. I helped designed the WMC plan, if you go look at that, where we said, hey, let’s look on a regional basis, let’s look at where the risks are, and make sure we have a plan in – very clear plan, it was defined by percentages and what course of action was going to be taken on if we have to restrict things in society, as far as the number of people. It was a very clear plan and the governor would not have that discussion at all. The governor wants to do a broad-based, you know, everybody in the state has to be locked down and we keep saying, a regional approach is absolutely the way to go so we can focus in on an area but not impact the lives, because everybody knows, this has significant negative impacts on people when you lock a state down.” [Capital City Sunday, WKOW, 10/11/20]
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2021 12:02
Kenosha County Executives Endorse Alex Lasry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Monday, 01 March 2021 10:28

alex-lasry-senateKenosha - Alex Lasry announced today the endorsements of current Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and former Kenosha County Executive John Collins.

“I am proud to endorse Alex Lasry to be Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senator,” said County Executive Jim Kreuser. “I know Alex will be good for Kenosha County and Wisconsin. Alex will bring his pragmatic business sense to Washington to strengthen the critical partnerships with our local governments.”

Jim Kreuser has served as Kenosha County Executive since 2008. Prior to his election to his current position, Kreuser represented Kenosha in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993-2008, including serving as the Democratic Leader of the Assembly from 2003-2008.

“Alex is a tremendous candidate and will be a great United States Senator,” said former Kenosha County Executive John Collins. “We urgently need bold leadership during these challenging times. Alex will bring great energy and a fresh perspective to Washington to get things done for Wisconsin.”

John Collins is a longtime Democratic activist and served as the Kenosha County Executive from 1986 to 1998.

“I am honored that my campaign has earned the support of these two great Kenosha leaders,” said Alex Lasry. “Their endorsements reflect the statewide support we've received in our efforts to defeat Ron Johnson.”.

The Democratic Primary Election for the United States Senate will be held Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. For more information about Alex Lasry and his campaign, visit

Agard Testifies in Support of Sexual Assault Kit Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Friday, 26 February 2021 09:45

rapeMadison Senator supports bills that would address the sexual assault kit testing backlog and create a tracking system for survivors.

MADISON - Thursday, Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) testified in front of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in favor of Senate Bills 71 and 94, bills that would address the sexual assault kit testing backlog and create a tracking system for survivors.

Senator Agard released the following statement:

“Senate bills 71 and 94 are important pieces of legislation to advocacy groups and survivors of sexual violence across our state. They are bipartisan pieces of legislation. While it sometimes feels like we are destined to continue operating solely within our own parties- I’m hopeful that what we are taking up today can show all of our colleagues how we can be a better, more deliberative - and cooperative - body.

“I have championed legislation regarding sexual assault kits and our state’s backlog for three sessions. I have heard from victims and survivors of sexual assault. I carry their stories with me, and have promised them I will work tirelessly on their behalf to create a better system. The bills before you today will ensure a procedure is in place that upholds survivors’ dignity, choice, and the right to a fair and just process, protecting those who choose not to report at the time of an assault, or who change their minds.

“We know that sexual violence can be a hard conversation to have, and that reporting can be one of the most challenging steps for a sexual assault survivor to take. Survivors deserve the respect to report when they are ready— storing kits for the time frame specified in this legislation provides this respect by taking the traumatic nature of sexual assault into account.

“Due to the hard work of a bipartisan group of legislators and expertise of advocates, law enforcement, health care providers, and Attorney General Josh Kaul - I am confident these bills are comprehensive in their approach to solving the issue of sexual assault kit storage, processing, and tracking in Wisconsin.

“While no piece of legislation can ever erase the trauma of sexual violence, failures to effectively and efficiently collect, submit, and store kits should never be a barrier to justice. As elected officials, we must do all that we can to support survivors of sexual assault.”

Maes Gives Brown County Voters a Choice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Maes For Judge Press   
Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:54

rachel-maesAssistant Green Bay City Attorney running for circuit court judge Branch 4 in spring general election on April 6.

BROWN COUNTY, WI - As the ballots are being generated for the spring general election on April 6, 2021, Brown County voters will find candidates running in judicial elections for three different circuit court branches.  The race for Branch 4 is different than the other two races.  Branch 4 is a contested race.  Atty. Rachel Maes, currently an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Green Bay, is giving Brown County voters something that they haven’t had in 18 years - a choice for who presides over Branch 4 of the Brown County Courthouse.

“Elected officials should be challenged. Contested elections add accountability to the judiciary and allow the people of Brown County to choose who they trust to uphold the law and pursue justice.  With the term of a circuit court judge being six years, it is important to hold incumbents accountable. It is important to have a conversation about a vision for the next six years.

“Brown County deserves a judge who is engaged in the community.  Brown County deserves a judge who is hardworking, thoughtful, and fair.  I will be that judge.

“I will work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who comes through my courtroom is provided the rights and fair process they are entitled to - even the most marginalized members of our community. Bad actors should expect to face consequences, but everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard. Victims deserve closure, defendants deserve to avoid unnecessary delays, and the whole community deserves seeing justice served.”

More information about Atty. Rachel Maes can be found on her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:12
Tuesday’s vote a first step toward UI modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:59

unemployment-application-wiAssembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz calls on Republicans to help finish fixing Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure and keep proposal to fully fund UI system overhaul in the 2021-23 budget.

MADISON – Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Special Session Senate Bill 1, which represents a step toward modernizing Wisconsin’s UI system and extends several important measures that remove barriers to unemployment benefits for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

gordon-hintz“For nearly a year, legislative Democrats have called for the state legislature to take action and ensure Wisconsinites do not face unnecessary barriers or delays when applying for unemployment insurance benefits. I was pleased when Republicans and Democrats came together last April to approve some relief for Wisconsinites facing unemployment due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the months since then have revealed just how out-of-date Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure truly is and it is unemployed Wisconsinites who have suffered.

“Today, I voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, which passed with strong bipartisan support. I didn’t vote for SB1 because it ensures sufficient funding to fix Wisconsin’s UI system - it does not. I didn’t vote for SB1 because it provides funding quickly enough - again, it does not. Rather, I voted for SB1 because it is a first step toward ensuring our unemployment infrastructure can meet the needs of Wisconsinites down the road.

“I now call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to work with us to finish fixing Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure and to keep Gov. Evers’ proposal to fully fund a UI system overhaul in the 2021-23 biennial budget. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated long-standing deficiencies in our UI infrastructure, and it is our responsibility to ensure the system functions when our constituents need it most.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:16
Ron Johnson Spreads Lies on Behalf of Violent Insurrectionists in Senate Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:21

trump-insurgents-enterJohnson spreading absurd lies on behalf of violent insurrectionists and Republican legislators proposing a flurry of voter suppression bills.

MADISON -- Ron Johnson used his time during today’s Senate hearing on the January 6th Capitol riots to promote a conspiracy theory that the insurrectionists were “fake Trump protestors.” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued this statement in response to Johnson’s continued dangerous lies:

ron-johnson“With Ron Johnson spreading absurd lies on behalf of violent insurrectionists and Republican legislators proposing a flurry of voter suppression bills, Wisconsin Republicans are going all in on their war on democracy. It’s clearer than ever that Governor Evers is the last line of defense for Wisconsinites’ right to free and fair elections. Meanwhile, Ron Johnson’s determination to undo democracy means that those who believe in democracy must remove him from power. If Ron Johnson doesn’t do the right thing and resign, his political career will end on November 8, 2022.

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