Russ Feingold Coming to Paradigm Coffee Saturday at Noon

Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold will be at the Paradigm Coffee House (1202 North 8th Street in Sheboygan) on Saturday, August 22nd at noon.

This will be his stop in Sheboygan County on his tour of all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties.

If you can be present to meet Russ, please arrive at 11 a.m. in case he is running early. Let’s show him how supportive Sheboygan County is! ...Full Article

Congratulations to Our New DPW Chair and Vice Chair

Congratulations to Sheboygan’s own Martha Laning and David Bowen on their election as Chair and Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin!

The Sheboygan County Democratic Party looks forward to working closely with the new administration to forward progressive values and policies, and elect Democrats here in the County and across the State!

We now begin to work to return Russ Feingold to the Senate in 2016, re-elect Tammy Baldwin in 2018, and send another Democrat to the White House next November.

More to come soon! ...Full Article

Statement of WisDems Chair Mike Tate on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on the news that the United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the state of Wisconsin, and four other states, who sought to preserve their bans on marriage equality.

“Today we call on Governor Walker to not just say he won’t stand in the way of equality, but to take action to reassure all Wisconsin families that he won’t oppose their constitutional right to equality.

“Scott Walker must state clearly and unequivocally that he will do everything in his power to enforce the law of the land and ensure that every Wisconsinite is free to marry the person they love – and he must back those words up with strong actions.

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Scott Walker’s Fiscal Mess

Yesterday, Wisconsin received more evidence of Scott Walker’s fiscally irresponsible approach to governing with the announcement of a projected deficit of $396 million in the current budget and a staggering $1.76 billion projected structural deficit heading into the next budget.

The projected deficit announced Monday afternoon is nearly three times the size of the structural deficit projected by the Fiscal Bureau in May of this year. The latest news comes just two weeks after the Department of Revenue announced a nearly $300 million revenue shortfall.

Republican Senator Mike Ellis commented on the deficit saying, “A number of us were concerned, but they did it anyway,” Republican Senator Rob Cowles took a more critical tone, saying, “Until you’ve gone through one of these things, you really don’t understand how bad it can get. ...Full Article

“Certainly An Appearance of Corruption”

Not one, but two, Scott Walker pay-to-play schemes came into focus this weekend, as previously unreleased documents revealed that Walker benefited from $700,000 in campaign cash from out-of-state mining special interests — “certainly an appearance of corruption,” according to a nonpartisan special investigator. News reports also revealed that a company owned by Walker donors was set to receive a $6 million award from Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation.

Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation: Mission Failed

According to the latest and most reliable federal jobs data, Wisconsin is dead last — 10th out of 10 states — in the Midwest in job creation. Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation, his flagship jobs agency that would help create the 250,000 jobs he promised, has failed to achieve its primary economic development goals.

In 2011, WEDC set a goal to create or retain 50,000 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012 in order to set a pace that would meet Scott Walker’s central campaign promise to create 250,000 new jobs by the end of his first term.

WEDC fell short of its own goal for Fiscal Year 2012 by more than 50 percent. ...Full Article

Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation: Does Anyone Even Want to Work There?

Scott Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation hasn’t created enough jobs to keep Wisconsin from dropping to dead last – 10th out of 10 states – in the Midwest on job growth, but they do have plenty of experience in hiring WEDC staff as turnover and turmoil have plagued the agency since its flawed inception.

In just three years, WEDC has been through as many CEOs, raising questions about why Wisconsin can’t find a serious and experienced economic development expert to lead our recovery.
It only took 24 hours for the second CEO at WEDC to abandon the sinking ship. And following a lengthy and expensive taxpayer-funded nationwide search for a third new leader, Walker gave the job to a political ally who previously served on the board at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and who donated to Walker’s campaigns in 2010 and 2012.Without question, the never-ending turmoil at the agency responsible for economic development has contributed to Wisconsin’s less-than-robust economic recovery and Scott Walker’s failure to reach his central campaign promise of 250,000 new jobs. ...Full Article

Flashback Friday – Walker Promises 5.5% unemployment rate by Labor Day

On July 10, 2014, in his ongoing attempt to distract from his dismal failure to live up to his promise to create 250,000 jobs, Scott Walker made a new promise that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate would hit 5.5% by this Labor Day.

A month later, it looks like its going to be another broken promise from Scott Walker.

New figures released from Walker’s own administration today show the unemployment rate is once again headed in the wrong direction – UP.  Unemployment jumped to 5.8%, meaning thousands of more Wisconsinites are unemployed and looking for work.

How did Walker’s respond?

Did he finally come out with his long promised jobs plan? ...Full Article

Statement of WisDems Chair Mike Tate on Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District Race

“Tom Petri’s retirement confirmed that there’s no room for moderates in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin or Paul Ryan’s Congress, as further evidenced by Republicans choosing Glenn Grothman as their nominee tonight.
“Wisconsin already sent one right-wing laughingstock to Washington D.C. in Ron Johnson, we don’t need another who will embarrass our state with plans to criminalize single-motherhood and who literally said he would like to turn back the clock to the 1950s.

“The people of Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional district deserve better than a representative in Congress who makes Michele Bachman and Todd Akin look like reasonable moderates.

“That’s why in November they will get a fresh start by electing a dedicated public servant in Mark Harris who knows how to balance a budget and rise above partisan political fights without sacrificing our shared Wisconsin values.” 

Scott Walker’s Pay to Play Politics: Bends, Breaks, and Changes The Rules For Mining Special Interests

From: http://wisdems.org/news/press/view/2014-08-wisdems-scott-walkers-pay-to-play-politics-bends-bre

In nearly four short years, Scott Walker has turned Wisconsin’s political culture on its ear. Division, cronyism, and political retribution have become the norm as Scott Walker has routinely crossed lines to fuel his own personal political ambitions and please his campaign benefactors.

Keeping with our recurring series highlighting some of the worst pay-to-play scandals under Scott Walker, we take a look at the controversial Gogebic Taconite mine proposed in Hurley, WI.

In 2011, Florida-based iron ore mining company Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) bought mineral rights to 21,000 acres of land along 22 miles of the Penokee Range in Ashland and Iron counties.

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