2014 Fall Dinner with U.S. Congressional Candidate Mark Harris

Mark Harris for CongressThe Sheboygan County Democratic Party is pleased to announce that Mark Harris, the Democratic candidate from the 6th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives, will be our featured guest speaker at this year’s Fall Dinner and Silent Auction.

The Fall Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, October 24th at Laack’s Hall, W4302 County Road Jm.

Dinner will be $25 per person or $15 for students. Cocktails & Silent Auction will begin at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm with our featured guest speaker, Mark Harris, to follow!

To purchase tickets, please go to the Campaign Headquarters at 812 Erie Ave., visit our County Fair booth this Labor Day weekend, purchase online at actblue.com/page/falldinner2014, or call us at (920) 395-5540 for more options. The ticket deadline is Friday, October 17th. ...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

RESCHEDULED: An Event in Support of Mark Harris – September 13th, 3-5pm


You are cordially invited to An Event in Support of Mark Harris for U.S. Congress at the home of Jim Carlson – 527 Polk Court, Sheboygan, WI. Saturday, September 13th from 3-5pm.

To RSVP please call either Anita Klein at (920) 980-3963 or Doug Cohn at (617) 595-7160.

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Brand new ad from Mary Burke slams Scott Walker for his total, utter failure on job creation.

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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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Scott Walker’s Pay-to-Play Culture: Remembering the United Sportsmen Scandal

On the heels of Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke launching Sportsmen for Burke, Wisconsin Democrats are launching a new recurring feature that will highlight some of the worst pay-to-play scandals under Scott Walker.

Kicking off the new series is a recap of the United Sportsmen scandal, which involved a controversial $500,000 grant that the Journal Sentinel editorial staff criticized as “politically-tainted” and said smelled “to high heaven.”

The scandal went like this: a group calling itself United Sportsmen of Wisconsin was the lone applicant and ultimate recipient of a $500,000 grant inserted by then-Rep. Scott Suder into the state budget for the purpose of promoting hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin.

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