Big news. The Senate cancelled their floor session yesterday because they don’t have the votes on the bills to bring corporate funding into Wisconsin elections for the first time in history or to get rid of the Government Accountability Board (GAB), our elections watchdog agency.
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But Americans for Prosperity, a group run by the Koch brothers, is starting ads this week in many of the Republican senate districts where support for these two bills is in question.
We need to make sure they hear from all of us this week. Let’s prove groups run by out-of-state billionaires can’t drown out the voice of the people. Write or call senators this week to let them know you don’t support getting rid of the GAB (SB 294) or bringing unlimited corporate donations into Wisconsin (SB 292). And please spread the word to your family, neighbors and friends about these important issues.
If three Republican senators refuse to back these bills, they won’t pass.
You will find the contact information below for the senators who are on the fence for these bills or being targeted by the ads from Americans for Prosperity. Please also consider calling your local newspapers and ask them to editorialize against these bills. ...Full Article
Former (and future) Sen. Feingold gave a lively, animated speech at the Sheboygan Dems falls dinner this past Saturday night, focusing on the burden of student loan debt, and also touching on job creation and the need to preserve and strengthen Social Security.
He took aim at his opponent’s views on these and other topics, chastising Sen. Ron Johnson for failing to understand how families are stressing out about student loan debt, and for referring to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme.
Feingold also chastised GOP presidential candidates who attack and demean ethnic and religious minorities, many of whom contribute mightily to Wisconsin’s economy.
About Donald Trump’s denigrating of immigrants: “How would you like to be an 8 or 10-year-old Latino child right now, in Sheboygan, hearing the presidential front-runner saying those kinds of things about people from your community?”
About Ben Carson saying he couldn’t support a Muslim president: “Whatever happened to ‘anyone born in this country can grow up to be president?’ Whatever happened to THAT value?”
He also said he was looking forward to this week’s Democratic presidential primary debate, because it will reveal a real contrast to the American public. “We’re gonna have adults up there … you know, people who treat each other with respect.”
Democratic legislators representing people and communities all over Wisconsin are living up to the spirit of Abraham Lincoln’s vision – “of, by, and for the People.” This stands in stark contrast to Republicans who continue to betray the trust of the people by pursuing an agenda that favors the politically connected, gives away more public resources to their wealthy political supporters, and leaves more of our families and neighbors behind.
Democrats believe that our state has a responsibility to all people, not just the privileged few who use money and power to buy political favor. Here are just some of the actions Democratic legislators are taking for the people:
Senator Erpenbach (Middleton) and Representative Considine (Portage) – Have called for responsible legislative solutions to address a critical safety issue in many communities statewide – the shortage and low morale of corrections officers. Senator Erpenbach and Representative Considine recognize our responsibility to care for those who protect all of us. Paraphrasing their joint press release, “healthy and safe employees make for healthy and safe communities.”
Representatives Kolste (Janesville) and Jorgensen (Milton) – Have introduced a bill (AB304) to protect the people of Wisconsin from having their tax dollars wasted on greed and corruption. ...Full Article
The Sheboygan County Democratic Party is excited to announce that our speaker for this year’s Fall Dinner and Silent Auction will be U.S. Senate Candidate Russ Feingold.
We are looking forward to this event with great anticipation and hope you will join us for what is sure to be a rousing and invigorating evening as we head into the 2016 campaign season!
This year’s Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 10th at the Sheboygan Town & Country Club (W1943 Co Rd J).
Cocktails & Silent Auction will begin at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm with our speaker program to follow.
Dinner will be $30 per person or $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased through ActBlue.com or by calling (920) 395-5540.
Silent auction items can be dropped off at Tim Lorenz’s home, 2708 N. 7th Street in Sheboygan (457-2911), or at Deb Klock’s home, 529 North Street in Plymouth (912-5268). To bring items yourself for the silent auction, please call ahead to Carol Zoran at 467-6634.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is Saturday, October 3rd. The deadline for dropping off items or letting us know the details of an item you will be bringing yourself is 5pm Thursday, October 8th.
Hope to see you there! ...Full Article
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
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.
“It’s time for Scott Walker and Brad Schimel to stand down and let marriage equality be the law of the land in Wisconsin.”...Full Article
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. Maybe they’ll be more cautious next time.”
Earlier this year, Democrats called Walker’s plans to hastily spend a projected surplus spending money the state didn’t yet have, and cautioned the governor to focus on making sure that the deficit is reduced.
Despite Walker’s lip-service on fiscal responsibility, his misguided approach to governing has turned Wisconsin into a fiscal mess in just three and half years.
Walker’s fiscal irresponsibility during his first term includes passing a lopsided income tax plan that reduced the number of state income tax brackets from five to four, meaning than an individual making $21,760 a year is taxed in the same bracket as someone making $239,600. ...Full Article
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.
Also this weekend in pay-to-play news came a report that Walker’s failed, flagship jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in January approved a $6 million tax credit for Ashley Furniture Industries on the condition that the company only need to retain half of its in-state workforce over the next five years....Full Article
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.
From 2011 to 2013, Walker’s flagship jobs agency only managed to create 5,840 new jobs. During the same two-year period, 13,616 jobs were lost in Wisconsin due to layoffs or closures. Even after $203 million left WEDC in the form of grants, loans, and bonding authority, Wisconsin lost more than two jobs for every job gained.
In December of 2013, WEDC released an annual report showing the agency fell well short of their own economic development goals despite spending $330 million on economic development initiatives, forcing them to slash economic goals for Fiscal Year 2014 by more than 50 percent. ...Full Article