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News From the Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair

Dear friends across Wisconsin,

It keeps happening: the news is dominated by national fights. But then you look a little closer and realize that the most critical front line in the battle is… right here in Wisconsin.

This week brought two huge examples.

The first is the fight to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. This is the agenda that President Biden campaigned on—a big investment in working and middle class families across the country, entirely paid for by ensuring that those who make more than $400,000 a year pay their fair share in taxes. Paid family leave, child care support, universal pre-school, two years of tuition-free community college for all. Lower costs on prescription drugs and health care in general; vision, dental, and hearing coverage in Medicare; help with housing costs. Big investment in teachers, schools, and workforce development. And urgently-needed bold action on climate. It’s a plan that benefits everyone—across lines of race and place; rural, suburban, and urban alike. Read more about it here. It’s supported by the overwhelming majority of Democrats in both chambers of Congress, and 70% of the public. It’s the president’s #1 legislative priority.

But actually wrestling the darn thing over the finish line is devilishly difficult. And adding one more Democratic Senator would make all the difference in the world.

That’s where Wisconsin comes in: we’ve got the single most vulnerable incumbent senator up for reelection in 2022—from either party. And that’s not just me talking. That’s the nonpartisan experts at the Cook Political Report.

To open up the path to big, bold change that the country needs, we have to beat Ron Johnson with a Democrat. Wisconsin to the rescue.

And that leads to the other national story that ultimately circles back to the Badger State: a frightening Washington Post opinion piece this week entitled “Our constitutional crisis is already here,” by Robert Kagan. The piece describes nightmare scenarios that are chillingly possible in 2024, in which Trump tries to steal the election again—but with more success than he had in 2020.

Once again, Wisconsin is the key. If the election is so close that overturning Electoral College results in a few states could affect it, then Wisconsin is almost certain to be at the center of the action. Arizona and Georgia, the other two closest states in 2020, have already passed GOP-driven voter suppression laws. But the only way the GOP can steal an election in our state—the one that would help them reach the 270 electoral college votes they’d need to grab the White House—is if they have our governorship. After all, Tony Evers has vowed to veto any bill that makes it harder to vote. And, to the GOP’s fury, he’s already made good on that promise. With our champion of democracy in the Governor’s residence, the nationwide Republican sneak attack on democracy runs into a brick wall.

So we’ve got, got, got to reelect Tony Evers.

Reelecting Tony Evers. Defeating Ron Johnson. And electing Democrats up and down the ballot. That’s our job. That’s why I’m so glad that you’re a part of this party. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, together.

The nation’s counting on us. And we’re ready to pull out all the stops.

In solidarity,

Ben

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