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Eager Acceptance Of Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric Confirms Senate GOP Disconnect PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Friday, 06 May 2016 14:07

donald-trumpLA CROSSE, WI – Less than a month after trying to put an end to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, several top Senate Republicans are now eagerly embracing his candidacy and singing his praises. The awkward change of position brought about by Donald Trump’s status as the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee caught many by surprise given the overwhelming opposition to his candidacy.

jennifer-shilling“Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to GOP front-runner status is almost as alarming as the eagerness of Senate Republicans to endorse his controversial candidacy,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “I am not only surprised, but disheartened, that so many Republican leaders have embraced Donald Trump’s hateful, racist and anti-women rhetoric.”

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Senate candidate Dan Kapanke were two of the first Republican leaders to rally around the controversial GOP frontrunner. Other top Republican politicians including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson have also committed to supporting Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

“Our country has always been a melting pot of people, ideas and traditions, yet Republican leaders in Wisconsin continue to believe that we should build walls to keep people out rather than ladders to lift families up,” added Shilling. “The contrast between Donald Trump’s dangerous and divisive rhetoric versus the inclusive, forward-looking solutions championed by Democratic leaders couldn't be more clear. In November, I am confident that Wisconsin voters will reject Donald Trump and the Republican politicians who have rushed to defend his divisive agenda.”

 
Red State Agrees GOP Senators Should Confirm Merrick Garland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 06 May 2016 13:48

merrick-garland-scotusMADISON - Even conservatives are admitting it’s time for the Senate to do its job and vote on the President’s SCOTUS nominee. An article in Red State today called on Republicans to stop playing political games. Voters are sick of the pass the buck mentality from Senate Republicans, and National Republicans are nervous about Donald Trump nominating Supreme Court Justices. But not Ron Johnson. He is all in on Trump. He plans to endorse Trump and campaign with him.

Ron Johnson’s couldn’t care less about the chorus of voices pushing him to act though. His only concern is Mitch McConnell and his new pal Donald Trump. He wants Wisconsinites to just “move on” because “it’s not going to happen,” even though poll after poll shows voters want the Senate to act. Voters shouldn’t expect to hear from Johnson on the Supreme Court this summer when he tours the state with Trump for the “Ronal and Donald Show.”

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2016 13:57
 
Another 4-4 Decision Brings Supreme Court to a Standstill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:09

merrick-garland-scotusRon Johnson and Senate Republicans play politics with the court, refuse to do their job to consider Judge Garland's nomination.


MADISON - Republicans continue to fiddle while the Supreme Court comes to a standstill. Today’s 4-4 decision – the third in as many months – is just another reminder of the real world impact of Senate Republican's failure to do their jobs.

ron-johnsonWith governing on hold as Republicans play politics with the court, Americans are growing increasingly frustrated. A new WSJ/NBC poll out today finds that a majority of voters want the Senate to do its job and consider Judge Garland's nomination before the end of the year.

Senator Johnson claims he wants American's to "have a voice" in the decision, but despite the chorus of American voices asking the Senate to do their job, he still refuses to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland. Instead, he wants Wisconsinites to do what he’s done and just “move on.” He hasn’t even met with the President’s nominee yet. Maybe he’s just not as sociable as he claims.

 
Why Equal Pay Day Matters for Women’s History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The White House   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:10

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day in 1917, a dozen women gathered in front of the White House to stage a silent protest for women’s right to vote.

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Spectators yelled at them, kicked them, and spit on them. They ripped the banners from their hands and threw them onto the ground.

Undaunted, these women brought those tattered banners back to a house across town. They cleaned them -- sometimes carefully re-stitching them -- and carried them back out the next day, and the next, and the next.

It's my job today to preserve those same banners, alongside an extensive collection of other artifacts that showcase the struggle and accomplishments of the movement for women’s equality. I do it all from the house that became their final headquarters in Washington, D.C., known as the Sewall-Belmont House.

Today, on Equal Pay Day, President Obama is permanently protecting this house by designating it as America's newest national monument.

potusFrom this house, members of the National Woman's Party led the movement for women’s equality, authoring more than 600 pieces of federal, state, and local legislation in support of equal rights.

The President's designation will preserve an extensive archival collection that documents the history of the movement to secure women’s suffrage and equal rights in the United States and across the globe.

We’ve come a long way since those protests almost a century ago. For me, preserving this site isn’t just about remembering the suffragist movement. It’s also about celebrating our spirit as Americans – the idea that if we work together and empower one another, we can make our government work better for all of us.

So I hope you'll take a moment today to celebrate this moment and watch the President speak about protecting a site that holds a significant place in our history.

Page Harrington
Executive Director
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

 
Johnson Ruled by Party on SCOTUS Nominee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 25 March 2016 09:12

ron-johnsonAs other GOP Senators begin to falter, Wisconsin's Ron Johnson is clearly taking orders from the extreme, obstructionist fringe of the Republican Party.


MADISON - A third Republican senator announced his intention to actually do his job and consider Judge Garland’s nomination. Unfortunately for the people of Wisconsin that senator was not Ron Johnson.

Johnson continues to march in lockstep with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell who continue to put partisan politics over fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities.

Johnson’s not even pretending anymore –again and again he flatly tells reporters that he’s acting solely out of partisan interest rather than what’s good for the people of Wisconsin.

While some of Johnson’s Republican colleagues seem to actually listen to their constituents, Johnson is clearly taking orders from the extreme, obstructionist fringe.

Washington Post: Jerry Moran is third Republican senator to favor Supreme Court hearings

By Mike DeBonis
March 24, 2016

A third Republican senator broke with party leadership this week to say that Supreme Court nominee Merrick B. Garland ought to be granted hearings, according to a news report.

The Garden City Telegram reported that Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) told a small group gathered in a Cimarron, Kan., courthouse on Monday that GOP senators “should interview Garland and have a hearing on his nomination,” in the paper’s words.

“I can’t imagine the president has or will nominate somebody that meets my criteria, but I have my job to do,” Moran said, according to the report. “I think the process ought to go forward.”

Moran joins Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in favoring hearings. Kirk has also called for an up-or-down vote on Garland.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has shut the door on any consideration of a Supreme Court nominee this year, arguing that the next president — not President Obama — ought to have the right to name a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Democrats are hoping to pressure GOP senators into acting on Garland’s nomination amid a national campaign. But they have been targeting embattled incumbents such as Kirk, who are facing tough reelection campaigns. Moran is up for reelection this year, but he has not appeared on lists of vulnerable incumbents, and no prominent Democrat has emerged to challenge him.

But Moran may, uncharacteristically, be trying to put some space between himself and Republican Party leaders.

“I would rather have you [constituents] complaining to me that I voted wrong on nominating somebody than saying I’m not doing my job,” Moran told the Cimarron crowd, according to the paper.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 10:25
 
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