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Hintz on Republican Tax Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Friday, 14 February 2020 14:50

wi-senate-swearing-inDemocratic legislator disagrees with Republican priorities.


MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the Republican tax proposal:

“This appears to be another last minute, hastily thrown together proposal by Republican leadership aimed at playing politics rather than prioritizing what is best for our state.

gordon_hintz“The speaker’s own blue ribbon commission on K-12 education spent a year meeting around the state resulting in recommendations reflected in Governor Evers’ special session proposal. That appears to have been another attempt to say they are doing something, while ignoring the needs of schools districts and kids across Wisconsin. We see the same thing on mental health funding for schools. Republicans say it is a priority and that we need to act, but then they cut $38 million from the governor’s proposed budget and refuse to act when given the opportunity to support it. If it is priority then Republicans should support the governor’s education package, not make empty statements pretending they care.

“Proposing a last minute package with plenty of questions and unintended consequences with less than a week to act is more of the same tired politics we have become accustomed to under Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Vos.”

 
Matt Rothschild: 'I was Muzzled in Madison!' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:15

wi-dist-mapsMADISON, WI - On Tuesday, I went to testify at the State Capitol before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.

There was a public hearing on a minor, straightforward bill about publicizing when an incumbent decides not to run for reelection. I gave the bill a nod and then tried to ask why they weren’t holding hearings on more urgent issues like gerrymandering or overturning Citizens United, but I was cut off by Chair Ron Tusler before I could get past my third sentence!

Here’s my full testimony: When's the Hearing?

There’s a big Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election on Tuesday, and if you want to know where the candidates are getting their money from, just click on this one:

High Court Candidates Raise $275K in First Five Weeks of ‘20

All candidate campaign finance and outside spending activity for spring 2020 Supreme Court election is up-to-date on our website. You can check it out here:

Campaign 2020 - Supreme Court

And if you’re concerned about the “forever chemicals” in our environment and you’re wondering what’s stalling the bills on them in the Legislature, you’ll find some clues here:

See the Big $$$ Against Regulating PFAS


matt-rothschildI hope you find these articles interesting.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Americans Cannot Allow a King or an Emperor to be in the White House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Randy Schumann, Madison   
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 11:04

donald-trumpWhen America consisted of 13 colonies 244 years ago, the colonists enacted a Declaration of Independence and forcibly in a war, got rid of America's first "King" -- England's King George III.


MADISON, WI - In the 3 years since Donald Trump has been President, he has continually violated his Oath of Office to "uphold the Constitution" which establishes 3 co-equal parts of government. The executive branch (President), the legislative branch (Congress), and the judicial branch. But rather than uphold the constitutionally established separation of powers, Trump has unconstitutionally refused to comply with mandated requirements to provide Congress with lawfully subpoenaed documents, and has vilified Federal court decisions that have determined numerous actions and executive orders of Trump to be unconstitutional.

And most recently during Trump's impeachment (non) trial in the Senate, a Trump defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz, argued that whatever Trump does as President, "if it is something he believed would get him elected in the public interest, he could not be impeached for it."

constitutional-conventionThat arrogant argument essentially says that there are no constitutional limits on a President's power, that the powers of Congress under the Constitution are null and void, and as a consequence, Donald Trump is, in effect, a 'King" who is above the law and cannot be called to account by Congress under the Constitution.

Interestingly, a recent article noted that the same inability to separate the personal interests of a leader (such as Trump) from the country he leads (America) has echoes to ancient Rome. Roughly 2,000 years ago, the Roman Senate over a relatively short period of time, abdicated to their "princeps"/ "first among equals" leader, the Senate's oversight powers over the military, their veto authority over legislation, and also granted any Princep immunity from prosecution. Not surprisingly, the result was that what had been a "first among equals" leader became a series of "Emperors" with sole, unquestioned authority over the Senate and the Roman people. Another result was the notion that the identity of the Emperor was inseparable from the identity of the State, such that any disagreement with the Emperor was an attack against the state itself - and thus arguably "treasonous" subject to the death penalty. The final result of Rome and its Senate/government allowing the creation of Emperors was the fall of the Roman empire.

If that description of what happened with the creation of Emperors in Rome 2000 years ago sounds familiar, that is because it also describes Trump's defense attorney Dershowitz's argument referenced above in Trump's Impeachment (non) trial in the Senate.

The bottom line: America forcibly got rid of its first "King" 244 years ago. Americans now need to learn from both Roman history 2000+ years ago, and from our own Revolutionary War, and act in little more than 244 Days to vote out of office and get rid of, a President who sees himself as, and acts as, a King /Emperor in violation of his oath to uphold our Constitution.

 

Randy Schumann
Madison, WI

 
Voucher Programs are a Costly Detriment to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 07 February 2020 17:22

educationThe non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says vouchers caused $145 million in aid reduction to public schools. Forcing taxpayers to fund competing education systems only hinders our future.

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Democratic Radio: Black History Month in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Press, Earl Arms   
Friday, 07 February 2020 12:17

juneteenth-1900MADISON - Lt. Gov. Barnes delivers the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on Black History Month in Wisconsin on Thursday.

Audio File of Radio Address

The following is Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes' radio address on Black History Month in Wisconsin:

mandela-barnesGreetings – I’m Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

This month in Wisconsin, we celebrate Black history—our history. And when I say our history, I mean everyone in our state because Black history is Wisconsin history.

So we give honor to those who helped lay the foundation for us to have this privilege to serve the great state of Wisconsin. From people like Ezekiel Gillespie, who was born a slave in Tennessee, moved to Wisconsin. He fought for, and won, the right for Black Wisconsinites to vote; to people like Vel Phillips who was the first Black person to ever hold statewide office here. And this trailblazing woman—her activism paved the way for me to become our state’s first Black lieutenant governor.

It is with their energy, determination, and spirit that I work for a Wisconsin that provides opportunity for all children, families, and communities throughout our state.

From fighting the effects of climate change to making sure each of us are counted in our upcoming Census, to ensuring none of us lose our voting rights, I’m working to make our communities places of equitable opportunity.

So for this month and throughout the year, let’s honor those who came before us by stepping up to be the leaders our families, our communities and our future generations need.

Let’s speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Let’s fight until everyone in Wisconsin, regardless of ZIP code, has the opportunity to thrive.

 
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