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Gov. Scott Walker Endorses Sen. Ted Cruz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:31

scott-walkerMADISON – Governor Scott Walker endorsed Senator Ted Cruz today to be the next President of the United States, throwing his support behind a candidate who shares many of his extreme right-wing policies.  Throughout his tenure, Cruz has compared the fight to defund Obamacare to that of fighting Nazis in World War II, referred to marriage equality as the “radical gay marriage agenda”, and said those who believe in climate change are equivalent to people who believe the earth is flat.

Ted CruzCruz’s extreme record mirrors not only that of Walker, but also of current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Most recently, Cruz said we should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods”, but this only scratches the surface of his divisive rhetoric. Cruz has accused people who support marriage equality as waging “jihad” against people of faith, said the laws in this country that give women a right to choose are extreme, and has said the Obama economy is disastrous even though we have had 68 positive months of job growth.

“It’s shameful that Scott Walker would support a candidate with an extreme record of divisive policies and hateful partisan rhetoric,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. “Ted Cruz has spent his career working to divide people across this nation, rather than working to bring us together. That is not the sort of candidate the Governor of our state should be standing behind.” Kozloski said.

Below is a brief history of Ted Cruz’s divisive rhetoric.   Climate Change

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“The Ronald and The Donald” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:17

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON - This pretty much speaks for itself.  When asked if he would campaign with Donald Trump, Sen. Ron Johnson bluntly responded:

“Stump with Trump? Just because it rhymes, it’d be the Ronald and the Donald.”

There you have it. Even as other Republican senators try to distance themselves from the most toxic frontrunner in their party’s recent history, Wisconsin’s own Sen. Johnson looks forward to barnstorming across the state right alongside The Donald.

But Johnson is just stating clearly what Wisconsinites already know: that he’s not at all interested in listening to the people who hired him.  He’d rather take orders from the likes of Donald Trump and the extreme fringe.

CNN: Navigating Donald Trump and SCOTUS: One senator’s plan

The Hill: Vulnerable GOP senator: I’d stump with Trump

TPM: Vulnerable GOP Sen. Predicts Trump Will Help Republicans Down Ballot

 
Judy Gatlin Running for Eau Claire County Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:41

judy-gatlin-ecEAU CLAIRE, WI - With the spring election just two weeks away, we're excited to introduce you to Judy Gatlin, running for Eau Claire County Board!

Judy is a long-time resident of her district and the community. She is an original member of the Eau Claire Alliance for Strong Communities board, serves on the 15 Now Northwest Wisconsin steering committee, and chairs the Community Services Committee of the Area Labor Council.

Her leadership in the community reflects her commitment to improving the lives of the area's residents.

In her own words, Judy "believes a county can only be prosperous if its residents are safe and healthy. Policymakers and municipal leaders should hold steadfast to the elements which maintain that stability." Judy seeks to promote a local government that protects tax dollars, promotes a living wage, and preserves local control.

Help Judy accomplish these goals by contributing by mail to her campaign at Judy Gatlin for County Board 1810 Birch Street Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Thanks for supporting these great candidates!

 
Peter Barca Endorses Hillary Clinton for President PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 25 March 2016 13:47

peter_barcaKENOSHA – Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) formally endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday for President. Rep. Barca, who serves as the Assembly Democratic Leader, issued the following statement on his endorsement:

“In this Presidential election, the stakes have never been higher. I am proud to stand with Hillary Clinton - a leader who has the experience and vision to lead our country into the future and make sure that every family in Wisconsin and across the nation can get ahead and stay ahead.

hillary-clintonHillary Clinton has a lifelong record of fighting for our families and the American Dream from her early start at the Children's Defense Fund through her service as Secretary of State. At a time when Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate, we need a leader like Hillary Clinton who will tackle the issues keeping Wisconsinites awake at night.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in the race with the strong broad-based experience to lead our country and fight to grow our economy and incomes so that every American can afford a better life. I have the utmost confidence that Hillary Clinton will work tirelessly to keep our nation safe, ensure every child can reach his or her full potential, help build the middle class and continue the progress America has experienced economically the past eight years.

“I believe in Hillary Clinton and I hope you will join me in voting for her on April 5th.”

Early voting in Wisconsin takes place on weekdays from March 21-April 1st. For more information on early voting visit: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/absentee

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 14:02
 
Media Outlets React to Paul Ryan Speech on GOP Political Circus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 25 March 2016 10:40

paul_ryanMADISON – The reaction to Speaker Paul Ryan’s empty and self-serving speech this week was clearly not what he was hoping for. While the Speaker expressed hollow statements on the state of American politics, the public knows far better than to trust the words of someone who has pushed draconian budgets, contributed to years of gridlock and dysfunction in Congress, and still refuses to stand up to the extreme elements of the Republican Party.

It is easy for Speaker Ryan to stand at a mic and speak in platitudes, but he can't hide from his record of cutting funding for crucial service programs, voting against raising the minimum wage, voting to ban same-sex marriage, attacking women's rights, and attempting to repeal health care for millions of Americans.

Just see what some of the national news outlets had to say:

Mother Jones: Paul Ryan Says He Regrets Calling the Poor "Takers." That Isn’t Enough.
"The obvious pushback is that while Ryan may have stopped talking about "makers and takers," his policies are exactly the same as they've always been. After all that time spent listening, he changed his rhetoric but apparently none of his substantive views."

Think Progress: Paul Ryan Apologizes For Calling The Poor ‘Takers’
"While offering a mild denunciation of the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, and pro-white supremacist rhetoric in the 2016 race, Ryan failed to acknowledge that the Republican Party has for years pushed bills in Congress that advance similar views and helped create a space for the current election tenor."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Paul Ryan needs to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy with Donald Trump
"But here's another idea that matters: Donald Trump doesn't care about your ideas. He cares about what the barbarians always care about: power."

Vox: Paul Ryan's bizarre speech was a de facto endorsement of Donald Trump
"Given the chance to reflect on the state of national politics, Ryan does not sense an alarming rise in overt racism or anti-Muslim prejudice. Ryan does not feel that anti-immigration sentiment has gone too far. Ryan doesn't even express alarm at the backlash against international trade. Ryan isn't worried about protestors getting beaten up at rallies, and Ryan isn't worried that a leading presidential candidate lies constantly. Ryan just thinks people should be nicer, in general, and that Republicans should say nice things about poor people. All in all, an excellent day for Trump."

Washington Post: Dear reporters: Don’t forget Paul Ryan said he would support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee
"Ryan (R-Wis.) is quite obviously not a fan of the way Trump campaigns. But here's the thing: He has said repeatedly that he will back the billionaire real estate magnate should Trump win the GOP nomination. This is a major caveat that should temper any praise of Ryan's supposed fortitude -- and any argument that his words carry weight."

Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s cowardly neutrality on Trump
"There is, in general, plenty of bad behavior on all sides. But the current crisis is very specific: A xenophobe who makes scapegoats of racial and religious minorities is threatening to take over the Republican Party and to throw the country into turmoil — and Ryan isn’t denouncing him, or even saying he won’t support Trump."

US News: Paul Ryan and He Who Must Not Be Named
"Ryan didn’t just ignore the elephant in the room; he ignored that a rampaging elephant is tearing the room down around him. In fact, Ryan's speech displayed just how divorced his words are from the current Republican zeitgeist. The policy he pointed to as indicative of the way the parties can come together – tax reform – is telling. Ryan, as he has always done since arriving in Washington, is hawking a tax plan that will deliver most of its benefits to the richest Americans."

 
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