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Wisconsin Educators Endorse Russ Feingold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Monday, 08 February 2016 19:09

teaching-studentsAFT and WEAC Throw Support to Russ’s Bid for U.S. Senate.


MIDDLETON – Today top Wisconsin educators endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate. Citing Russ’s commitment to high-quality public education, strong support for Wisconsin’s teachers, and commitment to working and middle class families, the American Federation of Teachers - Wisconsin (AFT) and Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) threw their support behind Russ’s senate bid.

russ-feingold"WEAC supports Russ Feingold because of his high respect for public education and working families,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers. “He stated that he owes everything he is to public school teachers, public education and that educators should be honored, not attacked. He told us ‘I am running to fight for the rights of working people and educators.’ We stand behind Russ Feingold on behalf of our students, families and communities," said Kippers.

"Russ shares our commitment to high-quality public education from pre-kindergarten through college and our serious concern about America's student loan debt crisis,” said AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas. “My fellow AFT-Wisconsin members could not be happier to support Russ Feingold in this crucial election."

Over the last two weeks, Russ has crisscrossed the state of Wisconsin to meet and hear from students and communities about the crippling impact of the student debt crisis. Since announcing his candidacy, Russ has traveled to all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 19:17
 
Mary Thao, Progressive for Wausau School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Friday, 05 February 2016 12:08

mary-thao-schoolboardWAUSAU, WI - Meet Mary Thao, running for Wausau School Board!

Mary is a first-generation Wisconsinite, born to Hmong refugee parents. If elected, Mary will be the first Hmong individual to serve on the Wausau school board. She is an active PTO member at Lincoln Elementary and has four young children with her husband Yeng Thao. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has over seventeen years of experience in the IT industry.

Mary is passionate about the quality of our public schools and the education she wants all children to receive. Through service on the board, she wants to attract and retain top educators and professionals and make sure that the district maintains programs that impact high academic achievement as well as support those who need it most, such as low-income, rural, special education students and English-language learners.

The passion Mary has to help her community is palpable. We started working with Mary last fall and we love her! She has proven to be one of the most hard-working and dedicated candidates we have worked with.

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Each week for the next nine weeks until the spring general in April, we’ll be introducing you to a candidate we’re working with on their race for local office. You’ll learn who they are and how you can help support them!

Help Mary join the Wausau School Board by contributing just $5 or $10 today!

 
Senate Republicans Getting Desperate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:14

mark-harrisGOP leader Scott Fitzgerald wants to ban Democratic candidate Mark Harris of Winnebago County from serving in this latest effort to rig elections and prevent local citizens from supporting the candidate of their choosing.


MADISON – In a desperate and unprecedented effort to rig local elections, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has proposed changing state statutes to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.

jennifer-shilling“It’s a sad commentary on the priorities of the Republican Party when political attacks take precedent over bills to help working families,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

“Voters should be free to pick the candidate they believe best represents their values," said Shilling. "This latest effort to rig elections and prevent local citizens from supporting the candidate of their choosing is another sign of Republican politics run amok in Wisconsin.”

The bill (LRB 4109/1) would block locally elected officials from serving in the state legislature. When asked about the proposal in an interview, Sen. Fitzgerald admitted that “Harris’ candidacy was the impetus for the bill.”

Since taking power in 2011, Republican leaders have attacked Wisconsin’s open record laws, dismantled the non-partisan Government Accountability Board, gutted campaign finance protections, exempted politicians from John Doe criminal investigations and gerrymandered legislative districts.

“Wisconsin families are tired of the increasing corruption and misplaced priorities of Republican legislators,” added Shilling. “This power grab reflects a fundamental lack of respect for our democracy and Wisconsin voters.”

 
Trump or Cruz… Either Would Be Good Soulmate for Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:58

ron-johnsonMADISON - Last night in Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump dominated a crowded Republican field to finish first and second respectively after the contest was called. Whoever rises to the top in future contests would make a good political partner for Senator Ron Johnson.

While last night was a huge success for Democrats, who displayed an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm in all 99 counties of Iowa, the Republican Party tripled down on their most extreme candidates, Donald “no Muslims in my country” Trump and Ted “let’s make the sand glow” Cruz.

After five years voting far to the right of even his own Senate Republican Caucus, Johnson must have been thrilled with the outcome and the prospect of sharing the ballot with a fellow out-of-touch extremist. Johnson compared the similarities between The Donald's campaign to his own Senate campaign in the past and helped usher in Cruz's government shutdown in 2013.

Cruz, a virtual pariah amongst his colleagues, has spoken of carpet-bombing areas with large civilian populations, called the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” and touts shutting down the federal government as his signature accomplishment in the Senate.

Trump, who started his campaign calling immigrants rapists and drug dealers, eventually called for banning an entire religion from America.

"Last night confirmed that Senator Ron Johnson's party has moved even further to the extreme right. Johnson, Cruz and Trump are “Team Extreme” for the Republicans, and are incredibly out of touch with voters not only in this state but across the nation," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "If there's one thing that the caucuses made clear, it's that we need to elect Democrats all the way down the ballot in November, and the voters seem excited about their options."

 
Fitzgerald and Republicans Attempt to Change The Rules...Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:30

scott_fitzgeraldMADISON - Yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald introduced a bill to specifically bar county executives from serving simultaneously in the Legislature. The bill comes as Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, is running for Republican Sen. Mark Gudex's open Senate seat in the 18th Senate District.

Bill author, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, had nothing to say in the past when his colleagues held a county executive post at the same they served in the Legislature. Fitzgerald stayed silent when fellow Republican Paul Farrow held his Senate seat and ran Waukesha County executive. Furthermore, former Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer served in both the legislature and as the Manitowoc County executive for nearly six years, between 2006 and 2012.

mark-harrisNow that the Republicans' weak hold on the state Senate is in jeopardy, Senator Fitzgerald is trying to pass legislation to single out a specific Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district.

This attempt to disqualify a candidate for office speaks to a desperate fear of facing the voters. In six years, we've seen Republican's try to repeal open records laws, shield themselves from John Doe investigations, disenfranchise voters, and rig campaign finance laws in their favor.

"It's clear Republicans in Wisconsin are afraid to defend their failed record on a level playing field." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "Sen. Fitzgerald and Republicans are so scared of facing the voters they've introduced a proposal to single out a Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district. Their corruption appears to know no bounds"

 
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