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For Johnson, Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis “A Huge Problem” He’ll Do Nothing About PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:58

ron-johnsonMADISON - Johnson famously said “doing nothing is also an action.” That phrase has taken on a much darker meaning today.

In the face of a full-fledged opioid crisis that is ravaging our communities, Ron Johnson again chose to stand with Washington Republicans at the expense of Wisconsinites suffering from addiction.

When faced with a chance to act on this crisis, today Johnson again chose inaction by voting against $600 million in emergency funding to fight the national opioid epidemic. Families in Wisconsin and across the country will go without the prevention and education provided for in the Shaheen amendment.  They’ll go without increased treatment.  And they’ll go without additional aid to local law enforcement to combat this crisis.

Prescription and heroin overdoses are at an all-time high according to the CDC.

“Senator Ron Johnson has called the opioid epidemic ‘a huge problem.’  But when presented with an opportunity to actually do something for the countless Wisconsin families afflicted by this crisis, Johnson voted against helping the families he’s supposed to represent," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. “For Sen. Johnson, not even a national tragedy is worth breaking ranks with his party.”

Barbara Dorff Is Running for Green Bay City Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:50

Barbara DorffGREEN BAY - This week, Meet Barbara Dorff running for Green Bay City Council!

Barbara spent over 20 years as a K-12 school counselor and more than 15 as a school administrator in the Green Bay Area Public Schools. She has been an active volunteer in her community for decades with the Green Bay Police and Fire Commission, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, and Marion House.

Barbara has truly made Green Bay her home and its children and families her priority. She wants to ensure safe and secure neighborhoods, improve access to services for the elderly, families, and veterans, and build community partnerships to help clean up the environment.

The Green Bay City Council is currently 100% men. Help Barbara get elected and change the face of local government!

Thank you for supporting these hard-working candidates,

The Wisconsin Progress Team


We know Barbara will be a leader on the council just as she has been a leader professionally and in the community. Support Barbara by donating $5 or $10 here!

P.S. If you would prefer to mail Barbara a check, you may do so to Friends of Barbara Dorff 3375 Pebble Beach Court Green Bay, WI 54311.

Ron Johnson Trumped by His Own Remarks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:33

donald-trumpMADISON - For Sen. Johnson it must be “depressing” trying to keep up with the marching orders from Washington Republicans.  For months now, Johnson has vowed to support the Republican Presidential nominee.

Now that Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination, let’s review the praise Sen. Johnson has heaped upon The Donald for months now:

  • Johnson compared his own brand of politics to Trump’s saying, “I think what’s resonating about Donald Trump, I’d like to think, some things is appealing about my candidacy here in Wisconsin.” [MSNBC, 8/13/15]
  • Johnson called Trump a “real leader” when citing his high poll numbers. [John Howell Show WLS, 12/7/15] (AUDIO)
  • Johnson praised Trump’s willingness to “tell the American people the truth.” [WJFW, 8/9/15]

But as Donald Trump looks to dominate Super Tuesday, there is one quote that stands above the rest:

I will support the Republican nominee.” – Sen. Ron Johnson (R- WI)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:39
A Bad Start To The Week For Senator Ron Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:46

ron-johnsonMADISON - Senator Ron Johnson had a rough start to the week with four opinion pieces coming out blasting him for his irresponsible decision to not give any Supreme Court nominee a hearing and vote. Senator Johnson has the right to vote down a nominee, but it is wrong and irresponsible to not even give President Obama a chance to pick someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. This sort of obstructionism will leave the highest court in our land gridlocked for nearly a year and is an insult to the people of Wisconsin who deserve better than a Senator who won't do his job.

Just take a look at what the opinion sections of newspapers across Wisconsin had to say on this issue:

From the Wisconsin State Journal: But rejecting Barack Obama’s nominee before that person is even identified is unfair and irresponsible. It risks a prolonged vacancy, causing high court dysfunction if 4-4 votes occur.

From the Journal Sentinel: To live up to the original understanding of the Constitution that they purport to prize, the Senate Republicans should recognize that the Constitution neither forbids the president from making appointments during the last year of his term nor allows the Senate to outright ignore nominations and hold nominees hostage. They also should recognize that while the Constitution empowers the Senate to prevent an unfit person from sitting on our Supreme Court, it does not give senators license to vote against confirmation of a fit nominee with a judicial philosophy different from their own.

From the Gazette Extra: Polls have clearly shown Americans (and Wisconsin citizens specifically) supporting moving ahead, rejecting our Sen. Ron Johnson’s unwillingness to fairly uphold his mandated responsibilities here. This inaction cheats us out of our rightful opportunity to have judicial decisions adequately considered, leaving this critical judicial seat empty for a year.

From the Green Bay Press Gazette: Continued Republican obstructionism is not in the party’s nor the country’s best interest. I encourage Johnson, and all senators, to honor Scalia’s memory by honoring the Constitution he loved so dearly.

If Senator Johnson needs a history lesson on how his obstructionism reeks of partisanship and goes against the history of Presidents being given a chance to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, he should read the Washington Post article that said “President Obama countered that he would perform his constitutional duty and nominate a successor to Scalia, adding, “Your job doesn’t stop until you are voted out or until your term expires.” The historical record supports that position: 14 presidents have appointed 21 justices during presidential election years. A half-dozen presidents, classic lame ducks, filled Supreme Court seats even though their successors had been elected”. Regardless of their party, Senators have been responsible and done their jobs during Presidential elections years, it's time for Ron Johnson to do his.

American People Have Decided on SCOTUS Nominee, Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:41

ron-johnsonDemocratic Shot/Chaser and national polls show majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court this year.

MADISON - A day after Senate Republicans officially adopted Sen. Johnson’s strategy of “doing nothing” on an Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, new polling demonstrates the American people and the people of Wisconsin aren’t buying their obstructionism.

Shot: “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court.” – Sen. Ron Johnson explaining his obstructionist stance on filling the court vacancy.

Chaser: Majorities of people in Wisconsin and around the country want the U.S. Senate to confirm a nominee this year.  As reported by Politico:

POLL FINDS STRONG SUPPORT FOR SCOTUS HEARINGS IN WISCONSIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Public Policy Polling is out with a poll this morning finding that respondents in Wisconsin and New Hampshire broadly support filling any vacancy on the Supreme Court this year - 62 percent in Wisconsin and 59 percent in New Hampshire. Those numbers could be significant for the two Republican senators representing those respective states, Sens. Ron Johnson and Kelly Ayotte. Both are up for re-election this year during a cycle that favors Democrats. The poll found that an even higher number of respondents – 78 percent in New Hampshire and 76 percent in Wisconsin – believe the Senate should consider who is nominated before making the call for or against confirmation hearings.

Lime: Johnson’s approval rating is underwater at -17.

The people of Wisconsin have spoken, Sen. Johnson. Do your job and consider a nominee to the Supreme Court.

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