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Where Does Duffy Stand On SCOTUS Nominee? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:29

antonin-scaliaWisconsinites Deserve to Know Where Rep. Sean Duffy Stands On GOP Obstruction To SCOTUS Nominee


MADISON - In the days following the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan immediately joined the likes of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell in favoring a delay in nominating a justice to the a Supreme Court until after President Obama leaves office. It’s been almost two weeks since the vacancy was made on the highest court in the land and Congressman Sean Duffy - an expert in Congressional obstruction tactics - is yet to take a stand on the issue.

Standard-bearers of Wisconsin’s extreme right-wing ilk instantly sought to politicize the vacancy on the high court after news of Justice Scalia death made headlines. Senator Ron Johnson issued a statement the next day demanding that President Obama not pick a nominee until after the presidential elections in November. Speaker Ryan followed suit, even disclosing that Republicans were trying to create the spin on the issue to benefit their side politically.

After two weeks of members of the extreme right-wing coalescing around obstructing the process of selecting a Supreme Court Justice, Rep. Sean Duffy is a glaring omission amongst the Congressional Republicans who have taken a stand on the issue.

Congressman Duffy voted to shut down the government in 2013. If he stands with the likes of Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell on this issue, then also he supports crippling the one branch of the federal government that is supposed to be above the fray of politics - for over a year.

The President has a constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court Justice, and the Senate has an obligation to vote on that nominee. A quick glance at history reveals that the Senate has not previously shirked its responsibility to confirm Supreme Court Justices in an election year. In fact, since 1900, six Supreme Court Justices have been confirmed in a presidential election year. To put it simply, Congress can and should confirm a nominee or risk compromising a fundamental part of American democracy.

“As someone who has taken the lead in ushering in an era of obstruction and dysfunction in Congress over the last six years, Rep. Sean Duffy must let the voters know where he stands on filling the current vacancy on the Supreme Court,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. “Duffy’s government shutdown allies like Sen. Ron Johnson have said they won’t even meet with a Supreme Court nominee. Wisconsinites deserve to know if the Congressman agrees.”

 
Senators Should Do Their Constitutional Duty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ Feingold   
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:51

antonin-scaliaPresident Obama's job to soon nominate someone to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court is not only critical to the operation of our highest court, it is a responsibility explicitly laid out in our Constitution. The Republican-led Senate can consider the nominee and decide not to support that person, but they cannot abdicate their constitutional responsibility to "advice and consent" in the full view of the people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 18:25
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies in Sleep in Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 16:22

antonin-scaliaEL PASO, TX - An El Paso source close to Justice Antonin Scalia has told the ABC affiliate TV Channel 7 here that the 79-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting at Cibolo Creek Ranch outside of Marfa, Texas.

The Justice did not report feeling ill and retired to his room after dinner. The source, who was traveling with Scalia, told ABC-7 an El Paso priest has been called to Marfa.

Scalia was the longest-serving current Justice on the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was well known for being part of the ultra conservative block on the court.

 
Groups Cheer Court Decision Holding Clean Power Plan in Place PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clean Wisconsin   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 16:10

earthclimatechangeMADISON - Clean Wisconsin, along with other supporters of federal climate policies, applauded a decision by the District of Columbia federal appeals court today rejecting attempts by the fossil fuel industry and various coal-friendly states to block immediate implementation of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants. By reducing carbon emissions, other harmful air pollutants will be reduced as well, benefiting public health.

“Today’s decision means that there will be no delay in reducing the carbon pollution that is causing serious respiratory diseases, heart conditions and premature death, negative effects that are felt disproportionately by the most vulnerable members of our society,” says Keith Reopelle, senior policy director of Clean Wisconsin. “This is a huge victory for clean energy and public health in Wisconsin.”

A centerpiece of President Obama’s climate action plan, the Clean Power Plan builds on existing trends in the electric power sector that have allowed many states around the country to reduce emissions at a rapid rate over the last decade. Looking forward, it draws on the strength and ingenuity of American innovation to slash dangerous carbon pollution being dumped into the air, while driving investment in energy efficiency and clean energy.

“The Court’s order underscores the fact that the Clean Power Plan’s challengers have failed to identify any ‘irreparable harm,’ which would necessitate a delay in implementing the Administration’s rule,” says Katie Nekola, general counsel, Clean Wisconsin. “Power plants have 15 years to implement the Clean Power Plan and states are provided a broad array of compliance options.”

In addition to public health and environmental groups, a coalition of more than two dozen states and cities are helping defend EPA’s Clean Power Plan, along with nine power companies, including Calpine, NextEra, and National Grid US, and a coalition of clean energy trade associations.

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On behalf of its more than 30,000 members, supporters and its coalition partners, Clean Wisconsin protects Wisconsin's air, water and natural heritage.
608-251-7020,
www.cleanwisconsin.org.

 
President, Critics Connect at CNN's Town Hall on Guns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 08 January 2016 15:46

pres-obama-town-hall-2016President Barack Obama, trying to do something about gun violence, and critics who believe he's determined to confiscate their weapons came face-to-face Thursday in a CNN town hall televised nationally. The President fielded tough questions from gun owners in a rare respectful and reasoned interlude in one of America's most poisoned political debates.

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