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Pocan, Citizen Action Have Health Care Town Hall Speaker Ryan Refused to Hold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Monday, 10 July 2017 12:31

Town hallPaul Ryan refused to have an open forum with his constituents, says he didn't want "a screaming fest.” Next two weeks may determine whether Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will succeed in dismantling Affordable Care Act.

Walker and Other Republican Governors Struggle to Govern PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 10:15

scott-walkerRepublican governors around the nation are struggling to pass state budgets.

MADISON - It's not just Republicans in Washington who can't pass major legislation, Republican governors around the nation are struggling to pass state budgets, including the head of the Republican Governor's Association (RGA), Gov. Scott Walker.

Six days into the new fiscal year and Scott Walker is yet to sign a 2017-19 biennial budget. Despite Republicans being in complete control of state government, party leaders continue to disagree on how to fund fixing our state's crumbling roads and bicker over how much funds to cut from public education.

Wisconsin is not alone in its struggle to enact a budget. Republican-led Illinois, Maine and New Jersey all failed to pass a state budget before the July 1st deadline, resulting in partial government shutdowns.

“It's hard to find a Republican-controlled government actually doing its job and making life better for hard-working families. As head of the RGA, Gov. Scott Walker is the poster child for Republican failures across the board," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby. "In Wisconsin, families want their public schools fully funded and their roads fixed, they can't wait any longer for Republicans to get their act together. If Republicans are willing to reach across the aisle, Democrats are ready to answer the call to create long-term, bi-partisan solutions to the state's budget woes and provide some certainty for households across Wisconsin." ​

State Republican Budget Infighting Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Democrats   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 10:01

road-closed-delayWalker's new transportation plan rejected, schools and communities face uncertainty over local budgets and construction projects.

MADISON - The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee hasn’t met publicly for over three weeks as Republican infighting derailed the committee process and caused the state to miss its July 1st budget deadline.

While Gov. Walker proposed a new transportation plan that cuts state funding and seeks more federal aid, Republicans and Democrats largely dismissed the proposal as short-sighted and inadequate. As the budget delay continues, schools and communities will face greater uncertainty over their local budgets and important construction projects.

You can view all of the previous motions and votes on the state budget by visiting the Legislative Democrats website here:

Democrats Urge Protection of Voter Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:37

donald-trumpRepublicans silent on Trump request for voter data and Social Security numbers.

MADISON – The top Democratic leaders in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly have urged the state’s Elections Board to protect voter rights and reject a request from the Trump administration for sensitive voter information. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity recently requested Wisconsin voters’ confidential information including voters’ dates of birth, partial Social Security Numbers, and partisan political preference.

jen-shilling“The Commission’s request would jeopardize voter rights and violate Wisconsin privacy laws,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Close advisors to President Trump are still under investigation for potential election violations and inappropriate contact with Russian agents. The last thing we should do in the midst of these ongoing investigations is hand sensitive voter data over to the Trump administration.”

peter-barca“There have been repeated attempts by Republicans in Wisconsin and in Washington, D.C. to suppress voter participation in our Democracy,” said Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). "We have heard from a number of sources that this request by Trump’s administration could very well end up as a thinly veiled attempt to take state-level schemes to kick Democratic voters off voting rolls to a national scale. We need Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans to join us in this effort to protect voter privacy and prevent the Trump administration from overstepping its authority.”


NOTE: A copy of the letter to the Elections Board is here. Thanks to Tony Palese and Olivia Hwang for this article.

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