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Mark Harris Undeterred by Republican Politics in Madison PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 19 February 2016 15:07

mark-harrisWinnebago County Executive Files Formal Declaration of Candidacy for State Senate in defiance of GOP action to block him, a Democrat, from serving in the Legislature.

OSHKOSH, WI - Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris said today that he will run for the State Senate in defiance of the passage of Senate Bill 707 Tuesday. SB 707 was introduced by Republican Party leaders to block Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the Legislature.

"This bill is a sign of the misplaced priorities of Republican leaders," said Harris. "I'm running for State Senate because Wisconsin deserves better. Hardworking families that I hear from say they want leaders who will work together and focus on creating jobs, investing in our public schools, public universities, and infrastructure."

"Rather than strengthening our communities and growing our middle class, Republicans in Madison continue to focus on retaining political power," Harris said. "I have faith that voters will see these tactics for what they are and will support my effort to restore commonsense to the State Capitol."

Mark Harris is a Democratic candidate for the open 18th Senate District that includes parts of Fond du Lac, Winnebago, and Dodge Counties.

Harris currently serves as Winnebago County Executive and lives in Oshkosh with his wife Susan. To learn more about his candidacy, please visit

Public Outcry Forces Defeat of Controversial Water Bill PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 19 February 2016 14:05

clean-drinking-waterLocal Senator says backlash against the Republican proposal to allow an out-of-state corporation to buy and operate public water utilities in Wisconsin forced it to be removed from the Senate calendar.

MADISON - According to State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), an outspoken opponent of the bill, widespread backlash against a bill that would make it easier to turn control of public drinking water over to out-of-state corporations led to the bill’s apparent demise in the State Senate Friday.

dave-hansen“I was so happy to see the public outcry against this bill," said Hansen today.  "Thanks to everyone who spoke out, the bill was removed from the Senate calendar and it looks to be defeated."

The controversial bill was introduced at the request of Aqua American, a Pennsylvania corporation that buys public water utilities to operate for profit. In many cases that has been a bad deal for residents in communities where Aqua America took over control of their drinking water.

In order to increase profits in some communities, Aqua America has fired staff, reduced quality and raised rates. One community saw their average water rate skyrocket from $153 to $707 an increase of 397%.

“Assembly Bill 554 was nothing more than a giveaway to Aqua America, a Pennsylvania corporation that wanted to gain control over Wisconsin’s drinking water,” said Hansen. “Clean water is one of our greatest assets and its protection should remain the responsibility of the public. It should not be sold to a faceless corporation that is only interested in making a profit from it. I’m glad so many agree and made their voices heard.”

Gov. Walker Signs Bills Limiting Birth Control Access PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:40

womenDemocratic leaders deeply disappointed in the Governor's decision to attack Planned Parenthood and community health centers across Wisconsin.

MADISON - Democratic leaders were quick to react after Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills targeting Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s federal funding and limiting access to birth control.

jennifer-shilling"I am deeply disappointed in Gov. Walker's decision to attack Planned Parenthood and community health centers across Wisconsin," said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in a statement Thursday. "Rather than limiting preventive care services, cancer screenings and birth control, we should be expanding access to health care and working to grow our middle class."

"I continue to support the dedicated health care providers and patient advocates at Planned Parenthood centers across our state who provide vital care and counselling to thousands of hardworking men and women," Shilling concluded.

38 Democratic legislators including Sen. Shilling had urged Gov.Walker to veto these bills. You can read a copy of that letter here.

NE WI Property Taxes Rise as Republicans Siphon Money for Voucher Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:37

school-closedTom Tiffany silent as Rhinelander and Northland Pines school districts forced to approve referendum.

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