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GOP Senate Candidates Promise “No New Funding” for Wisconsin’s Crumbling Roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:54

highway-wiDivided Majority Party lacks leadership needed to solve transportation crisis.

MADISON – For the past five years, Republicans have fought to block infrastructure investments and deny funding for Wisconsin’s crumbling roads and bridges. Senate Republicans, fearful of taking on Gov. Walker and his special interest allies, have failed to advance a long-term transportation funding solution since taking the majority in 2011.

“The poor condition of Wisconsin’s roads and bridges are jeopardizing driver safety and costing families more in repairs,” said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. “We need real transportation funding solutions, but Republicans across the state continue to campaign on a platform of ‘No New Funding.’ Their stall tactics and lip service have increased project costs and created a massive bottleneck of transportation repairs.”

Infrastructure funding opponents like GOP Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have begun traveling across the state and holding fundraisers with like-minded candidates who want to block road repair funding. On Tuesday, Sen. Stroebel plans to campaign with Republicans in the Fox Valley to promote his agenda of ‘No New Funding.’

“Instead of more broken promises from Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans, we need leaders who have the courage to put forward solutions and make tough decisions,” said Ullsvik. “While Republican squabbling has resulted in costly project delays and more potholes, Democrats are thinking outside the box and proposing commonsense, long-term transportation funding solutions. It’s time to remove Republican roadblocks and let Wisconsin men and women get back to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.”

EPA, DNR to Release Recommendations on Groundwater Contamination in Kewaunee County PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 09:53

water_drinkingLUXEMBURG, WI — More than 18 months after local, state and national environmental groups petitioned EPA to take emergency action to provide safe drinking water to Kewaunee County, EPA and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a joint public meeting during which DNR’s recommendations will be released, followed by a Q&A session.

The meeting comes on the heels of the most recent round of private drinking water well testing in Kewaunee that revealed continued contamination. DNR’s recommendations are the result of a year of stakeholder meetings that included farmers, agronomists, agency staff, local land and water conservation staff, environmental groups, and Kewaunee citizens. The recommendations will shape the roadmap for state action to resolve the issue of drinking water contamination in the county.

Citizens are being encouraged to attend and bring a written statement to give to DNR and EPA, as well as any questions that they have regarding the problems in Kewaunee County and the proposed solutions.

WI Latino & Community Leaders Speak Out Against Trump’s Racist Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by People for the American Way   
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 08:22

donald-trumpAttacks by Candidate on Judge Curiel, Continued Wisconsin GOP Support for Trump Criticized in Milwaukee last Friday.

MILWAUKEE – During a press conference last Friday, Wisconsin Latino leaders spoke out against Donald Trump’s racist attacks against Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel and challenged Sen. Ron Johnson’s decision to hold open the Supreme Court vacancy for Trump to fill.

ron-johnsonResponding to Trump’s statements that a federal judge couldn’t be fair based simply on his Mexican-American heritage, Sen. Ron Johnson and House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized Trump, yet the two are backing Trump’s presidential bid and Johnson continues to hold the Supreme Court seat open for Trump to fill by refusing to give fair consideration to Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland.   Ryan continues to ignore the ongoing bigotry of Trump’s campaign by categorizing Trump’s latest racist attacks as “out of left field.”

Key statements:

Wisconsin State House Representative JoCasta Zamarripa:

“As a legislator, I work on issues critical to the community I represent, whether that’s working to combat discrimination, support immigrant families, protect voting rights. Donald Trump stands against everything that we stand for.

“Ron Johnson has said that he won’t support Trump if he “crossed a line.” How is it possible that launching racist attacks against a federal judge doesn’t cross the line? And how can Johnson justify holding open the Supreme Court vacancy for someone who shows such disregard to our courts and the Constitution?”

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera:

“Trump’s racist comments against Judge Curiel exposes the true character of the man.  He is both a bully and a fraud.  He is a bully because he uses personal attacks and threats to try to get his way, and he is a fraud because he is a swindler through projects like Trump fake University, his string of bankruptcies, and his made-in-China products.

“The failure of Senator Johnson and US Speaker Paul Ryan or Governor Walker to pull their support, is dangerous.  Their own policy proposals are a dressed up version of Trump’s, but Trump’s appeal to growing a white supremacist movement through hate and violence, is a threat that extends beyond an election, and should be aggressively condemned and marginalized.”

Freya Neumann, Citizenship Coordinator at Voces de la Frontera:

“I came to this country almost 40 years ago from Mexico, and I became a naturalized citizen to challenge stereotypes and combat the racism I experienced and witnessed far too often in Milwaukee. Sadly, in 2016, racism has increased because of Trump’s hate campaign.

“I am though so happy to see many people who are becoming US citizens because like me, they understand that they must stand up to racism by education, voting, speaking out, and demonstrating. Shame on our Wisconsin Republican leaders who disagree with Trump’s message but continue to support him as president; for the US constitution, the founding document of this nation, upholds the ideal that all people are created equal.”

Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way:

“We now know that Trump has no problem launching racist attacks against judges, and we know that President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland is superbly qualified and has earned significant praise from Democrats and Republicans alike. So why is Ron Johnson holding open the Supreme Court vacancy for a Trump nominee instead of calling for hearings and a vote for Judge Garland?

“It’s time to call the question: Senator Johnson needs to support a fair process for Judge Garland, or else he stands in solidarity with Trump’s racist attacks on our judiciary. He can’t do both.”

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DNR Adopts AG’s Opinion on High-Capacity Wells PDF Print E-mail
Written by Clean Wisconsin   
Monday, 13 June 2016 11:43

clean-drinking-waterMost of state’s water will now be unprotected from high-use wells despite over 500 people asking the agency to reject the AG’s opinion.

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