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Photocopying Driver’s License to Vote Absentee May Not Work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 25 March 2016 11:36

voter-id-primariesThinking of voting early to avoid the rush on April 5? Green Bay's Sen. Dave Hansen warns that the method of printing license makes it difficult to produce an acceptable copy for voting purposes.


MADISON - State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) warned absentee voters today that photocopying your driver’s license to send along with your absentee ballot may not work and might not be accepted.

dave-hansen-gb“The way in which the driver’s license is produced makes it nearly impossible to photocopy. If the photo and information on the license are not discernible your vote won’t be counted,” said Senator Hansen.

A call from a constituent who was unable to copy their driver’s license to send in with their absentee ballot led Hansen to a call the Government Accountability Board which revealed that they have received many calls from absentee voters expressing similar concerns.

Unfortunately this is not an uncommon problem and it could lead to people’s votes not being counted or people getting frustrated and deciding not to vote. Fortunately, there are two known ways to make sure your absentee vote counts:

1. If possible go to your clerk’s office and vote absentee in person. You can vote in person between now and April 1st.

2. Take a photo of your driver’s license and include the photo with your absentee ballot.

“This is yet another example of the deliberate confusion behind the GOP effort to suppress the votes of those who oppose them or who are interested in voting for certain candidates in the GOP presidential primary,” says Hansen.

There is currently no concerted effort by the Legislature or administration to educate people on the new rules in place as a result of the Voter ID law.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 11:57
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Health Insurance Merger Threatens to Raise Consumer Costs, Outsource Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Friday, 25 March 2016 08:32

humanainc-gbAdvocates send letter of concern to Walker’s Insurance Commission Hearing on Humana and Aetna merger next week. Humana employs over 3,000 people in Green Bay, jobs that could be outsourced to other states.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:35
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Bi-partisan Kickboxing Bill Signed into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:34

kickboxing-maleMADISON - State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced today that legislation that would extend mixed martial arts regulations to the sport of kickboxing and other unarmed combat sports was signed into law by the Governor.

dave-hansen“Today we took another step forward in extending the protections we approved for those who compete in mixed martial arts to those who participate in kickboxing and other unarmed combat sports,” said Hansen who co-authored the law with Senator Rob Cowles and Representative Joel Kleefisch. The bill was introduced in response to the death of Dennis Munson Jr. who lost his life in his first kickboxing competition.

“This is an important step toward extending the lifesaving protections found in mixed martial arts law to competitors in kickboxing,” said Hansen. “It is unfortunate that Dennis Munson, Jr. is not alive to see these protections become law. I can’t help but feel that he would be proud of the advocacy of his family in helping to protect future competitors.”

Senate Bill 599 passed the State Senate on February 16th.

In 2009 we took a major step in protecting mixed martial arts fighters. Unfortunately, as we learned, Dennis Munson Jr. did not enjoy those protections when he lost his life in an unregulated kickboxing match. With the signing of SB-599 we are able to honor Dennis by extending those protections to all competitors in unarmed combat sports.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:43
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The Next Well that Goes Bad May be Yours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 21 March 2016 15:15

sand-mining-wiSen. Vinehout shares the problems some Trempealeau County residents had to deal with after a sand mine and processing plant began using an old agriculture high capacity well as its water source. They clearly demonstrate the need to balance the impact on everyone when considering changes to high capacity well laws.

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Justice Bradley's Defense of Rapists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 21 March 2016 14:36

rebecca-bradleyAt Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." A view she has refused to disavow. Now Gov. Walker, who appointed her, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.


MADISON, WI - Over the past two weeks, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.” Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Bradley to the position, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.

jennifer-shilling"Judges are supposed to stand up and protect victims, not shame them," said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "Justice Bradley's statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of our criminal justice system and a lack of respect for women. If she is unable or unwilling to respect the rights of women and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent under the law, she is unfit to serve on our state's highest court."

scott-walkerWhile studying at Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." Despite attempts to walk back other previous statements, Justice Bradley has refused to disavow her comments blaming victims of rape. Justice Bradley has stood by her previous statements equating birth control to murder and arguing that pharmacists should deny contraceptive coverage to women who have a prescription.

"Gov. Walker clearly didn't do his homework before appointing Justice Bradley to the bench," added Shilling. "The statements made by Justice Bradley represent a horrible, misinformed and completely irresponsible view of the challenges facing women in our state. She owes families an apology."

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 15:00
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