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Wisconsin Assembly OK's Bill Cutting Planned Parenthood Money PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 12 February 2016 10:45

violenceAssembly Republicans Pass Attack on Women’s Health Care Access, Put Domestic Violence Victims at Risk.

GOP Ignores People's Needs, Prioritizes Political Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:08

senate Republican legislative leaders skip action on student loan debt relief, clean drinking water, and economic development as they rush bill banning Democratic candidate from serving.

MADISON - Ignoring public calls for action on student loan debt relief, access to clean drinking water and investments in economic development, Legislative Republicans are fast-tracking a bill to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.

The politically motivated attack comes in the final days of a legislative session that has seen Legislative Republicans more focused on boosting Gov. Walker's presidential campaign ambitions than finding solutions to help hardworking families.

jenshilling"This bill is a desperate and unprecedented attack on our democratic values," said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "It's a petty and vindictive bill designed to limit local control and consolidate political power. Voters should be free to pick the candidate they believe best represents their values. They don't need Republican politicians in Madison telling them who they can and can't vote for."

mark-harrisThe bill, Senate Bill 707, would block locally elected officials from serving in the state legislature. When asked about the proposal in an interview, bill author and Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) admitted that “Harris’ candidacy was the impetus for the bill.”

Since taking power in 2011, Republican leaders have attacked Wisconsin’s open record laws, dismantled the non-partisan Government Accountability Board, gutted campaign finance protections, exempted politicians from John Doe criminal investigations and gerrymandered legislative districts.

“Wisconsin families are tired of the increasing corruption and misplaced priorities of Republican legislators,” added Shilling. “This power grab reflects a fundamental lack of respect for our democracy and Wisconsin voters. Republicans should focus less on protecting their own jobs and work with Democrats to restore school funding, address the student loan debt crisis and protect access to clean drinking water."


Legislative Staffer Tony Palese contributed to this story.

Resolution Reaffirming Children’s Outdoor Heritage Passes in Madison PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:13

huntersHansen authored resolution reaffirms the right of every Wisconsin child to be able to enjoy our natural resources and to encourage parents make time to get their children involved in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, swimming, boating, skiing or hiking. Legislators would now do well to embrace the resolution’s spirit.

MADISON - The State Legislature reaffirmed the right of every child to be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural resources and to encourage parents make time to get their children involved in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, swimming, boating, skiing or hiking.

dave-hansen“This resolution is really about renewing our commitment to protect and preserve our natural resources for our children and grandchildren to enjoy and encouraging kids and their parents to get outdoors and enjoy everything Wisconsin has to offer,” said Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), coauthor of the resolution.

The resolution calls on members of the Legislature to recognize that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and have access to clean water and fresh local food. The resolution also calls on legislators to recognize and promote the benefits of enjoying outdoor activities for children.

Although the resolution is only advisory Senator Hansen said its timing couldn’t be more important.

“Taking this resolution to heart is important at a time when we are seeing legislative attempts to sell off our public water utilities to out-of-state corporations, give more control over our groundwater supply to corporations that own high capacity wells, and limit public enjoyment of our lakes, rivers and streams,” Hansen said. “I would hope before we see any effort to move these bills in the Senate our leaders would reflect on this resolution and the negative impact those bills could have on our kids’ ability to enjoy the outdoors and to have safe, clean drinking water.”


Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this story.

Senate Republicans Attack Voter Rights Again PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:44

gotv-volunteersMadison Senate GOP votes to eliminate Special Registration Deputies and block local voter registration drives, a time-honored meet your neighbor tradition in Wisconsin politics.

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