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Lt. Governor Admits Republicans Put Health Protections in Jeopardy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 09:48

rebeccakleefischTop Walker official admits GOP would end pre-existing condition coverage guarantee in a recent interview on Upfront with Mike Gousha.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:04
DOJ Orders Bishops Not to Destroy Abuse Documents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peter Isely, Founding Member, SNAP   
Saturday, 27 October 2018 15:04

bishop-david-zubikUS DOJ orders all US bishops not to destroy abuse documents, but in previous post in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania bishop did just that.

GREEN BAY, WI - Yesterday it was learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has put every US diocese under notice to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any” documents related to the sexual abuse of children as they investigate “possible violations of federal law.” The letter, addressed to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is significant because it covers not only the state of Pennsylvania, where the D.O.J. has officially launched a federal probe, but the entire U.S.

One Pennsylvania bishop likely at the center of the current federal investigation is Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh. Zubik has a long history in Pittsburgh. According to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar of Clergy under Archbishop Daniel Wuerl, Zubik was involved in covering up child sex abuse.

Zubik was promoted to bishop of the Green Bay diocese in 2003. While in Wisconsin, court records show that Zubik systematically destroyed nearly all criminal evidence of abuse and cover up from that diocese relating to at least 51 known sex offenders. In fact, Zubik reissued the order for the shredding the day before the Vatican announced he would leave Green Bay and return to run the Pittsburgh diocese in 2007. At the time, SNAP issued a letter for a federal investigation of the document destruction.

The Wisconsin document destruction was clearly timed around a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that dioceses in Wisconsin could be sued in civil court for fraud for covering up child sex abuse. Among the most critical records Zubik destroyed were those from church-run “treatment” facilities, which often contain the most detailed evidence and admissions of criminal conduct and the administrative decisions to cover up those crimes and reassign offenders. Treatment records are among the specific documents the Federal Prosecutor in Pennsylvania has ordered the dioceses not to destroy and turn over to federal authorities.

Zubik’s conduct raises a set of troubling questions that need answers: Did Zubik destroy documents in Pittsburgh? If not, why did he do so in Green Bay? It is difficult to believe that in destroying criminal and civil court evidence of child sex abuse that Zubik did not violate federal laws, since many of these offenders were moved across state lines. That is why a federal investigation needs to be launched not only in Pennsylvania concerning Zubik’s conduct but also in Wisconsin.


(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2018 15:26
Scott Walker's Political Decisions on BadgerCare Will Cost Lives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Alex Japko   
Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:09

critical-illnessWalker’s refusal to expand affordable BadgerCare coverage for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites while waging his failed run for President could cost an estimated 342 lives annually.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:24
WEDC: Facts Don’t Jive with Rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:09

walkerA public letter shared this week from three of Gov. Walker’s former Secretaries, including former Secretary/CEO of WEDC Paul Jadin, reports serious problems in the structure and management of WEDC, only adding to the concerns raised by other former Walker administration officials.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:15
Getting Ready to Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:16

voteEvery Wisconsin citizen needs to know what steps they must take to vote and their voting location, so Sen. Vinehout writes about the process of voter registrations and voter ID to help people prepare for the November 6th election.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2018 15:23
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