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Divided, but Not Broken Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 06:35

jeff-smithSenator-elect Jeff Smith, who will take office January 7th to replace outgoing Democratic Sen. Kathleen Vinehout in the 31st District, shares his goal to help heal the political divisions in Wisconsin state government.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 17:58
Help Make 2019 the Year for Health Care Progress PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Friday, 28 December 2018 16:24

eoy_picDuring the holidays, take the time to make a contribution to the fastest growing statewide progressive organization in Wisconsin, Citizen Action.

MILWAUKEE - As you make your end of the year donations, I urge you to consider a tax deductible contribution to the fastest growing statewide progressive organization in Wisconsin, Citizen Action.

People across the state are flocking to Citizen Action of Wisconsin because we have a real member-driven strategy for winning progressive victories in 2019 and beyond.

Health care is the most promising area for progress. We have a huge popular mandate to work with Governor Evers to expand Medicaid, open up BadgerCare as a public option, regulate outlandish prescription drug prices, and more.

If the GOP Legislature continues to block Medicaid Expansion, they will reap the whirlwind of public outrage. As I told the Associated Press last week: “The politics of Medicaid Expansion are very bad for anyone who wants to stand in the way right now. Evers understands the public is with us.”

If you agree with me that we have a huge opportunity to take the next big steps forward on healthcare, than please make a make a tax deductible end-of the-year donation to Citizen Action.

You probably saw all the headlines. Only 2 days after Scott Walker enacted new restrictions on early voting, Citizen Action and our partners went to federal court to block him. As I told Fox 6 News: "I think folks knew that this would be the first major lawsuit coming out of the lame-duck session."

We all know why Scott Walker and the GOP Legislature are again taking aim against voting rights. As I told The Guardian newspaper: “We have a political party in the United States that has decided it’s completely OK to hold on to power by reducing the number of people who are voting.”

That’s why it is so important that you make a tax deductible end-of-the-year donation to Citizen Action. Now more than ever we need smart and effective grassroots organizing to back up our new Governor as we fight to take back Wisconsin democracy!

There are many great reasons to to make a tax deductible end-of-the year donation to Citizen Action:

Cutting-Edge Local Organizing Statewide: Citizen Action’s Organizing Co-ops are spreading across Wisconsin in the places that we need to shift the balance of power, and creating the conditions we need to bridge the urban/suburban/rural divide.

Everyone Means Everyone: Citizen Action has hired a talented multiracial team of organizers which positions us to build a progressive base in every Wisconsin community. We are organizing deeper than ever before in Wisconsin’s rural areas, which are desperately in need of new investment, and in communities of color where economic opportunity is denied.

Bold Vision on Climate Change & Racial Justice: We launched a campaign earlier this year to create a Wisconsin economy where everyone who wants a living wage job can get one, racial inequality is eliminated, and carbon pollution is reduced to the level necessary to prevent a climate genocide.

Cutting-Edge Communication: Citizen Action is a leader in developing new message frames and narratives that are needed to pull the state in a progressive direction. We are very good at generating positive media coverage and deploying new media. Our popular Battleground Wisconsin podcast and radio show has over 35,000 documented listens per year.

The donations you make at the end-of-the-year will have even greater impact because they allow us to make even more ambitious plans for 2019. We need your to help today if we are going to make 2019 the first year of the great progressive revival in Wisconsin.

In Peace & Solidarity,

Robert Kraig
Executive Director
Citizen Action of Wisconsin/Citizen Action of Wisconsin Fund

Democratic Radio: Happy Holidays PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 28 December 2018 16:09

new-year-happyMADISON - Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison represents Wisconsin Assembly Democrats with a holiday address.

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The complete text of Chris Taylor's message is presented below.

chris-taylorHello. I am State Representative Chris Taylor with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

The holidays are a time to come together with family and friends to enjoy good food and good conversation. Those conversations can provide an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter most to you.

For me, and for Wisconsin Democrats, these issues include access to quality, affordable health care, sustainably funding our public education system, protecting our precious natural resources, and investing in our state’s infrastructure for future generations to come.

The holidays are also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward to the New Year.

2018 held both successes and challenges for the people of Wisconsin.

Most notably, Wisconsin elected a new leader in Governor-elect Tony Evers.

Democrats are looking forward to 2019. We are eager and ready to get back to work, addressing the issues that are important to you, the residents of Wisconsin.

Democrats in Wisconsin have not forgotten that we were elected to be your voice in the State Capitol and nothing is more important to us, than making sure government is for you, not powerful politicians.

That is why I encourage you, now more than ever, to contact your elected officials and share your thoughts on how to move Wisconsin forward.

Whether it’s by calling your local school board members or contacting your State Representative or State Senator, we want to know which issues matter most to you.

I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken time over the last year to share their thoughts with myself and my colleagues. I want you to know your voices were heard.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a happy holidays and a wonderful and healthy New Year.

Thank you.

“Ryan & Walker exit stage right wing” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:21

ryan-and-walker-exitWe discuss the lame duck session fall out, the latest on the early voting lawsuit, Tony Evers’ first cabinet appointments and a new audit revealing WEDC plans to pay for Foxconn jobs not located in Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE - We close out 2018 by contrasting the legacies of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker as they prepare to leave office in early January. We review the lame duck session fall out, including the latest on the motion filed in Citizen Action's early voting lawsuit with One WI Now to block voting restrictions. We also discuss Tony Evers’ first cabinet appointments and a new audit revealing WEDC plans to pay for Foxconn jobs not located in Wisconsin.

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Producer's Note: Thank you for listening to the Battleground Wisconsin Podcast! This show would not be possible with out the support of listeners like you. We'd also like to thank WIDE-LP 99.1 FM Madison and WRRD 1510AM Milwaukee for broadcasting the show every week. Please continue to listen and tell your friends about the Battleground Wisconsin Podcast, word of mouth is the best way to increase our audience size. If you have any questions or thoughts about the show, or if you just want to chat, please drop me a note at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you'd like to donate a special tax-deductible gift to help support the show please click here. Robert, Matt, Rebecca and myself wish you a happy holiday and we truly appreciate your ears and your support! See you in 2019!

Best, Brian

Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2018 17:45
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