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Sen. Larson on Republican Sour Grape Session PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Monday, 10 December 2018 14:13

walkerMILWAUKEE - We just had an election wherein the outcome was clear, the people of Wisconsin sought change and elected a new Governor. Now should be a time of peaceful transition, but instead we have just witnessed an unprecedented power grab by Republicans in the state legislature.

The recent passing of President George HW Bush is a stark reminder of how far our country has come since the days when good people from both sides of the aisle could work together in mutual respect.

In his note to his successor, President Bill Clinton, President Bush wrote, “Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you.”

After a lifetime of service to his country, President Bush understood what most of us take for granted: Democracies are only functional when citizens are confident in the peaceful transfer of power after the conclusion of an election.

Eight years later, President Clinton would write to President Bush’s son, George W, the following: “And from this day you are President of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness.”

chris_larsonMy sympathies are with my Republican colleagues; I know too well the pain of losing an election. As state Senator, I have had the privilege of serving when both my party held power and when it lost it.

But when I entered office in 2011, I swore to uphold the constitutions of the United States and the state of Wisconsin. I pledged, just as Scott Walker did, to respect the rule of law and the democratic process.

In an unprecedented move, Scott Walker’s Republican-controlled legislature pushed a series of bills in a lame-duck session to remove checks and balances from our state government.

This package of bills, rammed through committees in the dead of the night, are designed to rig elections and consolidate power in the hands of a few. Never in Wisconsin’s history have we faced such an attack on our state Constitution and the democratic process.

On Monday December 3rd, prior to the lame-duck session, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald stated “We trusted Scott Walker and the administration to be able to manage the back and forth with the Legislature. We don’t trust Tony Evers right now in a lot of those areas.”

It is important for elected officials to remember that we can disagree with each other on policy, but elections are never about one person. We were elected to serve the people of Wisconsin regardless of who is elected alongside us. Taking extraordinary measures to limit the power of an office because we might not “trust” the person that was elected to that office is a slap in the face to the citizens of Wisconsin that voted for change on November 6th.

We must never make the mistake of thinking that we were only elected to serve the voters who agree with us. Wisconsin’s working families deserve a legislative body where elected officials can work across the aisle and with the governor to solve Wisconsin's toughest problems.


State Senator Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, released this opinion editorial on the transition of power and the unprecedented measures taken by Republicans to limit the power of the offices of Governor.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2018 14:33
Wisc Democracy Campaign "The Stabbing of Democracy" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 07 December 2018 17:11

wdc-logoThe lame-duck session that the GOP leadership presided over this week turned Wisconsin into a national embarrassment.

MADISON - We’ve witnessed a crime this past week: the stabbing of democracy in Wisconsin.

The lame-duck session that the GOP leadership presided over was a subversion of the will of the people, and it’s turned Wisconsin into a national embarrassment.

But it’s just the latest in a series of grave assaults that Scott Walker, Scott Fitzgerald, and Robin Vos have carried out, as I point out here:

Walker, Fitzgerald, and Vos Stab Democracy in Wisconsin

Meanwhile, our research director, Mike Buelow, dug into a couple of the more obscure bills that were passed, and what he found was not pretty. Big business was behind two of these:

WMC Behind Lame-Duck Anti-Regulation Bill

Anti-Prevailing Wage Bill Part of Lame Duck

matt-rothschildI took a break from covering and protesting this power grab last Monday and ran up to Baraboo to give a talk on Trump and the assault on our democracy nationally. I touched on the high school students giving a Nazi salute, and I mentioned that this was not a reflection of Baraboo but a reflection of America in the Age of Trump. Here’s an account of my talk and a video recording if you have the time:

UW-Baraboo speaker: Democracy is 'hanging by a thread'

Video: How Democracies Die/How to Combat Fascism Here at Home

I hope you find these articles and my talk of interest.


Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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"GOP power grab" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 07 December 2018 16:39

gop-power-grabDiscussion of the GOP Lame Duck power grab, and interview of State Supreme Court Candidate Justice Lisa Neubauer.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2018 17:08
Democratic Radio: Lame Lame-Duck Session PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
Thursday, 06 December 2018 17:24

wisconsin-rustedMADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below:

mark-miller“Hello, this is Senator Mark Miller with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

“An extraordinary session was convened this week by Republicans for the purpose of disrespecting the voters of Wisconsin by removing certain powers of their newly elected governor and Attorney General and transferring them to the legislature.

“The voters of the state of Wisconsin elected Democrat Tony Evers to be their new governor and they elected Democrat Josh Kaul to be their Attorney General; in spite of the considerable advantage of incumbency and in spite of the barriers to voting designed to reduce Democratic voter turnout. They have stolen from the voters.

“This session would not have been called if Scott Walker had won. These bills do not serve a public purpose. They serve a blatantly partisan purpose.

“This session was extraordinary in more ways than one. Not only was it officially designated extraordinary, it is extraordinary because of poor loser mentality, chutzpah, peevishness, spite, and disrespect for democracy by shafting the voters of Wisconsin by passing legislation to thwart the people’s choice for the next governor.

“Republicans already tilted the legislative elections to their partisan advantage, now they have refused to accept the decision of the voters in elections they cannot gerrymander. Wisdom is knowing the right path to take, integrity is taking it. Scott Walker would be wise not to sign these bills.

“I’m not holding my breath.”

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