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Violating Privacy in Search of Fraud is Misplaced Justice PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Friday, 14 July 2017 09:59

trumpPresident Trump's new witch hunt for illegal voters is a waste of time. Voters are not committing fraud in elections. Politicians who pass laws rigging the maps and suppressing voter turnout are the real problem.


MADISON - Regardless of what happens in court or the with the “call back” from President Trump, the Wisconsin Elections Commission will follow Wisconsin law and grant a request to release limited information about our voters as they must under our open records law. Information like name and address of voters as well and when and where they voted will be given to President Trump’s commission if they pay for the records. But the secret ballot, party preference, social security number and date of birth is rightly protected by our laws. There is no other choice because our law on open records is clear.

voter-idHowever violating our voter’s rights in search of fraud is a waste of time and a violation of privacy because the Republican claim of voter fraud has been proven false more than once. This national ploy will show nothing different.

Voters are not the ones committing fraud in elections. Politicians who pass laws rigging the maps so only they can win is the true voter fraud. This fraud is so great a panel of three Federal judges overturned it and demanded new maps be drawn. This fraud is so valid that the US Supreme Court now will hear how fraudulent our maps are, how dirty Wisconsin elections have become under this one party rule.

This should make no one proud. The voter fraud of rigged maps is what needs attention. Taking away the right to one person one vote, without political interference, is the crime.

Voters in this state work hard to access the ballot and that is not something that has been made easier with the elimination of special registration deputies and additional identification at every single election, not just when you register to vote. But these barriers and intimidation will not break the Wisconsin voter spirit. We have fortitude, we have strength, we are stubborn and we won’t let Republican voter intimidation take away our right to vote.

Coming off an election where the party I belong did not perform well this optimism and faith in voters may seem misplaced. But the reality is I believe in the value of the right to vote. Even if people don’t vote for me. The process of clean elections and the value of the right to vote is bigger than any politician, bigger than any party.

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If you would like additional information on voter’s rights and the violation of those rights with the current one party rule in Wisconsin, contact my office at 608-266-6670 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 10:29
 
Blue Jean Nation 'Stuck in reverse' PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:43

REVERSEWisconsin needs to do an about-face and fundamentally change its approach to economic development, paying far less attention to WMC and its backward thinking.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:51
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Democratic Radio "Wisconsin's Budget is About Priorities" PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:47

road-closed-delayRep. Gordon Hintz talks about the ongoing budget fight between Republicans in Madison.


MADISON – Today, Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on the ongoing budget fight between Republican leaders:

"They’ve also had four months to write the new state budget that was due July 1. That deadline has come and gone, but Republicans are no closer to finding a solution that works," Rep. Hintz said. "The budget delay reflects the inability or unwillingness, to make the investments necessary to ensure every child as an equal opportunity education and that Wisconsin has quality highways and roads to support economic growth."

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here, and the video can be found here or below.

A written transcript of the address is below:

gordon_hintz"Hi, I’m Rep. Gordon Hintz with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

"A budget is all about priorities and the Wisconsin State Budget is no different. If you ask people across the state what the state should fund, most will tell you that we should fund our schools, our roads and essential services that keep us safe.

"So why don’t Republican legislators in Madison get that?

"They’ve had six years of complete control at the Capitol to get the job done. Instead, they keep failing. They’ve also had four months to write the new state budget that was due July 1. That deadline has come and gone, but Republicans are no closer to finding a solution that works.

"The budget delay reflects the inability or unwillingness, to make the investments necessary to ensure every child as an equal opportunity education and that Wisconsin has quality highways and roads to support economic growth.

"The budget delay also reflects a lack of leadership. We elect a Governor and Legislature to make important decisions and investments in our state. If education and infrastructure are the biggest budget priorities, there should be no disagreement.

"Thank you."

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:17
 
“Health Care and Budget Impasse” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:19

bgw_301Robert Kraig and Sen. Chris Larson discuss the health care impasse in Washington, the innovative Democratic BadgerCare proposal, the state budget impasse, and why Wisconsin conservatives seem unable to govern.


STATEWIDE - This week Robert Kraig and special guest State Senator Chris Larson discuss the health care impasse in Washington and the innovative state bill announced this week by Legislative Democracts to open BadgerCare to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option.

They also discuss the bizarre Republican maneuver in the State Assembly on a bill to outlaw health insurance lifetime and annual limits. Does it show that health care be a big electoral issue for progressives?

Then we dig into the state budget impasse, and the reasons why the conservatives who dominate Wisconsin government seem unable to govern. Finally we speculate on the rumor about the infamous sweat shop company that makes iphones coming to Wisconsin. What kind of deal is Trump, Walker, and Robin Vos trying to cut and will it benefit Wisconsin workers?

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:16
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