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Ending Police Violence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:37

Philando CastileMADISON - It’s been an agonizing week for America, as the crisis of police brutality reared its head first in Baton Rouge and then 1,200 miles to the north.

I wrote about the killing of Alton Sterling and —and what those deaths, and so many like them, mean for our democracy—here:

Police brutality: “When is it going to stop?”

A different problem for our democracy, here in Wisconsin, is the rigging of our electoral maps. Here’s an op-ed that we co-signed with Common Cause in Wisconsin, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 5th:

Democracy is failing when voters don't have real choices

We also posted an item on our website about a new Kohler golf course on the drawing boards, and we noted that Herbert Kohler gave Gov. Walker $40,000 over the last five years. Guess what? Kohler now may be getting the DNR to look the other way, even as the golf course plans to access four acres of one of our state parks. Here’s the story:

Golf course project by big Walker backer up for hearing

This Vet's Life Should Matter Too! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura Kiefert, Green Bay Progressive   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:43

David N. ThompsonDecorated Disabled American Navy Veteran was robbed of $13,000 of cash and travelor's cheques, and another $2,500 from his debit card, while he waits in Jamaica for emergency evacuation that never came. Owner of EMed Jamaica "air ambulance service" misrepresents himself as Florida Doctor to extort $17,000 more from Wisconsin family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 14:04
Government Accountability Died the End of June PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:58

follow-moneyWisconsin's Government Accountability Board (GAB) quietly passed into history last week. The GAB was created to take partisan pressure out of the accountability process and was made up of non-partisan judges who ensured the decisions were in the best interest of public accountability – not partisan interests.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 10:49
July 4: 10 Wins to Celebrate! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:49

american-flagMADISON - For this July 4 holiday week, we’ve put together a special report for you on 10 wins for the good guys here in Wisconsin. Amid all the bad news that the Walker Wrecking Crew has brought us, it’s important to remember, and to celebrate, those times in the last year when We, the People, were able to stop Walker, Vos, Fitzgerald, and their big money backers from passing some disastrous bills or implementing retrograde policies.

So please take a gander:

10 wins to celebrate on July 4 in Wisconsin

Speaking of Walker, one of his biggest backers has been the NRA—a fact we shouldn’t forget in the wake of the Orlando massacre. And you can also see how much the NRA has given to your legislators by clicking here:

Walker’s NRA bankroll topped $3.5 million

The problem of big money and dark money is not confined to Walker and the Republicans. Late last week came the birth announcement of a new dark money group on the Democratic side, which will be operating here in Wisconsin. We don’t look kindly on this development, and you’ll see why here:

New dark money group for Dems is bad news

As we point out, Our elections should not be tug-of-wars between liberal billionaires on one side and conservative billionaires on the other. All of us citizens should have an equal voice in the electoral arena.”

I hope you agree.

Let’s declare our independence from big money and dark money.

Happy 4th of July!


Matt Rothschild
Executive Director

P.S. Please support our urgent work to get money out of politics and to bring real democracy to Wisconsin and this country. Send us a tax-deductible gift today by clicking here or by mailing your check to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign at 203 S. Paterson Street, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703.

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