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Hintz Remembers The Oshkosh 94 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:51

uw-oshkoshOn November 21, 1968, ninety four African American students engaged in demonstration for racial equality on the UW-Oshkosh campus.


MADISON – Throughout the month of February, members of the Legislative Black Caucus hosted events to celebrate Black history Month. Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee), hosted “A Night with the Oshkosh 94”, a panel discussion with members of the Oshkosh 94, as they recount the events of November 21, 1968.

Dubbed ‘Black Thursday’, on November 21, 1968, ninety four African American students engaged in demonstration for racial equality on campus, resulting in the mass arrest and expulsion of those students. Black Thursday has been deemed one of the first civil rights protests in the state of the Wisconsin.

gordon_hintzRepresentative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) issued the following statement:

“The events of Black Thursday serve as a reminder that we must be proactive in addressing racial disparities in our education system. I want to recognize and commend the Oshkosh 94 for their tireless activism and efforts to fight inequality in our community.

“I would also like to thank the Legislative Black Caucus for all of their hard work organizing another successful Black History Month with events in the Capitol and around the state.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 February 2020 18:10
 
How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Access to Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 11:18

healthcare-family-drThe GOP majority in Madison, which actually represents a minority of Wisconsinites, is costing us money and lives by adhering to Walker era policy of resistance to Affordable Care, says Senator.

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Evers Statement on Molson Coors Shooting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:55

milwaukee-shooting-2020MILWAUKEE — Gov. Tony Evers released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s shooting at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee:

tony-evers“I want to say thank you to the folks at Molson Coors and our first responders who acted quickly to contain the situation and get folks and students in the nearby areas to safety. We are still learning more details about what happened at Molson Coors earlier today. What we do know, though, is that more lives were lost in a mass shooting in Wisconsin. Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken today, all of the folks and workers at Molson Coors, and the entire Milwaukee community as we grapple with yet another act of gun violence that will have long-lasting consequences for this community and our state.”

 
Legislators Speak on Tragic Workplace Shooting in Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LaTonya Johnson Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:49

milwaukee-shooting-2020-abcMilwaukee area legislators Sen. LaTonya Johnson and Rep. Evan Goyke speak out on the tragic workplace shooting on Wednesday.


MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson and State Representative Evan Goyke regarding the tragic workplace shooting that occurred on Wednesday, February 26:

latonya-johnson“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in the devastating workplace shooting in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Our hearts go out to everyone affected during this unimaginable time.

Acts of violence like this shake our communities to their core. We all deserve to feel safe at home, at work, and in our community.

evangoykeWe are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement personnel who responded to this tragic incident. We appreciate their brave work and dedication to our community.

Molson Coors is a part of our community and we are a part of theirs. They have been a part of Milwaukee’s near west side for over 100 years. We grieve over the loss of life and pledge to work to build the safest community we can. We are grateful for all that Molson Coors has done in conjunction with the Near Westside Partners to bring our neighborhoods together.”

 
Policymaking by the People, for the People PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:36

lines-farmsRecently-introduced legislation, which would change Wisconsin’s current livestock siting standards, serves as an important reminder why legislators must listen to constituents and stakeholders when developing new policy says Sen. Smith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:51
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Assembly Amendment Fails To Protect Families From PFAS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:22

clean-drinking-waterGreen Bay Sen. Hansen says amendment approved by Assembly Republicans last Thursday does nothing to help people in the Town of Peshtigo and Marinette area who have been poisoned by the actions of JCI/Tyco, it's just another giveaway to WMC and American Chemistry Council.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:34
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Republicans chose to Increase Penalties Instead of Educational Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Monday, 24 February 2020 10:38

boy-in-docState Legislators continuing to pass bills to put more people in prisons, reject Governor Evers’ proposal to restore cuts to education says Senator.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:01
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Hintz on Republican Tax Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Friday, 14 February 2020 14:50

wi-senate-swearing-inDemocratic legislator disagrees with Republican priorities.


MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the Republican tax proposal:

“This appears to be another last minute, hastily thrown together proposal by Republican leadership aimed at playing politics rather than prioritizing what is best for our state.

gordon_hintz“The speaker’s own blue ribbon commission on K-12 education spent a year meeting around the state resulting in recommendations reflected in Governor Evers’ special session proposal. That appears to have been another attempt to say they are doing something, while ignoring the needs of schools districts and kids across Wisconsin. We see the same thing on mental health funding for schools. Republicans say it is a priority and that we need to act, but then they cut $38 million from the governor’s proposed budget and refuse to act when given the opportunity to support it. If it is priority then Republicans should support the governor’s education package, not make empty statements pretending they care.

“Proposing a last minute package with plenty of questions and unintended consequences with less than a week to act is more of the same tired politics we have become accustomed to under Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Vos.”

 
Matt Rothschild: 'I was Muzzled in Madison!' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:15

wi-dist-mapsMADISON, WI - On Tuesday, I went to testify at the State Capitol before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.

There was a public hearing on a minor, straightforward bill about publicizing when an incumbent decides not to run for reelection. I gave the bill a nod and then tried to ask why they weren’t holding hearings on more urgent issues like gerrymandering or overturning Citizens United, but I was cut off by Chair Ron Tusler before I could get past my third sentence!

Here’s my full testimony: When's the Hearing?

There’s a big Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election on Tuesday, and if you want to know where the candidates are getting their money from, just click on this one:

High Court Candidates Raise $275K in First Five Weeks of ‘20

All candidate campaign finance and outside spending activity for spring 2020 Supreme Court election is up-to-date on our website. You can check it out here:

Campaign 2020 - Supreme Court

And if you’re concerned about the “forever chemicals” in our environment and you’re wondering what’s stalling the bills on them in the Legislature, you’ll find some clues here:

See the Big $$$ Against Regulating PFAS


matt-rothschildI hope you find these articles interesting.

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Matt Rothschild
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Americans Cannot Allow a King or an Emperor to be in the White House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Randall Schumann, Madison   
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 11:04

donald-trumpWhen America consisted of 13 colonies 244 years ago, the colonists enacted a Declaration of Independence and forcibly in a war, got rid of America's first "King" -- England's King George III.


MADISON, WI - In the 3 years since Donald Trump has been President, he has continually violated his Oath of Office to "uphold the Constitution" which establishes 3 co-equal parts of government. The executive branch (President), the legislative branch (Congress), and the judicial branch. But rather than uphold the constitutionally established separation of powers, Trump has unconstitutionally refused to comply with mandated requirements to provide Congress with lawfully subpoenaed documents, and has vilified Federal court decisions that have determined numerous actions and executive orders of Trump to be unconstitutional.

And most recently during Trump's impeachment (non) trial in the Senate, a Trump defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz, argued that whatever Trump does as President, "if it is something he believed would get him elected in the public interest, he could not be impeached for it."

constitutional-conventionThat arrogant argument essentially says that there are no constitutional limits on a President's power, that the powers of Congress under the Constitution are null and void, and as a consequence, Donald Trump is, in effect, a 'King" who is above the law and cannot be called to account by Congress under the Constitution.

Interestingly, a recent article noted that the same inability to separate the personal interests of a leader (such as Trump) from the country he leads (America) has echoes to ancient Rome. Roughly 2,000 years ago, the Roman Senate over a relatively short period of time, abdicated to their "princeps"/ "first among equals" leader, the Senate's oversight powers over the military, their veto authority over legislation, and also granted any Princep immunity from prosecution. Not surprisingly, the result was that what had been a "first among equals" leader became a series of "Emperors" with sole, unquestioned authority over the Senate and the Roman people. Another result was the notion that the identity of the Emperor was inseparable from the identity of the State, such that any disagreement with the Emperor was an attack against the state itself - and thus arguably "treasonous" subject to the death penalty. The final result of Rome and its Senate/government allowing the creation of Emperors was the fall of the Roman empire.

If that description of what happened with the creation of Emperors in Rome 2000 years ago sounds familiar, that is because it also describes Trump's defense attorney Dershowitz's argument referenced above in Trump's Impeachment (non) trial in the Senate.

The bottom line: America forcibly got rid of its first "King" 244 years ago. Americans now need to learn from both Roman history 2000+ years ago, and from our own Revolutionary War, and act in little more than 244 Days to vote out of office and get rid of, a President who sees himself as, and acts as, a King /Emperor in violation of his oath to uphold our Constitution.

 

Randy Schumann
Madison, WI

 
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