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Hansen Applauds Announcement of People’s Map Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 10 July 2020 06:58

dave-hansen-gb-listeningGREEN BAY - Thanks to Governor Evers the people will have input into the creation of non-partisan district maps for the first time in our history.

The criticism from Republicans is not surprising given their fierce opposition to any effort to take away their ability to draw maps that will help them keep their hold on power despite the overwhelming support from the pubic for drawing fair maps that result in competitive and fair elections. The ability of Republicans to rig the maps is the only way they can overcome an electorate that is moving away from them and their politics of dividing the people against each other for their own political gain.

I applaud Governor Evers efforts to restore balance in our elections to make sure that every person’s vote matters and look forward to seeing the resulting maps that result from this non-partisan effort.

 
Democratic Radio: The People's Maps Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 10 July 2020 06:51

wi-dist-mapsMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address on The People's Maps Commission. This commission will provide a transparent and nonpartisan redistricting option for the state of Wisconsin.

Audio file of radio address.

tony-eversHi, folks. Governor Tony Evers here. 

When I ran for governor, I promised the people of this state that I would fight for nonpartisan redistricting and fair, impartial maps that were drawn in the light of day, and by golly, we’re going to make good on that promise. 

Because I believe, and I know Wisconsinites do too, that the people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around. 

In fact, 51 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties support a nonpartisan redistricting process.

Folks, the Legislature has had every opportunity to take up nonpartisan redistricting reform, but they’ve failed to act.

That’s why, following my State of the State Address earlier this year, we created The People’s Maps Commission to provide a transparent and nonpartisan redistricting option for the state of Wisconsin.

This committee will be comprised of the people of our state— not elected officials, lobbyists, or political party officials— and they will represent each one of Wisconsin’s congressional districts. 

They will hold public hearings across the state to hear from their neighbors, experts, and stakeholders on the redistricting process and use that input to draw maps free of bias. Then, it will be up to the Legislature to take up and pass The People’s Maps. 

Folks, this isn’t a Democratic or Republican redistricting commission, and it’s not the Tony Evers redistricting commission. 

It’s your commission. If you would like to apply to serve on the commission or to learn more, please visit: www.wisconsin.gov/peoplesmaps.

Thank you so much.

 
Erpenbach Supports The People’s Maps Commission Process PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Friday, 10 July 2020 06:23

scott-walker-signs-voteridPoliticians should have to answer for their choices in office. It is time to make that a reality.


West Point - Governor Evers announced the official application and selection process for The People’s Maps Commission Thursday, the nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw fair, impartial maps following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Wisconsin currently has extremely gerrymandered maps, which has cost Wisconsin taxpayers millions in lawsuits. Additionally, nonpartisan redistricting is widely supported, with 51 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, representing approximately 78% of Wisconsinites, having passed resolutions or referenda supporting nonpartisan redistricting in our state. That is why The People’s Maps will directly reflect the will of the people all over Wisconsin, and put the power back in the hands of Wisconsinites, and not special interests groups, lobbyists, and politicians.

jon-erpenbach“There are many proposals that are supported by the majority of Wisconsinites that do not even get public hearings,” said Senator Erpenbach. “From expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical cannabis, to nonpartisan redistricting, Republican leadership has continuously blocked popular proposals that they claim are ‘non-starters.’ Politicians should not be able to ignore their constituents because of unfairly drawn and biased maps. It is time for change.”

The People’s Maps Commission will be comprised of people – not politicians or lobbyists, and the Commission will use the information it gathers to prepare maps that represent Wisconsin. Details about applying, eligibility requirements, the selection process, and the responsibilities of the Commission are available on the People’s Maps Commission website: https://govstatus.egov.com/peoplesmaps

“This pandemic has shed light on what happens when the voice of many is stripped and handed to a few,” said Senator Erpenbach. “Republicans have refused to show up to work and pass legislation to provide much needed relief to our businesses and families that are struggling as a result of COVID-19. The GOP consistently ignores the will of the people because they aren’t afraid that they will be held accountable at the ballot box. Politicians should have to answer for their choices in office. It is time to move our state forward to ensure that people come before politics.”

 
Jonathon Hansen will support workers, families, and small businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jarret Brown, Green Bay   
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 17:01

Jonathon-hansen-senateDave Hansen has represented us well for years, and Jonathon is vying for the chance to follow in his uncle’s footsteps by winning the August 11 primary.

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Democratic Radio: Importance of Wearing a Mask PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Office Press   
Friday, 03 July 2020 09:01

coronavirus-masks1COVID-19 hasn't taken a holiday, and we can’t afford to undo all the sacrifices people have made to get us to this point.

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