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Senator Jeff Smith's Weekly Column - Our Financial Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:10

family-worried-billsSen. Smith talks about the importance of budgeting, saving and learning about our personal finances. Lawmakers have a responsibility to address important policy issues affecting financial wellness, including healthcare affordability, insurance accessibility and payday lenders.

Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence Good Idea Say Dems PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Monday, 21 October 2019 14:57

santa_fe_school_shootingMADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statements after Governor Tony Evers called for a legislative Special Session to address gun violence by strengthening background checks and enacting Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO):

“Gun violence is one of the most pressing public health issues we face today and I appreciate that Governor Evers is tackling this issue head on,” said Shilling. “Too many men, women, and children have already died as a result of gun violence. Families should feel safe from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous individuals. Action is needed to prevent more tragedies from happening.”

gordon_hintz“While there are no easy solutions to end gun violence in our communities, we cannot sit back and do nothing. There's a role for state government to play, and we need to make it a priority. Failing to act on these basic public safety measures is accepting that there is nothing we can do to make our communities safer,” Hintz stated. “With six months left in the legislative session, Democrats refuse to settle for inaction. We are calling on our Republican colleagues to do the right thing and act in the best interests of the people of our state. The governor’s call for a special session on gun violence, with a focus on universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders, shows he is serious about facing this issue and reasonable in his approach. It’s important to note that the policies proposed by Governor Evers have proven to be highly effective in other states.”

Mass shootings similar to El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH have happened right here in Wisconsin communities including Middleton, Brookfield, Oak Creek, and Wausau. A Marquette Law Poll found 80 percent of Wisconsinites – including the vast majority of gun owners – support strengthening background checks. That same poll also found that 81 percent of Wisconsinites support Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation that would reduce an individual’s access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.

Recognizing Indigenous People’s Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 12:05

native-americanSen. Smith writes about Indigenous People’s Day, the day to recognize the rich ancestral history and cultural impact of Native Americans in our state.

Democracy Campaign E-Alert: Fair Maps for Wisconsin Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:21

wdc-logoMADISON - I ran up to Marshfield yesterday morning to participate in a press conference denouncing gerrymandering and promoting the Fair Maps for Wisconsin Summit, which is being held in Marshfield on Saturday, Nov. 9, just four weeks from tomorrow.

It was a great press conference. The highlight for me was hearing from former Assembly Representative Amy Sue Vruwink, who used to represent Marshfield before her own district was gerrymandered. Click here for her comments, and for a full account of the press conference:

Gerrymandering Denounced in Marshfield

I also want to salute the amazing work that the Oregon Area Progressives and their organizer, Carlene Bechen, have done in laying the groundwork for this summit. For more information on speakers and panels and how you can attend, please go here:

We posted two other stories this week that might interest you. The first is about an anti-consumer and pro-insurance company bill that almost no one else is paying attention to:

Senate Approves Cutting Notice Time for Insurance Policy Changes

And the second is about the plans by Richard Uihlein, one of the biggest donors to Wisconsin Republicans – and GOP candidates nationally – to bring Vice President Pence to an event in our state next week:

GOP Megadonors Host VP Pence

For the big donors, it’s still business as usual.

I hope you like these postings. Stay warm this weekend!


Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:31
Assembly Democrats “How Low will Republicans Go?” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BOWEN PRESS   
Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:57

assembly-wi-robin-vosRepublicans Pair Disability Accommodations with Yet Another Power Grab.

MILWAUKEE - State Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to Assembly Republicans forcing through the flawed and deceptive Assembly Resolutions 12 and 13 and forcing Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) to vote against his own disability accommodations:

“Yesterday, we saw Assembly Republican leadership’s drive for power truly laid bare - under the guise of providing disability accommodations to our colleague Rep. Anderson, Republicans decided to push through a number of rule changes that serve only to weaken the power of the minority party and expand Republican power. After spending months holding up the accommodations for Rep. Anderson mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Republicans finally allowed a vote on those accommodations, but with such extreme strings attached that Rep. Anderson was forced to vote against his own accommodations.”

Assembly Resolutions 12 and 13 combined some accommodations for members of the Assembly with disabilities with nine other rule changes, including new rules that would allow Republicans unlimited attempts at overriding a Governor’s veto (overturning a century of precedent), allow them to force through debate time limits without consulting Democrats, and taking away the ability of Democrats to recess in order to discuss last-minute bill changes proposed by Republicans.

“Assembly Resolutions 12 and 13 are, quite frankly, a stain on our institution and a huge missed opportunity to show full support for one of our colleagues without unnecessary and mean-spirited political gamesmanship. Yesterday, we could have come together and set an example for our constituents - that, despite our ideological disagreements, our respect for our fellow human beings comes before all else. Instead, Republicans decided to send the message that respect should only be given to those who agree with your way of doing things.”

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