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Russ Feingold Statement on Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ Feingold   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:59

womenMIDDLETON, WI - Women have played an invaluable role in growing and strengthening Wisconsin’s economy; their hard work, dedication and ingenuity have built strong families, businesses and communities. Yet, women still lack the legal protection to guarantee the pay they deserve.

Equal Pay Day marks how far into the year women on average have to work to catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Women in Wisconsin still earn only 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, and we clearly have much more work to do to ensure that women and their families have every opportunity to succeed. We not only need equal pay legislation, but we must also raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid family leave, and ensure access to quality, affordable women’s healthcare -- including access to reproductive care.

Unlike my opponent, the incumbent senator, who believes that equal pay legislation does “more harm than good,” I firmly believe that we must do more to ensure that all of Wisconsin’s women are able to fight pay discrimination. All of the hardworking women in Wisconsin and across the country deserve the respect and dignity of their work.

 
Republican Voter Suppression Exposed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
Sunday, 10 April 2016 11:27

voter-idMILWAUKEE - On April 5th at a Republican Election Night party, Congressman Glenn Grothman was asked why he thought Republican’s will win in the upcoming presidential election. He said, “…And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well."

It didn’t surprise me that he thought voter ID would suppress enough Democratic votes to make the difference in a presidential election. But it did surprise me that he’d actually said it out loud… to a reporter… on camera.

On the same day, a former GOP Senate staff member, Todd Allbaugh, dropped a bomb on Facebook. Here’s what a man who was in the room to hear the “private” discussion about the motives behind voter ID had to say:

“You wanna know why I left the Republican Party as it exists today? Here it is; this was the last straw: I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters…”

Yup, you read it right. Behind closed doors, Republican Senator’s discussed an elaborate plan to deny people their constitutional right to vote and they were giddy about it.

lena-taylorOn the floor of the State Senate, I fought for ensuring people’s right to vote. Since 2000, there are only 10 proven cases nationally of in-person voter fraud. More people are struck by lightning than commit in-person voter fraud.

That’s why I believe voter ID laws will keep way more people from even going to the polls on Election Day than it ever catches. Several years ago Republicans figured out that people of color and college students were most likely to not have proper ID for voting.

You know what else college students and people of color have in common? They are both groups that are more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans. Republicans didn’t believe they could win fair and square, so they had to rig the rules.

Only, this isn’t a game, this is people’s constitutional right to vote. The discriminatory voter ID law is ageist and racist, period.

See more of Todd Allbaughs story on my Facebook page.

 
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Supreme Court Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:57

rebecca-bradleyMADISON - For the past few months, we’ve been checking, almost every day, to see when Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce was going to start spending money on behalf of Judge Rebecca Bradley in her race against Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. But we’ve found nothing, which is very puzzling.

One answer to the puzzle may be that WMC is funneling its dough through a dark-money group, as we discuss here:

joanne-kloppenburgIs WMC hiding its $$ in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race?

For a look at all the independent groups, including PACs and bogus “issue ad” groups, that are throwing money around in this race on both sides, just click here:

Hijacking Campaign 2016 updated with new independent spending

And for a look at the biggest individual donors to both candidates, check out this posting:

GOP, Democratic donors continue to give big to high-court candidates

Aside from this Supreme Court contest, and the Presidential race, there is one other important bit of balloting on April 5: In 11 communities in Wisconsin, citizens can vote on referendums to amend the U.S. Constitution to proclaim that corporations aren’t persons and money is not speech. See if your community is on the list here:

Vote to overturn Citizens United on April 5 in Wisconsin!

In any case, please vote in this election. You can still do early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, this week at your city clerk’s office. Early voting closes at 5 p.m. or the close of business for the municipal clerk (whichever is later) on Friday. Or please show up at your regular polling place on Tuesday. And if you don’t know where that is, just fill out your address here:

https://myvote.wi.gov/Address/AddressSearchScreen.aspx

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:25
 
This Presidential Race Is Neither The End Nor The Beginning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:47

donald-trump-dumbassIt’s been so dark, so ugly, so ridiculously comical at times, it must signal something. A nation at war with itself, or maybe not. Mike McCabe argues the nation is remaking itself, and doing it far ahead of the politicians.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:54
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Walker Higher Ed Bills are Election-Year Smoke and Mirrors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, District 64   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:14

loanMADISON, WI - On Monday, Governor Scott Walker signed into law four higher education bills, Assembly Bills 740, 741, 742 and 744, calling the package 'college affordability bills' .

These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.

These anemic Republican bills do not provide a single ounce of relief for the roughly one million Wisconsinites burdened by the $19 billion student debt crisis. Republicans did not even pass the most significant of these weak bills which at least would have provided a tax break to a small percentage of those with significant debt.

Democrats provided Republicans ample opportunity to support our ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ bill which is a real solution to providing relief to Wisconsinites with student loan debt. The Democratic proposal allows borrowers to refinance their loans, just like a car loan or mortgage. It is a common sense, popular plan that would grow Wisconsin’s economy and unfortunately Republicans voted against this proposal several times this session.

Gov. Walker and Republicans also cannot hide from their record of gutting higher education in Wisconsin. Since they came into power, the UW System has lost $795 million in state aid* and the technical college system has lost $203 million in state aid.

(*excluding debt service. Source: Jan. 2016 Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo)

 
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