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Join Senate Democrats in Condemning Scott Walker! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:19

scott_walkerMADISON - It’s hard to decide which is more despicable: Scott Walker’s assault on our state’s core principles, or his bold faced lies about doing it. Walker tried to secretly change the Wisconsin Idea, and then he lied about his true intentions.

This is totally unacceptable! Add your name here and join us in condemning Scott Walker!

In his 2016-17 budget proposal, Walker tried to rewrite the University of Wisconsin’s mission statement. Known as the “Wisconsin Idea,” the university states that it’s committed to “educate people and improve the human condition,” “serve and stimulate society,” and “search for truth.”

All great things, right? Well, not according to Walker. But the worst was when he got called out for it. His response was that it was all a big misunderstanding—some sort of “drafting error.” But the search for truth showed that Walker DID intentionally try to change the Wisconsin Idea!

Are you as sick of Walker’s lies and deceit as we are? Sign our petition and tell Walker to stop lying and assaulting our core beliefs. Join us and let’s turn our State Senate blue!

We can’t let Walker continue to trample all over Wisconsin and then lie about it.

Thanks for your help.

Blue Jean Nation - "Is a new major party now inevitable?" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:14

dems-v-repubALTOONA, WI - American politics is in system failure. In a democratic republic, the definition of system failure is when a clear public consensus emerges that we the people are being ruled, not represented. Current conditions fit that definition.

The latest polling by The Associated Press shows nearly all Americans now believe that neither major political party represents the views of your average voter. A mere 14% say the Democratic Party is responsive to the voters while just 8% say the same about the Republicans.

An overwhelming majority of voters told AP in no uncertain terms that neither party is receptive to fresh perspectives. Only 17% of the public say the Democratic Party is open to new ideas for dealing with the country’s problems, and a meager 10% say that about the Republican Party.

A whopping 90% of voters lack confidence in the country’s political system while upwards of half go so far as to say that the two-party structure is “seriously broken.” Seventy percent of voters, including equal proportions of Democrats and Republicans, admit to feeling frustrated about the 2016 presidential election and 55% say they feel “helpless.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:19
John Menard Exposed! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 03 June 2016 11:18

john-menard-jrMADISON - Our “Influence Peddler of the Month” is none other than John Menard Jr., owner of the hardware store chain and the richest man in Wisconsin. He’s not shy about throwing his money around in the Wisconsin political arena, as you’ll see in the following post:

Influence peddler of the month - John Menard, Jr.

And here’s an item that might interest you in a week when it was confirmed that Prince died of an opioid overdose: One group of Wisconsin chiropractors is lobbying the legislature to allow them to prescribe painkillers. Interestingly, another group of chiropractors opposes this. You can read about the split here:

Chiropractors split on proposal to let them prescribe painkillers

I’m still buzzing about last week’s federal court case on the rigging of our electoral maps. Final arguments took place late last Friday, and the plaintiffs’ lawyer did a masterful job, as I explain in this posting:

Why GOP map in Wisconsin may get shot down

By the way, if you’re going to the Farmers’ Market in Madison tomorrow, stop by our table across from the Inn on the Park. I’ll be there from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., so please say hi.

And in any event, I hope you enjoy the weekend!

P.S. Hey, if you liked that John Menard piece and if you appreciate the other work we do to expose the role of money in politics and to champion democracy, please send us a tax-deductible gift today by clicking here. Or mail it in the old-fashioned way to: 203 S. Paterson St., Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703. We really appreciate it!

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:41
Property Taxpayers Paying for Governor Walker’s School Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:56

school-closedGov. Walker and Republicans have cut hundreds of millions from our state's traditional priorities like education to fund tax breaks for the wealthy. Local taxpayers want education to be a priority again, and have shown it by passing referendums to raise their own property taxes to partially replace the funding cuts their public schools have received.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:30
State School Funding Cuts Hit Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:36

teacherVoters in the Prescott School District face yet another school referendum, the 27th in just 15 years, due to Wisconsin’s convoluted school funding formula. The school funding system is definitely not working for Prescott.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:15
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