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Local Democratic Party Leaders Endorse Alex Lasry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Lasry Press   
Friday, 26 February 2021 11:02

alex-lasry-senate-talksCounty Democrats across the state support Alex Lasry's bid for U.S. Senate seat in 2022.


Milwaukee - Alex Lasry announced endorsements of Democratic Party leaders today, adding to the growing list of those supporting his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

In addition to support from Democratic Party leaders Martha Love and Khary Penebaker, Lasry announced the support of several local party leaders from across the state.

Lasry’s list of additional endorsements includes:

  • Kody Hart, Chair of the Marathon County Democratic Party
  • Dan Meyer, Chair of the St. Croix County Democratic Party
  • Andrew Hassan, Vice Chair of the St. Croix County Democratic Party
  • Marcia Steele, Winnebago County
  • Mary Arnold, former Chair of the Democratic Party of Columbia County
  • Mike Moran, former Chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County
  • Marlene Ott, former Chair of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County

“So often, candidates and elected officials ignore our part of the state,” said Kody Hart of Wausau. “Alex reached out early to make sure that the issues facing people from central Wisconsin were included in his platform and campaign. Alex is the leader we need for all of our state.”

“Alex’s fresh perspective and different way of thinking will make him an excellent partner in the U.S. Senate for Tammy Baldwin”, said Andrew Hassan of Hudson. “I’m proud to endorse his candidacy and ready to get to work in Western Wisconsin talking to voters on his behalf.”

“Alex showed us how dedicated he is to Wisconsin over the past few years while he traveled across the state trying to bring the DNC Convention to Milwaukee”, said Mike Moran of Suamico. “That’s what folks in my part of the state are looking for, someone who will go to Washington and fight for Wisconsin every day. I’m proud to support Alex’s campaign.”

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of these leaders in the Democratic Party,” said Lasry. “It’s support from activists like them that will make our campaign to defeat Ron Johnson successful. We are building a grassroots campaign in all corners of Wisconsin, and these Party leaders will play a key role in our campaign reaching out to voters across the state.”

The Democratic Primary Election for the United States Senate will be held Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. For more information about Alex Lasry and his campaign, visit www.alexlasry.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2021 11:23
 
Agard Testifies in Support of Sexual Assault Kit Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Sargent Agard Press   
Friday, 26 February 2021 09:45

rapeMadison Senator supports bills that would address the sexual assault kit testing backlog and create a tracking system for survivors.


MADISON - Thursday, Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) testified in front of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in favor of Senate Bills 71 and 94, bills that would address the sexual assault kit testing backlog and create a tracking system for survivors.

Senator Agard released the following statement:

“Senate bills 71 and 94 are important pieces of legislation to advocacy groups and survivors of sexual violence across our state. They are bipartisan pieces of legislation. While it sometimes feels like we are destined to continue operating solely within our own parties- I’m hopeful that what we are taking up today can show all of our colleagues how we can be a better, more deliberative - and cooperative - body.

“I have championed legislation regarding sexual assault kits and our state’s backlog for three sessions. I have heard from victims and survivors of sexual assault. I carry their stories with me, and have promised them I will work tirelessly on their behalf to create a better system. The bills before you today will ensure a procedure is in place that upholds survivors’ dignity, choice, and the right to a fair and just process, protecting those who choose not to report at the time of an assault, or who change their minds.

“We know that sexual violence can be a hard conversation to have, and that reporting can be one of the most challenging steps for a sexual assault survivor to take. Survivors deserve the respect to report when they are ready— storing kits for the time frame specified in this legislation provides this respect by taking the traumatic nature of sexual assault into account.

“Due to the hard work of a bipartisan group of legislators and expertise of advocates, law enforcement, health care providers, and Attorney General Josh Kaul - I am confident these bills are comprehensive in their approach to solving the issue of sexual assault kit storage, processing, and tracking in Wisconsin.

“While no piece of legislation can ever erase the trauma of sexual violence, failures to effectively and efficiently collect, submit, and store kits should never be a barrier to justice. As elected officials, we must do all that we can to support survivors of sexual assault.”

 
Maes Gives Brown County Voters a Choice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Maes For Judge Press   
Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:54

rachel-maesAssistant Green Bay City Attorney running for circuit court judge Branch 4 in spring general election on April 6.


BROWN COUNTY, WI - As the ballots are being generated for the spring general election on April 6, 2021, Brown County voters will find candidates running in judicial elections for three different circuit court branches.  The race for Branch 4 is different than the other two races.  Branch 4 is a contested race.  Atty. Rachel Maes, currently an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Green Bay, is giving Brown County voters something that they haven’t had in 18 years - a choice for who presides over Branch 4 of the Brown County Courthouse.

“Elected officials should be challenged. Contested elections add accountability to the judiciary and allow the people of Brown County to choose who they trust to uphold the law and pursue justice.  With the term of a circuit court judge being six years, it is important to hold incumbents accountable. It is important to have a conversation about a vision for the next six years.

“Brown County deserves a judge who is engaged in the community.  Brown County deserves a judge who is hardworking, thoughtful, and fair.  I will be that judge.

“I will work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who comes through my courtroom is provided the rights and fair process they are entitled to - even the most marginalized members of our community. Bad actors should expect to face consequences, but everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard. Victims deserve closure, defendants deserve to avoid unnecessary delays, and the whole community deserves seeing justice served.”

More information about Atty. Rachel Maes can be found on her website maesforjudge.com, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:12
 
Tuesday’s vote a first step toward UI modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:59

unemployment-application-wiAssembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz calls on Republicans to help finish fixing Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure and keep proposal to fully fund UI system overhaul in the 2021-23 budget.


MADISON – Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Special Session Senate Bill 1, which represents a step toward modernizing Wisconsin’s UI system and extends several important measures that remove barriers to unemployment benefits for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

gordon-hintz“For nearly a year, legislative Democrats have called for the state legislature to take action and ensure Wisconsinites do not face unnecessary barriers or delays when applying for unemployment insurance benefits. I was pleased when Republicans and Democrats came together last April to approve some relief for Wisconsinites facing unemployment due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the months since then have revealed just how out-of-date Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure truly is and it is unemployed Wisconsinites who have suffered.

“Today, I voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, which passed with strong bipartisan support. I didn’t vote for SB1 because it ensures sufficient funding to fix Wisconsin’s UI system - it does not. I didn’t vote for SB1 because it provides funding quickly enough - again, it does not. Rather, I voted for SB1 because it is a first step toward ensuring our unemployment infrastructure can meet the needs of Wisconsinites down the road.

“I now call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to work with us to finish fixing Wisconsin’s UI infrastructure and to keep Gov. Evers’ proposal to fully fund a UI system overhaul in the 2021-23 biennial budget. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated long-standing deficiencies in our UI infrastructure, and it is our responsibility to ensure the system functions when our constituents need it most.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:16
 
Ron Johnson Spreads Lies on Behalf of Violent Insurrectionists in Senate Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Communications   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:21

trump-insurgents-enterJohnson spreading absurd lies on behalf of violent insurrectionists and Republican legislators proposing a flurry of voter suppression bills.


MADISON -- Ron Johnson used his time during today’s Senate hearing on the January 6th Capitol riots to promote a conspiracy theory that the insurrectionists were “fake Trump protestors.” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued this statement in response to Johnson’s continued dangerous lies:

ron-johnson“With Ron Johnson spreading absurd lies on behalf of violent insurrectionists and Republican legislators proposing a flurry of voter suppression bills, Wisconsin Republicans are going all in on their war on democracy. It’s clearer than ever that Governor Evers is the last line of defense for Wisconsinites’ right to free and fair elections. Meanwhile, Ron Johnson’s determination to undo democracy means that those who believe in democracy must remove him from power. If Ron Johnson doesn’t do the right thing and resign, his political career will end on November 8, 2022.

 
Agard Votes for Modernization of the Unemployment System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Sargent Agard Press   
Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:28

unemployment-wi-wkowThe State Senate met to take first steps to upgrade the unemployment system shortcomings after nearly a year of issues.


MADISON - Today, the Wisconsin State Senate met in a special session to take up legislation to address the backlog of claims with the Department of Workforce Development and the unemployment insurance system.

Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement following the session:

melissa-agard-sargent“Too many people are hurting because they are out of work through no fault of their own due to COVID-19. They’ve been hurting for almost a year. It is disappointing that my Republican colleagues have done almost nothing to fix the issues related to our unemployment insurance technology infrastructure. Instead, they continued their pattern of the last 10 years - using unemployment as a partisan wedge to demonize those who need a helping hand.

“I am glad that today, we are finally voting on bipartisan action to address the fundamental shortcomings of our outdated UI system. These improvements will benefit Wisconsinites across the state who have struggled to get the help they need. The sad fact is, this should have been handled months ago - and Republicans refused to act.

“Every legislator in this building has received contacts regarding the issues with our unemployment system. This should have been a top priority the instant that these issues started to arise. But rather than address it, Republicans chose to ignore their constituents asking for help and blame the governor for something they ignored for nearly a decade. Governor Evers was not the governor when the Republican-controlled legislature passed the one-week waiting period or any bills that further restricted who could and could not access unemployment benefits and helped put us in this situation.

“It’s great that we have finally met to begin to address the issues that were created years ago with bad policy decisions. I hope that we can continue to meet and address the barriers that were unnecessarily created to prohibit our friends and neighbors from accessing the benefits they need to survive during this pandemic. I’m grateful it happened, but disappointed and frustrated it took this long. Wisconsin deserves so much better than this.”

 
WI Voting Rights Coalition likes automatic voter registration in budget proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters Press   
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:08

vote-47-mbWisconsin Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, other voter rights groups say plan will make registering to vote easier and more accessible for everyone.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2021 11:37
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Wis Dems After Gov. Evers Announces Full Budget Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 20:15

tony-evers-democratic-govDemocrats say Governor's budget is a roadmap, not back to where we were before the pandemic, but to a brighter future for all Wisconsinites.


MADISON - This evening, Gov. Evers introduced his entire biennial budget for 2021-2023. The budget addresses issues including cost of prescription drugs, childcare, mental health services, recreational marijuana, criminal justice reform and more. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued this statement of support:

“More than a year after Covid came to American shores, the pandemic is still raging, and Wisconsin’s hardworking families and small businesses are still fighting every day to adapt and make ends meet. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and Governor Evers’ budget lays out a clear plan for our state to bounce back stronger than ever.

businesses-micro-ethnically-diverseThe Governor’s budget makes critical investments to get small businesses back on their feet and get Wisconsinites back to work. It also addresses obstacles that have been making it harder for Wisconsin families to get by since well before the current crisis. Governor Evers’ budget would help control skyrocketing healthcare costs, expand access for mental health and substance use treatment, protect our natural resources, and make our criminal justice system both smarter and fairer.

As the Governor said tonight, this budget is a roadmap—not back to where we were before the pandemic, but to a brighter future for all Wisconsinites no matter where they live, how they vote, or the color of their skin. The only question now is whether Republicans in the Legislature are ready to stop playing politics and start working together to solve problems.”

 
Agard Applauds Governor Evers’ People First Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Sargent Agard Press   
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 19:18

tony-evers-budget-2019The most important job of public servants is to listen to those you serve, and that is exactly what we are going to see from Governor Evers and his 2021-2023 budget, says Agard.


MADISON- This evening, Governor Tony Evers will deliver his second budget address laying out his priorities for the 2021-2023 biennium. Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement ahead of the address:

melissa“When we put people first, we can achieve great things. And when we put people first, we can create opportunity and prosperity for our friends and neighbors. A budget is a reflection of your values. If you show me a budget, I can tell your priorities and your worldview. In Wisconsin, we have a history of putting the needs of our community at the forefront of our public policy. This progressive tradition is needed now more than ever as we face serious challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The most important job of public servants is to listen to those you serve – and that is exactly what we are going to see from Governor Evers and his 2021-2023 budget. I have heard from people in my district asking for what Governor Evers has prioritized in his budget: lower prescription drug costs; expanding access to healthcare; funding public schools; affordable childcare; legalizing recreational and medicinal cannabis; supporting small businesses during the pandemic; fostering economic growth in our communities; supporting our farmers; and so much more. This budget is a culmination of earnestly listening and responding to the everyday needs of ordinary Wisconsinites across our state.

“To my Republican colleagues who have already voiced their opposition to many of these provisions: you cannot govern by ignoring the will of the people. People all over the state have been asking – begging - for these things because they will improve their lives. These are the people we represent. It is time we listen to those who have helped shape this budget by raising their voices. Republicans continuing to defy the will of the people will not move our state forward.

“I applaud Governor Evers for his work to hear the needs of Wisconsinites and address them in his budget. I look forward to working with my colleagues to amplify the voices of my district throughout this budget process. To help our state recover after the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to take bold action to invest in our communities, our businesses, and our families. Let’s get to work!”

 
Wisconsin Democrats Encourage People to Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 08:57

vote_todayMADISON -- Ahead of election day, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued this statement to encourage Wisconsin voters to go out and make their voices heard in the Spring primary:

“Today’s Wisconsin spring primary is the first statewide election of the Biden presidency, and it’s fitting that it’s happening on the same day as President Biden’s trip to Wisconsin for his first presidential visit. Democracy doesn’t happen once every four years. As today reminds us, it’s a year-round duty of citizenship.”

“As well as shaping local candidate fields in communities across the state, today’s election will determine the final two candidates running for State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, the job previously held by Governor Evers. Every voter will make a difference. By voting today, we demonstrate our commitment to show up for every election. I encourage everyone to cast their ballots today before 8 pm and to take their friends and family to the polls so they can cast their ballot. Don’t let this election pass you by!”

 
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