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AG Brad Schimel Attended Lavish Weekend Retreat At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:28

brad-schimel-speaksAccording to uncovered secret agenda, Schimel at Mar-a-Lago with elite donors. DPW Chair demands Schimel come clean with Wisconsinites on his role.

MADISON - Last weekend, according to an agenda obtained by MapLight, Brad Schimel appears to have attended an opulent retreat and fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago that the Republican Attorney’s General Association (RAGA) did its best to hide. 

mar-a-lago-pool-spaThe weekend’s activities included: a dinner with $125,000-per-year donors to the RAGA, golf tournaments, catamaran tours and numerous fundraisers. Most alarmingly, on the agenda, was a panel dubiously titled “Rule of Law Restoration Update: 370 Days since the election of President Trump.”

Secrecy for the event was a top priority, as it was not made public and the agenda notes that “cell phone use and picture taking is prohibited in all areas.”

martha-laning“These lavish, secretive retreats making policy with rich donors behind closed doors are exactly why Wisconsinites have lost their faith in partisan politicians like Brad Schimel,’ said Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “He should disclose to Wisconsinites what plans and promises he made at this event, especially to any regular RAGA donors like Koch Industries and major opioid manufacturers that have already done so much to harm to the people of Wisconsin. 

“Schimel needs to immediately disclose if he attended, and if so, disclose if he met with representatives of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids that Schimel claims he's investigating. With donors like these, it’s no wonder Schimel uses his DOJ to disenfranchise voters, rob people of their health care and place the needs of big business over those of hard-working Wisconsinites. The people of our state deserve an Attorney General who puts them first, and it’s clear Brad Schimel does not.”

Evers Proposes 50 Percent Tuition Cut at Wisconsin Two-Year Colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Evers for Governor, Maggie Gau   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:56

matc-studentsTo qualify, students would need to be Wisconsin residents and enrolled in school full-time. Evers is also pledging to include the “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” proposal in his first budget as Governor to help over 800,000 Wisconsinites to refinance their student loans.

MADISON – Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Democratic candidate for Governor is announcing his plan to provide students at Wisconsin’s 13 two-year UW College campuses and online program with a 50 percent cut in tuition, if elected Governor in 2018. To qualify for the tuition reduction, students would need to be Wisconsin residents and enrolled in school full-time.

Since 2010, our UW Colleges, which primarily serve out-state communities from Baraboo to Barron County and Washington County to Wood County, have suffered a 32 percent decline in enrollment. Over 60 percent of new freshmen enrolling at UW Colleges in 2016-17 were first-generation college students, with 1 out of 5 students being 24 years old or older.

tony_evers“As the state that created Kindergarten in the 1850’s and the Wisconsin Idea in the 1900’s, we have a strong tradition of public education -- one that has been eroded under Governor Walker’s leadership. This is a meaningful first step toward restoring that tradition. In Walker’s stagnant economy, it’s harder than ever for folks to make ends meet with just a high school diploma. Our two-year campuses play a pivotal role in helping students stay close to home while getting the skills they need to get good-paying jobs. This proposal will help strengthen our UW Colleges, create a better-trained workforce and make college more accessible to all Wisconsinites,” Evers said.

Evers’ proposal would provide full-time students with a 50 percent tuition cut in their freshmen and sophomore years at two-year colleges, where annual tuition is currently $4,750. The proposal is expected to cost less than $20 million a year and would provide substantial financial relief to thousands of Wisconsinites.

“As the saying goes, budgets are about priorities. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans are fine with giving 11 multimillionaires $22 million in tax breaks, without requiring them to create a single job. I believe we can spend that money better. Instead of helping millionaires get richer, we can use this money to help make college a reality for thousands of Wisconsinites. We must invest in the people and communities of this state to move Wisconsin forward again,” Evers said.

Evers is also pledging to include the “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” proposal in his first budget as Governor, which would allow over 800,000 Wisconsinites to refinance their student loans like a home mortgage. Thanks to Walker’s policies, Wisconsin now ranks among the five worst states in the nation for percentage of college graduates with student loan debt. Seventy percent of the class of 2015 in Wisconsin is graduating with debt, averaging nearly $30,000 per student. “Our young people should not be forced to deal with a mountain of debt just as they are starting to build careers and families,” Evers said. “We simply must make this common-sense investment in the next generation of leaders,” Evers concluded.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:25
Moore Endorses Mahlon Mitchell for Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mahlon Mitchell Press   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:21

mahlon_mitchell“I support you and will work for you” says Milwaukee area Congresswoman.

MILWAUKEE - Congresswoman Gwen Moore endorsed Mahlon Mitchell’s candidacy for Governor Monday, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to endorse in the Democratic primary for Governor.

gwen-mooreHer son, Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde read the following statement from Congresswoman Moore at Mitchell’s Milwaukee event:

“I’m sorry that I am unable to join you in person at your announcement of your candidacy for Governor.

“I am so proud of you, and I am so glad that I reached out to you before any of the current candidates announced. As I survey the field forming I am even more impressed with your cognitive and emotional intelligence, your Statewide Leadership experience, your public policy acumen and service. I think you would be a great Governor.

“I support you, and will work for you.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41
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