Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski
Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:59
Wisconsin's legislative districts have been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of federal judges, and last week Attorney General Brad Schimel appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The League of Woman Voters says fight back.
MADISON - The framers of Wisconsin's legislative districts, which have been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of federal judges, voted in secret last month to spend taxpayer dollars to have high-priced lawyers write an amicus brief in defense of the gerrymandered districts.
Attorney General Brad Schimel last week appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. All of this will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of tax dollars, and that’s on top of more than $2.1 million already spent to draw the maps in secret and defend them through two lawsuits to-date!
If you find this shocking, contact your own legislators and the legislative leadership:
Let them know how you feel about this abuse of power and tax dollars.
Tell them Wisconsin can save millions of dollars and create more competitive voting districts in the future by adopting nonpartisan redistricting.
Urge them to support two bills – AB 44 and SB 13 – which would have the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau draw the maps.
Tell Senator Fitzgerald and Rep. Vos that these bills deserve a hearing. They did not allow hearings for these proposals last session. What are they afraid of?
--To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address under Find My Legislators, next to the little green map of Wisconsin. --Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) (608) 266-9171,
--Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) (608) 266-5660,
President Trump maintained his campaign message before Congress and now it's time to turn those words into action.
MADISON - The backbone of our economy is a highly-trained workforce making products right here within our borders. So, it's no surprise that focus groups reacted favorably to President Trump's promise to "Buy American, and Hire American" in order to rebuild our countries infrastructure.
Before the President's joint address on Tuesday, Senator Tammy Baldwin made it clear that she was hoping to hear a detailed plan to strengthen our economy by making products right here in Wisconsin, and across America. While the speech lacked in details, President Trump did double down on a campaign promise to put American workers and products first.
Immediately after the speech, pundits turned to focus groups to gauge how it was received.
President Trump maintained his campaign message and now it's time for President Trump to turn those words into action. Trump has already failed to act when Buy America was eliminated from water infrastructure legislation by House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican ally. If Trump really cares about making things in America again, he should lead by example.
"It's great to see that President Trump heeded Tammy Baldwin's call to buy products made in America again," said Brandon Weathersby, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director, on Thursday. "Now it's time to take action: Trump to needs stand up to the Washington establishment, big Wall Street banks, and outsourcing Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan by supporting Senator Baldwin's Buy America provision. America makes great products already, President Trump should buy them."
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:44
Speaker, active on the national circuit, refuses to hold in-person town hall meetings back home.
MADISON - Wisconsinites have had enough of being ignored by Republican leaders and now they're stepping up to hold them accountable on everything from national security to health care. This weekend, frustration over Speaker Paul Ryan's refusal to hold in-person town hall meetings boiled over as his constituents held a meeting Ryan refused to attend.
According to news reports, nearly 300 people showed up to UAW Local 72 in Kenosha on Sunday. Organizers of the town hall invited Speaker Paul Ryan to spend the afternoon speaking with his constituents, however, the Speaker declined to respond entirely. Here's what the Speaker's own constituents thought about his decision:
WTMJ-TV:Lee Hansen lives in Racine and says he has voted for Ryan once in the past. He hoped to express his concerns Sunday over his grandchildren possibly getting drafted into a war. "I worry about my children," he said. "I'm a veteran myself. I would hate to see my grandchildren go somewhere unnecessarily and risk their lives." But Hansen and dozens of other people who live in Ryan's district didn't receive any answers to their questions. "I think we're a forgotten bunch," said Hansen. "He's the Speaker of the House, he's a vice president candidate, he doesn't seem to be our congressman anymore."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:“It says a lot to me that he’s not here,” said Lee Hansen of Racine, who served in the 82nd Airborne in the 1970s. “Maybe we should repeal and replace Paul Ryan.”
WITI-TV: Shirley Musial, 57, of Pleasant Prairie, said she came to the town hall because she's concerned about the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. She said after an injury suffered in 2010, she is unable to work, and relying on the health care law, known as Obamacare, for insurance. "I am one of President Trump's dismissed millions who have hopes and dreams," Musial said. "I am not a paid protester. I volunteered to speak tonight."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Lori Hawkins of Bristol said she worries about efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and said she believes women’s health will suffer if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Hawkins said it was a health screening through Planned Parenthood that helped detect her ovarian cancer, and “without them I wouldn’t have become a mother.” Ryan “makes it sound like (Planned Parenthood) funding only goes to abortions. But it doesn’t. It goes toward preventative and diagnostic care like cancer screenings,” said Hawkins.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:Bill O’Connor, a retired business owner from Lake Geneva, said he does not want Ryan to push for privatizing Social Security or move to a voucher system for Medicare. “I am afraid for our country. I’m amazed at how quickly we’ve gone from a president with such great integrity to a man who doesn’t understand how government works and has no moral compass,” O’Connor said.