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Milwaukee County's Sylvia Ortiz-Velez Endorses Matt Flynn for Governor PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:14

matt-flynn"His plans to raise wages, care for every Wisconsinite, and restore clean and honest state government are the best of any candidate running for governor," says County Supervisor Ortiz-Velez.


MILWAUKEE, WI - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn received the endorsement of Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez on Monday.

sylvia-ortiz-velez"Matt Flynn is the leader we need to bring our state forward. He has a vision for a brighter Wisconsin for all of us and the wisdom to see it through," said Ortiz-Velez. "His plans to raise wages, care for every Wisconsinite, and restore clean and honest state government are the best of any candidate running for governor. He's more concerned with solutions than with petty political fights. I've known Matt for many years, and I'm proud to call him my friend and will be proud to vote for him in the August primary and the November general election. I wholeheartedly endorse Matt Flynn for governor of Wisconsin."

"I want to thank Supervisor Ortiz-Velez for her endorsement," said Flynn. "2018 is a critical election and we need to come together to replace Scott Walker. As governor, I will work with local leaders and re-establish the principle of local control in our communities."

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Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He graduated from law school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For additional information, visit www.ForwardWithFlynn.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:33
 
Nicholson Backer Uihlein Named GOP's Top 2018 Spender PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:59

richard-uihleinIllinois-based megadonor has already poured $17.4 million into 10 groups backing Kevin Nicholson's candidacy.


MADISON -- In case you missed it, a new report from ABC News reveals that Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein "is involved in almost every single one of the top spending super PACs supporting [Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin] Nicholson."

With Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senate primary still four months away, the Illinois-based megadonor has already poured $17.4 million into 10 groups backing Kevin Nicholson's candidacy.

kevin-nicholson"Out-of-state billionaire Dick Uihlein isn't even eligible to vote in Wisconsin's Senate election, but that hasn't stopped him from pouring in millions into our state to try to buy Kevin Nicholson a U.S. Senate seat," said Brad Bainum, DPW spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race. "Nicholson is bought and paid for, and committed to helping Uihlein get even richer."

Here are the highlights from ABC News's coverage:

The single biggest donor this election cycle, Richard “Dick” Uihlein, has quickly become a GOP power player in the past couple of years.

He and his wife Liz Uihlein [...] together donated more than $25 million already so far this election cycle.

Uihlein’s biggest focus so far this cycle has been on supporting Republican Kevin Nicholson's bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin Senate race. He is involved in almost every single one of the top spending super PACs supporting Nicholson.

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Outside groups funded by Uihlein together have spent more than $6.1 million in the Wisconsin Senate race so far this year and pro-Baldwin groups have ramped up their spending to try and compete.

The face-off has resulted in a pricey contest that has attracted the largest amount of spending from outside groups. The Wisconsin race has already seen nearly $10 million in outside money.

Read more from ABC News.

 
Shilling on the Passing of Vel Phillips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:57

vel-phillipspassesShe was a woman of many firsts and broke through many gender and racial barriers, a true pioneer and leader during the civil rights movement, and a trailblazing woman throughout her life.


MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Secretary of State Vel Phillips.

jennifer-shilling“It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Vel Phillips. My father worked for Vel when she served as Secretary of State, and I met her several times as a young girl. At the time, I had no idea how much of an icon and giant she was in terms of her accomplishments. It was an honor to re-connect with her a few years ago and relive the stories of the past and pay homage to a trailblazing woman who inspired many.

“Vel was a woman of many firsts and broke through many gender and racial barriers. She was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, the first to win a seat on the Milwaukee City Council, the first to become a judge, and the first to become the Secretary of State in Wisconsin.

“She was a true pioneer and leader during the civil rights movement and fought to improve social and economic justice for underrepresented communities. Vel cared deeply about the Milwaukee community and her steadfast dedication to improving opportunities for families remained throughout her retirement. My deepest condolences to her family as Wisconsin celebrates the life of a remarkable woman.”

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Velvalea Rodgers "Vel" Phillips was an American attorney who served as a local official and judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as Secretary of State of Wisconsin, often as the first woman and/or African-American in her position. She died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 leaving a legacy of fighting for equality that has inspired generations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:18
 
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