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Van Stippen Thankful for Polashek Support in 12th Senate District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Van Stippen for Senate, Matthew Rueth   
Friday, 03 June 2016 10:55

Bryan Van StippenDEERBROOK, WI - After learning that Dave Polashek has suspended his campaign for the 12th Senate District, Bryan Van Stippen released the following statement:

“Dave is a good friend of mine, and I am sad to hear that he has suspended his campaign for the 12th Senate District. I have a lot of respect for Dave and his wealth of experience in education as an educator and superintendent in Oconto Falls. I hope to be able to work with him on education issues that our state is facing.”

"Dave and I both share the goal of stopping Senator Tom Tiffany’s disastrous policies coming out of Madison. Going door-to-door and listening to what people have to say, they see Senator Tiffany isn’t a representative of the district.”

“Not one person who I have talked to said they want more restrictions on local control, but we see Tom Tiffany sponsoring that type of legislation. Legislation that has no place in the Northwoods, or anywhere in Wisconsin. I want to be able to represent the district for the people who actually live here, not the special interests that just come and deplete our natural resources.”

“I am glad to have gained the support of Dave and his followers, and be a unifying candidate for all of the residents of the Northwoods.”

“Bringing back accountability to our state government and releasing the handcuffs that Senator Tiffany has put on local municipalities is what I want to do as your representative in the 12th Senate District.”

Bryan Van Stippen will be attending a candidate meet and greet alongside the 34th and 35th Assembly District Democratic candidates at 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 5th at the Rhinelander Quality Inn. He will be available for discussion and interviews.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 11:12
Senator Johnson Finally Leaves Washington... To Fundraise in Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:08

ron-johnsonMADISON - While Russ Feingold travels the state listening to the concerns of Wisconsinites in all 72 counties, Sen. Johnson is hobnobbing with millionaires in Texas. Johnson will join one of his ultra-conservative colleagues, John Cornyn, for a fundraiser in San Antonio today.

Lucky Texans can shell out $500 dollars for a chance to meet the Washington Republicans. After San Antonio, Sen. Johnson will swing by Houston for a second fundraiser. It's indicative of who he represents that on the deadline to file nominating papers to represent Wisconsin, but Sen. Johnson (who flew out yesterday) is busy courting wealthy out-of-state donors.

Johnson has been crisscrossing the country to meet with wealthy backers. He left work in Washington early a few weeks ago to meet with Wall Street bankers in New York. Unfortunately, Wisconsinites don’t get as much face time with our state’s senior U.S. Senator. Between his time in Washington and his time out of state to fundraise, Sen. Johnson doesn’t have much time to listen to his own constituents.

Dave Polashek Suspends Campaign, Backs Van Stippen to Defeat Tiffany PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:12

david-polashekOCONTO FALLS, WI – On Wednesday, former educator Dave Polashek announced he is suspending his candidacy for State Senate District 12. Thomas Tiffany (R - Hazelhurst) currently holds the seat.

Senate District 12 covers a large area of Northeastern Wisconsin, bordered from Wausaw and Suamico on the south, Marinette on the east, and the Nicolet National and Northern Highland State Forests on the north and west.

Polashek spent his career serving students, families and communities as an educator and school administrator. He recently retired as superintendent of schools for Oconto Falls.

While he is suspending his own candidacy, Polashek will continue to work to defeat Tiffany. He supports Bryan Van Stippen for the seat and urges his supporters to do the same.

Dave Polashek made the following statement suspending his campaign for State Senate:

“I am announcing today that I am suspending my race for the State Senate District 12. When I entered the race I said I did so because I was convinced that the Northwoods and the State of Wisconsin cannot withstand four more years of Tom Tiffany. In my six months of talking to residents as I traveled the district, I heard that time and time again. As it is, we may never recover from the damage he and his fellow Republicans have already inflicted on our beloved State: our public schools, environment, municipalities, public servants, and especially Wisconsin’s century-long reputation as a progressive state that values clean and open government.”

“With the recent announcement that Bryan Van Stippen has entered the race, I knew I had a decision to make. I sought the counsel of family, friends and supporters as to how I should proceed. We concluded that the only upside to a Democratic primary would be that there would be two of us on the campaign trail informing voters about Tiffany’s reckless and dangerous record. That positive had to be weighed against the possibility of an expensive primary that would divide our resources and our efforts.”

“There is a saying I think applies here. Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can ever learn. And since I have been an educator my whole life, I am taking this advice to heart. I throw my support behind Bryan Van Stippen and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must keep our eye on the goal: to restore our Senate District and our State to its former greatness by leading our citizens out of the economic, political, and environmental chaos Tom Tiffany and Republicans have created in Wisconsin.”

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