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Johnson Staff Knew Tomah Smear Campaign a "Total Lie" PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:25

veteransIt is a "total lie" that Russ Feingold received the Ellinghuysen memo on negligence at the Tomah VA when he was in the Senate. AP reports Johnson's staff concealed evidence, ran false ads on his behalf anyway.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:33
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Wisconsinites Deserve to Know Why Sen. Johnson Voted Against Zika Funding PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 10:18

ron-johnsonMADISON - Two weeks ago Sen. Johnson voted against a bipartisan bill to combat the Zika virus. Today Wisconsin confirmed its second case of the disease in as many weeks. Voters deserve to know why Senator Johnson cared more about the opinion of his fellow Washington Republicans than the safety of everyday Wisconsinites.

Case of Zika confirmed in Dane County

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County has its first known case of Zika virus, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County.

A Dane County woman, who is not pregnant, got the infection while traveling in Colombia where Zika infected mosquitoes are present.

The first Zika virus infection in the state was reported last week.

There have been more than 500 cases of the Zika virus in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All of the reported cases have been contracted abroad in places like the Caribbean and parts of South America. As places south of the U.S. continue the fight against the Zika epidemic, states like New York and Georgia are taking preventative measures, like fogging neighborhoods with pesticides.

But University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Susan Paskewitz said similar efforts in Wisconsin would be futile, because there are no Zika virus-carrying mosquito breeds in the Badger state.

"We've never seen them here all,” Paskewitz said of the breeds. “All of the people who do any kind of mosquito surveillance work have never seen them here."

She said there is no need for civilians or government bodies in Wisconsin to spray specifically against the Zika virus-carrying insects.

 
Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 27 May 2016 09:48

ron-johnsonThe “Democrats Were Right Again” Edition.


MADISON - Senator Johnson has finally decided it might be worthwhile to listen to Wisconsinites about TSA lines, but only after a gentle push from Democrats.

For months TSA lines have grown longer and longer. Millions of Americans have been stuck waiting for hours at security checkpoints. Senator Johnson chairs the Senate committee that oversees the TSA, but he was too busy explaining the difference between supporting and endorsing Donald Trump to care about the issue.

In fact, while he's been chair of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, the number of agents and scanners at airports has fallen.

To be fair, the Senator's focus has been on courting Republican mega donors who fly private jets and don’t need to worry about the problems of everyday Wisconsinites. So since the Senator couldn’t be bothered with the issue, we decided to help him out. On Monday we sent a press release highlighting Johnson’s inaction on the issue.

Four days later Johnson miraculously decided to hold a hearing on the issue. You're welcome for the advice Senator.

 
Robot Ron on Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 27 May 2016 09:42

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an interview on CNN’s “New Day” this morning, Johnson grinned and held back laughter as he tried to claim there was a difference between "supporting" and "endorsing" presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. But his stand up act was too much for host Alisyn Camerota. She laughed as Johnson pulled a Marco Rubio and kept repeating his talking points over and over again - a regular Robot Ron.

Click here to watch Robot Ron on CNN's "New Day"

 
Donald Trump Rooted for Housing Market Crash PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:33

single-family-homeIn 2006, he hoped everyday Americans with a mortgage would lose to line his own pockets, buy low, sell high.


MADISON - Donald Trump's own comments in 2006 indicate that he hoped the housing market would collapse, saying that while average citizens lost their homes, jobs, and savings, he would be able to profit by buying their property at a low.

martha-laning"The Democratic Party has long been committed to ensuring that all Americans, especially the most most vulnerable, have access to housing that is safe, decent, and affordable," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairwoman Martha Laning.

"Our party is continuing that work to this day because we want every American, regardless of income, to have a roof over their head for a fair chance to get ahead," she continued. "You shouldn't have to be a millionaire to buy a home, save for the future, and give your children better than you had."

donald-trumpDonald Trump rooted against the success of everyday Americans and bet on their suffering. Trump hoped that while average citizens lost their homes, jobs, and savings, he would be able to profit from their misery.

"We can't risk having someone in the White House who would dare bet against the American people for their own personal gain," concludes Laning. "Donald Trump clearly does not have the best interest of the American people at heart and he does not have the temperament or stability to be President of the United States."

"Donald Trump is a risk we cannot take," she said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:13
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Brian Smith to Run for State Senate PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:17

brian-smithWaupaca Mayor and businessman to run for Wisconsin’s 14th Senate District.


WAUPACA, WI - Recognizing the need to create jobs and get Wisconsin back on the right track, Waupaca Mayor Brian Smith formally announced his candidacy for the 14th State Senate District today.

“I’m running for State Senate because we deserve better than what we’ve been getting from Madison,” said Smith, “As Mayor, I’ve fought to make sure Waupaca remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. As a small business owner and accountant, I know what it takes to balance a budget the right way so we create good jobs and grow our economy.”

A former high-school teacher and football coach, Brian is the Mayor of Waupaca where he was born and raised. He is a small business owner, partner in the accounting firm he founded and co-owns Smith’s Paca Pub. As Mayor, Brian worked with Fox Valley Technical College, the Waupaca Foundry, and the Wisconsin Veterans’ Home at King to bring training for good-paying nursing and skilled factory jobs here. He also partnered with local businesses to ensure good jobs stay here, rather than get sent overseas or out of state.

Brian and his wife Terri live in Waupaca. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Residents can learn more about Brian at: www.BrianSmithforSenate.com

The 14th Senate District includes portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Outagamie, Sauk, Waupaca, and Waushara Counties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:27
 
Ron Johnson Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After 2,323 Days PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 18:03

ron-johnsonMADISON - "What did Johnson have to say? Who knows. He didn’t even show up."

Ron Johnson Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After Ignoring Court Vacancy For 2,323 Days By Jennifer Bendery
May 18, 2016

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) just can’t bring himself to play well with others.

He’s spent more than six years — 2,323 days, to be precise — singlehandedly preventing a vacancy on a court that covers his state from being filled. It’s the longest circuit court vacancy in the country.

That’s why it was a big deal Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Wisconsin lawyer Donald Schott, who would fill that seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Schott’s other home-state senator, introduced him with rave reviews. A few committee members peppered him with questions, but signaled no problems with his qualifications.

What did Johnson have to say? Who knows. He didn’t even show up.

Typically, both of a nominee’s senators come to these hearings to make the best case possible for confirming the nominee. Schott was one of eight finalists for the seat suggested by the Wisconsin senators’ own commission. And Johnson previously joined Baldwin in turning in their “blue slips” for Schott — a procedural step that signals a senator is ready to advance a nominee in the committee.

A Johnson spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment on why he skipped the hearing or whether he actually plans to push to confirm Schott, versus just turning in his blue slip for appearance’s sake.

At least one Wisconsin senator was eager to introduce a home-state nominee to the Judiciary Committee.

Johnson’s efforts to stall on filling the 7th Circuit seat fit into a broader GOP strategy of blocking nearly all of President Barack Obama’s judicial picks this year. That’s because Republican leaders would prefer to hold out until 2017, when Donald Trump might be in the White House (is this really happening?) and put forward lifetime judicial nominees more to their liking.

The problem is that courts with vacancies can get so swamped that people’s cases are delayed for years even as judges grapple with burnout. There are currently 87 federal court vacancies. Twenty-eight are considered emergencies.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said last week that he expects the Senate to stop any confirmation of judges by the time August hits. That doesn’t bode well for the 7th Circuit, which is positioned to roll into year seven with this vacant seat.

 
Tom Perez to Keynote 2016 Democratic State Convention in Green Bay PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:35

Tom PerezJoined by State Chair Martha Laning, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, Congressman Ron Kind, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congressman Mark Pocan, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Russ Feingold


GREEN BAY - Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4 respectively, labor and civil rights leader Tom Perez will give the keynote addresses at the 2016 Democratic State Convention. State Chair Martha Laning, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, Congressman Ron Kind, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congressman Mark Pocan, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Russ Feingold, and a number of other Democratic leaders will also give remarks.

Members of the Media Attending

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All members of your party wishing to attend are required to submit a credential request.

Members of the media who have not submitted a request for credentials and have not been approved for a press credential will not be allowed into the event. Please note that press riser space will be limited.

 
Ron Johnson Confused About the Definitions of Support and Endorse PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:24

rjMADISON - While talking about his new pal, Donald Trump, the past few days, Senator Johnson has been confused over the definition of the words "support" vs "endorse." He seems to think that the two words have different meanings, but he’s sadly mistaken. Of course, Wisconsinites know that Sen. Johnson’s word soup is classic Washington Insider doublespeak (cc Sen. Kelly Ayotte). But just to make sure there's no room for error the next time he talks about endorsing...or...supporting The Donald, we took the liberty of sending him a dictionary to clear up any confusion he may have.

The dictionary should arrive at Johnson’s Washington office in the next few days, but here’s a preview:

We highlighted the definition of "endorse" for the senator...

And did the same thing for the word "support..."

We wrote Sen. Johnson a letter along with the dictionary. In case you can’t read it, here’s the text

Dear Senator Johnson,

We heard you on Mike Daly’s Show on Sunday talking about your endorsement...err...support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. You sounded confused about the definitions of the words "support" and "endorse." Here’s a dictionary that should help clear up any confusion you may still have over the difference (hint: there is none). We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting the definitions and synonyms of support and endorse in the dictionary and put them below.

From American Heritage Dictionary

Endorse (p. 252): To express approval of or give support to

Support (p. 728): To aid the cause of by approving or favoring, synonym:               endorse

For future reference when you talk about “supporting” vs. “endorsing” Donald Trump, you should keep in mind that the words are synonyms. There is no difference.

Sincerely,
Democratic Party of Wisconsin

 
Why Did Sen. Johnson Vote Against a Bipartisan Bill on Zika? PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 09:04

ron-johnsonMADISON – Senator Johnson reminded voters again today that he is more interested in protecting the interests of his fellow Republicans in Washington than in protecting the people of Wisconsin. He joined 28 other extreme Republicans in voting against a bipartisan bill to combat a public health crisis. Wisconsinites deserve to know why.

Politico: Senate OKs $1.1 billion to fight Zika; House wants half that
By Jennifer Haberkorn
May 17, 2016

The Senate on Tuesday approved a bipartisan deal to partially fund the Obama administration’s request for emergency funding to fight Zika, but the bill is still too large for conservatives in the House and far from getting to the president’s desk.

The Senate advanced the $1.1 billion bill on a procedural vote and nixed two related measures — one to fully fund the administration’s $1.9 billion request and another smaller package that would have been paid for by cutting Obamacare.

Republicans in the House support about half of the Senate funding, which House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers called a “bridge too far at this point.”

Rogers has introduced a $622 million plan — which is expected to get a vote later this week — that was “very well received” in Tuesday’s House GOP conference meeting, he said.

The White House said the House measure could face a veto from President Barack Obama, a sure sign that House Democrats would oppose it. So do some Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whose state is most threatened by Zika, called the House plan "playing with fire."

The divide between House and Senate Republicans is coming to a head after months of congressional squabbling over the administration’s funding request as the summer mosquito season approaches. The Zika virus, which has been directly linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly, is already spreading through mosquitoes in Puerto Rico. Local transmission of the virus is expected to take place in the continental United States — particularly the southern states — this summer.

The Obama administration has already moved about $600 million in unspent Ebola funds to the Zika fight. But HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who has been lobbying individual lawmakers to approve the funding, argues that much more is needed to help control the mosquito population, to develop vaccines and to improve testing of the virus.

House Republicans are feeling pressure to back the White House request.

“[I]f we fail to deal with the issue and there are hardships that would be posed on society in this country, you wouldn’t be able to compute those costs,” said Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.). “It’s a dice role to get into an argument about Zika funding and running the risk in having something catastrophic happen and we own it.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who led negotiations on the Senate plan with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, anticipated that a final package won’t come together for a “few weeks” and that the House could be open to additional funding. The House plan provides funding through September 2016 and the Senate plan goes through September 2017.

“The fact that they’re voting on $622 million to go between now and Sept. 30 indicates the House, like the Senate, is interested in finding a solution,” Blunt told reporters. The length of time and whether the plan is paid for or not “will be basis for whatever negotiations happens.”

Before the Senate bill passed on a 68-29 vote, Rubio blasted the House effort.

“Frankly, that’s just not going to cut it,” he said. “If we don’t spend more than that on the front end, I think we’re going to spend a lot more later … because the problem is not going to go away.”

House Republicans argue the Obama administration has not provided enough detail on what the money would be spent on, and when. They say that the administration wants a blank check and the ability to move unspent funds into other programs.

“You can’t just throw out a number and say, ‘Oh, I need $2 billion,’” said Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.). “They said, ‘We need $5 billion for Ebola,’ which they got and there’s $2 billion left over. It’s better to tell us what you’re going to do with the money.”

The Senate package eliminated what Blunt said was at least one $85 million request to build two new buildings he said were unrelated to the Zika fight.

Obama administration officials say they have sent detailed proposals to Congress and that combatting the virus — which is new to the continental United States and has many unanswered questions — will require flexibility.

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, whose state of Hawaii could be particularly susceptible to the virus, is concerned that if the full funding request isn’t approved now, the White House will have to ask Congress to come back into session in the fall to approve more funding.

“This is the most basic test of governing. This isn’t a matter of political philosophy; this is a matter of competence,” he said. Republicans “have got to show that they can be trusted with the keys to the car and right now it’s not clear.”

Even if the House were to approve the Senate’s Zika funding amount, it is unclear whether the president would actually sign the legislation. The Senate attached the funding to a transportation and military funding bill; on Monday, the White House said staff would recommend a veto to the spending package for reasons unrelated to Zika.

Blunt indicated Tuesday that the Zika funding would likely be pulled into a separate bill or separate legislation.

 
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