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Walker, Republicans Must Educate Wisconsinites on Photo ID Law PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:58

voter-idGAB requests $250,000 from Joint Finance Committee To Educate Voters.


MADISON - During the Government Accountability Board (GAB) meeting this week, members voted 4-2 to seek $250,000 from the Joint Committee on Finance to educate voters about Republicans' unnecessary photo ID law. 

Gov. Walker and Republicans approved the law in 2011 to require certain forms of photo identification to be shown at the polls to vote, even though in-person voter fraud has proven to be virtually non-existent in Wisconsin. [1] It officially became the law this year for the February 16 spring primary and the April 5 presidential primary election. 

walker-clapsWisconsin failed to appropriate adequate funds to educate the public ahead of the April 5 elections, and in turn, voters in some areas waited up to three hours to cast a ballot, were confused about the necessary requirements to cast a ballot and were even turned away due to misinformation on the part of poll workers. On election night, Congressman Glenn Grothman revealed he believed that photo ID requirements gave Republicans an edge heading into the fall election. [2]

"Democrats in Wisconsin, and across the nation, believe the right to vote is sacred, and the public shouldn't have to jump hurdles just to have their voices heard," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Thursday. "If photo ID is going to be the law of the land during the current election cycle, then the state has an obligation to do all it can to educate the public and ensure that everyone who is eligible to cast a ballot will be able to do so."

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Sen. Johnson’s Refusal to do His Job Started the Day He Took Office PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 22 April 2016 13:23

ron-johnsonGet In Line, SCOTUS. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Has Been Waiting 2,296 Days For A Judge, largely because of one person, namely Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).


MADISON - If you thought Senator Johnson’s refusal to vote on the President’s Supreme Court nominee was bad, wait till you hear about the 7th Circuit. A recent report says that Johnson has held up the President’s nominee to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals his entire time in office.

The vacancy is the longest of any circuit court in the entire country.

Senator Johnson has been playing politics with the judicial system like a true insider since day one. For years, Senator Baldwin worked to find a compromise but Johnson continued to move the goal post, insisting it was his way or the high way.

Even after Senator Johnson finally found a candidate he approved of, attorney Don Schott, he has refused to put pressure on the judiciary committee to hold hearings. Schott has decades of experience, bi-partisan support and is backed by past presidents of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

The result of Johnson’s refusal to do his job is delays for small business and everyday Wisconsinites that rely on the courts.

It’s the height of hypocrisy that Johnson is campaigning to reduce bureaucratic red tape as he personally creates more delays and backlogs. If Senator Johnson is really interested in cutting bureaucratic red tape he should start by looking in the mirror. He should stop playing Washington insider games, and confirm the President’s nominee.

 
Ron Johnson Looks Forward to the Republican Convention, Embracing Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:28

ron-johnsonMADISON - After last night's results, it's clear that the Republican Party is the Party of Trump. As a growing number of Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from a potential Trump candidacy, Ron Johnson is doubling down on his support for the eventual nominee, saying he plans to attend the Republican Convention.

Ron Johnson’s enthusiastic anticipation of a Trump coronation puts him in a more extreme position than his own party leadership. The Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee recently told vulnerable Republicans to skip the convention. Unlike the moderate members of his party, the ultra-conservative Johnson seems all too comfortable with a President Trump.

Yesterday, Senator McCain became the most recent senator in a tough reelection campaign to announce that he would skip the convention. Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk have also said they would skip the convention.

 
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