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May 7th Update From DPW Chair Martha Laning PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Saturday, 07 May 2016 16:01

martha-laningMADISON - Welcome to the weekly installment of my chair update! I really enjoyed seeing people at the Eau Claire and Richland County spring flings this week.

The excitement about the election: Russ, our far superior Democratic Presidential candidates, the real possibility of picking up a congressional seat and talented, committed State Legislature candidates is great to see.  2016 is going to be our year and it is great to see the excitement and commitment to working for the ticket growing.

This week’s highlights

  • Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee for his party, much to the chagrin of the leaders in the party
  • Kicking off Older Americans Month
  • Tammy Baldwin’s tour in contrast to Ron Johnson’s Incompetence
  • Mothers need voters support too
  • President Obama’s thoughtful words to commemorate Teacher Appreciation week
  • Volunteer for the convention
  • Sign up for Message Monday or Grassroots Wednesday so you can help spread our progressive message

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THEIR NOMINEE

On Tuesday, Donald Trump successfully completed his hostile takeover of the Republican Party by winning the Indiana primary, which forced out his two main rivals and all but secured the Republican Presidential nomination. Donald Trump's dangerous, sexist, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric didn't stop Republican leaders in Wisconsin from eagerly jumping on board the Trump train. 

I am truly disappointed and appalled by Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Rep. Kathy Bernier and the WisGOP 3rd Congressional District Chair who all gleefully hug Trump and his heinous views. Even Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking elected leader in the Republican Party, can't bring himself to denounce dangerous Donald Trump's pursuit of the Presidency and said he hopes and wants to support Donald Trump.

Any responsible leader can see that Donald Trump is dangerous and lacks both the judgment and the temperament to be president. Anything short of denouncing Trump's candidacy is an endorsement of his racist, sexist, and xenophobic views and Republicans in Wisconsin should rip up their tickets for the Trump Train.

Trump's nomination is a reminder that for years, Republicans have elevated extreme voices and used divisive campaigns that sought to exploit unfounded fears for political gain. Democrats have been the adults in the room, sharing ideas to make higher education affordable, raise wages for workers, increase access to quality and affordable healthcare, and invest in hard-working families through paid family leave,

Thankfully, we have two outstanding Democratic candidates for President who will continue to treat the office with the respect we all know the position deserves. Democrats will be united and hold Donald Trump accountable every day until November 8th.

Check out this ad showing many Republican leaders in our country showing their true feelings about Donald Trump
OLDER AMERICANS MONTHS
In America, we have a simple promise: if you work hard, play by the rules, and pay your fair share you should be able to retire with dignity. Social Security and Medicare embody this promise, so in the Month of May, which is dedicated to Older Americans, we must remember how important these programs are to millions and reaffirm our commitment to defending them at all costs. 

Millionaires and billionaires like Ron Johnson and his new pal Donald Trump don't need these programs so they don't understand how indispensable they are. But right here in our own state, 30% of Wisconsinites receive all of their monthly income from Social Security benefits and millions more benefit from the guaranteed healthcare of Medicare. They are foundational to working-class and middle-class economic security. 

Let this month serve as a reminder of the need to protect Older Americans from Republican attempts to try and loot these programs to give more tax breaks to the wealthy. Democrats will continue to protect them at all costs just as we have from the very beginning and will fight to strengthen them so America can better live up to its promise long into the future. 

Click here to listen to the DPW's new ad about the threat Ron Johnson poses to these vital programs.

WHILE TAMMY BALDWIN CONTINUES TO DO HER JOB, RON JOHNSON REFUSES TO DO HIS

I saw Tammy zig-zagging across Wisconsin this week talking about a host of issues. She hosted a round table in La Crosse discussing the opioid epidemic facing our state and country. She also made her way to River Falls to discuss her In the Red legislation that works to alleviate the burden of student debt. In addition, she went to Menomonie, Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee. Along the way she joined with other Wisconsin lawmakers to call on the Justice Department to review Voter ID law in Wisconsin.

In other news…

Wisconsinites are confused why Ron Johnson announced his re-election campaign this week because of how apparent it is that he hates doing his job. Whether it is missing 60% of his Homeland Security Committee hearings or refusing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Ron Johnson can’t be bothered to put the work in. We have to make sure Russ gets elected because we know he will represent our best interests and work tirelessly to make a better Wisconsin.

MOTHER'S DAY - LET’S COMMIT TO HELPING ALL MOTHERS

As we near Mother's Day, it is important to recognize and be grateful for the sacrifice, patience, and dedication of so many mothers all over the state. This is why Democrats work tirelessly to better the lives of single and working mothers around our country. 

We are fighting to accomplish equal pay for equal work so mothers and their families are not short-changed of thousands of dollars that otherwise could go towards groceries, school supplies or college tuition.  As a mother of two daughters, I am outraged by the thought of them being forced to raise families on less simply due to their gender. In addition, we need to recognize the importance of a mother having time to welcome a new born and pass paid family leave so mothers never have to face the decision between going to work, like elected office, and taking care of a new born baby  Having a child is a great gift that has challenges and our community can ensure all families have the time to welcome and adjust to their new addition so all thrive. Finally, we will continue to stand up for Planned Parenthood because we believe mothers deserve access to quality and affordable healthcare. 

This Mother's Day, as we appreciate our mothers' dedication to us, let's rededicate our efforts to fighting for them on these issues. 

Click here to listen to the newest Democratic weekly address on Mother's Day and Women's National Health Week. 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

This week we celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Day,  President Obama recognized his 5th grade teacher and as I read his post it made me think of so many great teachers that my children and I had. 

“The first time she called on me, I wished she hadn't. In fact, I wished I were just about anywhere else but at that desk, in that room of children staring at me. But over the course of that year, Ms. Hefty taught me that I had something to say -- not in spite of my differences, but because of them. She made every single student in that class feel special,” Obama wrote.
"She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President. This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher," the president continued.

Teachers touch all of our lives.  They make us see the possibilities ahead of us, they make us reach for our potential and sometimes they help us find potential we never knew we had.  Great teachers make our communities stronger because they help ALL the children.  They ensure that even when a child doesn’t have the support they need at home they get a chance to succeed.  That’s why it is so important that we as a society support them in their work.

Governor Walker’s disastrous budget cuts don’t ensure teachers get the support they need to do the important work of helping all our citizens reach their potential. Under Walker and Republicans in the legislature, over $800 million has been stripped away from our public schools, and another $250 million was slashed from our UW system. The cuts are much larger than that too since the legislature approved funding that should go to our public schools to go to private schools Our teachers are doing everything they can, but these cuts prevent them from doing what our kids deserve. They also are discouraging young people with the gift of teaching to go into the profession.

So, thank a teacher, and back that up with action. Contact your legislator and the governor and tell them that our teachers and students deserve to be a priority once again.

STATE CONVENTION

We are so excited for our upcoming state convention on June 3rd and 4th in Green Bay. For this event to run as smoothly as possible we need your help, so please sign up for a volunteer shift here. This is going to be a great event that you are not going to want to miss. Sign up so you can see all the action click here!

WHAT I AM HEARING FROM ALL OF YOU AS I TRAVEL ACROSS THE STATE

I have continued my travels across the state and I keep hearing over and over how people want to get involved! People want to write letters to the editors, call into radio stations, and be a local voice for the Democratic Party but don’t feel they have the messaging to properly have their voice heard. Luckily, we launched three different messaging services that I am getting great feed back on and I think would be helpful for all of you who want to get involved in really helping our candidate around the state. Below you can find links and descriptions for our three services, and I encourage you all to sign up if you haven’t already. Also, please feel free to forward these sign-up links to your strong Democratic allies!

  • Message Monday: we will send you what is driving the week and materials like talking points, social media posts, and sample letters to the editor. To sign up for the Message Monday Team click here.
  • Grassroots Response: a mid-week update on what we expect the rest of the week to look like and more materials for circulation. To sign up for the Grassroots Response Team click here.
  • Tweeters Team: consists of promoting our Party’s tweets and tweets you can put out yourself based on what content is driving the day. To sign up for the WisDems Tweeters Team click here.


Sincerely,
Martha Laning

 
Ron Johnson Plans to Endorse Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:04

ron-johnsonMADISON - “I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump…[we’re] going to make this country great again,” Senator Ron Johnson.

Johnson vows to back Trump as likely GOP nominee

May 4, 2016

http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2016/05/04/Johnson-vows-to-back-Trump-as-likely-GOP-nominee.html

With the path cleared for Donald Trump to become the Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he won’t hesitate supporting the reality TV star and real estate mogul.

“I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump,” Johnson, R-Wis., said Wednesday in Eau Claire.

Trump became the de facto nominee Tuesday after a decisive primary win in Indiana that prompted the last two rivals from a field that once totaled 17 Republicans to drop out of the race. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who decisively won the Wisconsin GOP primary just four weeks earlier, announced the suspension of his bidTuesday night, and multiple media reports indicate Ohio Gov. John Kasich will follow suit Wednesday evening.

Some healing may be necessary among Republicans after a highly divisive campaign, but Johnson said he believes Republicans will be able to unite behind Trump because of their strong dislike of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“I think when Americans really start looking at who Hillary Clinton is and her dereliction of duty, the corruption, all the baggage she brings to her candidacy — she has more baggage than an airport claim area — it’s going to be an election of contrasts, (Clinton) vs. our nominee who again comes from the private sector and actually understands how harmful government is,” Johnson said before a business roundtable event at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce that was part of his statewide tour formally announcing his re-election bid.

As a businessman, Trump knows how to negotiate, Johnson said, adding, “I’m happy to let Donald Trump negotiate better trade deals.”

The Wisconsin Democratic Party was quick to pounce on Johnson’s support for Trump, calling attention to some of the presumptive GOP nominee’s controversial stands.

“Ron Johnson has embraced Donald Trump and publicly said he will back the Republican nominee,” state Democratic Party spokesman Harry Hartfield saidWednesday in a statement. “With Trump now all but certain to be the nominee, voters have the right to know: Does Sen. Johnson believe women who get abortions should be put in prison? Does he believe Mexican Americans are rapists? And does he believe we should limit the First Amendment to make it easier to sue reporters? The time for Johnson’s political games is over, Wisconsinites deserve answers.”

Johnson said Trump’s emergence is a product of Americans’ anger with the status quo and desire to be led by someone who is not a career politician.

“I think the story of this election cycle is the American people have wised up to the professional political class, how utterly failed the government is and how the professional career politicians have failed the American public,” Johnson said.

He equated Trump with “disruptive technology” that disrupts markets in sometimes unexpected ways.

“The American public is sick of what’s been happening for decades and they’re looking for true change that’s going to make this country great,” Johnson said, quoting Trump’s campaign slogan. “We are a great country, but we’ve got to make it even greater.”

 
Ron Johnson: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:24

ron-johnsonMADISON - “Ron Johnson plans to 'reintroduce' himself to the voters of Wisconsin, but he can’t run from who he really is - an ultra-conservative Washington Republican who is more interested in taking orders from Mitch McConnell than listening to middle class and working Wisconsin families. And with a long record to prove it.” Harry Hartfield, Spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Don’t take our word for it. Below, in his own words, Sen. Johnson proves just how out of touch he is with the people of Wisconsin. You can learn more about Johnson’s record at ronjohnson.org.

Trade
Not only did Sen. Johnson vote to fast track the TPP, but he's referred to disastrous trade deals that ship Wisconsin jobs overseas as creative destruction.

Social security
Johnson called Social Security "a Ponzi Scheme" and believes it's "a shame" that George W. Bush didn't privatize the program immediately before the economic collapse of 2008.

Student debt
Johnson not only opposes efforts to allow students to refinance their loans, but he also completely objects to federal student loans that help young people afford higher education. He thinks federal student loans are "free money."

Foreign policy
Johnson's only plan to combat ISIS is another American-led ground invasion in the Middle East of "25,000 [American] troops, a total coalition of 100,000" – advice he must have received from campaign contributor Donald Rumsfeld.  
Women’s issues
Johnson called his vote to defund Planned Parenthood a "fun" vote and railed against equal pay legislation as doing "more harm than good." He voted against equal pay legislation five times, claiming it could "cause workplace conflict."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:29
 
Ron Johnson Campaign Tour a Map of Outsourced Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:03

ron_tourWISCONSIN - Touting his manufacturing credentials from a factory in Oshkosh, Senator Ron Johnson launched his re-election campaign with a week-long tour of Wisconsin. However, Senator Johnson remained silent on the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s remaining manufacturing jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Sen. Johnson previously supported fast-track authority for the TPP, and has taken a number of other votes that side with the CEOs of multinational corporations over Wisconsin workers.

The route of Johnson’s campaign tour illustrates the devastation that has been wrought by trade policies which stack the deck against Wisconsin workers. The cities Senator Johnson will visit this week have seen as many as one-third of their manufacturing jobs leave since 2000.

“No matter how much Ron Johnson trumpets manufacturing, his failure to oppose rigged trade deals that enable the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs speaks volumes about whose side he is really on,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “We need Senators who will fight to end the economic treason against working families, and begin to build an economy that expands opportunity for everyone in America.”

Table 1: Manufacturing Jobs and Establishments lost since 2000 For Counties Visited in Johnson Campaign Announcement Tour

 

Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Percent Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Change in Manufacturing  Establishments, 2000-2015

Brown County

-3,953 jobs

-13.4%

-2 establishments

Dane County

-6,775

-22.0%

-111

Douglas County

+104

+8.3%

-4

Eau Claire County

-197

-3.6%

-18

Fond du Lac County

-3,519

-24.7%

-8

Forest County

-117

-27.3%

-5

La Crosse County

-2,546

-24.8%

-21

Milwaukee County

-28,645

-35.3%

-518

Oneida County

-412

-21.3%

-10

Racine County

-5,333

-22.6%

-88

St. Croix County

-980

-12.8%

+3

Waukesha County

-10,687

-19.6%

-205

Winnebago County

-8,169

-26.6%

+6

Marathon County

-2,962

-15.6%

+12

Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. September 2000 to September 2015, most recent source of the data.

 
Hassert Convicted, but Ryan, Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Money PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:52

paul_ryanCurrent Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy have refused to return campaign contributions they received from disgraced fellow Republican and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys.


MADISON - This week, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois. While current Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, was quick to extend the symbolic gesture of removing Hastert's picture from the speaker's lobby outside the U.S. House of Representatives floor last year, five months and one conviction later, Ryan, along with Rep. Sean Duffy continue to refuses to return the donations he received from Hastert over the years.

martha-laning“As a parent, I am truly disgusted by Mr. Hastert’s actions. What he did to these young students and to the trust placed in him by the public is truly reprehensible,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Friday. “We must never turn a blind eye to this kind of behavior or settle for merely symbolic gestures. Any person who has received contributions from Mr. Hastert must do the right thing and return them or give an equivalent amount to charity. "

Dennis Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, and gave $25,500 to Paul Ryan's campaign through his leadership fund from 1998 to 2012. Hastert's fund also gave $1,000 to Rep. Sean Duffy in 2012. To date, neither have returned the funds or announced any plans to do so. Illinois Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk, announced last June that he would donate a $10,000 Hastert donation to a nonprofit that helps provide after-school programs to children in the area.

"The Courts have done their job to bring Mr. Hastert to justice, now it's time for Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy to their public duty and completely cut ties with the disgraced Speaker by returning his contributions." Laning concluded.

 
4 Questions for Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:14

ron-johnsonAs He Launches His Campaign from PACUR, he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator.


MADISON - Ron Johnson really wants you to know that he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator. He’s also a high-paid former CEO.

We’re assuming the Koch Brothers couldn’t come to his campaign kickoff, so he decided to announce at the HQ of his old employer PACUR – named for the company founder Pat Curler. Johnson has long been an advocate for the downtrodden CEO’s and billionaires of America, and we’re lending him a hand in sharing his record with the people of Wisconsin.

Sen. Johnson, a regular critic of government programs like student loans and social security, gleefully embraced government subsidies when it benefitted his in-laws company.

And in a smooth business move, the Senator conveniently took home $10 million in deferred compensation after loaning himself $9 million for his 2010 campaign. Like any Washington insider, Johnson knows how to make sure the system works for insiders like him.

So as he announces his re-election campaign from the very company his in-laws founded, here are 4 questions that Wisconsinites deserve answers for from Sen. Johnson:

1.     Why did you pay yourself $10 million in deferred compensation from PACUR following your campaign?

2.     Is it coincidence that number of so close to the $9 Million you loaned yourself in the 2010 campaign? 

3.     Can you provide copies of the disclosures you allegedly made to the FEC, IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue that prove your story about the compensation? 

4.     Why did your company accept millions in subsidies and assistance from the government? Considering your strong opposition to big government, do you feel remorse for relying on government support?

“Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign launch at PACUR helps shine a light on his out of touch record in Washington and his long history of gaming the system for insiders like himself. As a corporate CEO, Johnson arranged a $10 million golden parachute before leaving for Washington," Russ Feingold spokesperson Harry Hartfield said on Sunday. "Now he’s returning the favor, fighting for the interests of his fellow millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the middle class. Wisconsinites can’t rely on a $10 million dollar gift from their brother-in-laws company and need a Senator who will fight for them.”

 
Ron Johnson’s Record – A Blueprint for Exploding the National Debt PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:14

ron-johnsonMADISON - When you’re a seasoned political pro like Ron Johnson you get good at saying one thing and doing another.  But a look at Johnson’s record reveals that despite his rhetoric, he couldn’t care less about reducing the national debt.

He’s had several chances to vote for budgets that would reduce the deficit, but he’s voted against them. Instead of working on bi-partisan solutions, he gets in line with Mitch McConnell to vote for budgets that would explode the national debt while cutting programs for the middle class.

Johnson may say he cares about reducing the debt, but his record shows a different story.

As a Senator, Johnson has:

  • Voted for the FY 2013 Ryan budget that was estimated to add $3.1 trillion to the deficit. This budget would have protected tax breaks for oil companies and companies that shipped jobs overseas while cutting critical programs for Wisconsinites like Pell Grants, K-12 education, and Head Start.
  • Voted against the 2011 Budget Control Act that reduced the deficit by up to $2.4 trillion over ten years.
  • Voted against the 2014 Farm Bill, which would have reduced the deficit by $23 billion.
  • Voted against a responsible Senate budget that would have reduced the budget deficit by nearly $2 trillion.

In fact, by Johnson’s own admission, the only things he has accomplished are a failed blueprint for a budget that wasn’t even voted on, and an obscure accounting proposal that doesn’t actually do anything to reduce the debt. 

“Ron Johnson can’t run from his record. Like a true politician, he says one thing but does another. Wisconsin voters are tired of Johnson’s political games. They want a Senator who gets things done not just ponders ‘blueprints’ for a future generation to consider,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

 
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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