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Ron Johnson Headed To Vegas To Lure Super PAC Dollars PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 08 April 2016 15:10

sheldon_adelsonBillionaire Sheldon Adelson contributed over $92 million to Republican super PACs in 2012, and Ron Johnson has 3 of them in need of a sugar daddy.


MADISON - The AP just reported that Sen. Ron Johnson will be in Las Vegas this weekend in an attempt to lure super PAC money out of Republican bigwig Sheldon Adelson. He'll hobnob with the Republican Party's biggest benefactor this weekend in Las Vegas with hundreds of other Republican donors at Adelson’s luxury casino.

rjAdelson contributed over $92 million to Republican super PACs in 2012, and Ron Johnson has 3 of them in need of a sugar daddy.

The news comes on the heels of the Koch brothers’ dark money arm, Americans for Prosperity, launching Ron Johnson’s introductory ad this week.  Content to let billionaires and outside corporate interests speak on his behalf, Sen. Johnson hopes that what happens in Vegas will pay dividends back home in Wisconsin.

AP: Johnson, Walker to speak before Jewish leaders in Vegas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are both scheduled to speak at a weekend meeting in Las Vegas before hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders.

Johnson and Walker will join with presidential candidate Ted Cruz and others at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting that runs Friday through Sunday.

Johnson's appearance comes as he's in a tough re-election battle with Democrat Russ Feingold. Feingold announced on Thursday that he had raised nearly $3.4 million in the first three months of the year. Johnson has not announced how much he raised for the period.

The RJC is funded by the top political donor of 2012, Sheldon Adelson, and meets at the billionaire's Venetian casino resort on the Strip.

Walker also spoke at last year's RJC meeting.

 
Russ Feingold Raises $3.35 Million in Q1, Over 30,000 Wisconsin Contributors PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Friday, 08 April 2016 10:46

feingold96% of Contributions $100 or less, Average Contribution $49.59 Badger Pledge Remains on the Table.


MIDDLETON - Russ for Wisconsin announced today that the campaign has raised $3.35 million in the first quarter of 2016.

The figure demonstrates a strong start for Russ as the campaign season hits full stride.

Strong grassroots support continues to serve as the backbone of Russ’s campaign. Over 30,000 Wisconsinites have contributed to Russ’s bid for the U.S. Senate. Russ’s contributors hail from all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties. 96% of all Q1 contributions are $100 or less. The average contribution for Q1 is $49.59.

“Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites continue to contribute their time and their resources into building this campaign,” Russ said. “While Sen. Johnson is content to let the three super PACs solely devoted to his bid speak on his behalf, the people of Wisconsin are making it clear that they want leaders who will fight for middle class and working families – not just the wealthy and powerful corporations. I’m very grateful to have such broad grassroots support, and I'll continue to listen to and fight for the people of Wisconsin throughout this campaign.”

Since announcing his candidacy, Russ has traveled to all 72 counties, listening to Wisconsinites in every corner of the state. In June of last year, Russ offered the Badger Pledge to Sen. Ron Johnson to limit outside spending in this campaign. As the Koch Brothers' dark-money arm, Americans for Prosperity, currently runs a million-dollar statewide TV ad backing Sen. Ron Johnson, today marks 300 days without a response from Sen. Johnson on the Badger Pledge.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 10:54
 
Ron Johnson Still Refusing to Listen on SCOTUS Vacancy PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:06

ron-johnson3As More Senators Take Garland Nomination Seriously, Johnson Remains in Lockstep with Obstructionist Fringe.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday news broke that Republican Sens. Ayotte, Portman, Murkowski, and Flake are all set to meet with Judge Merrick Garland next week. After meeting with Garland, Republican Sen. Susan Collins is now “more convinced than ever” that Garland should get a hearing.

potus-merrick-garland-scotusAnd today at lunch, Sen. Mark Kirk was spotted handing out memos to his Republican colleagues encouraging them to meet with Garland.

But despite the majority of Wisconsinites who want the Senate to do its job and hold hearings, Sen. Ron Johnson remains in lockstep behind the Koch brothers and the Republican lobbyists who have spent millions to obstruct the nomination process and Mitch McConnell who just yesterday said, “I think it’s safe to say that there will not be hearings or votes.”

Johnson himself was the first to admit that his obstruction is entirely due to partisan politics. But the Supreme Court should be a cause beyond politics. Even some Senate Republicans now seem to understand that. Unfortunately, Ron Johnson is not one of them.


Washington Post: GOP senator ‘more convinced than ever’ that Garland should get hearing

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Collins Urges Republican Colleagues to Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Garland

Politico: Kirk rips 'closed-minded' GOP on Garland nomination

The Hill: Portman to meet Supreme Court nominee

NBC: Supreme Court Fight: Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

Roll Call: Another GOP Senator, Kelly Ayotte, to Meet with Obama Court Nominee

Chicago Tribune: GOP senator meets with Garland, says hearings should be held

New York Times: Merrick Garland to Meet With More Republicans

 
Former Congressman Dr. Steve Kagen Endorses Hillary Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Dr. Steve Kagen, M.D.   
Monday, 04 April 2016 19:38

steve-kagen-drAPPLETON - We have a serious election on Tuesday, and we should feel proud to live in America where everyone’s vote is important and by law must be counted.

hillary-clintonI am voting for Hillary Clinton. She is hard working, tough and cannot be bought.

In my lifetime, there’s never been a better prepared candidate for President of these United States.

Hillary is the positive change-maker we need.

She will work together with everyone to fix what’s broken and improve on what we already have.

Please join me in voting for Hillary tomorrow.

 
Senator Ron Johnson Defends his Support of Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 04 April 2016 14:10

ron-johnsonMADISON - This past Sunday Senator Ron Johnson tried to explain away his deplorable support for the bombastic and offensive Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Trump has taken his party by storm, including the support of Ron Johnson, by pushing misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and making fun of physically disabled individuals.

donald-trumpIn addition, Ron Johnson continues to defend his partisan obstructionism of not allowing President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, from having a hearing and a vote. Other Republicans are decrying these tactics as foolhardy and as serving no common good.

See excerpts from the article below.

After U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told CNN that he thinks having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket in November could help down-ticket GOP candidates, a number of outlets picked up on one quote:

"Stump with Trump?" he said last Monday in Waukesha when asked if he would campaign with the current GOP front-runner, according to CNN. "Just because it rhymes: It'd be the Ronald (and) the Donald,"CNN quoted Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh.

Johnson, who's running for re-election against former Sen. Russ Feingold, was on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and tried to clear up that he hasn't endorsed any of the Republican candidates for president. Judging from the reaction, he may have made things less clear.

Host Chuck Todd called Johnson one of the few on the Republican side who've said that Trump being the GOP candidate would help in a re-election campaign.
"What I've been talking about is, from my standpoint, I'm a businessperson,"

Johnson said. "I'm a completely outsider. And that certainly is what has resonated about his campaign in many respects. But from my standpoint, I think what this campaign ought to be about is growth. How do you grow our economy? It's the No. 1 component for a solution.

[…]

In Sunday's "Meet the Press" interview, he reiterated that he thinks it's "problematic" to consider a new Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year.

"He appears to be pretty hostile to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, which would not be popular in Wisconsin," Johnson said of Garland. "So I'm doing my job in protecting the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsinites by just withholding my consent."

Read the whole article here.

 
Ron Johnson SCOTUS Talking Points Come Straight From Right-Wing Groups PDF Print E-mail
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Written by People for the American Way   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 15:09

merrick-garland-scotusMADISON - Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is one of the Republican senators who is under considerable pressure in his home state to break from his party leadership and consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

So far, Johnson has toed the party line and says that he supports blocking any nominee to the Supreme Court for the remainder of Obama’s presidency. In defending this position, he has turned to a number of stock talking points cooked up by right-wing groups seeking to keep an Obama nominee off the Supreme Court.

As soon as President Obama announced his nomination of Garland, Johnson turned to the talking point that the conservative Judicial Crisis Network has been promoting since soon after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death left a vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

ron-johnsonJohnson’s appeal to let the American people “decide” and give them a “voice” by discounting President Obama’s entire last year in office, comes straight out of the messaging that JCN started hammering in early ads urging obstruction. In JCN’s first ad, a narrator says:

It’s ‘We the People.’ Sometimes the politicians forget that. The Supreme Court has a vacancy and your vote in November is your only voice. Sen. Chuck Grassley agrees: the American people should decide. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about your voice. You choose the next president, the next president chooses the next justice. Call Sen. Chuck Grassley. Thank him for letting the people decide.

Of course, the people already did have a voice in choosing who would pick the next Supreme Court justice when they reelected President Obama for a second four-year term in 2012.

The New York Times reported yesterday on an event in Wisconsin at which Johnson attempted to justify the Senate GOP’s obstructionism by implying that the Constitution’s requirement of “advice and consent” can mean the Senate advising the president not to make any judicial nomination at all:

“Yeah, I am hearing the drumbeat, ‘Do your job! Do your job!’ ” Mr. Johnson said, invoking the Democrats’ battle cry in their quest to get Judge Garland a hearing. “We’re doing our job,” Mr. Johnson declared, to shouts of “yes.”

“Our job as a coequal branch in the nomination process is advise and consent,” he said. “Well, President Obama — surprise — didn’t heed our advice. So now we are doing the second part of that advice and consent: We’re withholding our consent. Completely appropriate.”

This is a talking point that Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, a longtime right-wing player in judicial fights, pioneered very soon after the death of Justice Scalia, when he told televangelist Pat Robertson, “The Senate has a role in this, the Constitution says ‘advice and consent.’ The advice here is, ‘Don’t put up a nominee when you’re only going to be the president, you’re a lame duck and you’re only going to be the president for 11 months.’”

We don’t think that refusing to even consider a Supreme Court nominee is what the founders had in mind when they gave the Senate the power of “advice and consent," which is why the GOP leadership’s decision to have the Senate do absolutely nothing in response to a Supreme Court nomination is unprecedented.

According to the Times article, Johnson has also taken to saying that Garland is “hostile” to the Second Amendment:

“Judge Merrick is hostile to your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Mr. Johnson said in Pewaukee, using the judge’s first name. “So I am doing my job to protect the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsinites.”

Johnson’s use of the word “hostile” is no accident. The phrase “hostile to the Second Amendment” is what right-wing groups have settled on to describe Garland’s utterly benign record on gun rights. That’s the exact phrase that the National Rifle Association has been using in its effort to stir up opposition to Garland’s nomination. The “hostile” term seems to have come from an opposition research package put together by the Judicial Crisis Network, which in turn seems to have borrowed the phrase from a 2007 article in the NRA’s magazine.

We outlined last week why the Second Amendment “hostility” argument is bunk.

Senate Republicans seem to have ceded not only their governing, but the very words that come out of their mouths, to right-wing obstructionist groups.

 
Gov. Scott Walker Endorses Sen. Ted Cruz PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:31

scott-walkerMADISON – Governor Scott Walker endorsed Senator Ted Cruz today to be the next President of the United States, throwing his support behind a candidate who shares many of his extreme right-wing policies.  Throughout his tenure, Cruz has compared the fight to defund Obamacare to that of fighting Nazis in World War II, referred to marriage equality as the “radical gay marriage agenda”, and said those who believe in climate change are equivalent to people who believe the earth is flat.

Ted CruzCruz’s extreme record mirrors not only that of Walker, but also of current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Most recently, Cruz said we should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods”, but this only scratches the surface of his divisive rhetoric. Cruz has accused people who support marriage equality as waging “jihad” against people of faith, said the laws in this country that give women a right to choose are extreme, and has said the Obama economy is disastrous even though we have had 68 positive months of job growth.

“It’s shameful that Scott Walker would support a candidate with an extreme record of divisive policies and hateful partisan rhetoric,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. “Ted Cruz has spent his career working to divide people across this nation, rather than working to bring us together. That is not the sort of candidate the Governor of our state should be standing behind.” Kozloski said.

Below is a brief history of Ted Cruz’s divisive rhetoric.   Climate Change

ACA

Gay Marriage and Homophobia

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“The Ronald and The Donald” PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:17

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON - This pretty much speaks for itself.  When asked if he would campaign with Donald Trump, Sen. Ron Johnson bluntly responded:

“Stump with Trump? Just because it rhymes, it’d be the Ronald and the Donald.”

There you have it. Even as other Republican senators try to distance themselves from the most toxic frontrunner in their party’s recent history, Wisconsin’s own Sen. Johnson looks forward to barnstorming across the state right alongside The Donald.

But Johnson is just stating clearly what Wisconsinites already know: that he’s not at all interested in listening to the people who hired him.  He’d rather take orders from the likes of Donald Trump and the extreme fringe.

CNN: Navigating Donald Trump and SCOTUS: One senator’s plan

The Hill: Vulnerable GOP senator: I’d stump with Trump

TPM: Vulnerable GOP Sen. Predicts Trump Will Help Republicans Down Ballot

 
Judy Gatlin Running for Eau Claire County Board PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Progress   
Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:41

judy-gatlin-ecEAU CLAIRE, WI - With the spring election just two weeks away, we're excited to introduce you to Judy Gatlin, running for Eau Claire County Board!

Judy is a long-time resident of her district and the community. She is an original member of the Eau Claire Alliance for Strong Communities board, serves on the 15 Now Northwest Wisconsin steering committee, and chairs the Community Services Committee of the Area Labor Council.

Her leadership in the community reflects her commitment to improving the lives of the area's residents.

In her own words, Judy "believes a county can only be prosperous if its residents are safe and healthy. Policymakers and municipal leaders should hold steadfast to the elements which maintain that stability." Judy seeks to promote a local government that protects tax dollars, promotes a living wage, and preserves local control.

Help Judy accomplish these goals by contributing by mail to her campaign at Judy Gatlin for County Board 1810 Birch Street Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Thanks for supporting these great candidates!

 
Peter Barca Endorses Hillary Clinton for President PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 25 March 2016 13:47

peter_barcaKENOSHA – Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) formally endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday for President. Rep. Barca, who serves as the Assembly Democratic Leader, issued the following statement on his endorsement:

“In this Presidential election, the stakes have never been higher. I am proud to stand with Hillary Clinton - a leader who has the experience and vision to lead our country into the future and make sure that every family in Wisconsin and across the nation can get ahead and stay ahead.

hillary-clintonHillary Clinton has a lifelong record of fighting for our families and the American Dream from her early start at the Children's Defense Fund through her service as Secretary of State. At a time when Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate, we need a leader like Hillary Clinton who will tackle the issues keeping Wisconsinites awake at night.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in the race with the strong broad-based experience to lead our country and fight to grow our economy and incomes so that every American can afford a better life. I have the utmost confidence that Hillary Clinton will work tirelessly to keep our nation safe, ensure every child can reach his or her full potential, help build the middle class and continue the progress America has experienced economically the past eight years.

“I believe in Hillary Clinton and I hope you will join me in voting for her on April 5th.”

Early voting in Wisconsin takes place on weekdays from March 21-April 1st. For more information on early voting visit: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/absentee

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 14:02
 
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