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Wisconsin DEMS Confident Going into Fall Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Saturday, 25 July 2020 13:50

trump-rnc100 Days Out From November Elections, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Electoral Infrastructure Far Superior to Republican Party.


MADISON - Following the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump became the first Republican to win Wisconsin since 1984, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin committed to breaking down and rebuilding the state party’s infrastructure to help the 2020 presidential nominee take back Wisconsin -- and the White House. Now, the party has partnered with Biden For President and other candidates up and down the ballot to form the Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign -- a unified organizing effort to elect Biden and Democrats in 2020.

To date, the state party’s investments have paid huge dividends with electoral victories up and down the ticket over the past three and half years. In 2018, with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Governor Tony Evers at the top of the ticket, Democrats won every single statewide election for the first time since 1982. They also won an assembly seat once held by Scott Walker in the WOW Counties (Waukesha, Ozake, Washington), and a state senate seat that had been in Republican control for 17 years. And in April of this year -- despite a pandemic where legal actions taken by Trump, the RNC, the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW), and conservative justices forced voters to choose between risking their health or forfeiting their vote -- liberal candidate Jill Korofsky, backed by the DPW, defeated the president’s chosen candidate by nearly 11 points.

The early investment the DPW made in communities across the Badger State helped make these victories possible. At the beginning of 2017, the field team began organizing  Neighborhood Action Teams -- local groups of volunteers who organized in their own communities. Now, the DPW and the Wisconsin Coordinated Campaignhelps guide over 250 neighborhood teams working year round talking to voters in their community in the leadup to the 2020 election. As an extension of the field team, these community-based volunteers have been empowered to conduct their own organizing events, recruit new volunteers, and discuss the clear choices facing voters in this year’s elections. These teams have seen great past success --  last November, a year out from the 2020 election, these teams helped knock on 60,000 doors in two and a half days.

But the DPW has also shown its strength and growing base of support through its vastly superior fundraising operation. Last quarter alone, the party raised a record $10 million, while the RPW barely cracked half a million dollars. These funds are being put towards defeating Donald Trump as well as supporting Governor Evers’ Save The Veto Program to help prevent legislative Republicans from building veto-proof majorities ahead of the critical redistricting fight in 2021. Wisconsin’s current maps were deemed unconstitutional by a federal court in 2016.

See this previous memo on how the electoral map has changed for Trump and Wisconsin Republicans since 2016.

In the last 100 days of the campaign cycle, it’s clear that the Democratic Party of Wiconsin has built a dynamic operation with a vastly superior infrastructure to the Republican Party of Wisconsin. As the DPW has partnered with the Biden For President Campaign and other candidates up and down the ballot, the Trump campaign and RPW are falling behind, trying to outrun their abysmal record of disastrous trade wars that crushed Wisconsin’s farmers and manufacturers, a toxic health care agenda that is still trying to  strip millions of Wisconsinites of their care, and their failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which they’ve all but dismissed as someone else’s problem.

With Joe Biden leading the 2020 Democratic ticket, Wisconsinites are faced with a clear choice. Instead of propping up the wealthy and powerful, Joe Biden will unite the country and help us Build Back Better by creating millions of good-paying jobs and supporting working families across the Badger State. Wisconsinites remember that Trump and Wisconsin Republicans have failed to keep their promises  over the past three and a half years, and the DPW is committed to ensuring voters hold them accountable come November.

 
Latest PUSA TV Ad Aires As Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Friday, 24 July 2020 11:18

trump-covid-new-cases-pusaAs the number of cases continues to climb each day, Donald Trump continues to deflect responsibility, minimize the threat, and fails to provide an adequate national response.


Washington, DC — Priorities USA Action is releasing an updated version of “Cases” to reflect the worsening coronavirus crisis and hold Donald Trump accountable for his failure to keep Americans safe during a pandemic. The updated ad presents the facts about the Trump administration’s inability to contain the coronavirus — with 1,334,600 Americans falling ill in July. 

As the number of cases continues to climb each day, Donald Trump deflects responsibility, minimizes the threat, and fails to provide the adequate national response that our country desperately needs to slow the spread. “Cases” is running on cable and broadcast in key battleground states. The Trump campaign is currently suing over a similar ad run by Priorities, “Exponential Threat,” which contrasts the rise in case numbers with Donald Trump’s lies about the virus.  

Since March, Priorities USA Action has spent nearly $26 million holding Donald Trump accountable for his failure to protect American lives during the coronavirus crisis. Priorities is committed to investing more than $200 million through the end of the year to defeat Donald Trump and ensure that Joe Biden is the next President of the United States.

“There's no new tone, there's no new Donald Trump, there's just the Donald Trump who’s failing America and making this pandemic significantly worse,” said Chairman of Priorities USA Guy Cecil. “It is no accident that coronavirus cases are skyrocketing. Donald Trump’s deliberate attempt to downplay the threat, stymie basic mitigation efforts, and provide little support to frontline workers has made this crisis demonstrably worse. We need serious, effective leadership more than ever. I’m proud that Priorities is doing everything we can to make sure that Joe Biden is in the White House next year.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2020 12:13
 
Trump Says Testing is 'Overrated' As His Failures Hurt Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Friday, 24 July 2020 10:04

trump-testing-pusaWISCONSIN - Thursday, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Tommy Kubitschek released the following statement on Donald Trump saying that testing Is 'overrated':

“At every turn since the pandemic began, President Trump has attacked the value of testing when every public health expert agrees that it is essential to addressing this crisis. In Wisconsin this week, we witnessed an all-time high in infection rates as cases here continue to soar. The glaring lack of a national testing program prevents public health officials from keeping our neighbors safe, and Republicans continue to attack any efforts to expand our response. It is clear that Trump refuses to lead in hopes that the virus just disappears, but as long as he ignores his responsibilities and executes this wholly ineffective response, the coronavirus is not going anywhere.”

 
New Ad Aires on Biden’s Climate Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 10:36

trump-denial-puseOngoing $14 million environmental swing voter program now includes strong contrast ads between Trump and Biden on climate and environment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 11:06
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Pence Tries Damage Control in the Badger State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 09:59

trump-pence-coronavirus-briefingPence visit to Ripon doesn't change record.


WISCONSIN - Vice President Mike Pence visited the Badger State last week to try to salvage the flailing Trump Campaign.

farm-familyAfter three and a half years of policies that attacked farmers and manufacturers, Wisconsinites’ health care, and undermined policies that protect working people, followed by a complete failure to address COVID-19, there is little that Trump can do to save face in a state that he has consistently forgotten.

KEY POINTS BELOW:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Pence argues against socialism in Ripon, Wisconsin, which was central to the founding of the Republican Party

  • In a visit Friday to a city central to the founding of the Republican Party, Vice President Mike Pence argued Democrats were turning the country toward socialism, touted a border wall and praised police officers.
  • Attendance at Pence's speech was limited to 50 people because of the coronavirus pandemic. Attendees had their temperatures checked as they entered the event, wore face masks and sat in chairs that were 6 feet apart from one another.
  • The setup contrasted with the one at the party's state convention, where few wore masks and many spent time close together.
  • Pence's visit came just after the United States reported a record 75,600 coronavirus cases Thursday. Nine hundred of them were in Wisconsin.
  • Pence touched briefly on the pandemic, contending Trump had dealt with the illness aggressively and was committed to reopening the country.
  • "We are meeting this moment with American compassion and American resolve,” he said.
  • Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield called Pence's stop an act of "damage control" in a battleground state.
  • "As VP Pence attempts to gloss over the Trump administration’s bungled response to the pandemic, the choice for Wisconsin voters could not be more clear," Bedingfield said in a statement. "Instead of propping up the wealthy and powerful, Joe Biden will ensure we reopen safely, get relief to those in need, and help us Build Back Better by creating millions of good-paying jobs and supporting working families across the Badger State."
  • Pence's stop is a reminder Wisconsin remains a top target in the presidential race. Trump narrowly won the state in 2016, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to claim it since Ronald Reagan won reelection in 1984.
  • Trump has struggled in recent polls. Biden led Trump 49% to 41% of registered Wisconsin voters in a June survey by Marquette University Law School.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:10
 
Assembly Candidate Lyerly Reports Fundraising Success PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristin for Wisconsin Press   
Friday, 17 July 2020 20:13

kristin-lyerly-md-commitmentLedgeview physician raised $40,234.09, making waves in race for Wisconsin’s 88th.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2020 16:37
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Character Matters In Fifth District Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Palzewicz for Wisconsin, Chelsea Cross   
Friday, 17 July 2020 09:38

covid-19-wh-trump-debunkFitzgerald is a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump and has promised to be right in line with other Republicans in the House. We need someone who represents the needs all of the Fifth District people.


Brookfield, WI – The retirement of Congressman James Sensenbrenner has put Wisconsin’s Fifth District back in play for the first time in over 40 years.  Democrat Tom Palzewicz will likely be opposed by Republican Scott Fitzgerald in what is a match-up of two clearly distinct approaches to government.

tom-palzewiczThis fall, Fifth District voters will have to make a choice—to continue Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, or change course with Palzewicz, who supports Joe Biden.  November’s election will be about character even more than ideological views.

NBC News reported on seniors who are pulling away from the Republicans.  The news story featured Jay Copan, 68, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is a white male and registered independent in a swing state. Copan has voted Republican in each of the last nine presidential elections. He is the type of voter that Republicans/Fitzgerald should be able to win — and cannot afford to lose. But Copan says he'll vote for Joe Biden this fall.

"At the end of the day I want this to be a better country for my grand kids growing up,” said Copan. “And having a president who's a pathological liar, a sociopath, a narcissist, a misogynist and a bully is not the way I want to leave this country. In spite of my views on the issues, I don't see any way I could support him to be president for another four years because of how he’s behaved."

Fitzgerald’s political views are well documented, and he is the most powerful Republican in state government, but he is also a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump and has promised to be right in line with other Republicans in the House of Representatives.  He aligns with the same Republicans who defended Trump during the impeachment, not on substance but on procedure.

“If you can’t defend the president’s behavior, blame the Democrats,” said Palzewicz. “Republicans accuse us of being radicals, even though their own actions are in direct opposition to Constitutional guidelines, like the simple step of calling witnesses during the Senate trial.  They hide behind the flag and the Constitution, while cutting legislation that denies healthcare to millions, gives tax breaks to the richest people in the country, and in the process, under Trump, have been turning the Unites States into a nation always in crisis.

“Fitzgerald doesn’t concern himself with the needs all of the Fifth District people, his objective is to support Trump.  He supports undermining the FBI, the CIA, the media, and tearing down American institutions, like the CDC and the EPA. He will support removing us from the Paris Climate Accord and  the World Health Organization during a pandemic. Voters have to make a choice. In this election, character does matter!”

 
Wisconsin Conservation Voters Endorses Second Wave of Candidates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 17 July 2020 09:07

clean-drinking-waterOur endorsed candidates share our values: clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy.


MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Voters is proud to announce its second wave of endorsements for candidates running for office in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

vote-button“Our endorsed candidates share our values: clean water, clean air, accessible public lands, an equitable, safe democracy, and the pursuit of clean energy,” said Executive Director Kerry Schumann. “We’re proud to endorse this most recent slate of candidates who will fight for a brighter, cleaner, more equitable Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Conservation Voters Board vets candidates through a questionnaire, a personal interview, and research on each prospective candidate and their campaigns.

Some of the candidates will face a primary challenge on Aug. 11 ahead of the General and Presidential Election on Nov. 3. Those candidates facing a primary are denoted by an asterisk below.

Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorses the following candidates:

Assembly
Kim Delorit Jensen for Assembly District 1
Rep. Marisabel Cabrera for Assembly District 9*
Rep. David Bowen for Assembly District 10
Sara Rodriguez for Assembly District 13
Rep. Evan Goyke for Assembly District 18
Rep. Jonathan Brostoff for Assembly District 19
Rep. Chris Sinicki for Assembly District 20
Emily Siegrist for Assembly District 24
Sarah Yacoub for Assembly District 30
Elizabeth Lochner-Abel for Assembly District 31
Kirk Bangstad for Assembly District 34
Kriss Marion for Assembly District 51
Rep. Gordon Hintz for Assembly District 54
Lee Snodgrass for Assembly District 57
Joel Jacobsen for Assembly District 63
Chris Kapsner for Assembly District 67
Rep. Nick Milroy for Assembly District 73
Rep. Sondy Pope for Assembly District 80*
Kristin Lylery for Assembly District 88
Karl Jaeger for Assembly District 89
Amanda WhiteEagle for Assembly District 92

Senate
Sen. Lena Taylor for Senate District 4
Brad Pfaff for Senate District 32*

“With the future of Gov. Evers’ veto power in jeopardy as well as the future of clean energy policy, clean water policy, and voting rights, this election is one of the most important in the state’s history,” Seth Hoffmeister, Organizing and Political Director, said.

For our entire slate of endorsed candidates and election updates click here.

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Engaging voters to protect Wisconsin's environment.

 
Sheila Briggs leads the fundraising race for State Superintendent PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Briggs for Kids   
Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:02

sheila-briggsMadison, WI - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020.  Later today, Dr. Sheila Briggs will file a finance report showing she raised more than $25,000 in her race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Her report will show her strong grassroots support from hundreds of people across Wisconsin.  Over the next few weeks, we will be holding listening sessions to hear from people all across Wisconsin and build momentum leading into the fall.

The following is a statement from Sheila Briggs:

I'm so thankful for the hundreds of people who have shown early support of my campaign. When I talk to voters it is clear how much Wisconsinites care about education and this race.  I'm honored to have their support.

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On Tuesday May 26th, 2020 Dr. Sheila Briggs announced her candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Briggs began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Madison, where she later served as a principal and school administrator. In 2011, she was appointed to serve as Assistant State Superintendent by then State Superintendent Tony Evers.  She was reappointed to the position by State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor in 2019.  Briggs leads the Division for Academic Excellence.

 
Dave Hansen, Eric Genrich Endorse Kristina Shelton for 90th Assembly District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristina for Assembly   
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 08:16

Kristina SheltonEndorsements are a major show of support for Shelton’s candidacy from the two most important Democrats in Green Bay.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:40
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