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Priorities USA Places $65 Million in TV Reservations Through November PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Priorities USA Press   
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:53

trump-pusa-adTV Ads Will Run in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

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Mike Pence Brings Chaotic Coronavirus Response to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Monday, 20 April 2020 10:17

trump-covid-natl-emergDonald Trump wasted months ignoring the coronavirus, and now he's sending Mike Pence here for a photo-op while health professionals and patients in Wisconsin are still scrambling to get the medical equipment they need.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:30
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Wisconsin Voters Defied Trump Last Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities Wisconsin, Cassidy Geoghegan   
Friday, 17 April 2020 15:09

trump-covidThe Trump administration has already failed the people of Wisconsin with his disastrous response to coronavirus. So Pence is Coming to do Damage Control.


MADISON - Wednesday night, Vice President Pence announced he is traveling to Madison next week to visit a GE health care manufacturing facility. If at first you’re surprised by these travel plans, once you take a look at what happened last week, it’ll be extremely clear why he's making this trip.

Amid a global pandemic, Wisconsin voters defied the president, rejecting his pick for SCOWIS, incumbent Dan Kelly, and choosing Jill Karofsky, the liberal justice, by more than 160,000 votes. As a reminder, Trump won Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes in 2016.

Karofsky didn’t just win in liberal strongholds of Milwaukee and Dane county, but also in the suburbs and even some of Wisconsin’s rural areas. And though Kelly still picked up the WOW counties, it was by reduced margins compared to the 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Karofsky swept the southwestern counties, which included several that went to Obama in 2012 but shifted to Trump in 2016, suggesting support for the president is not guaranteed in these areas. And in last week’s election, Trump himself received fewer total votes than Karofsky’s opponent.

It’s clear that support of the president is slipping in every corner of this key battleground state. So Trump has called on Pence to pay a visit and do damage control.

Wisconsinites aren’t buying it. The Trump administration has already failed the people of Wisconsin with his disastrous response to coronavirus that has put Wisconsinites lives at risk and forced over 300,000 Wisconsinites to file for unemployment so far. Voters from across the state are fired up and speaking out against his failed response, filming selfie videos while in quarantine:

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And instead of doing what actually matters in this time of crisis — making sure everyone has the supplies they need to confront coronavirus — the Trump campaign is suing a local Rhinelander TV station over the fact that they have continued running a Priorities USA Action ad that uses Donald Trump's own words to show how he downplayed the spread of COVID-19 for months while the number of infected Americans increased exponentially. Trump may not want voters to hear what he was saying as the virus spread, but we will not stop holding him accountable.

So as Pence comes to Madison to do damage control, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if you’d like to be connected to a Wisconsinite who can speak to how Trump is failing our state.

Best,

Cassidy

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2020 15:32
 
Trump Continues to Bleed Support In Battleground State of Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 09:02

trump-2020April 7 election results over Trump-backed candidate demonstrate how Wisconsin voters are continuing to move away from the president.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2020 09:37
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Judge Jill Karofsky Wins Despite GOP Attempt to Steal Supreme Court Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Courtney Beyer   
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 10:08

jill_karofskyWisDems thank all the poll workers and voters who made unimaginable sacrifices to keep a semblance of democracy working last Tuesday.

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DEMS Urge WEC to Count Ballots With Postmark Issues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Courtney Beyer   
Monday, 13 April 2020 17:29

usps-mail-truckWidespread reports of absentee ballots being returned to election officials by the USPS with either no postmarks, illegible postmarks, or postmarks without dates.


MADISON, WI - Following widespread reports of absentee ballots being returned to election officials by the USPS with either no postmarks, illegible postmarks, or postmarks without dates, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s legal counsel has sent a letter to the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) with suggested guidance on how best to count such ballots.  This guidance is in accord with WEC staff’s guidance and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week in Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee which, in creating a brand-new postmark requirement, emphasized the importance of counting ballots that were voted on or before election day.

The letter urges clerks to 1) count ballots that arrived on April 8 without a postmark, 2) assume ballots received on April 9 to have been mailed on time unless proven otherwise, and 3) count ballots received on April 10 or later if there’s reason to believe they were mailed on time. 

You can read the entire letter here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:50
 
Sanders endorses Biden for president PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Monday, 13 April 2020 16:44

bernie-sanders"Today, I am asking all Americans — I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans — to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," Sanders said.


WASHINGTON, DC - Ex-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed former rival Joe Biden during a virtual event on Monday.

Read the developing report here

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:01
 
DNC, DPW Chairs Discuss Pending Election Results, GOP Voter Disenfranchisement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Monday, 13 April 2020 15:58

vote-47-mbThey discuss the effect of coronavirus on voting attitudes, legal strategies to fight the disenfranchisement of voters, and urge a vote-by-mail solution for the May 12 special election.


MADISON, WI - On a press call Monday, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler discussed pending results from the April 7 election in which thousands of Wisconsinites were forced to vote in-person in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

They discussed internal polling on the effect of coronavirus on voting attitudes, previewed legal strategies in response to the disenfranchisement of Wisconsin voters, and urged a vote-by-mail solution to the upcoming May 12 special election in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. 

Chairs Perez and Wikler also called out Donald Trump and his conservative allies for forcing Wisconsinites to choose between exercising their democratic rights and risking their lives by going to the polls to vote.

You can listen to the press call here and excerpts of what Chairman Perez and Wikler said below.

tom-perezQuote from Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez: “This was voter suppression on steroids... Let’s have the battle of ideas...and then let’s ensure that every eligible person can exercise their sacred right to vote this May in Wisconsin, this November across the country....Our resolve to make sure that people can vote in Wisconsin and across this country is unshakable. We will use courts of law; we will use courts of public opinion; we will work with Democrats, Republicans, independents across the country because seeking to vote, and vote in a safe manner, is not an issue of right versus left, it’s an issue of right versus wrong.” 

ben-wiklerQuote from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler: "Republicans tried to steal Wisconsin’s Supreme Court election by weaponizing a deadly pandemic, because they believed that coronavirus would disproportionately suppress the votes of Democrats, and especially African Americans. We will find out tonight whether the Republican effort to steal the election succeeded, but we already know Wisconsin lost. The choices of Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald, every Republican state legislators, conservative justices, and Trump’s team at the Republican National Committee exposed Wisconsin to mortal danger in an attempt to hold on to power."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 16:39
 
Priorities USA Responds to Trump Campaign Lawsuit Against Wisconsin TV Station PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Monday, 13 April 2020 15:04

trump-pusa-adTrump ignored warnings from experts and downplayed the coronavirus. Now he doesn't want voters to hear the truth and is trying to bully TV stations into submission.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 15:38
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Rep. Shelia Stubbs Co-sponsors Vote by Mail Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelia Stubbs Press   
Monday, 13 April 2020 09:02

vote-47-mbFive states currently maximize ballot access by mailing ballots to every voter. Current COVID-19 public health crisis underlines need for change.


MADISON, WI- Last week, Representative Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) co-sponsored legislation to create a Vote by Mail system for the remainder of Wisconsin’s 2020 elections. Mail voting has become increasingly popular throughout the country, and five states currently maximize ballot access by mailing ballots to every voter. Wisconsin’s “Pandemic Primary” on April 7th, unnecessarily put public health and people’s lives at risk while leaving tens of thousands of voters disenfranchised.

Vote by Mail legislation would allow Wisconsinites to exercise their right to vote while adhering to the Safer at Home order. Voting by Mail elections are quickly becoming a national conversation during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Several voting rights groups are pushing for a major expansion of mail balloting, and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, is partnering with Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, on a bill to require every state to provide the option of a mail ballot in the November election.

Representative Shelia Stubbs released the following statement after co-sponsoring this important Vote by Mail legislation:

shelia-stubbs-rep-district 77"On April 7th, I saw our young people, our elders, our fathers - our mothers standing in long lines block after block waiting to cast their vote. They risked their lives to stand in the rain and in the hail to exercise their constitutional right to vote. As it stands right now, the voting system we have is not designed to provide access to free and fair elections during a global pandemic. The system has not changed, and that is unacceptable."

Rep. Stubbs noted, "Nearly half (44 %) of all the people who have died of COVID-19 in Wisconsin are Black. This is a shocking reality for a state that has a population of only 6% Black people. We are such a small community, and no part it has been spared. Each and every one of us has been affected by this pandemic."

Rep. Stubbs further explained, "The COVID-19 cases and related deaths showcase Wisconsin's severe disparities in access to good health care, nutritious and affordable food, secure housing and jobs that pay a living wage. We do not know how many new cases will be reported as a result of Tuesday's exercise in voter suppression – especially in underserved communities across the state of Wisconsin."

Rep. Stubbs expressed, "This is beyond inequity. Our people have already endured generations of having to choose between our lives and voting. That is why this legislation is so critically important - especially for communities of color. It is our responsibility to make sure that this never happens again."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 09:24
 
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