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Senate Republicans Getting Desperate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:14

mark-harrisGOP leader Scott Fitzgerald wants to ban Democratic candidate Mark Harris of Winnebago County from serving in this latest effort to rig elections and prevent local citizens from supporting the candidate of their choosing.


MADISON – In a desperate and unprecedented effort to rig local elections, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has proposed changing state statutes to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.

jennifer-shilling“It’s a sad commentary on the priorities of the Republican Party when political attacks take precedent over bills to help working families,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

“Voters should be free to pick the candidate they believe best represents their values," said Shilling. "This latest effort to rig elections and prevent local citizens from supporting the candidate of their choosing is another sign of Republican politics run amok in Wisconsin.”

The bill (LRB 4109/1) would block locally elected officials from serving in the state legislature. When asked about the proposal in an interview, Sen. Fitzgerald admitted that “Harris’ candidacy was the impetus for the bill.”

Since taking power in 2011, Republican leaders have attacked Wisconsin’s open record laws, dismantled the non-partisan Government Accountability Board, gutted campaign finance protections, exempted politicians from John Doe criminal investigations and gerrymandered legislative districts.

“Wisconsin families are tired of the increasing corruption and misplaced priorities of Republican legislators,” added Shilling. “This power grab reflects a fundamental lack of respect for our democracy and Wisconsin voters.”

 
Trump or Cruz… Either Would Be Good Soulmate for Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:58

ron-johnsonMADISON - Last night in Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump dominated a crowded Republican field to finish first and second respectively after the contest was called. Whoever rises to the top in future contests would make a good political partner for Senator Ron Johnson.

While last night was a huge success for Democrats, who displayed an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm in all 99 counties of Iowa, the Republican Party tripled down on their most extreme candidates, Donald “no Muslims in my country” Trump and Ted “let’s make the sand glow” Cruz.

After five years voting far to the right of even his own Senate Republican Caucus, Johnson must have been thrilled with the outcome and the prospect of sharing the ballot with a fellow out-of-touch extremist. Johnson compared the similarities between The Donald's campaign to his own Senate campaign in the past and helped usher in Cruz's government shutdown in 2013.

Cruz, a virtual pariah amongst his colleagues, has spoken of carpet-bombing areas with large civilian populations, called the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” and touts shutting down the federal government as his signature accomplishment in the Senate.

Trump, who started his campaign calling immigrants rapists and drug dealers, eventually called for banning an entire religion from America.

"Last night confirmed that Senator Ron Johnson's party has moved even further to the extreme right. Johnson, Cruz and Trump are “Team Extreme” for the Republicans, and are incredibly out of touch with voters not only in this state but across the nation," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "If there's one thing that the caucuses made clear, it's that we need to elect Democrats all the way down the ballot in November, and the voters seem excited about their options."

 
Fitzgerald and Republicans Attempt to Change The Rules...Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:30

scott_fitzgeraldMADISON - Yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald introduced a bill to specifically bar county executives from serving simultaneously in the Legislature. The bill comes as Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, is running for Republican Sen. Mark Gudex's open Senate seat in the 18th Senate District.

Bill author, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, had nothing to say in the past when his colleagues held a county executive post at the same they served in the Legislature. Fitzgerald stayed silent when fellow Republican Paul Farrow held his Senate seat and ran Waukesha County executive. Furthermore, former Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer served in both the legislature and as the Manitowoc County executive for nearly six years, between 2006 and 2012.

mark-harrisNow that the Republicans' weak hold on the state Senate is in jeopardy, Senator Fitzgerald is trying to pass legislation to single out a specific Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district.

This attempt to disqualify a candidate for office speaks to a desperate fear of facing the voters. In six years, we've seen Republican's try to repeal open records laws, shield themselves from John Doe investigations, disenfranchise voters, and rig campaign finance laws in their favor.

"It's clear Republicans in Wisconsin are afraid to defend their failed record on a level playing field." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Tuesday. "Sen. Fitzgerald and Republicans are so scared of facing the voters they've introduced a proposal to single out a Democratic candidate running in a vulnerable Republican district. Their corruption appears to know no bounds"

 
Retirement of 8th CD Congressman Reid Ribble PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 01 February 2016 15:55

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Late Saturday, the word broke around Green Bay that Congressman Reid Ribble, a local Republican who represents Wisconsin’s 8th District, would not be seeking re-election in November. The question on everyone's mind; "who would the Democrats get to run for the seat?".


MADISON - The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski on the retirement of Congressman Reid Ribble:

"With over 70 percent of Americans disapproving of the job Republicans are doing leading Congress, it's no surprise that Congressman Ribble doesn't want to face the voters in 2016.

"During his six years in Washington, Ribble supported massive tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthy, voted for a right-wing plan that would essentially end Medicare, and protected companies that ship American jobs overseas.

"Ribble's retirement from this swing district represents a tremendous opportunity for Democrats in 2016. In the coming weeks, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be working with local leaders and grassroots activists to recruit and support a top notch candidate to represent the 8th Congressional District."

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 16:06
 
Russ for Wisconsin Files Q4 FEC Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:48

russ-feingoldMIDDLETON - Russ for Wisconsin will e-file its 2015 Q4 FEC report today. The campaign reports raising $2,655,519.81 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $7,423,595.86 since Russ jumped into the race 8 months ago.

Both figures represent federal off-year records for Wisconsin.

Russ for Wisconsin reports $4,814,837.83 in cash on hand at the end of Q4.

Over 25,000 Wisconsinites from all 72 counties have contributed to Russ’s campaign. Broad grassroots support continues to define Russ’s bid. 94% of all Q4 contributions are $100 or less.

“This strong grassroots support reflects the enthusiasm of hardworking Wisconsinites across the state who are the backbone of Russ’s campaign,” said Campaign Manager Tom Russell.

Since announcing his candidacy, Russ has traveled to all 72 counties, listening to Wisconsinites in every corner of the state.

 
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