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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


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.

Russ Feingold Holds Lead over Johnson in U.S. Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:54

russ-feingoldMILWAUKEE – A new Marquette Law School Poll released today shows Russ Feingold is supported by 50 percent of registered voters, with Republican incumbent Ron Johnson receiving 37 percent. In November, Feingold was at 49 percent and Johnson was at 38 percent.

The poll is evidence that Feingold is still in a very strong position in these early months of 2016, despite nearly $2 million in ads run against him, and a constant barrage of negative and misleading attacks from Senator Johnson and his supporters.

ron-johnsonA few key points from this most recent poll:

  • Feingold is leading the head-to-head 50-37, up from the November Marquette poll. While it is still a long way off to the November elections, but Feingold’s lead in every public poll to date means he's off to a good start.
  • Feingold continues to enjoy strong favorability. His +14 rating (44-30) is a full 21 points higher than the incumbent Senator Johnson. These numbers seem to indicate that Wisconsin voters appreciate Feingold’s willingness to listen to them and his commitment to helping working families get ahead in this economy.
  • By contrast, Senator Johnson continues to be one of the most unpopular Senators in the nation, reaching a new low with 26 percent of Wisconsinites viewing him favorably.

Feingold will spend much of this week on a tour of Wisconsin colleges and universities, listening to students at UW River Falls, UW Eau Claire, Marquette University, UW Whitewater and UW Waukesha. By contrast, Senator Johnson spent much of this week explaining why he missed most of his Homeland Security hearings in the years leading up to his re-election.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:16
Ron Johnson should reject false attack on Russ Feingold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:36

ron-johnsonMADISON - In an editorial in Wednesday's Capital Times, the paper delivers some cold hard facts to Ron Johnson and his political attacks dogs. The editorial board writes that Senator Ron Johnson has an "obligation" to call out false and misleading partisan attacks coming from his right-wing front group.

Senator Johnson's allies continue to lie and bully those who try to stand up to what the paper describes as "false", "untrue", and "unfair"  attacks.

Johnson's right-wing attack dogs continue their efforts to cover up for the senator's documented failures for Tomah Veterans. Even after their partisan attacks were debunked by media reports, Johnson's allies continue to parrot false talking points, and the senator has yet to denounce the attacks.

In today's editorial, the paper opines, "in the case of a recent attack that touches on particularly sensitive and concerning issues, and that clearly paints an untrue picture of Feingold, Johnson can and should make it clear he recognizes and rejects false statements regarding troubles at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah."

The editorial board's stinging criticism continues, "the Republican incumbent should step up and say the attack on his rival — by a group that the Wisconsin State Journal notes is headed by former GOP staffers — is wrong and unfair."

The paper concludes by pointing out Johnson has "a particular responsibility to made it clear that there was no failure to take action on the part of Russ Feingold — and that any suggestion that such a failure occurred is, as Lin Ellinghuysen explained, 'not truthful.'"

Read the entire editorial on the Capital Times website

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