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08
Sep
2017

farm familyFamilies losing hope as Wisconsin suffers through another dismal jobs report.

Written by Wisconsin Senate, Tony Palese   
 
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08
Sep
2017

wi-dist-mapsLeague of Women Voters of Wisconsin, other organizations, file amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to require the state legislature to redraw the voting maps in time for the 2018 elections.


MADISON – The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin joined other organizations this week in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Gill v. Whitford, the case in which a federal district court ruled the Wisconsin Assembly districts unconstitutional based on partisan gerrymandering. The brief calls on the Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling which requires the state legislature to redraw the voting maps in time for the 2018 elections. The brief can be found here.

The amicus brief demonstrates how Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting has resulted in legislation that is much more extreme than would be expected from a more typical shift in the majority from one party to another. By creating “safe districts” in which a particular party is assured of victory in elections, the gerrymandered districts insulate lawmakers from accountability to their constituents.

supreme-court“We have seen a serious breakdown in the legislative process in recent years. We have seen a bill that appeared to be traceable back to the desire of one wealthy donor. We have seen cases where thousands of constituent calls and emails were simply ignored. This is running roughshod over democracy,” said Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

The brief demonstrates the ill effects of gerrymandering specifically on legislation related to government accountability, funding for public education and protection of our natural resources. The League holds positions in all of these areas and is active in the State Capitol working to pass policies that are responsive to the needs of the public.

Written by League of Women Voters Wisconsin   
 
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06
Sep
2017

school-closedRepublican budget prioritizes special interest giveaways over schools and roads.

Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
 
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05
Sep
2017

clean-drinking-waterComment Period Will Allow Citizens to Weigh in on Drinking Water Crisis.

Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
 
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05
Sep
2017

business_peopleWisconsin was one of the first states to enact a Living Wage law in 1913, at first only for women and minors over age 17. Opponents fought the law in the courts and the legislature, and the Governor and Legislative majority repealed the very definition of “living wage” by the 1980s. The federal minimum wage law replaced it, but has not kept up with the cost of living since 1968.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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01
Sep
2017

big-pharmaDems urge legislative action to protect and extend popular Rx drug program.

Written by Wisconsin Senate, Tony Palese   
 
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