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League Speaks To Lawmakers, Commissioners On Election Policies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:45

voter-us-electionsLeague of Women Voters of Wisconsin advises State on several critical matters, attends a naturalization ceremony, sees LWV-Milwaukee County volunteers in action, and plans convention.


MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission is meeting today to consider several critical matters, including ballot design, agency staffing and a UW-Madison study on the impact of the photo ID requirement. In closed session the commissioners will discuss litigation and personnel matters. Here is the League’s statement, which will be delivered by Erin Grunze in the public comment period. You can watch the WEC open session meeting live on Wisconsin Eye beginning at 10AM.

The League submitted a statement yesterday to the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections about a bill that seeks to address some problems with the current absentee ballot process. While we appreciate the intent of this legislation, our statement outlines serious problems including the fact that it creates a two-tier system in which all absentee ballots are not treated equally.

Last week two members of our state staff had the opportunity to attend a naturalization ceremony and see LWV-Milwaukee County volunteers in action as they helped new citizens register to vote in Wisconsin. Read about about this inspiring experience in a narrative written by Andrea Kaminski.

Finally, just a reminder that the 2018 LWV National Convention will take place at the Hilton Chicago, June 28-July 1, 2018. This is a great opportunity for Wisconsin Leagues to be well represented at our National Convention. Click here to see the schedule-at-a-glance, make your room reservation and follow updates on the program and speakers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 21:16
 
Flynn Supports Local Elected Officials on Dark Store Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:09

matt-flynnDemocratic Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Passage of SB 291 and SB 292. 2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision allowed a big box store to have their property assessed as if the store were a vacant “dark store” instead of a thriving business.


MILWAUKEE, WI – As mayors and village presidents around the state spend December 11 educating the public about dark store legislation and urging the State Senate to schedule a vote on SB 291 and SB 292, Democratic candidate for Governor Matt Flynn added his support to their collective effort.

“Without the passage of these bills, more and more of the property tax burden in Wisconsin will be shifted to homeowners,” said Flynn. “Middle class families should not be asked to shoulder any more of the tax burden.”

SB 291 and SB 292 were introduced in response to a 2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that allowed a big box store to have their property assessed as if the store were a vacant “dark store” instead of a thriving business. When those business entities pay less than market rate assessment, the burden of those taxes is shifted to residential property owners, who see a tax increase. It becomes a shift of responsibility from businesses to homeowners. These two Senate bills have overwhelming, bipartisan support. SB 291 has 58 co-sponsors and SB 292 has 68 co-sponsors.

“I do not want to see homeowners face a tax increase,” Flynn remarked. “The State Senate should stop dragging its feet and schedule a vote on these two bills immediately.”

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Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For additional information, visit www.ForwardWithFlynn.com.

 
AG Schimel Does Bidding of Far-Right Fringe Group Project Veritas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:52

brad-schimelNew findings of re-opened probe into already-investigated investigation to be revealed soon, Schimel announces


MADISON -- Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Monday that an investigation supporting video footage by discredited Project Veritas, a conservative group best known for peddling conspiracy theories, will soon be done. Project Veritas’s founder James O’Keefe was recently revealed to have operated a fake sting operation with the intent of trapping news organizations to discredit survivors of sexual assault.

In April, Schimel’s DOJ investigated the video filmed by Project Veritas claiming to show allegations of voter fraud, and concluded that the videos showed no violation of Wisconsin law. Following this announcement, O’Keefe rebuked Schimel, threatening to turn his own undercover cameras on the attorney general. Schimel then contradicted the findings of his own staff and office, and announced that “it’s not the end of it,” caving to Project Veritas by reopening the probe he had just closed.

“Wisconsin deserves an attorney general who will keep our state safe,” said Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “Instead of doing his job, getting on top of the huge backlog of rape kits and submitting timely toxicology reports, Brad Schimel is abusing the role of the Department of Justice in a partisan witch hunt. Schimel was elected to serve and protect the people of Wisconsin, not pander to a disgraced, fringe right-wing operative.”

 
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney Endorses Mahlon Mitchell for Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mahlon Mitchell Press   
Friday, 08 December 2017 18:55

police-officersFirst Law Enforcement Endorsement in Race for Governor.


MADISON - Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney announced his support Friday for Mahlon Mitchell in his campaign for governor. Mahoney has served as Dane County Sheriff since 2006. The Dane County Sheriff’s office is the 4th largest law enforcement agency in the state of Wisconsin.

“It’s time for change in Wisconsin. That’s why I’m supporting Mahlon Mitchell for governor,” Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said. “He has shown the leadership that we need to move Wisconsin forward, and he has always stood with law enforcement throughout the years. I know that he put Wisconsin’s public safety first, and give our first responders the tools they need to do their jobs.”

mahlon_mitchellMitchell, a 20-year firefighter and President of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, thanked Mahoney for his support, and pledged to continue to stand with law enforcement when he is elected governor.

“Sheriff Mahoney has been on the front lines of public safety in our state. He knows the challenges that law enforcement faces—whether in dealing with our state’s opioid crisis or trying to keep communities safe in the face of budget cuts in Madison. Keeping our communities safe is critical to the future of our state, and it requires all hands working. I look forward to working with him to ensure that law enforcement has the resources they need to effectively carry out their jobs."

About Mahlon Mitchell:

Mahlon Mitchell was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. He now lives with his wife, April and two children, Sie’anna and Karson, in Fitchburg.

Mahlon followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he became a fire fighter in Madison twenty years ago. His two brothers are fire fighters in Atlanta and St. Paul. These careers came out of a family that instilled values of service and working for others.

This sense of service is also exemplified in Mahlon’s other activities. He was a counselor at the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Burn Camp, which he also directed for five years. This summer camp worked with burn-injured youth to help them cope with their unique situation and build a network of support.

Mahlon also worked as a street outreach coordinator with Briarpatch and Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, where he linked at-risk youth with services from their community.

Recently, Mahlon was instrumental to passing two pieces of legislation that were a huge victory for fire fighters across the state. The Infectious Disease Presumption fought to make sure fire fighters are covered if they contract a disease or disability on the job. Additionally, the legislature passed a bill that ensures families and spouses of fire fighters who die in the line of duty will have their health insurance premiums covered.

When the fight over collective bargaining began in 2011, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants. Despite being exempted from the bill, Mahlon and his fellow fire fighters marched on the Capitol with fellow working families that were threatened by the Budget Repair Bill.

Mahlon took the opportunity to travel the state as a fire fighter spreading the words about Scott Walker’s divisive policies.

In addition to his service in the community, Mahlon was a real estate agent for six years at First Weber in Madison. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the post.

 
Gronik Releases New Online Video: "20 Miles" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Gronik Press Office, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 08 December 2017 18:15

andy-gronikMILWAUKEE - Those closest to gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik know he'll put people ahead of special interests, that's why they stand behind his campaign one hundred percent in Gronik for Wisconsin campaign's new web video "20 Miles" released this afternoon.

"He's the real deal," said Shar Borg a Milwaukee Realtor and community leader. "He loves the state. He loves people. He sees that we are in a crisis and he wants to make a difference." 

Some of Andy's biggest supporters have seen him in action his entire life and watched him build businesses, solve problems, and fight tooth and nail for what he believes in. At a time when hard-working families in our state continue to be left behind, they need someone fighting for higher wages, affordable health care, and to make public schools the best choice for our kids. 

"Andy's got the ability to distill those problems into manageable objectives to get people from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party working together - to get staff behind it - to really focus on pulling the levers that move the state of Wisconsin forward," said Mark Kohlenberg a Wisconsin entrepreneur who has worked with Gronik in the past to launch a new brand of children’s shoes in the United States.

Watch "20 Miles" on Youtube below.

Gronik's vision for Wisconsin focuses on creating good-paying jobs in science, technology, manufacturing, and agriculture by executing statewide community and economic development plans that make Wisconsin the global leader in all industries surrounding food production, processing and packaging; fresh water, clean air, and renewable energy - the things were already good at in our state.

As Governor, Andy Gronik will continue to do what he's always done: bring people together, listen, solve problems and get things done. He knows what it takes to create jobs that sustain a family, advance a public education system that connects with businesses statewide in innovative ways to prepare our kids for the jobs of tomorrow, and ensure everyone in Wisconsin has affordable access to health care.

"I'm old," said longtime acquaintance Freda Adashek. "But I would walk 20 miles to see [Andy] become Governor. He is what I would like to see, as a person, helping the people of this state."

 
Matt Flynn Presses for Automatic Voter Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:46

voterDemocratic candidate for Governor vows to protect voting rights outside the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


MADISON – Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn today addressed news media outside the Wisconsin Elections Commission to propose automatic voter registration in Wisconsin and to protect voting rights.

Flynn said, "Scott Walker and his Republican legislature have intentionally made voting more difficult and confusing in Wisconsin. By passing a Voter ID law, limiting access to DMV centers, curtailing early voting, and gerrymandering the state beyond comprehension, they have waged an all-out assault on the spirit of democracy. It led to a dramatic drop-off in voting in 2016, especially among students and minority voters, just as the Republicans intended.

matt-flynn"I believe in fair elections and in leveling the playing field. As governor, I will restore our progressive tradition of expanding voting rights and simplify how we conduct elections.

"Today I want to discuss one way we will simplify elections: by creating automatic voter registration. I propose automatically registering to vote all U.S. citizens who legally reside in Wisconsin, are over the age of 18, and have a driver's license or state ID issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

"A new resident who moves to Wisconsin is already required to go to the DMV to obtain a new driver's license or state ID. Automatic voter registration would remove the extra step she needs to take to register to vote. A young adult who has a driver's license or state ID will automatically be registered when he turns 18, making it easier for him to start exercising his right to vote.

"Not all states have the same voter registration laws. New voters are often confused about when and where to register. Automatic registration will eliminate that confusion.

"All residents will be made aware that they are automatically being registered to vote. If they choose, they will be allowed to opt-out of voter registration.

"Automatic voter registration has already been adopted by 10 states in the past three years. Wisconsin should join that growing list.

"Of course, this is only one of the policies we will need to pass to protect voting rights. We also need to eliminate the state's voter ID law, encourage more early voting and mail balloting, and require a paper trail for electronic touch-screen voting terminals. We also need to create an independent redistricting commission made up of neutral judges so that voters can choose their politicians, instead of politicians choosing their voters."

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Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For additional information, visit www.ForwardWithFlynn.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 17:55
 
Matt Flynn Will Restore Voting Rights in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:01

matt-flynn-govDemocratic candidate for Governor will end discrimination and voter suppression tactics.


MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn announced Tuesday his proposals to restore voting rights in the state, following years of suppression tactics by incumbent Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the State Legislature.

voter-fraud-sign“For over 100 years, Wisconsin was a leader in expanding voting opportunities and making voting easier. We were the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, upholding women’s suffrage. Wisconsinites have always looked at voting as a right. Since Walker and his Republican donor cartel took over the state, they have systematically impeded voting. They have targeted those who are most negatively impacted by the Republicans’ terrible policies,” Matt Flynn charged. “I will restore our progressive tradition of expanding voting rights. I will simplify how we conduct elections. I believe in fair elections and in leveling the playing field.”

Since Walker and the Republicans took over in January 2011, they have curtailed voting rights, by:

  • Passing Voter ID bills, despite almost no cases anywhere of voter impersonation;
  • Closing DMV buildings and limiting hours of those facilities around the state, making it difficult to obtain a permissible Voter ID;
  • Gerrymandering the state so that Republicans won nearly 2/3 of Assembly seats, despite garnering roughly half of the popular vote in state elections;
  • Curtailing early voting and making voter registration more difficult;


Flynn said, “The victims of their assault on voting have been students, the elderly, the poor, and minority voters. After decades of increased voter turnout, the 2016 election saw a dramatic drop-off, particularly in counties that have college campuses and large minority populations. That was the Republicans’ goal. This is unacceptable and violates Wisconsin’s great tradition of inclusion.”

“The Supreme Court has decreed ‘one person, one vote’ and guaranteed voting rights in our country. I will fight to uphold the laws of our country. When I am elected Governor, I will introduce the most extensive reforms for voting and elections in Wisconsin’s history. It’s time that Wisconsin once again embraces ‘one person, one vote.’”

Flynn’s proposals include:

  • Automatic voter registration at age 18, or whenever someone 18 or older obtains a driver’s license or state ID.
  • Ending Voter ID laws.
  • Expanding early, in-person voting.
  • Requiring that every touchscreen terminal produce a paper ballot.
  • Encouraging mail-in balloting to increase voter participation and turnout.
  • Neutral redistricting with maps drawn by an independent, nonpartisan commission, comprised of neutral judges.

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Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For additional information, visit www.ForwardWithFlynn.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:17
 
Vukmir, Nicholson, & Hovde Cheer Tax Hike On Nearly 50% Of Americans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:15

taxesVukmir, Nicholson, & Hovde-supported tax plan sends 62% of cuts to richest 1%. Plan also hikes healthcare premiums by 10%, leaves 13M more uninsured.


kevin-nicholsonleah-vukmirMADISON - Right-wing state Senator Leah Vukmir, out-of-state billionaire puppet Kevin Nicholson, and D.C. hedge fund millionaire Eric Hovde are cheering on congressional Republicans as they force through big tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations and tax increases for middle class Wisconsin families.

  • Right-wing state Senator Leah Vukmir cheered the Senate's passage of the GOP tax plan in her weekly news letter, calling it "Good news!"
  • Out-of-state billionaire puppet Kevin Nicholson was equally enthusiastic about Senate Republicans voting to deliver big cuts to his megadonors at the expense of hardworking Wisconsinites, suggesting that he would've voted "yes" on the bill's final passage.
  • Meanwhile, D.C. hedge fund millionaire Eric Hovde -- who has so little faith in his fellow Republicans Vukmir and Nicholson that he thinks he can just walk away with the GOP Senate nomination in 2018 -- is, according to WisPolitics.com, insisting that "Republicans passing the tax bill will be key for GOP prospects next fall and getting the overhaul signed into law would be an important factor in easing some of the headwinds Republican may face in 2018."

But for all the 2018 Senate field's cheering of the Senate GOP tax plan's passage, there's a reason Republicans hastily rushed the bill through in the dead of night: the #GOPTaxScam is a massive transfer of wealth to the richest Americans and corporations that's served up on the backs of working families, who'll face tax hikes, premium spikes, and Medicare cuts.

As passed, the Senate GOP tax plan bill championed by Leah Vukmir, Kevin Nicholson, and Eric Hovde would:

"Vukmir, Nicholson, and Hovde are cheering tax cuts for billionaires and corporations that are paid for by tax increases on nearly half of Americans, healthcare premiums spikes, and dangerous Medicare cuts," said Brad Bainum, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race. "This isn't a tax plan for working families, it's a Republican scam that triggers a massive transfer of wealth to corporations and billionaires at the expense of middle-class Americans."

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:33
 
Vukmir And Nicholson Stand By GOP As It Backs Roy Moore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:20

leah-vukmirBoth follow top donors and supporters, national party in standing by alleged serial sexual predator.


MADISON -- The Republican National Committee (RNC) last night re-embraced alleged serial sexual predator and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, resuming its official support and fundraising pipeline for Moore ahead of Alabama's December 12 special election. 

Are Wisconsin's GOP Senate candidates speaking out against the Republican Party's embrace of a virulent bigot who stands accused of sexually assaulting and harassing multiple women while they were children and he was a grown man?

kevin-nicholsonFar from it. Both Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson have failed to definitively reject Roy Moore while their biggest supporters and the Republican Party apparatus have continued to support him.

Nicholson has a financial incentive to stand by Moore -- Nicholson's biggest donor, Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein, is bankrolling Moore's super PAC, and another top out-of-state Nicholson backer, Steve Bannon, is a big Moore supporter, too. 

But that makes Vukmir's continued silence all the more bewildering, especially after Democrats last week called on Nicholson to reject Uihlein's support and return his $5,400 donation

Also silent, is D.C. hedge fund millionaire Eric Hovde, who claims he's looking at launching a U.S. Senate campaign and "not just sitting back," but has similarly lacked the conviction to speak out against his party supporting an accused pedophile.

Statement from Brad Bainum, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race:

"Now's the time for Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson to cast politics aside, put Wisconsin principles over party and donor allegiances and reject Roy Moore's values. But they aren't; Vukmir and Nicholson are instead standing silently by the Republican Party as it supports and funds an alleged serial sexual predator with whom they hope to serve in the U.S. Senate." 

TIMELINE — Nicholson and Vukmir have failed to definitively reject Roy Moore while their biggest donors and supporters, and national party apparatus have continued to support him...

November 9, 2017

Headline: "Woman Says Roy Moore Initiated Sexual Encounter When She Was 14, He Was 32." [Washington Post, 11/9/17]

November 10, 2017

Nicholson: "If The Allegations Are True, Then Roy Moore Should Step Aside." “Most Wisconsin Republicans are following the lead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and saying Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside if a report is true that he pursued teenage girls as an adult. […] ‘If the allegations are true, then Roy Moore should step aside,’ said a statement from businessman Kevin Nicholson. ‘Everyone should have the opportunity to respond to allegations, and the people of Alabama deserve to know the truth.’” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/10/17]

Vukmir: "...If The Allegations Are True, [Moore] Needs To Step Aside." "Most Wisconsin Republicans are following the lead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and saying Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside if a report is true that he pursued teenage girls as an adult. […] A spokesman for Nicholson’s primary opponent, state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) issued a statement Thursday that said: ‘Senator Vukmir was troubled to hear the reports about Roy Moore today. She believes that, if the allegations are true, he needs to step aside so the people of Alabama can elect a conservative senator of integrity.’” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/10/17]

November 13, 2017

Headline: "Roy Moore Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Fifth Woman." [New York Times, 11/13/17]

Headline: "Gov. Scott Walker: 'I Believe Roy Moore Should Step Aside.'" [AP, 11/13/17]

November 14, 2017

Headline: "Paul Ryan Says Moore Should 'Step Aside,' Allegations 'Are Credible.'" [CNN, 11/14/17]

Nicholson Said If He Lived In Alabama, He "Would Want Roy Moore To Move Out Of The Race." “Kevin Nicholson, meanwhile, stopped short of calling for Moore to end his campaign, but said that if he were an Alabama voter, he ‘would want Roy Moore to move out of the race.’” [Wisconsin Public Radio, 11/14/17]

Vukmir: The Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Moore Were Credible And "Should Disqualify Anyone From Serving In Public Office." “The two Republicans running for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat sharpened their criticisms of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, with Leah Vukmir saying the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were credible and ‘should disqualify anyone from serving in public office.’” [Wisconsin Public Radio, 11/14/17]

Vukmir Said If The Roy Moore Allegations Were True, Then Moore "Can't Serve." VUKMIR: "In terms of the Roy Moore story, if you look at the conduct that, if it indeed has happened, it is pretty despicable conduct. Then it’s hard for me to see him being elevated to the office of the United States Senate. We have a process to go through and I hope, [UNINTELLIGIBLE] If the allegations are indeed true, then he can’t serve. The people of his state are the ones that are going to be making that decision." [UW-Madison College GOP, 11/14/17]

November 15, 2017

Headline: "Bannon Sticking By Moore 'Through Thick And Thin.'" [Politico, 11/15/17]

November 16, 2017

Headline: "Roy Moore Attacks His Female Accusers As Critics Decry Intimidation." [Associated Press, 11/16/17]


November 27, 2017

Richard Uihlein, Who Was Single-Handedly Bankrolling Super PACs Supporting Nicholson, Was Also The Chief Financier Of A Pro-Roy Moore Super PAC. “The chief financier of a leading pro-Roy Moore super PAC is a deep-pocketed Republican businessman who dropped eight figures on 2016 races alone and is looking to continue propping up the party’s most conservative candidates.  Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein provided $100,000 to the group, Proven Conservatives PAC, since September, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission, making him by far the group’s top donor. […] Uihlein is single-handedly bankrolling a pair of super PACs supporting the Wisconsin Senate campaign of businessman and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson. That spending has led Democrats in the state to accuse Uihlein of trying to buy the Senate seat for his preferred candidate.” [Daily Beast, 11/27/17]

November 28, 2017

Headline: "Bannon To Campaign With Roy Moore Next Week" [CNN, 11/29/17]

November 29, 2017

Headline: “Democrats Call On Republican Senate Candidate Nicholson To Reject Mega-Donor” [Associated Press, 11/29/17]

    • Democrats Called On Nicholson To Disavow Richard Uihlein Who Was Backing Him And Roy Moore. “The Wisconsin Democratic Party is calling on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson to disavow a mega-GOP donor who is backing both his campaign and that of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.  A super PAC created to back Nicholson's candidacy has received at least $3.5 million from donor Richard Uihlein, the founder of Uline Corp. in Pleasant Prairie. Uihlein has also given $100,000 to a super PAC helping Moore in Alabama.” [Associated Press, 11/29/17]
    • Uihlein Donated $5,400 To Nicholson's Campaign. "GOP mega-donor Richard Uihlein has given $3.5 million to a group backing Nicholson and also made a $5,400 donation to Nicholson’s campaign." [Associated Press, 11/30/17]

November 30, 2017

Nicholson Spokesperson: "Kevin Has Forcefully Called On Roy Moore To Step Aside Already." "Democrats have been hammering Nicholson on the connection to Moore through Uihlein, even though Nicholson has said if he were a voter in Alabama he would want Moore to step aside. Nicholson has said that he’s 'honored and humbled' to have Uihlein’s support. Nicholson’s two campaign advisers also recently left, with plans to join the Uihlein-backed super PAC, furthering the ties between the two. Nicholson has not returned the money his campaign got or called on the Uihlein-funded super PAC, Solutions for Wisconsin, to take action. Nicholson spokesman Brandon Moody downplayed the connection to Uihlein. 'Democrats are living in fantasy-land because our campaign doesn’t control the actions of outside groups and Kevin has forcefully called on Roy Moore to step aside already,' Moody said in an emailed statement." [Associated Press, 11/30/17] Vukmir: "You Should Ask [Kevin Nicholson]" If He'll Return His Dick Uihlein's Money And Reject His Support. "What Roy Moore is certainly very concerning. And we're dealing with a lot of episodes all across -- and we're dealing with this in the legislature, across the country, and in Washington as well. If indeed -- I have said, if indeed the allegations are true then he needs to step out. But ultimately, this is an issue that I believe that people in Illinois -- in Alabama have to decide. I'm really focused in on what I'm trying to do here in Wisconsin. I'm going to let Kevin Nicholson run his campaign and decide what he needs to do. I'm going to be focused in on what I think is right for what I have to do. And that's a question that he's -- you should ask him." [Jefferson County GOP Pints and Politics Event, 11/30/17]

December 1, 2017

Nicholson Refused To Return Donations From The Roy Moore Backing Richard Uihlein Or Call On His Uihlein-Funded Super PAC To Take Action. “The divesting by Democrats stands in sharp contrast to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson and Gov. Scott Walker who have been less willing to distance themselves from a prominent backer who is also supporting Moore. […] Democrats have been hammering Nicholson on the connection to Moore through Uihlein, even though Nicholson has said if he were a voter in Alabama he would want Moore to step aside. Nicholson has said that he’s ‘honored and humbled’ to have Uihlein’s support.  Nicholson’s two campaign advisers also recently left, with plans to join the Uihlein-backed super PAC, furthering the ties between the two.  ‘Richard Uihlein is underwriting a campaign to try to elect an accused pedophile to the United States Senate,’ said Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now. ‘Anyone associated with him and his campaign cash should be appalled and should immediately give the money back.’  Nicholson has not returned the money his campaign got or called on the Uihlein-funded super PAC, Solutions for Wisconsin, to take action. Nicholson spokesman Brandon Moody said Democrats are ‘living in fantasyland because our campaign doesn’t control the actions of outside groups and Kevin has forcefully called on Roy Moore to step aside already.’” [Associated Press, 12/1/17]

December 3, 2017

Headline: Majority Leader Mitch "McConnell Walks Back Roy Moore Criticisms: It’s Up to Alabama to Decide." [The Daily Beast, 12/3/17]

December 4, 2017

Headline: "Trump Formally Endorses Roy Moore Despite Sex Allegations Against The Alabama Senate Candidate." [CNBC.com, 12/4/17]

Headline: "Woman Shares New Evidence Of Relationship With Roy Moore When She Was 17." [Washington Post, 12/4/17]

Headline: "RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign." [Washington Post, 12/4/17]

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Operating Engineers Local 139 Endorses Mahlon Mitchell for Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mahlon Mitchell Press   
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:21

operating-engineersLargest Construction Union Says: “It’s Time for Change in Wisconsin.”


Today, Operating Engineers Local 139, the largest construction union in Wisconsin, announced their support for Mahlon Mitchell’s campaign for governor. Local 139 is the first labor union to announce their support in the race for governor.

“It's time for change in Wisconsin. That's why we are supporting Mahlon Mitchell for governor,” Local 139 President Terry McGowan said. “Mahlon has stood up for the working men and women across Wisconsin when we needed it most. He knows that we can't move forward as a state if our workers and families fall behind other states. And he understands that we need to put Wisconsin back to work- whether it's on our schools or our roads.

“We can create an economy right here with good jobs--jobs can sustain our families and rebuild our state. But it requires all hands working. That's why we are proud to stand with Mahlon Mitchell in this campaign. We need his perspective and his leadership more than ever."

Mitchell, a 20-year fire fighter who heads the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin thanked Local 139 for their support, saying:

“When I decided to run for governor, I knew we'd need all hands working. And that's what this endorsement from the Operating Engineers represents. They share my vision for building the most skilled workforce in the country, and creating good-paying jobs by getting to work on our 49th-in-the-nation roads. It’s time for change in Wisconsin and I’m proud to be standing with the Operating Engineers in this fight.”

Most IUOE Local 139 members are heavy equipment operators working in the construction industry who run everything from tower cranes to forklifts. The local also represents a number of public sector employees in various towns, villages, cities, and counties.

About Mahlon Mitchell:

mahlon_mitchellMahlon Mitchell was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. He now lives with his wife, April and two children, Sie’anna and Karson, in Fitchburg.

Mahlon followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he became a fire fighter in Madison twenty years ago. His two brothers are fire fighters in Atlanta and St. Paul. These careers came out of a family that instilled values of service and working for others.

This sense of service is also exemplified in Mahlon’s other activities. He was a counselor at the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Burn Camp, which he also directed for five years. This summer camp worked with burn-injured youth to help them cope with their unique situation and build a network of support.

Mahlon also worked as a street outreach coordinator with Briarpatch and Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, where he linked at-risk youth with services from their community.

Recently, Mahlon was instrumental to passing two pieces of legislation that were a huge victory for fire fighters across the state. The Infectious Disease Presumption fought to make sure fire fighters are covered if they contract a disease or disability on the job. Additionally, the legislature passed a bill that ensures families and spouses of fire fighters who die in the line of duty will have their health insurance premiums covered.

When the fight over collective bargaining began in 2011, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants. Despite being exempted from the bill, Mahlon and his fellow fire fighters marched on the Capitol with fellow working families that were threatened by the Budget Repair Bill.

Mahlon took the opportunity to travel the state as a fire fighter spreading the words about Scott Walker’s divisive policies.

In addition to his service in the community, Mahlon was a real estate agent for six years at First Weber in Madison. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the post.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 15:40
 
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