Weekly News from Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair

Jul 20, 2018

Follow this newsletter to keep current on the events shaping our state and the work our party is doing to win in 2018 and beyond. 

Things sure are heating up in Wisconsin! The general election is just under 4 months away, and I’m looking forward to re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin and replacing Scott Walker with a Democratic governor. But before we can do that, we have to decide who our gubernatorial nominee will be on August 14thI believe all 8 of our candidates would address the needs and represent the values of Wisconsinites far better than Scott Walker has!

So we need YOU to be sure you are registered to vote, have all of the necessary documents, and vote ahead of time if you can’t on August 14th! Here are the instructions from the Wisconsin Elections Commission for In-Person Absentee Voting.

In Wisconsin, we don’t have what is commonly known as “Early Voting,” but instead we have “In Person Absentee Voting.” Luckily, you don’t have to produce a reason, like being out of town, to partake in In Person Absentee Voting!

Outside spending against our Senator Tammy Baldwin is now over $11 million! That’s more than any other Democratic Senator up for reelection this year. Special interests have made this race a top priority, so we need to have Tammy’s back! She is so dedicated to putting Wisconsinites first, and I’m proud to call her my Senator.

If you are interested in voting prior to the August 14th primary, contact your local municipal clerk to find out how you can cast your ballot for democracy early! Follow these links if you live in BrownDane, or Milwaukee County for early voting locations!

You can also receive an absentee ballot by mail. The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is: 5 pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Take some time during the next few weeks to get to know our eight awesome candidates for governor! I’m confident that each of them would be champions for Wisconsin and lead with our shared values of fairness, expanding opportunities, and building thriving communities.

Did you miss last week’s gubernatorial debate? All eight of our candidates offered further insight into their plans to defeat Scott Walker and lead with their positive vision for the future of Wisconsin! You can tune in to the next debate on August 8th at 6:30 featuring all eight candidates, or come by the Madison Public Library for the debate which is free and open to the public!

DateWednesday, August 8, 2018

Time6:30 p.m. Candidate Meet & Greet

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Live Broadcast

Location: Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin

3rd Floor Community Room

The event is free and open to the public.

Scott Walker Meets with Russian Spy

As you have likely heard by now, our very own Governor has gotten himself tied up in a story with Russian spy Maria Butina who was indicted this week as part of Russia’s ongoing plot to interfere in our democracy.

As if the GOP’s manipulation of our elections wasn’t infringing on our democracy enough, now we’ve learned that Scott Walker took meetings with a known Russian spy whose job was to influence Republican officials! We also know that Walker’s presidential PAC accepted over $1 million from Putin-connected oligarch Len Blavatnik, whose contributions have come under scrutiny as part of the special counsel’s investigation.

Time and again, Scott Walker has shown Wisconsinites that his priorities aren’t with our needs and values but with securing his own re-election. Wisconsinites are tired of Walker’s neglect and are ready to elect a new leader for Wisconsin that leads a transparent and open government.  

Marquette Poll Results

On Wednesday, Marquette Law School dropped their latest poll results, the last one before the August primary. What did we see?

That Democrats are fired up and ready to vote in new leadership! Among Democrats, 69% are ‘very enthusiastic’ about voting! These numbers continue to show signs of a blue wave, but nothing is guaranteed. We need to keep up the good work, talking to our neighbors and getting out the word about our great candidates up and down the ballot.

Our organizers are fighting back every day! (photo: @TimLaRose)

We also learned that Wisconsinites are disappointed, to say the least, with the abysmal quality of our highways and roads. Across the state, well more than half of people described the quality of their community’s roads as “poor” or “fair.” 

It’s no wonder they do — Wisconsin has the 2nd worst roads in the nation. In fact, Wisconsinites pay an average of $637 more per year to fix their vehicles thanks to our choppy highways and roads. Our state’s transportation budget has been in the red for years under Republican control, leaving many communities with no option for funding other than taxing their residents with wheel taxes.

We need a sound transportation budget that fully funds our schools, healthcare, and roads so local taxpayers aren’t forced to pick up the tab themselves.

Schimel’s Blatant Disregard for Justice

AG Brad Schimel has issued excuse after excuse to cover up his neglect of Wisconsin’s rape kit backlog. After years of robust grant funding and continued prompting by state legislators and survivors of abuse to address the crisis, AG Schimel has now chosen to campaign on his handling of the rapekit backlog despite the fact that he completely neglected the crisis, testing only 9 kits in his first two years in office!

Here are the real facts of how top cop Brad Schimel has treated survivors of sexual assault seeking justice.

Looking forward to November, Wisconsinites deserve an Attorney General who will fight for justice for survivors, defend full and complete coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and represent true Wisconsin values. That person is Josh Kaul.

Learn more about Josh Kaul here! 

Upcoming Events

Join the Wisconsin Assembly Democrats in Milwaukee for a night celebrating our licensed professionals and supporting the efforts of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee as we enter the final months of the 2018 Election Cycle. Republicans attempted to remove requirements for professional and occupational licensing, we worked to defeat that effort. We need your help to keep the efforts. 

Details of the event are as follows:

Tuesday July 31st from 6 – 8 pm

Company Brewing, 735 E Center Street

Can’t make it to the event but still want to support our Assembly Democrats? Donate here!