The Republican response to what happened last night in Madison is appalling. Our state legislature hasn’t passed a bill in 70 days (and counting) despite us living through the middle of a pandemic, and there being real calls to enact reforms to help bring an end to systemic racism in this country. Our unemployment site isn’t even working properly, but they refuse to take action … Continue reading A letter to the Wisconsin Republican Legislature
You hear it every election cycle: “this is the most important election of our lifetimes.” It’s one of the most overused statements that people make around our elections in this country. However, this year genuinely is the most important election that most, if not all of us have faced in our lifetimes. For the better part of the past three years, many of us have … Continue reading Our democracy is on the line this November
It’s been less than 24 hours since polls closed in what can only be described as the most undemocratic election that’s happened in this country in a long time. Wisconsin went ahead with an election yesterday in the midst of global pandemic, one that’s now seen over 13,000 Americans die at the time of this writing. The state itself has not been immune to the … Continue reading Democracy in Wisconsin was killed in broad daylight
September 21, 2019 If you’ve read our site before, you know I’ve talked a lot about how it’s difficult to avoid feeling helpless at times during the Trump Presidency. If you feel that way, though, don’t! You have the agency to change things if you get involved in a cause you are passionate about right NOW! Take some inspiration from the following. I just organized … Continue reading Journal Entry #8: Don’t Feel Helpless About What’s Going On. Do Something About it!
Voter suppression is a massive issue that we face as we head into the 2020 election. Wisconsin has been ground zero for Republican efforts to suppress the vote. In 2016, those efforts were successful in lowering turnout in just enough key targeted areas of the state that Donald Trump was able to win by less than a quarter percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton. … Continue reading Wisconsin Republicans Voter Suppression Efforts Must be Fought. Help Us Combat That Ahead of 2020.
Wisconsin Republican State Assembly Speaker, Robin Vos (Rochester), appeared to blame a drop in test scores in math and reading proficiency in the state on public schools this week. Vos’s comment came in response to the Department of Public Instruction releasing their annual study on how students performed during the 2018-19 school year on standardized testing in math and reading proficiency. The study found that … Continue reading Blame Wisconsin Republicans, Not Schools, For Falling Test Scores
The Wisconsin GOP has done an incredible job of turning what was once a very-competitive state, at the state and local level, into one of the most partisan and undemocratic states in the country. The reason? Gerrymandering. How We Got Here Republicans operatives launched a plan in the wake of their massive electoral losses in the 2008 elections to try and put themselves in position … Continue reading Republican Gerrymandering In Wisconsin Has Created an Unaccountable Legislature That Ignores the Will of the People
Donald Trump’s trade war is threatening to plunge our country into a recession. President Trump has spent much of his first three years in office fighting with the Chinese government and other countries over trade policy. It was a fight that the President picked on the misguided belief that punitive actions would force other countries he was “negotiating” with to make concessions to the United … Continue reading Trump’s Trade War is Leading Our State and Our Country Towards Disaster
August 25, 2019 There’s been many times in the past two and half years where it feels like we’re helpless in this slow-motion car crash that is Donald Trump’s Presidency. No matter what we set out to do to fight the excesses of this administration, weeks like this one can make it seem like what we are doing isn’t quite enough to push back on … Continue reading Journal Entry #3: Reasons for Hope
One area where we’ve struggled as Democrats, not just in Wisconsin, but all across the country, is in state and local elections. For too long, we’ve neglected vitally important races, like our State Supreme Court and state legislative races, that play a crucial role in shaping our government. Take the Wisconsin Supreme Court election from this past April. Between the seat that was up this … Continue reading Democrats Can’t Lose Sight of the Importance of Down-Ballot Races: A Lesson from April’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Race