Democrats outdraw Republicans in Wisconsin as Tuesday’s primary turnout approaches 1 million

Journal Sentinel —  August 15, 2018

More people voted than ever in Wisconsin’s partisan primary Tuesday.

And in what may be another sign of energy on the left, a contested Democratic primary for governor drew about 20 percent more voters than a contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate, even though the GOP race was more competitive and generated far more television advertising.

The most striking example of Democratic turnout came in the ultramobilized “blue” bastion of Dane County, which produced 40 percent more votes than ever before in a Democratic primary for governor or Senate.

Foxconn Town Halls in Rice Lake and Amery on Thursday 8/2!

Scott Walker’s $4.5 billion taxpayer giveaway to Foxconn is the largest handout to a foreign corporation in U.S. history. This deal has come at the expense of Wisconsin schools, roads, and priorities for working families; our roads are 2nd worst in the nation and our schools are funded at lower levels now than they were in 2010-11.

Under the best-case scenario, it will be at least 25 years until Wisconsinites break even on their investment. And that’s the best-case scenario.

You deserve to have your voice heard on this deal. Sen. Patty Schachtner and Sen. Janet Bewley are hosting two town halls in Rice Lake and Amery to listen to Wisconsinites and help local communities understand how the deal will affect them.
Rice Lake

Rice Lake Public Library – 2 E Marshall St

2:30-4pm on Thursday, August 2

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Amery Area Public Library – 225 Scholl Ct.

5:30-7pm on Thursday, August 2
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Can’t make either of these events? Stay tuned for future Foxconn town halls!

Donald Trump Has an Ugly Midterm Strategy And Democrats need to be ready.

The Nation

By Robert Borosage

Evil-trump-face-ap-img We are headed into what is sure to be one of the most vile electoral battles in recent history. Last week, Steve Bannon, Trump’s former minstrel of malevolence, outlined Trump’s strategy for the midterms in an hour-long interview on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show. Ousted from the White House and from Breitbart, Bannon is more commentator than commander, but his strategy echoed the foul rant Trump delivered in Macomb County, Michigan, in April.

Trump will purposefully nationalize the midterms, and cowed Republicans will fall in line. This will be a “base-plus election,” Bannon argued. Trump will be “on the ballot in every congressional district.” It will be an up-down vote on Trump; “Trump or Pelosi”—impeachment or continue the Trump course.

Trump will reprise the themes of 2016: Trump against the failed political class, America First against the feckless elite globalists, and, of course, the politics of racial fear and division.

Trump will take credit for the economy, touting the benefits of his top-end tax cuts. But, Bannon warns Republicans, “ads on tax cuts alone [are] not going to resonate.”

The key is Trump’s right-wing nationalist populism. Trump will posture on trade, take on the Chinese, stand up for the American worker, and claim that companies are coming back home.

“The wall,” Bannon argued, is central to this. It is more than “totemic.” Immigration “is about not just sovereignty. It’s about jobs,” Bannon said. Trump has limited the flow of “massive illegal immigration,” Bannon claimed (incorrectly), and “that’s why we have the lowest black unemployment in history…and wages starting to rise particularly in agriculture.”

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From Farm to Factory: The Rural-Urban Coalition for Immigrants’ Rights


Next City

Story by Zoe SullivanTwitter

Jenny Estrada lives in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a small city on Lake Michigan surrounded by dairy farms. She’s a rural organizer for Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants’ rights organization based in Milwaukee. “Lots of these small towns recognize that immigrants grew the town out,” she explains. “They realize that without immigrants, the town would die.”

Still, for immigrants who see friends and neighbors picked up by ICE when they appear for court dates or who hear about raids on dairy farms, the situation is tense. “People are afraid. The fear is real that [deportations] are going to happen.”

Part of Estrada’s work involves recruiting and training rapid response teams who protest ICE when the agency raids a workplace or picks up someone without papers. Group members will also accompany people to court dates since ICE has been using those situations to detain people. This kind of initiative, she says, along with know-your-rights trainings, create a space for non-immigrant community members to get involved and show solidarity.

“We’ve seen an uptick in volunteers. People are starting to realize that this is everybody’s issue,” Estrada said. “Before there were groups that didn’t work with Voces even though they were working on the same issues because they saw us as too political. That’s changed.”

Estrada’s work means dealing with prejudice and racism. “There’s been so much crap in the media,” she says. “There is definitely a divide between urban and rural areas. People will say: ‘You guys are exaggerating.’”

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Foxconn may break promises to Wisconsin before they even break ground

foxconnMADISON — Today the Nikkei Asian Review reported breaking news that Foxconn may be backing away from its promised plans for investing in Wisconsin, despite Gov. Scott Walker agreeing to give around $4.5 billion from Wisconsin taxpayers to the foreign corporation. Republicans planned a groundbreaking with Foxconn next month on June 28.

Examples of Foxconn breaking its commitments in other communities are documented below.

“Foxconn has a history of breaking promises to communities, which Gov. Scott Walker ignored as he forced Wisconsin into a shady Foxconn deal at lightning speed” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Melanie Conklin. “Today’s news is another cause for serious concerns for Wisconsin taxpayers who don’t want to give $4.5 billion to Foxconn. It appears Foxconn may break promises to Wisconsin before they even break ground in our state.”

From the Nikkei Asian Review:

“OSAKA/TAIPEI — Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, is considering producing small to medium-size displays for Apple, carmakers and others to lower initial costs at its $10 billion factory in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, people familiar with the matter said.

Foxconn’s shift to making diversifying displays for cars, personal computers, tablets, mobile devices, televisions and niche products is a change from its previous plan to churn out large panels, mainly for TVs, at the new plant. Large panel production would have required a more complete local supply chain and greater initial investment in equipment.

The change in Foxconn’s plans comes as global panel makers face a glut of TV displays that will likely last for years, as many Chinese companies, including BOE Technology Group, are aggressively adding capacity…”

“Foxconn did not immediately respond to the Nikkei Asian Review’s request for comment. The official event to break ground is scheduled to take place on June 28 with Foxconn’s Gou and President Trump likely to attend the event, multiple sources said.

“…Foxconn’s new facility would still aim to supply Apple’s iPhones, although it is uncertain the company will be able to secure orders from the U.S. gadget maker.”

“It is not clear whether the total planned investment of $10 billion in Wisconsin would change at a later stage.” Full article here.

A History of Foxconn’s Broken Promises

In 2011, Foxconn promised to invest “billions” of dollars to build a manufacturing hub in Brazil with the project expected to create upwards of 100,000 jobs. As of 2017, Foxconn employed less than 3,000 workers. Areas where factories were supposed to be built are abandoned. “They haven’t even expressed an interest in meeting us,” said a local mayor.

In 2013, Foxconn promised to invest $30 million in a new factory in Pennsylvania that would employ 500 workers. Five years later, there is no factory and no jobs. “It just seemed to fade to black,” a local Pennsylvania official recalled.

In 2014, Foxconn promised to invest $1 billion to expand operations in Indonesia. A year later, Foxconn backed out.

In 2015, Foxconn promised a $5 billion investment in a factory in India that would employ 50,000 workers. Now three years later after a “big-bang” announcement, an Indian state official said “the proposal is practically off.”

Lemonade and signatures at office site

DCDofficemay19Members and friends came out for lemonade and a quick tour of our election headquarters. In addition to checking out the new space, we collected nomination signatures for Tammy Baldwin, John Calabrese (in the center of the picture,) and Rod Dicus who is running for Sheriff of Dunn County. We plan to move in at the beginning of July and need your help to pay the rent.  Send a check to DCD, Box 182, Menomonie, WI 54751, or donate online here.

Plan to attend the May 23rd meeting at 6:30 PM in the Menomonie Public Library.

Meet Mahlon Mitchell

mahlonmitchellMahlon Mitchell, candidate for governor will be at the Menomonie Public Library  on Wednesday, May 23 for next meeting of the Dunn County Democrats. Join us at 6:30 PM to meet Mahlon, learn about his campaign and ask questions.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell has been public servant for over 20 years as a Madison firefighter. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and is the youngest and first African American to serve in the post. A longtime champion for working families and fair wages, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants when the fight over collective bargaining and Scott Walker’s Act 10 law began in 2011. 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 has traveled the state spreading the word about Scott Walker’s divisive policies and ran for Lieutenant Governor as the Democratic nominee in the 2012 recall election.