Our opponents in the Wisconsin State Legislature have discussed limiting the powers of our newly elected governor, Tony Evers—before he even takes office.
These are the same powers this opposition-controlled legislature expanded when Republican, Scott Walker occupied the governor’s mansion.
Like gerrymandering and our Voter ID law, this is another crystal clear attempt by our opponents to subvert the will of the people—and it’s making national news.
Make your voice heard:
Find your State Representative and contact him by Monday evening.
Tell him you expect that your vote has been heard and that Governor-elect Evers will be afforded the very same powers granted to Governor Walker in 2011.
State Representative Adam Jarchow
p. (608) 267-2365
State Representative Rob Stafsholt
p. (608) 266-7683
State Representative Shannon Zimmerman
p. (608) 266-1526
State Representative Romaine Quinn
p. (608) 266-2519
From Davis Hammett, a Kansas LGBT activist in Kansas via Facebook:
Year 2013: I’m a 22 year old queer who moves to Kansas to paint a rainbow house across from a notorious hate group. I realize the politicians here are more dangerous than the hate group; however, the people seem nothing like the politics that dominate. I start to really like Kansas. My boss asks me when I’m coming back to New York since this project was suppose to only be a few months. I tell him “I think I live in Kansas now.”
2014: The most extreme right-wing one-sided government in KS history is elected.
2015: Brownback rescinds LGBTQ protections by executive order making it legal to fire and harass LGBTQ state workers. The KS government increasingly uses prejudice and scapegoating to distract from their failing economic experiment. In response, we organize the largest protest in many years. I get messages from gay state workers who are scared for their safety and future. Kansas is a very dark place in this moment… A Senator walks by me in the Statehouse and softly mentions how wrong the attacks on the LGBTQ community are.
2016: I leave LGBTQ activism to devote myself completely to voter registration and turnout. I’m convinced that if more young Kansans voted things would be different.
2017: 1/3 of the KS legislature is newly elected as a rebuke to Brownback. The first week of session they are greeted by over a thousand Kansans screaming “Whose House? Our House.” We’ve united different groups under a Kansas People’s Agenda demanding change. The Legislature starts to turn things around and activism is growing. The Brownback Experiment is repealed… Some random lady messages me saying she wants to talk about the future of Kansas. She’s pretty great.
2018: That random lady, Sharice Davids, is elected the first LGBTQ Congressperson from Kansas. She gives a victory speech surrounded by LGBTQ youth. I’m overwhelmed thinking back to how most my life I thought accepting my sexuality meant forfeiting my future. The same night Brandon Woodard and Susan Ruiz are elected the first LGBTQ Kansas State Representatives.
2019: The Senator who softly spoke words of solidarity to me in 2015, Laura Kelly, is the Governor and her first executive order is restoring LGBTQ protections to state workers.
Nothing. Nothing. Nothing happens by accident.
Every drop of decency is fought for.
Thanks to everybody who made this possible.
KENOSHA, Wisc. — Want to know just how important Wisconsin is in the midterm election? Take a look at the political luminaries who visited over the last six days.
Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday. President Donald Trump on Wednesday. And, the biggest prize of all for Democrats, former President Barack Obama on Friday.
With a tight contest for Speaker Paul Ryan’s open congressional seat, a competitive Senate race and a battle for governor that is about as close as it can get, the state that slipped through Democrats’ hands in the 2016 presidential election is getting obsessive attention from both parties in the run-up to Election Day.
“This is an incredibly important battleground state,” said Mike Tate, Democratic strategist and former Wisconsin state party chair. “It may end up being one of the closest governor’s races in the country.”
The marquee race features Scott Walker, beloved by Republicans nationally, who is attempting to win his third term as governor amid signs that the independents that made all the difference to his victories in the past are now moving away from him.
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The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is once again assembling a statewide voter protection operation. We want to make sure that voting is easy and convenient for every eligible Wisconsin voter. Voter protection will play a critical role in re-electing Sen. Tammy Baldwin and electing Tony Evers for Governor, Josh Kaul for Attorney General, and Democrats up and down the ticket. But we need your help! In order for our Democratic candidates to be successful, we need you!
If you haven’t signed up or been called yet, there are several ways that you can help us for this election:
- Poll Observer
- Be our eyes and ears while voters vote (both during early voting and on election day)
- Volunteer with our Voter Protection team to help recruit and ensure we have sufficient legal support throughout WI
To let us know your interest, please sign up at the following link. Thank you for your willingness to help and ensure every eligible voter in Wisconsin knows how they can participate on Election Day!
Deputy Voter Protection Director
Democratic Party of Wisconsin