(Editorial letter of Thomas R. Smith, River Falls:)
I¹m writing to alert readers to a state-wide referendum item on the ballot when we go to the polls on April 3. This referendum has gotten too little coverage in state media. It¹s urgent that voters understand what¹s at stake.
The ballot measure would amend the Wisconsin state constitution to eliminate the nonpartisan office of State Treasurer who manages over $1 billion in state Trust Fund assets.
As a commissioner on the Board of Public Lands Commission, the Treasurer oversees these funds for use in our public schools, local governments, and public lands. This money goes to improve public schools, libraries, local community infrastructure such as roads and sewers, parks, and the UW system.
The proposed ballot measure would place the Treasurer¹s oversight function in the hands of the lieutenant governor, effectively removing barriers to partisan use of public assets that belong to all of us.
The Treasurer¹s office is the public¹s watchdog for these funds, and if voters eliminate it, Wisconsin will become the only state in the country not to maintain a firewall against appropriation and misuse of public money by partisan politicians.
The current Treasurer and Scott Walker ally, Matt Adamczyk, ran for his office on a platform of getting rid of the Office of Treasurer. Clearly this move has been in the works for some time, and like so much in recent Wisconsin politics is being carried out in the absence of public discussion, away from the light of voters¹ scrutiny.
Our state¹s public assets, owned by every citizen, are at risk in this election. You can learn more about this issue at www.saveourfiscalwatchdog.org/whyvoteno
Vote NO on this stealth attempt to grab state-owned resources on April 3.
My fellow Wisconsin Democrats,
It has come to our attention that numerous Wisconsin voters were incorrectly purged from the state voter file last week.
We are looking to document all known incidents of voters who were purged in error. If you have an incident to share, we ask that you fill this survey out at your earliest convenience.
We are working to collect details on who was purged to share with the state election officials on the Election Commission, which meets this Friday. Please forward this email to active voters in your community to help us collect information from any voters that were recently purged from the voter rolls.
Voters can use this link to share their stories with us:
After last weeks primary, we received numerous complaints from voters that did not appear on the voter lists at their polling location. When we looked into this, we found out that these voters were not part of the state’s annual purge that the Party was made aware of. Instead, they were caught up by a second, unexpected purge by the state using a brand new system for purging voters from the rolls. The details of this purge are very concerning to us because the voters that had their registration revoked did not meet the usual criteria for being removed. They were regular voters and they had not moved.
We have already requested details of the purge from the state and have not yet received them. We would like your help gathering information on these purges to share with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which meets this Friday.
The party will also be looking for further information to address recent reports that Russian operatives that breached our electoral systems in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Electoral integrity is key to our democracy, and we are committed to doing all we can to protect and secure our elections.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance, we will keep you informed as the situation develops.
Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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Two Democrats are running in this nonpartisan primary race to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Rebecca Dallet a Milwaukee District Judge and Tim Burns, an attorney from Madison. Dallet is running on her 10 years of service on the court and Burns is stressing his commitment to progressive values.
Learn more about them at:
Menomonie has several candidates running to serve on the school board which has been plagued by attacks individuals and groups who are bent on limiting education and programs that encourage diversity and tolerance. This is a very important election for citizens of Menomonie and all the students attending district schools. The race is nonpartisan, but several candidates have step up to address fundamental issues of quality education, respect, and fairness for all students.
These candidates have come forward and demonstrated values that will contribute to building a strong and welcoming educational community in Menomonie:
Patricia (Tricia) Thompson
Like many in our community, I graduated from high school and received additional training at WITC. I want to make sure that children in school today have the same opportunities I had. Everyone who works hard should have the opportunity to pursue higher education, learn a skilled trade or get additional workplace training without taking on a lifetime of student loan debt.
In the senate, I’ll work to restore funding for our local schools, technical colleges and UW campuses and fight to maintain our state’s reputation as a national leader in education. As a member of the Somerset School Board, I’ve seen firsthand how our K-12 schools have struggled to maintain curriculum, services, and extracurricular opportunities for our kids, particularly in rural areas.
Student loan debt is a crisis that is affecting too many families across our state and preventing individuals from starting a family, launching a business or buying a home. I recognize that we can’t continue to pile mountains of debt on working families and I will fully support the effort to allow individuals to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates in Wisconsin – just like they can across the border in Minnesota.
I want to prioritize investment in jobs, businesses and entrepreneurs right here in western Wisconsin. For too long, politicians have failed to put our local schools, roads and communities first while special interests in other areas of the state have received large sums of taxpayer money. Instead of giving foreign corporations and wealthy donors massive tax breaks and special exemptions from environmental protections, I will work to ensure that our communities receive our fair share of state investments. I will also fight to retain local control so that our communities can decide what is best for our growth, instead of letting out-of-state corporations damage our clean land, air, and water for their own profit.
In the Senate, I will fight for tax fairness and make sure that everyone who does business in Wisconsin plays by the same rules. Rather than picking winners and losers, I want our government to invest in good roads, quality schools and 21st century broadband infrastructure to help all communities compete in our global economy.
From rural communities to big cities, rising health care costs, limited treatment options and opioid overdoses are a growing concern. As the medical examiner for St. Croix County, I’ve seen the health care challenges firsthand. I’m proud of my record working with local officials and frontline responders to combat the abuse of prescription painkillers, expand access to care and make our community a safer place to live, work and raise a family.
In the Senate, I am committed to expanding BadgerCare, improving access to mental health care and reducing costs for state taxpayers. I’m not afraid to take on the special interests and hold drug manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. My unique experience in this area and ability to work across the aisle can help break through the partisan gridlock and deliver results for Wisconsin residents.
I believe one of the biggest conservation issues facing the 10th State
Senate district is the preservation of water quality. Water is one of
Wisconsin’s most precious natural resources, and communities in the
10th district have a proud history of environmental stewardship. If
elected to the Senate, I would work to ensure that our local
governments are empowered to protect access to clean water for future
generations. I would oppose efforts to roll back DNR permitting and
local shoreline zoning regulations.
Local communities should have a voice in protecting their
environmental health and natural resources, and the state should
provide the floor, not the ceiling, when it comes to protecting the
public’s health and environment. It is important to me that my
children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same
opportunities I have, so I will safeguard their access to clean water,
land and air and prevent special interests from taking unfair
advantage of our environment.