Your vote, your voice.

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Join us to examine key voting rights issues including automatic voter registration, legislative redistricting, voter photo ID laws, election security, and felon enfranchisement. Learn how these issues affect you and the future of democratic participation in Wisconsin. 

  • What: Candidate Forum “The Future of Voting Rights in Wisconsin”
  • When: Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Where: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Business Education Center, Room 103

This nonpartisan forum will be moderated by Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton of the Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union and Uniting Bridges. She and a panel of candidates for state office will examine and analyze the status of voting rights in Wisconsin.

Participating candidates include:

  • John Calabrese (Assembly District 29)
  • Aaron Camacho (Senate District 31)
  • Jodi Emerson (Assembly District 91)
  • Wendy Sue Johnson (Assembly District 68)
  • Wren Keturi (Assembly District 67)
  • Jeff Smith (Senate District 31)
  • Maggie Turnbull (Wisconsin Governor)
  • Charlie Warner (Assembly District 93)

The public is invited to attend this free event. Questions for the panel are welcomed and can be submitted prior to the forum by following this link. If time allows, audience members may ask questions during the forum.

In July, local candidates from all parties running for state office were invited to pledge their support to reform voter registration in Wisconsin by establishing a statewide system of automatic voter registration. The pledge received cross-partisan support from Republican, Democratic, and Green party candidates. Candidates who pledged their support for automatic voter registration have been invited to participate in the forum.

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Tony Evers makes campaign swing through Appleton, criticizes Gov. Walker’s performance

APPLETON – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, fresh off a primary win Tuesday night, wasted no time Wednesday in making campaign swings through Madison, Appleton, Oshkosh, Plymouth and Waukesha.

Despite his blue jeans and genial demeanor as he shook hands with customers at the Copper Rock Coffee Co. in Appleton, he didn’t hold back in a short media briefing on what he felt were current missteps by Gov. Scott Walker.

The $4 billion Foxconn project is “the worst deal in the state of Wisconsin’s history,” he said. “We can’t have these Hail Mary passes that pit one part of the state against another.”

Walker’s self-proclaimed “education governor” title, Evers said, is “a laughable line.”

Evers, the state’s schools superintendent, bested seven other candidates in the Democratic race on Tuesday, and will face off with the incumbent governor in the Nov. 6 general election.

Related: 5 takeaways from Tony Evers’ primary win

Related: Scott Walker touts tax breaks as he and Tony Evers joust over road funding

Evers was critical of Walker’s actions on education, from school funding to Act 10, the 2011 law that all but eliminated collective bargaining for public workers.

Yes, let’s wipe out Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too

A new wave of left-leaning Democrats are waging a war on the party’s corporate wing

Democratic candidates are winning primaries in several states, challenging the party’s decrepit establishment.
Democratic candidates are winning primaries in several states, challenging the party’s decrepit establishment. Illustration: Niv Bavarsky

After a scorching summer of discontent, Donald Trump’s endless tweets and scandals have given Democrats their best chance to retake Congress since George W Bush’s second term. And yet, insurgent progressives are not limiting themselves to dethroning Republicans: they are taking aim at corporate-friendly Democrats within their own party, too.

Amid an upsurge of populist energy that has alarmed the Democratic establishment, a new wave of left-leaning insurgents have been using Democratic primaries to wage a fierce war on the party’s corporate wing. And, as in past presidential primary battles, many Democratic consultants, politicians and pundits have insisted that the party must prioritize unity and resist grassroots pressure to support a more forceful progressive agenda.

Not surprisingly, much of that analysis comes from those with career stakes in the status quo. Their crude attempts to stamp out any dissent or intraparty discord negates a stark truth: liberal America’s pattern of electing corporate Democrats – rather than progressives – has been a big part of the problem that led to Trump and that continues to make America’s economic and political system a neo-feudal dystopia.

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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

Amery Area Public Library – 225 Scholl Ct.

5:30-7pm on Thursday, August 2
RSVP on Facebook

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

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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.”