Despite the Democrats' sweep of statewide offices in the last election, Republicans in the legislature are planning a special session for Tuesday, December 4, to "limit Wisconsin early voting [and] strip powers from Tony Evers and Josh Kaul" (see the details in the Journal Sentinel). Your state senator and assembly representative need to hear from their constituents. Let them know in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS how damaging to our democracy such moves are.
The Lame Duck Session time line: This Monday, Dec 3 12:30 at the Capitol please attend if you can), there is a public hearing followed by a closed session of the legislature. (it is believed the 'public hearing' has been given 1 minute only, then the closed session will start.) A vote is scheduled for Tuesday. Truly an effort to divorce the people from the process.
Bottom Line, while the state overwhelmingly voted for Democrats, and the Democrats won all the statewide races on Nov. 6th, the gerrymandering left us with a Republican house and senate (despite the majority of the votes over all for Dems.) Thus the lame duck session, which allows the Republicans to vote on (and Scott Walker to sign) legislation to control Democratic power moving forward.
We need to say to the Republicans who may still have an ounce of integrity that they should VOTE NO and/or walk out of this subversion of Democracy.
What are they planning to do?
- limit voting - limit early voting to two weeks;
- limit governor and attorney general powers, by putting more powers in the hands of the (Republican controlled) legislature.
- Immediate effect, Evers will not have the power to expand the Affordable care act and provide improved health care for all Wisconsin citizens.
- The legislature will decide on adding (an expensive and unneeded) third election day this spring, hoping for a conservative vote on a Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate (assuming low voter turn out).
- The legislature will have the power to change individual income tax rates without input from the governor (executive branch).
- The office of solicitor general will be eliminated; this office oversees high profile litigation.
- The governor could not disband WEDC (and replace it with a Commerce Department). In addition, WEDC will be controlled by the legislature and not by the governor.
Senator Alberta Darling (608) 266-5830
Representative Jim Ott (608) 266-0486
Representative Dan Knodl (608) 266-3796
Be sure to give your name, address, phone number when calling or emailing because they want to make sure you are their district.
John Nichols — the Voice of the Wisconsin Resistance, national-affairs correspondent for The Nation, the associate editor of the Capital Times, and a national treasure — will get us charged up and engaged in the 2018 campaign with his talk titled "How We Win" on Sunday, October 14, at the Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee 53211.
There will be food trucks outside beginning at 5 pm, doors open 5:30 pm. (And the Packers game against the 49ers is not until Monday night!)
Early Voting Information*
Mon - Fri
Monday, October 8:
Monday, October 22
8 am-4:30 pm
|Brown Deer||414-371-3003||October 22||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
|Cedarburg (Town and City)||
|October 15||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
October 22, 2018
Mon - Fri
8 am-4:00 pm
8 am-6:00 pm
October 1 (with following additions):
Mon - Fri
8 am- 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
8 am - noon
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
|Town of Grafton||262-375-5300||October 22||
Mon - Thurs
8 am-4:30 pm
|Village of Grafton||262-375-5000||October 15||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
|Mequon||262-242-3100||Now||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:00 pm|
|River Hills||414-352-8213||October 22||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
|October 1||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
|Whitefish Bay||962-6690||October 22||Mon - Fri||8 am-4:30 pm|
*On Friday, November 2, all polling places are open until 5 pm.
If you could not make it to the Forum, no problem. You can catch highlights in a video created by the Wisconsin Video Hub.
“What then is the American, this new man? I could point out to you a man whose grandfather was an Englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a French woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations….The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles…. This is an American.” Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (1770, approx.)
Find out how to affect the national conversation about immigration and immigrants who depend on receiving the same opportunities offered to our forefathers. Join us on Sunday, April 29th at 4:30 for a night focusing on the past and present of immigration in the United States.
*Hear knowledgeable speakers – Professor Rachel Buff (History Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); Ms. Kelly Fortier (Immigration Lawyer), and a representative from Voces de la Frontera.
*Bring and share an ethnic finger food (savory or sweet) as we contemplate how much poorer life would be without the different cultures that comprise the United States.
*Connect your personal immigration story with the national crisis to see where we have been, where we might go, and how immigration affects us all.
You can RSVP here.
Grassroots North Shore Endorses Theo Lipscomb for County Supervisor
The Steering Committee of Grassroots North Shore recognizes County Board Chair Theo Lipscomb as someone who endorses policies that align with their beliefs, and therefore they are endorsing him for re-election as Supervisor representing the 1st District.
As County Board Chair, Lipscomb has regularly secured important park and parkway investments, added new bus routes and opposed cuts to critical public services. He also authored legislation that protected the public transit system from privatization and profiteers.
Lipscomb was a lead sponsor of the 2012 Ready to Work Initiative which resulted in over 500 Milwaukeeans being trained and placed in jobs with an average wage above $15. His leadership on workforce development was later replicated and co-opted by one of its earliest detractors.
Lipscomb works for the public interest. He has exposed sweetheart contracts and unauthorized pay for political appointees and has fought for greater transparency in our government. Year after year, he has been one of the most active authors of budget amendments in order to ensure responsible and balanced budgets.
GRNS feels it has to lend its voice on Lipscomb given that outside interests are conspiring to defeat Lipscomb. A shady website, mudslinging mailers and ads on social media, radio, and TV are being used to distort his record. An unprecedented effort is being coordinated to silence and intimidate Lipscomb; someone obviously hopes to gain power as a result.
GRNS sees Theo as an outstanding, intelligent, and courageous leader for the entire County and feels that his leadership needs to continue.
Grassroots North Shore is the progressive voice of Milwaukee metro’s north shore, and since 2004 has become the largest all-volunteer progressive organization in the state of Wisconsin. We believe in activating the state’s motto of FORWARD by advocating for opportunities for all and for the progress that brings us all to better lives.