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Here to serve,


Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

Republican voter suppression exposed

On April 5th at a Republican Election Night party, Congressman Glenn Grothman was asked why he thought Republican’s will win in the upcoming presidential election. He said, “…And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well." It didn’t surprise me that he thought voter ID would suppress enough Democratic votes to make the difference in a presidential election. But it did surprise me that he’d actually said it out loud… to a reporter… on camera. On the same day, a former GOP Senate staff member, Todd Allbaugh, dropped a bomb on Facebook. Here’s what a man who was in the room to hear the “private” discussion about the motives behind voter ID had to say:

“You wanna know why I left the Republican Party as it exists today? Here it is; this was the last straw: I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters…”

Yup, you read it right. Behind closed doors, Republican Senator’s discussed an elaborate plan to deny people their constitutional right to vote and they were giddy about it. On the floor of the State Senate, I fought for ensuring people’s right to vote. Since 2000, there are only 10 proven cases nationally of in-person voter fraud. More people are struck by lightning than commit in-person voter fraud. That’s why I believe voter ID laws will keep way more people from even going to the polls on Election Day than it ever catches. Several years ago Republicans figured out that people of color and college students were most likely to not have proper ID for voting. You know what else college students and people of color have in common? They are both groups that are more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans. Republicans didn’t believe they could win fair and square, so they had to rig the rules. Only, this isn’t a game, this is people’s constitutional right to vote. The discriminatory voter ID law is ageist and racist, period.

See more of Todd Allbaughs story on my Facebook page.

UWM hires new basketball coach

Just a few short weeks ago, UWM Athletic Director, Amanda Braun fired the only senior administrator of color in the Athletic Department. Coach Jeter had deep ties in Milwaukee’s African American community and he has supported Milwaukee on and off the court for over a decade. Since Braun came into office as Athletic Director, she has had it out for Coach Jeter. As I’ve said before, his termination was completely undeserved and the reasons behind it are about much more than his performance. This week, UWM announced the hiring of LaVall Jordan, who spent the last six years as an assistant coach at University of Michigan. During his time at Michigan, he coached three athletes who went on to the NBA. I am a Panther at heart, so I wish Coach Jordan all the best. I feel sorry for the position Ms. Braun has put him in with the community, the team and the boosters.

 Realities of the UW budget cuts

As you know, the University of Wisconsin school system lost $250 million in state funding. This week, the chancellors of the UW schools were scheduled to present to the Board of Regents 5 minute summaries of how they are implementing their budget cuts. In a surprise last minute decision, the presentations were cancelled. It is worth noting that the system is just months away from preparing its next request for state funding. Politics trumped the publics right to know how budget cuts will impact campuses. The public has a right to be informed of the current impacts that are being made on each campus. The budget cuts are very real, if you are going to implement them, you can’t hid from them.

April 14th begins the rule of 50

Campaign season is among us, and this year I am up for re-election. April 15th is the official start of the election season, and as of April 15th, our weekly E-newsletters will be on hiatus. In an effort to ensure public resources are not being used for election purposes, Wisconsin’s clean government law prohibits sending mass emails or promotions out of the legislative office during this time. We will continue to offer the stories on my website here, under the “Press” tab at the top. Next week, we will send out our last newsletter until November 8, when the election season ends.

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Community Events:


TEDxUWMilwaukee presents 60 For 60: Take the Stage: Understanding of diverse topics and engagement from all sides of the intellectual spectrum through live talks and short clips of potential TEDx speakers. April 11th, 7pm Details here

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market: This Saturday, April 9, is the last Saturday for the indoors Farmers Market in the Greenhouse at Mitchell Park Conservatory. The best of local foods from farms and businesses across SE WI from 9:00am-12:30pm. More info here.





 Video of the Week:

Congressman Glenn Grothman admits voter suppression intent behind voter ID laws


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