12/5/2018
Senator Taylor: Believes GOP Are Taking Career Ending Votes (MADISON) – Monday night, despite a gathering of at least 1,000 protestors at the State Capitol, Wisconsin GOP members on the State’s Budgetary Committee moved forward with three bills that would seriously limit the abilities of Governor Elect Tony Evers as well as incoming Attorney General Josh Kau
12/5/2018
Senator Ringhand: Republican’s Holiday Gift to Wisconsin: An Assault on Democracy (Madison) Today, the Republican controlled State Legislature convened in a lame-duck session to throw its final temper tantrum of 2018. Speaker Vos (R-Burlington) and Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) along with our local Republican legislators evidently do not like the fact that the vote
12/5/2018
Senator Shilling: Desperation: The Republican Legacy MADISON, WI – In an effort to undermine election results after voters resoundingly elected Democrats to every statewide office, Senate Republicans voted on a series of proposals to limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. In response, Senate Democratic Lead
12/5/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Extraordinary Lame-Duck Power Grab On November 6th, the people of Wisconsin voted to restore the balance of power to state government. Days later, Republicans began drafting historically unprecedented legislation to undue the will of the voters.
12/5/2018
Senator Hansen: GOP Lame Duck Power Grab “Scott Walker’s and Senate Republicans’ Christmas gift to the people of Wisconsin was to ignore their desire for change and instead deny Governor-elect Tony Evers’ and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s the ability to effectively carry out their duties on behalf of people of our state.
12/5/2018
Senator Larson: Unprecedented Power Grab Will Break Wisconsin for Years to Come Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following regarding the lame duck session.
12/3/2018
JFC Democrats: Republicans desperate following November Election MADISON – Rather than focus on the issues impacting Wisconsin families, Republican lawmakers on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee considered legislation to rig elections, limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and reverse the will of Wisconsin voters. Democratic leaders on the Joint F
12/3/2018
Statement from Senator Hansen on GOP Power Grab “Having been rejected by the voters, Scott Walker and his lackeys in the legislature are resorting to doing what they do best: rigging the system any way they can for their own benefit and the benefit of their corporate donors at the expense of the people.
12/3/2018
Senator Taylor Recognizes Life and Legacy of President Bush (MADISON) – Late Friday evening former President George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94. After hearing the news, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
11/30/2018
Senator Shilling: Election defeat leads to GOP temper tantrum MADISON, WI – After voters resoundingly elected Democrats to every statewide office on November 6th, Republicans unveiled sweeping plans to rig elections, limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and reverse the will of Wisconsin voters.
11/23/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Happy Thanksgiving MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
11/15/2018
Senator Shilling: Appoints Erpenbach, Johnson to serve on Joint Finance Committee MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) will be re-appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the 2019-20 legislative session.
11/9/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Senate Democrats gathered to elect leaders for the 2019-20 legislative session. Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after being re-elected Senate Democratic Leader:
11/9/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: "Democratic Vision for Wisconsin" MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting the challenges ahead in 2019 and the Democratic solutions to help Wisconsin families.
10/29/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin Lt. Governor puts health protections in jeopardy MADISON, WI – During a recent interview on Upfront with Mike Gousha, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch admitted the Walker administration can’t ensure coverage protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions if Republicans overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
10/26/2018
GOP’s Spooky Saga of Health Care Flip-Flops MADISON, WI – Despite repeated attempts to cover up past votes and mislead local residents, Legislative Republicans are struggling to explain their opposition to coverage protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
10/11/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Could-be Lame Ducks call lame session MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
10/5/2018
Senator Shilling: Property Taxes Increase Under Walker MADISON, WI – Wisconsin homeowners continue to get hit with higher property taxes as Gov. Walker and Republican lawmakers prioritize corporate tax breaks at the expense of local schools.
10/4/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Photo ID for Voting Law Reminder MADISON – Today, Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the following weekly Democratic radio address reminding Wisconsinites about the photo ID requirements for voting.
10/3/2018
Senator Vinehout: Legislative Audit Bureau: The Sentinels of State Government “As Governor, I would get rid of the programs that don’t work and fund the ones that do,” said a candidate at a forum last summer. I am sure people thought just how would you know that?
10/3/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on Republican Corporate Bailout Plan MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer (D-La Crosse) released the following statement regarding Republican plans to consider additional corporate tax breaks after the November 6th election:
9/28/2018
Senator Taylor: Supports Delay of Kavanaugh Final Confirmation (MADISON) – Yesterday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations against potential Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
9/21/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin Budget Shock MADISON, WI – After years of fiscal mismanagement, Wisconsin is facing a massive budget deficit based on new information from Gov. Walker’s administration.
9/20/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Governor’s False Claim on Pre-existing Conditions MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
9/18/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin drivers to Gov. Walker: Just fix it! MADISON, WI – A report from TRIP, a national transportation group, highlighted what many drivers already know: Wisconsin roads are in bad shape.
9/13/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Supporting Families through a Child Care Tax Credit MADISON – Today, Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the following weekly Democratic radio address on Supporting Families through a Child Care Tax Credit.
9/12/2018
Senator Hansen: Governor Walker’s Plan Would Leave Vast Majority of Student Loan Holders Out in the Cold (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen said today that Governor Walker’s plan to give college graduates a refundable tax credit is not only too little too late, but that it does nothing to help hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents who already graduated and are struggling to pay off their...
9/6/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Back to school MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
9/5/2018
Local Leaders Call for Fixing the Road Budget “We budget, and have to save up, for over three years to do one mile or less [of road],” wrote Barb Traun the Maxville Town Clerk. Even with the savings, the Buffalo County Township must borrow to pave roads.
8/30/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Back to School Week MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
8/23/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: National Health Center Week MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
8/16/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Observing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day MADISON – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the following weekly Democratic radio address today on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
8/9/2018
Senator Shilling: GOP is biggest barrier to school success MADISON – After a challenging year of party infighting, missteps and lagging approval numbers, Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans are attempting to re-write their own failed history on education.
8/9/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Primary Election Reminder MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
8/9/2018
Senator Taylor: Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Incarceration Governor (MADISON) – Yesterday, when asked whether or not he planned on attending any of Wisconsin’s correctional facilities, Governor Scott Walker said, “No, to me there’s no value to me visiting.”
8/2/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Need for Addiction Resources MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
7/27/2018
Senator Schachtner: Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid! Medicare and Medicaid will celebrate their 53rd birthday on July 30. Since the programs’ inception, millions of elderly, low-income, and disabled Americans have benefited from crucial health care coverage.
7/26/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Just Fix It MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
7/24/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin wages stuck in the past MADISON – Despite Wisconsin being one of the first states to pass a statewide minimum wage standard, nearly a decade has passed since the last time the minimum wage was increased in July 2009.
7/16/2018
Senator Shilling: Walker’s Foxconn Flop Tour Continues EAU CLAIRE, WI – While Gov. Walker continues to tout his multi-billion-dollar state tax giveaway for Foxconn, the foreign mega-corporation has quietly rolled back its plans for a high-tech manufacturing plant.
7/12/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Water and the Environment MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
7/11/2018
Senator Hansen: WEDC’s Continued Failure, Green Box Edition “The decision by WEDC to write off a $1.1 million dollar loan to an area businessman convicted of fraud confirms what many of us have said from the beginning—that WEDC is the wrong model for economic development and should be scrapped for one that puts more resources into the hands of local..."
7/11/2018
Senator Shilling: Can’t pay back $1 million loan? WEDC says ‘No worries’ MADISON, WI – Amid concerns with Gov. Walker’s inability to enforce job creation contracts, observers are questioning the latest move by the Walker administration to write off a $1.1 million debt owed by a businessman convicted of fraud.
7/9/2018
Senator Frostman: Appointed to Wisconsin Economic Development Board MADISON, WI – After being sworn into office, State Senator Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) earned a spot on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors.
7/9/2018
Shilling taps Frostman for influential position on Wisconsin’s Economic Development Board MADISON, WI – Newly elected State Senator Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) has been appointed to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors by Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
7/5/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Celebrating Independence Day MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
7/3/2018
Senator Frostman: Announces Senate office staff STURGEON BAY, WI – Senator Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) announced that Steve Peters, a Green Bay native, has joined his legislative office staff. Steve previously worked for Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) and will be assisting Sen. Frostman with constituent outreach in order to...
7/3/2018
Senator Shilling: Walker continues to ignore prison assault crisis MADISON, WI – While assaults at Wisconsin prisons have hit a record high under Gov. Walker, the administration has failed to meet a legislative mandate to improve worker safety. More than a year and a half after plans were announced to purchase and install body-worn cameras...
6/28/2018
Senator Frostman: A new voice for the 1st Senate District STURGEON BAY, WI – Following a swearing-in ceremony with Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers, Senator Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) announced that his Madison office is open and ready to serve local constituents.
6/28/2018
Senator Shilling: Foxconn Folly Fueling Family Farmer Famine MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – The largest state taxpayer funded giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history has begun. As Republican officials joined President Trump for a ceremony marking the beginning of a foreign development project estimated to cost Wisconsin taxpayers over $4.5 billion...
6/28/2018
Senator Hansen: Walker-Foxconn Bait and Switch (Madison)—Citing recent news reports that Foxconn will build a plant half the size of what was agreed to by Governor Walker and legislative Republicans State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said today that Foxconn’s decision should come as no surprise...
6/28/2018
Senator-elect Frostman district swearing-in STURGEON BAY, WI – Senator-elect Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) will be officially sworn in as the Senator for the 1st Senate District by Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers today, Thursday, June 28, 2018.
6/26/2018
Sen. Shilling Column: Supporting Wisconsin Farmers I don’t know about you, but my family always enjoys the month of June. Not just because school is out, but because June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin!
6/21/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Keeping Families Together MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/21/2018
Senator Schachtner Column: Suicide - A Tale of Access Suicide has touched communities across the nation. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain – like all deaths from suicide – are tragic. While tragic, their deaths refocused the national attention on what is a growing suicide epidemic.
6/20/2018
Erpenbach Calls on Governor to End Support of “Zero Tolerance” The Trump Administration has been implementing its policy of arresting families and forcibly separating children from their parents since April. In that period of time, an estimated 2,500 children have been placed in chain-link holding cells, away from their parents, creating life-long trauma.
6/20/2018
Senator-elect Frostman announces district swearing-in STURGEON BAY – Senator-elect Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) announced today that he will be officially sworn in by Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
6/18/2018
Senator Miller: Statement on Gill v. Whitford Madison – Senator Mark Miller released the following statement regarding the opinion in Gill v. Whitford by the United States Supreme Court:
6/18/2018
Shilling Statement on GOP Election-Rigging Case MADISON, WI – The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a decision on the merits of Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislative maps, dealing a temporary setback to advocates for fair elections. In response to the ruling, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:
6/18/2018
Senator Hansen: U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Redistricting “The court’s decision shows just how much work needs to be done to restore fairness to our elections.
6/14/2018
Senator Shilling: GOP raids transportation fund for Foxconn (again) MADISON, WI – After earlier reports exposed Republican plans to divert up to $90 million from state highway maintenance to fund Foxconn related projects, the Walker administration is doubling down on their transportation fund raid to subsidize the massive foreign corporation.
6/14/2018
Senator Johnson: Republicans Prioritize Foxconn over Local Roads MADISON – After the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee again prioritized Foxconn-related projects over other communities across Wisconsin, Senator LaTonya Johnson released the following statement:
6/14/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Recognizing Juneteenth Day MADISON, WI – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/7/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Suicide Awareness MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/5/2018
Senator Hansen: Michigan Approval of Back Forty Mine “I am very disappointed in the State of Michigan’s approval of the Back Forty Mine that will be located just 150 feet from the Menominee River.
5/31/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Celebrate June Dairy Month MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/24/2018
Senator Shilling: Calls for action in wake of Sterling Brown arrest MILWAUKEE, WI – With the release of video footage from the Sterling Brown arrest, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is renewing her call for state officials to address Wisconsin’s problems with racial profiling and disparities in the criminal justice system.
5/24/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Observing Memorial Day MADISON, WI – Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/17/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Stroke Awareness Month MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/15/2018
Senator Shilling: Foxconn ties to Walker campaign exposed MADISON, WI – Questions are being raised as connections between Foxconn and Gov. Walker’s campaign were recently brought to light. The company leading the Foxconn development project is run by Jon Hammes, who currently serves as the finance chairman for Gov. Walker’s re-election campaign.
5/10/2018
Senator Shilling: Republican confusion threatens hemp industry MADISON, WI – After a proposal to allow growing industrial hemp in Wisconsin was signed into law, a known discrepancy ignored by Legislative Republicans has created chaos among farmers and families.
5/10/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Teacher Appreciation Week MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/4/2018
Senator Shilling: Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Trump MADISON, WI – To safeguard access to birth control and vital health services for the four million people who depend on Title X, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, along with affiliates in Utah and Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against the Trump/Pence administration.
5/3/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Protect children, not corporate profits MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/1/2018
Senator Hansen: No Place at the Table for Hungry Children as Long as the Republicans are in Charge (Madison)—In what should be no surprise, after having slashed taxes for corporations and the nation’s richest millionaires and billionaires, House Republicans are now proposing to cut critical programs that provide food to thousands of children in Wisconsin.
5/1/2018
Senator Schachtner: House GOP Farm Bill Threatens Food Security for Children, Vulnerable Adults (MADISON) – Analysis released today by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that thousands of children and vulnerable adults will lose their FoodShare benefits under the House GOP Farm Bill.
5/1/2018
GOP to hungry children: “Let Them Eat Cake” MADISON – After prioritizing massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, House Republicans are now proposing widespread cuts to food assistance programs that will impact thousands of children.
4/27/2018
Senator Erpenbach Column: June is Dairy Month Is Not Enough It is a simple fact that families are leaving their farms in Wisconsin. We are bleeding in the industry that built this state. As we enter the season where politicians proclaim June is Dairy Month we need to ask ourselves if the Legislature and Governor are really doing all they can to support...
4/20/2018
Sen. Shilling Column: Protect Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacy It is hard not to celebrate Earth Day without a sense of pride. It was, after all, founded by former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Created as a day for Americans to recognize environmental issues and promote conservation, the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
4/19/2018
Senator Shilling: Affordable Care Act is Working in Wisconsin MADISON – Despite Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, repeal patient protections and drive up costs, the landmark health care bill continues to provide much-needed relief to Wisconsin families.
4/19/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Prescription Drug Price Gouging MADISON, WI – Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
4/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Walker and GOP Pull Bait and Switch on Taxpayers (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said today that Governor Walker and Senate Republicans are pulling a classic bait and switch on state taxpayers by trumpeting a one-time tax rebate that leaves thousands of Wisconsin...
4/18/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on the passing of Vel Phillips MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Secretary of State Vel Phillips:
4/17/2018
Senator Shilling: Walker’s latest attempt to boost lagging approval ratings MADISON – After years of Republican tax breaks for multi-millionaires and the largest taxpayer handout to foreign corporation in U.S history, Gov. Walker signed into law a one-time campaign gimmick. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement.
4/13/2018
Joint Finance Democrats: Keeping Our Elections Secure, With Help from the Feds Wisconsin’s elections are unique when compared to other states. Local clerks are in charge in communities all over the state, combined with a central list verified by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
4/12/2018
Senator Shilling: Ryan departure leaves Foxconn future in question MADISON – The retirement of Speaker Paul Ryan, combined with Gov. Scott Walker’s uncertain political future and the earlier ouster of Reince Priebus from Trump’ White House, is once again raising questions about the future of Foxconn in Wisconsin.
4/10/2018
Senator Hansen: Equal Pay Day Governor Walker and Republicans Have Failed Wisconsin Women and Families “Sadly, since Governor Walker and the Republicans took control of state government and repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act no progress has been made closing the gap in pay between women and men which remains at 78 cents on the dollar. In Wisconsin that amounts to a gap in pay of nearly..
4/10/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on Gov. Walker latest attack on families MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement after Gov. Walker signed a package of proposals that will create more barriers for struggling families to access food and long-term job training:
4/6/2018
Senator Erpenbach Column: Disappointing Failure on Rural Economic Development Money The only silver lining for rural Wisconsin to the Foxconn 4.5 billion in tax dollars was the introduction of a bill that granted $50 million a year to rural Wisconsin communities for economic development.
4/5/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: A better way for Wisconsin MADISON, WI – Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/31/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on the passing of Peg Lautenschlager LA CROSSE, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager:
3/30/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on Lincoln Hills MILWAUKEE, WI – With today’s signing of legislation to close the state’s juvenile detention facility by 2021, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
3/30/2018
Senator Bewley: Protecting Your Vote As you read this, people are coming to grips with the results of our spring election. There are going to be new members of village and county boards as well as a new member of the highest court in our state.
3/29/2018
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: Democracy Wins in Wisconsin MADISON, WI – After weeks of chaos and three court orders later, Governor Walker conceded, finally calling special elections in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District.
3/23/2018
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: Republicans will do anything to hold onto power MADISON, WI – In late December, Gov. Walker appointed two sitting legislators to his administration and, despite his sworn duty as Governor, failed to call for special elections, leaving thousands of Wisconsin residents without representation in Senate District 1 (SD 1) and Assembly District...
3/23/2018
Senator Shilling Column: Homeowners shouldn’t be left footing the bill Imagine if you could pay lower property taxes by simply saying no one lives in your neighbor’s house. It sounds ridiculous but the sad reality is that large corporations are increasingly taking advantage of a legal loophole to avoid paying their fair share of local property taxes.
3/22/2018
Senator Hansen: Court Decision calling for special elections “The decision by Judge Reynolds that Governor Walker should immediately call special elections in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District is a victory for anyone who still believe in democracy and that the people deserve to have their concerns represented in the Legislature.
3/22/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin court upholds right to representation MADISON, WI – Following the court’s decision ordering Gov. Walker to call for special elections in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
3/22/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Legislative Session Comes To an End - Winners and Losers MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans Continue to Ignore Needs of Wisconsin Families (Madison)--Whether it was leaving crucial gun safety laws out of the school safety debate, failing to pass Dark Stores legislation that would protect homeowners from property tax increases or passing any number of bills that could have helped Wisconsin residents refinance their student loans...
3/20/2018
Senator Larson: Republicans Again Did Nothing to Address Gun Violence Milwaukee, WI – Today, Senator Chris Larson released the following statement on Republican inaction on the epidemic of gun violence on the last day of session:
3/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Families in 1st Senate District Had No Voice in School Safety Debate (Madison)—In what might well have been the most important debate of the 2017-18 legislative session, over 170,000 residents of the 1st Senate District including parents of approximately 26,000 children attending public schools, did not have a voice on any of the actions taken by the State Senate...
3/20/2018
Senator Taylor: School Safety or Election Protection (MADISON) – Today, the Wisconsin Senate took up Governor Scott Walker’s Special Session School Safety package of bills aimed at curbing the growing gun violence in our nation’s schools.
3/20/2018
Senate Republicans throw in the towel MADISON, WI – After a year dominated with Republican infighting, a 3 month overdue state budget, and last minute scrambling to boost lagging poll numbers, Senate Republicans are poised to adjourn the 2017-18 legislative session.
3/15/2018
Senator Carpenter: “Governor Walker, Wisconsin Can Do Better Than This” (MADISON) – State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s School Safety Package.
3/15/2018
Senator Shilling: Gov. Walker fails to act on gun safety MADISON, WI – Once again siding with the National Rifle Association, Governor Walker is choosing to ignore student concerns about guns in schools. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement.
3/8/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Local High School Students Inspire Legislation Middleton – Inspired by a local high school student organization seeking a fair workplace, Senator Jon Erpenbach(D-Middleton) and Representative Diane Hesselbein(D-Middleton) have introduced a bill to add “gender identity” to Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law.
3/8/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Safe Schools, Safe Communities MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/1/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s announcement he plans to look into community gun safety measure “Following yet another mass shooting, some in politics are struggling to put together their plans for common sense public safety gun reform. Democrats in the Legislature however, have already had their agenda for community safety ready to go.
2/28/2018
Senator Shilling: The time for action on gun violence is now MADISON, WI – After Senate Republicans blocked a vote on a Democratic proposal that would give schools a revenue limit exemption to create and implement school safety plans, Democrats are calling for action. Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald to step up and take action to
2/26/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Introduces “Misty’s Law” Named for Black Lab Found Near Death in 2016 Madison - Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) introduced “Misty’s Law” today to increase protections for animals in Wisconsin. In January of 2016, the story of Misty the dog captured the hearts of many in Wisconsin and around the country. The black lab was found abused and abandoned on the side...
2/23/2018
Senator Bewley: The Way It Ought To Be It doesn’t happen often enough at the State Capitol, but it did this week. For at least one bill on one day, the legislative process worked the way that it is supposed to, the way that 4th graders across the state are told it works when they study Wisconsin Government.
2/22/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Despite Flooding Risks, GOP Rolls Back Wetland Protections MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
2/21/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Amendment Protects People with Preexisting Conditions Madison – Senator Jon Erpenbach introduced an amendment to AB 365 to ensure that if the bill receives action before the end of session, people with preexisting conditions will not lose rights. Governor Walker has called for passage of AB 365 but the bill, as amended by Assembly Republicans, falls sh
2/20/2018
Republicans Have Double-Standard When It Comes to Fraud (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said tonight that when it comes to punishing those who commit fraud against Wisconsin taxpayers Senate Republicans are only interested in going after the little guy.
2/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans Pass Wetlands Destruction Bill (Madison)—On a day that saw flood warnings for parts of Wisconsin, Senate Republicans passed a bill that will lead to more and more flooding and damage to homes and businesses resulting from the destruction of even more wetlands said Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay).
2/20/2018
Senator Shilling: Republicans block school shooting precautions MADISON, WI – In seeking to provide more protections for students, teachers and staff at local schools, Senate Democrats introduced an amendment that would provide revenue limit exemptions for expenditures made under a school safety plan. Republicans blocked the amendment that would allow schools...
2/15/2018
Senator Taylor: Welfare Reform a Morally Cruel Campaign Distraction (MADISON) – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted on a series of welfare “reform” bills requested by Governor Scott Walker as he turns his focus toward re-election.
2/13/2018
Senator Erpenbach: AB 912/SB 769 rural economic development funds for WEDC “Our rural communities are in economic crisis. By defunding the Historic Tax Credit in every budget and then giving $4.5 billion to a Taiwanese company Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans.."
2/13/2018
Taylor and Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Juvenile Corrections Bill (MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D - Milwaukee) and a group of bipartisan legislators introduced a..
2/8/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Celebrating Black History Month MADISON, WI – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
2/8/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker’s Out-of-State Ad Campaign Fails to Prioritize Training, Access for Wisconsin Residents (MADISON) – Today, the Joint Committee on Finance voted along party lines to approve Governor Walker’s proposal to spend $7 million...
2/6/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Who is Working Under the Governor’s New “Wisconsin Works” Program? “With more people working in Wisconsin…, we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines, we need everyone in the game,” stated Governor..
2/6/2018
Senator Hansen: Stuck, Nelson, Hintz Call for State Action on Paper APPLETON, WI – Following the recent announcement of paper mill closures from Kimberly Clark, State Representative Amanda Stuck...
2/1/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s apparent 100 percent turnaround on transportation financing reform “Wisconsin has been punished with some of the worst roads in the nation because of Governor Walker’s selfish...
1/31/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans from White House to State House Are Failing Wisconsin’s Blue Collar workers “Today’s announcement that Kimberly-Clark is closing two mills in the Fox Valley and firing 600 workers...
1/31/2018
Senator Shilling: Walker’s war on struggling families MADISON, WI – In an attempt to boost his approval ratings in a tough election year, Gov. Walker has called for a Special Session on...
1/31/2018
Senator Johnson: Special Session Bills Not the Way to Support Families MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding today’s public hearing on Walker’s special session...
1/24/2018
Senator Taylor: Statement on State of the State Address (MADISON) – Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to Governor Scott Walker’s eighth State of...
1/24/2018
Senator Bewley: Rural Schools, Students and Families Left Behind as GOP puts FoxConn First Rural schools, students and families were left behind in the GOP’s rush to adopt the largest giveaway to a foreign corporation in history.
1/24/2018
Senator Hansen: State of the State Address “The Governor’s latest series of flip flops on health care, education and the lack of jobs in our rural communities just shows how...
1/24/2018
Senator Larson: Remarks on Governor Walker’s ‘State of the State’ Madison, WI – Today the legislature gathered once again to hear Governor Walker’s State of the State address. True to form Governor Walker..
1/24/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Kicking Us When We Are Down The little girl walked home through the snow. She took the longer route. Mom asked her to stop at the store to buy milk. She touched the..
1/23/2018
Senator Johnson: Bipartisan ‘Green Alert’ Bill Passes State Senate MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding the passage of a bipartisan proposal creating a ‘Green..
1/23/2018
Senator Ringhand: Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels State Senate Republicans are rigging the Elections and Ethics Boards by voting to fire the Administrators of both panels without a public...
1/23/2018
Senator Shilling: Senate Republicans throw elections into chaos MADISON, WI – Senate Republicans voted to reject the appointments of Elections Administrator Mike Haas and Ethics Administrator Brian Bell..
1/23/2018
Senator-elect Schachtner announces district swearing-in SOMERSET – Senator-elect Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) announced today that she will hold a ceremonial swearing-in on Friday, January 26...
1/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Governor’s Call for Special Session “Adam Jarchow lost in Tuesday’s senate election in part because he and his Republican friends chose to attack struggling.."
1/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Governor Should Call Special Elections Voters in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District should be represented (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) joined a growing chorus of legislators and concerned citizens calling on Governor Walker..
1/18/2018
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: Voters Deserve Representation for Special Session MADISON, WI – While residents in the 1st Senate District (SD 1) and 42nd Assembly District (AD 42) are left without representation in...
1/18/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker Renews Call to Gut Services Today, Governor Scott Walker ordered a special session to address “welfare reform.” The announcement follows Governor Walker’s repeated...
1/17/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature” “Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the..
1/10/2018
Senators Ringhand and Wirch: Legislation Would Eliminate Local Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Laws Today, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform heard public testimony on Senate Bill 634, a controversial bill that would...
1/10/2018
Senator Shilling: Ads don’t reflect Governor’s priorities MADISON, WI – A proposal pushed by Governor Walker to spend an additional $6.8 million on an advertising campaign...
1/9/2018
Senator Shilling: Smoggy future for clean air under GOP control MADISON, WI – The future of the state’s clean air is now being threatened by Republican bills that prioritize corporate profits over...
1/8/2018
Senator Shilling: Walker’s latest hypocrisy MADISON, WI – After vetoing additional funding for low-spending school districts just four months ago, Gov. Walker announced today that if..
1/5/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Time to Work Smarter As We Fight Veteran Suicide Everyone knows the statistic, 22 veterans are victims of suicide each day in our country. The reality that those who have served us...
1/4/2018
Senator Larson: Changes Needed at Lincoln Hills Now, Not After the Next Election MADISON – Senator Chris Larson issued the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s endorsement...
1/4/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker a Day Late and Dollar Short on Juvenile Corrections (MADISON) – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced that he may close the troubled Lincoln Hills facility in 2019...
1/4/2018
Senator Shilling: Gov. Walker’s hollow campaign gimmick MADISON, WI – Days after former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall accused the Walker Administration of neglecting the Lincoln Hill...
1/3/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Looking Forward to 2018 Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.