Government


Say No to 1849

Who may I ask are you, a fifty something year old white male, who walks into a polling place with your MAGA hat on, smiling like you own the world, making decisions that impact women. I find myself studying you. Somehow you don’t ‘look’ particularly intelligent enough to make decisions for me or any other woman. You put our futures and the lives of all women at risk with your ignorance. I am angry at your self-righteousness. I am a mom. I am a mom by choice. I am a mom for choice. I firmly center my belief that women should decide what is best for ourselves, for ...

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Bartelme Votes to Amend the U.S. Constitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: George Penn, 608-244-6436, georgepenn51@gmail.com Bartelme Votes to Amend the U.S. Constitution Madison, WI (November 9, 2022) – In the November election, Wisconsin residents in the town of Bartelme in Shawano County voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech. The referendum passed with an overwhelming majority (88%). That brings the total to 168 Wisconsin communities that have called for an amendment. In total, ...

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Electing The Future

It is easy to think elections and politics don't matter. But politics is how we make decisions and run our society. Who we elect makes a difference in many everyday practical ways. Do the potholes get filled? Is the water safe to drink? Do your kids have a good school? Do they have health care? Can they afford to go to college or tech school? Do your taxes go to help your community and build a better country? Or are they wasted on corporate subsidies, tax breaks for the wealthy or some war on the other side of the world? Our future will be shaped by the choices we make ...

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Other Wisconsin Candidates

  This article discusses two Wisconsin statewide races that get little attention in the press; Secretary of State and State Treasurer. How much do you know about these candidates? Do you have enough information to make an informed choice? Because you don't have any information, will you simply not vote for either candidate? In Wisconsin, Republicans have spent years weakening and under-funding these two independently elected offices. This has included eliminating duties and advocating to abolish both the Treasurer and Secretary of State. Since Trumps “big ...

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AVOIDING NUCLEAR WAR

The world is now closer to nuclear war than at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. History matters. In 1961 the U.S. placed nuclear armed Jupiter missiles on the Soviet Union's border in Turkey. The Soviets reacted and in 1962 placed missiles in Cuba. The U.S. was outraged and threatened nuclear war because the Soviet Union had had the audacity to do to America what America had done to them. Quoting then Soviet Chairman Nikita Krushchev in a statement to President Kennedy: “You are disturbed over Cuba. You say that this disturbs you because it is 90 miles by ...

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Hold the January 6 Insurrectionists Accountable

The Jan. 6 Committee has shown us all that Donald Trump was at the heart of a criminal conspiracy against our beloved system of government that ensures our freedoms. He must be held accountable for that. And so, too, must his Wisconsin accomplices. These include the 10 false electors from Wisconsin, who impersonated the real electors and attempted to subvert the will of the people of our state. False elector Derrick Van Orden is running as a Republican to represent the 3rd Congressional District. These also include Sen. Ron Johnson, who offered to hand deliver to Vice ...

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GET OUT AND VOTE

George Carlin said, "If you don't vote, you lose the right to complain." I don't know if that's true, but I'd rather not find out. I know that voting is the one thing I can do, and as difficult as Wisconsin is trying to make it to vote, the more I'm determined to exercise my one most basic rights.  Make sure you're registered! People with disabilities are protected and can have friends or family members drop off their ballots. I know people who work on elections, they are my friends and neighbors. They work hard to make sure elections are fair and secure. Attacks on them ...

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ACT 134

To Marathon County Board of Supervisors: I am writing in support of the resolution, titled: RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO PROTECT MARATHON COUNTY FROM THE IMPACTS OF METALLIC SULFIDE EXPLORATION AND MINING. I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am a Political Scientist, specializing in federalism and intergovernmental relationships. But I spent much of my early life living in Colby, Wisconsin in Marathon County and still have extended family living all around the county. I know many farmers and small business owners who live in the area around ...

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Wisconsin Candidates for Assembly

Voting is like hiring an employee. Voters are hiring a representative to take care of public business for all of us. Employers typically look at education, work history, knowledge and skills to assess the person's ability to do the job. With some jobs there are formal certifications or skills assessment tests that can help. Unfortunately, with elected officials there are no formal qualifications, certifications, or civil service tests to weed out the incompetent. In Wisconsin you can't cut hair or sell real estate without training and a certification. But any nincompoop ...

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Lifelong Republicans: Let’s return to Grand Old Party

This letter is intended for lifelong Republicans who dislike what the party has become under Trump. If you still support conservation, local control, small government, fiscal responsibility, and using bipartisanship and compromise to help identify and solve problems please reconsider your vote. Election integrity is under fire, not from nonexistent “voter fraud”, but from gerrymandering and laws which deny legitimate voters access to ballots and the polls.  Republicans are not willing to stop there. Republican states seem intent on refusing to recognize popular ...

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