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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has been front and center with Washington D.C. Republicans refusing to do their jobs on President Obama’s nominee to the U. S. Supreme Court. Johnson has attempted to excuse his unprecedented gridlock claiming President Obama, serving a four year term won with the votes of 65 million Americans, should not make a nomination as required by the U.S. Constitution, instead waiting until after the next election to fill the court vacancy. With right-wing state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s abrupt, mid-term retirement One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross wondered if Johnson will also advise Gov. Scott Walker to wait until after the next gubernatorial election to fill the state vacancy.

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Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have in public comments both suggested the absence of an educational campaign on the state voter ID law is in part due to the lawsuits over the law. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted Walker and Vos, driving forces behind state GOP schemes to manipulate the rules on voting for an unfair partisan advantage, for their stunning hypocrisy.

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From U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led state legislature, Wisconsin Republicans stand united against common sense solutions to the student loan debt crisis that today marks the fourth anniversary of hitting and surpassing the $1 trillion mark. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that with the GOP in charge and Johnson in Washington D.C., Wisconsin has risen to third highest in the nation for the percentage of college graduates with a share of what is now over $1.3 trillion in student debt.

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Today marks the deadline for filing state and local taxes for 2015, and because the inaction of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican controlled legislature, Wisconsin taxpayers with student loan debt are paying higher taxes and higher monthly loan payments. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act officially died, buried in legislative committee by Republicans and opposed by Gov. Walker, with the April 7 expiration of the 2015-16 legislative session.

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April 12, 2016 is this year’s national Equal Pay Day, the day when, because of the gender wage gap, women’s pay for the previous year equals men’s. One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher noted that the gender pay gap highlighted today also means greater student loan debt burdens for women. The latest update of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, finds less pay translates into women taking longer to pay off student loan debt.

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman told a Milwaukee television reporter last night that he believed Republicans would win Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes for the first time in over 30 years because of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature’s unconstitutional voter ID bill. As a then-state Senator, Grothman was the legislature’s biggest cheerleader for the Voter ID law’s passage in 2011.

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The results of five years of manipulation of election laws by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature was realized yesterday with numerous media reports of legal voters in municipalities across the state, especially on or near college campuses, being forced to wait in hours long lines to cast their ballots. With voter turnout below 50 percent, One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross, whose organization is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the GOP’s partisan efforts to gain an electoral advantage, raised concerns about even worse delays in a higher turnout in the November 2016 Presidential Election.

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Rebecca Bradley, appointed an unprecedented three times to three judicial seats by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and whose single largest campaign contributor is the state Republican Party, has taken to decrying political partisanship in the closing days of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race. One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye summed up noted partisan Bradley’s hysterics over partisanship as, “unbelievable.”

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According to media and reports from election administration officials a technology failure at Gov. Scott Walker’s Department of Administration means election officials and voters have lost access to the state voter registration system and the Department of Motor Vehicles is unable to process requests for voter IDs.

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In a poll of attorneys conducted by the Dane County Bar Association Rebecca Bradley, Gov. Scott Walker’s thrice appointed State Supreme Court crony, received less than satisfactory ratings in critical areas of “character and integrity” and “fairness and impartiality.” Bradley’s abysmal ratings from legal professionals in Dane County comes on the heels of a survey of members of the Milwaukee County Bar Association in which a plurality of respondents ranked her “unqualified.”

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Donald Trump, Republican Presidential nomination front runner, is quickly backing away from the extreme position he took in a media interview that women ought to be punished for having an abortion. Meanwhile, State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to disavow her controversial writings on the topic in which she compared abortion to the Holocaust, equated birth control with murder and called for changing state law to let pharmacists refuse to fill a woman’s birth control prescription written by a doctor.

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Gov. Scott Walker, himself a 2016 Republican presidential candidate for 71 days, endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today. In announcing his pick, Walker failed to mention the most obvious reason for his support, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross — Cruz is the only candidate still in the race who actively solicited money to help retire his massive campaign debt.

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 As candidates travel to Wisconsin in advance of the April 5 Presidential Primary Election, one thing they’re quickly noticing is Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson refusing to do his job, joining the unprecedented Washington D.C. partisan power play that could leave the nation’s highest court gridlocked for at least a year by refusing to consider President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. In an appearance on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus today, Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton is expected to comment on the impending crisis that could be triggered by Ron Johnson’s obstructionism.

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Wisconsin’s leading right-wing homophobic organization, Wisconsin Family Action, has joined the fray in trying to put fellow homophobe Rebecca Bradley on the state high court, producing at least one mailing to benefit Bradley’s campaign by attacking her April election opponent. Family Action joins elected Wisconsin homophobes David Clarke and Rebecca Kleefisch in coming to the defense of Bradley, who has been under fire since One Wisconsin Now exposed her on the record in newspaper writings calling LGBTQ individuals “degenerates” and “queers” who engage in “abnormal and immoral” behavior.

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Republicans desperately trying to derail their party’s presidential front-runner Donald Trump have seen the state’s leading Republican and failed presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker sit silently on the sidelines. Gov. Walker is the only state Republican to have received campaign contributions from Trump, a maximum $10,000 contribution, on June 23, 2014.

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With the eyes of the political world turning to Wisconsin, the $1.3 trillion student loan crisis has taken center stage in the race for president. While Democrats have offered student loan refinancing, just like borrowers can with their mortgages or auto loans, Republicans have provided no plan for relief for the nation’s 43 million borrowers, according to One Wisconsin Now, one of the nation’s first and preeminent organizations fighting for student loan reforms.

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Gov. Scott Walker, whose presidential primary front-runner status ended with a spectacular 71-day flame out in early fall 2015, has yet to join establishment Republicans across Wisconsin trying to stop the near-inevitable nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s fall presidential candidate. Even a series of memorable attacks against Walker and the Republican-controlled Wisconsin state legislature’s dismal failures, haven’t been enough to get the governor to endorse any of Trump’s fellow contenders.

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Today, an attorney working on behalf of One Wisconsin Now and its executive director Scot Ross has sent a “cease and desist” letter to Justice Rebecca Bradley, related to false and malicious claims made by Bradley at a Dane County Bar forum this week. The letter points the Justice to several Wisconsin laws and part of the Judicial Code which prohibit or provide penalties for making this type of false and defamatory remark.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, who has been trying to explain away a series of hateful and venomous attacks on gay people and people living with HIV she previously wrote, is attending Right Wisconsin’s Ted Cruz presidential endorsement event this evening, making him the third high-profile anti-LGBTQ elected official she will have done work with over the last several days.

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In the midst of a two-week “apology tour” over numerous homophobic slurs One Wisconsin Now unearthed that she wrote in the newspaper as her legal career was beginning, appointed Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley is using Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to raise money in her bid to keep her seat on the court. In 2010, Kleefisch was publicly criticized for an interview in which she compared same sex marriage to marrying a “dog” and a “table.”

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According to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation website, Rebecca Bradley has abruptly cancelled a previously-scheduled appearance at a Latino-Jewish Alliance candidate forum. The cancellation comes after two weeks of refusing to address or apologize for her college writings, exposed by One Wisconsin Now, comparing abortion to the Holocaust. The Latino-Jewish Alliance is a partnership of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Wisconsin, and the candidate forum had been promoted as featuring both candidates earlier this month.

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One Wisconsin Institute Program Director joined community leaders from around the state at an event in Milwaukee calling on U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to “Do Your Job” and support the holding of a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Merrick Garland.

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In attempting to distance herself from a series of articles expressing her vile, extreme homophobia and animus to birth control and women’s reproductive health rights, Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has claimed her views have changed. Yet she reiterated her admiration for deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who expressed similar views to those in Bradley’s writings.

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When challenged in a recent candidate debate about featuring Wisconsin’s leading elected homophobe, Tea Party Sheriff David Clarke in fundraising appeals, and now campaign ads, Rebecca Bradley declared, “I couldn’t possibly agree with everything all my supporters believe ...” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross challenged Bradley to cite an instance in which she disagreed with Clarke.

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Under heavy criticism for vile, hateful statements and extremism on issues, State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, has been desperately attempting to dismiss her views she revealed in a series of columns she wrote as in her past. But a 2011 Wisconsin Law Journal article profiling Bradley, uncovered by One Wisconsin Now, in which she identifies the “Don’t Tread on Me” Tea Party refrain as her personal motto, adds to her disturbing and continuing extremism.

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For a second consecutive legislative session, Republicans in control of the Wisconsin State Senate are poised to adjourn while denying any help for nearly one million state student loan borrowers by passing a common sense state plan to help them refinance, just like you can with a mortgage. The Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act, Senate Bill 194, has been left off the agenda on what is reported to be final day of debate for the year, killing the measure for the 2015-16 legislative session.