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Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year grandstanding on the student loan debt crisis after cutting $1 billion from universities and technical colleges and his opposition to the Higher Ed, Lower Debt student loan refinancing plan “insults the intelligence of every student loan borrower in the state of Wisconsin.”

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“If you wanna teach the Civil War across the country, are you better having tens of thousands of history teachers who kinda know the subject, or would you be better off popping in 14 hours of Ken Burns Civil War tape and have teachers proctor over that excellent tape?” — [U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson at WisPolitics.com Forum, 8/18/2016, minute 31:15 (full interview transcript at bottom of release)]

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With the eyes of the nation focused on racial unrest in Milwaukee, Gov. Scott Walker has provided no leadership on bringing communities together and healing racial wounds. Quite the contrary, Walker’s career has been built on and is embodied by fomenting racial strife in Milwaukee, according to a review of Walker’s 24-year record as an elected official conducted by One Wisconsin Now.

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Allowing student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage, and providing financial aid for eligible students are common sense measures to make higher education affordable for Wisconsinites. With UW-Madison students on the move August 14 and 15 and student debt topping $1.3 trillion, One Wisconsin Now unveiled a mobile billboard noting U.S. Sen Ron Johnson remains opposed to college affordability efforts.

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In a campaign appearance Tuesday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump made comments inciting violence as a means to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing judges to the federal judiciary if she is elected President.

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A review of publicly available state and federal records reveals State Sen. Duey Stroebel has taken tens of thousands of dollars in state and federal government subsidies and tax breaks while routinely reporting no personal state income tax liability. Stroebel, who resides in a million dollar plus mansion and owns over 300 acres in the immediate area of his estate, has been ringleader in the efforts by a cadre of state legislative Republicans seeking to cut workers' pay by repealing a state law that requires laborers on public works projects be paid the prevailing wage for similar workers on similar projects in the area.

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Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year call for a tuition freeze after gutting $1 billion from higher education and making no commitment to restoring funding to the university and technical systems is more “election-year gimmicks that insult the intelligence of taxpayers and students in Wisconsin,” according to One Wisconsin Now.

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One Wisconsin Institute today filed a notice of appeal in the federal voting rights lawsuit One Wisconsin Institute Inc., et al v. Mark Thomsen, et al. In his 119-page decision, Judge Peterson wrote, “The evidence in this case casts doubt on the notion that voter ID laws foster integrity and confidence. The Wisconsin experience demonstrates that a preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real incidents of disenfranchisement, which undermine rather than enhance confidence in elections, particularly in minority communities. To put it bluntly, Wisconsin’s strict version of voter ID law is a cure worse than the disease.”

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One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s continued endorsement for Donald Trump, even in the wake of Trump’s repeated attacks against the parents of fallen soldier Army Captain Humayun Khan.

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Today, federal Judge James Peterson issued a ruling in the federal voting rights lawsuit One Wisconsin Institute Inc., et al v. Gerald Nichol, et al. One Wisconsin Institute and their co-plaintiffs have argued that a series of election law changes made by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led state legislature were meant to and have the effect of making it more difficult to vote in Wisconsin, especially for minorities, young people, and voters who tend to support Democratic candidates.

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One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements after multiple media reports in Wisconsin and beyond that a reporter from the Washington Post was patted down by security and ultimately ejected at a Mike Pence rally with Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday in Waukesha. Ross noted Walker has been doing a taxpayer-funded closed to the media and public “listening tour” since 2015.

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“We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt. It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts and students and families cant refinance their debts.” — Hillary Clinton, during her acceptance speech as Democratic nominee for president.

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One Wisconsin Now’s historic effort to provide relief to student loan borrowers across Wisconsin and the nation by allowing borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage takes center stage at this evening’s opening night of the Democratic National Convention with Sen. Elizabeth Warren set to address delegates. Warren, along with Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, authored and has championed a common sense plan that would help tens of millions of the nation’s 43 million student loan borrowers holding $1.4 trillion of debt.

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In America today there are over 43 million people with student loan debts exceeding $1.3 trillion. Yet the speeches of three Wisconsin officials – Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson – contained zero references to the crisis of student debt. Next up is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who likes to talk about freezing tuition while his son is in college, but has overseen the rise of the state to third highest in the nation for percentage of graduates with student loan debt.

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Today marks the 125th day since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, officially matching the longest time from nomination to confirmation of a high court nominee since 1916. But instead of doing his job and acting to fill the high court and others like the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson will be in Cleveland today delivering a speech in advance of Donald Trump’s coronation as the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Failed Republican presidential candidate and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has refused to condemn documented plagiarism by the Donald Trump campaign, which is the exact opposite of Walker’s thunderous condemnations in 2014 over allegations of plagiarism by his Democratic opponent.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is speaking today in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention in advance of Donald Trump’s nomination as the GOP’s 2016 Presidential nominee. While Clarke may be familiar to some from his incomprehensible Fox News appearances, he has a lengthy and embarrassing record of extremism, bombast and incompetence in his time in public office.

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The United States Senate is scheduled to begin a summer recess today that will run through early September. As they prepare to skip town, Sen. Ron Johnson and his Republican colleagues have left important work undone, like refusing to give a fair hearing and timely vote to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court and failing to take final action to fill the longest running federal appeals court vacancy in the nation. The Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, that covers Wisconsin has been without its full complement of judges for nearly 2,400 days.

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Gov. Scott Walker claims that he hears “good things” at his taxpayer-financed, closed to the media and the public listening sessions. Based on information obtained by One Wisconsin Now about how his audience is hand picked from lists provided by lobbyists, fellow Republican politicians and his state agencies with regulatory power over businesses it’s obvious how a governor at record low approval ratings is hearing what he wants to hear.

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Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has amassed an appalling record of cronyism, corruption and incompetence. Instead of seeking reforms to improve it’s performance, a media report reveals Gov. Walker’s WEDC is seeking to impose what amounts to a gag order on members of the Board of Directors at its next meeting.

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Several of Sen. Ron Johnson’s colleagues will take to the floor of the United States Senate today and request votes on a series of nominees to fill judicial vacancies, including the Federal Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit that covers Wisconsin. Due to the unprecedented partisan obstructionism of Sen. Johnson, the Seventh Circuit has the longest vacancy of any Appeals Court in the nation.

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In a media report yesterday, Sen. Ron Johnson’s spokesperson touted how the Senator has “stabilized” student loan interest rates. Unfortunately, Johnson’s multiple votes against allowing student loans to be refinanced just like you can with a mortgage means borrowers in Wisconsin and across the nation are locked into stable, but higher than necessary, interest rates.

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“We have epidemics of racism and gun violence in this nation today. Shooting back isn't going to solve our problems, but neither is denying the reality of what we face – a society torn apart by racism with too many guns and too many politicians willing to pander to prejudice, resentment and hatred to try to win elections.

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Lawyers representing One Wisconsin Institute made their closing statements today in the federal voting rights lawsuit One Wisconsin Institute Inc., et. al. v. Gerald Nichol, et. al. Over the course of the trial, the plaintiffs showed how a series of election law changes made by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican led state legislature were meant to and have the effect of making it more difficult to vote in Wisconsin, especially for minorities, young people, and voters who tend to support Democratic candidates.

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A representative of the state big business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce declared they welcome a debate over a massive state tax loophole projected to send over $161 million to 1,270 people earning over $1 million next year. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross replied, “invitation accepted.”

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The United States Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision today ruled a Texas law attempting to restrict access to abortion as unconstitutional. The decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt held that the Texas law requiring abortions service providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals constituted an undue burden on abortion access.

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Today marks the one hundredth day of Sen. Ron Johnson and his fellow Senate Republicans unprecedented refusal to do their jobs and give a fair hearing and timely vote to President Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. By going along with the partisan power play of his Washington D.C. leadership, Johnson is leaving the nation’s high court split at four-four and on the brink of a Constitutional crisis that threatens important rulings on issues important to Wisconsin.