Dan Feyen supports a massive tax break for the wealthy and corporations that will send an average of $120,000 to Wisconsin millionaires who claim the credit, created in the 2011 state budget. The author of the budget amendment that opened this massive tax loophole for the wealthy, U.S. Representative and then-State Senator Glenn Grothman, is helping Dan Feyen raise campaign cash by appearing as a special guest at a Feyen fundraiser yesterday.
Research Shows Student Loan Debt Crisis Worsening, Finds Local 2015 UW-Oshkosh Graduates With Highest Average Student Debt Among State Public UniversitiesPress Release ·
The latest research from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) finds University of Wisconsin –Oshkosh class of 2015 graduates have the highest average debt of graduates from any four year public universities in Wisconsin at $33,700. Statewide, according to the TICAS study, the average graduate’s debt load is $29,460. Unfortunately, for the 70% of 2015 Wisconsin graduates with student debt joining the over 800,000 state residents with student loan debt, state senate candidate Dan Feyen has said in interviews he does not want to look at the “student debt process,” preferring to focus on other areas.
The latest research from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) finds rising levels of student debt among the class of 2015 graduates, at an average of $29,460, while the percentage of graduates with debt remains unchanged from last year at 70 percent. According to One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher, the latest increase in the burden of student debt adds urgency to what has been a defining issue in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
If Sen. Ron Johnson Won’t Defend the Indefensible, How Does He Justify His Own Record on Sexual Assault Issues?Press Release ·
MADISON Wis. — Attempting to deflect questions about why he is still endorsing Donald Trump for President after he bragged about sexually assaulting women with impunity and numerous women have come forward to report Trump assaulted them, Sen. Ron Johnson declared he was, “not going to defend the indefensible.” One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye challenged Johnson to defend his own record on sexual assault issues.
Gov. Scott Walker may be hiding from his endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s appearance in Green Bay later today, but Trump will be echoing Walker’s discredited talking points claiming fraud in state elections. Despite Walker’s decades-long claims of voter fraud, under oath his administration was unable to provide any evidence in One Wisconsin Institute’s successful federal lawsuit tossing out many of Walker’s voter suppression laws as unconstitutional.
Russ Feingold will meet incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson tonight in Green Bay for a televised debate. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said viewers may never again see and hear two candidates with views more dissimilar than Feingold, who supports allowing borrowers to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage and Sen. Johnson, who has a record that has earned him the moniker, “worst politician in America on student debt.”
As part of their student loan voter campaign, One Wisconsin Institute is releasing a series of video interviews featuring Wisconsin borrowers telling their stories about what student loan debt means to them and their families. The first video features Crystal, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School, currently working with the National Guard bureau representing victims of sexual assault.
Federal Judge Issues Order After Hearing on Failure of Gov. Walker’s Administration to Properly Oversee Voter ID LawPress Release ·
Today federal Judge James Peterson issued a ruling in response to mounting evidence that the state of Wisconsin is either unable or unwilling to properly administer the state’s voter ID law.
State Senator Luther Olsen was a featured guest today at a fundraiser to benefit the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate (CERS), a campaign committee overseen by the Senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald that makes expenditures on behalf of Republican candidates for the Senate. Olsen has been under scrutiny recently for a number of his choices including giving a major donor to a conservative group a special exemption from legal liability in cases involving children harmed by lead in paint, voting to allow millions of dollars to be raided from state homes for armed services veterans, and attending a baking contest instead of touring the troubled Veterans Home at King.
With evidence mounting that the state of Wisconsin is either unable or unwilling to properly administer the state’s voter ID law, federal Judge James Peterson held a hearing today on the motion of One Wisconsin Institute to suspend the state law in advance of the November election.
The abrupt announcement earlier this year by State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser that he would be retiring was soon followed by the equally surprising announcement from the conservative-dominated Court’s Republican Chief Justice, he would be memorialized by having the state law library renamed in his honor. Based on both his dyspeptic judicial temperament and acts as a judge that have greatly undermined respect and trust in the state’s high court there is little reason to memorialize the tenure of David Prosser.
State Senate Candidate Dan Feyen Refuses to Condemn Donald Trump’s Sexual Assault of Women Brag, Hopes to Raise Campaign Cash at Event Featuring GOP Women LeadersPress Release ·
As reported by the state news service WisPolitics, Dan Feyen yesterday refused to condemn Donald Trump for comments caught on tape in which he brags of sexually assaulting women, without consequence. Today, Dan Feyen will host a “Women for Dan Feyen” event at which he features a trio of Republican women state elected officials at a fundraising event for his campaign.
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is failing to properly administer the state voter ID law after the ruling in the federal voting rights lawsuit One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Mark Thomsen, et. al., according to recent media reports of state Department of Motor Vehicle offices providing incorrect information to individuals seeking voter IDs. As a result, trial Judge James Peterson ordered the state to investigate these reports and provide him with information on their findings. The report was filed today.
In a media interview published today, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson again confirmed he is, in fact, still the worst on the $1.3 trillion student loan debt crisis that directly impacts 43 million Americans including nearly one million Wisconsin borrowers with over $19 billion in debt. When asked about higher education affordability Sen. Johnson not only repeated his opposition to allowing borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage, but went on to declare that too much financial aid for eligible students was the real problem.
New Private School Voucher Scheme Surfaces as Pro-Voucher Front Group Spending to Elect Republican Legislators Tops $500,000Press Release ·
As a private school advocacy group drops big money to try to elect compliant state legislators a media report details a new scheme to divert public education funding and state tax dollars to unaccountable private voucher schools. The most recent filings with the state Elections Commission indicate the American Federation for Children, headed by disgraced former Assembly Republican Speaker Scott Jensen, has spent in excess of $515,000 from the beginning of September through October 3 to benefit the campaigns of state legislative Republicans.
A mix up on dates was the excuse offered by state Senate candidate Dan Feyen for failing to appear in person at a candidate debate for the 18th Senate District seat sponsored by WFDL radio in Fond du Lac. Instead, Feyen literally phoned in his appearance during which time he expressed no concern for a $250 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System and glossed over the plight of over state student loan borrower who number nearly one million and owe a collective debt for their educations in excess of $19 billion.
Federal Judge James Peterson has scheduled a hearing for October 12 on One Wisconsin Institute’s filing yesterday requesting the state voter ID law be suspended. According to new evidence provided to the court, the state is systematically failing to properly administer the strict voter ID law, including numerous instances of false or misleading information being given out at DMV locations around the state.
Wisconsin has a $19 billion student loan crisis affecting the nearly one million student loan borrowers and their families. Today in Madison and Green Bay, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Russ Feingold laid out the Democratic vision to reduce student loan debt and for college affordability. Front and center in this vision is a call to allow borrowers to be able to refinance their student loans like you can with a mortgage, a plan rejected by Republicans in Washington, DC, as well as Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislative Republicans.
One Wisconsin Institute Seeks Suspension of Voter ID Law as Evidence Shows Rampant Problems in Implementation of New Voter ID RulesPress Release ·
Recent media reporting on Gov. Scott Walker’s administration violating federal Judge James Peterson’s order in One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Thomsen has spurred the plaintiffs to seek a suspension of the state voter ID law. Audio recording provided to the court and reported on by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reveal numerous instances of false or misleading information being given out at DMV locations around the state.
Amid Media Reports of Legal Voters Being Denied Voter ID, State Legislative Committee Considers Voter ID RulesPress Release ·
Amid media reports of numerous instances of Department of Motor Vehicle employees providing false and misleading information to individuals seeking a voter ID, the legislature’s Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules today met to act on emergency rules guiding state employees in issuing a voter ID.
Federal Judicial Vacancy Crisis and GOP Obstruction Highlighted By Action at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s OfficePress Release ·
As part of a national day of action, Wisconsin members of the Why Courts Matter coalition visited Sen. Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office to deliver 92 miniature chairs. The chairs symbolize the 92 federal judicial seats, including a U.S. Supreme Court seat and a spot on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that covers Wisconsin, currently open due to the unprecedented obstructionism and refusal of Senate Republicans, including Sen. Johnson, to do their jobs.
Private Voucher School Front Group Reports Spending $500,000 in September Alone to Buy Pro-Voucher LegislaturePress Release ·
The political front group for special interests seeking to divert more state money to the unaccountable private school voucher program has hit the airwaves in their latest attempt to elect legislative allies. According to filings with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the American Federation for Children (AFC), whose operation here is run by disgraced former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, has thus far registered to run campaign ads and send direct mail in three state Assembly and one state Senate district.
State Senator Luther Olsen cancelled a tour of a veterans home in his district to eat pie and other sweets as a baking contest judge at a county fair, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today. The Veterans Home at King has been under scrutiny after reports of substandard conditions for the armed service veterans living at the nursing home there. Olsen has on multiple occasions voted to raid funds from veterans homes to help pay for staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Madison and authored a controversial budget amendment changing funding for County Veterans Service Officers.
On Gov. Scott Walker’s watch, Wisconsin has risen to third highest in the nation for the percentage of graduates with student loan debt. According to statistics from the federal government, there are nearly one million Wisconsin borrowers with over $19 billion in federal student loan debt alone.
With early voting beginning in numerous cities and municipalities around Wisconsin as result of Federal Judge James Peterson’s decision in One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Thomsen, One Wisconsin Institute lauded the restoration of full early voting rights in Wisconsin.
One Wisconsin Now Calls on Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to Take Immediate Action on Critical Flint Water AssistancePress Release ·
One Wisconsin Now is calling on U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to pass a short-term federal funding bill that includes assistance for Flint, Michigan. Republicans in Congress have dragged their feet in helping the city and there are efforts underway this weekend to get Flint the help they need. ProgressNow affiliates, including One Wisconsin Now, across the country are demanding action from their congressional leadership.
Public opinion research in key Wisconsin state Senate Districts by respected national pollster Paul Harstad finds “lopsided support” for allowing people to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage. Between 81 and 85 percent of those polled in state Senate Districts 12, 14 and 18 favored “pass[ing] a state law to help allow people with student loan debts to refinance their student loan interest rates - like borrowers can do with their home mortgage and car loans.”
Allowing student loans to be refinanced, just like you can a mortgage, is a common sense policy reform to help borrowers who worked hard for their education and took on the personal responsibility to pay for it have a fair shot at the middle class. Today, One Wisconsin Institute launched its interactive voter scorecard to educate the public on where state legislators stand on the critical issue of student debt. Additionally, One Wisconsin Institute has launched a “What They’re Saying” feature to inform the public about presidential and Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidates’ statements on student loan reform.
Wisconsin Rapids became the first city in the state to commence early voting yesterday as result of Federal Judge James Peterson’s decision in One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Thomsen. With numerous municipalities around Wisconsin ready to start early voting in the next week, One Wisconsin Institute applauded the actions of clerks who recognize the importance of giving voters access to the ballot box.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and One Wisconsin Institute Research Director and attorney Jenni Dye today highlighting the partisan obstruction of the Republican U.S. Senate, including Sen. Ron Johnson, on federal judicial nominees. It has now been an unprecedented six months that President Obama’s nominee for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court Judge Merrick Garland has been denied a confirmation hearing and vote. Meanwhile, a slot on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that includes Wisconsin that is the nation’s longest at over 2,500 days since the opening was announced.