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Some might wonder why Gov. Scott Walker’s former campaign chair, Michael Grebe, would host a fundraiser for a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction who signed a petition to recall Gov. Walker. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said the reason for Grebe’s support of John Humphries may lie in his other recent notable position, serving as the head of the right wing Bradley Foundation. From that perch, Grebe orchestrated a $100 million plus campaign funding organizations that supported efforts to expand public funding for private, religious and charter schools.

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The entire staff of One Wisconsin Now released the following statements demanding Wisconsin Republican elected officials and the Republican Party of Wisconsin immediately and publicly condemn the reprehensible comments about American hero Rep. John Lewis tweeted this morning by Republican President-Elect Donald Trump.

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Gov. Scott Walker is reported to be taking flight in a state airplane on a media tour following his 2017 state of the state address. Among the topics he is expected to discuss is his recycled advice to Wisconsin borrowers to “call a bank” to help them deal with the student loan debt crisis. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that there are nearly one million student loan borrowers in Wisconsin with $19 billion in federal student loan debt alone, and 43 million borrowers with over $1.4 trillion in debt nationally, yet the financial industry has failed to help solve the problem.

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 Gov. Scott Walker delivers his 2017 state of the state speech today having still failed to meet the major promise of his 2010 campaign, to create 250,000 new jobs, and overseeing an administration that has shown a serious inability to effectively carry out basic state functions or improve the quality of life for Wisconsinites. Walker, a career politician, is looking toward another run for office in 2018, meaning he will again ignore the reality of his administration’s failures in his speech, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.

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Sen. Ron Johnson, whose dilatory tactics have resulted in the longest federal judicial vacancy in the nation, appears on board for the fast tracking of Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions to be the U.S. Attorney General. One Wisconsin Now Research Director and attorney Jenni Dye noted that Sessions was previously deemed unqualified by the U.S. Senate for a federal judicial nomination in 1986, in large part because an examination of his record revealed disturbing incidents of racism. Sessions current nomination is also raising concerns because it is quickly moving forward despite his failure to provide complete responses to the questionnaire required of him for consideration.

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 With the field set for a three-way February 2017 Primary Election for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the race to appease the big spending private school voucher industry is on between candidates John Humphries and Lowell Holtz. While each seeks to replace Superintendent Tony Evers to head the state agency responsible for overseeing K-12 public schools in the state, they have been outspoken in their desire to take funding away from the state’s public schools and send it to less accountable private voucher schools.

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One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan presiding over the attempted gutting of House ethics rules. Late Monday morning, Republicans hastily announced the planned floor vote for today will be delayed, for now.

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 For 23 years Charlie Sykes used the public airwaves to deliver Republican talking points, at times literally given to him by right-wing politicians and interest groups, to attack the poor and minorities and degrade political discourse in the state of Wisconsin. On his final day of his radio program, One Wisconsin Now says goodbye, and good riddance.

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 It’s no accident Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced in an interview with WisPolitics.com yesterday that he would seek re-election in 2018 and open an investigation into leaks of material from an investigation of political corruption that were politically embarrassing to Gov. Scott Walker, other Republicans and conservative campaign groups. According to former state Department of Justice official and One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the synergy of Schimel’s announcement is yet another example of how Wisconsin’s top cop has inserted partisan politics into the daily operation of the Attorney General’s office.

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 Gov. Scott Walker was interviewed by members of the state media today, after addressing a gathering of the state big business lobby, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which has spent millions to support his political career, and before he travels tonight to the tony Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee to fete himself at a holiday fundraiser.

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 Republicans running the North Carolina state legislature are convening a special session to strip the newly elected Democratic Governor of powers held by his GOP predecessor while the Republican-led Michigan legislature rushed to try to disenfranchise legal voters with a stricter voter ID law. As these outrages make national news, One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye noted these are just the latest outbreaks of Republicans rigging the rules, like the five year campaign of the Wisconsin GOP to change voting laws, to give themselves an unfair partisan advantage.

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 What’s on your Christmas wish list if you’re a governor with a taxpayer-funded mansion in which to live, a chauffeur to drive you to and from work, state planes to fly you around the state and country (or to avoid pesky I-94 traffic between Madison and Milwaukee), top-notch health care benefits for you and your family and a generous pension? If you’re Scott Walker, it’s a donation of $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 or $500 to his campaign warchest.

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Top Wisconsin Republicans U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker have announced they will be standing with Donald Trump on stage this evening as he visits Wisconsin. With their recent statements, Trump’s Wisconsin GOP comrades also have his back when it comes to downplaying rising concerns about alleged Russian sponsored cyber attacks and media disinformation campaign designed to influence the U.S. Presidential election.

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 With the U.S. Senate scheduled to be in session through the end of next week, the question is, will Sen. Ron Johnson deliver on a judge to fill the longest running federal judicial vacancy in the nation or a lump of coal with continued attempts to rig the federal courts? Johnson has signed off on the nomination of Donald Schott to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals that includes Wisconsin. Schott received bipartisan support when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve his nomination, making him one of 25 judicial nominees available to be confirmed immediately by the full Senate.

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 In an ironic twist, a candidate running to oversee the operations of Wisconsin’s public schools is praising Michigan billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos, who has doled out millions of dollars to support taking money from public schools to fund private schools. In response to DeVos being announced as Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, John Humphries issued a statement praising the billionaire who has no formal, professional experience in education, no record of even attending a public school herself and who sent her four children to private schools.

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Gov. Scott Walker is defending his rigging of the rules on voting to give himself and his fellow Republicans an unfair partisan advantage by repeatedly making the demonstrably false assertion that measures like voter ID, “made it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the more things change, the more they stay the same with Walker, citing the recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series about Gov. Walker’s rise to power that reported in 2004, as the state co-chair of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, “His duties included stoking fears of voter fraud.”

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 Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who spent much of the summer and fall outside of Wisconsin appearing on behalf of Donald Trump’s campaign, has been rumored to be under consideration for a position with the Department of Homeland Security. Today Clarke is once again not in Wisconsin to do his job, reportedly travelling to Washington D.C. today for an audition with Donald Trump.

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One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on billionaire Donald Trump appointing billionaire Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Not only has DeVos spent her family fortune to buy-off Republican politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but also her American Federation for Children, which has spent nearly $5 million in Wisconsin elections since 2010, is led by disgraced former Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, central in one of the biggest political scandals in the history of Wisconsin politics.

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 Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke spent his summer and fall on the stump campaigning for Donald Trump. Now Clarke is said to be a contender for appointment as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under Trump. Meanwhile, this year has seen a string of fatal incidents at the Milwaukee County Jail that Clarke oversees, including the death of a newborn.

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 Donald Trump’s tapping of Stephen Bannon, a leading figure in the “alt-right” movement that promotes overtly racist white nationalism and virulent misogyny, to a top position in his administration has raised alarms across the political spectrum. But according to One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye, Trump’s selection of longtime Republican Party insider Reince Priebus is equally shameful, given his long history of involvement voter suppression schemes. Nationally and in Wisconsin, these Republican-backed voter suppression laws and the Supreme Court’s weakening of the Voting Rights Act impacted turnout and the results of the election.

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As the November 2016 Election votes are counted and many races remain undecided, the numbers are clear about one thing – early voting is hugely popular with Wisconsin voters.