U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) should immediately apologize to the state’s more than 800,000 hardworking student loan borrowers for “ignorant comments, bordering on insulting” made to media yesterday, according to One Wisconsin Now. Johnson’s comments, reported by Wisconsin Public Radio, include Johnson claiming “There’s no such thing as a free lunch...” regarding efforts to curb the crippling $18 billion in federal student loan debt with which borrowers in Wisconsin are currently burdened.
Audio provided to One Wisconsin Now by the group Young Invincibles reveals Gov. Scott Walker claimed to questioner “we need to look at people who already have high levels of student loan debt,” despite his abysmal record in Wisconsin for the more than 800,000 student loan borrowers. Walker made the remarks after a presidential campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend.
Gov. Scott Walker’s recent tame rebuke of Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments about Republican Sen. John McCain’s military service comes after Walker took nearly $500,000 from Bob Perry, the architect of the notorious “Swift Boat” campaign smearing the military service of Purple Heart winner John Kerry. One Wisconsin Now today called on Walker to return the Perry money to the late Republican’s family.
Walker Signs Dangerous Abortion Ban That Could Prevent Doctors From Saving Lives of Mothers When a Pregnancy Goes Tragically WrongOne Wisconsin Now ·
After being criticized by right-wing power brokers for a 2014 ad in which he moderated his stance on abortion, Gov. Scott Walker has quickly moved to sign the dangerous abortion ban he asked lawmakers to pass without exceptions for rape or incest.
Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and outside groups accused of illegally coordinating campaign activities were let off the hook today by four justices of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The four justices whose opinion halts an investigation and possible prosecution of Walker's campaign and allies and orders records to be destroyed were the beneficiaries of at least $10 million in campaign spending by parties named in the investigation.
Is Governor Scott Walker Betting on Support From Right-Wing Casino Magnate With Latest Las Vegas Jaunt?One Wisconsin Now ·
Leaving behind the state of which he is ostensibly still governor, Scott Walker is off in pursuit of his next political ambition, the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. But his first stop after officially announcing his candidacy is not a traditional state such as Iowa or New Hampshire but Las Vegas, Nevada. Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now and Annette Magnus, Executive Director of Battle Born Progress, questioned if Walker’s travel is motivated by a desire for the financial backing of right-wing casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Least Surprising Announcement of the Day: Career Politician Governor Scott Walker Running for OfficeOne Wisconsin Now ·
Today career politician Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker makes formal his run for President. Over twenty-two years in public office, Walker has amassed a staggering record of cronyism, corruption and incompetence. One Wisconsin Now has released a compendium of research, The Scott Walker Files, documenting his long political career and including in-depth reports on the right-wing Bradley Foundation run by his campaign chair and the millionaires and billionaires who’ve funded his political ambitions and additional features like “Ten Things You May Not Know About Scott Walker” and “Walker’s World” documenting the many reality-defying statements of Scott Walker.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about Gov. Scott Walker signing the biennial state budget during an unexpected day spent in Wisconsin.
Scott Walker has been running for public office since before he could legally rent a car and on Monday he is set to formally announce he will be running for President of the United States. To help distill the long history of cronyism, corruption and incompetence that have personified Scott Walker’s time on the public stage, One Wisconsin Now has compiled “Ten Things You May Not Know About Scott Walker” as part of its comprehensive Scott Walker Files website.
Gov. Scott Walker announced longtime ally and right-wing Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe will chair his presidential campaign. The Bradley Foundation, with over $830 million in assets, doles out $30 to $40 million annually to right-wing think tanks, propaganda outlets and voter suppression organizations that shape Walker’s policy agenda. Bradley’s largesse also insulates him from criticism by the vast network of leading right-wing influence peddlers that Bradley finances.
One Wisconsin Now Launches The Scott Walker Files, Documenting the Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence of Gov. Scott Walker’s 22-Year Career in PoliticsOne Wisconsin Now ·
Assembly Republicans Put Gov. Walker’s Presidential Ambitions Before Women’s Health With New Abortion BanOne Wisconsin Now ·
Speaking straight to camera in a television ad for his 2014 gubernatorial election, Scott Walker in his own words told Wisconsin he supported leaving, “the final decision to a woman and her doctor.” After being criticized for the ad by right-wing power brokers he needs to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Gov. Scott Walker called for a new abortion ban in Wisconsin. The State Assembly gave final passage to that ban today and in the process interfered in the intensely personal decisions of women to terminate a wanted pregnancy and put their judgment before medical professionals to boost Gov. Walker’s political ambition.
Assembly Budget Packed With Giveaways for Special Interests, Nothing for One Million Wisconsin Student Loan BorrowersOne Wisconsin Now ·
The 2015 state budget was written with Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential ambitions in mind and, as passed by the GOP-led State Assembly, packed with special interest favors – more tax cuts for the wealthiest and corporations, taking money directly away from K-12 public schools to give to unaccountable private voucher schools and giveaways to a big oil pipeline company and the predatory payday loan industry.
Will Assembly GOP Allow Raid on Public Education to Benefit Unaccountable Private School Voucher Program?One Wisconsin Now ·
Will the State Assembly give approval to a scheme to raid funds directly from K-12 public schools to fund an unlimited and unaccountable private school voucher program in the state budget? One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that a cabal of wealthy donors has made millions in campaign contributions and the pro-voucher front group the American Federation for Children has spent heavily in State Assembly races to elect legislators willing to give preferential treatment to the unaccountable private school voucher program.
GOP-Led State Senate Set to Launch Massive Raid on K-12 Public School Funding to Support Unaccountable Private Voucher SchoolsOne Wisconsin Now ·
Boosters of the private school voucher program have larded Republican State Senator’s campaign accounts with big money while the voucher industry front group the American Federation for Children has spent millions in state legislative elections to boost Republican candidates and attack their opponents. With the State Senate taking up a state budget that would drain funding directly from K-12 public schools and send it to unaccountable voucher schools, the education privatization cabal is poised to get their payback.
Wisconsin State Statute 13.05, entitled “Logrolling prohibited,” bars legislators from trading or making contingent their vote for or against one legislative matter for votes for or against another legislative matter. But that law, and the Class I felony penalty for violating it, aren’t stopping Sen. Duey Stroebel from explicitly, repeatedly and publicly declaring he will not vote for the state budget unless he first is able to vote on a separate bill to eliminate protections for Wisconsin jobs.
At a Madison press conference Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos revealed the full details of a secretly negotiated deal to help build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks and claimed he could pass it in the State Assembly. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross denounced Republicans’ hypocrisy for benefitting from attacks against Democrats over $5 million for a scoreboard for the current Bucks arena and apparently now throwing their support behind taxpayer funding for a new, $500 million arena.
The Agenda Project Action Fund, One Wisconsin Now and Wisconsin Jobs Now have launched “HOLD YOUR BREATH,” a graphic ad depicting an individual drowning to symbolize the plight of Americans burdened by student debt.
As Governor and as Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker personally had artwork depicting African Americans removed from public buildings, one piece featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. standing near a dove with a sign reading “Vote!” and another featuring a multicultural group of children playing together in a Milwaukee neighborhood. Yet just this weekend, Walker refused to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, claiming it was a “state issue.”
What Was it About Scott Walker That Inspired Seven Donations From White Supremacist Leader in Texas to Governor in Wisconsin?One Wisconsin Now ·
Yesterday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced he would return seven contributions to his campaign totaling $3,500 from Earl Holt, the leader of a white supremacist organization that reportedly inspired the individual that massacred nine black churchgoers in a racially-motivated terror attack in Charleston, South Carolina. However, Walker failed to explain how it was he accepted seven contributions over four years from Holt with no questions, or what it was that inspired the white supremacist leader to become a regular donor to Walker’s campaign.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was unwilling this weekend to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina on the heels of the horrific, racially-motivated mass killing of black churchgoers in Charleston.
One Wisconsin Now Demands Gov. Scott Walker Return Contributions From White Supremacist Leader, Support Removal of Confederate Flag From South Carolina Capitol GroundsOne Wisconsin Now ·
Earl Holt, a white supremacist leader whose organization's racist rants reportedly influenced the individual that massacred nine black churchgoers in a racially-motivated terror attack in Charleston, South Carolina, has made at least seven donations totaling $3,500 to Wisconsin governor and presumed 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross demanded Walker return the money and call for the immediate removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is demanding documents and threatening to use the oversight authority of the Senate committee he chairs in an apparent attempt to derail an ongoing federal Department of Justice investigation into the private school voucher program in Wisconsin. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said Sen. Johnson’s pandering is a blatant attempt to curry favor with the $800 million-plus right-wing Bradley Foundation and payback for a sweetheart deal for legal representation from the Bradley-funded Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL).
In response to a complaint filed yesterday with the Government Accountability Board (GAB), Rep. Chris Kapenga bragged on a right-wing website that his failure to comply with state law was a “badge of honor”. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted Kapenga for his response to serious questions about his relationship with an out-of-state corporation and his use of his state office to raise money for it.
Rep. Chris Kapenga’s Constitutional Crisis: Has State Representative Who Wants to Rewrite U.S. Constitution Violated State Laws?One Wisconsin Now ·
One Wisconsin Now has filed a formal complaint against State Rep. Chris Kapenga with the state Government Accountability Board for failing to disclose his position as an officer of a corporation on his statement of economic interest and using his state office to receive funds for an out-of-state corporation seeking to rewrite the U.S. Constitution.
New Abortion Ban Up for Senate Vote Could Prevent Doctors From Saving Lives of Mothers When a Pregnancy Goes Tragically WrongOne Wisconsin Now ·
According to nonpartisan legal counsel for the state legislature, a new abortion ban, Senate Bill 179 (SB 179), scheduled to be considered by the State Senate tomorrow contains no provision to protect the life of the mother in a pregnancy related medical emergency. One Wisconsin Now Research Director and attorney Jenni Dye decried the Republican’s rush to pass legislation that inserts their judgment over Wisconsin families and doctors.
Do State Legislature’s Republicans Think They Are More Qualified to Make Health Care Decisions Than Wisconsin Women, Their Doctors and Their Families?One Wisconsin Now ·
Does being a state legislator qualify you to make potentially life or death medical decisions and dictate medical procedures for the women of Wisconsin? According to One Wisconsin Now’s Research Director, Attorney Jenni Dye, that’s the message being sent to Wisconsin women by supporters of a new abortion ban that could mandate a woman terminating a dangerous pregnancy to save her life undergo a cesarean section (c-section).
Today, eight plaintiffs – all groups or individuals that advocate for improved voter participation – filed a lawsuit against members and staff of the Government Accountability Board to protect Wisconsinites’ right to vote.
In a recent radio interview nationally recognized women’s reproductive health expert, Dr. Douglas Laube, said the new abortion ban proposed by legislative Republicans and supported by Gov. Scott Walker (Assembly Bill 237/Senate Bill 179) could force a woman terminating a pregnancy to save her life to undergo an invasive cesarean section (c-section) surgery that dramatically increases the chance of injury to or death of the mother.
Will College Dropout Gov. Scott Walker Sign Budget Measure to Allow High School Dropouts to Teach in Wisconsin?One Wisconsin Now ·
According to education experts, an amendment to the 2015 state budget adopted by the Republican controlled Joint Committee on Finance in the middle of the night would eliminate almost all standards, including having graduated from high school, for teachers. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the provision as emblematic of the GOP contempt for teachers and public education and called on Gov. Scott Walker to veto the provision if it remains in the budget.