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People go one way, Supreme Court goes another courtesy of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

On Tuesday voters in 13 Wisconsin communities were asked if they support amending the U.S. Constitution to limit money in politics and reverse the effects of the infamous Citizens United decision and related rulings. In every one of the communities, voters sent a resounding message that there is too much money in politics and a constitutional amendment is needed to rein it in.

The vote margins were lopsided across the state as voters answered "yes" to the referendum questions. Here are the percentages of yes votes.

 Belleville 85%
 De Forest 70%
 Delavan 76%
 Edgerton 87%
 Elkhorn 69%
 Lake Mills 73%
 Shorewood 76%
 Waterloo 61%
 Waukesha 69%
 Waunakee 79%
 Wauwatosa 64%
 Whitefish Bay 65%
 Windsor 71%

Then yesterday the Supreme Court decided there is not enough money in politics, and wealthy donors should be able to give even more than the $123,200 they had been able to give under federal campaign contribution limits. This ruling benefits 0.000003% of the population – a grand total of 1,219 donors nationally reached the limit in the 2012 election cycle – including wealthy Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, who mounted the legal challenge to the limit.More Information


April 1, 2014
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Paul Ryan Can’t Fool the American People With His Latest Budget

His Newest Version is Still Unfair to Seniors

The following statement was issued today by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a Republican budget on April Fools’ Day that once again proposes privatizing Medicare and turning it into a voucher system, while lowering tax rates on the wealthy and corporations.

“The newest incarnation of the Ryan budget asks seniors to pay more for preventive health services and prescription drugs while again ending the Medicare guarantee. The Ryan budget clearly chooses tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations over health care for millions of working families.

“Moving to a voucher system for Medicare, as the Ryan plan outlines, is just a way of cutting Medicare. It shifts health care costs onto retirees, most of whom cannot afford the changes and wouldn’t get the health care they need.”

“This year, Chairman Ryan did add something new, but it is erroneous. He is saying that the Social Security Trust Fund is not a real savings account – questioning the value of U.S. bonds. In 1936, Alf Landon made the same charge when he was the presidential nominee, and the sentiment is as wrong now as it was then.

“Paul Ryan can’t fool the American people with his latest budget. His newest version is still just as unfair to seniors, and is still based on flawed logic.”

Voter ID Update

As of 4-15-2014 by Patrick Murphy

Voter Photo ID Law Status: No ID Currently Required for Voting

Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions on behalf of the G.A.B., and on May 30, 2013 the G.A.B. prevailed in one of two cases, the League of Women Voters case, in the District IV Court of Appeals.  The second case is still pending in the District II Court of Appeals.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has twice declined to hear the cases prior to action by the Court of Appeals.

Read the G.A.B.'s statement regarding the March 6 order.