Bill Kaplan: Supreme Court may end ACA during pandemic.

Bill Kaplan: Supreme Court may end ACA during pandemic.

The pandemic hasn’t “disappeared”, but continues unabated as the economy stalls with permanent jobs disappearing. Most federal aid has ended, despite escalating small business failures, farmers facing loss of markets and inadequate prices and hunger persisting. “Chances dim on stimulus package … (as) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) called a proposed expansion of Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits to the unemployed ‘an enormous betrayal’ of the GOP’s longstanding opposition to Obamacare” (Washington Post).
Ken Holmes, a Green Bay COVID-19 survivor, said: “We have nearly 1,000 people a day dying of COVID. If you had three jetliners going down every day, would you get on an airplane? I don’t think many people would. But they sure don’t want to wear a mask” (WP). A failure by Trump (and Wisconsin GOP legislative leaders) to heed medical advice on masks and social distancing has “taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy” (New England Journal of Medicine).

The U.S. continues to lead the world with about 7.7 million COVID-19 cases and 215,000 deaths. Wisconsin saw a new daily record of 3,132 cases, adding to about 150,000 cases, near 1,500 deaths. Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers moved to open up a field hospital to relieve rural and other hospitals with few open beds. State GOP legislators have no plan.

Neither does White House and GOP-led Senate. Trump ended negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on an economic stimulus bill, telling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.” The Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings on Monday. Why the rush?

If Barrett is speedily confirmed she will be able to hear a lawsuit challenging the ACA’s constitutionality (November 10th). Trump and Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson are obsessed with having the court strike down the ACA. Moreover, Barrett is on the record expressing opposition to the ACA. Johnson, recovering from COVID-19, said nothing would stop him from voting for Barrett: “If we have to go in and vote, … I’ll go in a moon suit.” He prattled on: “I would certainly try to find a way – making sure that everybody was safe.” Oblivious!

Johnson doesn’t believe as he did in 2016 in waiting until after the election. Then he helped block a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, six months before the election. Now, he wants to tilt the Supreme Court to strike down the ACA. Healthcare coverage for over 20 million, protections for about 54 million with preexisting conditions and treating women’s benefits – premiums equally are at risk.

It’s not the first time Johnson has played an odious role. Johnson “single-handedly” blocked Victoria Nourse, a widely respected UW-Madison law professor, from a confirmation hearing for a seat on the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals (MJS). Under Trump, Johnson voted to put Barrett on that court. Now, an irresponsible power grab to put Barrett on the Supreme Court.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

“Visioning a healthy Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Visioning a healthy Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the continued failure to control the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin, including the deliberate Republican state legislative effort to undermine any state response. We debrief the new MU Law Poll and the VP debate. Yet another police officer will have no charges brought against them for the killing of a Black teen in Wauwatosa. We close the show by welcoming State Assembly candidates Jacob Malinowski and Jessica Katzenmeyer to discuss their suburban Milwaukee campaigns.

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Learn more about Jacob Malinowski for State Assembly District 82
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Editorial: Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald refused to work with Gov. Tony Evers to contain coronavirus. They have made things worse.
With COVID-19 on a Rampage Through Wisconsin, Pence Defends His Pandemic Record in Debate.
Wisconsin reports more than 2,300 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths as crisis continues to spiral ‘out of control’.
Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Conservatives Say Republicans Can Appeal Absentee Ballot Ruling.
Wisconsin grapples with explosion of new Covid cases amid political in-fighting.
Protesters March Against Decision Not To Charge Officer In Wauwatosa, Wis., Death.
‘The fight continues’: Family of Alvin Cole, third person fatally shot by Tosa Officer Joseph Mensah, still calls for firing, charges.
ACLU of Wisconsin Responds to Milwaukee DA’s Decision Not to Charge Wauwatosa Officer Mensah For Fatal Shooting Of Alvin Cole.
Amid major national developments, new Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin voter preferences holding steady in presidential race.

Bill Kaplan: Trump and Johnson harmed country and themselves.

Bill Kaplan: Trump and Johnson harmed country and themselves.

The pandemic is not “under control” nor is “the end in sight”. Instead, the U.S. leads the world with 7.4 million COVID-19 cases and about 210,000 deaths. Wisconsin is seeing record daily increases, well over 130,000 cases, near 1,400 deaths and hospitalizations hitting new highs. Staggering.

The NYT reports: “Oshkosh, Wis. – Steve VanderLoop, 64, heard that several of his co-workers at a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin had fallen ill from COVID-19. Then there was his brother-in-law’s entire family in nearby Washington County. A good friend in Appleton, up the shore of Lake Winnebago. And last week, the gut punch: Mr. VanderLoop’s 96-year-old mother learned she had the virus”.

Wisconsin has “nearly half the places with the worst outbreaks now.” In descending order: Oshkosh-Neenah, Green Bay, Appleton, La Crosse, Platteville, Marinette, Stevens Point and Fond du Lac (NYT). Yet Trump and many Wisconsin GOP politicians campaigned around the state with abandon. No masks or social distancing. Trump said: “We’ve had no negative effect (at the rallies) … .” More of the same was scheduled for La Crosse (later Janesville) and Green Bay.

Doctors, local leaders and Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers implored Trump to reconsider, to no avail. Then Trump and Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson tested positive for COVID-19. The irresponsible and reckless campaign rallies were canceled. Trump was flown by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, “getting care, treatments available to few other Americans” (Washington Post). It is not clear what Trump’s condition is. Johnson said he would self-quarantine. Trump’s wife, 2 other GOP senators, several White House aides, Trump advisers, his campaign manager and the head of the Republican National Committee all tested positive. No zip code or political party is immune.

Trump and Johnson have downplayed the risk of coronavirus from the beginning. Masks and social distancing are avoided — or worse, mocked. Doctors and scientists are reviled. Both have pushed unproven or potentially dangerous treatments. All the while, low-balling the death toll, erroneously comparing COVID-19 fatalities to the less than 40,000 annual auto-related deaths. Moreover, Wisconsin GOP state legislators have obstructed every effort by Governor Evers to control coronavirus infection and spread.

Finally, Trump went to the Supreme Court to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA) struck down. And, he is trying to stack the deck with his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett who has disparaged the ACA. Good-bye coverage for over 20 million and protections for many more with preexisting conditions, including 7.4 million who tested positive for COVID-19.

Senate Democrats, including Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, are fighting back. They, along with 6 GOP senators (not Johnson), voted to block the Trump administration from supporting the lawsuit against the ACA. Johnson supported a nonsensical alternative that would allow insurers to offer bare-bones coverage, set annual and lifetime limits and charge women higher premiums.

Joe Biden is right to offer thoughts and prayers for Trump (and Johnson), despite their misdeeds. He is also right to keep fighting to save (and improve) the ACA.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 — 2009.

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 2nd

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 2nd

Friday, October 2nd

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

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Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes for a meet and greet this Saturday in Prairie du Chein

Please come out for a socially distant Meet & Greet with our next State Assembly Representative, Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly.

Signs and merch! Register to vote!

To keep everyone safe, social distancing and masks are required.

WHERE: Crawford County Democratic Party HQ, 214 Blackhawk Ave, Prairie Du Chien, WI
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 3, 12-2:00pm

Organize against mass incarceration in Vernon County

Why does Vernon County need a 128-bed jail that costs $1.8 million a year to run and is largely used to house inmates from the Milwaukee area? How does the prison system in Wisconsin contribute to systemic racism? What can we do to change the system?

Join the La Crosse Independent for a brief presentation of the recent article, “If you Build it They Will Come,” on the Vernon County Detention Center and the prison system in Wisconsin. A facilitated discussion on locally organizing around mass incarceration will follow the presentation.

3pm Saturday, October 10th
Eckhart Park picnic shelter in Viroqua
Social distancing and masks encouraged.
More info [email protected] or text 608.632.6166
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Help protect our water, our post office, our schools and fair election maps by donating to Josefine Jaynes

Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district has a chance to make history and help in creating better representation for the Driftless region! Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly is running for Wisconsin’s 96th assembly district. Josefine was the first candidate to ever be endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Driftless Co-op.  When elected she will be the first woman to ever represent the district AND at 18 she will be the youngest member of the Wisconsin Assembly ever elected!

All that said she is not running to be the first; she is running to protect our water, keep the Driftless region beautiful, save the rural USPS, make sure everyone has broadband, expand healthcare, make sure Wisconsin’s maps are fair and make sure that rural Wisconsinites are not left behind! To say that she is an inspiring candidate would be an understatement!

Her district is very rural and this seat will be a huge progressive win. Josefine is not taking any PAC money so if you could chip in a $28.00 donation to her campaign it would be a huge help. Your donation could help flip a seat, elect Wisconsin’s youngest progressive and prevent a GOP super majority in Wisconsin. Please chip in what you can.

Chris Kapsner Meet and Greet Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm – 8pm

Join us on October 6th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Chris Kapsner. We will be listening to his platform, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have.

Facebook event page.

Kim Butler Meet and Greet Wednesday, October 7th, 7pm – 8pm

Join us on October 7th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings. Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Kim Butler will join us for a meet and greet. We will be listening to her platforms, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Citizen Action Volunteer Days with Co-op member Emily Siegrist!

We are will be joining a Literature Drop and Phone bank Party to get Citizen Action co-op member Emily Siegrist’s progressive campaign for State Assembly.

The Literature Drop will be on Saturday, October 10th at 9:30pm. The phone bank will be on Saturday, October 24th, 9:30am – Noon.

For more information email: [email protected]

Volunteer for Northeast Co-op Endorsed Candidates!

Join Citizen Action endorsed candidate Jonathon Hansen as he makes calls to voters in his run for the State Senate! It’s time for us to go all-in on working-class champions like Jonathon. Make sure to sign up here //bit.ly/VolforHansen and start making calls Let’s go all-in to elect Jonathon Hansen to the state senate!”

“Co-op member Dr. Kristin Lyerly is in a tight race for the 88th assembly district. Every single vote will count! You can make a difference by signing up to make calls with Kristin’s campaign every Thursday at 5PM. Make sure to sign up here //bit.ly/VolwithLyerly and start making calls Let’s go all-in to elect Kristin Lyerly to the state assembly!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith is one of the winners of the prestigious Bill Iwan Environmental Justice Award from Midwest Environmental Advocates. There is still time to attend the event, read more about it here in the Isthmus, Madison’s alternative weekly.

Citizen Action and our national affiliate People’s Action have launched a new ad campaign featuring the stories of Wisconsin farmers and rural residents. See the news story from WEAU TV 13 Eau Claire, watch the add, and see an interview with Citizen Action field director Zoe Roberts.

Citizen Action’s Rafael Smith was quoted in a national news story published in Capital & Main and the American Prospect on the demise of the Black Middle Class in Milwaukee.

Citizen Action is part of a coalition of unions and community groups demanding more action from the state government to project public health and school safety during the pandemic. Read about it in the Wisconsin Examiner.

On debate night, Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig previewed the presidential debate on the Jeff Santos Radio Show, but did not know just how bad it would be.

“Democracy Trumped” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief the presidential “debate” this week, discuss the potential of a Trump strategy to use the state legislature to overturn electors and appoint new electors that support Trump, and sound the alarm on the deepening COVID-19 crisis throughout Wisconsin. We are joined by Kristin Lyerly and Kathy Hinkfuss who are running for State Assembly in the Green Bay area. Both are healthcare professionals who are running outstanding campaigns to win in gerrymandered districts.

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Learn more about Kristin Lyerly for State Assembly District 88
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Learn more about Kathy Hinkfuss for State Assembly District 4
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“Democracy Trumped?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Democracy Trumped?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief the presidential “debate” this week, discuss the potential of a Trump strategy to use the state legislature to overturn electors and appoint new electors that support Trump, and sound the alarm on the deepening COVID-19 crisis throughout Wisconsin. We are joined by Kristin Lyerly and Kathy Hinkfuss who are running for State Assembly in the Green Bay area. Both are healthcare professionals who are running outstanding campaigns to win in gerrymandered districts.
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Learn more about Kristin Lyerly for State Assembly District 88
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Learn more about Kathy Hinkfuss for State Assembly District 4
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Links:

Will the Wisconsin GOP help Trump steal the election?
‘I wish they could see how bad things are getting‘: As Wisconsin hospitals fill up with COVID patients, front-line workers sound.
Community groups demand action to prevent virus spread, protect health and education.
President Trump planning rallies in Green Bay and La Crosse, areas labeled as coronavirus ‘red zones’ by White House.
Wisconsin might need 9,000 contact tracers. It has 1,200.

Bill Kaplan: Healthcare coverage and protections in jeopardy

Bill Kaplan: Healthcare coverage and protections in jeopardy

This election has always been about healthcare. Trump’s incompetent pandemic response has resulted in the U.S. leading the world with about 7 million COVID-19 cases and over 205,000 deaths. Wisconsin is in the national spotlight with record daily increases, about 115,000 cases, and 1,300 deaths. The horrific national death toll is projected to reach 410,000 by year’s end.

The economic and healthcare coverage impact has been catastrophic. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned that failure by Congress and Trump to agree on another pandemic economic relief bill could “scar and damage the economy”. Meanwhile, millions of the unemployed, including tens of thousands in Wisconsin, have lost health insurance. This has not stopped the Trump Administration from trying to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA) declared unconstitutional.

One week after the election the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a lawsuit orchestrated in 2018 by then Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker and other Republican governors. They seized on the repeal of the tax penalty for not having health insurance. Trump has defied defending established federal laws, and joined in asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire ACA. However, Tennessee GOP Senator Lamar Alexander said: “I am not aware of a single senator who said they were voting to repeal Obamacare (ACA) when they voted to eliminate the individual mandate (tax) penalty” in the 2017 tax cuts.

Trump and the GOP-led Senate are speeding to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat before the election. If his nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed before November 10, she will hear the ACA case and be able to rule that the ACA is unconstitutional. Barrett is on record: (Chief Justice John) “Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute”. Trump also wants a pliant court majority, as he threatens to contest the election results should he lose. Hence the rush.

If the ACA is struck down, about 54 million Americans, including nearly 900,000 Wisconsinites, with preexisting conditions would find themselves uninsurable or paying far more for bare-bones coverage with annual and lifetime caps. Women would again pay higher rates. And, over 11 million, including more than 200,000 Wisconsinites, would lose ACA private insurance. Rural Wisconsinites in the 3rd and 7th congressional districts (voted for Trump) would be disproportionately impacted. 2 million young adults would no longer have coverage under their parents’ plan. 12 million more adults would lose coverage in states that expanded Medicaid. Moreover, the elderly would pay more for Medicare drug coverage.

What to do? Vote for Joe Biden- Kamala Harris and a Democratic-led Congress. Biden will preserve and strengthen the ACA: adding a public coverage option, expanding subsidies to the middle class to buy private insurance, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60 and using Medicare’s scale to negotiate drug prices. In states like Wisconsin that did not expand Medicaid, eligible individuals could get “premium free access to the public option”.

Vote for healthcare coverage and protections. The ACA is in jeopardy.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 25th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 25th

Volunteer in Citizen Action’s 2020 election program supporting endorsed candidates

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phone banking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

Phone banking Monday 09/28/20
Phone banking Monday 10/05/20
Phone banking Monday10/12/20
Phone banking Monday10/19/20
Phone banking Monday 10/26/20
Phone banking Monday 11/02/20

Texting Tuesday 09/29/20
Texting Tuesday 10/06/20
Texting Tuesday 10/13/20
Texting Tuesday 10/20/20
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Vote safely from this year. Request your absentee ballot today

Join the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless co-op for a small group informational meeting

Are you someone in Southwest Wisconsin who reads our emails but has never fully joined our Driftless Co-op?  We want to get you more involved!  Are you a long time member with friends or family who care about progressive issues?  We want to talk to those people!

Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for an informational meeting about our organizing efforts in Southwest Wisconsin. Learn more about our work to fight climate change, expand healthcare, protect voting rights, elect progressive leaders and change the political conversation in Wisconsin. This meeting will be held over Zoom, RSVP for the link.  You can RSVP here.

Come out this Saturday and meet your State Assembly and Senate candidates in the Driftless region

This Saturday is your chance to meet State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes and State Senate candidate Brad Pfaff. They will be hosting meet and greet events in Hillsboro and Westby. These socially distant, masked events will be your chance to meet the candidates and ask where they stand on issues that matter to you and your family.

Both events are outdoors and masks are required. Bring your friends. Signs and other candidate merchandise will be available on site.

Westby event: Saturday September 26th at 1:00 PM at Davidson park. Find more information here.
Hillsboro event: 4:00 PM 405 Water ave. Find more information here.

Patty Schachtner Meet and Greet, September 28th, 7pm.

Join us on September 28th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Patty Schachtner. We will be listening to her platform, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Help Kriss Marion flip Assembly District 51 blue by volunteering NOW!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate and co-op member Kriss Marion is running in a very tight race in Assembly district 51.  This is an important assembly seat that we can win!  We need volunteers to make this win a reality!  Here are two important ways to get involved!

‘Saturday Lit Drop in Monroe’ – volunteers will be meeting at 292113th Street in Monroe, WI to drop literature on voter’s doors. The Green County Democratic Party and Team Kriss Marion for Wisconsin are hosting a day of socially distanced literature drops throughout the city of Monroe. Masks, gloves, T shirts, buttons, and walk lists will be provided, possibly some snacks as well! Come with walking shoes to disperse fliers for Kriss Marion for Assembly and Biden / Harris throughout a very important city – help us flip Monroe!

Weekly phone banks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm – 7pm, and Saturday from 11am – 1pm. No training required, no personal phone required! This is crucial work to help us identify undecided voters. Assembly District 51 was just identified by CNNalysis as “Leaning Blue” – but we know the Republicans are going to throw hundreds of thousands into this race in the last 6 weeks and we can’t afford to lose momentum. Join us and phone bank for Kriss to help flip the 51st blue!  Contact Victoria Stewart at [email protected] for more information on joining phone banking efforts!

Yoga, Politics, and Parks in Green Bay! 

Two of our Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed Candidates are teaming up for an awesome, socially-distant event this Friday, September 25th at 5PM! Jonathan Hansen is running for the 30th Senate District and co-op member Kristina Shelton is running for the 90th Assembly. Join them for yoga, postcard writing, and lit drops. Meet at Fisk Park in Green Bay at 5pm and help Jonathon and Kristina win in November.

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To help Jonathon Hansen protect the 30th Senate District, click here!
To help send progressive champion Kristina Shelton to Madison, click here.

Northeast Co-op candidates are working hard. Help get them elected this November!

This has been election year like no other and so much is on the line. Voters are already getting their absentee ballots and returning them, and these candidates need you now more than ever to dig deep. In Northeast Wisconsin, our candidates have been getting creative and working exceptionally hard to flip Wisconsin Blue this November. Whether it’s Jonathon Hansen talking with voters from Oconto to Glennmore, Kristin Lyerly putting up huge barn signs in the Green Bay Suburbs, or Mary Lynne Donohue connecting with every voter possible, they know what is at stake this November.  Here is a list of our endorsed Candidates in Northeast Wisconsin and how you can make a difference.

Help Kim Jensen flip the 1st Assembly District blue for the first time since 1994, click here.

Support co-op member Emily Voight in her tough race in Calumet County, click here!

Kathy Hinkfuss is running a strong race in a close race in Assembly District 4. You can click here to find out how you can help the district that holds Lambeau Field go blue again.

Mary Lynne Donohue is a long time working families champion running in Sheboygan County. You can support her by clicking here.

Be sure to follow Lee Snodgrass and support her as she runs for the 57th assembly district.

Co-op member Dr. Kristin Lyerly is in a tight race for the 88th assembly district. You can support her people powered campaign here!

Co-op member Karl Jaeger is running in a district that has been ravaged by irresponsible corporate polluters that have tainted the land with PFAS. Support him today!

Co-op member Kristina Shelton won by an enormous 60 point margin over the incumbent in her August Primary! Make sure she gets to Madison by clicking here.

Jonathan Hansen is a dedicated public servant who believes in fighting for all residents of Wisconsin, not just the wealthy and well connected. The 30th Senate District is a seat we must win if we are to expand BadgerCare, hold polluters accountable, and raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin. Support Jonathon’s grassroots campaign today!

Virtual Fundraiser with Special Guest Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Candidate for the 7th Congressional District, Tricia Zunker

Join Citizen Action co-op member Tricia Zunker with special guest Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday, September 29th from 7 to 8 pm! This is going to be a lively and fun discussion of what’s at stake here and what the campaign is doing to secure a win in November. Questions for Tricia and Lt. Governor Barnes may be submitted in advance to [email protected].

Host: $2,800
Co-Host: $1,000
Sponsor: $500
Friend of Tricia: $250
Honored Supporter: $100
Attendee: Minimum $50 recommended

Contribute here.

Citizen Action in the News

There was a great story on the building of Citizen Action’s first African-American led organizing co-op, North Side Rising. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s town hall meeting with Congresswoman Gwen Moore was covered by several television stations, including CBS 58 in Milwaukee.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to talk about the effectiveness of the Biden campaign, and the latest news of the week. Listen here.

“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the grossly insufficient indictment brought against only one of the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. We welcome Citizen Action president Mark Thomsen to educate our listeners about new state legislation (LRB-6434/2) providing a blanket COVID-19 liability shield for businesses and how you can fight it. We continue our interviews with state legislative candidates talking with Deb Andraca and Sara Rodriguez who are making serious challenges to GOP assembly members in the Milwaukee suburbs. They tell us why these Republican gerrymandered districts are changing and ready to elect Democrats this year.

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“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We discuss the grossly insufficient indictment brought against only one of the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. We welcome Citizen Action president Mark Thomsen to educate our listeners about new state legislation (LRB-6434/2) providing a blanket COVID-19 liability shield for businesses and how you can fight it. We continue our interviews with state legislative candidates talking with Deb Andraca and Sara Rodriguez who are making serious challenges to GOP assembly members in the Milwaukee suburbs. They tell us why these Republican gerrymandered districts are changing and ready to elect Democrats this year.
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Support organizations in Louisville as they continue to mobilize people in this moment:

Louisville Community Bail Fund
BLM General Fund
Anti Eviction Fund
Healing for Louisville

Learn more about Deb Andraca for State Assembly District 23
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Learn more about Sara Rodriguez for State Assembly District 13
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Read LRB-6434/2
Wisconsin Association for Justice talking points against LRB-6434

 

Bill Kaplan: Justice Ginsburg, the election, fear and hope.

Bill Kaplan: Justice Ginsburg, the election, fear and hope.

Trump’s incompetent response to the pandemic has left the U.S. with the highest case and death toll in the world. There are 6.8 million cases nationally, over 100,000 in Wisconsin. U.S. deaths are above 200,000, over 1,200 in Wisconsin. And, the economy is in shambles, with mass unemployment and escalating business failures. Misery abounds.

When asked if he regretted anything about his response, Trump said: “No, I think we did a great job.” That rang hollow to many in Wisconsin as multiple records of daily COVID-19 cases were broken last week. But Trump said: “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. We’re really at a very low level.” Former Pennsylvania GOP Governor Tom Ridge responded: “It’s so unworthy of a president. … It’s almost unspeakable in the middle of a pandemic to try to divide the country on a political basis … .”

When the news broke Friday night that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, fear was palpable. Why? Trump acts like a tin-pot dictator, flouting norms and undermining our judicial system, while denigrating the military and press. Moreover, Trump blusters about delaying the November election and becoming president for life. Imagine another Trump Supreme Court justice to enable him.

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin tweeted: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived an inspiring and historic life, and her work has shaped America for the better. As a woman, I join so many others who will not allow her legacy to be diminished or disrespected.” Utah GOP Senator Mitt Romney said: “Justice Ginsburg served our nation with a deep reverence for the law and our Constitution. Her fight for women’s equality inspired all women to pursue their dreams without limits… .” Lacking shame, Senator Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, declared he would act to put a Trump nominee on the Supreme Court, in glaring contrast to his refusal to consider President Obama’s nominee in early 2016. Back then, McConnell said: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy (Justice Scalia died) should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Joe Biden responded: “The voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.” The GOP-led Senate has a 53-47 majority. Four GOP senators would be needed to prevent McConnell and Trump from “ramming through a Supreme Court appointment only a few months before the next president’s inauguration” (NYT). Don’t count on Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, a flip-flopper like McConnell. However, Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski is opposed to a new justice before the election. And, Maine GOP Senator Susan Collins said whoever wins the presidential election should choose the nominee.

Healthcare coverage and protections, e.g., preexisting conditions, are in jeopardy because the Supreme Court will rule after the election if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Vote for a Democratic-led Congress and Joe Biden. Hope.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, September 18th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, September 18th

Friday, September 18th

The Healthcare Co-op remembers the 200,000 lost lives to Covid

Donald Trump knew the true threat of COVID19, but chose to “play it down.” Now, we’re faced with a death toll of nearly 200K and our communities are suffering. We can no longer be silent.

Speaking to this tragedy were Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin,Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley, Rev. David Sinclair, Jeremiah MBC and Ms. Kristina Meekins, who lost a family member to COVID.

Watch WISN TV 12 video of event.
Listen to WUWM news story.

Be a voter safely from home this year. Request your absentee ballot today.

Absentee ballots for the November 3rd election are now being mailed out to voters. Request yours today. Protect your health and your right to vote, vote absentee.

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phonebanking Mondays 5-8pm
RSVP for Texting Tuesdays 4-6:30 pm

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

Citizen Action in the News: Structural Racism Research, Radio Interviews

A new 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee series on structural racism featured in the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine cited Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s groundbreaking research on the funneling of state economic development dollars to wealthy white suburbs by the Walker Administration. “A 2014 report by Citizen Action of Wisconsin found that the state economic development agency under former Republican Governor Scott Walker focused its job creation efforts in largely white Milwaukee suburbs, in spite of the fact that the city’s Black unemployment rate is far higher. In certain zip codes in Milwaukee, over half of working age men are unemployed. The issue of lack of jobs in the city is exacerbated by transportation cuts that essentially isolate the suburban job market from the inner city.” Read the entire story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for 60 minutes to talk about the elections, COVID-19, and the crisis in American democracy. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss the Biden campaign. Is it is progressive enough? What will Trump do to steal the election? Listen here.

Thank you members for attending this year’s Southeast Co-op Assembly

Last Saturday, September 12th, Citizen Action’s Southeast WI Co-op had it’s annual assembly on line due to COVID-19. The assembly enabled us to feature our co-op leaders and endorsed candidates for the important November 3rd election.  Rep. Robyn Vining, Rep. David Bowen joined candidates Emily Siegrist and Sara Rodriguez at the assembly to discuss their important state assembly elections. They were able to discuss the many ways to get involved with these campaigns and win our elections. Members also broke out in to small groups to learn about our historic organizing efforts for Green New Deal in Milwaukee County, healthcare, and much more! If you were able to join us, please fill out this form.

If you would like more information about the meeting, please contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected].

We are proud to announce new state legislative endorsements for this upcoming election in the Southeastern co-op:

See full list of Citizen Action endorsed 2020 candidates.

Citizen Action, JONAH, and EXPO Candidate Forum

September 24th, 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Virtual, Register here.

You are invited to attend a candidate forum hosted by Citizen Action’s Northwest Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative, JONAH, and EXPO.

This forum is to get our issue concerns in the hearts and minds of voters and potential candidates before the election. The focus of the forum will be to hear testimony from community members on issues of concern such as healthcare, incarceration, and affordable housing and get committed responses from the area’s State Assembly Candidates. All Assembly Candidates in the Chippewa Valley have been invited.

Meet and Greet with Amanda WhiteEagle and Sarah Yacoub, Wednesday, September 23, 7pm

Join us on September 23rd at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidates, Amanda WhiteEagle (AD 92) & Sarah Yacoub (AD 30). We will be listening to their platforms, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have.

Please register in advance for this meeting with this link.

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Get involved with Joni Anderson’s campaign for Wisconsin State Senate District 14

Joni Anderson is running in a tight race for Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14.  She needs volunteers now!  There are ways for people to get involved locally or from across the state.  Next week Joni’s campaign will be organizing teams to hang flyers on voter’s doors.  They are currently sending out postcards to voters across the district.  Very soon they will be launching a phone banking program.

You can get involved no matter where you are.  For more information please contact Joni directly.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 608-403-2226

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes for a meet and greet this Saturday in Stoddard, WI

Come out this Saturday for a socially distant, masked candidate meet and greet with Josefine Jaynes and Brad Pfaff this weekend in Stoddard.  This is your chance to meet the candidates running to represent Southwest Wisconsin. This event will happen at the River Park Picnic Shelter in Stoddard from 1:00 to 2:00. All COVID-19 safety measures will be in place so bring your mask!

The candidates will be taking questions. Signs and candidate merchandise will be available on site. There will also be people on site to help folks register to vote and request an absentee ballot. As we all know 2020 is the most important election of our lives and it is vital to get to know the people we are sending to Madison!

For more information and to RSVP please use this link.

Join Endorsed congressional Candidate Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski

Join Citizen Action co-op members Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski for a virtual fundraiser! This will be an exciting and fun discussion of what’s at stake here and what we are doing to secure our win in November.

Questions for Tricia Zunker and Sarah Godlewski may be submitted in advance to [email protected] a donation through the website below to receive a Zoom link to the event.

Contribute here: //secure.actblue.com/donate/godlewski-tricia

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching a rural issue team in the Driftless region.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is forming a rural issue team in the Driftless region. We understand that multiple crises are hitting rural Wisconsinites at once. Whether it is the disappearing small family farm, water quality, milk prices, rural infrastructure, the corporate takeover of the agriculture industry, housing, saving the USPS, COVID, climate change and historic flooding, CAFOs, or the need to reach rural voters we want to have a member team that is ready to respond and help to plan campaigns to improve the quality of life for rural, progressives in the Driftless region.

We are currently recruiting 10-15 members to serve on this team. The rural issue team will be meeting at least once a month, virtually. Folks from La Crosse or other cities in the area are welcome to join if they have a commitment to protecting our rural voters.

If you are interested in joining this team please contact Ben at [email protected] We are hoping to have our first rural issue time meeting in September. We are also actively expanding our membership into rural Vernon, Monroe, Crawford and Adams counties. If you know anyone in those areas who might be interested to learn more about Citizen Action of Wisconsin please connect them with Ben ASAP.

Bike to Work with the Wausau Mayor on National Bike to Work Day

Wausau Mayor, Katie Rosenberg will be continuing a Wausau tradition that started several years ago, by inviting community members to bike to work with her, this upcoming Tuesday, September 22nd. The starting Point is Marathon Park – Exhibition Building at 7:45 a.m. Ride to City Hall with the Mayor and enjoy a “grab and go” breakfast before you make your way to work or elsewhere that morning. Sponsored by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee of Wausau. For more info, please contact Brad at 715-261-6686.

“COVID-19 and the Sickness of Democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Wisconsin’s rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rate supercharged by the ill-conceived reopening of colleges and K-12 schools. We talk about the role of individual responsibility in containing the pandemic in the face of the worst national and state response in the developed world. Claire reviews a large national survey released this week finding the uninsured rate rose just before the country was hit by the coronovirus. We look at the huge opportunity Democratic State Assembly candidates have at winning seats previously thought safe for Republicans due to rigged district lines. What does winning these races have to do with creating fair maps? We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Emily Berge, who is a candidate for State Assembly in District 68 in the greater Eau Claire area, to discuss her campaign and what she is hearing on the ground.

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