Iron County Progressive

Weekly News from Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair
Republicans are panicked...
This weekend, Wisconsin Republicans will meet in Milwaukee for their annual state convention where one word is on every Republicans’ mind: panic.

Scott Walker and the GOP's time has run out. People are starting to see Wisconsin Republicans for who they are -- a party that has showered its donors and wealthy corporations with tax breaks while our schools, roads, and local economies have been left behind by their failed leadership.

They're panicked because they've lost two high profile races this year despite pouring massive amounts of money into those races, they’re losing voters thanks to their extremism and divisive brand of politics, and because Wisconsin Republicans are blatantly ignoring their constituents' needs in order to enrich their wealthy donors, Democrats are flipping seats that have been red for decades.
Scott Walker himself is so panicked he can’t even remember what he stands for -- he just knows it’s whatever will get him re-elected.

The GOP can spend the weekend scheming and scrambling to pull out a win in November, but at the end of the day, Scott Walker and his colleagues in the legislature won’t be able to distance themselves from the fact their legacy is one of doling out tax cuts for wealthy corporations while robbing thousands of Wisconsinites of health care.

It’s why Democrats and progressives across the state are energized like never before. We’re mobilizing to take back our state, to lead with our Wisconsin values and create a better future for Wisconsin.

Whether it’s our commitment to ensuring affordable, quality health care for all, our pledge to fully fund our public classrooms or our promise to build an economy that works for everyone, Wisconsinites from all walks of life are responding enthusiastically to our positive vision for the state. It’s why Scott Walker and Republicans will spend this weekend panicking.
Lawsuit to be filed over Foxconn pollution
What happens when Gov. Walker fails to act in the best interests of Wisconsin? Other states come in to pick up his slack.

Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General for Illinois, announced last week that Illinois plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led by scandal-plagued Trump appointee Scott Pruitt, for exempting Foxconn from key pollution controls that would have protected the air quality for residents of both Wisconsin and Illinois.
High smog levels can be dangerous, especially if you have asthma or work or exercise outdoors. Illinois stands to gain thousands of jobs from Foxconn without paying a dime and even they are raising objections to this deal. Our very own governor, whose job is to put Wisconsinites first, couldn’t even stand up on our behalf to protect our communities. That is outrageous to me.

In order to have healthy communities and families, we need a healthy environment. Democrats want to ensure families today, and in the future, have clean air, water and land to enjoy and we will continue to do everything we can to protect our planet and natural resources for generations to come.

That’s why Democrats in the legislature are hosting even more public town halls on Foxconn. They want to hear your thoughts and share information on the full impact Foxconn will have in your community. I highly encourage you to attend one of these four town halls to ask questions and have your concerns heard.
Weekly News from Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair
International Workers Day & #DayWithoutLatinos
A principle at the very core of our platform as Democrats is the idea of fairness -- that no matter where you start, you deserve the tools and opportunities to get ahead and family-supporting wages to get there. That’s why we support labor unions and believe that every worker deserves the right to negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.

This Tuesday was May Day, or International Worker’s Day, and I’m proud of the rich labor tradition we have here in Wisconsin. When Scott Walker and legislative Republicans outright attacked public unions, Democrats, progressives and workers across the state came together in the tens of thousands to protest these injustices.

While Act 10 has become our reality, improving the working conditions and wages of Wisconsin’s workers still remains a priority for Wisconsin Democrats. We believe in raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and the right of workers to unionize. No matter what attacks Republicans lob our way, sticking up for hardworking Wisconsinites will always be important to us.

Members of our Latinx and immigrant communities also used International Workers’s Day to demonstrate the huge role their work plays in our communities and local economies. Across Wisconsin, thousands participated in “Day Without Latinos” marches to demand protection from ICE agents tearing families and communities apart.

Immigrants are our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, but they’re also simply people, and they deserve to be treated by our government with humanity and compassion regardless of their legal status.

We need to welcome and protect our neighbors with open arms no matter their race, faith, gender, sexuality, ability or legal status. Hate has no place in our communities.


Our Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Kaul and Rep. Mark Pocan held a joint press conference this week calling on Brad Schimel to join the group of Attorney Generals suing to protect our free and open internet.

"The elimination of net neutrality puts more power into the hands of big cable companies, and it hurts Wisconsin businesses and consumers," Kaul said. "AGs from more than 20 states have gone to court to stand up for a free and open Internet, and Wisconsin should be part of that challenge."

I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have such a strong advocate for our families and local businesses running to unseat Brad Schimel. Net neutrality creates a level playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and it’s fundamental to protecting free speech, innovation, education and a competitive economy. Our government has the important job of protecting our interests and Wisconsin’s Attorney General needs to protect the interests of Wisconsinites, not that of corporations.
Serving Our Country is Patriotic,
Not Partisan
U.S. Navy Veteran Tracey Sperko, a member of our Veterans Caucus, issued a statement on our behalf following Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson questioning the “cognitive thought process” of Democratic service members and veterans:

"Military service isn't about progressive values or being a conservative -- it comes down to love of country and a sense of duty. My oath of enlistment was to defend the Constitution of the United States of America and not an oath to any political party.

"As a Navy veteran, I'm deeply troubled by Kevin Nicholson's attempt to politicize military service to advance his own political career while tearing down fellow veterans -- it's wrong, and it epitomizes the toxic partisanship that Wisconsinites hate about Washington."
The Price Tag for Foxconn Keeps Adding Up
First Scott Walker told us that bringing Foxconn to Wisconsin would cost taxpayers $3 billion. Then that number rose to $4.5 billion. Then we were told our air would be polluted, road projects delayed and defunded, and our courts manipulated all for Foxconn’s benefit. And that's barely scratching the surface...
Now one of Foxconn’s main suppliers is asking for hundreds of millions of dollars to locate to Wisconsin! 
Imagine how different our state would look if instead of doling out a $4.5 billion taxpayer handout to Foxconn, we had invested that money in our home-grown Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small businesses, or if we had fixed our crumbling roads and fully funded our public schools and classrooms?

This past week was #SmallBusinessWeek. Democrats have always been champions for the “little guy” -- while the GOP has given handouts to the wealthiest corporations like Exxon and Wells Fargo, small businesses and local economies have been left behind.

If we want to create an economy that works for everyone, we have to be a state that fosters entrepreneurism. We must invest in education and innovation in order to be an incubator for small businesses to grow and thrive in Wisconsin.

I truly believe that if we had invested even just a portion of the payout we’re giving Foxconn in supporting and expanding opportunities for our Wisconsin small businesses, we’d see much more economic development and job growth with less risk.  Using even a fraction of that $4.5 billion payment in an actual investment in thousands of local start-ups would be a true investment in Wisconsin.