Iron County Progressive

Weekly News from Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair

Republicans trying to get rid of checks and balances

·         It hasn’t even been a week since the people of Wisconsin chose Tony Evers as their new governor, yet legislative Republicans are already trying to override the will of the people.

Robin Vos, like the typical career politician he is, has threatened to take up legislation to rip certain executive powers away from the governor’s office in order to subvert the will of voters. He and his Republican colleagues are desperate to cling to power, even if it means gutting our constitution and separation of powers.

Wisconsinites left behind the politics of divide and conquer when they elected Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes to be their governor and lt. governor. Wisconsinites want their leaders to address the issues facing their families and communities, like our rising health care costs and crumbling roads. Instead, Vos has chosen to pick petty political fights over addressing real issues.

On Baraboo

I want to address a photo that was circulating around the Internet this week. You probably already know what I’m talking about -- the photo was of a group of high school students at Baraboo High School performing what was clearly a nazi salute. I don’t want to repost this image as it is an ugly, outrageous display of hate.

I appreciated this article written by Monnica Hesse of the Washington Post on the subject, particularly this quote:
  • So, to the Baraboo superintendent: If your defense is, “We’re a hate-free environment,” but there’s a photo of 60 of your students Sieg Heil-ing on the steps of the county courthouse, then maybe you should consider the possibility that you are, in fact, a hate-filled environment. You should also consider the possibility that a useful response wouldn’t be to deny it but rather to interrogate it. Maybe something like: Our students did an awful thing. We’re trying to figure out why, and how we can have the conversations to help make sure they never want to do it again.
There is no room for these displays of anti-Semitism and white supremacy in our communities. We need to be better than this. It is on every single one of us to create a climate of love and acceptance where these acts of hate are not tolerated. Until we as Americans acknowledge the hate that lives in our communities and work to change that climate, we will continue to see hateful acts like this. So let’s lead by example and show our children and young people through our actions that hate has no place here in Wisconsin.



Governor-elect Evers launches transition site!

You can check out the happenings of our new administration at Governor-elect Tony Evers's new website:! Tony and Mandela want to hear from you -- so please, share your comments with our new administration (or even apply for a job!) at today! 

Wisconsin AFL-CIO

This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for a movement of working people who are coming together in workplaces and in our communities for a better tomorrow.

Before you gather around the table with your loved ones Thursday, double check that you are supporting good jobs and America’s middle class by purchasing union made in America products.

From Ocean Spray products, some of which are made right here in Wisconsin by members of the Machinists Union, to Birdseye Vegetables made in Darien by United Food and Commercial Workers to crescent rolls, made by Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers workers and more -- there’s a bounty of union made food items to choose from. You can even serve your meal on union made plates with union made cutlery.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving from the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer