Iron County Progressive



Monday afternoon, Senate Republicans passed their gerrymandered maps, which are somehow even worse than the current gerrymandered districts. On average, they would permanently tilt the senate 21-12 in our 50/50 state. They took the worst maps in the country and put them on steroids

The Assembly is set to take them up this Thursday, setting off a certain veto and a drawn-out legal process to determine what our actual congressional and legislative districts will look like for the next 10 years.

At the lone public hearing they held regarding these maps - arguably the most important pieces of legislation most of us in the legislature will vote on in our entire careers - 100 members of the public lined up early on a Thursday and waited hours to speak out against the GOP lines. Of those that showed up, not a single person from the public testified in favor

In fact, the only people who spoke in favor were the bills’ Republican authors Robin Vos and Devin LeMahieu. Maybe it’s because it’s more focused on protecting politicians than on protecting voters?

Despite this, senate Republicans unanimously approved them on Monday and, to add insult to injury, they even claimed they had the public’s support. 

If there’s one thing you need to know about the current GOP legislature, it’s that they value power above all else, and they will do just about anything to maintain it. In conditions like these, it would be easy for those on our side to just give up - good game, democracy, see you next century.

I’m wired a bit differently. I refuse to back down, and will continue to fight for the people of Wisconsin as long as I’m in office.






Coming off his first three months in the race that saw Mandela out-raise Sen. Ron Johnson and all the other Democrats in the race (combined), Lt. Governor Barnes continues to build momentum and has established himself as the candidate to beat in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.

Big Endorsements from Congressional Leaders

Yesterday, Mandela was officially endorsed by U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the highest ranking Black lawmaker in Congress. Mr. Clyburn’s endorsement has been a critical factor in Democratic races around the country, and his support was widely seen as a turning point for President Biden’s campaign in 2020. The Majority Whip called Mandela "hands-down the best candidate to defeat Senator Ron Johnson."

The Journal Sentinel called this “a big boost” and said the Lt. Governor is “gathering momentum.” Jacob Rubashkin from Inside Elections called it “a big get for the Progressive Lt. Governor,” and said “Barnes is establishing himself as the clear front runner in a crowded field.”

Along with the Majority Whip, Mandela was endorsed on Monday by Congressman Mondaire Jones, who has been recognized as a rising leader in Congress and a champion for Progressive values and policy. They join Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Gwen Moore, Nikema Williams, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna, and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC in their support for Mandela.

Mandela is the only candidate in this race to be endorsed by sitting members of Congress.

Over 100 Wisconsin Local Elected Leaders Across the State Support Mandela

Throughout his time as Lt. Governor, Mandela has traveled to every corner of the state, from Beloit to Bayfield, listening to the needs of Wisconsinites and local elected officials who have been dealing with crisis after crisis. These local leaders know they can count on Mandela to fight for every single part of Wisconsin, so it’s no wonder that so many of them have come out and endorsed his campaign.

Just last week, over 100 local elected officials from all across the state announced their support of Mandela - more local support than the rest of the Democratic field combined.

Protecting our Democracy and the Right to Vote

With our democratic rights under attack like never before, Mandela has been a leader in the fight to protect our fundamental rights as Americans. He’s come out strongly in favor of abolishing the filibuster, passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act. He’s also been a leading voice for expanding voting rights - including automatic voter registration, universal mail-in ballots, increasing times and locations for ballot drop off, and making Election Day a national holiday.

Mandela has been recognized by the top organizations in the country who are leading the fight to clean up our elections and protect and expand the right to vote. These endorsements include End Citizens United, Let America Vote, and Vote From Home - the organization led by Washington Governor Kate Brown.

Learning from the 2021 Elections

While the pundits continue to debate and place blame for last Tuesday’s disappointing results, we know two things for certain:

  • This election will come down to mobilization, and we need a nominee who can inspire and turnout Democratic voters. 
  • We also need a candidate who has earned the trust of voters in every corner of this state, and who can build real bridges to working class people struggling to get by in areas that some Democrats have long abandoned.

Mandela has proven he can do both. Recent polling shows he is the most popular and well-liked Democrat in this race by a huge margin. That’s not surprising when you consider that he won 71 out of 72 counties in his last election! Polling also shows him tied with Ron Johnson, and the only candidate in the race with net favorable ratings statewide.

Put simply, the poll shows what we all know: Mandela can connect with voters from every corner of Wisconsin, while turning out Democrats in a way that no other candidate in this race can.

While other crowded primaries have seen messy inter-party battles, here in Wisconsin Democrats and voters from all across the political spectrum are coming together to support Mandela. They’re doing it because they’ve seen first hand the kind of leader he is, and they know he’s the one candidate who will work to turn his bold ideas - and the American dream - into an American reality for everyone.

Kory Kozloski Campaign Manager 

Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin


In less than a year in office, Biden has delivered on a game changing infrastructure package that the previous administration couldn't achieve in 4 years. This is his second major delivery in his short time in office which also includes the $1.9 trillion Amercian Rescue Plan.  

 On top of this, Governor Tony Evers has gotten to work providing 300,000 homes and businesses with new or improved broadband service while fixing over 1,000 miles of highway and more than 800 state and local bridges BEFORE this federal bill passed.




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