Weekly Update November 8th, 2015

Join us for our monthly membership meeting.

This month we will hear from Supreme Court candidates Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and Judge Joe Donald.

We will also get the opportunity to meet Gwen Connolly, who is running for Branch 44, and Jean Kies, candidate for Branch 45.

November 11, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm

Greendale Public Library
5647 Broad St
Greendale, WI 53129
United States
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Don’t Know Much About History

Ben Carson is blundering through American history again.

I’ve written before about how Carson’s belief that the Founding Fathers were “citizens statesmen,” one of his favorite defenses of his own neophyte venture in politics, is woefully incorrect. Now the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page has taken up the standard against Carson’s misreading of history.

Per the Journal (h/t Talking Points Memo’s Katherine Krueger), Carson posted on Facebook Wednesday night, “Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” The Journal goes on to quote two American historians to say that this is nonsense – “That’s just patently false,” Benjamin Carp, an associate professor of history at Brooklyn College who has written several books on the American Revolution, told the Journal. Carp estimates that most of the signers had held elective office.

Chastened, Carson went back and edited his original Facebook post, changing his assertion to read, “Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no federal elected office experience.” (Emphasis mine.)

That’s too cute by half and, perhaps not surprisingly, still wrong.

Read more at US News and World Report.
Strong unions strengthen democracies and deliver peace
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Strong unions make strong democracies. It sounds simplistic, but each of us have experienced this fundamental premise in our nations. As labor leaders in the United States and Tunisia respectively, we know full well that when workers come together for a voice on the job, it boosts the economy, eases social unrest and creates the conditions for peace, prosperity and the protection of rights.

To be sure, we come from very different countries, each with its own set of economic and political challenges. But we have seen the healing power of unions firsthand.

In Tunisia, organized labor was the primary catalyst in winning and sustaining democracy as states around it descended back into totalitarianism. The coalition to build a strong, inclusive democratic alliance became known as the Quartet, bringing together labor, business, human rights and legal organizations. This effort earned the Quartet, with strong leadership from the Tunisian labor movement, the Nobel peace prize.

Read more at The Guardian.

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Join the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County for the 4th Republican Debate. There will be laughter, horror, and drinking games, and we will be live tweeting all the action.  We will be joined by a film crew from America with Jorge Ramos.  

The primetime debate at 7 p.m. CST on Fox Business Channel. Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo, and Gerard Baker will moderate.

November 10, 2015 at 7pm - 10pm
1125 N Old World 3rd St
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States

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The Mugging of Democracy in Wisconsin

It happened in the dark of night. Almost no one was around. But just about at midnight on Nov. 6, the Republican-dominated Wisconsin State Senate struck at the heart of open and clean government in Wisconsin, dealing it a mortal blow.

By a vote of 17-15, the Republicans passed a horrendous campaign finance bill that will open the floodgates of dark money, which will drown our democracy and breed corruption and criminality.

Only one courageous Republican, Rob Cowles, dared to break with his party on the campaign finance bill. He voted no, joining all the Democrats.

The rest of the Republicans rammed the bill through the bill, which doubles the amount that individuals can give to candidates and allows unlimited donations to political parties and legislative campaign committees. It also allows coordination with “issue ad groups” and opens the door for coordination, at times, with “express advocacy” groups.

The Senate Republicans managed to make a horrible bill even more horrible than many good government groups thought it would be.

First, they went back on the reported deal that would have required donors who give $200 or more to candidates to list their employers. Now the requirement is out the window, so it will make it extremely difficult for the media, the public, and prosecutors to find out who is throwing money around to win special favors -- and who is breaking the law in the process.

Second, they made it easier for candidates to coordinate with “express advocacy” groups – that is, groups that run ads saying “Vote for” or “Vote against” a particular candidate. Under the Senate bill, it would now be OK for a candidate to coordinate with an express advocacy group unless the candidate (or a person or group representing the candidate) would “specifically request” the group to run an ad and unless the group “explicitly assents” to that request.

Read more at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

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