Press Releases

United Wisconsin Statement on Voter ID Ruling

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

9/12/14

United Wisconsin Statement on Voter ID Ruling

 MADISON- United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement in response to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to allow implementation of Wisconsin’s Voter ID law in time for the November 4 election:

“Today’s ruling by the 7th...Read More »


United Wisconsin PAC Announces Endorsement of Susan Happ for Attorney General

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9/9/14

United Wisconsin PAC Announces Endorsement of Susan Happ for Attorney General

MADISON – Today, United Wisconsin announced its endorsement of Susan Happ for Attorney General, citing Happ’s commitment to protecting our civil rights and preserving our democracy.

“Susan Happ is the clear choice for Wisconsin’s next...Read More »


2013-14 Legislative Scorecard Documents Republican-led Attacks on Democracy in Wisconsin

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7/23/14

Madison – With the August 12 primary and November 4 general election drawing near, United Wisconsin released today their 2013-14 Democracy in Wisconsin Legislative Scorecard, a report documenting the voting records of members of...Read More »


Burlington campaign submits petition signatures calling for local referendum on Citizens United

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7/8/14

Signature total exceeds minimum required; petitioners call for referendum to be placed on November 2014 election ballot

BURLINGTON, WI – Today, United Wisconsin submitted petition signatures as part of the move to amend movement calling on the City of Burlington to place an advisory referendum on the November 2014...Read More »


Failing to Prosecute Illegal Coordination in John Doe Case Threatens Legitimacy of State Campaign Finance Law

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6/20/14

MADISON, WI – Based on evidence provided in Exhibit C of the John Doe documents unsealed Thursday, failing to prosecute illegal campaign coordination exposes a grave threat to the public’s trust Wisconsin elections by undermining state campaign finance safeguards in place to prevent corruption.

“The unsealed John Doe documents...Read More »


United Wisconsin Launches Petition Drive in Burlington Calling For Reversal of Citizens United

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5/19/14

BURLINGTON – Building upon the nationwide nonpartisan movement to get big money out of elections, United Wisconsin kicked off a petition drive on Saturday, May 17th, in the City of Burlington to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot calling for the reversal of the 2010 Supreme...Read More »


United Wisconsin Applauds Milwaukee County Board Vote to Override Veto of Citizens United Resolution by County Executive Abele

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5/12/14

MILWAUKEE – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement after the Milwaukee County Board voted 14-4 to override County Executive Chris Abele’s veto of a resolution placing an countywide advisory referendum on the November election ballot calling for the reversal of the 2010 Supreme Court...Read More »


New Analysis Finds McCutcheon Decision Could Unleash Big Money In Wisconsin Elections

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/30/14

Wisconsinites Vote Big Money Out of Elections, New Analysis Finds McCutcheon Decision Could Let Big Money In

MOVI Wisconsin Coalition Announces 2014-2015 Plan to Reclaim our Democracy

MADISON – At a press conference at the State Capitol today, Money Out, Voters In...Read More »


Statement on Federal Judge Striking Down Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/29/14

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement regarding Tuesday’s ruling by a U.S. district judge in Milwaukee striking down Wisconsin’s Voter ID law.

“Today’s decision by Judge Lynn Adelman striking down Wisconsin’s voter ID law is welcome news to the tens of thousands...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on Milwaukee County Executive Abele to Sign Citizens United Resolution passed by Milwaukee County Board

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4/25/14

MADISON –United Wisconsin is calling on Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to sign a resolution approved Thursday by the Milwaukee County Board which places an advisory referendum on the November ballot in Milwaukee County calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on newly released video of Senator Mike Ellis describing illegal fundraising scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 4/9/14

Madison – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement regarding a hidden camera recording released Wednesday by conservative group Project Veritas. Republican state Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) was caught on camera discussing the creation of an illegal SuperPAC to attack his Democratic challenger, State...Read More »


Statement on Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC

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4/2/14

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement regarding today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC. The ruling strikes down aggregate limits on individual contributions to federal candidates, political parties, and committees, claiming the limits are unconstitutional.

The case, commonly dubbed...Read More »


13 Wisconsin cities vote YES to overturning Citizens United

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4/1/14

Support grows with 41 Wisconsin communities now on record demanding state and federal action to get big money out of elections

MADISON – Referendums calling for the reversal of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC passed by wide margins...Read More »


Gov. Walker Signs Bill Restricting Access to In-Person Absentee Voting

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/27/14

SB 324 puts politics ahead of people, aimed at suppressing the vote of seniors, minorities, and working families ahead of November election

MADISON – Today, Governor Scott Walker signed into law Senate Bill 324, which places new limits on in-person absentee voting, including a...Read More »


United Wisconsin urges citizens of 13 Wisconsin communities to Vote YES on overturning Citizens United Tuesday, April 1

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3/26/14

MADISON – After over a year of grassroots petition drives across Wisconsin, United Wisconsin and local partners succeeded in placing 13 local referendum initiatives on the April 1 ballot calling for reversal of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the floodgates to...Read More »


United Wisconsin PAC Announces Endorsement of Mary Burke for Governor

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3/21/14

MADISON – Today, United Wisconsin announced its endorsement of Mary Burke for Governor. Burke is challenging Scott Walker in the gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014.

“Mary Burke is the clear choice to serve as Wisconsin’s next Governor,” said United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck....Read More »


Statement on Assembly Passage of SB 324

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3/21/14

Madison – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to State Assembly passage on a party-line vote of SB 324. SB 324 places new limits on in-person absentee voting, including a complete ban on early voting during...Read More »


Republicans in State Senate Refuse to Consider Non-Partisan Redistricting Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/12/14

On the heels of passing a slew of measures to suppress ballot access for tens of thousands of students, senior citizens, and low-income voters, Republican majority in State Senate rejects bill for fair redistricting

Madison – Today, Republicans in the State Senate rejected...Read More »


With Election Looming, Republican Senate Rams through Voter Suppression, Pay-to-Play Bills in Final Days of Legislative Session

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3/12/14

MADISON – Meeting last night and this morning, the Republican controlled State Senate rammed through a series of politically-motivated attacks on the fundamental right to vote in Wisconsin and an expansion of the power of special interest lobbyists to funnel campaign contributions to candidates and elected officials.

“The...Read More »


Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce behind last-minute GOP push to increase power of lobbyists in Wisconsin

United Wisconsin calls on state Senate to reject “pay-to-play” bill SB 655

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  3/10/14

MADISON – With a vote looming in the State Senate Tuesday Senate Bill 655 (SB 655) – a bill being fast-tracked in the final days of the legislative session that expands the time...Read More »


United Wisconsin Applauds Proposed Constitutional Amendment Affirming the Right to Vote in Wisconsin

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3/7/14

MADISON – Today, State Senator Jennifer Shilling began circulating for co-sponsorship a Constitutional Amendment (LRB 3108/1) that establishes the fundamental right to vote for all eligible voters in Wisconsin. The proposed amendment, which requires passage by two consecutive State Legislatures followed by a vote of the people, states...Read More »


Republicans make last-minute blitz to weaken electioneering disclosure rules in Wisconsin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/5/14

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to a last-minute push by State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) to fast-track legislation in the final days of the legislative session aimed at diluting public disclosure...Read More »


Statement on Introduction of SJR 68/Republicans blocking Assembly vote on Citizens United referendum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2/17/14

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to the introduction by Sen. Dave Hansen of SJR 68, a resolution that would place an advisory referendum on the November, 2014 ballot asking voters whether they support a federal constitutional amendment to reverse...Read More »


Pro-Voter Legislation Denied Public Hearings by Republican-Dominated Election Committees

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2/11/14

11 bills limiting ballot access have received public hearings; United Wisconsin calls on committee chairs to hold hearings on 5 pro-voter bills

MADISON – A review of committee action has revealed that during the 2013-14 legislative session, the Republican-dominated Senate Committee on Elections and...Read More »


In reelection year, Scott Walker’s State of the State Address showcases a state of denial on jobs in Wisconsin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/22/14

MADISON – This evening, Scott Walker delivered his third annual State of the State address during his term in office, a term marked by unprecedented divisive leadership and extreme ideologically-driven policies that have taken Wisconsin backward. Walker’s first three years in office have been marred by...Read More »


Four years later, it’s time for Wisconsin to be heard on Citizens United

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1/21/14

On anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, United Wisconsin urges State Legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 50

MADISON – It has been four years since the United States Supreme Court handed down its disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, opening the floodgates to unlimited independent election spending...Read More »


United Wisconsin calls on Rep. Joel Kleefisch to return campaign contributions connected to pay-to-play scandal

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1/15/14

MADISON – United Wisconsin is calling on State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) to return $3,500 in campaign contributions received from Michael Eisenga related to the pay-to-play scandal currently engulfing the legislator. Media reports revealed that Eisenga, a wealthy Republican campaign donor, was intimately involved in the writing of...Read More »

"More Money in Politics" Bill Serves Interest of Top 2% of Campaign Donors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12/18/13

United Wisconsin urges Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs to reject Assembly Bill-225

MADISON – Today, the Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill–225 (AB-225), which includes a provision that proposes a 100% increase in...Read More »


Delavan campaign submits petition signatures calling for local referendum on Citizens United

Signature total exceeds minimum required; petitioners call for referendum to be placed on April 2014 election ballot

DELAVAN – Today, United Wisconsin, along with grassroots partners, will submit petition signatures as part of the move to amend movement calling on the City of Delavan to place an...Read More »


State Assembly Republicans Vote to put Scott Walker’s Presidential Politics ahead of Wisconsin’s Health

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

12/4/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Political Director Erik Kirkstein released the following statement after Assembly Republicans voted in today’s special session of the state Assembly to reject an amendment to Special Session Bill 1 which called on the state to accept billions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage....Read More »


Elkhorn campaign submits petition signatures calling for local referendum on Citizens United

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11/19/13

Signature total exceeds minimum required; petitioners call for referendum to be placed on April 2014 election ballot

Elkhorn – Today, United Wisconsin, along with grassroots partners, submitted petition signatures as part of the move to amend movement calling on the City of Elkhorn to place...Read More »


Assembly Republicans Unleash All-out Assault on Wisconsin Voting Rights; Reject Redistricting Reform

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11/15/13

Jobs and economy take back seat to partisan gamesmanship in final day of legislative session

MADISON- During a marathon floor session marking the final meeting of the Wisconsin Assembly before the 2014 election year, Republicans legislators again ignored their campaign promises to focus...Read More »


Statement on passage of AB-493 by the Committee on Campaigns and Elections

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11/12/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement on today’s passage of Assembly Bill 493 (AB 493) by the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. The bill now heads to the State Assembly.

“Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is nothing more than a politically...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on the State Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections to Reject Latest Republican Attempt to Implement Voter ID

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11/6/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin urges the Committee on Campaigns and Elections to reject Assembly Bill 493 (AB-493), the latest attempt by Republican legislators to work around a court order currently blocking implementation of Wisconsin’s unconstitutional Voter ID law. The Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill...Read More »


United Wisconsin Applauds Milwaukee Common Council Action on Resolution Supporting a Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

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11/5/13

Milwaukee, WI – Today, the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee voted to pass a resolution calling on members of Congress to propose and members of the State Legislature to ratify a Constitutional amendment to reverse the United States Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v....Read More »


Testimony of Lisa Subeck Executive Director, United Wisconsin SB 324 Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs

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10/31/13

Chair Lazich and Committee Members,

My name is Lisa Subeck, and I am the Executive Director of United Wisconsin, a grassroots organization of over 200,000 Wisconsin citizens committed to supporting Wisconsin’s longstanding tradition of democracy in action. On behalf of our members, I am here today to urge you to reject...Read More »


United Wisconsin urges Committee on Campaigns and Elections to Reject AB-378

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10/29/13

MADISON – Testifying today at a public hearing before the Committee on Campaigns and Elections, United Wisconsin urged committee members to reject Assembly Bill 378 (AB-378), a bill being fast-tracked through the legislature aimed at striking down existing campaign finance...Read More »


Republicans once again pushing failed proposal seeking to limit Wisconsinites right to recall

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10/10/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement on the State Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections’ vote to move forward a Republican bill proposing an amendment to the state constitution limiting the circumstances under which Wisconsin citizens can initiate a recall of an...Read More »


Waukesha campaign submits over 4,000 petition signatures calling for referendum on Citizens United

Signature totals far exceed minimum required; petitioners call for referendums to be placed on next election ballot

Waukesha –Today, United Wisconsin and Move To Amend-Waukesha submitted 4,289 petition signatures calling on the City of Waukesha to place an advisory referendum on the April ballot asking voters if they support...Read More »


United Wisconsin Supports Call for Public Hearing on Statewide Citizens United Referendum

10/8/13

MADISON, WI – As the United States Supreme Court begins oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of aggregate federal campaign contribution limits, today United Wisconsin joined the Money Out, Voters In Wisconsin (MOVI) coalition’s call for a public hearing on Assembly Joint Resolution 50 (AJR 50), a resolution...Read More »


Testimony of United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck on Senate Bill 282

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Chair Lazich and Committee Members,

My name is Lisa Subeck, and I am the Executive Director of United Wisconsin, a grassroots organization of over 200,000 Wisconsin citizens committed to supporting Wisconsin’s...Read More »


United Wisconsin honors The Raging Grannies with ‘Forward Award for Grassroots Activism’

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9/26/13

MADISON – At an award ceremony held Wednesday evening in Madison, United Wisconsin presented the first annual ‘Forward Award for Grassroots Activism’ to The Raging Grannies of Madison. The Forward award honors an organization, group or individual who exemplifies the highest level of passion and dedication to...Read More »


Testimony of Lisa Subeck on SB 20, 262, 264, 265, 267, and 268

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Chair Lazich and Committee Members,

My name is Lisa Subeck, and I am the Executive Director of United Wisconsin, a grassroots organization of over 200,000 Wisconsin citizens committed to...Read More »


United Wisconsin Launches Petition Drives across Walworth County Calling for Reversal of Citizens United

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/29/13

Grassroots campaigns underway in Delavan, Elkhorn and Lake Geneva to place referendums on local ballots

MADISON – Building on the nationwide movement to get big special interest money out of elections, United Wisconsin and Kenosha Area Progressives have kicked off petition drives today in the cities of Delavan,...Read More »


Shorewood and Whitefish Bay campaigns submit thousands of petition signatures calling for reversal of Citizens United

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8/26/13

Signature totals far exceed minimum required; petitioners call for referendums to be placed on next election ballot

Shorewood – Today, United Wisconsin and Grassroots Northshore submitted petition signatures calling on the Villages of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay to place a referendum on the next ballot calling for the...Read More »


United Wisconsin joins Move to Amend-Waukesha in Launching Petition Drive in Waukesha Calling for Reversal of Citizens United

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8/19/13

Grassroots campaign underway to place referendum on Waukesha ballot

WAUKESHA – Building upon the nationwide movement to get big money out of elections, United Wisconsin and Move to Amend – Waukesha kicked off a petition drive this weekend in the city of Waukesha to place an advisory referendum...Read More »


United Wisconsin Applauds Passage of Citizens United Resolution by Kenosha City Council

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8/8/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement regarding the Kenosha City Council’s passage on a 13-2 vote in favor of a resolution calling for the reversal of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. The Citizens United ruling gave corporations the power...Read More »


Wisconsin GOP Launches Next Round of Attacks on Voting Rights

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Trio of anti-democracy bills circulated by State Senator Glenn Grothman would suppress the vote and keep Wisconsinites in the dark about special interest spending 

Madison – State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) has authored new legislation constituting the latest Republican attack on voting rights and election integrity in...Read More »


United Wisconsin Supports Resolution Calling for Statewide Referendum on Citizens United

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7/24/13

MADISON –United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement of support for an Assembly Joint Resolution (LRB 1457/5) introduced today by State Representative Chris Taylor and State Senator Dave Hansen that would place a referendum on the November, 2014, statewide ballot allowing the voters of Wisconsin...Read More »


Money OUT, Voters IN Wisconsin stands with legislative leaders against Citizens United

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7/24/13

Resolution introduced today would place referendum on November, 2014, statewide ballot, providing voters a voice on Citizens United

MADISON – The Money OUT, Voters IN Wisconsin coalition, comprised of 32 organizations committed to combating the influence of big special interest money in elections, joined State Representative Chris Taylor...Read More »


Wauwatosa campaign submits over 4,300 petition signatures calling for reversal of Citizens United

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7/10/13

Signature total far exceeds requirement for referendum in current hometown of Governor Scott Walker

WAUWATOSA – Today, United Wisconsin, along with local grassroots partners, submitted 4,320 petition signatures, over 18% more than the minimum required by law, calling on the City of Wauwatosa to place an advisory referendum...Read More »


Statement on signing of Wisconsin’s 2013-15 State Budget by Governor Scott Walker

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7/1/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to yesterday’s signing of the 2013-15 Wisconsin state budget by Governor Scott Walker.

“Walker’s budget doubles-down on the same failed right-wing policies that have marked his first two years in office. This budget...Read More »


United Wisconsin Launches Petition Drives in Shorewood and Whitefish Bay Calling for the Reversal of Citizens United

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6/26/13

Grassroots campaign kicks off June 29th to place referendums on ballot

SHOREWOOD – Building upon the nationwide Move to Amend movement to get big money out of elections, United Wisconsin and Grassroots Northshore are kicking off petition drives this weekend in the villages of Shorewood and Whitefish...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Senate Passage of 2013-15 Budget

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6/21/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement on the passage by the Wisconsin State Senate of the proposed 2013-15 budget bill.

“Last night, the Republican majority in the State Senate toed the party line, choosing extreme political ideology and pay-to-play politics over the good...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Assembly Passage of 2013-15 Budget

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6/19/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement on the passage by the Wisconsin State Assembly of the proposed 2013-15 budget bill earlier today.

“The extreme budget bill passed today by Republicans in the State Assembly is made-to-fail legislation for Wisconsin’s middle class and working...Read More »


Raising Campaign Contribution Limits in Wisconsin Comes at Expense of Democracy

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6/17/13

New data reveals only a small percentage of Wisconsinites stand to gain from doubling of campaign contribution limits

MADISON – As Wisconsin considers a 100% increase in state political contribution limits, new analysis suggests the effect of the proposed increase will not serve the interest of the...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Passage of Revised AB 225 by Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections

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6/10/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to passage of an amended AB 225 out of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.  The original bill sponsored by Republican Reps. Jeff Stone and Robin Vos was an omnibus...Read More »


United Wisconsin Launches Petition Drive in Wauwatosa Calling for the Reversal of Citizens United

WANT TO SIGN THE PETITION? Visit the Wauwatosa Public Library (7735 W North Ave) between 9:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday and visit our table right inside the main entrance!

Grassroots campaign underway to place referendum on Wauwatosa ballot

WAUWATOSA – Building upon the nationwide movement to get big...Read More »


Republicans Fail the People of Wisconsin with Dark of Night Budget Deal

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6/5/13

GOP-controlled Budget Committee puts political ideology over best interests of Wisconsinites

MADISON – Stalling until well after midnight to proceed with their final budget deliberations, the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted in the wee hours of the morning to advance a budget that...Read More »


Republicans on Joint Finance Committee vote to deny 85,000 Wisconsinites Access to Affordable HealthCare

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6/4/13
MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in reaction to news that, in a 12 – 4 party line vote, Republicans on the state Joint...Read More »

United Wisconsin calls on the Committee on Campaigns and Elections to Reject Anti-democracy Assembly Bill 225

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6/4/13

AB 225 represents direct assault on Wisconsin tradition of fair and accessible elections

MADISON – Today, United Wisconsin called on the Committee on Campaigns and Elections to reject Assembly Bill 225, an omnibus bill being fast tracked through the legislature which includes severe curtailments to voting rights and...Read More »


Rumored GOP Compromise Proposal on Private School Voucher Expansion Still a Loser for Education in Wisconsin

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5/31/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to news reports that Senate Republicans may have reached a tentative compromise deal on Scott Walker’s highly controversial expansion of private school vouchers. The deal, as reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, includes a costly...Read More »


Statement on Voter ID decision by 4th District Court of Appeals

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5/30/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement in reaction to news that the 4th District Court of Appeals has overturned one of the two injunctions blocking the implementation of photo ID requirements for voting in Wisconsin

“Today’s decision by the Court of Appeals is...Read More »


Republican Bill Offers a Right-Wing Laundry List of Voter Suppression, Anti-Democracy, and Anti-Accountability Measures

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5/30/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement regarding a bill currently being circulated for sponsorship by State Representative Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), which includes extreme attacks on the core of Wisconsin’s democracy. Key damaging provisions of the bill...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on Joint Finance Committee to Reject Any Expansion of Private School Voucher Program and Redirect Funds to Public School Aid

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5/29/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin called on members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) to reject the Governor’s proposed expansion of the failed private school voucher program and to redirect funds to Wisconsin’s public schools. The JFC is scheduled to consider the voucher issue today along with other items...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Joint Finance Committee Passage of Funding Increase for Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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5/9/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to today’s party-line vote of the Joint Finance Committee to move forward with Governor Scott Walker’s proposed funding increases for the scandal-plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC):

“Today, the Republican majority on Joint Finance put...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on Joint Finance Committee to Delay or Dump Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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5/8/13

Plagued by scandal and mismanagement, Scott Walker’s WEDC spells disaster for Wisconsin

MADISON – With the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) poised to vote on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) budget on Thursday, United Wisconsin is calling on the co-chairs of JFC to delay the vote, allowing time...Read More »


Wisconsin GOP Moves to Limit Recall Power of Wisconsin Citizens

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4/24/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to the introduction of Assembly Joint Resolution 25 and Senate Joint Resolution 24, a Republican-backed bill calling for a constitutional amendment limiting the grounds under which Wisconsin citizens can recall elected officials

“Republican legislators are...Read More »


Wisconsin Residents Speak Out Against Walker’s Regressive Budget Proposal

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4/24/13

MADISON – Concerned Wisconsinites packed halls in Milwaukee and Madison this week to testify against Governor Walker’s regressive 2013-15 biennial budget proposal. Over the course of three hours, residents spoke out during public hearings hosted by Democratic members of the state Joint Finance Committee in opposition to key...Read More »


DOWNLOAD THE PETITION: Let the People Decide on Citizens United!

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Help United Wisconsin pressure the Wisconsin Legislature to let the people decide on Citizens United! Print your very own copy to share with friends, family, and neighbors. Have them sign on and mail the...Read More »


Voters Stand Up for Democracy in Referendums Across Wisconsin

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4/3/13

MADISON – Referendums on the ballot in the yesterday’s spring elections gave voters the chance to be heard on key issues like the preservation of same-day voter registration and the corrosive effects of big money in politics.

Voters in Dane County and the City of Milwaukee voted overwhelmingly to...Read More »


Evers’ Victory Signals Rejection of Walker’s Education Agenda

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4/3/13

MADISON – Following is the statement from United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck in response to yesterday’s victory by Tony Evers in the race for State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.

“Congratulations to Tony Evers on his victory in yesterday’s election. Evers ran on a pro-public education...Read More »


Scott Walker’s Wisconsin an Economic Disaster

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3/28/13

State falls to 44th in the nation in job growth on Walker’s Watch

 MADISON – Following is the statement of United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck in response to a report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing Wisconsin fell from...Read More »


Over 18,000 Wisconsinites Call for a Statewide Vote on Citizens United

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2013

Voters Want to Weigh in on Controversial Supreme Court Ruling

MADISON – In just the early stages of a coalition drive to get a statewide referendum on Citizens United for the people of Wisconsin, over 18,000 Wisconsinites have signed a petition calling for...Read More »


Candidates in Race for State Superintendent of Schools Offer Stark Contrast

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3/26/13

 United Wisconsin urges Wisconsin voters to reject Walker’s anti-public schools agenda at the polls on April 2

MADISON – Wisconsin’s April 2 election for State Superintendent of Schools offers voters the opportunity to reject Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to dismantle public education through the expansion of private...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Appeals Court Ruling to Continue Stay of Act 10 Provisions

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3/12/13      

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to the 4th District Court of Appeals decision to continue a lower court’s stay holding certain components of Act 10 unenforceable while the Appeals Court hears the case.

“United Wisconsin applauds today’s ruling by...Read More »


GOP Lawmakers Move to Limit Access to Absentee Voting in Wisconsin

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3/4/13

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement in response to Assembly Bill 54, a Republican-backed bill introduced last week that limits the times at which local Clerk’s offices may allow voters to submit absentee ballots in person.

“AB 54 is a blatant attempt by...Read More »


United Wisconsin Statement on Walker’s 2014-15 Biennial Budget

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal:

“Tonight, Scott Walker offered the people of Wisconsin a biennial budget that does nothing to create jobs and little to improve the lives of low-income and middle-class Wisconsinites. Instead, he focused...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on Supreme Court Justice Roggensack to Denounce Inflammatory Remarks Made by Senator Ron Johnson

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2/13/13

MADISON – Today, United Wisconsin calls on Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack to denounce inflammatory remarks made by Senator Ron Johnson at a Jefferson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, where the two were both among the featured speakers.

Johnson’s speech, riddled with extreme partisan rhetoric, went as far...Read More »


Endorsement of Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON – Today, United Wisconsin announced its official endorsement of Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Fallone is challenging conservative Justice Patience Roggensack and, along with one other challenger, faces a primary election on February 19.

“Ed Fallone is the clear choice for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice,” said United Wisconsin Executive...Read More »


Statement on Act 10 Decision

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MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement on the news that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the decision of a Federal District Judge and upheld Act 10 in its entirety.

“We are extremely disappointed by the decision of the 7th Court of Appeals...Read More »


Scott Walker vs. Reality

Governor paints artificially rosy picture of economy in State of the State address.

MADISON –This evening, Governor Scott Walker presented his annual State of the State address. In his address, Walker painted a rosy picture of the current state of affairs in Wisconsin, contradicting recent economic indicators and jobs numbers.

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United Wisconsin calls Milwaukee’s same-day registration referendum “A victory for democracy.”

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MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement in response to the 11-4 vote by the Milwaukee Common Council to place an advisory referendum on the April ballot to preserve same-day registration in Milwaukee

“Thanks to proactive action by Milwaukee elected officials and residents, voters will have...Read More »


Walker’s Credibility Gap not Bridged by New ‘Moderate’ Rhetoric

MADISON – As Wisconsin’s next Legislative session begins, United Wisconsin is questioning recent statements made to the media by Governor Scott Walker promising a more moderate agenda in the upcoming year. As the State Legislature opens its 2013-2014 session with today’s swearing in ceremonies, Walker is attempting to gloss over...Read More »


Wisconsin GOP agenda: Red Light to Jobs and Economy; Green Light to War on Democracy

Republican leadership aims to stack non-partisan Government Accountability Board with political appointees and continue pursuit of unconstitutional voter ID law (again)

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to news that state Republican lawmakers plan to use the upcoming legislative session to play...Read More »


Wisconsin Says ‘No Way to Ending Same Day’

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15,000 Signatures on Petition Opposing Gov. Walker’s Effort to Eliminate Same Day Voter Registration in Wisconsin

Madison — A coalition of advocacy groups delivered nearly 15,000 signatures on a petition to save same day voter registration to the office of Gov. Scott Walker today, rallying to save a state...Read More »


United Wisconsin extends invitation for “Talk with Walker”

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United Wisconsin calls on Governor Scott Walker to make his statewide “Talk with Walker” tour open to all Wisconsinites, offers locations for public forum.

MADISON – According to a statement released Monday, November 26th, by Governor Scott Walker’s office, the Governor is kicking off his “Talk with Walker” tour, a...Read More »


Walker bows to party extremists on health care exchanges

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following comments after news broke that Governor Scott Walker refused to move forward with a blueprint for health insurance exchanges in Wisconsin, giving the job to the Federal Government

“Scott Walker’s failure to implement a plan for health insurance exchanges tailor...Read More »


Statement from United Wisconsin on last night’s election results

MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement regarding yesterday’s election outcome:

“Yesterday’s historic elections resulted in significant victories for progressive candidates across the nation. At the ballot box, the American people have sent the message that pragmatism and progressive values, not rigid...Read More »


United Wisconsin responds to voter suppression efforts by Romney campaign

United Wisconsin responds to voter suppression efforts by Romney campaign

MADISON- United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement after allegations surfaced that the Romney campaign is intentionally training poll watchers with misleading and false information in an effort to suppress the vote in Wisconsin

“These alleged actions by the...Read More »


United Wisconsin Lauds Decision to Halt Implementation of Unconstitutional Voter ID Law

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects hearing on Walker administration’s voter suppression law before November election

 

MADISON- United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck made the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision not to take up Wisconsin’s voter ID law, thus continuing a lower...Read More »


A Big Win for Big Money in Milwaukee County

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United Wisconsin Condemns County Executive Chris Abele’s Veto of Move to Amend Resolution

 MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele vetoed a resolution placing an advisory referendum on Citizens United on the November ballot.

The resolution, passed by a super majority of the County Board, asks voters if the...Read More »


United Wisconsin renews call for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to Stop Stalling on Move To Amend Resolution

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MILWAUKEE, WI – United Wisconsin joins Move To Amend today in their call for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to immediately sign Legislative File #12-544, a resolution calling for an advisory referendum on the November ballot regarding corporate personhood. The resolution asks voters if the U.S. Constitution should be amended...Read More »


United Wisconsin Calls on Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to Allow Voters a Voice on Corporate Personhood

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MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, United Wisconsin called upon Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, urging him to immediately sign Legislative File #12-544, a resolution passed overwhelmingly by the Milwaukee County Board calling for an advisory referendum on the November ballot regarding corporate personhood. The resolution asks voters if the U.S. Constitution...Read More »


STATEMENT: Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Moves to Suppress Vote

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 MADISON, WI- United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to the announcement that Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will petition the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of two judges and enact Wisconsin’s Voter ID law before the November election:

“Putting politics...Read More »


Statement on Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as VP Nominee

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MADISON- United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan has been selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate on the Republican ticket:

“Wisconsin is once again at the epicenter of the battle between big-money special interests and hard-working families. Today’s...Read More »


New Report Details Walker Exploitation of Recall Fundraising Loophole

Walker Raised More in Excess Contributions Than Opponent Raised in Total

Madison — A comprehensive report from One Wisconsin Now and United Wisconsin shows how Gov. Scott Walker raised over $7 million by exploiting the unlimited campaign finance recall loophole and provides a detailed perspective on the out-of-state and in-state...Read More »


STATEMENT: Voter ID ruling a victory for democracy

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MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin on the news that Wisconsin’s voter identification law has been ruled unconstitutional for a second time.

“Yesterday’s ruling against the Wisconsin voter suppression law marks a victory for Wisconsin voters. Behind unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud, Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers attempted...Read More »


Statement on the DISCLOSE Act

MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin on the news that the DISCLOSE Act, a bill designed to bring greater public transparency regarding the financing of elections, has failed to overcome a filibuster by Senate Republicans

“The failure of congress to move forward with the DISCLOSE...Read More »


PRESS STATEMENT: Walker must stop playing politics with Wisconsin’s health.

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MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin on the news of the United States Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act

“Today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court marks a historic victory in the struggle to reform our nation’s broken health care system. With this victory, our nation has...Read More »


The Grassroots Movement Continues

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“On Tuesday, the people of Wisconsin voted in the state’s historic gubernatorial recall election. United Wisconsin thanks all the great volunteers and organizations statewide who, over the past 16 months, worked tirelessly to bring about this incredible display of democracy in action.

“We have a long road ahead of us. As...Read More »


STATEMENT: United Wisconsin supports the Palermo's workers striking for union recognition.

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“United Wisconsin supports the struggle of the over 150 Palermo’s pizza workers in Milwaukee that have went on strike to protest the company’s union-busting tactics. In the face of intimidation and threats, these workers are standing strong for their right to form a union to address, among other things, serious...Read More »


Scott Walker=No Jobs.

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MADISON: Following is the statement of United Wisconsin in response to the news of Scott Walker’s continued jobs failure

“As Scott Walker resorts to making up his own numbers about jobs in a desperate attempt to trick the people of Wisconsin, the truth of his failed leadership has once again shown...Read More »


The stage is set; Wisconsin ready to recall Scott Walker

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MADISON- Yesterday, in a tremendous display of democracy in action, the people of Wisconsin headed to the polls and voted for the best candidate to reclaim Wisconsin. United Wisconsin, the grassroots group leading the recall of Scott Walker, extends our gratitude to all the candidates that stepped up to defend...Read More »


Statement on United Wisconsin’s Primary Election Position

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MADISON- Since the beginning of this historic movement, United Wisconsin has stated unequivocally that we are an independent organization working to put people first. Our mission is clear: to bring about the successful recall of Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch. This commitment has not changed.

It is in the spirit of...Read More »


A Message to our Supporters

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MADISON- Between now and June 5th, United Wisconsin is focused solely on our stated goal of bringing about a successful recall of Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch.

On June 5th, the people of Wisconsin will elect Tom Barrett as our Governor, end the “divide and conquer” agenda of Scott Walker, and...Read More »


Walker Brings the National War on Women to Wisconsin

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MADISON-Following is the statement of United Wisconsin Executive Director Lynn Freeman in response to Scott Walker’s repeal of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law that protected women from workplace discrimination.

“On Thursday night, Scott Walker repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act in the dead of night. This craven act stripped...Read More »


Wisconsin to Scott Walker: “Your time is up.”

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MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin on the news that today the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board will officially certify that the recall elections against Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will proceed

“Today’s announcement from the Government Accountability Board represents another milestone in the battle to reclaim Wisconsin...Read More »


Scott Walker: Economic Failure for Wisconsin

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Data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that Wisconsin lost 12,500 jobs in 2011. This statistic puts Wisconsin dead last in job creation in the country.

“The economic policy choices of Scott Walker have failed Wisconsin.” United Wisconsin Political Director Erik Kirkstein said Tuesday. “As the country gained jobs,...Read More »


'Defeat the Recall' group from outside Wisconsin

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MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin PAC after the revelation that “The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama”, a California-based super PAC, is secretly funding the defense of Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

“Out-of-state interests are once more attacking democracy in Wisconsin. Scott Walker is being propped up by the California-based...Read More »


Walker faces reality; will not challenge recall signatures

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MADISON- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin PAC in reaction to Scott Walker’s decision not to challenge any of the recall petition signatures

“The decision by Scott Walker not to challenge the validity of the recall petition signatures is a victory for the people of Wisconsin. The will of over...Read More »


Scott Walker, don’t attack Wisconsin’s working women

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MADISON – Following is the updated statement from United Wisconsin PAC in response to the bill reaching Scott Walker’s desk that repeals  Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allows victims of workplace discrimination to plead their case in circuit court

“Scott Walker, in a callous attack against working women, is poised...Read More »


Statement on the announcement of Scott Walker’s decision to balance his budget woes on Wisconsin homeowners

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Madison- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin PAC on the heels of Scott Walker’s decision to use money from the recent foreclosure fraud settlement to help close the budget deficit.

“Scott Walker and his allies are not finished with their assault on Wisconsin’s working families. The decision to use a...Read More »


The fog is lifting; Corruption becoming clearer by the day

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Madison- Following is the statement of United Wisconsin PAC Political Director Erik Kirkstein following the recent developments in the ongoing John Doe investigation.

“It is becoming increasingly evident to the people of Wisconsin that Scott Walker’s attempts to obfuscate the facts surrounding the John Doe probe are tumbling like a house...Read More »


Statement on the announcement of Scott Walker meeting with John Doe Investigators

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Following is the statement of United Wisconsin PAC following the announcement of Scott Walker’s decision to meet with Milwaukee County prosecutors as part of the continuing John Doe investigation.

“After weeks of dodging questions, and following charges of illegal political work being conducted by two of his former staffers on the...Read More »


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