Another source for tracking Sen. Ron Johnson

 

One Wisconsin Now has a section on its website chronicling the statements and positions taken by Sen. Ron Johnson. The feature, The Wrong Johnson Archive, is worth reviewing. It is often hard to follow any elected official’s statements and actions so this is a worthwhile read for anyone who is tracking the Senator. One Wisconsin Now is Wisconsin-based partisan news organization.

View the Wrong Johnson Archive

On Bloomberg TV, Sen. Johnson defends the wall and Foxconn

Republican Sen. Johnson was interviewed on Bloomberg TV about the Wall, FoxConn, and trade. On trade, Johnson said, “I am a Constitutionalist” and that Congress has given up too much authority to the Executive Branch. Johnson also defends his party’s Wisconsin deal with FoxConn and says new Governor Tony Evers is creating “uncertainty” when Evers says the state will review the environmental concessions given to Foxconn. Uncertainty, Johnson continues, is something business hate, Bloomberg analysts suggest that the deal with Foxconn is a “disaster.” 

View the video.

LWV says it can’t support using constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen United

While there is a consensus that Citizens United created an unacceptable corruption of the political process by allowing corporations to have an oversized voice in our elections, there is no consensus on how to negate the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that says corporations have the same free speech rights as people. One often talked about mechanism for overturning the court’s decision is to pass a constitutional amendment. But that would require a constitutional convention. That process presents its own set of issues.

One organization struggling with the “do we or don’t we” issue is the League of Women Voters. Here is a recent statement on their position from Cindy Diemer, president of the LWV of the Ripon Area:

Some of you have been looking for guidance concerning Citizens United and WI United to Amend as a bill recently introduced from [Wisconsin] Rep. Subeck and Sen. Hansen would create an advisory referendum to appear on the November 2020 ballot calling for a constitutional amendment to limit election spending.
LWVUS does not currently support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
 

The last paragraph is where it prohibits support for an amendment.

The League has received requests to support a constitutional amendment without fully specifying the content of the amendment. The League has long evaluated its advocacy work based on our positions, on the opportunity to best make a difference, and on the availability of necessary resources. The League has not yet found a proposed constitutional amendment that we can support within our positions. Because Money in Elections is a priority for the League, we will be continually re-evaluating the opportunity for legislation in this area.

LWVWI and local Leagues can not support this action for a ballot referendum.  However, we continue to advocate in other ways for better campaign financing, greater transparency and stronger rules regarding money in politics.
We also understand that many members do work on this issue outside of their League work and individuals can certainly continue to do so.
If you’re interested in further reading, this pdf document from LWVUS at this link has more on the topic: https://www.lwv.org/money-politics/money-politics-developing-common-understanding-issues

 

Kaul says state needs to do more to attack opioid epidemic and growing meth problem in Wisconsin

Several Republican bills signed by Gov. Scott Walker in December limited both the governor and attorney general’s powers, including eliminating the state Department of Justice’s solicitor general’s office, allowing lawmakers to intervene in state lawsuits and requiring the attorney general to get the Legislature’s approval before settling laws.

In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, new Attorney General Josh Kaul attacked those bills while also saying that his office will do more to address the opioid epidemic and growing meth problem in Wisconsin.

” I’m going to work with law enforcement agencies at the county, local and federal level to improve coordination so that we can work together to target large scale drug traffickers, people who are transporting meth, heroin or fentanyl across county and state lines.

“I’m going to be an advocate for expanding access to substance abuse treatment in Wisconsin. One of the things I’ll be doing as (attorney general) is taking a look at where the multi-state investigation is into the pharmaceutical manufacturers because we need to hold them accountable to the extent that they’ve been responsible for the opioid epidemic through false and deceptive marketing practices.

“And then one other area is we still haven’t expanded Medicaid in Wisconsin. If we do that we’d be able to cover about 80,000 additional Wisconsinites under BadgerCare … and we’d also save the state about $190 million a year. And we can put that into a number of areas, for example expanding access to treatment.”

Read full interview.

Demands for a Green New Deal are being fueled by new Dems in Congress

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Many of the new Democrat members of the House of Representatives campaigned on the idea of moving out and away from what they have felt was the party’s unwillingness to move aggressive to combat climate change. Back in November more than 200 activists protested on Capitol Hill, demanding a Green New Deal—a massive economic stimulus package designed to create jobs, remake the U.S. energy system, and fight climate change. 

Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waded into their midst, vaulting the movement to national prominence. As determined young protesters in matching brown T-shirts hunkered in front of the unoccupied desk of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, holding signs reading, “Step Up or Step Aside” and “Green Jobs for All,” Ocasio-Cortez addressed them.

“I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you for putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure that we save our planet, our generation, and our future,” she said.

Read full article from Slate.

Congressman Grothman speaks on border security, defends Trump on C-Span

Our Congressman, Glenn Grothman, made a presentation on January 29, 2019, in the House of Representatives on one of his favorite topics” border security. As he has done repeatedly in the past, Grothman defended President Trump’s position on the need for a wall. He also attacked those who claim that Trump has not compromised on the wall. Not much new here if you have heard Grothman’s positioning in the past, but the video, which runs for about 30 minutes is a good refresher on his thinking about the wall, President Trump, and the democrats who are really the problem.

View the video.

Thanks to William Wurch for alerting us to this.

GOP blames new governor for Foxconn’s apparent decision not to build manufacturing plant

You have to blame someone, right? So when the word came out that Foxconn, Scotty Walker’s favorite monument to himself, was shifting gears and would not build its planned and much ballyhooed manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin, Walker’s GOP buddies decided the blame must lie with the new governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers.

Makes sense, doesn’t it. Evers has been in office for less than a month, so he must be the problem, right?

You have to read this to believe it.

Senator Johnson says Dems need to stop being ‘hypocritical’ on border security

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, says Democrats need to stop being “hypocritical” on border security.

In a press release from his office earlier in January, Johnson said, “There’s a real easy solution: Have Democrats stop being hypocritical and put their money where their mouth is and fund better barriers. They work.

“[Democrats] supported, voted for about $8 billion of better barrier funding in the 2013 immigration reform, $40 billion in total in terms of border security. This is a growing problem. In 2012, a little over 11,000 people came into this country as family units. Last year, it was 107,000 people coming in as a family unit. In the first three months of this fiscal year it’s been 75,000 people.”

“Let’s face it, as a candidate, this is what [President Trump] talked about. If there is a mandate he can claim from his election, it’s better border security to keep this nation safe. Democrats have voted for this in the past. They’re being total hypocrites.”

Read the full text of his release.

Johnson says failed attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare was ‘a huge disappointment’

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson says that he wished his Republican Party had repealed and replaced the entire Affordable Care Act when it had the chance.

Johnson made the remark back in Decemeber in a Washington Times article.

Johnson also said that the federal guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is too politically popular to be eliminated.

“I thought that was a pretty spectacular failure on the part of Washington, D.C.,” said Johnson, who has long opposed the law enacted by former President Barack Obama. “We got no help from Democrats and we did not have particularly good plans, either the House or the Senate, and we utterly failed. It was a huge disappointment.”

Read full article.

Kaul asks Republican lawmakers to withdraw state from lawsuit to overturn Affordable Care Act

Wait, didn’t Gov. Evers say during his campaign for governor that he would withdraw the suit if he won. Didn’t he say he would direct new Attorney General Josh Kaul to do so. Yup, he did, but he apparently did not discuss this with Kaul. And Kaul has told Evers that the set of laws passed by the GOP during its infamous lame-duck session in December doesn’t allow Evers or Kaul to withdraw the state from the lawsuit. Only the a committee controlled by the Republican state legislature has the power to withdraw the suit.

Read the full article from the Journal Sentinel.

Donald calls Terry. Terry says we were just kidding. All is well

This is just amazing. Today, Foxconn says it has reversed course and it will now build its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. This comes after President Trump called Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou to discuss earlier reports that had Foxconn was pulling out of its agreement to build the facility because it didn’t feel it made sense, from a business perspective, to build the facility.

Wouldn’t you have wanted to listen in to the conversation? Threats? Additional incentives? Stay tuned.

Read article on this from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Here is another article on this from the Washingto0n Post.

State Senator Olsen’s latest weekly update

 State Senator Luther Olsen–your senator and mine–distributed his Weekly Update this week and like many of the updates and newsletters sent from Madison it was not particularly informative. The three main items included something on a group from Ripon’s Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and their support for legislation that would decriminalize young victims of sexual trafficking (about time), something on this being tax season, and something on woodpeckers being a sign that you may have emerald ash borers. That is it.

Where is information about the pending battles in the state legislature between the GOP-controlled state legislature and the Dems who now hold the state’s top elected positions. What about Medicaid expansion, voting rights, redistricting, corporate farming, groundwater pollution, Foxconn, and health insurance?

View Sen. Olsen’s weekly update.

Note that there is a place on the Update for you to subscribe to them.

The missing “right.” A constitutional right to vote

Looking for a history of voting rights in the United States? Check out this article from “Democracy–A Journal of Ideas.” We think you’ll be surprised. For instance, did you know that there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees your right to vote. Surprised? We were.

The authors of this article suggest that maybe it is time that it is added to the Constitution. Read what they say.

Here is another article on this subject.