Thursday, July 12, 2018

Candidates Forum – 96 District Assembly

We're fortunate this year to have two outstanding candidates running as Democrats for the open 96th District Assembly seat -- Paul Buhr Wisconsin Assembly and Alicia Leinberger!

Join us for this Candidates Forum just two weeks before the August 14 primary election as they share their visions for our Assembly district, their views on the vital issues facing the State of Wisconsin, and make the case to win your votes!

Don't miss what promises to be a spirited discussion!

Local Control Roundtable in La Farge

A program will be held in La Farge Wednesday, July 25, to discuss how laws passed by the Wisconsin legislature over the past several years have dramatically decreased local governments’ right to govern themselves.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director Matt Rothschild plus Vernon County chair Dennis Brault and La Crosse County chair Tara Johnson will speak at the event to be held at the La Farge Community Center, 202 N. State St. Officials and residents of the village of La Farge and nearby towns are encouraged to attend and discuss how the legislation has affected them and how to regain control over issues including schools, environment and property rights. 

“The best democracy, the one you have the most control over, is local,” Brault said. “You don’t want the state or federal government telling you, ‘No you can’t do that.’ You don’t want a residential area down from a huge pig farm. These should be local decisions, but they have been taken away from us by the state.”

“But I want to bring the positive message that residents of Wisconsin towns still do have some local controls,” he said. “I want to encourage people to use those, such as the right to go to referendum.

The program, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is the third of four bi-partisan discussions on the local control issue being sponsored by the Vernon County Democratic Party this summer. The first was held in Viroqua, and the next will be at the Stoddard American Legion Aug. 22.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Local Control: Restore Community-Based Decision Making!

For a long time, Wisconsin has valued and upheld the role of local government in safeguarding the interests of its citizens. However – since the 2010 election of Governor Scott Walker and a Republican-controlled Legislature – the state has substantially tipped the scales by stripping local officials and governments of decision-making authority.

LEARN HOW the ongoing assault on local government authority is eroding balance of power in Wisconsin: Click here to read our new paper, “Restore Local Control & Community-Based Decision Making."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Protect Wisconsin water from high-capacity wells!

Wisconsin waters – and indeed, all our natural resources – are the shared legacy of us all. They are  literally being sold out from under our feet.

Our groundwater needs defending from rollback of regulatory oversights. Visit our Issues page to access our white paper on high capacity wells, and our other papers on Wisconsin's roads crisis and redistricting reform.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Learn about Gerrymandering!

Would you like to learn more about the Wisconsin gerrymandering case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court? Did you attend our "Tacos and Gerrymandering" event on Nov. 9 and want to read the handouts from Prof. Stephen Schulhofer, who wrote a "friend of the court" brief in the case?

Follow these links:
  • Vernon Co. Democratic Party issue paper on redistricting
  • Gill v. Whitford "friend of the court brief" to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • League of Women Voters "friend of the court brief" co-authored by Prof. Schulhofer
  • Op-ed piece by Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, supporting the "Iowa Model" for drawing nonpartisan electoral maps