PARDEEVILLE — Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue plastic poncho and headed back into the driving sleet one recent morning, with more doors to knock on in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer’s name on her clipboard.Miller and about 50 other Democratic activists who braved the spring storm in mid-April returned with 160 petition signatures for a special state Assembly campaign, a local sleeper election on June 12 that Democrats hope will be anything but.Since Republican Donald Trump’s surprise win in Wisconsin helped put him in the White House, Miller and other Democrats have channeled their anger and soul-searching into races closer to home, racking up unexpected victories that have alarmed Republicans across the country.The epicenter of the Republican resurgence of eight years ago, Wisconsin is now the proving ground for a Democratic revival. The work of Miller and activists like her could play an important role in the fight … [Read more...] about Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival
Milwaukee's bid to land the Democratic National Convention in 2020 could give a regional economic boost that extends at least as far as Dane County, its supporters say.Local Democrats also say a Wisconsin-based convention could provide a national showcase for one of the country's foremost Democratic strongholds: the Madison metro area.Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are spearheading the convention bid, which is pitting Milwaukee against Atlanta, San Francisco and other potential host cities.The winning city gets an influx of 50,000 visitors, a week in the national spotlight and an economic infusion likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.Milwaukee's bid is anchored by the new Bucks arena, which would host the convention. Now under construction, it's set to open later this year.Wisconsin's status as a political swing state -- and particularly, its pivotal role in recent presidential elections -- is another selling point.Lasry said in … [Read more...] about Wisconsin Democrats say the impact of Milwaukee’s DNC 2020 bid could extend to Dane County
Mary Lang Sollinger has been a prolific Democratic fundraiser over the years, connecting candidates and donors at her Madison home on Lake Mendota and at national events in Washington, D.C.Leading up to the 2008 presidential primary she organized a dozen events for Barack Obama. In Wisconsin’s 2014 gubernatorial race she introduced Mary Burke to her national fundraising network and along with her husband she gave the eventual Democratic nominee $2,000 almost a year before the primary.This year the top Democratic gubernatorial candidates have asked Sollinger for help raising money, but she has told them that she’s staying out of the race, at least until the nomination process sorts itself out in mid-August.“We have such a full house of candidates it’s very difficult to pick one out,” Sollinger said in an interview. “This is the time to get new ideas and do new things. I’ve told all of them, once it’s the day after the primary, I’m in … [Read more...] about Sprawling gubernatorial field has some Democratic donors sitting out the primary
As was the plan for more than a month, Democrats in the US Senate introduced legislation to restore net neutrality rules. Should the bill go the distance—and that's a long shot at best—it would overturn the FCC's Internet Freedom Order, which passed by a 3-2 vote in December. Led by Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, the bill leverages a legal tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to effectively undo the FCC's vote. The CRA gives Congress 60 legislative days to consider and overturn rules from federal regulatory agencies with a simple majority vote. That's where things are at. As it stands, the bill has support from all 49 Democrats and a single Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, putting it one shy of the 51 votes it needs for a majority. "Whose side are you on?" Markey yelled to a group of net neutrality supporters standing outside the Capitol. "Do you stand with the big-money corporate interests and their army of lobbyists?" Assuming … [Read more...] about Democrats introduce bill to restore net neutrality rules, but it’s probably doomed
A growing number of Democrats are boycotting Tuesday’s State of the Union address, underscoring the depth of disdain the Democratic lawmakers hold for President Trump. Only two Democrats — Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas) — skipped Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last year, though more than 60 Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration. This year, boycotts appear to be spiking. Here’s a running tally of those skipping the address. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Blumenauer was the first Democrat to announce he would boycott this year’s State of the Union. “Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” Blumenauer said in a statement on Jan. 5. “Instead, like I did during Trump’s Inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the … [Read more...] about The Hill’s List of Democrats boycotting Trump’s SOTU.