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Gwen Moore earns endorsement from LGBT group against gun violence

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, an LGBT organization focused on gun violence prevention, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., for re-election.

The group this week announced 16 endorsements for U.S. House and one for U.S. Senate.

Pride Fund endorsed Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Terri Bonoff of Minnesota, Salud Carbajal of California, Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Eliot Engel of New York, Bill Foster of Illinois, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Dan Kildee of Michigan, Sander Levin of Michigan, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Jerry Nadler of New York, John Sarbanes of Maryland, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, Adam Smith of Washington and Brady Walkinshaw of Washington.

The group also endorsed Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

“We support these candidates because of their demonstrated commitment to support equality and safety for all, and for their commitment to acting on common sense gun reforms,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and executive director of Pride Fund. “We need elected officials who will stand up for people — not for the profits of the corporate gun manufacturers.”

In its announcement, the Pride Fund said, “With this election, we have an opportunity to reclaim our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who have committed to making our cities, our states, and our country safer for everyone.”

The Pride Fund endorsed candidates have pledged to support the following key issues:

  • Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales
  • Prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns
  • Restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Supporting federally funded research on gun violence
  • Preventing individuals convicted of committing hate crimes from purchasing guns

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To learn more, visit www.pridefund.org.

Why did Republicans wait until now to dump Trump?

Why now? And why this? For the legion of Republicans who abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, recoiling in horror from comments their party’s White House nominee made about using his fame to prey on women, there is no escaping those questions.

For months, they stomached his incendiary remarks about Mexicans, Muslims, prisoners of war, a Gold Star military family and a Hispanic judge, along with offensive statements about women too numerous to count. Democratic critics argue that their silence — or the promise to vote for Trump, but not endorse him — amounted to tacit approval of misogyny and racism.

There were no good answers Saturday, and few Republicans attempted to offer any.

Some, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, didn’t say anything at all about the top of the party’s ticket. A steady stream of others revoked their endorsements or called for Trump to drop out of the race, condemning the New York billionaire in emailed statements and carefully crafted tweets.

Those fleeing from Trump may ultimately say it was the shock of hearing and seeing the businessman’s crudeness on video that prompted them to finally walk away. On Friday, The Washington Post and NBC News both released a 2005 recording of Trump describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. His words were caught on a live microphone while talking with Billy Bush, then a host of “Access Hollywood.”

Some may draw a distinction between Trump’s outrageous earlier comments about women, minorities and others by noting that this time, the businessman wasn’t just being offensive — he was describing actions that could be considered sexual assault. In the video, Trump is heard saying that his fame allows him to “do anything” to women.

“Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” he says.

But with a month until Election Day, and early voting already underway in several states, the truest answer to why Republicans are dropping Trump now — and why they’re dropping him over this — is likely political.

During the Republican primary, GOP officials worried that disavowing Trump would alienate his supporters and hurt the party in congressional races. In the general election, Trump’s crass behavior also seemed easier for Republicans to tolerate when stacked up against Democrat Hillary Clinton, a candidate so reviled by many in the GOP that virtually nothing Trump did seemed worse than the prospect of her becoming president.

But these new revelations come at a time when the White House race seems to be slipping away from Trump. He’s been unable to attract support beyond that offered by his core backers. His performance in the first debate was undisciplined and he followed it up by tangling with a beauty queen whom he shamed two decades ago for gaining weight.

“There were people who were just starting to feel like this ship was going down and now this gives people a good excuse to jump off,” said Katie Packer, a Republican strategist who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign and led an unsuccessful effort to prevent Trump from becoming the GOP nominee.

While some Republicans expressed astonishment and dismay over Trump’s 2005 comments, those who steadfastly refused to endorse him throughout the campaign suggested their party knew full well what they were getting with the brash real estate mogul and reality TV star.

“Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me or many others,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was critical of Trump when he ran against him in the primary and has remained so for months.

Privately, even Republicans who didn’t formally revoke their support for Trump conceded there was little he could do to right his campaign at this point. Early voting is already underway in some key states and the comments aired in the video will likely be unforgivable with independent women, a constituency Trump desperately needs to win if he has any hope of beating Clinton.

The last hope now for many Republicans is that an unimaginable election year will still end with the GOP in control of the Senate. New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, both locked in tight races, joined the parade of officials Saturday who said they simply couldn’t stand by Trump anymore.

For Ayotte, the move earned her no quarter from her Democratic opponent, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

“She has had one example after the next of Donald Trump’s despicable words and his despicable behavior as reasons that she should have disavowed him,” Hassan said. “It took her until now when the revelation of his comments from a decade ago were made to decide that politically she couldn’t stand with him anymore.”

Look for more of the same in races nationwide. Democrats made clear Saturday they would spend the next month trying to ensure they and other Republicans get no credit for walking away now.

Clinton wins endorsement race, but do endorsements matter?

“A clear and present danger to our country.” “Xenophobia, racism and misogyny.” “Beneath our national dignity.”

Those aren’t excerpts from attack ads by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Those are longtime Republican newspapers disavowing Donald Trump.

If newspaper endorsements equaled victory, Clinton would be in line for a historic landslide. She has been endorsed by dozens of papers ranging from such expected backers as The New York Times to such once-certain GOP advocates as the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer, which on Sept. 23 called for “a leader who will bring out the best in Americans, not the worst.”

On Friday, USA Today ended its tradition of not taking sides and published an anti-endorsement, contending that Trump “lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” The paper didn’t back Clinton but advised readers to “Stay true to your convictions.” The same day, The San Diego Union-Tribune endorsed Clinton — the first Democrat it has endorsed in its history.

Trump, meanwhile, is supported by far fewer publications. They include a paper owned by son-in-law Jared Kushner (the New York Observer) and the National Enquirer, a tabloid whose parent company is run by Trump friend David Pecker and whose content usually focuses on celebrity scandal.

Trump scorned the negative editorials Friday, tweeting that “The people are really smart in cancelling subscriptions to the Dallas & Arizona papers & now USA Today will lose readers! The people get it!”

“I don’t read USA Today,” he said later to WZZM13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, “It’s not much of a newspaper as far as I’m concerned.”

If Clinton’s overwhelming advantage among editorial boards mirrors the revulsion Trump has inspired from officials in both parties, the endorsements may also illustrate the decline in newspapers’ power to shape opinions and the strength of Trump’s anti-establishment appeal. Polls show Clinton trailing in Texas, Arizona and Ohio despite the unexpected support of GOP papers. During the primaries, the venerable conservative paper the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Chris Christie, only to have the New Jersey governor lose the state decisively, drop out and back Trump. The Arizona Republic favored John Kasich in the state’s GOP primary, but Trump won easily, and the Ohio governor finished fourth.

“Newspaper endorsements don’t have nearly the impact they used to,” says Mark McKinnon, co-host of Showtime’s political show The Circus and a longtime adviser who has worked with former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate. “There are just way too many other sources of information for voters today.”

“They are just part of the wave,” says political historian Rick Perlstein, who is in the midst of a multivolume series on the rise of the conservative movement and has written in depth about elections of the 1960s, ‘70s and beyond. “They don’t start anything, and probably didn’t determine much — but betoken a widespread disgust in the air.”

Readers may not let editorials tell them how to vote, but they care enough to respond. Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson recalls a group of about a dozen people demonstrated against the endorsement across the street from the paper. Wilson went down to talk with them. In a series of tweets, he described a discussion that began angrily but settled into a serious dialogue. “I got a few words in and persuaded zero people,” he tweeted.

Wilson said he’s received some messages from Clinton supporters thanking the newspaper for the editorial, but hasn’t heard that it changed anyone’s mind. “They’re not really meant to end arguments, they’re mean to start discussions, and this one certainly did that,” he said.

“One of the reasons we exist is to take editorial positions on things that can improve lives in our community,” he said. “That is one of the core functions of a newspaper.”

Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of audience engagement at the Cincinnati Enquirer, said he knows that the impact of editorial endorsements has lessened. “The days of people taking the endorsements of an editorial board and going into the polling place with them are pretty much long gone,” he said. But he still considers it an important obligation. The newspaper’s editorial board came to consensus pretty quickly so they decided to get it out.

As anticipated, some readers lashed out. Bhatia said he received some 150 angry emails and there were some canceled subscriptions. “I am impressed by how thoroughly rehearsed some of the attacks on Hillary Clinton are,” he said. “They have a very familiar bent to them.”

He also cites their incivility, but doesn’t find that unusual in the internet age.

Arizona Republic breaks 126-year tradition, endorses Clinton

The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890 and until this week had never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. On Sept. 28, following the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, the newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and declared the Republican nominee “not qualified.”

The newspaper said its history of backing GOP candidates reflected “a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.”

But “This year is different.

The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.”

The newspaper, which endorsed Clinton in the state primary over Bernie Sanders, said, “The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.”

The editorial decision brought praise and criticism, including from some readers who canceled subscriptions.

Phil Boas, who manages the Republic‘s editorial page, told USA TODAY, “We’re getting a lot of reaction both locally and national. I don’t believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by all this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump.”

 

Scott Walker is honorary host for Aug. 16 Trump fundraiser

Hypocrisy. Mendacity. Moral double-speak. They’re as old as humanity, and yet somehow ever new.

Welcome to today’s GOP — no principles required.

Republican leaders — including Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Scott Walker and Robin Vos — damn Donald Trump out of one side of their mouths while endorsing him with the other. They seek to eat their partisan cake while avoiding indigestion in the voting booth.

The duplicitous character of the state’s GOP leaders was reflected in a recent headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that proclaimed: “Walker, Johnson, Ryan skipping Trump event.” The event in question was a rally held Aug. 5 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. All three said they had previous engagements.

A principled stand against Trumpism? Think again.

Walker might have ditched the Green Bay rally, but his name appears prominently — as an honorary host, no less — on the invitation to a big-ticket fundraising reception for the Republican nominee to be held in Milwaukee on Aug. 16. Other honorary hosts include Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the latter for comic relief, perhaps.

Meanwhile, Johnson takes double-speak to new heights, “supporting” Trump but not “endorsing” him. Follow?

Supporting Trump is like playing Russian roulette with the nation’s future, and the majority of GOP leaders know it. Barack Obama called him “unfit to serve as President,” and a right-wing National Review correspondent — and certified Obama-hater — agreed: “Of course it is true.”

Trump’s ignorance is exceeded only by his narcissism.  His psychosocial development is stuck at the same stage as infants whose only way of interacting with the world is standing in their cribs and screaming when they want something. If Trump got elected, White House staff would have to set up a high chair in the Oval Office.

Fortunately, there are a number of conscientious Republicans, including the state’s staunchest GOP business leaders, who care more about the nation than about partisan politics. The list of prominent anti-Trump Republicans is growing so fast that it will probably have doubled — at least — by the time this editorial is seen in print.

The anti-Trump list includes influential right-wing Wisconsin radio personality Charlie Sykes, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and major Republican donors such as Meg Whitman, who’s contributing money to Hillary Clinton instead. Three prominent former members of George W. Bush’s administration — Richard Armitage, Henry Paulson, Brent Scowcroft — have also announced they’re supporting Clinton.

Although these apostatizing conservatives deserve a shout-out, it comes with a caveat: Republicans themselves paved the way for Trump’s ascension by decades of promoting divisiveness, fear, racism, economic inequality and anti-intellectualism. We hope the shock of reaping what they’ve sown will throw them on a better path.

The leadership shown by these Republican insurgents only magnifies our disgust with politicians like Ryan, Walker, Johnson and Sen. John McCain, who continue to support Trump despite their very public, very grave reservations. Their reputations are — and should be — diminishing by the minute.

“Love the sinner but hate the sin” has never made any sense, and it’s not a noble strategy for a presidential election.

GOP race spurs awkward endorsements

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is “not my favorite.” Ben Carson says there are “better people” than Donald Trump to serve as commander in chief.

And those are the candidates Graham and Carson want to win.

Presidential endorsements often create strange alliances — remember over-the-top Trump validating buttoned-up Mitt Romney four years ago? But rarely have so many partnerships of political necessity appeared to be as reluctant, awkward, even downright tortured as in the 2016 GOP race.

“Neither Trump nor Cruz win Mr. Congeniality contests,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist whose preferred candidate, Jeb Bush, flamed out in February. When it comes to the leading GOP candidates, Navarro said she’s “not sure why anybody would want to hang out with them.”

Bush found a way to throw his support behind Cruz without ever actually having to hang out with the Texas senator. Rather than join Cruz for the traditional on-camera grip-and-grin that normally accompanies an endorsement, Bush took a more subdued approach: a brief, 219-word statement posted on Facebook.

Bush has made no public appearances with Cruz since that initial announcement and has stayed quiet about his support for his former rival on social media. Graham, who joked earlier this year that choosing between Cruz and Trump was like picking between being murdered or poisoned, did hold a private fundraiser for Cruz, but has not made any public appearances with his Senate colleague.

Trump has had more success getting his supporters to appear on stage with him. His surprise endorsement from Chris Christie stunned the political world and appeared for a time to be a perfect union, with the New Jersey governor traveling with the billionaire businessman, and even standing beside Trump during a celebratory press conference after the March 1 Super Tuesday contests.

That’s when things took a turn.

Christie’s deer-in-the-headlights expression as Trump rambled on at length sparked a thousand Internet parodies. Not only has Christie not appeared on stage with Trump since then, he’s barely spoken about his favored candidate in public and has bristled at questions about the real estate mogul from reporters back home in New Jersey.

Carson was also game for an on-camera endorsement of Trump last month. The soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon, who is a favorite of religious conservatives, praised Trump as a man who is far more reflective privately than he comes across publicly.

Trump probably would have preferred if Carson had just left it there.

Instead, Carson has set off on one of the most extraordinary surrogate tours, raising more questions about Trump’s qualifications to be president than he’s answered. He’s said he would have preferred another scenario than seeing Trump winning the nomination, suggested Trump’s supporters aren’t making a rational decision, and conceded that his favored candidate has “major defects.”

“Is it possible Ben Carson is secretly with us and sabotaging Trump from the inside?” former Bush adviser Tim Miller wrote on Twitter. Miller is now working for a super PAC that opposes Trump.

To be sure, both Trump and Cruz have rallied a few loyal endorsements.

Former GOP candidate and business executive Carly Fiorina has been one of Cruz’s most active surrogates, campaigning for him aggressively throughout the country. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waited until just before his state’s primary to back Cruz, but his late seal of approval was seen as a boon for the Texas senator, who went on to top Trump in the Midwestern battleground.

Trump has benefited from the support of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who announced his support shortly before his home state’s March 1 primary, a contest the New York businessman went on to win handily. Sessions has also set up a foreign policy advisory group for Trump and is helping introduce the real estate mogul to prominent Washington Republicans.

But Trump and Cruz have an incentive for avoiding having a parade of elected officials joining them on the campaign trail. Both have cast themselves as Washington outsiders who want to shake things up in the nation’s capital rather than be embraced by their party’s leaders.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was the first House member to endorse Trump. Even as he’s taken on an active role in promoting the businessman, he says he’s not expecting a flood of his colleagues to follow.

“Mr. Trump is a political outsider,” he said. “He’s not collecting endorsements.”

 

My picks for the April 5 election

The results of the April 5 election could have a big impact on the presidential race and will most certainly affect our lives here in Wisconsin. Get out and vote!

The Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a no-brainer for me. Joanne Kloppenburg is the candidate with the most judicial experience and the balanced temperament we need on the court. Before serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, she was an assistant attorney general under both Democratic and Republican governors for over 20 years.

Corporate interests and anti- government ideologues are putting millions behind Kloppenburg’s opponent, the inexperienced and intemperate Rebecca Bradley. Bradley is a political appointee of Gov. Scott Walker. Electing Bradley to a 10-year term would solidify the court’s conservative majority (5-2) for the foreseeable future.

In addition to her inexperience and dodgy paymasters, Bradley slurred “queers” and people with AIDS in her college newspaper at Marquette. She has apologized and put it off to youthful indiscretion. I see it differently.

College is usually a time of open-minded thoughts among young people who want to change the world for the better. It’s disturbing that Bradley would express such contempt toward others, especially at that age. Why entrust our laws to someone who harbored such hatred at any time of her life?

Vote Kloppenburg for Supreme Court.

The city and county of Milwaukee will elect a mayor and county executive, respectively.

Mayor Tom Barrett will get my vote over his opponent, the reactionary alderman Bob Donovan. I wish that Barrett had a more viable opponent, however, because the problems of the city have grown since he became mayor in 2004. Downtown development is great, but the roads and schools and neighborhoods continue to deteriorate. It’s time for someone with new ideas to see what they can achieve.

I feel the same about the county executive race so I support the challenger, Chris Larson.

I am concerned about the power grabs County Executive Chris Abele has arranged in cahoots with the governor and GOP legislators. I don’t like his contempt for county board representatives and his collusion in reducing the board. I think his plan to squeeze delinquent taxpayers to subsidize the billionaires’ new Bucks stadium is disgraceful.

Time for new blood: time for Chris Larson.

This year’s presidential race is the wildest in modern history. My fondest hope is that the Republican Party continues to sabotage its prospects with in-fighting about Donald Trump. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving party!

Since I thought I’d never see the day a socialist would run on a major party ticket, my primary vote on April 5 will go to Sen. Bernie Sanders. I admire his determination and his insistence on putting economic inequality at the center of political debate. I love that he’s given Hillary Clinton a serious challenge and that he’s mobilized so many young voters.

If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, I hope Sanders can induce his followers to support her. Clinton is unquestionably the most experienced candidate of either party. She is the most well-versed on every issue and a workaholic to boot.

In a match-up with any of the GOP candidates, especially Trump, it will be essential for moderates and liberals to vote for Clinton. I certainly will.

Before Iowa: Candidates collect endorsements ahead of votes

With MoveOn.org’s endorsement in early January, Bernie Sanders moved on up in the polls.

Days later, Hillary Clinton’s campaign celebrated an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, and touted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

“As a lifelong Planned Parenthood supporter, I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” Clinton said in response to the backing. “There has never been a more important election when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights — and Planned Parenthood’s patients, providers and advocates across the country are a crucial line of defense against the dangerous agenda being advanced by every Republican candidate for president.”

HRC’s endorsement was decided by the organization’s board based partly on questionnaires completed by Democratic candidates. None of the Republicans responded.

Chad Griffin, president of HRC, announced the endorsement. He said, “Hillary Clinton is fighting to advance LGBT equality across our nation and throughout the world. We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, and believe that she is the champion we can count on in November — and every day she occupies the oval office.”

Clinton also is endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, EMILY’s List, the League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, AFSCME and the National Organization for Women.

In its endorsement of Sanders, MoveOn pledged to mobilize millions of members during the primary season, including 43,000 members in Iowa and 30,000 in New Hampshire.

“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” said Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn political action director. “MoveOn members are feeling the Bern. We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign.”

The endorsement was derived from votes by MoveOn members. Sanders won 78.6 percent of the 340,665 votes cast. MoveOn said this was a record number of votes and the largest margin of victory in a presidential endorsement in its history.

Sanders, in a statement, said, “I’m humbled by their support and welcome MoveOn’s members to the political revolution.”

Sanders also is endorsed by Friends of the Earth and Democracy for America.

Meanwhile, in the battle for voters and backing on the GOP side, Donald Trump noted a “good day” after winning an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The two former reality TV stars appeared together at a rally in Iowa on Jan. 20.

“We’re almost at the finish line,” Trump told supporters less than two weeks before the leadoff Iowa caucus.

With polls showing Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a dead heat in the state, where evangelical voters are crucial to Republican candidates, Palin told ralliers, “No more pussy-footing around.” Palin endorsed Cruz in his 2012 run for the Senate.

In our camp, on our ballots

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin endorses candidates who support family planning and a woman’s right to choose. In the Nov. 4 general election, endorsed candidates include:

GOVERNOR: Mary Burke

LT. GOVERNOR: John Lehman

GOVERNOR: Mary Burke

LT. GOVERNOR: John Lehman

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Susan Happ 

STATE SENATE: Penny Bernard Schaber Janet Bewley, Tim Carpenter, Dean DeBroux; Jon Erpenbach, Martha Laning, Chris Larson, Janis Ringhand

STATE ASSEMBLY: Peter Barca, Mandela Barnes, Terese Berceau, Jill Billings, David Bowen, Jonathon Brostoff, Dick Cates, Dave Considine, Steve Doyle, George Ferriter, Peter Flesch, Eric Genrich, Gary Hebl, Dianne Hesselbein, Gordon Hintz, La Tonya Johnson, Robb Kahl, Frederick Kessler, Debra Kolste, Joe Majeski, Cory Mason, Beth Meyers, Chris Miller, Tod Ohnstad, Jeff Peck, Sondy Pope, Daniel Riemer, Melissa Sargent, Katrina Shankland, Christine Sinicki, Jeff Smith, Mark Spreitzer, Nancy Stencil, Amanda Stuck, Lisa Subek, Chris Taylor; Amy Sue Vruwink; Dana Wachs; Mandy Wright; Leon Young; JoCasta Zamarripa; Josh Zepnick.

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Fair Wisconsin Political Action Committee endorses candidates committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Wisconsinites. Fair’s endorsements include: 

GOVERNOR: Mary Burke

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Susan Happ

CONGRESS: Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Mark Harris, Kelly Westlund

STATE SENATE: Dean DeBroux, Tim Carpenter, Chris Larson, Martha Laning, Janis Ringhand, Pat Bomhack, Penny Bernard Schaber, Randy Bryce, Phil Swanhorst, Janet Bewley, Jon Erpenbach, Kathleen Vinehout

STATE ASSEMBLY: Joe Majeski, Daniel Riemer, JoCasta Zamarripa, Josh Zepnick, David Bowen, Mandela Barnes, Fred Kessler, La Tonya Johnson, Evan Goyke, Jonathan Brostoff, Christine Sinicki, Jessie Read, Terry Van Akkeren, Scott G Heinig, Travis Schachtner, Darrel Laumann, Mary Arnold, George Ferriter, Deb Kolste, Mark Spreitzer, Gary Hebl, Robb Kahl, Melissa Sargent, Chad Henneman, Christopher Miller, Todd Novak, Gordon Hintz, Mark Westphal, Amanda Stuck, Cory Mason, Jeff Peck, Norb Salamonski, Katrina Shankland, Nick Milroy, Beth Meyers, Chris Taylor, Terese Berceau, Lisa Subeck, Dianne Hesselbein, Sondy Pope, Dave Considine, Mandy Wright, Nancy Stencil, Dan Robinson, Eric Genrich, Dana Wachs, Chris Danou, Jeff Smith, Steve Doyle, Jill Billings, Peter Flesch.

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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters endorses candidates on a set of criteria including their ability to solve conservation problems. Endorsements include:

GOVERNOR: Mary Burke 

LT. GOVERNOR: John Lehman

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Susan Happ

STATE SENATE: Dean DeBroux, Chris Larson, Martha Laning, Penny Bernard Schaber, Janet Bewley, Jon Erpenbach, Kathleen Vinehout

STATE ASSEMBLY: Joel Kitchens, Al Ott, Daniel Riemer, JoCasta Zamarripa, Mandela Barnes, La Tonya Johnson, Evan Goyke, Christine Sinicki, George Ferriter, Debra Kolste, Mark Spreitzer, Gary Hebl, Richard Cates, Gordon Hintz, Rob Brooks, Peter Barca, Tod Ohnstad, Cory Mason, Jeff Peck, Bob Kulp, Katrina Shankland, Scott Krug, Nick Milroy, Beth Meyers, Chris Taylor, Dave Considine, Mandy Wright, Dan Robinson, Eric Genrich, Dana Wachs, Chris Danou, Steve Doyle. 

Election Day is on Nov. 4. Remember to vote for progress.

Citing higher crime due to Walker’s cuts, Wisconsin’s largest police union backs Burke

Wisconsin’s largest police union has endorsed Democrat Mary Burke for governor and Republican Brad Schimel for attorney general.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association announced the endorsements this week.

WPPA executive director Jim Palmer said the group is backing Burke because Republican Gov. Scott Walker cut local government aid and that hurt police departments’ ability to fight crime.

Palmer cites FBI data showing an increase in violent crime over the past four years to back up the claim that Wisconsin is less safe under Walker.

The governor on Thursday announced that the Wisconsin Troopers Association was endorsing him.

Palmer says the WPPA picked Schimel over Democrat Susan Happ because his experience and leadership are “second to none.”

Schimel is Waukesha County district attorney and Happ is Jefferson County district attorney.