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2024 National Democratic Convention County Caucus

Are you interested in becoming a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, IL August 19-22, 2024?

Your journey starts at the County Caucus on April 28 at 1:00 PM in the Pierce County Dems office.

Complete your Statement of Candidacy form, and submit it no later than 5PM, Friday April 19, 2024.

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Wisconsin Democrats on the Retirement of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

April 11, 2024

MADISON, Wis. — Following Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s announcement that she will retire at the end of her current term, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler issued the following statement:

“Justice Ann Walsh Bradley stands as a giant on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, having embodied for nearly 30 years the best of Wisconsin—with a deep commitment to fairness and a profound respect for the law and our Constitutional rights. On the Court, Justice Bradley fought through the extraordinary challenges of right-wing majorities determined to rubber-stamp opinions to the benefit of wealthy special interests with purpose and clarity. Today, in no small part due to her stubborn commitment to our state’s highest judicial traditions, democracy is seeing a new day in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsinites have sent a resounding message in the last two Supreme Court elections that they want justices shaped in the mold of Ann Walsh Bradley. Even without her name on the ballot next April, we are confident that the vision and tradition embodied by Justice Bradley will continue on the Court and prevail at the ballot box, and we are committed to fighting off any extremist attempts to retake this seat. We are deeply grateful for Justice Bradley’s many years of dedicated service to our state, and wish her the best in her well-earned retirement.”

April 10, 2024

The People's Work Undone

by Senator Jeff Smith

Last Tuesday the 2nd of April was the spring election. It was clear based on the referenda questions on ballots throughout Wisconsin that something isn’t right. Headlines throughout the past year proclaimed Wisconsin had a record surplus, but our ballots painted a different story of our state’s finances. It begs the question, what didn’t get done?

Decisions are made in town halls and municipal board rooms that determine how funds from the state, or collected through property taxes, are spent. Ever since the state capped how much local governments can raise in taxes, it falls on the state to make sure municipalities have the resources to meet their local needs. The passage of the two constitutional amendments on the ballot last week adds additional pressure for the state to adequately fund elections administered by our local municipalities.

But those weren’t the only referenda questions on the ballot in many places. School boards across the state have struggled to keep up due to the legislature failing to properly fund public education. There were 91 school referenda questions on ballots this spring. While the legislature sits on a $4 billion surplus, school districts are asking their local taxpayers to help them scrape by.

Our state’s surplus didn’t appear out of nowhere. It’s revenue that came in thanks to a healthy economy and after all expenses are covered. It comes from taxpayers like you. It raises the question why there should be any need to force local governments to ask for more from you and why the legislature quit working before winter turned to spring.

Wisconsin has a two-year legislative session. On the first day of our current session, a calendar was presented by the Republican leaders. We were scheduled to work through April 11th of this year, but Republicans gaveled out the Assembly in February and the Senate followed suit March 12th.

It would’ve been nice to report that we ended early because we accomplished so much and solved every concern facing Wisconsinites. But that’s far from the truth.

Shortchanging public schools isn’t the only way the majority party failed you. Republicans refused to consider real solutions to the childcare crisis families are experiencing. Yes, the governor signed their tax credit for parents, but that falls woefully short of solving this issue. PFAS continues to go unchecked because Republicans wanted to strip the DNR of any real enforcement power over the polluters. We did nothing to protect women’s reproductive health or guarantee paid family medical leave.

Some bills made it through one house but did not get a vote in the other house. Here is a partial list of such bills.

There were several bills recommended through bipartisan efforts, but were ignored from various task forces on Human Trafficking, Child Obesity and Truancy.

Every bill that failed this session must be reintroduced next session. So much was left undone, while efforts to make it harder for municipalities were accomplished throughout. Although this legislative session was a bust, we can do better. It may just take a better crop of legislators to get the job done instead of hanging it up early next time around.


Senator Smith currently represents District 31 in the Wisconsin State Senate. The 31st Senate District currently includes all of Buffalo, Pepin and Trempealeau counties and portions of Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson and St. Croix counties.


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