Daily Archives: December 2, 2017

AFP-WI: “Extremely disappointed” in Baldwin’s vote against tax reform

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CONTACT: Eric Bott, [email protected]

MADISON, WI – Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin slammed U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin for voting against the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that will provide Wisconsin families and small businesses with much-needed tax relief. The free-market group has been strongly advocating for pro-growth, comprehensive tax reform all year through robust grassroots activism as well as television and digital advertisements.

“Once again, Senator Baldwin has put her far-left ideology over the best economic interests of her constituents,” said AFP-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott. “Senator Baldwin had a clear choice today: to provide tax relief for the working men and women of Wisconsin or to preserve a rigged tax system that favors the wealthy and well-connected special interests. We are extremely disappointed she chose the latter and AFP-Wisconsin’s base of over 130,000 grassroots activists intend to hold her fully accountable for her vote in the coming year.”

Dems call on Zepnick to resign; he rebuffs calls

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Assembly Dem leaders and the party’s state chair late Friday night called on Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, to resign following allegations by two women that he kissed them without their consent at political events in 2011 and 2015.

The Capital Times reported neither woman, who spoke to the paper on the condition of anonymity, filed complaints against Zepnick, but the incidents have stayed with them in the years that followed. The paper reported their accounts were corroborated by friends and co-workers.

Zepnick, a recovering alcoholic, said in a statement he will not resign.

He said he has no recollection of the alleged incidents, though “there is never an excuse for inappropriate behavior.” He said he has “confronted and apologized for many mistakes I made during my years of irresponsible drinking,” takes the claims seriously and apologizes to the women.

“My life is back on track and I’ve been sober for over two years,” Zepnick said. “I will not be resigning and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents.”

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said in a statement the chamber’s Dem leaders take the allegations seriously.

“While we acknowledge Josh has taken steps to to deal with his abuse of alcohol his past actions should not be minimized,” the statement said. “Accordingly, it is our hope that Representative Zepnick will take the appropriate action and resign.”

One of the women who spoke with the Capital Times was identified as a former legislative staffer, while the other previously worked for the state Dem Party.

State Dem Chair Martha Laning called on Zepnick to resign “immediately.”

“As Democrats we lead with our values. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated under any circumstance in our party,” she said. “We are disturbed by the incidents that we learned about this afternoon involving Rep. Josh Zepnick’s behavior at two statewide events in 2011 and 2015, directed at an employee of our Democratic Party of Wisconsin and a legislative staff member.”

Zepnick, whose sister was killed by a drunk driver and cited her death in arguing for a crack down on those operating under the influence, was arrested for drunk driving in 2015. He was challenged in a Dem primary last year, but won with 53.1 percent of the vote, a margin of 149 votes.

The 49-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 2002.

Rep. Vos: Joint Statement on Rep. Zepnick Allegations

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Contact: Speaker Robin Vos (608) 266-3387

Madison…The Assembly Republican leadership team released the following statement in response to the allegations of sexual misconduct by Rep. Josh Zepnick, according to news reports. At this point, no formal complaint has been filed against him in the legislature.

“As the leaders of the Assembly, we take accusations of sexual harassment and assault seriously. These latest allegations are no different. Rep. Zepnick’s behavior was reprehensible and conduct that’s unacceptable for any human being, let alone a state representative.

“Rep. Zepnick has the responsibility to reflect on whether he can effectively represent his district in light of these circumstances and then, decide what’s best for his constituents and the institution as a whole.”

Rep. Vos: Joint statement on Rep. Zepnick allegations

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CONTACT: Speaker Robin Vos, (608) 266-3387

Madison…The Assembly Republican leadership team released the following statement in response to the allegations of sexual misconduct by Rep. Josh Zepnick, according to news reports. At this point, no formal complaint has been filed against him in the legislature.

“As the leaders of the Assembly, we take accusations of sexual harassment and assault seriously. These latest allegations are no different. Rep. Zepnick’s behavior was reprehensible and conduct that’s unacceptable for any human being, let alone a state representative.

“Rep. Zepnick has the responsibility to reflect on whether he can effectively represent his district in light of these circumstances and then, decide what’s best for his constituents and the institution as a whole.”

Speaker Ryan: Statement on Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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CONTACT: AshLee Strong, Doug Andres
202-225-0600

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“I commend my Senate colleagues for this historic action. For the first time since 1986, both the House and the Senate have passed a major overhaul of our nation’s tax code. Now we will move quickly to a conference committee so we can get a final bill to President Trump’s desk. The hardworking people of this country are counting on us to deliver real relief. That means more jobs, faster economic growth, bigger paychecks, and a tax cut for Americans from all walks of life. These opportunities only come around once in a generation, and now it is time for us to seize this moment.”

U.S. Rep. Moore: Calamitous GOP tax plan passes the Senate

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To Whom It May Concern – In response to the passage of the GOP tax plan in the Senate, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement:

“Today, Senate Republicans once again flouted the legislative process, jamming through a calamitous tax overhaul proposal that will undoubtedly paralyze Main Street America for years to come. Not only will this bill increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next ten years, but it will also cripple affordable housing construction for the poor, raise taxes on 82 million middle class families, and cut Medicare and Medicaid by billions of dollars. If signed into the law, this effort will wreak havoc on both the fiscal health of our country and the physical health of our constituents as it will eliminate the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, unraveling our health care system and putting the lives of countless Americans at risk.

“House and Senate Republicans have a long track record of pushing through destructive proposals without giving anyone – including their own colleagues and stakeholders – the time to read the fine print, and today is no different. The devil is indeed in the details. As senators go into conference with their House colleagues to work out the differences in their proposals, I call on all Americans to sound the alarm about this disastrous effort and demand their representatives change course before it’s too late.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Statement on Senate Republican tax legislation

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CONTACT: [email protected]
(202) 224 – 6225

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today issued the following statement after Senate Republicans passed partisan tax legislation:

“I think we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer for hard working Wisconsin families, small businesses and manufacturers, but this partisan legislation fails to do that. This is largely a tax giveaway to the wealthiest few, big corporations and Wall Street while millions of middle class families will get a tax hike. We should do right by Wisconsin’s middle class families and reward their hard work, but this legislation rewards the top 1% and Republicans have put people’s health care on the chopping block to pay for it. That’s not right and it’s not fair.”

WisDems: Response to the passage of the GOP Senate tax bill

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CONTACT:  Melanie Conklin, 608-260-2409

MADISON — The following is a statement from Martha Laning, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin:

“Families in Wisconsin that are already struggling to pay their bills and maybe have a little left over to enjoy life are the ones Republicans betrayed today as they passed a massive tax giveaway primarily benefiting the wealthy few.”

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