With news coming out this week that Hillary Clinton has deleted the emails from her private server, we have another reminder of how the political elite don’t want transparency and yet transparency is a bedrock of our constitutional republic. As Patrick Henry said, “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” (more…)
Twitter will be the 2016 Digital Battleground. In an increasingly digital world, more and more Americans spend more and more hours on social media. Campaigns are increasing their digital presence to interact with voters where they spend the most time. When you examine the people who are on social media, you find that they are voters. In fact, 88% of social media users are registered voters. (more…)
15 American Majority Trained New Leaders Win
American Majority Helps Change the Shape of State and Local Government
Mequon,WI- Following last night’s Fall Election, 15 American Majority Trained New Leaders were elected. Congratulations to all of the winners on well run campaigns. The following New Leaders won their offices for the first time: (more…)
The media narrative of the Establishment versus Tea Party in Republican primaries misses what is really happening. The Tea Party movement has morphed from staging rallies to direct action and is learning in every campaign cycle. Take Wisconsin for example. In Wisconsin, the Tea Party knocked off 35-year Congressional incumbent Tom Petri by forcing a primary. Rep. Tom Petri decided not to run for re-election rather than face a serious Tea Party backed primary challenger this fall. Make no mistake, the Tea Party is winning in Wisconsin, but the media won’t tell you that.
The Tea Party in Wisconsin has been battle-tested and forced into organizing through Wisconsin’s protests and recalls. Because of its efforts, many credit the Tea Party for significantly helping Gov. Scott Walker to become the first governor in US history to defeat a recall and in the meantime increasing his win margin from his initial 2010 election. The Left unknowingly provided the Wisconsin Tea Party groups with opportunities to mature and become a more powerful political force.
American Majority Helps Change the Shape of Local Boards
Mequon,WI- Over the last several months, American Majority Wisconsin staff has been training new local leaders across the state who then decided to take the challenge and run for office. After yesterday’s primary election, all 66 of these American Majority trained leaders have advanced to the general election on April 1. (more…)
One of the issues affecting communities across the nation is the Common Core State Standards. (CCSS). Opposition to the CCSS has grown significantly in 2013. Several states have de-funded implementation and made other attempts to back away from CCSS. In Wisconsin, local school boards are now leading efforts to push back against federal intervention in the local education system. Two weeks ago, the Germantown School Board became the first in Wisconsin to oppose the adoption of CCSS.
What prompts everyday Americans citizens to run for office to better their communities? For Deanna Alexander, a mother of two in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, it happened when she attended her first Neighborhood Watch meeting and heard about an opening on the Milwaukee County Board and saw no one else was interested.
Deanna had decided that she wanted to make a difference in her area and was contemplating her career trajectory as an accountant at a CPA firm. She sought out the Neighborhood Watch meeting as a way to get more involved in her community. On learning that there was an open seat for a local, non-partisan, public office, she got that feeling in the pit of her stomach that this was going to be an exciting leap for her to make. When she told her husband about her desire to possibly run for public office, he said “You are crazy,” but as they both thought more about it, she realized “This is exactly what I want to do.”
In 2011 and 2012, Wisconsin had two rounds of recall elections, first for state senators over collective bargaining reforms and fleeing the state, and then for Gov. Walker along with more state senators. While the recall elections are over (for now), the impact of the Left’s overreach is still being felt. 29 judges signed recall petitions and immediately felt the heat for doing so. Joe Voiland was inspired to run for judge when he saw that his circuit court judge has signed a recall petition. On Tuesday, Joe resoundingly won his election for Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge 63%-37%, joining 8 other American Majority trained candidates who won.
The Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Conference (WCLC) brought together many Tea Party groups, national conservative groups, leaders, and students from across Wisconsin. The 8th annual conference was the largest in its history, with more than 200 people attending to learn how to be active in politics in 2013 and beyond. The Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Coalition hosted the conference.
American Majority and Founders Intent Sponsor Event to Continue the Work of Breitbart one year after his death
Activists from around the state of Wisconsin will join together in celebrating the life of Andrew Breitbart on Friday, March 1st at the New Berlin Holiday Inn Express in New Berlin, Wisconsin. The untimely passing of Andrew on March 1, 2012 left a hole in the conservative movement.
Wisconsin has received a lot of attention for protests, a budget repair bill, recalls, and elections over the past few years. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently noted that Wisconsin is an almost perfect microcosm of the United States in partisan makeup. So it follows that what works in Wisconsin should work across the United States. As conservatives in other states look to Wisconsin as a model, it is important that they understand what has worked in Wisconsin.
The Historic 2011 Wisconsin Recall Elections are over, and the conservatives have withstood an assault from labor unions to maintain a 17-16 majority in the state senate. American Majority was busy preparing the Tea Party and other conservatives for these historic recall elections through training in or near all of the Senate recall districts in April and May. These grassroots individuals really made the difference in responding to the $25 million the Left spent attempting to buy control of the state senate and derail Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda. Moreover, local Tea Party leaders led the recall efforts of two state senators who fled to Illinois to avoid a vote on the Budget Repair bill.
While these two incumbents won re-election last night, the Tea Party told their elected officials loudly and clearly that they will be held accountable and must listen to their constituents. The two challengers were trained by American Majority and successfully knocked off establishment candidates in their primaries before taking the incumbents to the wire last night and rocking the status quo. Another key component of protecting the WI Senate Majority was the work of Media Trackers, which has exposed the Left and the unions over the past 6 months. Media Trackers changed the debate in the final week of the campaign in the “Crown Jewel” senate district by breaking the story on “BBQ For Votes” Bribery. They put a liberal candidate on defense in the final week, and even the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called them a “Winner” of the recall elections.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Wisconsin Supreme Court weighed in on the Budget Repair Bill (Act 10) and ruled that it did not violate the Open Meetings Law. Judge Maryann Sumi’s injunction to Act 10 was voided because she exceeded her authority, “invaded” the Legislature’s constitutional powers and erred in stopping the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law.
Justice David Prosser, who was recently re-elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court following the drawn out recount that cost the state over $520,000, wrote in his concurring opinion: “[T]he Circuit Court [Judge Sumi] exceeded its authority in prohibiting publication of the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. This is not a close question.” Now Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, who initially delayed publication after the Budget Repair Bill was passed to allow unions time to pass new contracts, is saying he will wait until June 28 before finally publishing Act 10.
Whenever Act 10 does take effect, local governments will have the tools available to balance their budgets. The many local jurisdictions that passed new union contracts across the state at the behest of the unions will have those recently passed contracts in place until the contract term expires. At that point, Act 10 would then apply to those public employees as well.
Since the Left and the unions have successfully gotten so many local governments to pass new union contracts, the savings in many areas will not be realized for a few years. Members of school boards, city councils, and county boards that hastily passed union contracts need to be held accountable for their actions.
We need a new generation of leadership to step forward and run for local office to challenge the elected officials that kowtow to the unions. Conservatives and Tea Party members are the logical people to fill this void of leadership. It is time for local governments to serve the taxpayers. Our communities need conservatives to step forward and run for local office!
Today, the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) announced their estimate of an additional $636 million of revenue over the next three years due to an increase in the LFB’s projection of Wisconsin tax collections. If liberals were running the show in Madison, we would likely already be hearing how the money should be spent as if the Governor had just found a treasure chest in the Governor’s Mansion basement with $636 million in it. Unfortunately, that is not how budgets work. This new projection is based upon stronger than previously expected income tax numbers. But again it is an estimate that could easily change as it is very difficult to predict future revenues in an uncertain economy.
We also are seeing a debate taking place over the Voter ID bill in the Legislature at the same time the Wisconsin Supreme Court election recount is continuing in only one remaining county and concealed carry legislation is moving forward. Politics is very fluid and conservatives must remain vigilant at all times because there is more policy to be made and more elections right around the corner.
Several counties are either increasing or decreasing the size of their County Boards. What a good reminder that we need to have conservatives representing us at all levels of government. If you don’t have conservatives representing you on your School Board, Village or City Council, County Board, then you should find your own candidates to run against them next spring and fall.
Is it too early to start talking about 2012 Spring and Fall Elections? No. It’s not. In fact, the Left has been active in preparing for 2012 already. Conservatives and Tea Party members need to go out and find candidates who will represent them at the local levels. To prepare you and the candidates you identify for 2012, American Majority Wisconsin will be hosting a Candidate/Campaign Manager/Activist Training on June 11 in Oconomowoc. To register or find out more information about this training, visit here: http://americanmajority.org/events/candidate-and-activist-training-oconomowoc-wi/ .