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PRESS RELEASE: 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act; Continued Attacks on Voting Rights


Contact: August McGinnity-Wake, Press Secretary UW-Madison College Democrats
August 6, 2015

On this day, 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to protect the right of all Americans to vote regardless of region, race or class. Restricting access to the ballot box has long been a dangerous weapon to disempower communities and create a government that does not reflect our country’s diversity and character.
Jenny Tasse had the following statement in response to the continuing attacks on voting access in our state and across the nation:

“The United States has come a long way since the days of poll taxes, but we are nowhere near parity when it comes to equal access to vote for every American. In Wisconsin, we have felt the effects of voter restriction first hand–300,000 Wisconsinites have become ineligible to vote with the passage of Voter ID, many of them lacking the resources to purchase an ID. Across the nation, the right to vote is often diminished with strict and convoluted registration laws. In many states you must register over a month before Election Day or lose the ability to vote. Access to the ballot box by communities of color and students is especially damaged by restrictive voting policy in Wisconsin and across the nation. On the anniversary of this historic legislation, North Carolina is about to make a sweeping judicial decision on the voting laws and practices in their state. We stand in solidarity with North Carolinians and hope the fate of their voting access is better than ours and commit to continuing the fight the VRA started 50 years ago. Today, President Johnson would be disheartened to see the nonstop attacks on hisimportant legislation.”


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PRESS RELEASE: Scott Walker Announces Presidential Run, Would be Detrimental to U.S.

Contact: August McGinnity-Wake, Press Secretary UW-Madison College Democrats 608-444-0671,
July 13, 2015

Today, as Governor Walker announced his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination, Chair of UW-Madison College Democrats, Jenny Tasse, has a warning for the rest of the nation.

“We’ve lived in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin for 5 years and in that time he has managed to slash funding to education from kindergarten to higher education, sell off our natural resources, politicize women’s bodies, and put us dead last in the midwest for job growth.”

Walker has misled Wisconsin voters by campaigning on a platform that bears no resemblance to his platform in office. He touted the tuition freeze as his commitment to college affordability. In his budget, he proposed a $300 million cut to the University, resulting in inevitable tuition increases for out-of-state students immediately and for in-state students when the tuition freeze expires in 2017. He dodged questions about Right to Work, calling it “not a priority.” Just months after re-election, it was shoved through the Legislature and signed into law.

Walker has guided his Republican Legislature in numerous “extraordinary” sessions behind closed doors and without public hearings. His version of streamlined government involves springing controversial policies on the public without warning. Walker’s version of government is dangerous and it has torn apart our proud history of progressive and amiable politics in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has become a bitterly polarized state thanks to Governor Walker.

Wisconsin has fallen to the bottom of the list on numerous rankings. Most recently, Wisconsin was ranked by Pew as the state with the most rapidly shrinking middle class. #WeKnowWalker, and we know that Scott Walker is wrong for Wisconsin and wrong the United States.”


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CDW Convention

Hey, College Democrats!

Are you interested in meeting College Democrats from around the state? Do you want to hear from awesome people involved in Wisconsin politics? Do you have a desire to vote or run in the election for the new state executive board?

Well then you’re in luck! College Democrats of Wisconsin are holding their yearly convention April 18-19 in Green Bay and there’s never been a better opportunity to surround yourself with fellow democrats and have a great time.

Transportation and hotel for the UW-Madison chapter will be organized by our lovely executive board, the cost of which is yet to be fully determined but will be under $40. Included in that is membership to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin ($10) and the registration fee ($10 before April 1st and $15 after).

Sign up here if you’re interested!
There’s information at the top of the page about how to pay your registration and membership fees. I’ve never heard of anyone regretting their decision to go to CDW convention so make sure to seize the opportunity today!

On Wisconsin!

On Wisconsin!

Feel free to contact any of our executive board members with questions, we’re happy to help!

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Spring Election Endorsements

It may be hard to start thinking about spring elections when you see a foot and a half of snow when you look out your window, but thus is life in Wisconsin and democracy doesn’t wait around for nice weather!

After hosting a forum with all 5 incredibly mayoral candidates, College Democrats voted to endorse Scott Resnick. His campaign centers around moving the city of Madison forward, including addressing issues of homelessness and working to ensure affordable housing for students. As the former alder for District 8 which covers a large chunk of campus, we know Scott Resnick will keep student interests in mind and help make local government more accessible to students.

Speaking of District 8, we also voted to endorse Zach Wood, our long-time member and former Vice Chair of CDW, who is running unopposed for that seat on City Council. He’ll be representing a large portion of students, especially those living in dorms. He plans to address issues of public safety on campus, especially sexual assault, and to prioritize environmentally conscious decisions.

To learn more about our endorsed candidates, check out their websites here and here.
To keep up and get involved with our campaign efforts, like our page on Facebook.

Finally, remember to vote for Scott Resnick in the primary on February 17th and the election on April 7th, and for Zach Wood if you live in District 8!

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2014 in Review: UW-Madison College Dems Edition

It’s been a great year, dems!

At the beginning of spring semester we voted to endorse Megan Phillips, Alex Schultz, and Andre Hunter their ASM elections and held phone banks to reach out to fellow students.

For the spring elections, we worked our butts off knocking doors on campus for former-chair Chris Hoffmann who was running for District 5 County Board Supervisor. Even though we didn’t win, we’re incredibly proud of the work college dems put into the campaign.

April kicked off with the College Democrats of Wisconsin Convention in Milwaukee, where our own Phoenix Rice-Johnson, Joe Waldman, and Lizzy Schounard were elected to the statewide executive board and everyone had a wonderful time hanging out with College Democrats from across the state.

The excitement of April continued with electing a new executive board for the chapter.

We were all sad (and excited) to see the school year end, but had the chance to reunite in June to attend the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Convention in the Wisconsin Dells.

The new school year started strong by waking up at 5am to plant flags on Bascom Hill in memory of the attacks of 9/11 with College Republicans and Vets for Vets.

Later in September, our favorite gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke stopped by Der Rathskeller to join us for a Packers game, snacks, and post-game selfies.

We started October with the Southern Regional Summit in Milwaukee, hosted by Marquette University College Democrats, where we got to hear from West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford and spend time with the lovely College Democrats from Edgewood College, UW Milwaukee, UW Whitewater, Carthage College, and Marquette University.

Then campus was visited by the one and only FLOTUS, Michelle Obama. Many of us got to stand on stage behind her, shake her hand, and some lucky people even got to hug her.

During the first College Democrats vs. College Republicans debate of the year, some of our e-board members did an incredible job representing democratic policy positions on the topics of healthcare, jobs, the environment, and education.

By the end of October, the Mary Burke campaign had taken over our lives in the best way possible.

November brought the promise (and disappointment) of a continued Walker governorship. After a short grieving period, we heard from the chair of the Dane County Democrats Mike Basford about ways of addressing issues of homelessness in our community.

We wrapped up the semester with an internship fair where we were joined by representatives from progressive organizations and Democratic politicians, and then a goodbye dinner and “white donkey” gift exchange at Brocach.

Finally, we said our last goodbyes to the two members of our executive board who will be leaving us next semester – Alex Morgan and Lizzy Schounard – but are very excited to see Danny Levandoski and Augie McGinnity-Wake filling their shoes next semester.

Thanks to everyone who had any part in this amazing year.

We look forward to an even better 2015!

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Get Out The Vote — GOTV

Election Day is only a week away and we need you now more than ever to get Mary Burke elected! From Saturday, November 1st at 9am until polls close on November 4th, College Democrats are going to be out knocking doors throughout campus and working to get students out to the polls.

Join us Saturday at 3pm to learn the ropes of GOTV and be rewarded for your hard work with free pizza!

Even if Saturday doesn’t work for you, sign up for a different shift with a friend. There’s an entire team at each office ready to help you out and answer any questions you may have.

We all have the power to make a difference in this election. The race is neck and neck and whether we win is really going to come down to getting college students out to vote. With your help we can and will elect Mary Burke as the next governor of Wisconsin!


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ASM Freshman Endorsement

Last Tuesday we held our endorsement meeting for ASM Freshman Representative. We heard from 5 awesome candidates about what they would do to make our campus better and represent democratic values, then voted on who we as College Democrats thought aligns best with our organization.

We’re excited to announce that the winner of our endorsement was

Jean Uchupalanun


Jean looks forward to bringing badgers together with their student government to work on issues of campus safety, college affordability, and multicultural representation and we’re excited to use our finely tuned campaign skills to get Jean elected as a freshman representative to ASM!

In order to do this, we’re having 3 phone banks Monday through Wednesday to call freshman students and encourage them to vote for Jean. You can find the Facebook events for those and RSVP here, here, and here. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you’re a freshman, make sure to cast your votes for Jean on the ASM website before 5pm on Wednesday!

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Come Canvass With Us!

Welcome [back] to campus, democrats!

The governor’s race is as intense as ever, especially here at UW – Madison, and we’re always in need of people to help us turn out campus for Mary Burke! Stop by our campus field office at 122 State St. Suite #304 to become a Special Registration Deputy and assist in getting your fellow Badgers registered to vote at their current address. Open voter registration ends October 15th so we need all the help we can get to make sure every student is maximally prepared for Election Day on November 4th.

We always have something going on, but you can check out this form to see specific shifts and sign up to get involved!

Badgers for Burke Shift Guide:

High Traffic Canvass: Hit the streets with just a clipboard full of voter registration forms, pledge cards, and informative literature. Station yourself at a busy (high traffic) location such as East Campus Mall or College Library and approach as many people as possible to make sure they get registered and know about Mary Burke.

Door to Door Canvass: This is the traditional knocking doors shift. You get a couple streets to walk down, knock every door and ring every doorbell you encounter, and make sure people are registered to vote and know about our good friend Mary.

Phone Banks: Call up the people who have expressed interest in volunteering with the campaign and sign them up for canvassing shifts.


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CDW Spring Convention

Last weekend the College Dems of UW-Madison enjoyed a trip to Milwaukee for the annual College Democrats of Wisconsin Convention!

State Convention is a great chance to meet and network with College Democrats from across the state, as well as hear from awesome local elected officials!

Some of the highlight speakers of this year’s event were:

  • Mary Burke
  • Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
  • all 3 Democratic nominees for WI Attorney General
  • State Senators Chris Larson and Nikiya Harris
  • State Representatives Mandela Barnes, Daniel Riemer, Evan Goyke

Convention is also when the CDW executive board is elected for the next year. Several Madison Democrats ran for positions on the exec board, which is always great to see! Congratulations to everyone who ran, and shoutouts to our newly elected state e-board members!

  • Phoenix Rice-Johnson: CDW Vice Chair
  • Joe Waldman: Communications Director
  • Lizzy Schounard: Southwestern Regional Director

Thanks to the College Dems of UW-Milwaukee for hosting a great convention! We can’t wait to see you all next year!

On Wisconsin!

On Wisconsin!

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