State of Wisconsin Archives: on Principles & Values

Mandela Barnes: Parents valued working hard, fighting for opportunity

Mandela's story is a uniquely American story. He was born in Milwaukee, in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip codes in the state. His mom was a Milwaukee school teacher for 30 years. His dad worked 3rd shift at the General Motors plant. They were both active union members organizing for better wages and defending workers' rights. Their example showed him the importance of working hard and fighting for opportunity for everyone.
Source: 2021 Wisconsin Senate campaign website Jul 23, 2021

Mandela Barnes: Hit for overdue property taxes & unpaid parking tickets

He has made missteps. Barnes weathered criticism about overdue property taxes, unpaid parking tickets and an increase in security costs as lieutenant governor. The Republican Party of Wisconsin raised some of those issues in a statement that said: " 'Make-it-up Mandela' Barnes has neither the maturity nor the temperament to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate."
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 2022 Wisconsin Senate race Jul 20, 2021

Mandela Barnes: We have to lead with our values and vision: change the game

In a video Barnes is shown running through Milwaukee while advocating for family-supporting jobs, access to education, support for family farms, lowerhealthcare costs, climate change solutions and voter rights. "We can't be satisfied to just get through another election cycle; we have to look toward the future," Barnes said in his announcement. "Defeating Ron Johnson is only Step One. We have to lead with our values, we have to lead with our vision, and change the game."
Source: The Capital Times on 2022 Wisconsin Senate race Jul 20, 2021

Jonathan Wichmann: I often rely on my Christian faith to guide me

I often rely on my Christian faith to guide me to make choices that are right for me and my family--and when it comes to government, we have been given the tools to succeed if we only use them. Currently, we are facing a global pandemic that is putting our state and our country on the brink of an economic catastrophe. The fear that has been instilled in people is leaving many paralyzed into submission and our current leadership is making reactive choices with long-stemming consequences.
Source: Wisconsin Christian News on 2022 Wisconsin Governor race Jun 1, 2021

Jonathan Wichmann: Claimed insurrection was led by "Antifa" without evidence

Jonathan Wichmann posted a YouTube video Jan. 8, 2021: "A meeting between DC police and rioters / Antifa beforehand. If you don't know that the DC looting was staged think again." The accompanying video shows one man taking a selfie with what appears to be a Capitol Police officer while someone says, "Hey Cap" twice. It takes place inside the U.S. Capitol.

But Wichmann's claim flies in the face of a litany of evidence without presenting any reasonable evidence itself. Wichmann did not respond to an array of messages seeking a defense of his claim.

A growing number of protesters have been identified and connected to long histories supporting Trump, QAnon and far-right causes. This includes people some have claimed were Antifa activists. There is no credible evidence that the crowd was infiltrated or led by Antifa activists in disguise. We rate Wichmann's claim Pants on Fire.

Source: Politifact Fact-Check on 2022 Wisconsin Governor race Jan 8, 2021

Sarah Godlewski: There's so much more that connects us rather than divides us

With another divisive election behind us, as we combat an infectious virus and work to rebuild our economy, it's important that we recognize there is so much more that connects us instead of divides us. Hard work, pragmatism and hope aren't Democratic or Republican values--they're Wisconsin values. By actively listening to one another and working together, we can make meaningful investments around these shared values. We know this won't be easy, but there's no doubt it'll be worth it.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal on 2022 Wisconsin Senate race Nov 16, 2020

Tom Nelson: If local official took on COVID, we can take on anything

[On local government] "County executives, mayors and administrators are leading our country in the fight against COVID. Look at the things that we've had to do as local officials. We've had to write local orders, we've had to close non-essential offices in counties, we've had to cobble together a regional coalition to implement some of these measures. If you think about it, if local officials can take on COVID, can take on a pandemic, we can take on anything, period."
Source: The Madison Capital Times on 2022 Wisconsin Senate race Oct 26, 2020

Tony Evers: 95% of bills in first year had bipartisan support

In my last State of the State Address, I asked the legislature to set politics aside so we could work together on the issues facing our state. I said I expected bills to be passed with broad support and in the spirit of bipartisanship. So, one of the things I'm most proud of is that more than 95 percent of the bills I signed my first year in office had bipartisan support. And, by golly, folks worked together on some important issues.
Source: 2020 State of the State address on Wisconsin voting record Jan 22, 2020

Bill Lee: Don't exclude faith from public life

Religious liberty is non-negotiable. One of the most fundamental Constitutional rights is the right to exercise your faith freely. Too many times, the phrase, "separation of church and state" has been twisted to mean "keep faith out of public life" or, "leaders should check their values at the door when making decisions about right and wrong." That understanding is a mistake, and as governor, I will work to defend the freedom of every Tennessean to live his or her values.
Source: 2018 Wisconsin governor campaign website Jul 2, 2018

Phil Anderson: Freely practice beliefs so long as not hurting others

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Oppose government attempts to interfere with religion

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Oppose--I strongly support freedom of religion and oppose government attempts to interfere with religious practice or impose/establish religion in government.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Leah Vukmir: Our rights come from God, not man

Leah believes our rights come from God, not man. The government exists to enforce our freedoms and protect our rights, not to create new entitlements not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

If elected, Leah will swear an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States, and she pledges to always refer to the intention of our founders when deciding how to vote.

Source: 2018 Wisconsin Senate campaign website Aug 10, 2017

Mike Gallagher: Stand against those who restrict our religious liberties

Right to Faith and Freedom: Big government reaches further into our personal lives every single day, threatening the Constitutional liberties we have fought and bled for. This needs to stop. I will stand against those who want to restrict our religious liberties and privacy.
Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Russell Feingold: Badger Pledge: keep outside groups out of state race

To push back against the attacks, Feingold has called on Johnson to sign the "Badger pledge" so both candidates can call on outside groups to stay out of the state. Johnson has so far refused to do so. And when asked repeatedly whether he would do what he's done in past races--demand Democratic outside groups stay out of Wisconsin no matter what his opponent does--Feingold demurred. "I will continue to urge him to sign it," Feingold said. "That's the only responsible thing--to sign it."
Source: on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Aug 5, 2015

Glenn Grothman: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

GROTHMAN: Disagree

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?

GROTHMAN: Strongly Agree

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?

GROTHMAN: 1) Christian--the beliefs & values as described in the Bible 2) Try reading the ten commandments, the sermon on the Mount. . It's all very valuable reading.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Wisconsin House race Sep 30, 2014

Glenn Grothman: Sponsored "In God We Trust" license plates

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, May 31, 2014

Tammy Baldwin: I fight for us; my opponent fights for the big and powerful

In his successful recall effort June, Gov. Scott Walker portrayed public employees as privileged. In the Senate race, Thompson and Baldwin each claim to be the champion of the middle class.

"People are asking the question, 'Who's fighting for us?' versus 'Who's fighting for the big and powerful,'" Baldwin said in an Oct. 2 interview in Milwaukee. "Whose side are you on is a classic question in some elections, and I think it's coming to bear very particularly in this."

[One analyst] said Baldwin is trying to "to recapture the notion that the Democratic candidate is the populist candidate," he said. "She's trying hard to portray Thompson as the tool of the elite."

The Baldwin campaign has labeled Thompson a lobbyist for companies his Health & Human Services agency used to oversee, a charge that Thompson angrily denies. "I've never been a lobbyist," he said in an interview. "That's absolutely a lie." Thompson is working to define Baldwin as a big-spender, calling her "out of the mainstream."

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Oct 5, 2012

Mark Neumann: A conservative believes in faith, family and country

Neumann said he's the most conservative candidate. "It's important to define what that means. A conservative believes in faith, family and country. It's the most important things in their lives, and I do," Neumann said.

The men seemed to agree on a lot of issues Wednesday night, like cutting federal spending and repealing health care reforms. Where they seem to differ is regarding what kind of candidate they think voters want to see, and whether that person is a seasoned politician or a newcomer.

Source: Fox 11 WITI-TV coverage of 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Mark Neumann: Conservatives believe in faith, family and country

Neumann said he's the most conservative candidate. "It's important to define what that means. A conservative believes in faith, family and country. It's the most important things in their lives, and I do," Neumann said.

The men seemed to agree on a lot of issues Wednesday night, like cutting federal spending and repealing health care reforms. Where they seem to differ is regarding what kind of candidate they think voters want to see, and whether that person is a seasoned politician or a newcomer.

Source: Fox 6 Now Milwaukee on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Declines debates because opponents "want to shoot at me"

Thompson also had some heated words when asked if he has been avoiding debates with other Senate candidates. "Everybody's upset because I'm leading. If I wasn't leading, if I was last place, nobody could care less whether I come," said Thompson. "The fact that I'm number one, everybody wants to shoot at me. Well that's nice, they are being gentlemen about it. We want to take your head off, so come on down." [For this week's debate], Thompson says he had prior engagements.
Source: WLUK-TV FOX 11 News on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Jim Doyle: Priorities: close deficit, improve schools and jobs

As I assume office today, I have been handed a staggering budget deficit of $4.3 billion dollars. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did. And we’re going to fix it. We can’t do everything... but that’s what we’re faced with. Over the long haul, my priorities are clear:
Source: Inaugural Address of Wisconsin’s 44th Governor Jan 6, 2003

Scott Walker: 19 Walker associates involved in "John Doe" scandal

Walker's opponents have pushed to tie an ongoing scandal involving former Walker aides to the governor. The so-called "John Doe" investigation, which is ongoing, centers around allegations of misuse of government time and money during Walker's tenure as the county executive of Milwaukee. It has already resulted in the arrest of three former Walker aides, two of his appointees and a major donor, while 13 others have been granted immunity to aid the investigation. Walker has amassed a large legal-defense fund but insists he is not a target of the investigation; Democrats point to the circumstantial evidence to claim that something fishy clearly was happening on his watch.

If this issue seems like a sideshow compared to what the recall is supposed to be about--a referendum on Walker, his agenda, and his style of governance--that's because views of Walker appear deeply entrenched among the Wisconsin electorate.

Source: The Atlantic on 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate Jun 5, 2002

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