Public education champion Tony Evers is Wisconsin’s new governor!

State Superintendent Tony Evers, a staunchly pro-public education Democrat, is Wisconsin’s new governor, defeating incumbent Republican Scott Walker, long known for his attacks on public schools and educators.

WEAC President Ron Martin applauded WEAC members for their hard work in helping to elect Evers.

“Today is filled with possibilities and opportunities, leading us to a better future,” Martin said in a video message to members. “This victory belongs to you. But more importantly, it belongs to our kids.”

As State Superintendent, Evers has proposed increasing public school funding by $1.4 billion, has said he will freeze the school voucher program as a first step toward its eventual phase-out, strongly supports community schools that help meet the needs of students and families in the local community, and plans to place in statute requirements for teacher voice to be part of all education-related decision and policy-making initiatives.

“We have lots of work to do now,” Martin said. “We have a partner who’s willing to listen to us, and we need to be there to provide the kind of advice and support that he will need to lead this state.

“We had a part in this victory, and I couldn’t be more proud of the WEAC members who participated. The work you did will not go unnoticed,” Martin said.

“And now we go back to our classes and we do what we do every single day, and that’s make life better for students. And you can count on WEAC to be there to support you, so you can focus on your students.”

In other statewide races, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin easily won re-election over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, while Democrat Josh Kaul was narrowly leading incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel with 99 percent of the vote in. Secretary of State Doug La Follette was re-elected, and Sarah Godlewski was elected State Treasurer. Republicans came out of the election holding majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

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Tony Evers defeats Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s governor’s race

After upending Wisconsin politics and infuriating liberals across the country, Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term to Tony Evers.

Tony Evers beats Scott Walker to win Wisconsin governor’s race in nail-biter

Democrat Tony Evers has won the Wisconsin governor’s race in a stunning upset of two-term Republican incumbent Scott Walker.

Evers launches ‘Tour for Change’ in closing days of campaign for governor

 

As the campaign for governor enters its last few days, Democratic candidate Tony Evers is touring the state in a school bus, outlining the sharp differences between himself and incumbent Scott Walker, who is well known for attacking public school educators and gutting funds for public education. Evers’ Tour for Change began Wednesday and continues through Monday, the day before the election. Below are scheduled bus tour stops as of Thursday, November 1.

Eau Claire:

W.R. Davies Student Center

77 Roosevelt Ave

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Thursday, November 1

Time: 12:15PM

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Hudson:

Hop and Barrel

310 2nd St

Hudson, WI 54016

Thursday, November 1

Time: 2:45PM

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Superior:

Thirsty Pagan Brewing

1623 Broadway St

Superior, WI 54880

Thursday, November 1

Time: 6:45PM

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Ashland:

Blue Wave Inn

2521 Lake Shore Dr W

Ashland, WI 54806

Thursday, November 1

Time: 9:15PM

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Rhinelander:

Rhinelander Cafe + Pub

33 N Brown Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

Friday, November 2

Time: 9:45AM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83083/

 

Wausau:

Marathon County Democratic Party

833 S 3rd Ave

Wausau, WI 54401

Friday, November 2

Time: 12:15PM

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Stevens Point:

Location TBD

Friday, November 2

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Oshkosh:

Winnebago County Democratic Party Office

480 N Main St

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Friday, November 2

Time: 4:15PM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83088/

 

Manitowoc:

Ryans on York

712 York St

Manitowoc, WI 54220

Friday, November 2

Time: 6:15PM

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Green Bay:

Teamsters Local Union 662

1546 Main St

Green Bay, WI 54302

Saturday, November 3

Time: 8:45AM

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Appleton:

Outagamie Democratic Party

Saturday, November 3

2701 N Oneida St

Appleton, WI 54911

Time: 11:30AM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83098/

 

Fond du Lac

Fond Du Lac Democratic Party

239 S. Main St

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Saturday, November 3

Time: 1:15PM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83102/

 

Plymouth

The Hub

1611 Eastern Avenue

Plymouth, WI 53073

Saturday, November 3

Time: 2:45PM

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Waukesha

Waukesha County Democratic Party Office

336 Wisconsin Ave

Waukesha, WI 53186

Saturday, November 3

Time: 5:15PM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83107/

 

Milwaukee

Bay View Office

2999 S. Delaware Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53702

Saturday, November 3

Time: 7:45PM

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Racine

Racine County Democratic Party office

507 6th Street

Racine, WI 53403

Sunday, November 4

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Kenosha

UAW Local 72 Union Hall

3615 Washington Rd

Kenosha, WI 53144

Sunday, November 4

Time: 2:45PM

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Milwaukee

Coordinated Campaign southside office

725 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Sunday, November 4

Time: 4:45PM

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Beloit

Location TBD

Monday, November 5

Time: 10:30AM

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Janesville

Janesville Coordinated Campaign Office

50 S Main St.

Janesville, WI 53545

Monday, November 5

Time: 11:45AM

events.mobilizeamerica.io/dpw/event/83127/

 

Whitewater

TBD

Monday, November 5

Time: 1:15PM

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Madison

TBD

Monday, November 5

Time: 4:45PM

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Check out these great WEAC election resources

WEAC has created more election resources than ever before as we approach the critical November 6 election. We have:

  • Created our Elections Resource Page at weac.org/election, a sort of clearinghouse of election information and resources.
  • Made it easy for you to find out who WEAC and NEA are recommending in your area, just by going to weac.org/vote.
  • Created a document at weac.org/clerks with phone numbers of your local clerks so you can call them and find out when early voting hours are in your community.
  • Created a document at weac.org/opportunities that lists many options for how you can get involved in the election.
  • Created Election Watch news alerts that you can receive in your inbox simply by signing up at weac.org/election-watch.

And, every day, we are gathering news articles and organizing them on our Politics and Elections Board at weac.org/election2018, to help you keep up with the latest news and developments.

The Politics and Elections Board is a collection of articles from news outlets such as the Washington Post, Politico, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and many other sources, as well as internal NEA, WEAC and Regional communications. It’s a great way to follow election news from a lot of different voices that you might otherwise miss. We scan the Internet daily and use a platform called Scoop.it to gather and organize these news articles and resources.

You can access this resource by clicking on this Politics and Election Board link or by going to: weac.org/election2018. For your convenience, we also are embedding it below:

Washington Post says Walker’s assault on public education ‘could be coming back to bite him’

In an analysis of the Wisconsin governor’s race, the Washington Post says state residents are not buying Scott Walker’s ironic claim that he is the ‘education governor,’ and instead recognize that he has severely cut public school budgets and worked to undermine respect for educators.

“Though the election is still a few weeks away and anything can happen, (Democrat Tony) Evers has been leading in recent polls, and Walker’s efforts to recast himself as the ‘education governor’ don’t appear to have convinced his critics. His education ‘reform’ agenda could be coming back to bite him at a time when interest in supporting public education in Wisconsin seems to be growing among many residents at the local level,” the article states.

The article notes that Evers has been a teacher, principal and superintendent and is now in his third term as Wisconsin’s superintendent of public instruction.

Evers, it says, “has called for much more funding for public schools and has been critical of the state’s voucher programs, which use public money for private and religious school funding. He is seen as a threat by supporters of the ‘school choice’ movement.”

The article concludes: “Voters will soon decide whether Walker’s record is good enough to give him a third term, but if they decide against him, his education agenda will have played a big role.”

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Analysis | Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s assault on public education could be coming back to bite him

This was the beginning of a July news story in the Capital Times in Madison, Wis., about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign for a third term as a Republican governor: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker started branding himself “the pro-education governor,” one of his Democratic opponents said he “thought it was a joke from The Onion.”

NBC/Marist poll shows Evers leading Walker by 10 points

A new poll released Thursday by NBC/Marist shows Democratic candidate Tony Evers leading incumbent Governor Scott Walker by 10 points, just four weeks ahead of the November 6 election. The results vary sharply from a poll released earlier in the week by Marquette University Law School. That poll had the governor’s race in a statistical tie, although a Marquette poll two weeks earlier showed Evers leading Walker by 7 points.

The latest NBC/Marist poll shows Evers with 53 percent support among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup, while Walker gets 43 percent. Among the larger pool of registered voters in the state, Evers’ lead is 9 points, 52 percent to 43 percent — down from his 13-point lead in July’s NBC/Marist poll.

The NBC/Marist poll said the differences between its results and those of Marquette poll are attributed to these factors:

1. The polls use different samples: Marquette uses a voter list; Marist uses random digit dialing.

2. The polls use different likely-voter models: Marquette’s model is based exclusively on voters certain to vote; Marist’s uses a probability model based on interest, chance of vote and past vote.

3. Voter ID: Marquette’s sample among likely voters was R+3; Marist’s was D+1.

Whatever the polls show now, it is clear, said WEAC President Ron Martin, that getting out the vote will make the difference in the November 6 election.

“Wisconsin public school educators stand firmly with Dr. Evers, because he’s focused on the issues that matter – like schools and roads,” Martin said.

Read more about the NBC/Marist poll:

Poll: Walker trails in race for Wisconsin governor

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is behind by double digits in his re-election bid, while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is comfortably ahead as a near majority of likely voters say they prefer Democrats to control Congress, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll of the state.

Poll: Walker down 10 points in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trailing state schools superintendent Tony Evers by 10 points in his reelection bid, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday. Walker gets 43 percent of likely voters’ support in the survey, while 53 percent support Evers. Walker also has a significant deficit when comparing the two candidates’ favorability ratings.

Evers, Walker statistically tied in latest Marquette University Law School poll

With just four weeks to go until the November 6 election, the latest Marquette University Law School poll has incumbent Governor Scott Walker with 47 percent support among likely voters, compared to 46 percent for Democrat Tony Evers and 5 percent for Libertarian Phil Anderson. The results amount to a statistical tie. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tammy Baldwin leads Republican Leah Vukmir, 53 percent to 43 percent.

 

Mother Jones: How parents and teachers ‘could expel Scott Walker from office’

A new article from Mother Jones expertly summarizes the race for Wisconsin governor, pitting pro-public education candidate Tony Evers against Scott Walker, who began his term in 2011 by attacking and undermining the state’s public employees, including teachers and education support professionals, and then followed up with massive cuts to Wisconsin’s public schools. The article points out:

During his first five years in office, Walker cut education spending by a total of $1.2 billion. More recently, he’s increased funding somewhat, though not enough to offset the damage caused by the earlier reductions.

The result has been disastrous. Districts around the state face applicant shortages when trying to fill job openings, as teachers look for work in other states and new college graduates avoid the profession altogether. Between the 2011-12 and 2015-16 school years, median compensation for Wisconsin’s public school teachers fell 12.6 percent, a reduction in wages and benefits of nearly $11,000 annually, according to a study by the left-leaning Center for American Progress. “We’ve been nonstop battling the effects of [Act 10],” says Amy Mizialko, the president of the Milwaukee teachers’ union. “Our students have suffered greatly as a result.” …

“To beat Scott Walker, we need a stronger vision for our future,” Evers says in his first TV ad. “Instead of investing…in handouts to companies like Foxconn, I’m gonna invest in our kids and our workers…I’m going to make sure that every kid gets a great school, no matter what the zip code.”

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Will pissed-off parents and teachers expel Scott Walker from office?

Tom Rulseh was baffled by the email from an angry constituent. Why, the woman demanded to know, had the Three Lakes School District allowed Gov. Scott Walker to film a campaign ad in a public school that had nearly been forced to close thanks in part to Walker’s own budget cuts?

Evers leads Walker by 7 points in new poll; Baldwin leads Vukmir by 13

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia Center for Politics poll released on Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers leads incumbent Governor Scott Walker by seven points, 50-43, among likely voters. Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin holds a 13-point lead over Republican State Senator Leah Vukmir among likely voters in the same poll, with 52 percent of support to Vukmir’s 39 percent.

The new poll reinforces one released last week in which Evers led Walker by 5 points and Baldwin led Vukmir by 11 points.

In the latest poll, 49 percent of likely voters said they think Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction, compared to 44 percent who said it’s on the right track.

WEAC members can find out more about this fall’s elections at weac.org/elections. Also, find out who WEAC and the NEA are recommending in your area by going to weac.org/vote.

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Reuters/Ipsos/UVA poll shows leads for Tony Evers, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate show strong leads among likely voters according to a new Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia Center for Politics poll released on Wednesday. According to the poll, conducted Sept. 14-21, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers leads Walker by seven points among likely voters.

‘We’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long time,’ Evers says at election rally

Election Kickoff Rally Slideshow:

WEAC leaders and members kicked off the 2018 Election Season with a rally Saturday, September 15, in support of Tony Evers for Governor, Mandela Barnes for Lieutenant Governor, Josh Kaul for Attorney General, Sarah Godlewski for State Treasurer, Doug La Follette for Secretary of State, Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate, and more. “We – and I – have been waiting for this day for a long, long time,” Evers said. “We’re going to take back control of our schools.”

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WEAC Board recommends Evers for governor, Barnes for lieutenant governor and La Follette for secretary of state

The WEAC Board of Directors on Monday concurred with recommendations of the WEAC Political Action Committee and voted to recommend Tony Evers for Governor, Mandela Barnes for lieutenant governor and Doug La Follette for secretary of state. The General Election is Tuesday, November 6.

In making these recommendations, the Political Action Committee said:

WEAC Recommendation for Governor:

Tony Evers

Dr. Tony Evers met with the WEAC PAC this morning, Wednesday, August 15, and answered the Committee’s questions in his most direct, engaging, and genuine manner. Dr. Evers’ authentic manner will do us proud as we engage the struggle to restore Wisconsin values to the Governor’s office.

Specifically, Dr. Evers will place in statute requirements for teacher voice to be part of all education-related decision and policy-making initiatives.

In addition, Dr. Evers will advance a state budget that restores the State’s commitment to two-thirds public education funding with weighting for poverty. Special education funding will also be increased to 60%, with a trajectory established to reach a 90% funding level.

Dr. Evers spoke forcefully about the need for voucher transparency and seeks to freeze the program as a first step for the eventual phase-out of this unregulated and ineffective program.

Lastly, Dr. Evers answered in a most forthright manner that he strongly supports:

  • Community Schools Initiatives
  • The WTCS system
  • The WRS retirement plan
  • Mental Health Services
  • Increased funding for Educational Support Professionals

WEAC Recommendation for Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes

Mandela Barnes met with the WEAC PAC Wednesday, August 15, and answered the Committee’s questions in a very professional and succinct manner. At the same time, Mr. Barnes came across very sincere and determined in speaking about the four main issues he will address in this historic campaign:

  • Addressing health care costs and needs.
  • Funding and supporting our public schools.
  • Addressing our State’s environment and natural resource treasures by fully staffing the departments that have regulatory authority and, where appropriate, enforce penalties. In addition, Mr. Barnes will seek to expand renewable energy opportunities.
  • Building a truly robust State economy.

Mr. Barnes is a proud graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and has always supported MTEA goals and initiatives. During Mr. Barnes’s legislative career, Mr. Barnes has earned WEAC support and is most proud of all you do.


WEAC Recommendation for Secretary of State

Doug La Follette

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette met with the WEAC PAC Wednesday afternoon, August 15, and answered the questions posed to him in a well informed and thorough manner. In answering the Committee’s questions, Mr. La Follette displayed great knowledge about our State.

Mr. La Follette has extensive knowledge about Wisconsin State government and indicates a belief in needing to partner with the State Treasurer. This partnership is critical in restoring the duties and responsibilities of these offices.

Lastly, Mr.La Follette shares our Wisconsin values and strongly supported public education and all of us during the Act 10 tragedy.

For more recommendations visit the WEAC Elections Page at weac.org/elections.

This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.