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Jeff Smith - Disappointment and Opportunity

Senator Jeff Smith
May 18, 2020

Disappointment and opportunity may not always belong in the same sentence, but when addressing conflicts they often work together. We can be disappointed, but we have to consider the opportunity before us to move forward and be better.

 

This is how I felt about last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to lift the Safer at Home order. Although we’re left feeling disappointed, we must consider the opportunities ahead to get through this crisis.

 

Jeff Smith - The Importance of Being Prepared

Senator Jeff Smith
May 11, 2020

As we become responsible adults we are faced with many decisions that can affect our future and the future of our families. We choose a career, decide where we work and how to prepare for retirement. We may choose a life partner, start a family, move and continue to make important decisions because, after all, we’re responsible to prepare our children to be independent.

 

Vos' challenger drops out of race due to family attacks

Robert Prailes
May 8, 2020

Only one week after entering the race to run against Robin Vos, Robert Prailes dropped out of the race this morning after alleged attacks on his family.  Prailes' Facebook page held the following statement today:

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Ohio- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

May 4, 2020

For those of us of a certain age, the events of fifty years ago today are vivid. I was ending my junior year in High School, worrying about the draft, worrying about heading off to college in a year, and worried about a gazillion other things. It was a trying time, although I suppose when you are 17 everything is trying. 

Jeff Smith - Connecting during crisis

State Senator Jeff Smith
May 4, 2020

Think about it – thanks to technology it’s possible to do so much from the nearest Wi-Fi location during this global pandemic. Some people can work from home or have a video call with their loved ones, and children can get their lessons from their teacher. Folks feeling ill, or dealing with a health condition, can use telehealth to meet with a medical professionals.

Wisconsin Democratic Convention to go All-Virtual

WisDems Logo
April 28, 2020

This morning that the Wisconsin Democratic Convention will move to an all-virtual format this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously the party had announced that the convention would move to a scaled-back format, but there will now be no in-person aspects to the convention.

Millions of People Face Stimulus Check Delays for a Strange Reason: They Are Poor

April 25, 2020

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The New Partisan Peak Of Wisconsin's 2020 Pandemic Supreme Court Election

Jill Karofsky
April 22, 2020

If there's one truism in American politics these days, it seems to be that political division is pervasive. State supreme court elections in the battleground state of Wisconsin are a perfect illustration of the powerful role that partisan divides can play in ostensibly nonpartisan races, even when the vote is conducted in the middle of a pandemic.

Jeff Smith - The Wisconsin COVID-19 Response Bill

Senator Jeff Smith
April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 public health emergency has forced us to quickly adapt and adjust our daily routines for this unprecedented time. Like so many families in rural Wisconsin, my bandwidth isn’t capable of allowing me to always work from home. So, last week from a small room on the UW-Eau Claire campus, I joined my senate colleagues through my computer screen for a virtual Senate Floor Session.

 

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