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Here Are The Top 7 Places Hypocritical, ‘Scairdy Cat Republicans Won’t Let You Take A Gun

So, are they cowardly hypocrites or hypocritical cowards? By Sarah K. Burris Raw Story (8/5/19) Republicans, and President Donald Trump, in particular, are known for denouncing “gun-free zones” as part of the problems around mass shootings. The Fox News argument, from Pete Hegseth to Sean Hannity, is that these zones essentially prevented “good guys with guns” from having the ability to shoot back and take down a mass shooter. It’s an interesting claim since, in Ohio and Gilroy, California, the shooter was able to be taken down in less than one minute. In Ohio, there were still nine people killed and 36…


“F-you, I like guns.” — Army Veteran Gets Real About Military Grade Firearms In The Hands Of Civilians:

This rifle is so deadly and so easy to use that no civilian should be able to get their hands on one. We simply don’t need these things in society at large.  By Anastasia Bernoulli Anastasia Writes (2/15/18) America, can we talk? Let’s just cut the shit for once and actually talk about what’s going on without blustering and pretending we’re actually doing a good job at adulting as a country right now. We’re not. We’re really screwing this whole society thing up, and we have to do better. We don’t have a choice. People are dying. At this rate, it’s…


The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led To 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records Of Even One.

We sought information on the FBI’s claims of 90 domestic terrorism arrests and, frankly, it got kind of weird. By Fritz Zimmermann ProPublia (8/9/19) On July 23, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that federal investigations of domestic terrorism had led to some 100 arrests in the last nine months. While the FBI quickly announced that the number was 90, not 100, the basic message appeared unchanged: The FBI was actively investigating and prosecuting domestic terrorists. The 90 arrests have been cited countless times since last weekend’s killing of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, by a man suspected of…


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Russia Monitor: Trump Has Set It Loose. It’s Time To Put Racism Back In The Bottle Again

  “When racism was tamped down in this country before its resurgence lately it was because of public shaming and opinion. To get things back on track we must begin publicly shaming Republicans for their acceptance of this vile hatred through inaction.” — Dennis Brault – friend and occasional Commoner Call contributor in email discussion (8/10/19). By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/12/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is our racist, conspiracy theorist and accused rapist in charge. Credit where due, he’s making it increasingly difficult for supporters and media to deny this – I say to both: Embrace your reality….


ER Doc Points Out Trump & Pols Of Both Parties Are Wrong: Mental Illness Is Not To Blame For Gun Violence Epidemic

Democracy Now! (8/8/19) President Trump went to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, where he was met by hundreds of protesters condemning his presence after the mass shootings over the weekend, which killed at least 32 people. Prior to his visits, Trump hinted at the need to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, and doubled down on what some healthcare professionals say is dangerous rhetoric linking illness to mass shootings. Numerous other political figures have pointed to mental illness as a contributing factor in mass shootings. From Montreal, we speak with Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency…


The Untold Story Behind ICE Raids Of Miss. Plant After $3.75 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement

[Editor’s Note: So What do you think the chances are the billionaires who hired these workers will be arrested? — Mark L. Taylor] By Mike Elk PayDay Report(8/7/19) Today [8/7], ICE carried out what is believed to be the largest immigration raid in decades when they detained 680 workers at seven poultry plants in Morton, Mississippi. The workers, many of them members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), were employed by a company called Koch Foods Inc, which employs 13,000 workers throughout the US. (Koch Foods Inc. has no connection or relation to the billionaire political donor…


Miles For Migrants: Put Your Frequent Flier Miles To A Good Humanitarian Cause

    The Young Turks (8/10/19) Andy Freedman Miles4Migrants is reuniting refugees with their families. Cenk Uygur and Andy Freedman, hosts of The Conversation, break it down. Link to 12-Minute Video ***** Link To Miles4Migrants.org To Learn How You Can Make A Direct Positive Impact On A Migrant Family. (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommonercall.org )


Wealthy, White & Over 50: The Demographics Of The Democratic Presidential Donors

Sludge and Data for Progress analyzed the Democratic presidential candidates’ donors by income, race, gender, age, and ideology. [Editor’s Note: Link to the story to find excellent graphs to go with each category below. — Mark L. Taylor] By Donald Shaw & Alex Kotch Sludge (8/8/19) As dozens of Democrats compete to become their party’s nominee for president of the United States, Sludge and Data for Progress have analyzed the individuals who made campaign contributions totaling over $200 to the candidates in the first half of 2019 to create demographic profiles of the candidates’ donor bases. For the 2020 presidential cycle, our…


Trump’s Cynically Snarky ‘Up Yours’ Empathy-Free Non-Apology Tour

“My Rhetoric Brings People Together”: Trump Has An Untruthful Take On His Anti-Immigrant Slurs By Gaby Del Valle VICE News (8/7/19) Heading out the door to visit the mass shooting sites of Dayton and El Paso, President Donald Trump denied that his repeated anti-immigrant slurs had anything to do with either massacre — even the one carried out by a man who echoed Trump when he referred to Hispanics and immigrants as “invaders.” “No, I don’t think my rhetoric has at all,” the president told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday morning. “I think my rhetoric brings people together. Our country is doing incredibly…


SHOCKING! Republican Leaders Take Aggressive Lead, Proposing Firearm Reforms To Make Country Safer! … NOT!!!

  Mike Huckabee: Thoughts & Prayers Are ‘Only Thing’ That Will Stop Mass Shootings By David Moye HuffPost (8/5/19) This weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have many people demanding that something be done to stop gun violence. However, Mike Huckabee insists there’s only one solution to curbing the violence and it’s ― you guessed it ― “thoughts and prayers,” that time-honored solution of pretending to do something without actually doing anything. On Monday, the former Arkansas governor and twice Republican presidential candidate wrote a post on his blog where he attempted to make the case that “thoughts…


The Latest Massacre Shows The Second Amendment Model Of ‘Slave Patrols’ Is Still In Effect

The slave patrols never really went away. And the slave patrollers are finding in Trump the president they’ve been missing since Andrew Jackson passed away. By Thom Hartmann Common Dreams (8/5/19) While, in the wake of the El Paso murders, the media and most of our politicians are acting shocked—“shocked, I tell you!”—that there are armed racists in America who are trying to terrify people of color, the reality is that it’s pretty much always been that way here in the United States. And until white Americans and the media they control acknowledge that simple history, we won’t be able…


It’s Impossible To Continue Ignoring Trump’s Role In Inspiring Mass Shootings

“The president may not be pulling the trigger or planting the bomb, but he is enabling much of the hatred behind those acts.” By  Mehdi Hasan The Intercept (8/4/19) On Saturday [8/3] morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 peoplebefore surrendering to the police. By all accounts, Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old alleged shooter, is a fan of President Donald Trump and his policies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a Twitter account bearing the suspect’s name contains liked tweets that include a ‘BuildTheWall’ hashtag” and “a photo using guns to spell out ‘Trump.’” Incredibly, the nation woke…


8chan: It’s Time To Shut Down Lethal Hate Site

“Obviously, American society is screwed.” — Fredrick Brennan, founder of 8chan The Daily / New York Times (8/6/19) At least three mass shootings this year — including one in El Paso — have been announced in advance on the online message board 8chan, often accompanied by racist writings. We look at the battle over shutting down the site. On today’s episode: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times, spoke with Fredrick Brennan, the founder of 8chan. Background reading: Fredrick Brennan started 8chan as a free speech utopia. But the site became known as something else: a megaphone…


U.S. State Department Official Involved In White Nationalist Movement

  A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online. By Michael Edison Hayden Hatewatch / Southern Poverty Law Center (8/7/19) A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined. The official, Matthew Q. Gebert, works as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources, a State Department spokesperson told Hatewatch. Online, and in private correspondences with other white…


As Fascist Ideology Grows, The Gift Market Responds

The calendars can also be found on Amazon. By Angela Giuffrida The Guardian (12/27/18) There is no hint of embarrassment as the woman clambers on a chair to reach the high shelf of her newspaper kiosk opposite the Italian interior ministry in Rome. “This is just part of the job,” she says as she hands over the final copy of a 2019 calendar dedicated to the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. A flick through from January to December reveals various images of the rotund man known as Il Duce (the Leader): addressing a crowd bare-chested; punching the air in triumph after signing Italy’s…


There Is Hope For Life: The Story Of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’

“He carried the world on his shoulder.” BBC (8/7/19) “If you’ve never heard of Bob Marley then you must be living under a rock.” — Neville Garrick, Bob Marley’s Art Director and friend. At the time he wrote ‘Redemption Song’, circa 1979, Bob Marley had been diagnosed with the cancer in his toe that later took his life. It is considered one of his greatest works and continues to inspire generations of Marley fans across the world. For Grammy Award Winning artist John Legend, it’s become an anthem for addressing the criminal justice system of America. ‘Musicians without Borders’ practitioner…


Greenland’s Ice Wasn’t Supposed To Melt Like Last Week Until 2070

The Greenland ice sheet covers an area the size of Alaska with enough ice to raise global sea level by more than 20 feet. By Thomas Mote The Hill (8/4/19) During the past week, temperatures at the highest reaches of the Greenland ice sheet rose above freezing, melting snow at the Summit Station (10,550 feet above sea level) for the first time since July 2012 and perhaps only the third time in the last seven centuries. Across lower elevations around the margins of the ice sheet, bare glacial ice melted at an unprecedented rate, losing 12.5 billion tons of water on Thursday alone, with…


Ruin Trump’s Day: Here’s A Direct Action You Can Take To Support Young ‘Dreamers’

  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is still alive, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to kill it, and it’s vital that eligible immigrant youth renew their two-year protections as soon as possible. The cost for immigrant youth to apply is steep. That’s why Daily Kos is supporting the United We Dream DACA renewal fund. UWD has a waiting list of hundreds of young people, and every dollar raised is a chance to get them the resources they need to live without fear of deportation. Please chip in to the DACA renewal fund today to help support immigrant…


A Commoner Writes: Easy To Dismiss Health Care For All When You Have Gold-Plated Coverage For Your Family

The people behind this editorial absolutely have no interest in making sure you don’t die from not being able to afford healthcare, and are assisting the elite in their class war on working people. [Editor’s Note: The following was in response to a Washington post opinion piece “Why Go To The Trouble Of Running For Presdient To Promote Ideas That Wont’s Work”. — Editor] I can guarantee you that the Washington Post’s six-figure-earning, condo-with-doormen-dwelling, Ivy League, mealy-mouthed, out-of-touch editorial board has never had any issue with obtaining healthcare when they needed it, because they have gold-plated health insurance plans. And…


Notably Quotable: “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is…”

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables ***** “It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal — all that a country is a collection of people — people heal when there’s deep truth-telling,” Marianne Williamson said. “We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has…


‘Official Indifference’ — U.S. Justice Dept. Provides Cover For White Nationalist Murder

By Michael German & Emmanuel Mauleón Salon / Commentary (8/4/19) How many violent white supremacist attacks happened last year in the United States? 50? 500? 1,000? Recent news stories have reported a rise in such crimes across the country. Yet the truth is that no one knows the scope of far-right violence in the United States because the FBI and Department of Justice deprioritize the investigation and prosecution of these crimes and fail to collect accurate national data regarding such attacks, despite a congressional mandate to do so (see here for a list of state hate crimes). Applying a hate crime label to an attack that clearly…


Let’s Get Real: There’s Nothing Moderate About ‘Moderate’ Dems & Joe Biden Is ‘Exhibit A’

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren ***** “Moderate” sounds so much nicer than, say, “enmeshed with Wall Street” or “supportive of the military-industrial complex.” [Editor’s Note: Make no mistake, while the current crop of ‘moderate’ dems may be better on social issues, when it comes to matters of deference to Wall Street, war and protection of the corporate state, they’re a bunch of moderate republicans. These dangerous times demand far more…


Corporate Dems Have Been In The Driver’s Seat For 30 Years. No More.

“I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas.” — Sen. Bernie Sander, second democratic presidential debate. By Btanko Marcetic In These Times (7/31/19) For the past three decades, the Democratic Party has been living with a debilitating trauma that’s left it a shell of what it once was. But if Tuesday night’s debate is any indication, the Democrats may finally be moving into the home stretch of a long, painful recovery. Rather than sticking to the longtime script of Democrats pandering to the center, the two highest polling candidates on the stage—Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—articulated a clear-eyed left-wing vision of…


Thom Hartmann Says Now Is The Time For Dems To Finally Get Tough With Trump

  Ralph Nader Radio Hour (7/20/19) “To go back to what they taught me in psychotherapy school, when confronted with a bully, kick him in the nuts. I really think this is what the Democrats need to be doing. They need to be going at Donald Trump with everything they have, and just calling him a racist is nowhere near enough. He’s also a criminal. He’s also a thief, and has been throughout his life. He’s a rapist. And that’s fairly well documented. These are words that really need to be attached to him, particularly if he’s going to do…


A Simple Lesson For Republicans From Their Only (Now Retiring) Black House Rep

“Don’t be an a-hole. Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist, right? Don’t be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we should all have learned in kindergarten.”  — Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the GOP’s only back member in the House of Representatives who has announced his retirement. Watch A Republican Congressman Scold Trump: Don’t Be ‘An A**hole’: Link to 17-Minute Video (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommonercall.org )


Wisconsin Under Direct Surveillance By War Dept. This Summer: ‘A Dystopian Surveillance State Being Built in Plain Sight’

“These programs are not about stopping violence, they’re about social control.” [Editor’s Note: Americans would never put up with the incessant hum of surveillance drones circling endlessly overhead as civilian victims of American wars have to. So, instead, unseen, silent, high-altitude and just as observant surveillance balloons will not attract attention while doing the job. History has shown that all empires hollow themselves out, eventually turning the weapons of foreign domination back on to the impoverished and beaten down civilians at home. This is happening now. — Mark L. Taylor] By Julia Conley Common Dreams (8/2/19) Millions of Americans across the…


Russia Monitor: A Majority Of House Dems Have Taken A Stand

  House Dems – Majority Support Impeachment! By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/5/19) Dear Fellow Readers, And here we are, a majority of House Dems support impeachment of Trump. I give the nod to Esquire columnist Charles Pierce because his column is loaded with links to stories of recent declarations of support: Nancy Pelosi Cannot Resist an Impeachment Inquiry Much Longer. Plus he has style; consider his opening paragraph: “Here is something that happened while we were all watching John Delaney turn into a mannequin Tom Dewey on national television.” While summing up Dem presidential candidate John Delaney, he provides a link…


Media’s ‘Perseverance Porn’ Normalizes The Unnecessary Brutality Of American Life

  By Alan MacLeod The Guardian (8/1/19) Sports media giant ESPN recently published an in-depth and supposedly inspirational feature on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hopeful Jordan Williams, who fought for a lucrative UFC pro contract, on 23 July. It described how the true fighter has persevered through difficulties, training hard and smart to rise to the top despite many setbacks, including his type 1 diabetes. “I’ve been an athlete my whole life, even before I was diagnosed as a diabetic and now long after. I always try to go my hardest and always try to train and push myself to the limit,” Williams…


Ex-Health Insurance Exec: Industry Is Using Same Old, Decades-Old Lies & Scare Tactics To Fight Medicare For All

  Democracy Now! (8/2/19) The Democratic presidential candidates remain deeply divided on how to expand healthcare to the tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both pushed for abolishing private health insurance and establishing a Medicare for All system. Their rivals have pushed a number of different, more incremental approaches. During the first night of the latest debates, Sanders pointed out that the country has taken sweeping action before to expand health coverage to millions of Americans, referring to the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. We…


We Need Health Care, Not Corporate Health Insurance

We don’t have any benefit from including a corporate middle man. By Tom Crofton The Commoner Call (8/5/19) I have been very frustrated by the ineffective talking points from single payer advocates and the outright disinformation from opponents. The recent democratic debates brought this frustration to a new level and unless we clear up the explanations we will see this effort go down in flames. Typical good insurance, such as mine, attained through a collectively bargained union contract and, paid for by employers, costs at least $14,000 per year. As part of a total package, the workers choose after negotiations ,…


Historic Floods & Drowned Land Brings A Climate Reckoning In The Heartland

[Editor’s Note: It is a mark of the human ability to deny the obvious at how the farmers interviewed in this piece cannot bring themselves to acknowledge the issue of catastrophic climate crisis, even as their farms and machinery are idled by historic flooding and their fields are transformed to vast inland lakes. Let us hope they will come to hear the scientist interviewed in the Democracy Now! interviews below. — Mark L. Taylor] CBS (7/26/19) “A historic flood in March 2019 left much of America’s heartland under water. Partiularly hard-hit were Midwestern grain farmers, and climate experts say storms…


Let’s Send Post Cards To Sen. ‘Moscow Mitch’ McConnell

Московский Митч Sen. Moscow Mitch McConnell Russell Senate Office Building 317 Delaware Avenue Washington, DC 20510 You can contact by email, HERE. ***** Kentucky Democrats Sell $200,000 Worth Of ‘Moscow Mitch’ Gear In 48 Hours Make the Trump years go by easier with your own ‘Moscow Mitch’ shot glass. Fill ‘er up! “Just say NYET! to Moscow Mitch.” By Matthew Chapman Raw Story (8/3/19) On Saturday, Fox News reported that the Kentucky Democratic Party is claiming a haul of $200,000 from their line of “Moscow Mitch” merchandise that went live on their campaign webstore just two days ago. Kentucky Democrats are selling T-shirts, bumper…


Trump’s Crude Words Are Cruel, Hateful – And Infectious. We Must Resist Calculated Hate

Language is a kind of virus, and history has shown many times that this virus can be lethal. By Francine Prose The Guardian (7/30/19) In the lead-up to the 2016 election, after Donald Trump referred to Mexican immigrants as “animals” and his supporters began chanting “Lock her up” about Hillary Clinton, it seemed as if a malevolent genie had been let out of a bottle. Now, almost three years later, it has become painfully clear just how cruel, powerful and destructive that hateful spirit is, and that the survival of our country, our culture – indeed of our humanity – may depend…


Is The Nation Spinning Toward Civil War?

2020 may go beyond nastiness and division and plunge America into a new level of disunion. By Austin Sarat WBUR (7/30/19) This past weekend brought new evidence of the extraordinary nastiness that will mark America’s 2020 presidential election. On Saturday, President Donald Trump again stirred the embers of racial antagonism when he attacked another black member of Congress, this time Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland congressman whose district includes low-income sections of Baltimore. And on Sunday, a Washington Post story with the headline, “Trump campaign sees political advantage in a divisive appeal to working-class white voters,” reported that Trump’s advisers have concluded “…that the overall…


Failure Of Leadership: Here’s Proof Ole Miss Officials Knew Identities Of Two Students Who Posed In Front Of Shot-Up Emmett Till Sign, But Did Little

One of the students posted a photo to his private Instagram account in March showing the trio in front of a roadside plaque commemorating the site where Till’s body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River. By Jerry Mitchell Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting / ProPublica (7/30/19) When the head of the University of Mississippi condemned fraternity members last week for posing with guns in front of a bullet-riddled memorial to the slain 14-year-old civil rights icon Emmett Till, he defended the campus investigation and the decision not to discipline the students. He said Ole Miss had been unable to identify “all” the students involved…


One Of The Best Interviews You Can Watch This Year: Joe Rogan & Dr. Cornel West

Joe Rogan Experience (7/24/19) Dr. Cornel West is a philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Link to 2-Hour Video    


Earliest Ever ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ Shows Humanity’s Consumption Of Planet’s Natural Resources Raging Unabated

If everyone lived like U.S. population, we’d need five planets. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams (7/29/19) There are more than five months left in the year, but on Monday humankind had already burned through the planet’s ecological resource budget for 2019. It’s the earliest the date—known as Earth Overshoot Day—has ever come, the Global Footprint Network, which tracks the metric, said in a statement. “Systemic change isn’t radical, it’s what we need to survive,” said the Sunrise Movement in response to the milestone. Impacts of the overshoot back up Sunrise’s call for sweeping action. “The costs of this global ecological overspending,” says the Global Footprint…


Russia Monitor: ‘Moscow Mitch’ Joins Trump Lawyer Comrade Barr To Pave The Path For Continued Russian Attacks On Elections

Московский Митч “There is a lot at stake, and people are scared, but we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in just because we’re too scared to do anything else.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren Democratic debate (7/30/19) ***** “I do know it,” he said. “I wrote the damn bill!” — Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) remark re: M4A bill; Democratic debate (7/30/19) ***** “Russia’s efforts to interfere in our elections remain relentless.” — Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) signing her support for Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act – first GOP sponsor. By Dan Peak The Commoner…


As Deficit Explodes, Ron Johnson & Ted Cruz Demand Even More Tax Cuts For The Super Wealthy

Ron Johnson joined 19 other GOP senators to urge Treasury to give the wealthy yet another massive tax cut via executive order. By Bess Levin Vanity Fair (7/29/19) A sitting U.S. president who can’t stop attacking black and brown people. A never-ending trade war that has necessitated more than one multibillion-dollar farm bailout. A humanitarian crisis on the border of his own state. These are just a handful of the many issues that Senator Ted Cruz could be focused on. Instead, he’s currently devoting his efforts to a much more important cause: demanding another tax cut for the rich, this time without Congress’s approval. In a letter sent to Steve Mnuchin on Monday, the…


Wisconsin Voters Surveyed Say: “Tax the rich!”

  By Erik Gunn Wisconsin Examiner (7/24/19) Nearly four out of five Wisconsin voters support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, with three out of five “strongly” in favor, according to a survey released today. The poll was commissioned by Tax March, a campaign to repeal the Trump Administration’s 2017 rewrite of federal tax laws, and was conducted by Public Policy Polling. It was released in connection with the arrival of the “Tax the Rich” bus tour in Madison this morning to publicize the campaign and its objectives. The polls found that 62% of Wisconsin voters supported repealing the 2017 changes.  The…