President Obama fires up Milwaukee crowd for Mary Burke

MILWAUKEE — With exactly one week until Election Day, President Barack Obama campaigned in Milwaukee with Mary Burke on Tuesday evening.

The president visited North Division High School, a school located in a predominantly African-American ward that gave him 99 percent of the vote in 2012. The crowd, estimated at 3,547 by the Milwaukee fire inspector, filled the school’s field house, occasionally erupting into cheers of “Mary!” and “Obama.”

“This is ground zero,” said Avis Wright, a Milwaukee resident, of the school and its surrounding community.

She and Teresa Brewer said Burke embraced the president’s support in the nick of time. Tuesday’s visit was Obama’s third trip to Wisconsin during the course of the gubernatorial race, but the first time the two appeared together in public. They spoke on the phone during his first visit and met privately when he returned.

'Eleanor's Hope' Puts Retirement Gap into Races

WOMENSENEWS–As the midterm election heads into its final weeks, advocates for women’s financial security are girding up for another round of battles over Social Security and Medicare, the age-old safety net programs upon which women disproportionately depend.

The Washington-based National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare launched a national initiative Oct. 9 to create grassroots support for ending the gender gap in retirement benefits to decrease the nearly 11 percent poverty rate among senior women, which is 50 percent higher than that of male retirees.

Called “Eleanor’s Hope”–in honor of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt who championed passage of the Social Security Act in 1935–the initiative proposes sweeping changes to modernize the system to reflect women’s contributions as breadwinners as well as family caregivers.

“Women have a lot at stake in November’s election and beyond,” said Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, last week at a press conference organized by the committee in Washington, D.C. “Although Social Security is vitally important to all Americans, it is especially important to women because they live longer than do men, have more health care needs and receive less in Social Security benefits because they worked in low-wage jobs or took time out of the workforce for caregiving.”

Wisc.’s Mary Burke Stressing Education and Jobs

Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke stopped in Milwaukee on September 29, delivering a campaign speech that stressed
education and jobs to a crowd of 1,000 folks in the downtown Wisconsin Center.

Burke’s speech was flanked with the words of two iconic African-American women, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Burke’s main slogan “A New Direction for Wisconsin.” stresses her record as a private sector job creator in her father’s Wisconsin-based company Trek Bicycles. Burke, a Harvard MBA, stated that Scott Walker’s 2010 promise to create 250,000 jobs in the state in four years has fallen far short.

New Women’s Initiative Focuses on Income Inequality, Health and Retirement Security

Eleanor’s Hope logoOct. 11, 2014 – A new national initiative, Eleanor’s Hope, to help bring an end to the disparity between men’s and women’s income, health and retirement security, was launched this week by The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. A “press call” announcement included Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), NOW President Terry O’Neill and Tufts Health Plan President/CEO, James Roosevelt, Jr. “Women have a lot at stake in November’s election and beyond,” said Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO.

“Through grassroots advocacy and education in our communities and on Capitol Hill, the Eleanor’s Hope project will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists, highlight female leaders who are making a difference and generate national interest in women’s health and retirement security issues leading up to the 2014 and 2016 elections.”

The National Committee will also hold a Congressional staff briefing, Tuesday, October 14, on the issues and policy prescriptions needed to address the income inequality, retirement insecurity and health inequities facing women. Then on October 15,  representatives of the initiative will join members of the nation’s only all-female Congressional delegation in New Hampshire to talk about the “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative.

Both Praise & Disrespect Greets AG Eric Holder’s Resignation

Attorney General Eric Holder made his resignation official yesterday at an emotional press conference in which he thanked his family for their support and expressed gratitude for having had the chance to serve under President Obama. Now the task of choosing a new AG begins. And with the bottomless partisanship in Washington, it will be contentious.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation were saddened by the news, but also concerned about what it could mean for the civil rights work that Holder had been so active in.

“He’s been a real asset to this fight for people who didn’t necessarily get a fair chance in this justice system,” Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) told The Root.

In a statement we received from Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, she says, “The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is a great loss for our country. As one of the Obama Administration’s leading progressive voices, Attorney General Holder led the charge in support of same-sex marriage, protecting our voting rights, and addressing the inequities in our criminal justice system. As the first African-American to serve as Attorney General, his honorable legacy of justice is nothing less than historic.”

John Nichols: Gwen Moore's right: Delay voter ID

Congresswoman Gwen Moore has no fear of Scott Walker. She beat the governor in his first campaign — for the state Legislature in 1990.

But Moore does fear the confusion and potential voter disenfranchisement that could result from a haphazard and ill-planned implementation of the state’s voter ID law.

That is why she has called on the Government Accountability Board to wait until after the November election to begin implementing the controversial rules requiring an approved photo ID in order to vote.

Moore is right to propose the delay.

The voter ID law that was enacted by Republican legislators and signed by Walker was blocked by Federal Judge Lynn Adelman, who sits in Milwaukee, because it discriminates disproportionately against seniors, students and people of color. Adelman’s ruling, which was hailed by legal experts from across the country, should have settled it.

Murphy, Lenda receive Congressional law enforcement honor

OAK CREEK – Lieutenant Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda received several standing ovations during a ceremony at the Oak Creek Community Center on Wednesday.  They are credited with ending the attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin just six minutes after the first 911 call.

“I think all of us remember where we were on August 5, 2012,” said Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

Murphy and Lenda received the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.

“I simply want to thank these two men and our law enforcement personnel who do this to keep us safe,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

The attacker shot Murphy more than a dozen times.

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