Saturday, April 6, 2024

‘Goodbye, Zuckerbucks!’: Wisconsin Voters Ban Private Funding of Elections; Mayoral Upset in Wisconsin Signals Trouble for Joe Biden

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‘Goodbye, Zuckerbucks!’: Wisconsin Voters Ban Private Funding of Elections:
Wisconsin voters approved an amendment on Tuesday night, banning the private funding of elections in the swing state.
The amendment directs that “donations and grants may not be applied for, accepted, expended, or used in…connection with the conduct of any primary, election, or referendum,” according to the question phrasing that the Wisconsin State Legislature listed. Associated Press election results showed the ballot question passed by a 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent vote.
Wisconsinites also voted in favor of a second part to the amendment on ballot question two, mandating “that only election officials designated by law may perform tasks in the conduct of primaries, elections, and referendums.” That question passed with 58.6 percent of support.
The votes come four years after the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), gave more than $10 million in grants in Wisconsin in the 2020 election, as Capital Research Center reported.
“Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan notoriously poured hundreds of millions of ‘Zuckerbucks’ into” the CTCL “for the purpose of getting out the vote in Democrat-leaning areas in the 2020 election,” Breitbart News previously noted.
The Badger State went for President Joe Biden in that year’s presidential election by just 20,682 votes. In 2021, the state had an opportunity to ban the private funding of elections, but Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) vetoed a bill that the state legislature passed that would have done so.
Former President Donald Trump encouraged voters at a rally on Wednesday evening in Green Bay — while polls were still open — to “ban Zuckerbucks” by voting for the ballot questions, and Republicans celebrated the outcome. --->READ MORE HERE
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Nolte: Mayoral Upset in Wisconsin Signals Trouble for Joe Biden:
Incumbent Democrat Mayor Katie Rosenberg of Wausau, Wisconsin, lost her reelection bid in a race that the far-left Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says “could represent trouble to come for Democratic candidates later this year, and in particular, Biden.”
Rosenberg defeated incumbent Republican Mayor Robert Mielke by about five points in 2020. This happened in the heart of the pandemic, so her acceptance speech was a memorable two-word xweet: “HOLY BALLS.”
Since 2020, Rosenberg has been seen as a rising Democrat star in the area and even a potential candidate for governor. She regularly appeared with Democrat Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and at other party speaking events.
That all changed Tuesday morning. Early results showed Rosenberg at “just under 48% of the vote in Wausau as of 9:48 p.m., while challenger Doug Diny had just over 52%.”
Rosenberg conceded to Diny, saying, “There’s a lot of work ahead, and I know with all the department heads and with the City Council, everyone’s going to be great.” She added, “Everyone is going to get the work done for the people of Wausau. You know, sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want, and that’s just the way it is.”
Other than this being bad news for His Fraudulency Joe Biden, the good news in this race is the effort the GOP put into pulling it off.
Rosenberg told the Journal Sentinel that “the spending of Republicans was noticeable in the last several weeks, with flyers arriving at voters’ homes several times a day, in addition to T.V. ads.”
“There was a lot going on in the race that was probably more than what most people thought,” she added.
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brian Schimming called Diny’s victory “stunning.” --->READ MORE HERE
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