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Empower Wisconsin | Sept 14, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers’ People’s Maps Commission sounds like something from Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book.

Fitting. There are plenty of left leaners on the governor’s “nonpartisan redistricting commission charged with drawing fair, impartial maps” based on 2020 Census population counts. It may be another one of Evers’ endless commissions, but it’s anything but “nonpartisan” or “impartial.”

The Democrat and his liberal pals are still fuming over the maps Republicans created in 2011, after taking control of the Legislature and the governor’s office. In Wisconsin, the Legislature draws up the representation districts and the governor either approves or vetoes them. To the victor belong the spoils. Dems, locked out of the political map-making process, cried “partisan gerrymandering” and screamed the system was rigged. They have been mostly unsuccessful in changing the boundaries through lawsuits.

In January, the governor signed Executive Order #66 creating the Commission following his 2020 State of the State Address.

Of its nine members, four are public employees/teachers. At least three appear to have signed petitions to recall former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Two are members of the left-wing League of Women Voters. And not a one is under 30.

These are Tony’s People.

Elizabeth Tobias, of Racine, serves as executive assistant to the Racine Unified School District’s superintendent. She signed the Walker recall in 2011.

Ruben Anthony Jr., president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, worked for 19 years at the state Department of Transportation, becoming a deputy secretary in former Dem Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration. The Middleton resident has donated at least $5,000 to Democrats over the years, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Anthony became the subject of an ethics investigation after he hosted a fundraising event at his home for Doyle in 2005. The guest list included several representatives from engineering firms negotiating a multi-million road-building contract. As the Daily Reporter noted, two of the firms at the soiree joined to form Milwaukee Transportation Partners, the group that ultimately signed an $8 million contract for design and study. Their representatives made contributions to Doyle’s campaigns.

The Wisconsin Ethics Board found no wrongdoing.

“While it may seem objectionable to some that a state official would organize and sponsor a fund-raiser and invite to that fund-raiser individuals who do business with the state agency with which the official is associated, Wisconsin statutes do not prohibit or restrict that practice,” Ethics Board Chairman James Morgan said in a statement.

Annemarie McClellan, of Menomonie, retired, is co-president of her local chapter of the League of Women Voters. While the group is listed as nonpartisan under IRS nonprofit designations, it has been widely criticized for advocating for left-leaning policies.

“The League’s current platform supports tax-and-spend policies, government-run healthcare, a wide range of increased welfare handouts, a ban on certain low-priced handguns, and support for international organizations including the International Criminal Court to which even the liberal Obama administration did not cede U.S. sovereignty,” according to Influence Watch.  The League has filed several election-related lawsuits — from legal challenges to the current district maps to litigation demanding state elections officials break Wisconsin law and not remove tens of thousands of voters suspected of moving from the state’s voter rolls.

Christopher Ford, of Whitefish Bay, is an emergency physician. He appears to have signed the Walker recall petition.

Benjamin Rangel is a high school government and history teacher in Milwaukee and managing editor of Bridge the City, a leftist activist group specializing in podcasts featuring Wisconsin liberals.

Susan Ranft, of Wauwatosa, is vice president of Global Human Resources for Manpower Group. She contributed $150 to the campaign of State Rep. Robin Vining (D-Wauwatosa) in 2018, according to campaign records.

Melissa Prentice, of Sheboygan, is a librarian and public services manager for the city of Sheboygan at Mead Public Library. Prentice serves her local chapter of the League of Women Voters. She, too, has donated money to Dems, including  $125.25 to Kyle Welton, a candidate for Senate in 2018, according to campaign finance records.

Jason Bisonette, Dean of students for a small K-12 tribal school on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation, apparently signed the Walker recall petition.

Anthony Phillips, of Appleton, is a physician with Theda Care Hematology and Oncology. He’s donated some $6,000 to GOP candidates, according to campaign finance records. Contributions include $850 in 2018 to state Senate President Roger Roth (R-Appleton).  But Phillips is all in on the redistricting reform train. He has been involved with Fair Maps Wisconsin and Voters First WI.

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