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JoCasta Zamarripa

JoCasta Zamarripa (Dem.), 8th Assembly District

Born Milwaukee, March 8, 1976. Graduate St. Joan Antida H.S. (Milwaukee) 1994; BFA UW-Milwaukee 2005. Full-time legislator. Former nonprofit professional. Member: Wisconsin Minority Health Leadership Council.

Elected to Assembly 2010; reelected since 2012. Minority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2015, 2013. Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Campaigns and Elections (also 2013); Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Health; Jobs and the Economy; Rules; State Affairs and Government Operations. 2013 — Corrections; Jobs, Economy and Mining; Public Safety and Homeland Security; Rules; State Affairs; Gov.’s Council on Migrant Labor. 2011 — Homeland Security and State Affairs; Public Health and Public Safety; Ways and Means.

Telephone: Office: (608) 267-7669; (888) 534-0008 (toll free); District: (414) 384-2786.
E-mail: Rep.Zamarripa@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Internet address: www.legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/zamarripa
Voting address: Milwaukee 53204.
Mailing address: Office: Room 112 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708..’s

Campaign Finance Reports

2020 - July Continuing - $530 - 14 contributions

2021 - January Continuing - $530 - 7 contributions

2020 - Pre-Primary - $2,054 - 17 contributions

2020 - January Continuing - $16,707 - 162 contributions

2019 - July Continuing - $28,671 - 206 contributions

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City Hall: Six Council Members Want Tougher Pandemic Rules
City Hall

Six Council Members Want Tougher Pandemic Rules

Push mayor for indoor mask mandate and mandatory vaccinations for city employees.

Council Approves HaRUNbee Walk/Run For Healthy Birth Outcomes As Part Of Bronzeville Week 2021
City Hall: New Ordinance Could Remove Elected Officials
City Hall

New Ordinance Could Remove Elected Officials

For undefined 'inefficiency' or 'neglect of duty.' Alders slam the proposal.

Should Milwaukee Eliminate Fine for Small Amounts of Marijuana?

Should Milwaukee Eliminate Fine for Small Amounts of Marijuana?

Council tables a proposed policy change, but could pass measure on July 7th.

Milwaukee Overdose Map Shows Deadly Toll of Fentanyl

Milwaukee Overdose Map Shows Deadly Toll of Fentanyl

Despite rising deaths, a treatment clinic faces community opposition in West Allis.

City Hall: Milwaukee’s Lead Program Fails Again
City Hall

Milwaukee’s Lead Program Fails Again

Scale of problem currently limited to one family in Bay View, but full review planned.

Enough is enough with MHD lead program mistakes
Press Release

Enough is enough with MHD lead program mistakes

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman José G. Pérez, and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

Ald. Zamarripa encourages business owners to apply for Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant
City Hall: Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood
City Hall

Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood

But your sewage doesn't lie, COVID-19 case rates are declining in the city.

Council approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act file
Congratulations Chief Lipski!
Press Release

Congratulations Chief Lipski!

Joint Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

City Hall: Stimulus Funds Won’t Cancel Streetlighting Fee
City Hall

Stimulus Funds Won’t Cancel Streetlighting Fee

Sorry taxpayers, money from fee can't be replaced by pandemic aid, federal rules say.

Milwaukee Tool deal is important to our city on multiple levels
Press Release

Milwaukee Tool deal is important to our city on multiple levels

Joint statement from Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

City Hall: Council Closes Junior’s Cocktail Lounge
City Hall

Council Closes Junior’s Cocktail Lounge

After 22 police calls, $26,500 in COVID-19 fines and many neighbor complaints, council votes to shut down bar.

City Hall: Council Wants New Harassment Policy
City Hall

Council Wants New Harassment Policy

In wake of report chastising city attorney, council unanimously votes to create policy for elected officials.

Council approves transparency file for receipt and distribution of ARPA funds
Lasry Names Senate Campaign Co-Chairs
Press Release

Lasry Names Senate Campaign Co-Chairs

 

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Pushes Council To Accept Milwaukee Tool Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Pushes Council To Accept Milwaukee Tool Deal

Council seeking labor agreement for contracted service workers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Tool Deal Gets First Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Tool Deal Gets First Approval

But labor leaders call for community benefits agreement for service sector workers.

City Hall: City Must Decide How To Spend $405 Million
City Hall

City Must Decide How To Spend $405 Million

Latest federal COVID-19 stimulus plan creates pleasant challenge for mayor, council.

City Hall: Spencer’s Conduct Could Spur New City Harassment Law
City Hall

Spencer’s Conduct Could Spur New City Harassment Law

Six employees accuse City Attorney but report finds city law doesn't cover elected officials.

City’s anti-harassment policy should be applicable to ALL employees
City Hall: Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee

But property owners will need to pay at least once.

In recognition of César Chávez Day
Press Release

In recognition of César Chávez Day

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa March 31, 2021

City Hall: City Rejects Hawley Rd. Flood Settlement
City Hall

City Rejects Hawley Rd. Flood Settlement

Residents left soaked with costs after settlement agreement falls apart. Their attorney thinks it might cost even more to sue.

Legislation introduced to ban conversion therapy statewide
Press Release

Legislation introduced to ban conversion therapy statewide

Joint statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

City Hall: Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show
City Hall

Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show

MPD sees it as public relations improvement. Alderman sees it as "trauma porn."

Collaborative, community focused approach needed for stimulus fund allocation
Press Release

Collaborative, community focused approach needed for stimulus fund allocation

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

New Partnership Brings Additional COVID-19 Vaccines to Milwaukee’s Southside
Press Release

New Partnership Brings Additional COVID-19 Vaccines to Milwaukee’s Southside

Joint Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderman Scott Spiker 

Milwaukee Common Council Members Endorse Alex Lasry
In recognition of International Women’s Day
Press Release

In recognition of International Women’s Day

Joint Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee
Press Release

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

State legislative Republicans go with hate and fear in anti-equality bill targeting transgender youth
Press Release

State legislative Republicans go with hate and fear in anti-equality bill targeting transgender youth

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa March 2, 2021

The State of Politics: Where Are Act 10 Players Today?
The State of Politics

Where Are Act 10 Players Today?

Governor and three-fourths of legislators engaged in 2011 battle over law crushing public unions have moved on.

Alex Lasry Files To Run for Senate

Alex Lasry Files To Run for Senate

Bucks VP is one of many Democrats interested in seat.

Wausau committee approves ban on conversion therapy
Press Release

Wausau committee approves ban on conversion therapy

Joint statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa February 16, 2021

Sales Tax Proposal Would Increase Revenue Diversification, Support Local Communities
Press Release

Sales Tax Proposal Would Increase Revenue Diversification, Support Local Communities

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Jose G. Perez, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Alderman Nik Kovac

Six Steps To Improve Fire Safety

Six Steps To Improve Fire Safety

After three fatal fires in two weeks, Fire Department and city officials offer safety tips.

City Hall: Council Reduces Mayoral Power
City Hall

Council Reduces Mayoral Power

A Barrett slap down. 15-0 vote restricts mayor's power over Historic Preservation Commission.

Council members to join ministers, legal experts and renters to urge funding remedy amid COVID housing crisis
Statement on south side fire, importance of smoke alarms
Press Release

Statement on south side fire, importance of smoke alarms

Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa February 5, 2021

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Okays City Funds for Convent Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Okays City Funds for Convent Project

School Sisters of St. Francis transforming south-side home into 63 apartments.

Apartment fire devastates 8th District families
Press Release

Apartment fire devastates 8th District families

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa January 29, 2021

Committee recommends renaming of Milwaukee Fire Department Headquarters
President Biden demonstrates support for immigrants in early days of presidency
Press Release

President Biden demonstrates support for immigrants in early days of presidency

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa January 26, 2021

Continuing King Drive is continuing the work of Dr. King
Press Release

Continuing King Drive is continuing the work of Dr. King

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 22, 2021

On the passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron
Press Release

On the passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron

From all members of the Common Council -- Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Common Council Votes to Accept Federal COPS Grant; 8th District Survey Results
Press Release

Common Council Votes to Accept Federal COPS Grant; 8th District Survey Results

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa January 19, 2021

Joint Statement on the Passing of Ms. Maria Monreal-Cameron
Press Release

Joint Statement on the Passing of Ms. Maria Monreal-Cameron

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

City Hall: Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief

Council wants Legislature to give it firing power. Mayor's veto of this fails.

City Hall: Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…
City Hall

Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…

Police department agrees to certain conditions for grant intended to reform operations.

City Hall: New City HR Director Impresses Alders
City Hall

New City HR Director Impresses Alders

Makda Fessahaye's appointment as employee relations director wins unanimous committee approval.

Flames of insurrection and victimhood lead to siege of the People’s House
Press Release

Flames of insurrection and victimhood lead to siege of the People’s House

From Alderwoman Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Joint Statement on Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case
Press Release

Joint Statement on Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

We All Know What “ZIP Code” is Code For
Press Release

We All Know What “ZIP Code” is Code For

From Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Jóse G. Pérez and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II,

MKE County: Crowley Calls Special Election for Supervisor
MKE County

Crowley Calls Special Election for Supervisor

Board seat open with Sup. Supreme Moore Omokunde's election to State Assembly.

The Election Official Behind Milwaukee’s Recount

The Election Official Behind Milwaukee’s Recount

How Claire Woodall-Vogg got through an unprecedented election.

City Hall: Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs
City Hall

Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs

Seeking changes to state law to give city's elected officials control.

Justice Reyna Morales Launches Campaign to Retain Seat
City Hall: Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant

Means 30 fewer officers, leaving Milwaukee down by 150 officers in 2021.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Won’t End Election Complaints
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Won’t End Election Complaints

It’s no longer about electing Trump. It’s laying the groundwork for voter suppression.

New Use of Force Standard Operating Procedure Reflects Community Desires
Press Release

New Use of Force Standard Operating Procedure Reflects Community Desires

Includes items from Eight Can’t Wait police practice reform campaign

City receives perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipality Equality Index
Press Release

City receives perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Municipality Equality Index

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa December 9, 2020

For Third Year in a Row, City of Milwaukee Celebrates 100 Percent Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index Score
Democrats Slam Assembly Elections Committee

Democrats Slam Assembly Elections Committee

A ‘forum for debunked conspiracies’?

City Hall: Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant

Would fund 30 positions, prevent more police reductions, but presents future fiscal issues.

Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Press Release

Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa November 20, 2020

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Committee chair wants to order electors to ignore state vote and give Trump the state’s electoral votes.

Democratic Committee Members Reject Speaker’s Manufactured Controversy
Elected Officials Across the State Join Call for Peaceful and Fair Vote Count
Transportation: Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”
Transportation

Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”

Proposal start of an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

City Hall: Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget
City Hall

Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget

Amendments target violence prevention, housing, lead abatement and more.

Committee recommends approval of omnibus budget amendment
Press Release

Committee recommends approval of omnibus budget amendment

Amendment provides funding for healthy food access, lead abatement, CART teams and Community Collaborative Commission, among other initiatives

SafeHomes initiative expands lead abatement efforts for a lead-free Milwaukee
Communication file on social justice issues going before Steering and Rules Committee
City Hall: The Return of Alternate Side Parking
City Hall

The Return of Alternate Side Parking

Mayor insists. council agrees. Beginning in November, residents must again move cars each day.

Statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Press Release

Statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

City Hall: Special Meeting in Police Chief Search Results in “Chaos”
City Hall

Special Meeting in Police Chief Search Results in “Chaos”

Chair calls executive director out of order repeatedly, then another commissioner calls chair a dictator.

Dysfunction at the FPC is disheartening and infuriating
Press Release

Dysfunction at the FPC is disheartening and infuriating

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa October 9, 2020

Communication file introduced to source community input on social justice issues
City Hall: Night Parking Rules a Tax on the Poor?
City Hall

Night Parking Rules a Tax on the Poor?

Or good public policy? Reinstating night parking is a $13 million question for city.

Committee passes motion relating to protective services vacancies
Press Release

Committee passes motion relating to protective services vacancies

Would require MPD to explore possibility of filling openings by non-sworn employees

Wisconsin municipalities should be able to count mail-in ballots early
Press Release

Wisconsin municipalities should be able to count mail-in ballots early

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

South Side Mourns Death of Jason Cleereman

South Side Mourns Death of Jason Cleereman

Immigration attorney, neighborhood leader lost to senseless killing.

Statement on #BiWeek
Press Release

Statement on #BiWeek

Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa September 25, 2020

Council approves resolution directing creation of zero-tolerance racism and sexism policy
Press Release

Council approves resolution directing creation of zero-tolerance racism and sexism policy

FPC to discuss policy at tonight’s meeting

Milwaukee loses a strong community advocate to senseless shooting
Press Release

Milwaukee loses a strong community advocate to senseless shooting

Joint statement from Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

We have your back, Colectivo workers
Press Release

We have your back, Colectivo workers

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

Council members introduce resolution requesting Congress investigate allegations of medical misconduct of ICE detainees
In recognition of unions on Labor Day
Press Release

In recognition of unions on Labor Day

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

Wisconsin communities continue to enact conversion therapy bans
Press Release

Wisconsin communities continue to enact conversion therapy bans

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa September 2, 2020

There is still time to be counted in the 2020 Census
Latinx Community Divided Over Morales’ Exit

Latinx Community Divided Over Morales’ Exit

Some still support the former police chief, others glad to see him go.

Nine Election Takeaways

Nine Election Takeaways

Big turnout, delayed votes, new faces in the Assembly and the Constitution Party.

Rep. Zamarripa Thanks Wisconsin Farmworkers and Activists after Migrant Labor Council Hearing
Milwaukee has an opportunity to usher in lasting change
Press Release

Milwaukee has an opportunity to usher in lasting change

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey

Council approves resolution seeking to provide greater broadband access throughout Milwaukee
We Can Do Better
Press Release

We Can Do Better

Joint statement from Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman José G. Pérez, and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa July 20, 2020

Remembering John Lewis
Press Release

Remembering John Lewis

Joint statement from Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey July 20, 2020

Layoffs hit Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Press Release

Layoffs hit Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa July 17, 2020

City Hall: Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments
City Hall

Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments

Plenty of praise and criticism for department heads, including Jeff Polenske and Jeanette Kowalik.

Child Care Providers Question Mask Mandate for Kids

Child Care Providers Question Mask Mandate for Kids

The city's new ordinance applies to children three and up.

Murphy’s Law: Zamarripa Defends Her Double Dipping
Murphy’s Law

Zamarripa Defends Her Double Dipping

Alderwoman will collect second full-time salary as state legislator for eight months.

Common Council unanimous in approving citywide masking policy
Press Release

Common Council unanimous in approving citywide masking policy

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa July 13, 2020

City Hall: Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?
City Hall

Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?

Common Council has a growing wish list. Will Fire & Police Commission act?

City Hall: Mask Mandate Passes Committee
City Hall

Mask Mandate Passes Committee

Proposal would require masks indoors and outdoors, but with limited enforcement.

City Hall: Milwaukee Mask Mandate Scaled Back
City Hall

Milwaukee Mask Mandate Scaled Back

Special council committee to debate it. Outdoor requirement scaled back, minimum age raised.

Milwaukee Common Council passes legislation calling on FPC to ban chokeholds by police and honoring Joel Acevedo
City Hall: Election Commission Leader Barely Confirmed
City Hall

Election Commission Leader Barely Confirmed

Approved by 8-7 vote, with council members charging she lied during approval process.

Biden for President Announces Latino Leadership Committee Co-Chaired by Former Secretaries Ken Salazar and Hilda L. Solis
Press Release

Biden for President Announces Latino Leadership Committee Co-Chaired by Former Secretaries Ken Salazar and Hilda L. Solis

The Latino Leadership Committee Will Consist of State and Local Leaders from Across the Country to Mobilize the Latino Vote

Protests throughout Wisconsin must remain peaceful
Press Release

Protests throughout Wisconsin must remain peaceful

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council - Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements
Press Release

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements

Elected officials from across Milwaukee County, state, support Ramón

Rep. Zamarripa on DACA Supreme Court Decision
Council passes resolution seeking Juneteenth Day become a federal holiday
Community deserves to hear from department leaders on plans for change
Press Release

Community deserves to hear from department leaders on plans for change

Joint statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

City Hall: Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut
City Hall

Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut

11 council members back $30 million cut and investing in other programs.

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

Move expands early voting access from three to 16 sites.

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

13 members sign letter urging Morales: stop chiding protesters and listen to their message.

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

Still more questions on 6th and McKinley, as council, mayor disagree with police tactics.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Protests
City Hall: Bring Your Tires and TVs, Drop Off Centers Are Still Free
City Hall

Bring Your Tires and TVs, Drop Off Centers Are Still Free

Milwaukee's two drop-off centers are now open Sundays, with no fees through at least the end of May.

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color
Press Release

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color

From Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

City Hall: Johnson Chooses Powerful Committee Chairs
City Hall

Johnson Chooses Powerful Committee Chairs

Not every supporter rewarded. New council president says picks reflect experience, not politics.

Common Council President Cavalier Johnson announces 2020-2024 committee assignments
Murphy’s Law: How Hamilton Lost Council Presidency
Murphy’s Law

How Hamilton Lost Council Presidency

Will bad feelings linger over Cavalier Johnson’s victory?

City Hall: 7 COVID-19 Cases From In-Person Voting?
City Hall

7 COVID-19 Cases From In-Person Voting?

Likely to rise as Health Department reviews all data. Council pushes for absentee voting.

City Hall: Five Women Make Council History
City Hall

Five Women Make Council History

The Milwaukee Common Council now looks more like the city it represents.

City Hall: Johnson Elected Council President
City Hall

Johnson Elected Council President

Second-term Ald. Cavalier Johnson defeats Ashanti Hamilton and Milele Coggs.

COVID-19 Cluster Growing on City’s South Side

COVID-19 Cluster Growing on City’s South Side

Hispanic community being hard hit by fast growing cluster.

City Hall: Proposal Would Mail Milwaukee Voters Absentee Request Forms
City Hall

Proposal Would Mail Milwaukee Voters Absentee Request Forms

Proposal from incoming Dimitrijevic would make it easier for people to vote in November election.

City Hall: Council Bids Farewell to Bob and Tony
City Hall

Council Bids Farewell to Bob and Tony

Aldermen Bob Donovan and Tony Zielinski attend their last council meeting and get a warm sendoff.

12 Election Takeaways

12 Election Takeaways

How high was turnout, lawyers will be busy, girl power, streetcar wins again and a new council president?

School Choice Champions Victorious in Wisconsin Elections
2020 Spring Election Results

2020 Spring Election Results

Live City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County results for the April 7th Spring Election.

Remove Vos as NCSL President
Press Release

Remove Vos as NCSL President

 

Vote Absentee: Common Council Candidates
Vote Absentee

Common Council Candidates

Ten contested races could reshape 15-member council.

Jason Fields Announces Slate of New Endorsements in Race for Comptroller
Press Release

Jason Fields Announces Slate of New Endorsements in Race for Comptroller

Milwaukee city and state leaders announce support of Fields

Vote Tuesday: Common Council Races
Vote Tuesday

Common Council Races

Six of 15 Common Council seats feature three or more candidates.

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa endorses David Crowley for County Executive
Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Living Wage for Wisconsin Workers
Citizen Action endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive
Press Release

Citizen Action endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive

Announces more key endorsements in Milwaukee area spring elections

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin endorses Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa in race for Alderwoman
Press Release

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin endorses Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa in race for Alderwoman

“As an Alderwoman, I will defend and work diligently to expand access to quality and affordable family planning and reproductive health care services.”

City Hall: Meet the Candidates for City Offices
City Hall

Meet the Candidates for City Offices

Packed spring election features 46 candidates for 19 city offices.

Women Legislators Discuss Hate Mail

Women Legislators Discuss Hate Mail

Zamarripa gets hate mail at home and office, on weekly basis.

Bill to Ban “Sanctuary Cities” Returns

Bill to Ban “Sanctuary Cities” Returns

GOP proposal penalizes cities, counties that don't cooperate fully with immigration enforcement.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on GOP Anti-Immigrant Bill
Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host Fourth Annual “3 Days of Christmas” Holiday Initiative
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Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host Fourth Annual “3 Days of Christmas” Holiday Initiative

Local restaurateurs kick off three-day holiday initiative with support from local businesses and legislators

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

Murphy’s Law: How Hispanics Have Saved Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

How Hispanics Have Saved Milwaukee

Acid attack against man for “invasion” of Hispanics couldn’t be more wrong about their impact.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Racist Acid Attack
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Racist Acid Attack

“All our leaders should call out the horrifying racist ideology that has become a part of our political discourse. No one should be afraid of being attacked simply for being who they are.”

Mayor, Officials Denounce Acid Attack

Mayor, Officials Denounce Acid Attack

Barrett says Trump’s rhetoric has fed anger leading to such attacks.

Elected officials rally behind Rebecca Kiefer in race to be Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Elected officials rally behind Rebecca Kiefer in race to be Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

“I am grateful to State Representatives Bowen and Zamarripa, and the other elected officials who have endorsed my campaign thus far.”

City Hall: Feds Award $5.6 Million for Lead Abatement
City Hall

Feds Award $5.6 Million for Lead Abatement

42-month grant can be used for paint and soil abatement in affected homes.

Transportation: Transit Union Stages Rally
Transportation

Transit Union Stages Rally

Calls for contract to include to backpay and driver security measures, and for the restoration of bus routes.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on President Trump’s Visit
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on President Trump’s Visit

"I am appalled at the president and his indifference to suffering."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on LULAC Convention
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on LULAC Convention

"I’m so proud to welcome the nation’s oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization to my hometown."

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage
Press Release

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage

Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, marketplace health insurance, at grave risk of having coverage taken away by conservative federal judges

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on #CloseTheCamps
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on #CloseTheCamps

"Close the camps, and stand up against hate, bigotry and inhumane treatment."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

The uprising kickstarted LGBTQ activism in the United States.

Photo Gallery: PrideFest Boasted 120 LGBTQ Artists
Photo Gallery

PrideFest Boasted 120 LGBTQ Artists

45,787 people attended, making it the largest pride event ever held in Wisconsin.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Wear Orange Weekend
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Wear Orange Weekend

"I proudly wear orange today for those who were tragically taken too soon in the epidemic of gun violence."

Rep. Mark Spreitzer and LGBT Caucus Introduce Bipartisan Equality Agenda
Press Release

Rep. Mark Spreitzer and LGBT Caucus Introduce Bipartisan Equality Agenda

"As an out gay man, I am proud to stand by my fellow LGBT legislators today to present the Equality Agenda in honor of Pride Month."

Six State Legislative Democrats endorse Chris Abele for re-election
Press Release

Six State Legislative Democrats endorse Chris Abele for re-election

Abele earns support from more legislative Democrats than during his successful 2016 campaign

City Hall: Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags
City Hall

Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags

Council debates what to do with bags that clog up recycling process.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Statement on a Day Without Latinx and Immigrants
Press Release

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Statement on a Day Without Latinx and Immigrants

"The voices of the people was loud and clear—we need driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants."

Randy Bryce endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

Randy Bryce endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"I’m honored to have the support of my friend, Randy Bryce."

Voucher School Fails Students and Parents
Press Release

Voucher School Fails Students and Parents

"I am outraged by the goings-on at St. Josaphat Parish School."

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"It’s an honor to have Mayor Barrett’s support."

City Beat: Common Council Candidate Justin Bielinski
City Beat

Common Council Candidate Justin Bielinski

Organizer Justin Bielinski discusses his campaign to replace Bob Donovan at City Hall.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"I’m honored to have Senator Baldwin’s trust and support in this race."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #19 Relating to the Creation of the Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Trump Backer Running for Donovan’s Seat

Trump Backer Running for Donovan’s Seat

Pentecostal church pastor Eduardo Loera latest to run for south side district where Ald. Donovan retiring.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

Congresswoman Gwen Moore endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"Congresswoman Gwen Moore has spent decades being a true champion of our community, and I am deeply honored to have earned her endorsement."

City Hall: Dimitrijevic Will Run For Common Council
City Hall

Dimitrijevic Will Run For Common Council

County Supervisor wants to represent Bay View at City Hall.

State Legislators endorse JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

State Legislators endorse JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"I’m humbled so many of my current colleagues have my back on this journey to serve Milwaukee on the Common Council."

Milwaukee Alders rally behind JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

Milwaukee Alders rally behind JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"I’m honored to have the support of so many strong leaders in the City of Milwaukee."

Wisconsin Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day
Press Release

Wisconsin Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day

"It was incredibly meaningful to have so many voices come together to honor the great civil rights activist Cesar Chavez."

JoCasta Zamarripa announces candidacy to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

JoCasta Zamarripa announces candidacy to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"The voters of the 8th District deserve an Alderwoman who will understand our needs and our issues, and who will always listen."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Misleading GOP Attacks
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Misleading GOP Attacks

"Republicans are hoping that xenophobic attacks will obscure the facts, but Wisconsin is better than that."

City Hall: Donovan Won’t Run for Re-Election
City Hall

Donovan Won’t Run for Re-Election

Fightin' Bob is walking away. Zamarripa and Bielinski likely to run for council seat.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Driver’s Cards for Undocumented Wisconsinites
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Driver’s Cards for Undocumented Wisconsinites

"This is a commonsense idea that has the support of farmers, businesses, law enforcement officials, faith-based organizations and civil rights groups."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Gov. Evers Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Gov. Evers Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana

"Having accessible, legal medicinal marijuana will help many in pain without the harmful effects of addictive narcotics."

City-wide School Board Candidate Bob Peterson announces endorsement from 23 elected officials
Press Release

City-wide School Board Candidate Bob Peterson announces endorsement from 23 elected officials

The full list of elected officials to have endorsed Bob Peterson for MPS school board represents a broad span of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ State Employees
Press Release

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ State Employees

Wisconsin is one of 28 states without explicit non-discrimination protections on the basis of gender identity.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Lame Duck Bills
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Lame Duck Bills

"Gov. Walker should be ashamed."

Group Seeks Drivers Licenses for Undocumented

Group Seeks Drivers Licenses for Undocumented

Would help immigrants, makes road safer, Voces de la Frontera argues.

Groups Urge Yes Vote on Legal Pot

Groups Urge Yes Vote on Legal Pot

ACLU, MICAH, WJI, several legislators back advisory referendum to legalize marijuana.

The State of Politics: Democratic Program Recruits Women Candidates
The State of Politics

Democratic Program Recruits Women Candidates

Emerge program’s training give women the confidence to run for office.

Roys Endorsed by Elected Officials across Southeastern Wisconsin
Press Release

Roys Endorsed by Elected Officials across Southeastern Wisconsin

"I’m thrilled to have earned the endorsements of so many local elected officials throughout our great state."

Roys Endorsed by Elected Officials from Northern and Northwestern Wisconsin
Press Release

Roys Endorsed by Elected Officials from Northern and Northwestern Wisconsin

“I’m honored to have earned the support of so many well-respected elected officials, from Superior to Beloit.”

Kelda Roys Endorsed by Rep. Christine Sinicki
Press Release

Kelda Roys Endorsed by Rep. Christine Sinicki

"I’m proud to have earned the endorsement of Rep. Sinicki."

Wisconsin Working Families Party Endorses Congresswoman Gwen Moore for Reelection
Press Release

Wisconsin Working Families Party Endorses Congresswoman Gwen Moore for Reelection

Party recognizes Moore for her record of investing in communities that need it most

Bon Iver Endorses Kelda Roys
Press Release

Bon Iver Endorses Kelda Roys

"Bon Iver is a Wisconsin treasure."

Kelda Roys Endorsed by 18 elected officials in Madison and throughout Dane County
Press Release

Kelda Roys Endorsed by 18 elected officials in Madison and throughout Dane County

“I am proud to have been endorsed by so many accomplished elected officials in Madison and Dane county.”

Roys Endorsed by Philanthropist Lynde Uihlein
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Roys Endorsed by Philanthropist Lynde Uihlein

"I’m thrilled to have Lynde’s support."

Kelda Roys Wins Endorsement of Feminist Majority PAC
Press Release

Kelda Roys Wins Endorsement of Feminist Majority PAC

"I’m grateful to Feminist Majority PAC for their support."

Kelda Roys Endorsed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Press Release

Kelda Roys Endorsed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

"I'm tremendously honored to be endorsed by Senator Gillibrand."

WI Working Families Party endorses Milwaukee County slate for state legislature
Press Release

WI Working Families Party endorses Milwaukee County slate for state legislature

Working families champions to build progressive power for county; state residents

Lisa Subeck Endorses Kelda Roys
Press Release

Lisa Subeck Endorses Kelda Roys

"I’m honored to have the endorsement of Representative Subeck."

New Federal Program Could Help City

New Federal Program Could Help City

Opportunity Zones law allows tax incentives for distressed areas.

Barnes Campaign: Endorses Randy Bryce for Congress
Press Release

Barnes Campaign: Endorses Randy Bryce for Congress

Will speak at Saturday rally in Racine

State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa, Christine Sinicki, And Jonathan Brostoff Endorse Chris Rockwood For State Assembly
Press Release

State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa, Christine Sinicki, And Jonathan Brostoff Endorse Chris Rockwood For State Assembly

More current Assembly members join Rockwood’s effort to win the 14th District

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

The State of Politics: Is State Elections Process “At Risk”?
The State of Politics

Is State Elections Process “At Risk”?

Elections Commission, legislators, predict problems if staff not restored.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
Press Release

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11
Press Release

Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11

“The Joel and JoCasta Show” will air Saturdays, launching November 11th at 3-­‐4 pm

New Public Survey Demonstrates Strong Majority Support For Congressional Action On Dreamers
Press Release

New Public Survey Demonstrates Strong Majority Support For Congressional Action On Dreamers

Wisconsinites broadly support the rights of our state’s Latinx communities to live without fear of deportation and splitting up families.

Democrats Cry Foul After Anti-Immigrant Hearing; Call for Action on Bill to Address Language and Accessibility Barriers to Participation
Press Release

Democrats Cry Foul After Anti-Immigrant Hearing; Call for Action on Bill to Address Language and Accessibility Barriers to Participation

Three Democrats have called for public hearings on Assembly Bill 344/Senate Bill 256.

Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill
Press Release

Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill

"Since last year’s election, anti-immigrant rhetoric has reached shameful new levels, and this bill is a shining example of that."

DACA Means Hope for Young Immigrants
Press Release

DACA Means Hope for Young Immigrants

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) is calling on Speaker Paul Ryan and legislative Republicans to pass a clean DREAM Act.

Demonstrators Rally to Save DACA

Demonstrators Rally to Save DACA

800,000 immigrant “Dreamers" threatened by Trump’s cutoff of program.

Court Watch: Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged
Court Watch

Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged

Rep. Goyke’s bill gets bipartisan support, allows retroactive expungement of youthful convictions.

Democratic State Legislators Endorse Randy Bryce
Press Release

Democratic State Legislators Endorse Randy Bryce

Endorsements boost ironworker in bid to topple Speaker Paul Ryan

Rep. Mark Spreitzer’s and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa’s statement on the withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students
Press Release

Rep. Mark Spreitzer’s and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa’s statement on the withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students

"The reasoning of the Trump administration’s decision in withdrawing federal protections for transgender students is hurtful, discriminatory, and baseless."

Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat
Press Release

Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat

Time for Elected Officials to Put Patriotism Before Party and Demand Answers for American People Before Trump Allowed to Influence Nation’s High Court for Decades

Rep. Zamarripa: Statement on Court Redistricting Decision
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa: Statement on Court Redistricting Decision

"The people should be picking their legislators, not the other way around."

Barriers to LGBTQ Empowerment
Press Release

Barriers to LGBTQ Empowerment

Alverno Forum will explore the challenges that face the LGBTQ community

Zamarripa Announces Television Ad Campaign to Get Out The Vote
Press Release

Zamarripa Announces Television Ad Campaign to Get Out The Vote

“My goal in political life is to increase the participation of the Latinx community to ensure our issues are addressed,” said Rep. Zamarripa.

Plenty of Horne: Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here
Plenty of Horne

Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here

A big turnout of American and Mexican politicians with "Trumpism" in the air.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa on Planned Parenthood Closure in Appleton
Press Release

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa on Planned Parenthood Closure in Appleton

“Closure of a Planned Parenthood health center in the Fox Valley region will have a devastating effect on many Wisconsin women.v

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Federal Injunction Against Protecting Transgender Students
Press Release

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Federal Injunction Against Protecting Transgender Students

“Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues need to take a step back and evaluate why they’re spending so much time and taxpayers’ money attacking some of the most vulnerable young people among us.”

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on the Passing of Reverend Joe Angel Medina
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Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on the Passing of Reverend Joe Angel Medina

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Yolanda Lomeli Medina and the entire Medina family during this difficult time.”

Citizen Action of Wisconsin announces endorsements in state legislative primaries
Press Release

Citizen Action of Wisconsin announces endorsements in state legislative primaries

Citizen Action endorsed in legislative races with contested primaries where a progressive champion is on the ballot and sought our endorsement.

Op-Ed: “To Not Only Survive, But Thrive!”
Op-Ed

“To Not Only Survive, But Thrive!”

The mass shooting in Orlando was a tragic reminder of the need for LGBT equality.

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Attendees demand accountability, action, in wake of Lincoln Hills scandal.

The State of Politics: Democratic Family Feuds
The State of Politics

Democratic Family Feuds

Eight Democratic legislators face primary challengers, but not one GOP legislator does.

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Leon’s Discriminatory English-Only Policy
Press Release

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Leon’s Discriminatory English-Only Policy

Ron Schneider, owner of Leon’s Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, has been prohibiting his bilingual employees from speaking Spanish to Spanish-speaking customers.

Milwaukee DA John Chisholm Announces Re-election Bid
Press Release

Milwaukee DA John Chisholm Announces Re-election Bid

The District Attorney’s office under Chisholm’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing many initiatives that not only take violent offenders off the streets, but also reduce crime.

Ready to Work
Press Release

Ready to Work

I am looking forward to serving the interests of district residents on Milwaukee's Common Council.

Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”

"I am so very disappointed that Joe chose to play politics..."

The truth still doesn’t matter to state Rep. Zamarripa
Press Release

The truth still doesn’t matter to state Rep. Zamarripa

Unfortunately, Zamarripa continues to send out misleading statements despite Sanfelippo having corrected her false narrative.

Rep. Zamarripa Credits Pushback from Latino Community and Allies for Slowing Momentum of Anti-Immigrant Bill
Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller
Press Release

Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller

“Johnny Thomas is the person that we need to be our next Milwaukee City Comptroller,” said Alderman Willie Wade.

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388
Press Release

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388

Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
Press Release

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

Plenty of Horne: A Weekend of Gay Pride
Plenty of Horne

A Weekend of Gay Pride

Pridefest gets all the attention, but the Pride Parade is a true slice of Milwaukee that draws a very diverse crowd.

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Democratic legislators hold listening session in Milwaukee and get an earful.

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation

Contribution to Jose G. Perez of $100

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation
Press Release

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation

"I am extremely disappointed that not a single Assembly Republican chose today to take a stand for basic civil rights for all Wisconsin citizens."

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

The 51st such consulate in U.S. will serve city's growing Mexican population.

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $100

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First
Press Release

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and other legislative Democrats highlighted a need for a state budget that puts Wisconsin families first and restores economic opportunity for all.

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Had led group 22 years, board members vague on reasons for dumping him.

Dear Friend of SOC
Press Release

Dear Friend of SOC

I wanted to let you know that my employment with the Southside Organizing Committee (SOC) was terminated by the SOC Board of Directors.

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Measure rejected by legislature would have particular benefit for Hispanics in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Press Release

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements

Slate highlights problem solvers.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Milwaukee legislators offer their views.

South Side Hit Hard by Cargill Closing

South Side Hit Hard by Cargill Closing

Valley beef harvest facility employed 600 workers, many from South Side.

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa Endorses Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly
Press Release

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa Endorses Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa announced her support for Marina Dimitrijevic in Assembly District 19.

Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell
Press Release

Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell

Thomsen & Carr launch multiple entry points to engage with public art installation

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Christian Center's YouthBuild program has built a dozen new homes while training young workers.

The State of Politics: Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?
The State of Politics

Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?

Legislature votes 132-1 to expand Milwaukee program monitoring gunshots.

Supervisor Peggy Romo West Applauds Common Council on Chavez Holiday
Press Release

Supervisor Peggy Romo West Applauds Common Council on Chavez Holiday

Seeks Co-Sponsors For Resolution Creating an Optional County Holiday on Chavez's Birthday

County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee
Press Release

County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West will attend tonight's premiere of "Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at Time" at Southgate Cinema at 7:15 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014.

Jonathan Brostoff Gives Support for Marriage Equality Amendment
Press Release

Jonathan Brostoff Gives Support for Marriage Equality Amendment

The amendment would repeal a previous constitution amendment made in 2006 that banned gay marriage in Wisconsin.

ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
Press Release

ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin commends two state lawmakers for introducing a bill today to repeal Wisconsin’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Milwaukee legislator's bill would allow them to get drivers licenses, attend state colleges.

Plenty of Horne: Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?
Plenty of Horne

Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?

He's just 18, but candidate Vincent Synowicz is already mastering the slick verbal skills of a veteran politician.

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

And Walker is reaching out to them.

Assembly Republicans’ latest push to suppress voting, dodge responsibility
Press Release

Assembly Republicans’ latest push to suppress voting, dodge responsibility

Wisconsin’s middle class need jobs, better wages, economic security, strong education – not voter suppression, says Rep. Zamarripa

UW-Milwaukee Students Graduate with the Most Debt

UW-Milwaukee Students Graduate with the Most Debt

Study finds UW-Milwaukee students graduate owing 19% more than average students in UW System.

Plenty of Horne: Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General
Plenty of Horne

Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General

Like Abe Lincoln, Richards has been practicing law all across the state in preparation for his run.

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Reclaiming a River

Reclaiming a River

Volunteer clean-up of KK River latest example of long-term efforts to transform the urban stream.

Plenty of Horne: Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights
Plenty of Horne

Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights

Gay activist Daniel Choi comes to Milwaukee three days before his trial for protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

South Side Leaders Blast Residency Proposal

South Side Leaders Blast Residency Proposal

Walker proposal to end residency requirement will hurt city's economy, they charge.

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
Press Release

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Murphy’s Law: Election’s Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Election’s Winners and Losers

An insider's look at who's up -- and who's down -- as a result of the August primary.

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

The City of Milwaukee is working on state legislation to allow the City to profit from the sale of additional taxi cab permits (to be called medallions) and address the perceived shortage of taxi cabs in the city. Currently under Wisconsin law, permit and license fees can not exceed the cost to issue said permits. This gives the Common Council and Mayor little incentive to raise the cap on the number of permits (currently capped at the seemingly random number of 321 since 1992), despite the fact that the permits are changing hands in the private market for between $80,000 to $150,000.