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    by Gabe Kaminsky   Wisconsin’s Democratic lieutenant governor, who is also running for U.S. Senate, spent hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars for a police security detail despite criticizing law enforcement in the past, Fox News reported. Mandela Barnes, who is viewed as a heavy favorite to win his Senate primary, shelled out more than $587,000 for a state police detail between Jan. 7, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2021, according to records obtained by Fox News. The sum paid for roughly 8,800 hours of police protection, 4,900 hours for overtime protection and over 200 hours of holiday protection, the outlet reported. At the same time, Barnes has a history of slamming law enforcement and previously aligned himself with the Defund the Police movement, according to Fox News. The lieutenant governor notably said in a 2021 interview that the U.S. is “built on racism” and lamented the “over-policing” of “communities.” Barnes notably tweeted to an activist in 2018, “Don’t know how I missed that reply, but I need that,” after being offered a Democratic Socialists of America shirt saying “Abolish ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel...
    (CNN)Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski ended her US Senate campaign on Friday as the field in the Democratic primary consolidates around Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.Godlewski, who is endorsing Barnes in the contest to take on GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, is the third Democrat to drop out of the race this week as it became clear that the lieutenant governor was likely to win the August 9 primary. Both Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson also ended their campaigns this week and endorsed Barnes."It's clear that if we want to finally send Ron Johnson packing, we must all get behind Mandela Barnes and fight together," Godlewski said in a statement. "I'm proud of what our 72-county campaign has accomplished, and while I may not be on the ballot this November, every issue we fought to bring front and center will be." The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022While there are other candidates in the race, Barnes is the overwhelming front-runner in the primary and is now poised to face Johnson in November."I am...
    Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes speaks at a recent rally at his alma mater, John Marshall High School in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.It’s looking all but certain that Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be the Democratic opponent to take on the much-maligned Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson in November. This week two of Barnes’ main rivals dropped out ahead of the August 9th primary, clearing the path for the 35-year-old Milwaukee native. Barnes has already secured the endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders and campaigned last weekend alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren. The race between Barnes and Johnson will be among a few set to determine which party controls the Senate. Barnes has been a rising star in Wisconsin politics for the last decade. He was elected as a State Representative in 2012 and then joined Governor Tony Evers campaign to oust Scott Walker in 2018, becoming Lieutenant Governor at 31. He is only the second Black elected official in statewide...
    Prominent U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry dropped out of the Democratic primary, likely setting up a November contest between Mandela Barnes and Republican Senator Ron Johnson. Lasry, who was the closest opponent to Barnes in recent polling, immediately endorsed the lieutenant governor after suspending his campaign for the position. “The stakes are just too high to wait. The single best thing we can do for Wisconsin—and for America—is to beat Ron Johnson, and that must start now. Today, I am ending my campaign and endorsing my friend @TheOtherMandela to be the next great Senator from the State of Wisconsin,” Lasry said in a tweet. The stakes are just too high to wait. The single best thing we can do for Wisconsin—and for America—is to beat Ron Johnson, and that must start now. Today, I am ending my campaign and endorsing my friend @TheOtherMandela to be the next great Senator from the State of Wisconsin. — Alex Lasry (@AlexLasryWI) July 27, 2022 While other candidates remain, no other contender has been able to demonstrate double-digit support. For example, in a...
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the most progressive members of Congress and a former presidential candidate, endorsed Mandela Barnes in his run for U.S. Senate. Barnes is locked in a primary battle against other Democrats with the goal to challenge GOP Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the November general election. “As the son of a public school teacher and UAW assembly-line worker, Mandela Barnes knows the struggles of the working class,” said Senator Bernie Sanders (VT). “His agenda advances the interests of working families, not the billionaire class. I’m proud to endorse Mandela because he is the best-positioned progressive candidate who will win both the primary and defeat Ron Johnson in November.” Barnes has racked up the endorsement of several progressive leaders, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Barnes has backed several similar policies, such as ending the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. After the endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez, the National Republican Senatorial Committee claimed Barnes believes the “more D.C. liberals the better,” and he would “be a rubber stamp for Biden’s failing agenda that is...
    Wisconsin Lt. Governor and current Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes was caught on camera over the Fourth of July holiday weekend saying he believes the founding of America was “awful.” Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Milwaukee-based talk show host Dan O’Donnell published a short 37-second video on social media showing how Barnes felt about the founding of America and the country’s origins. He said, “things were bad, things were terrible,” when talking about the nation’s origins. “The founding of this nation? Awful,” Barnes added, noting that Americans need to “commit” themselves to repairing the “harm” and “damage” done in the past. He then added that the impact of colonialism and slavery is still felt today, and that “[t]hey’re going to continue to be felt unless we address it, in a meaningful way.” The Democrat announced his candidacy to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the upcoming midterm elections last summer. The Democrat primary on August 9 will determine who will advance to take on Johnson in November. The state will be a crucial battleground state for control of the Senate. While Barnes grabbed...
    Mandela Barnes, a Democrat running to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, utilized a leaked document from the Supreme Court to reiterate his call for an end to the filibuster. The document from the Court was an initial draft from Justice Samuel Alito that suggested the Court favors overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that federally legalized abortion across the country. However, the ruling is not final. Justices can often switch their vote as the deliberation process continues. “The Supreme Court is reportedly voting to strike down Roe v. Wade. The Senate must immediately act to eliminate the filibuster and protect abortion rights and access to reproductive health care,” Barnes said. The Supreme Court is reportedly voting to strike down Roe v. Wade. The Senate must immediately act to eliminate the filibuster and protect abortion rights and access to reproductive health care. — Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) May 3, 2022 “Access to abortion should be a right – not a privilege. Wealthy people have always been able to access abortions. If SCOTUS overturns Roe, it is women of color,...
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declined to endorse his own Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race. At an event hosted by WisPolitics.com, Evers responded to a question, detailing he would not endorse anyone in the contest. “As the elected leader of the Democratic Party, that’d be wrong. I know a lot of those people. They’re all good people. And so, we look forward to a robust primary and having somebody be actively campaigning to beat the present U.S. senator,” Evers claimed. State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) pointed out that the response from Evers seemingly contradicts past statements, as he previously said he would “support any decision” Mandela made on serving the people of Wisconsin. Barnes is running in a contested primary for the nomination. He is taking on businessman Alex Lasry, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson. One poll from Marquette Law School demonstrated Barnes held the lead in the contest. He gathered 23 percent of the support, compared to Lasry’s 13 percent. Earlier this month, Barnes...
    Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes struggled to name his own climate-related accomplishments when asked by a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The question connected to the candidate’s role on the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, where he serves as the chair. Yet, he could not provide an example of successful implementation of the group’s recommendations. “Of the 55 policy recommendations outlined by the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change report, how many have actually been successfully implemented?” the individual asked. “In our state budget, it was some of the, it was some of the harder pieces with agriculture that did, actually get—I think that may have actually. I need to get back to you with the legislature, with actually passing the state budget. Some of the money for workforce development grants—um, that’s a good question,” Barnes, who is a Democrat, attempted to respond. “I’m really, really jogging my brain here. I’d be happy to get back—you’re from the paper. I’d be happy to get back to you on more. I’m just really trying, I should have had...
    Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDNC staff votes to unionize It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power Ayanna Pressley says she has tested COVID-19 positive in breakthrough case MORE (D-N.J.) on Wednesday endorsed Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) for U.S. Senate, throwing his support behind the perceived frontrunner in the crowded primary field. Booker called Barnes a “game changer,” adding that he is “exactly what working families need in this moment.” “Mandela’s story is only possible here in America. It shows how hard work, faith, and opportunity can transform a family and a community,” Booker said in a statement. “In the Senate, Mandela will champion opportunity, accountability, and justice, the way he has always done. He’ll expand opportunities for working people, stand up for good union jobs, and protect the right to vote,” he added. Booker is the latest high-profile political figure to formally support Mandela’s candidacy. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn the Money — Democrats grow less confident in Manchin Warren: Powell's actions raise suspicions Fed may be hiding full...
    Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes released his first policy plan on Thursday, highlighting a number progressive proposals including the passage of a new voting rights act and calling for an end to the filibuster.  “We’ve got to do more to protect our democracy in this country,” Barnes said in an interview with The Hill. “This entire year has shown just how fragile things are and how much more fragile things can be if we don’t act immediately.”  Barnes, who has been endorsed by the likes Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley — Presented by Connected Commerce Council — Incident reporting language left out of package Exporting gas means higher monthly energy bills for American families Senators turn up the heat on Amazon, data brokers during hearing MORE (D-Mass.), bemoaned what he said was a lack of progress on a number of issues in the Senate, including with President BidenJoe BidenPharma lobby eyes parliamentarian Demand for US workers reaches historic high Biden to award Medal of Honor to three soldiers who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan: report MORE’s Build Back...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) issued an early endorsement in Wisconsin's Democratic Senate primary on Monday, throwing his support behind frontrunner Mandela Barnes, who serves as the state's lieutenant governor.  "Mandela is hands-down the best candidate to defeat Senator Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonADL, Jewish groups in rare move press Senate to 'immediately' consider antisemitism envoy 'An earthquake': GOP rides high after Democrats' Tuesday shellacking Evers, Johnson see lagging approval in Wisconsin: poll MORE, expand our majority in the United States Senate, and deliver results for the people of Wisconsin," Clyburn said in a statement.  The Democratic whip noted Barnes's "historic candidacy" in the same statement. Barnes would be the first Black senator from Wisconsin if elected.  “Mandela is a proven leader who has shown he will always stand up for people from every corner of Wisconsin," Clyburn said. "The son of a proud union family, Mandela learned firsthand what it takes to work hard and fight to create opportunities for middle-class families." Clyburn was credited with turning the tide for President Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary when he galvanized Black...
    End Citizens United and Let America Vote rolled out their first Senate endorsements ahead of next year's midterms on Wednesday, throwing their support behind former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley (D) and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D).  “As a U.S. Senator, Cheri will fight on behalf of working families by protecting their freedom to vote and standing up to Washington dark money and corporate special interests," the groups said in a statement. "We're proud to endorse her campaign and are excited to help her continue to make history when she wins next November." End Citizens United called Barnes "a leader in the fight for good government and voting rights" in a separate tweet on Wednesday.  "We can expand the Democratic majority in Wisconsin with Lt. Gov. Barnes leading the way," the group said.  End Citizens United and Let America Vote are respectively devoted to limiting the power money has in politics and combatting voter suppression. The groups endorsed President BidenJoe BidenBiden announces nominations for Arts and Humanities endowments Biden and Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement On...
    The most high-profile Wisconsin Democrat to date on Monday jumped into his party’s increasingly crowded Senate primary in a crucial battleground race in the 2022 midterm elections that could end up deciding which party controls the chamber. "Hard-working families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like aren’t delivering. Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Join us," Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes tweeted as he declared his candidacy for Senate. FIVE BIG QUESTIONS AS THE GOP TRIES TO WIN BACK THE SENATE IN 2022 "When you stay focused on why you are running, nothing can slow you down." Barnes said as he’s seen jogging through much of his announcement video. "We can’t settle for what is. We have to reach for what can be, pushing hard every step of the way." The 34-year-old Barnes, a former state lawmaker, made history in 2018 as he won election as Wisconsin’s first Black lieutenant governor. He grabbed national attention last year in the wake of the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he pushed for police...
    Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes is jumping into a crowded Senate primary to be the Democratic nominee in 2022. His entrance heightens what is expected to be one of the marquee primaries during the midterm elections.  Barnes joins seven other Democrats who have already launched their Senate bids. They're lining up to potentially face incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who has not yet announced if he will seek a third term.  "Hard-working families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Senator Ron Johnson aren't delivering," Barnes tweeted on Tuesday. Barnes is the first Black lieutenant governor elected in Wisconsin and only the second Black statewide elected official. Barnes easily won his 2018 primary for lieutenant governor before he and Governor Tony Evers narrowly defeated former Republican Governor Scott Walker in the general election. Barnes also served two terms in the State Assembly from 2013 to 2017.  His announcement video focused on his family's working-class roots and said Wisconsin families need more opportunities. Barnes has been endorsed by the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "The system isn't working. You see so...
    Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in 2022, seeking to become the state’s first black senator in its history. Barnes announced his candidacy for the Senate via Twitter Tuesday morning in a two-minute clip, apparently forgoing a chance to run for a second time as Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ running mate, The Associated Press (AP) reported. In the announcement video posted to Twitter, Barnes is seen waking up at six o’clock in the morning, putting on his running shoes while preparing to go out for a run. I’m Mandela Barnes and I’m running to be Wisconsin’s next Senator. Hard-working families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Senator Ron Johnson aren’t delivering. Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Join us. pic.twitter.com/XzVS3WHqQf — Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) July 20, 2021 “Excuses are nothing but a dead end,” Barnes says in the dubbed-over video. “And expectations are something to be shattered.” As he runs, a list of his accomplishments is shown on screen, including his election...
    Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) is jumping into his state’s U.S. Senate race.  “I’m running for the United States Senate because when things get tough, we shouldn’t lower our expectations," Barnes said in a statement. “Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Hard-working Wisconsin families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Senator Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonProgressive groups, unions hit Johnson over 'peaceful' Jan. 6 claim Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Juan Williams: The GOP is criminally reckless on COVID MORE aren’t delivering.” Barnes has long been expected to announce a Senate bid. He joins an increasingly crowded field of Democratic contenders that includes state Treasurer Sarah Godliewski, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has not yet said whether he will seek a third term in the Senate. --DEVELOPING Tags Ron Johnson 2022 midterms Wisconsin politics Wisconsin Senate race
    (CNN)Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is expected to announce a Senate run Tuesday in Milwaukee, a source familiar with the plans tells CNN, adding yet another name to the already crowded Democratic primary race for the seat. Barnes' campaign said Monday that he would make a "major announcement" in Milwaukee's Sherman Phoenix, an incubating space for Black-owned businesses. A number of Democratic candidates have already announced campaigns in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, possibly complicating Barnes' path towards the nomination. The list includes Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, state Sen. Chris Larson, and Alex Lasry, a businessman whose family owns the Milwaukee Bucks.They are all vying for the chance to take on incumbent GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, who has yet to announce whether he plans to seek reelection. Johnson had previously said he would only seek two terms in the Senate. Democrats see Johnson as vulnerable if he does run, and the prospect of an open seat in Wisconsin has raised the interest in the race. Barnes, 34, is the biggest name to enter the Democratic field to date. He, along...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Tuesday joined the crowded Democratic field for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, vying to become the first African American from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate. Barnes, 34, is the first Black lieutenant governor in Wisconsin history. He is giving up a chance to run for a second term in 2022 as Gov. Tony Evers’ running mate. Instead, Barnes becomes the seventh Democrat to enter the race, with an eighth expected to get in soon. Barnes released a campaign video Tuesday morning ahead of a planned event in Milwaukee, his hometown. “I’m running for the United States Senate because when things get tough, we shouldn’t lower our expectations,” Barnes said in a statement. “Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Hard-working Wisconsin families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Senator Ron Johnson aren’t delivering.” Johnson has not said yet whether he will seek a third term, but through June he had raised more money than any of the Democratic candidates...
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