March 18, 2005
Election fix will be back
So sayeth Mike Ellis who co-sponsored a bill to "fix" our corrupt political system. Or did he? Senator Judy Robson pinned the trunk on the elephant when she said, "Sponsors of the bill put together a sham bill. This is a bipartisan problem and it requires a bipartisan solution."
Ellis belongs to the majority party in the Senate. Had his party voted for his "fix" it would be on the way to the lead reformers in the Assembly, current speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo/Sun Prairie) and former speaker Scott Jensen. Almost two-thirds of the senators are Republicans, but Ellis blamed Democrats and wayward reformers like Mike McCabe for defeating his milquetoast nod in the direction of reform.
Who needs fake news when real coverage of fake reform is alive and well? The Ellis army also blamed Jim Doyle and made it clear that Doyle opposed the bill because he would be limited to $4 million in spending in 2006. "Clearly, this is the long arm of Gov. Jim Doyle," claimed Ellis in the MJS. Really? C'mon Mike. We can read the fine print as well as you can write it. Your bill would have limited Doyle only if he voluntarily agreed to public financing of his campaign and he is not crazy. There would be no money in the public financing campaign fund under your bill so no one would rely on it, certainly not "King of the Dough" as songster-pundit Peter Leidy calls the governor.
But the media seems to buy the Ellis line because, one supposes, they believe wishes become thoughts once passed by the Lobbyist's Legislature.
For my money, I'm going to Cable, Milwaukee and Baraboo for the People's Legislature and Fighting Bob Fest for real debate over real reform with real people.
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