June 17, 2009
Maybe we are not Illinois!
Fighting Bob suggested that we all attend the June 15 Assembly-Democratic fund raiser armed with cameras and a plan to let the air out of the golf cart wheels. Let the lobbyists walk! The Democrats got the message and they postponed the expensive golf outing at the Wilderness in The Dells. Good news. Bad news? The decision to postpone was made at a fundraiser on June 3 in Milwaukee! The Speaker, Assembly Majority Leader, and Milwaukee legislators--two of whom sit on the Joint Finance Committee--attended despite the ban on fund raising during budget deliberations. Oh well. Illinois #2.
More good news: Two bills advanced out of committee. The first would provide public financing of State Supreme Court races! (A good start--but why not all judicial races?) But for now, get out the party hats. The other bill supports the GAB rules requiring the phony issue folks to disclose where they get their money. OK!
The gift that never stops giving--yes "Scooter" Jensen is back in the news to remind us why campaign reform is essential. Remember Scott? He was convicted of three felonies for misconduct in office. He was sentenced to three years in prison and immediately asked for a new trial in his home county--Waukesha. Thanks for the reminder, Scott.
No other way to say it, the message is getting through. People of Wisconsin want clean elections. Period.
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