February 18, 2012
Three days before the public and the Democrats in the Legislature got a look at the new legislative lines the maps, drawn by Ray Taffora and Michael Best & Friedrich, were given to Scott Jensen. Yes--that one--the poster boy of the legislative scandal of a few years ago. He is lobbying for a pro-vouncher group called American Federation for Children. Some say he is earning more than $100,000 per year for his lobbying for more vouchers!
Think for a moment. MB&F was hired by the GOP for $400,000, to be paid by taxpayers, to draw the new lines that would, of course, favor Republicans. Republican legislators had to sign secrecy oaths before they were allowed to see the MB&F-drawn maps. Who says? Good question. Was MB&F in charge or were the elected officials in charge?
While the maps were sent to Jensen, the GOP went to court to argue that the GOP memos, e-mails and draft maps should be protected by the courts from discovery in a Democratic Party lawsuit. Were these motions in good faith? No way, says a three-judge panel.
Stay tuned! Meanwhile, read the MJS account. Good stuff.
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No problem - just get one of those Waukesha County Get Out of Jail Free cards and it's business as usual.
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | February 18, 2012
It was obvious from the moment news broke that MBF was involved in drawing the maps that this was an effort by the Republican'ts to hide their scheming and claim the ruse client-attorney privilege. There should never be any aspect of any government which is kept from those governed, yet this seems to be standard practice for too many elected officials. Most folks don't even notice nor do they care what goes on behind closed doors.
We are lucky that we don't have government intrusion into our lives on a daily basis. Maybe this is part of the problem. We don't have daily contact with government so we just don't give a damn what that government does. Many of us stay uninformed or apolitical, and this is how bad people like Walker and the Fitzgeralds get elected and grab power away from us.
We had better stay on top of the recall efforts and oust the scoundrels. If we fail, you can be sure the power grabbers will "fix" government to limit or eliminate recalls and any other form of citizen participation.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | February 18, 2012
FF - Good point about the general public's (or at least a significant proportion - - I'd estimate 30-50% - - of them) lack of interest in government workings (especially in the last 3+ decades.) That can make true reform virtually impossible, other than by random chance. If VOTERS get fired-up about something AND vote accordingly, the politicians will quickly fall in line, out of pragmatic self-interest if nothing else. However, when too many voters just casually vote according to bumper-stickers or right-wing squawk radio, we get what we got...
-Big EM | Milwaukee, WI | February 18, 2012
MBF has a history of falsely claiming attorney client privilege. As sworn officers of the court if they know a law is being broken they are, according to sworn oaths and professional ethics, required to notify authorities. Yet, time and time again MBF is hired by business to investigate environmental contamination(both soil and groundwater) on client's property. Results of these investigations are never disclosed to the proper authorities (WDNR) under the guise of attorney -client privilege. Thus ensuring that required clean-ups are put off until property transfers. Regardless of how many innocent women and children are exposed to these poisons.
-Dole O'Mite | Waukesha County | February 18, 2012