November 9, 2006
The MJS and other papers like to refer the Wisconsin's attorney general as "Top Cop." In doing so, they either demean the job or expose their ignorance. Or, perhaps they are just lazy. The AG has always been "the people's lawyer" not the head of the State Police. Who protects the environment, the consumer, the little guy? Not the "top cop."
Are memories of the most innovative office in the country, the Public Intervenor, so dim that MJS and other mainstreamers can't recall that wonderful office? Do they buy the WMC line that the AG is
"anti-business" if he/she goes after corporate polluters? Or tries to enforce our anti-trust laws? Does MJS suppport the Open Meetings and Open Records laws or do those laws crimp the style of WMC?
We need a lawyer for the people not another cop. J.B. Van Hollen seems confused. His focus is street crime not white collar crime. He is a "crime-fighter" not an Attorney General. Let's hope he grows with the job.
George Allen: imagine the almost presidential candidate losing his Senate seat because of his bigotry exposed in the campaign. Think of Arizona, the first state to defeat a gay marriage referendum. Five states voting to raise the minimum wage. Anti-war referendums in Wisconsin passing in all cases.
It seems like an historic moment. Hey, Toto, maybe things are getting better.
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