January 21, 2012
Open records open minds
Last night, Charles Franklin, a professor at the UW-Madison, appeared on Wisconsin Public Televison's Here and Now. While the MJS reported last week that Franklin is on sabbatical at Marquette Law School, Here and Now identified him as a "visiting professor" at Marquette. Which is it, and does it matter? Well, if he is on sabbatical and is being paid by UW I would argue that his polling information is a public record. Possibly he came to the same conclusion so someone switched it from sabbatical to visiting professor. I wonder who is paying him? I don't know, but will ask and report to you. Wisconsin voters should have all the information they can get. Time for Marquette to open the books.
One thing is for certain: He is polling on issues and likely Democratic candidates for governor. He will influence the campaign because he will be the "expert" the media relies on.
In my view his information will go from conservative Marquette to their pal Walker. Is that fair? Nope. Why won't so-called PolitiFact find out? Too busy investigating the small stuff. No time for the big stuff.
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Having a degree and being put in a place of prominence does not necessarily mean one has something to say. We need to listen to the voters and not the opinionated.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | January 21, 2012