A New Year Full of Promise

A New Year Full of Promise

Email date: 1/5/07

In this update:
1. Governor sets tone for upcoming session
2. A wish list for 2007
3. Challenges abound as media activists convene

Happy New Year! All of us at the Democracy Campaign hope you enjoyed the wonderful holiday season, and we wish you all the best in the new year. Here’s hoping 2007 will be a memorable one for the cause of reform.

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In his inaugural address earlier this week, Governor Jim Doyle offered this New Year’s resolution:

“Finally, speaking of values, we need to make sure that this great state always lives up to its proud heritage of honesty and integrity in government. Three weeks ago, I was proud to join with Republicans and Democrats to announce an agreement on comprehensive ethics reform. Together, let’s pass this bill, and reaffirm the faith of the people of Wisconsin.”

Welcome words. May they inspire the intended action, and then some.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a wish list for 2007 on the editorial page of yesterday’s editions. Hopes and dreams for health care, tax fairness, K-12 education and the University of Wisconsin system made the state’s largest newspaper’s list, of course. But it is the top two wishes that warm our hearts the most.

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The National Conference for Media Reform is just around the corner. There are successes to celebrate - like the recent victory for Internet freedom and the astounding local effort in Madison that forced radio giant Clear Channel to back down from plans to replace progressive talk with sports programming - but there also are enormous challenges to confront.

Even though citizen activists are winning some battles, they are doing it against all odds. The public is not only up against giant media conglomerates but also a federal regulatory agency controlled by political cronies who are in the industry’s hip pocket and are hostile to basic rules of openness, accountability and integrity governing how they make decisions. How hostile? Read on.

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Thanks to all of you who made end-of-the year gifts to support the Democracy Campaign’s work. Election years have always proven difficult for us to raise the funds we need to operate, and 2006 was no exception. Even though we’re busier than ever tracking all the money that is flowing into campaigns, less typically flows in our direction during the election season. So all of us here appreciate those year-end donations more than you’ll ever know.

Whether you might want to increase your level of support or become a member for the first time, you can make tax-deductible, online contributions to the Democracy Campaign by going here.