A New Sheriff in Town

In this update: 1. First meeting of Government Accountability Board tomorrow 2. Scrutiny of judges’ conflicts of interest intensifies as ethics probe continues 3. The importance of asking questions 4. Fighting Bob Fest schedule, speakers set A New Sheriff in Town

Email date: 8/22/07

In this update:
1. First meeting of Government Accountability Board tomorrow
2. Scrutiny of judges’ conflicts of interest intensifies as ethics probe continues
3. The importance of asking questions
4. Fighting Bob Fest schedule, speakers set

The Government Accountability Board meets for the first time tomorrow. Our latest Big Money Blog offers some things to watch for and some unsolicited advice for the new board.

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The state Judicial Commission also is scheduled to meet tomorrow. No word yet on whether anything new will emerge from that meeting on the commission’s ethics investigation of newly sworn-in state Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler that was triggered by a Democracy Campaign complaint.

What is clear is that the problems exemplified by Justice Ziegler extend well beyond her. A recent Green Bay Press-Gazette article focuses on apparent financial conflicts of interest involving more than 50 cases handled by nine northeastern Wisconsin judges. This newspaper story comes on the heels of an article in Milwaukee Magazine earlier this year exposing similar ethics problems in Milwaukee County.

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With all due respect to Woody Allen, at least 80% of success in life is asking the right questions. That’s what a new commentary by the Democracy Campaign’s director posted yesterday on our Web site is about.

Speaking of asking questions, here’s one that’s not being asked enough: Why are Wisconsin legislators so anxious to agree to a deal with AT&T on a cable TV bill that is far better for the company and far worse for cable subscribers and citizens across our state than the deal AT&T already has agreed to in Illinois?

The trail of clues starts here.

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The schedule for the 6th annual Fighting Bob Fest is pretty much set. For more on the speakers, go here. To pre-register, go here. See you there on September 8!