Email date: 11/3/09
In this update:
1. Joint Finance Committee approves Impartial Justice bill
2. Newspapers across state pan new judicial ethics rules
Joint Finance Committee approves Impartial Justice bill
Late this morning the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the Impartial Justice bill overhauling state Supreme Court elections. This is the last committee hurdle the legislation had to clear before being taken up by both houses, which could happen by Thursday.
The bill emerged from the finance committee in great shape and fully funded. Please take a minute to call the toll-free Legislative Hotline and leave a message for your senator and representative urging them to achieve the most significant campaign reform in Wisconsin since 1977 by voting for the Impartial Justice bill. The number to call is 800-362-9472 or 266-9960 in Madison.
Newspapers across state pan new judicial ethics rules
The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision last week to approve rules written by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Realtors Association allowing judges to rule on cases involving their biggest campaign contributors is being roundly condemned by newspapers throughout the state.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Sheboygan Press and The Capital Times all were sharply critical of the action in editorials published in recent days. Editorial cartoonist Mike Konopacki also offered his take on the impression made by the high court’s majority. And the Democracy Campaign’s director posted a commentary on the subject.