Email date: 10/20/09
In this update:
1. State’s high court to mull new ethics rules
2. Blog: Old Glory is so yesterday
State’s high court to mull new ethics rules
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will be holding a hearing October 28 on whether to update the ethics rules judges in this state must follow to provide guidance about when campaign contributions and other financial help in an election compel a judge to step aside and not hear a case. The Democracy Campaign will be testifying in support of new ethical standards that take into account the conflicts of interest created by campaign money.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Fund prompted the high court’s consideration of possible changes to the judicial ethics code by filing a petition calling for far-reaching amendments. The issue was brought to a head by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a high-profile West Virginia case.
Competing petitions have been filed by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Realtors Association that set the bar juuuust a bit lower than the League of Women Voters is recommending.
For more on this, check out the editorial in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Blog: Old Glory is so yesterday
With the U.S. Supreme Court now seemingly getting ready to rewrite the Constitution, maybe the flag’s look needs some updating too. We have a suggestion. That’s the subject of our latest Big Money Blog.