Email date: 9/15/09
In this update:
1. Having fun and getting feisty in Baraboo
2. WDC report makes headlines as vote looms on DNR bill
Having fun and getting feisty in Baraboo
The weather was gorgeous and the crowd was big and boisterous Saturday for the eighth annual Fighting Bob Fest at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe was a featured speaker on the main stage and also led a breakout session. If you couldn’t attend, Mike’s speech has been posted on YouTube and can be viewed here. The text of his remarks are posted here.
In both of his presentations, Mike urged his audience to make three phone calls to help push legislation reforming state Supreme Court elections across the goal line. The first is a call to the toll-free Legislative Hotline (800-362-9472 or 266-9960 in Madison) to ask your state senator and representative to support the Impartial Justice bill. The other two calls need to go to Senate Leader Russ Decker (608-266-2502) and Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (608-266-7503 or toll-free 888-947-0044) to urge them to promptly schedule a vote on the bill.
WDC report makes headlines as vote looms on DNR bill
Word at the Capitol is a vote on legislation restoring the independence of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is coming next week in the state Assembly. Support for the bill is running strong in the Legislature but another longtime supporter, Governor Jim Doyle, has had second thoughts. A Democracy Campaign report issued two weeks ago shed new light on the governor’s change of heart and inspired editorials like this one in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and this one in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
Another Democracy Campaign report issued last week, this one dealing with campaign donations from so-called payday lenders, also made headlines in the state’s largest newspaper. So did another issue WDC has been following closely – the effort to make the records detailing the financial holdings of public officials in Wisconsin more accessible. The Journal Sentinel reported last Wednesday on a change an Assembly committee made to the proposed legislation and the Democracy Campaign blogged on the subject the next day.