Email date: 10/13/09
In this update:
1. More reform hearings this week, rallies next 2 weeks
2. Committee testimony airing on WisconsinEye
3. Things to ponder while waiting for reform
More reform hearings this week, rallies next 2 weeks
Public hearings tomorrow in the Milwaukee area and Thursday in Eau Claire will give citizens an opportunity to guide an Assembly committee in crafting legislation overhauling the way state legislative races as well as elections for statewide offices like governor and attorney general are paid for.
Then starting next week, rallies will be held in four locations around the state to push for final action on the Impartial Justice bill reforming state Supreme Court elections. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will be joined at the events by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske and longtime Republican operative and good government advocate Bill Kraus, who served as press secretary for Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus.
The first stop in what is being called the Impartial Justice Roadshow will be on Monday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Milwaukee at 901 North 9th Street.
The second will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 2 p.m. outside the Supreme Court chambers in the State Capitol.
The final two rallies will be on Tuesday, October 27 at 9:30 a.m. in La Crosse at the County Courthouse on 333 Vine Street and at 1 p.m. in Eau Claire in the County Courthouse at 721 Oxford Avenue.
Please attend if you can and bring along a friend or two or five.
Committee testimony airing on WisconsinEye
WisconsinEye, the state-level equivalent of C-SPAN, is airing full coverage of last week's campaign finance reform hearing in the Assembly. You can watch here. The Democracy Campaign's testimony begins at the 1 hour, 3 minute mark of the video. WDC director Mike McCabe was before the committee for over 45 minutes testifying and then answering questions.
Things to ponder while waiting for reform The mind inevitably wanders while seemingly waiting forever for lawmakers to act on campaign finance reform. The latest post on our Big Money Blog is a case in point, taking on some bigger questions.