WDC Member Meeting May 19

In this update: 1. Justice Bradley to headline WDC’s annual meeting 2. Planned May 27 hearing gets new wrinkles 3. Honey, who shrunk the Capitol press corps? WDC Member Meeting May 19 

Email date: 5/8/09

In this update:
1. Justice Bradley to headline WDC’s annual meeting
2. Planned May 27 hearing gets new wrinkles
3. Honey, who shrunk the Capitol press corps?

The Democracy Campaign’s annual membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19 starting at 4 p.m. in Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley will be making keynote remarks. One newspaper recently put Justice Bradley on the list of candidates President Obama should consider for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

To attend the meeting, please RSVP by calling 608-255-4260.

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In our May 1 E-Lert, we reported that a public hearing on the Impartial Justice bill before the Assembly Elections and Campaign Reform Committee has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. We have now learned that it will be a joint hearing of the Assembly committee and the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing. And we’re also hearing that the committees will be taking public testimony on a second bill strongly supported by the Democracy Campaign - the special interest electioneering disclosure bill introduced in both houses as Senate Bill 43 and Assembly Bill 63.

So much the better.

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One news industry journal recently made the point that state governments "have more power and more money than ever before" and their "tentacles reach into every household and business" but also observed that there are fewer and fewer journalists watching and reporting on how this power is used or abused, characterizing it as a "staggering loss of reporting firepower at America’s state capitols."

Wisconsin is no exception to this trend, as this article shows.