Legislators Ranked on Reform Issues

In this update: 1. Who’s pushing and who’s blocking reform 2. Taking the "free" out of free speech 3. Reflections from 1967 Legislators Ranked on Reform Issues

Email date: 4/29/08

In this update:
1. Who’s pushing and who’s blocking reform
2. Taking the "free" out of free speech
3. Reflections from 1967

The Democracy Campaign today released an analysis of roll call votes and bill sponsorships on democracy reform issues. To see the scores state legislators received and how they rank on reform, go here.

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Those who are corrupting Wisconsin government and bending public policy to serve their own selfish aims are smart enough to wrap themselves in the flag while they do it. Specifically, they act in the name of one of our most cherished possessions - the First Amendment right to free speech. What this is doing to one of the hallmarks of the Bill of Rights is the subject of our latest Big Money Blog. A longer version of this commentary was featured in the final daily print edition of The Capital Times.

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Before Michael Gableman defeated Louis Butler this year, the last time a challenger beat an incumbent state Supreme Court justice was back in 1967. The daughter of the winner of that race was not impressed by the repeat performance. Her commentary is here.