Email date: 4/9/08
In this update:
1. Rescue high court, reform groups urge
2. What state lawmakers can and can’t do
3. Another guilty plea in corruption case
With the stench of last week’s state Supreme Court election still hanging in the air, the Democracy Campaign was joined today by Common Cause in Wisconsin and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in sending a letter to legislators calling on them to revive the dormant special session on campaign finance reform and act to fix our broken elections.
Now it’s your turn. Add your voice to ours and take action.
This isn’t the only way you can take matters into your own hands. Many are letting those responsible for hijacking the high court election know how they feel about this perversion of democracy. In his latest column, the editor of The Capital Times listed all of the members of the board of directors of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
Lawmakers haven’t exactly been tripping over each other to fix what’s gone haywire with Supreme Court elections in Wisconsin. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything. One of their recent accomplishments is the subject of our latest Big Money Blog.
Another co-conspirator in an elaborate money laundering scheme aimed at getting a casino sited in Kenosha agreed to plead guilty today. This time it’s a local elected official.
As the cash-for-casino scandal continues to unfold, another business scandal has been all over the news. A local wrinkle to the Bear Stearns meltdown story was the subject of business reporter Mike Ivey’s latest column. He reminds us that long before the investment bank went up in flames, it was the source of considerable controversy here in Wisconsin.
One more nasty Supreme Court election down and another on the horizon . . . unless a thorough overhaul of the system can be achieved before 2009. As previously mentioned, we urge you to take action to push for just such an overhaul. But there’s something else you can do to take out your frustration on those who are engineering the hostile takeover of our state’s highest court - support the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
If you are already a member, please consider an extra gift or increase your regular giving. If you haven’t supported us financially in the past, there’s no time like the present to start. Our judicial system is under assault and we need your help to keep fighting back against the special interests that are trying to claim ownership of our courts. To join, go here.