There's Still Work to Do

In this update: 1. People’s Legislature calls on state lawmakers to get to work 2. State politicians turn basic civics lesson on its head 3. Lies, damn lies and high court politics There's Still Work to Do

Email date: 3/14/08

In this update:
1. People’s Legislature calls on state lawmakers to get to work
2. State politicians turn basic civics lesson on its head
3. Lies, damn lies and high court politics

As the state Assembly and Senate fiddled, the People’s Legislature rallied yesterday at the Capitol. To see TV coverage of the event, go here.

After the rally, participants delivered petitions to the offices of the Assembly speaker and the Senate majority leader calling on them to make something of the ongoing special session on campaign finance reform. We need you to do the same. Take action now.

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As posted yesterday on our Big Money Blog, we thought the star of yesterday’s show was former DNR secretary George Meyer. We’re not the only ones who thought so.

A core political value in Wisconsin that dates back to the Progressive Era is that the will of the people is the law of the land. The story George Meyer told yesterday shows how that idea has been ripped to shreds.

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Today’s Big Money Blog turns to the subject of the campaigning for state Supreme Court, most of which is being done by a handful of powerful interest groups. The ads are chock full of twisted facts, distortions and outright lies. At least one avid observer of campaign advertising thinks attack ads are good, a kind of "multivitamin" for democracy. If there’s even an ounce of legitimacy to such a claim, then watching this year’s Supreme Court race unfold drives home the point that too much of a good thing can kill you.