Topsy Turvy Politics

In this update: 1. Wisconsin in thick of things in presidential race 2. In search of a good party 3. WDC tallies Supreme Court donors 4. Troha case is conspiracy that keeps on giving Topsy Turvy Politics

Email date: 2/6/08

In this update:
1. Wisconsin in thick of things in presidential race
2. In search of a good party
3. WDC tallies Supreme Court donors
4. Troha case is conspiracy that keeps on giving

The conventional political wisdom had been that Wisconsin’s February 19 primary wouldn’t much matter in the presidential race because both parties’ nominations would be wrapped up on Super Tuesday. Well so much for conventional wisdom in this very unconventional year. Wisconsin will indeed have something important to say about who inhabits the White House.

As the dust settled from yesterday’s multi-state battle, a clear frontrunner has emerged on the Republican side but not yet a presumptive nominee, and the Democrats have a dogfight on their hands. February 19 now looms large. And for all those who’ve said that party conventions no longer matter because they’ve become nothing but smoothly choreographed coronations and carefully scripted infomercials for the parties, this year’s Democratic gathering could prove to be, by modern standards, a most unconventional convention.

This year’s presidential race is not only the most interesting and exciting in recent memory, it also will be the most expensive by a long shot. For more on the buying of the White House, go here.

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The race for president is not the only thing that is topsy turvy about politics these days. The citizenry’s relationship with the major political parties is in a state of flux, as is the way we talk about politics. That’s the subject of a commentary by the Democracy Campaign’s director that appeared yesterday in The Capital Times.

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The race for a seat on the state Supreme Court is heating up and the money is starting to flow. You can see who’s giving to whom here.

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The long-running criminal investigation into an elaborate campaign money laundering scheme masterminded by Kenosha businessman and casino developer Dennis Troha has produced another indictment. A recent item on our Big Money Blog goes into more detail.