Email date: 1/24/08
In this update:
1. More than a little missing from governor’s "state of state" speech
2. Special session on reform starting to take shape, despite Doyle’s lack of interest
Governor Jim Doyle spoke for 51 minutes last night about the state of our state. But he avoided like the plague the subject of the sorry state of our state’s democracy.
Now Jim Doyle will never get high marks for originality. And his name won’t often appear in the same sentence as the word charisma. But even by a standard that takes into account these realities, the governor’s State of the State Address was a disappointment. Our latest Big Money Blog tells why.
Even though Governor Doyle seems utterly uninterested in the special session he called on campaign finance reform, the session is still showing signs of life. A comprehensive reform package was just introduced as Special Session Senate Bill 1 and will begin to be reviewed by a Senate committee. The bill combines the features of two WDC-backed reform plans – the Ellis-Erpenbach bill and the Impartial Justice bill – and incorporates a new approach to disclosure of special interest-sponsored electioneering masquerading as "issue advocacy" that takes into account the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter last June.
Also don’t forget the public hearing on the Risser-Pocan Clean Elections bill and another reform measure next Tuesday.