Wisconsin's Nonfiction Version of Grisham's

In this update: 1. Wisconsin court race getting noticed far outside state’s borders 2. The television-political complex Wisconsin’s Nonfiction Version of Grisham’s “Appeal”

Email date: 7/28/08

In this update:
1. Wisconsin court race getting noticed far outside state’s borders
2. The television-political complex

It used to be that Wisconsin stood out for good reasons. The state’s reputation for clean, open and honest government was noticed from coast to coast. Wisconsin is still standing out, but for a reason that is hardly something to take pride in.

An article in today’s Chicago Tribune focuses on the serious threats to the independence and integrity of state courts and showcases Wisconsin as Exhibit A. The story cites the Democracy Campaign’s recent report on spending in this year’s state Supreme Court race and quotes WDC’s director.

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Back in 1961, President Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the military-industrial complex. That warning merits heeding today, but we’ve also got another complex on our hands that poses a threat every bit as perilous. That’s the subject of a Big Money Blog posted today.