Legislature Says Talk to the Hand

In this update: 1. Newspapers join in calling lawmakers to complete unfinished work 2. The Legislature’s invisible hand 3. Hawaii calls for constitutional wall between corporations and politics Legislature Says Talk to the Hand

Email date: 5/5/10

In this update:
1. Newspapers join in calling lawmakers to complete unfinished work
2. The Legislature’s invisible hand
3. Hawaii calls for constitutional wall between corporations and politics

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Newspapers join in calling lawmakers to complete unfinished work
Monday’s E-Lert focused on important work the Legislature left undone when it adjourned for the remainder of the year, and highlighted one piece of unfinished business in particular. The Sheboygan Press and Oshkosh Northwestern both zeroed in on the same issue, namely the need for final action on legislation closing the “issue ad” loophole special interests exploit to secretly pour huge sums of money into elections. To take action in support of this reform, go here.

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The Legislature’s invisible hand
A Big Money Blog posted yesterday offers some thoughts on the power of culture, in politics and elsewhere. Another blog posted last week offers some insight into one of the many factors contributing to the change in Wisconsin’s political culture – a less muscular and vigilant media.

Dave Zweifel of The Capital Times put his finger on another of the forces that has reshaped Wisconsin's Legislature in a recent commentary he wrote.

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Hawaii calls for constitutional wall between corporations and politics
Members of Hawaii’s House of Representatives are not waiting for Congress to act in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission giving corporations a free rein to spend on elections. They are seeking to initiate a constitutional amendment reasserting the authority of Congress and the states to put restrictions on corporate electioneering. Are any Wisconsin legislators taking notice?