Public Hearing Thursday on Judicial Ethics

In this update: 1. Study committee to hear public Thursday on judicial ethics 2. Buying elections, 2010 style 3. Escaping a Cash-22 Public Hearing Thursday on Judicial Ethics

Email date: 10/11/10

In this update:
1. Study committee to hear public Thursday on judicial ethics
2. Buying elections, 2010 style
3. Escaping a Cash-22

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Study committee to hear public Thursday on judicial ethics
A legislative study committee looking into how judges are disciplined for ethical lapses and when judges should be disqualified from hearing and ruling on cases is holding a public hearing on Thursday afternoon in the Capitol. The committee’s staff has prepared a list of policy options for members to consider.

The Democracy Campaign was invited to testify before the committee in August and again in September.

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Buying elections, 2010 style
A story posted online this morning by The Capital Times focuses on the corporate money and other special interest funds pouring into midterm elections across the country and right here in Wisconsin. Some of the money is even coming from overseas, as The New York Times noted in a recent editorial lamenting the reemergence of a practice that has been outlawed in this country for nearly a half century.

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Escaping a Cash-22
The way elections are funded today regularly puts voters in a no-win position. Our latest Big Money Blog points out how nearly all of us are complicit in the creation and continuation of this “Cash-22” and suggests a way out of this trap.