Email date: 4/22/13
In this update:
1. Has Wisconsin lost its conservation mojo?
2. Background checks run into expensive brick wall at state level
3. Dale Schultz, endangered species
4. WDC report on pro-voucher contributions makes headlines
Has Wisconsin lost its conservation mojo?
Today is Earth Day. No better day to examine the condition of Wisconsin’s conservation ethic. Democracy Campaign findings about the influence of political money on environmental issues are mentioned midway through the lengthy article by business reporter Mike Ivey.
Background checks run into expensive brick wall at state level
Days after a modest gun control measure calling for background checks for gun buyers was derailed in Congress, top state officials broke the news late last week that such a law ain’t happening in Wisconsin either. A little more than a week after WDC research director Michael Buelow shed light on why Wisconsin’s senior senator helped deep-six the legislation in the U.S. Senate, his latest post on our Big Money Blog helps explain what’s behind state officials’ opposition to background checks despite widespread public support for the policy.
Dale Schultz, endangered species
Another recent post on our blog offers an ode to state Senator Dale Schultz and takes readers on a trip down memory lane. The Capital Times picked it up and published it as a commentary on madison.com over the weekend.
WDC report on pro-voucher contributions makes headlines
The Democracy Campaign’s recent report on the influence of political money from advocates of private school vouchers prompted widespread news coverage, including a detailed story by The Associated Press that appeared in newspapers across the state as well as stories by Wisconsin Radio Network and Wisconsin Public Radio. WDC’s director followed up with a commentary on the subject that was posted last week on our blog.