Knocking Down the Stonewall

In this update: 1. Don't let redistricting reform die without a fight 2. PAC donation database updated Knocking Down the Stonewall

Email date: 8/20/13

In this update:
1. Don’t let redistricting reform die without a fight
2. PAC donation database updated

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Don’t let redistricting reform die without a fight
Eight newspapers and a television station joined reform groups like the Democracy Campaign in calling for public hearings on legislation that would take the task of redrawing congressional and state legislative districts after each census out of the hands of lawmakers and give it to an independent, nonpartisan redistricting authority.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Appleton Post-Crescent, Wausau Daily Herald, La Crosse Tribune, Kenosha News, Beloit Daily News and WISC-TV editorialized in recent days that legislators should stop stonewalling and start listening to the public about needed changes to the way redistricting is handled.

The suburban Milwaukee Republican who chairs the Senate committee that has bottled up Senate Bill 163 insists there is no need for redistricting reform. The latest addition to our blog explains why she is wrong.

TAKE ACTION: Step 1 - Contact members of the Senate committee and urge them to hold hearings on redistricting reform and then take action on Senate Bill 163. Step 2 - Tell members of the Assembly committee to stop stalling and hold hearings on Assembly Bill 185. Step 3 - Call or write your own legislators to urge them to get behind the push for redistricting reform.

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PAC donation database updated
More than 400 new records of campaign contributions by political action committees operating in Wisconsin were added to our database last week.