Email date: 11/20/13
In this update:
1. Citizens clamoring for a public hearing on redistricting reform
2. Elaborate shell game at center of criminal investigation
Citizens clamoring for a public hearing on redistricting reform
Republican legislative leaders continue to stonewall redistricting reform despite an ongoing wave of editorials calling for action by newspapers from across the state and hundreds of letters and emails from the public.
Those in charge at the Capitol remain unable or unwilling to hear the crystal-clear message calling for a new way to draw political boundaries that serves the voters’ interests and not just the interests of politicians. So it is time to turn up the volume. Please take action today and contact the four key legislators mentioned in the editorial in today’s Wisconsin State Journal. And don’t forget to contact your own legislators and urge them to support redistricting reform.
Elaborate shell game at center of criminal investigation
An effort to derail a new John Doe probe into possible political wrongdoing in Wisconsin is being launched just as the public is beginning to get a glimpse into what ground is being covered by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, a 30-year federal prosecutor who once was on George W. Bush’s top-three list of candidates for an appointment as U.S. Attorney for Milwaukee.
While much about the scope and nature of the investigation being conducted under the supervision of retired Judge Gregory Peterson is not yet known, one subject that appears to be under scrutiny by the special prosecutor is an elaborate shell game operated by an intricate web of national and state interest groups and party fronts that surreptitiously moved money that ended up being used to influence the outcome of 2011 and 2012 recall elections in Wisconsin.
Among the groups apparently under investigation is the American Federation for Children, a national network pushing for school privatization that spent heavily on some special elections for state Assembly seats that were held this month, including one in the Milwaukee area where the group’s favored candidate was elected.