Email date: 1/7/14
In this update:
1. Purple votes, red money
2. Backers of redistricting reform hold their own hearings
Purple votes, red money
The Democracy Campaign’s latest report is based on a zip code analysis of political donations in Wisconsin over the past 10 years. During the period, Wisconsin voters elected both Republican and Democratic governors and intermittently put both parties in charge of the state Legislature. Campaign donors, on the other hand, remained loyal to one side, favoring the Republicans by a substantial margin over the course of the decade.
A podcast posted on wisdc.org offers reflections on our findings. You can also see an enlarged PDF version of the color-coded map showing the partisan nature of political giving across the state as well as another map showing which zip codes produce the most political money.
Backers of redistricting reform hold their own hearings
With Senate and Assembly leaders continuing to stonewall action on proposed redistricting reform and even refusing to hold public hearings on the issue, legislative sponsors of the reform are starting to hold their own hearings. Initial opportunities for public comment are being provided later this week in the central and northern parts of the state. On Thursday, hearings are being held at 10 a.m. in Rice Lake at UW-Barron County’s Ritzinger Hall and at 2 p.m. in the Chippewa Falls Public Library. On Friday, a hearing is being held at 9:30 a.m. at Marshfield City Hall in the council chambers, and another is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Wausau at Northcentral Technical College in the Health Services Auditorium.