Calling the Question

In this update: 1. Citizen groups demand Assembly vote on Citizens United referendum 2. The ugly truth about how the public’s business is being conducted 3. Statewide vote on redistricting reform proposed Calling the Question

Email date: 1/22/14

In this update:
1. Citizen groups demand Assembly vote on Citizens United referendum
2. The ugly truth about how the public’s business is being conducted
3. Statewide vote on redistricting reform proposed

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Citizen groups demand Assembly vote on Citizens United referendum
On the fourth anniversary of the infamous Citizens United decision, an alliance of citizen groups including the Democracy Campaign recommended a seldom-used parliamentary procedure to end the state Assembly’s stonewalling of a legislative resolution authorizing a statewide vote on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of Citizens United and related court rulings. At yesterday’s Capitol press conference, the Money Out, Voters In coalition suggested what is known as a pulling motion to remove the resolution from committee where it is bottled up and bring it to an immediate vote in the full Assembly.

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The ugly truth about how the public’s business is being conducted
Veteran journalists Dave Zweifel and Ruth Conniff pulled no punches in recent commentaries about how bills really become law at the State Capitol. And a column on the subject by the Democracy Campaign’s director appears in today’s print edition of The Capital Times.

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Statewide vote on redistricting reform proposed
Governor Scott Walker gives his State of the State address tonight. Newspapers and other media across the state are calling on the governor to advocate in his speech for hearings on proposed legislation establishing a nonpartisan approach to redistricting. Meanwhile, a group of legislators are proposing to take the issue to the people in a statewide referendum.