Email date: 2/12/14
In this update:
1. Nobodies pack a hearing room
2. Assembly votes to deny voters a chance to have their say
Nobodies pack a hearing room
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says “nobody cares” about redistricting reform. A great many nobodies, actually.
People from large communities and small ones alike filled a Capitol hearing room on Monday to express their displeasure with the way voting districts are drawn in Wisconsin and plead for reform.
No one testified in support of the current system at the public meeting arranged by Republican Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center and his Democratic colleague Tim Cullen of Janesville. The two lawmakers favor a nonpartisan approach modeled after the system in Iowa. The Democracy Campaign has long advocated the adoption of this approach in Wisconsin.
For more on both the problem and the solution, check this out.
For those wishing to let Speaker Vos know that you care about redistricting reform, here’s how to contact his office.
Assembly votes to deny voters a chance to have their say
Yesterday the state Assembly voted along party lines to keep a legislative resolution calling for a statewide referendum on money in politics bottled up in committee. The resolution seeks to place a question on the November 2014 ballot asking voters if they support amending the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and other related cases.
On the heels of the Assembly vote, an identical resolution is being introduced in the state Senate and the Money Out, Voters In coalition of which the Democracy Campaign is a part is continuing to make the case for a statewide vote giving citizens a chance to weigh in on the subject of money in politics.
After looking over yesterday’s roll call vote in the Assembly, you might want to have a word with your state representative about the importance of giving voters a chance to have their voices heard on money in politics and Citizens United.