Republicans Open an Early Lead

In this update: 1. GOP legislators open early lead in money chase 2. The legislation with nine lives 3. Supreme Court takes up voter ID law 4. What those emails say Republicans Open an Early Lead

Email date: 2/26/14

In this update:
1. GOP legislators open early lead in money chase
2. The legislation with nine lives
3. Supreme Court takes up voter ID law
4. What those emails say

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GOP legislators open early lead in money chase
We just finished tallying the millions of dollars in campaign contributions raised by state lawmakers in 2013 and issued a report this morning showing that Republican legislators received three times as much money as their Democratic counterparts in preparation for this fall’s election contests. For more on our findings, check out our podcast.

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The legislation with nine lives
Over the holidays, Senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Senate would not be voting on Assembly Bill 225, which would double Wisconsin’s current limits on political donations. The bill appeared dead. But in recent days, he told WisPolitics.com that he’s leaving the door open for possible action.

Fitzgerald told the online political news service that the Senate “may take up pieces” of AB 225, though he declined to say which ones. He said that is “still being worked out.”

With the possibility that AB 225 will be revived, senators need a reminder that the last thing we need is more money in politics. Please take a few minutes to contact your senator.

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Supreme Court takes up voter ID law
Yesterday the state Supreme Court started considering two separate legal challenges to Wisconsin’s law requiring voters to have a photo ID in order to vote. The Democracy Campaign views this requirement as a form of vote-suppressing poll taxation, and it appears one member of the court’s conservative majority may agree.

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What those emails say
The more than 27,000 pages of emails related to a John Doe investigation that led to the convictions of six aides and associates of Scott Walker’s say a lot about the governor. They also say a lot about the national media, not to mention the state of ethics in Wisconsin politics.