Kissing the Ring

In this update: 1. Controlling the locals 2. Governors make pilgrimage to Vegas to kiss the ring 3. Retirees changing political allegiance Kissing the Ring

Email date: 4/1/14

In this update:
1. Controlling the locals
2. Governors make pilgrimage to Vegas to kiss the ring
3. Retirees changing political allegiances

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Controlling the locals
No fooling, today is election day. Contests for various local offices fill the ballot, and those low-profile elections don’t tend to get a lot of attention. But they are increasingly attracting the attention of wealthy, out-of-state interests. The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are jumping into community-level politics in Wisconsin, as their front group Americans for Prosperity is pouring big money into county board races in Iron County and school board elections in Kenosha.

The Koch brothers are hardly alone in wanting control over local decision making. State lawmakers are going to greater and greater lengths to handcuff local elected officials.

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Governors make pilgrimage to Vegas to kiss the ring
The Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association has virtually established residence in Wisconsin, already spending more than $2 million to back Scott Walker’s bid for reelection. But Walker himself recently headed to Las Vegas to join other several other governors in courting gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson and other wealthy donors. For his part, Adelson is signaling that he is going to be far more demanding of the candidates who hope to get his money. His top political advisor says, “The bar for support is going to be much higher.”

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Retirees changing political allegiances
Quoting from an article in The Capital Times, “As much as Democrats have tried, with some success, to own the issues of Medicare and Social Security, senior citizens continue to move more firmly into the Republican column.” The article cites the most recent post on our blog reflecting our finding that campaign contributions from retirees are increasingly going to the Republicans.