Help Wanted – Election Observers

In this update: 1. Election watchers needed 2. Money in politics on the big screen 3. Denim in the news Help Wanted – Election Observers

Email date: 9/24/14

In this update:
1. Election watchers needed
2. Money in politics on the big screen
3. Denim in the news

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Election watchers needed
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is recruiting volunteers statewide to be nonpartisan election observers at the polls on November 4. LWV-WI will provide online training, a packet of materials, a polling place assignment and numbers to call on Election Day with questions or concerns. If you are interested in getting involved, go to the League’s website that will direct you to an online volunteer sign-up form.

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Money in politics on the big screen
A new documentary focusing on the impact of money in politics will be screening in Madison from September 26 to October 2. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe will be participating in a post-film discussion after the 7 p.m. showing of Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes at Sundance Cinemas on Monday, September 29.

Speaking of money in politics, our last E-Lert linked to an article illustrating how dark money groups are helping Republicans in the 2014 elections. Excellent reporting by Salon.com shows that Democrats are zealously playing the dark money game as well. The two parties have many differences, but they are undeniably joined at the billfold.

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Denim in the news
Mike McCabe will be on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Here and Now” program this weekend talking about his book, Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a commentary about some of the ideas in the book on Sunday and newspapers across the state are publishing a review by veteran news reporter and editor Bill Lueders of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.