Absolute Power

In this update: 1. A flagrant foul by Boss Vos 2. Majority Republicans itching to throw weight around 3. Support WDC by supporting Community Shares of Wisconsin Absolute Power

Email date: 11/20/14

In this update:
1. A flagrant foul by Boss Vos
2. Majority Republicans itching to throw weight around
3. Support WDC by supporting Community Shares of Wisconsin

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A flagrant foul by Boss Vos
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That particular way of stating a universal truth is thought to have come from a British historian in the late 19th Century, and has been repeated countless times since. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos brought the words to mind again with the not-so-veiled threat he issued to the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks: You supported Democrats, so getting Wisconsin Republicans to support you will be a “hard sell.”

One newspaper columnist compared the speaker’s tactics to those of disgraced former Senate Democratic leader Chuck Chvala. The state’s largest newspaper marveled at the pettiness.

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Majority Republicans itching to throw weight around
With their expanded majority in the state legislature, GOP leaders are signaling that they intend to move quickly in the new year to try to exert greater political control over the state Government Accountability Board, mess with Wisconsin’s “John Doe” legal procedures that have been used to investigate political wrongdoing, and allow substantially bigger campaign contributions.

In the 2013-2014 legislative session the Democracy Campaign and other clean government advocates were successful in derailing legislation crippling the GAB, doubling state limits on political donations, and curtailing campaign finance disclosure. Those fights and many others will resume in 2015, and they will be even tougher given the larger Republican majorities in both the Senate and Assembly as well as the departure of several moderate Senate Republicans who balked at the anti-democracy measures.

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Support WDC by supporting Community Shares of Wisconsin
One important source of financial sustenance for the Democracy Campaign is Community Shares of Wisconsin. WDC is a member agency of Community Shares and receives proceeds from CSW’s annual workplace giving campaign and other fundraising efforts on behalf of member nonprofits. This year’s workplace giving campaign is wrapping up. If your workplace provides an opportunity to give charitably through Community Shares of Wisconsin, we hope you will participate and designate some of your pledged gift to the Democracy Campaign. If you are not involved in a workplace giving program, there are plenty of other ways to support Community Shares.