February 21, 2011
CONTACT:Jay Heck – 608/256-2686
State Senator Jon Erpenbach Will Participate in Election/Campaign Finance Reform Forum at UW-Madison Tonight
Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) will participate this evening in the Common Cause in Wisconsin reform forum being held this evening from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on the 4th floor of the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Erpenbach, a long-time legislative leader in support of campaign finance and ethics reform, was originally scheduled to be a panelist this evening but the decision by Wisconsin Senate Democrats to leave the state last week in order to slow down Governor Scott Walker's fast tracked budget repair bill, left his participation in doubt.
But today we received word that Erpenbach would call in and participate by phone from "an undisclosed location in Illinois."
The forum will will examine political reform issues such as proposed photo voter ID legislation, the influence of special interest money in Wisconsin politics including the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizen United v. F.E.C. decision here, public financing in the current Wisconsin Supreme Court election and the need for redistricting reform.
Diverse opinions about these issues will be expressed by panelists and by the audience at tonight's event. Panelists include Senator Erpenbach, former State Representative Spencer Black of Madison, conservative blogger and journalist David Blaska, UW Political Science Professor David Canon, Common Cause in Wisconsin Director Jay Heck, Wisconsin State Journal editorial page editor Scott Milfred and UW History Professor John Sharpless, the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Second Congressional District in 2000. The audience will also ask questions and participate. The moderator of the forum will be UW Political Science Professor Barry Burden.
For more information, go here.
Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703