Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Reform Forums in Green Bay and La Crosse/Wisconsin Legislators Sued for Open Records Law Violations

Reform Update
October 2, 2012

Jay Heck – 608/256-2686

  1. October Reform Forums on Campaign Finance Reform, Disclosure, Redistricting Reform, Photo Voter ID Law and other Political Reform Issues Scheduled for Green Bay and La Crosse
  2. Common Cause Joins in Lawsuit against Five Wisconsin Legislators for Violations of State's Open Records Law

1. This seemingly endless, demoralizing election season is now entering its final weeks, and none too soon. Most citizens have been disgusted by the most bitterly negative, expensive and least transparent election in national and state history. And nobody, aside from a few political consultants and a handful of masochistic political junkies who revel in all the mudslinging and character assassination, ever wants to experience the likes of an election season (which has lasted almost two full years in Wisconsin) ever again. So that begs the question: What ever happened to good government (and civil politics) in Wisconsin and how do we fix it?

That's where you -- the citizens of Wisconsin -- come in.

On Monday evening, October 15th, CC/WI has organized another in our long series of "reform forums" in Green Bay and then another, on October 22nd in La Crosse. At these forums we have a panel of speakers from both major political parties (and sometimes from "third" parties and independents) who offer their opinions about timely political reform issues (like campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, disclosure and photo voter identification) and then we open it up to you -- the audience -- to ask questions and suggest solutions.

For details on the October 15th reform forum in Green Bay, go here.

For details on the October 22nd reform forum in La Crosse, go here.
In the past year we have held similar forums, with audiences as large as 200 in Wausau, Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Milwaukee. If you can, please join us in Green Bay or La Crosse and be heard!

Yesterday, national Common Cause joined The Center for Media and Democracy in filing a lawsuit against five Wisconsin legislators for violations of our state's Open Records laws with regard to inquiries about the legislators' involvement in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The joint release from CMD and national Common Cause is here. Click to download the actual filed lawsuit and exhibits.

For news accounts about this action, go here and here.

Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703

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