Monday, October 22, 2012

La Crosse Reform Forum Tonight/Tammy and Tommy - Record U.S. Senate Spending/More

Reform Update
October 22, 2012

Jay Heck – 608/256-2686

  1. Reform Forum This Evening at UW-La Crosse Follows Big Gathering at UW-Green Bay Last Week
  2. Costly and Critical: The Pivotal Contest for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate Seat Between Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson
  3. Wisconsin Congressional Candidate Cash on the Rise, Too

1. This evening, prior to the beginning of the last debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, CC/WI will hold another "Reform Forum" at UW-La Crosse. Reform advocates and legislators will discuss what needs to be done to begin to clean up Wisconsin politics and make it worthy of our past reputation as the nation's "laboratory for democracy." For all the details, go here.

Last week, at Green Bay's reform forum, more than 125 citizens and students took part in another very lively discussion and exchange that went into "overtime" because of continuing audience interest. You can view televised coverage of the UWGB event here.

Over the last year, similar forums have been held in Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Oshkosh and Wausau.

This year's election to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Democratic Senator Herb Kohl is one of the most expensive in the nation and one of the most critical in determining which political party will control the United States Senate. Ruth Coniff's cover story in the November issue of The Progressive magazine explores the race between Democratic U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin and former Wisconsin Republican Governor Tommy Thompson and features extensive commentary from CC/WI on what the race means and how much it is costing.

3. Likewise, there is an increasing amount of campaign cash being raised and spent in some of Wisconsin's elections for the U.S. House of Representatives this year. CC/WI estimates that the race in the 7th Congressional District between one-term incumbent, Sean Duffy, and his Democratic challenger, former State Senator Pat Kreitlow, will be the most costly in Wisconsin's history for a U.S. House seat. One of Wisconsin's top political writers and investigative reporters, Bill Lueders, looks at the money in Wisconsin Congressional elections here and here with commentary from CC/WI.

Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
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Madison, WI 53703

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