Watchful eye

To the Editor,

The Wisconsin legislature is starting their fall legislative sessions. Citizens should express concerns about pending legislation that relates to having free elections and a government that is devoid of corruption.

Some bills will block prosecutors from using secret investigative techniques against politicians in John Doe proceedings. Others will restructure the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to make it more partisan in overseeing elections.

Citizens still need to keep a watchful eye on past July legislation (dropped after a huge public outcry) that would have made changes to the state’s open records law and would have dramatically curtailed information available to the public about the work of lawmakers. In early September Assembly Speaker Vos again said that lawmakers will not be pursuing changes to the state's open records law in this session…despite a request from his office to still have a bill drafted setting different standards for the Legislature!?

Support bills that create a nonpartisan approach to redistricting… based on the successful model in Iowa.

Support bills that would bring the embattled Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation back under state control because audits of the present “private version” highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, including special treatment for campaign donors.

Given the damage to our campaign laws, the obscene amounts of money that are part of the political scene, and diminishing government transparency, we now have “fee elections” instead of free elections and a “democracy” that is “sickly.” I read about the term “fee elections” in Mike Mc- Cabe’s book, “Blue Jeans in High Places-The Coming Makeover of American Politics.” I recommend McCabe’s book which describes our present “democracy” and what needs to be done to fix our broken political system.

John Binder

Plymouth


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