12 pages have the tag Democracy

    Why I Opposed Senate Bill 44

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

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    Summary: Much has been said and written about Senate Bill 44 otherwise known as the Right to Work bill. I wanted to share my reason for opposing and voting against passage of this bill.
    Body: Much has been said and written about Senate Bill 44 otherwise known as the Right to Work bill.  I wanted to share my reason for opposing and voting against passage of this bill.   Senate Bill 44 changed the definition of a labor organization, re...
    /news/columns/2015/governor-walker-s-vetoes-remove-legislative-oversight/
    Summary: The governor removed at least 15 portions of state law passed by the legislature that provided legislative authority or provided oversight of the executive branch.
    Body: “I object to the infringement on gubernatorial power and duties,” wrote Governor Walker in his veto message. By his budget vetoes he made it clear he did not want legislative oversight. The governor removed at least 15 portions of state law passe...

    Friday Night in Madison

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

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    Summary: Leaders kept details about changes to the bills secret until the last minute. Details we had not seen; the press had not read; no member of the public had an opportunity to provide comment.
    Body: Friday Night in Madison It was Friday night at 5:00 pm. Most people were leaving work and looking forward to the weekend. Maybe they headed to see friends and family at the fish fry or watch the prep football playoffs. At that same hour, Sena...
    /news/columns/2015/citizen-input-provides-important-details-of-conservation-budget-cuts/
    Summary: “Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?”
    Body: Citizen Input Provides Important Details of Conservation Budget Cuts “Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?” It can be difficult for...
    /news/columns/2015/a-flurry-of-new-policy-slipped-in-by-budget-committee/
    Summary: I didn’t expect to look up telephone laws reading the state budget.
    Body: A Flurry of New Policy Slipped in by Budget Committee I didn’t expect to look up telephone laws reading the state budget. Snuck in the end of the Joint Finance Committee’s work is a law change that could affect the safety of rural residents. I...
    /news/columns/2016/the-best-idea-for-a-bill-comes-from-you/
    Summary: December begins a brief time of calm in the Capitol. But behind the scenes, lawmakers are working on new legislation. In the next few weeks I will be drafting bills to introduce in January. I am looking for your ideas!
    Body: The Best Idea for a Bill Comes from You! “Where do you get ideas for bills?” a woman at a café recently asked me. “The best ideas for bills come from people like you,” I told her. December begins a brief time of calm in the Capitol. But behind...
    /news/columns/2016/government-accountability-died-the-end-of-june/
    Summary: “It’s a great step backwards for the state,” Judge Barland said… the undoing the legislative majority’s changes to the GAB would be difficult and would need “the electorate as a whole to come to an understanding that what was done was wrong.”
    Body: Government Accountability Died the End of June Government Accountability passed in a quiet death the last day of June. There was no fanfare, no long speeches – just hard working employees packing up personal items.   I imagined the nonparti...
    /news/columns/2016/speed-and-secrecy-versus-deliberative-democracy/
    Summary: “All your work has made a real difference,” Linda, my staffer, told Mrs. Gifford. She and her husband traveled to Madison to personally deliver letters to every Senator.
    Body: Speed and Secrecy versus Deliberative Democracy “All your work has made a real difference,” Linda, my staffer, told Mrs. Gifford. She and her husband traveled to Madison to personally deliver letters to every Senator. “Well, aren’t you nice,...
    /news/columns/2017/speed-and-secrecy-leaves-the-public-out-in-the-cold/
    Summary: In the past eleven years, I wrote 64 times about the problems of speed and secrecy in the legislative process. However, I never saw a calendar as broad and deep in controversy as the most recent one before the State Senate.
    Body: Speed and Secrecy Leaves the Public Out in the Cold In the past eleven years, I wrote 64 times about the problems of speed and secrecy in the legislative process. However, I never saw a calendar as broad and deep in controversy as the most recent...
    /news/columns/2016/speed-and-secrecy-kill-democracy/
    Summary: “How can we digest all your work in this short amount of time?” Senator Bewley asked the Chair of the housing committee and author of the bill before her. An amendment replacing the bill was released just before the hearing on that bill.
    Body: Speed and Secrecy Kill Democracy “How can we digest all your work in this short amount of time?” Senator Bewley asked the Chair of the housing committee and author of the bill before her. An amendment replacing the bill was released just befo...
    /news/columns/2017/protect-the-constitution-from-a-convention/
    Summary: What do the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union and the John Birch Society have in common? They all think legislation calling for a federal constitutional convention is a bad idea. A very bad idea.
    Body:   Protect the Constitution from a Convention What do the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union and the John Birch Society have in common? They all think legislation calling for a federal constitutional convention is a bad id...
    /news/columns/2016/people-make-a-difference-despite-haste-at-capitol/
    Summary: “What can we, as ordinary citizens, do to keep the legislature and the governor from passing/signing house bill 554? It scares the heck out of me,” wrote Claudia from Eau Claire.
    Body: ​People Make a Difference Despite Haste at Capitol “What can we, as ordinary citizens, do to keep the legislature and the governor from passing/signing house bill 554? It scares the heck out of me,” wrote Claudia from Eau Claire.   “I know that...