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Jay Heck

Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

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Op Ed: Beware of GOP Voting Restrictions
Op Ed

Beware of GOP Voting Restrictions

Republican legislators are floating plans to make if harder for some people to vote.

The State of Politics: More Legislators Become Lobbyists 
The State of Politics

More Legislators Become Lobbyists 

Nygren and Shilling are the latest to take the lucrative road well-traveled.

The State of Politics: $1 Million Legislative Races Now Common
The State of Politics

$1 Million Legislative Races Now Common

For a job paying $52,000. This year the Democrats are out-spending Republicans.

Larson Letter Urges More Days to Count Votes

Larson Letter Urges More Days to Count Votes

Democrats cite massive absentee vote, call for extraordinary legislative session to extend time for ballot counting.

Judge Won’t Rule on Student ID Voting Requirements

Judge Won’t Rule on Student ID Voting Requirements

Plaintiffs argue that specific ID requirements are a barrier to voting for students.

Op Ed: State DMVs Not Accessible for Photo IDs
Op Ed

State DMVs Not Accessible for Photo IDs

May create barrier for thousands seeking access to the ballot.

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

One third of all state campaign donations, some $12 million, from secretive outside groups.

Can Wisconsin Create Fair District Maps?

Can Wisconsin Create Fair District Maps?

Former Republican State Sen. Dan Kapanke admits gerrymander, calls for fair maps.

11 Wisconsin Counties Have a Redistricting Referendum on Nov. 3 Ballot
Gerrymandering Creates Difficult Road for Dems in Wisconsin
Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

Wisconsin one of the hardest places to vote for college students living away from home.

Voter Purge Push Threatens 129,000 Names

Voter Purge Push Threatens 129,000 Names

State Supreme Court will consider approach critics decry as voter suppression.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Risk Public Health With Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

Refusal of Vos and Fitzgerald to postpone election could cause more disease, deaths.

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Liberal group’s report links gerrymandering to less health coverage, more deaths from preventable causes.

Op Ed: Vos, Fitzgerald Lie About Gerrymander
Op Ed

Vos, Fitzgerald Lie About Gerrymander

Their claim that Iowa model for nonpartisan redistricting is unconstitutional is dead wrong.

Op Ed: State Supreme Court Race Is Crucial
Op Ed

State Supreme Court Race Is Crucial

At stake is whether justices will recuse themselves to avoid flagrant conflicts of interest.

Murphy’s Law: Campaigning on the Taxpayer’s Dime?
Murphy’s Law

Campaigning on the Taxpayer’s Dime?

Changes in state law open door to abuses, campaigning by government workers.

Two-thirds of Wisconsin counties endorse reform for redistricting process
Press Release

Two-thirds of Wisconsin counties endorse reform for redistricting process

Sheboygan County Board passes resolution 20-4 to become 48th county to call for Fair Maps

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Fair Maps groups embrace nonpartisan redistricting in Assembly, Senate bills.

Op Ed: Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action
Op Ed

Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action

U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves it up to voters to demand non-partisan redistricting.

Op Ed: Recusal At Issue in High Court Race
Op Ed

Recusal At Issue in High Court Race

State Supreme Court has one of nation’s weakest rules to prevent ethical conflicts.

Murphy’s Law: State Facing Endless Lawsuits?
Murphy’s Law

State Facing Endless Lawsuits?

Suits by governor, legislature, citizens coming on lame duck laws, gerrymandering.

Do Walker, Evers Campaign on State Time?

Do Walker, Evers Campaign on State Time?

Elected officials have looser rules for how much time they can take away from the job.

Dark Money Helped Kill Lead Paint Claims

Dark Money Helped Kill Lead Paint Claims

State Republicans facing recalls got $750,000 in secret cash, wrote law to bar suits to benefit lead poisoned children.

Murphy’s Law: Scott Walker’s Big Lie
Murphy’s Law

Scott Walker’s Big Lie

Not doing special elections hasn’t saved money, it’s actually cost taxpayers. A lot.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Opposes Special Elections
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Opposes Special Elections

He's not serving the voters. He's serving his party.

Op Ed: Stronger Recusal Rules Needed for State Courts
Op Ed

Stronger Recusal Rules Needed for State Courts

Wisconsin was once the gold standard for impartial courts. Not any more.

Murphy’s Law: Dark Money’s High Court Candidate
Murphy’s Law

Dark Money’s High Court Candidate

Michael Screnock blows off candidate forums, bets on special interest money.

Court Watch: Judges At MU Panel Demand Recusal Rules
Court Watch

Judges At MU Panel Demand Recusal Rules

Common Cause and judges at town hall meeting say state’s judicial system must be reformed.

The State of Politics: Bill Would End “Revolving Door” Lobbyists
The State of Politics

Bill Would End “Revolving Door” Lobbyists

Would require one-year wait for ex-legislators and legislative aides to become lobbyists.

Op-Ed: Judge’s Resignation From Ethics Commission Alarming
Op-Ed

Judge’s Resignation From Ethics Commission Alarming

Judge Kinney resigns from state commission, criticizing its “secrecy” and lax standards.

Op-Ed: Ron Johnson, Do Your Job
Op-Ed

Ron Johnson, Do Your Job

Stop obstructing any hearings or consideration of Obama’s choice for Supreme Court.

Berceau, Public Interest Groups Offer Bill to Shine Light on Big Money in Campaigns
Press Release

Berceau, Public Interest Groups Offer Bill to Shine Light on Big Money in Campaigns

Berceau noted that no one is asking for more secret, unlimited corporate money in elections.

Murphy’s Law: How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin

Two Republican bills about to pass could make this a vassal state of wealthy special interests.

Op-Ed: Bill Would Kill Nonpartisan Accountability Board
Op-Ed

Bill Would Kill Nonpartisan Accountability Board

Proposal to replace GAB will effectively end its scrutiny of misconduct by legislators and state officials.

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Court decisions have made them outdated. Some fear new rules will allow unlimited spending.

The Long Arms of Scott Jensen

The Long Arms of Scott Jensen

Former Assembly Speaker, now a school choice lobbyist, targeted six Democrats with negative ads that never mentioned the issue.

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

They defend GAB leader Kevin Kennedy, criticize Vos and say no legislative changes in ethics and elections board are needed.

The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

The State of Politics: Few Competitive Legislative Races
The State of Politics

Few Competitive Legislative Races

Redistricting has reduced the number of competitive districts for fall elections.

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

Except the WMC business lobby and Realtors Association, who are glad Walker signed it.

Money Flow to Politicians Never Stops

Money Flow to Politicians Never Stops

The past year has seen union coffers decline, while other donors keep the cash coming.

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

A move into higher-paying state jobs greatly increases their pensions.

Murphy’s Law: Can New President Darnell Cole Rescue MATC?
Murphy’s Law

Can New President Darnell Cole Rescue MATC?

Not long after arriving in town, new MATC president Darnell Cole called Greater Milwaukee Committee President Bob Milbourne and asked to meet.