1.Legislative Council committee considers judicial discipline and recusal
2.Celebrate the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
In a new environment of high-spending judicial elections, a Legislative Council study committee is considering whether the current statutes on judicial discipline and recusal are still working for Wisconsin. In its first meeting today, the committee heard testimony from Wisconsin Supreme Court justices Patience Roggensack and Patrick Crooks, as well as from James Alexander, with the Judicial Commission, and Mike McCabe, with Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Suggestions offered today ranged from making no changes to amending the state constitution. The League of Women Voters is represented on the committee by executive director Andrea Kaminski. Committee information and materials can be found here. View or listen to today’s meeting on Wisconsin Eye here.
Friday, August 6 is the 45th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Celebrate by making a resolution to get to know the candidates, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Plan to attend a League of Women Voters candidate forum or watch one on Wisconsin Eye or your local public cable access channel. After mid-August, check the Wisconsin League’s website for candidates’ answers to questions about key policy issues. The state and local Leagues in Wisconsin will keep you informed as these resources are made available!