June 9, 2010

1. Register by June 11 for Annual Meeting

2. U.S. Supreme Court blocks part of Arizona public financing law

3. Candidates circulating nomination papers

The deadline for the League of Women Voters Annual Meeting is coming up. Register by June 11 to attend the meeting in La Crosse or at the teleconferenced site in Oshkosh. For the agenda or to register, click here.

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state of Arizona from distributing "matching funds" to those candidates whose opponents are spending large sums of private money. The provision in that state’s 12-year-old campaign finance law is also part of Wisconsin’s Impartial Justice law, which was passed in December 2009. It is an important tool designed to reduce the influence of moneyed interests in elections.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) has announced that the deadline for candidates for the fall election to file their nomination papers is Tuesday, July 13. Later that week, the state League will send questionnaires to all candidates for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, state Legislature, and statewide offices. Watch for our nonpartisan voter guide in mid August. Also, check out the GAB's new website here.

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