National League President Elisabeth MacNamara came to Wisconsin October 1-2 as part of her ten-state tour to raise awareness of the importance of the midterm election. She met with officials at the Government Accountability Board to discuss voter registration and access, recent evidence of voter caging and the danger of unlimited expenditures of secret money by special interests in our elections. To view or listen to her interview with Wisconsin Eye click here. Scroll down to “10.01.10 Perspective Wisconsin: League of Women Voters.” On Saturday, MacNamara was the keynote speaker for the state League’s Issues Briefing and 90th Anniversary Luncheon. Her presentation and others will soon be available for viewing on Wisconsin Eye.
On October 14 the Legislature’s Special Committee on Judicial Discipline and Recusal will hold a public hearing in the State Capitol. State League President Melanie Ramey will testify as to why the League petitioned the Supreme Court in 2008 to adopt rules requiring judges and justices to withdraw from cases involving major campaign supporters. Wisconsin is not the only state dealing with this issue; recusal was the topic this morning of a New York Times editorial. The public is encouraged to attend the hearing, which begins at 1:00pm.
Last night the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay, in partnership with WLUK Fox 11, sponsored an 8th Congressional District debate at St. Norbert College with candidates Steve Kagen (D) and Reid Ribble (R). The sponsors accepted sample questions from the public in an online chat a couple of days before the debate. See WLUK’s broadcast schedule for the debate or view it online by clicking here.