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Wisconsin GOP lawmakers signed a pledge to secrecy over redistricting: “The conduct is repugnant to every principle of good government.”
“This is one more example of a disturbing pattern of conspiratorial actions on the part of the Walker administration.”
Peter Earle, Voces de la Frontera’s lead attorney stated, “It’s now clear why Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald tried so hard to keep these documents hidden under their bogus claim of ‘attorney-client privilege.’ We now have documents that prove that the Republican leadership of the legislature was paying hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to private attorneys with the express purpose of hiding the legislative redistricting process from the public and from those legislators who had not signed secrecy agreements. This amounts to a conspiracy to violate the prohibition of legislative secrecy contained in Article IV, § 10 of the Wisconsin constitution. The conduct is repugnant to every principle of good government.” - Voces de la Frontera
All the agreements were also signed by Eric McLeod of Michael Best & Friedrich, one of several attorneys who advised lawmakers on the maps. Legislative leaders have committed $400,000 in taxpayer money to pay Michael Best and the Troupis Law Office for their work on the maps….
Eric McLeod pictured below:
The case goes before the three-judge panel Feb. 21 to hear the group’s arguments that the maps violate the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act because of the way they treat minority communities and move voters from one district to another.-MJS
"Think of Michele Bachmann’s wide-eyed, Stepford stare as she waits for a questioner to finish before providing another pre-cooked doctrinal nugget.
My fear - and it has building for a decade and a half, because I’ve seen this movement up-close from within and also on the front lines of the marriage wars - is that once one party becomes a church with unchangeable doctrines, and once it has supplanted respect for institutions and civility with the radical pursuit of timeless doctrines and hatred of governing institutions, then our democracy is in grave danger.”
From Republicanism as Religion, The Daily Beast
Rep Danou of Trempealeau, #WI - “on 1 day we can trust the locals
to disinfect their water, the next we’re imposing a #voterID bill on small towns that will have a substantial financial impact”
HR3 inspired: “Codpiece” and “codify” - no relation. I was just checking…