Wisconsin Democracy Campaign panel discussion discussing partisan oversight of government corruption, 7 pm, 3/17, Central Library, with Mike McCabe, Jay Heck, Shane Falk, Peg Lautenschlager, Matt Rothschild. www.wisdc.org. 608-255-4260
"Caucus Scandal Revisited"
Public Panel on Why We Need to Keep the Government Accountability Board Nonpartisan
On Tuesday, March 17, there will be a public panel on the threat to the independence of the Government Accountability Board.
The Government Accountability Board is under fire today, as Republican legislators are seeking to tear it apart and to make the oversight of elections, ethics, and lobbying once again a partisan affair.
Partisan oversight is what spawned the "Caucus Scandal" of 2001-2002, which led to convictions of the leading Democrat in the State Senate (Chuck Chvala) and the leading Republican in the State Assembly (Scott Jensen).
The panel, entitled "Caucus Scandal Revisited," will be held on the third floor of the Madison Central Library on March 17 from 7:00-8:45 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Common Cause/Wisconsin, and Our Democracy 2020. Panelists include:
Mike McCabe, author of Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics and former Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Jay Heck, Executive Director, Common Cause/Wisconsin
Shane Falk, Attorney, Lawton & Cates and former staff counsel, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Peg Lautenschlager, Lautenschlager Law Office, former Wisconsin Attorney General and U.S. Attorney, Western District of Wisconsin
The panel will be moderated by Matt Rothschild, the current executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. "We've got to preserve the nonpartisan nature of the Government Accountability Board, which is a model for the nation," says Rothschild. "Republicans are waging a vendetta against it, and it would be a tragedy if they succeed in destroying the Government Accountability Board. We would then face the farce of more Caucus Scandals to come."