Sauk County Board approves referendum on money in politics

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The Sauk County Board’s “referendum train” — as it’s been dubbed — is running full steam ahead, although one freight car got left at the station Tuesday night. The board voted 17-12 to place an advisory referendum on county ballots this November involving the influence of money in politics and the constitutional rights of corporations. > Baraboo News Republic

Baldwin defiant as millions in outside money pours in against her in Senate race

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is facing a big-money barrage. Sensing an opening for Republicans in a state that went for Trump in 2016, third-party groups have already poured millions of dollars into the race, setting it on course to be the most expensive Senate contest in state history. > Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

How the GOP rigs elections

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With combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws, and boatloads of dark money, Republicans have tipped political scales. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in 2018? > Rolling Stone

Wisconsin Dems push for campaign finance reform with 8-bill package

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Democratic state senators have joined with clean-government advocates in rolling out a “Campaign Integrity” package of bills that would bring back fair elections to Wisconsin. “Most of these reforms were the law 20 years ago,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, so we’re just “trying to get us back to 1998.” > WisconsinGazette.com

Gazette: Democracy drowning in flood of campaign cash, fueled by Team Ryan

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Republican insiders are tickled over Team Ryan raising massive sums for the House speaker and many other GOP candidates, but his success should alarm anyone concerned about the integrity of our democracy. > Janesville Gazette

With state Dems seeking to repeal Citizen United, you can urge your lawmaker to vote yes.

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Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) have introduced a measure asking the people of Wisconsin to vote in a statewide referendum to amend the U.S. Constitution to state clearly that corporations are not people and money is not speech. > WXPR, Rhinelander Public Radio

Two Wisconsin organizations revealed to be on Bradley Foundation’s hacked ‘Enemy List’

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When the board of the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation asked for a list of organizations that attack groups and people helping the Foundation further its conservation mission, a staffer compiled a list of 17 liberal organizations, including two in Wisconsin — the Center for Media and Democracy and One Wisconsin Now.   >  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel