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Looking Back

State

A new year is as good a time as any to reflect on the previous year's events.

The current issue of the Shepherd Express reports on several efforts or changes in 2013 that chipped away at our democracy, such as:

The year began with " a lopsided Legislature, in which the Republicans used their GOP-friendly legislative map to secure a comfortable majority in both houses, despite the fact that the Democratic candidates received almost 200,000 more total votes for the Assembly than the Republican candidates. The Democrats should have easily won control of the Assembly, but the gerrymandering by the Republicans caused the opposite outcome. So now we have rule by the group who received fewer total votes. "

"In 2013, the Republican-controlled Legislature attempted to create new obstacles to voting, stripped Milwaukee County of much-needed oversight from the board of supervisors while concentrating power in the hands of the county executive, refused to hold a public hearing on redistricting reform, expanded unaccountable taxpayer-funded voucher schools statewide, is attempting to impose restrictions on those who want to recall an elected official, gave the state permission to sell our iconic state Capitol and other taxpayer-owned assets with loose oversight, and looked the other way when peaceful protesters (including a journalist who was covering the story) were arrested in the Capitol simply for speaking out against the powers that be." "We are seeing the loss of democracy at the local level, too.....

" To read the entire article go to http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22417-issue-of-the-week-wisconsin-is-losing-our-democracy.html

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