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Posted by Brendan Fischer on May 01, 2014

Marriot Downtown Kansas CityBy Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari

"Legislators hold the cards" at ALEC, spokesman Bill Meierling told Kansas Public Radio on Wednesday.

Yet at ALEC's Spring Task Force Summit this week in Kansas City, it is clear that corporations are still the ones calling the shots.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 30, 2014

In a landmark decision, a federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID restrictions as an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act based on the law's discriminatory impact on people of color.

Posted by PR Watch Admin on April 29, 2014

The Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Missouri today released a new report, "Reporters Guide to Rex Sinquefield and the Show-Me Institute," that will be an eye opener for Missouri residents and national press.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 22, 2014

New court filings undermine claims that the John Doe is a "partisan witch-hunt:" the Special Investigator at the head of the John Doe voted for Walker during the 2012 recall elections, and prosecutors have pursued charges against multiple Democrats in recent years, including Walker's opponent.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 09, 2014

Wisconsin again ranked among the best in the country when it comes to running elections, yet apparently this outstanding performance is a problem, and it might be "fixed" through new limits on early voting and proposals to kill same-day registration.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 07, 2014

Newly-released ALEC documents obtained as part of CMD"s open records litigation provide more evidence that lobbyists and special interests are calling the shots within ALEC, undermining that group's latest PR spin that it is a "legislator-driven" organization.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 03, 2014

The court's latest money-in-politics ruling further demonstrates the absurdity of Citizens United

Posted by Brendan Fischer on March 24, 2014

Wisconsin Club for Growth's allegations that prosecutors in the John Doe campaign finance probe have engaged in politically-motivated selective targeting don't stand up to even limited scrutiny.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on March 17, 2014

New court filings confirm that Wisconsin's John Doe campaign finance investigation hinges on how state election law treats "issue ad" groups coordinating with political campaigns, shedding new light on a Republican effort to quietly change the law in advance of Governor Scott Walker's reelection campaign.

Posted by Mary Bottari on March 11, 2014

The Wisconsin Senate is poised to vote today on a number of bills that would restrict access to the ballot and increase the influence of lobbyists in the state, despite the strong objections of grassroots and voting rights groups.

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