Do Legislators Ignore Public Input? Here’s How Much.

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, perhaps emboldened by their success in crushing public employee unions and redrawing voter boundaries to enhance their electoral success, last year rammed through a series of controversial bills. They voted to dismantle the Government Accountability Board, a nonpartisan state agency charged with enforcing elections and ethics rules, and replace it with commissions of partisan appointees. And they revamped state campaign laws to dramatically increase the flow of money into the electoral process. More>>