The Morning After: Lessons From the Wisconsin Budget Battle

The Morning After: Lessons From the Wisconsin Budget Battle

“The democratic process needs certain fundamental characteristics in order to work. These necessary components include: holding legislators accountable for their votes, curbing the influence of collective entities so that the interests of individuals can take...
The Constitutionality of the Open Meetings Law

The Constitutionality of the Open Meetings Law

“In many respects, the arguments in favor of the judicial power to hold the Wisconsin legislature to the terms of its own Open Meetings Law are even stronger than the situation before the Florida Supreme Court in the Locke case.  The Wisconsin Open Meetings Law...
The Constitutionality of the Open Meetings Law

Ozanne v. Fitzgerald: Haste Makes Waste

“What are the implications of the majority’s holding in Ozanne for future cases?  For one thing, we have seen that litigants in other states have raised the same absolutist separation of powers arguments adopted by the majority to challenge the power of the judiciary...
The Constitutionality of the Open Meetings Law

Prosecutorial Discretion in the John Doe Investigation

“Mr. Chisholm is proceeding cautiously and appropriately in this John Doe investigation because he knows that his decisions are being closely watched by the public. In his charging decisions thus far, he has been the complete opposite of “overzealous.” Perhaps that is...
The Constitutionality of the Open Meetings Law

Town Hall Meetings and Democracy

“Lippmann concluded, therefore, that the general public was incapable of directing the course of events on any rational basis and that it was folly to attempt this. At best, the public had the ability to identify those persons or groups who were capable of making...