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Public Forum on State Government Reform
to Be Held at UW-Eau Claire April 20

RELEASED: April 6, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A public forum titled "What Ever Happened to Good Government in Wisconsin? How We Can Fix It and Why It Matters in a Recession" will run from 6:30-8 p.m. April 20 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Campaign finance reform and why it is needed.
  • How money corrupts elections, public policy and the state budget process.
  • How we can clean up state Supreme Court elections.
  • How reform measures stop corruption and return power to the citizens of Wisconsin.

Speakers will include state Reps. Kristen Dexter and Jeff Smith of Eau Claire; state Sen. Pat Kreitlow of Chippewa Falls; Tom Giffey, editorial page editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; and Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

Common Cause in Wisconsin, a non-partisan, non-profit citizen's lobby affiliated with national Common Cause, will sponsor the event. CC/WI is interested in campaign finance, ethics and lobby reform, open meetings law and other issues concerning the promotion and maintenance of clean, open, responsive and accountable government. CC/WI works on issues at the state and federal levels.

Co-sponsors will include the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Fund, American Association of University Women-Eau Claire Branch, UW-Eau Claire's political science department and the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups.

The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Web site for Common Cause in Wisconsin.

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