Government watchdog and former candidate for governor, Mike McCabe.
By Dan Peak
WDRT Conversations (12/13/18)
On Thursday December 13 I talked with former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe about the Wisconsin Republican lame-duck session power grab legislation now signed into law by Scott Walker. The discussion is a free-flowing exchange about what happened, how it happened and how this act flies in the face of Wisconsin democracy.
You can link to the hourlong audio download HERE.
The Republican power-grab dramatically scales back the authority of the incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.
This action by Walker and the Republican legislature is in defiance to the will of Wisconsin voters having voted for change. The day before Walker signed the legislation he announced a $28 million subsidy package for Kimberly-Clark Corp., an action he would have been able to do had he already signed the legislation.
Mike McCabe is the founder and president of Blue Jean Nation, the author of Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics and for 15 years was the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that specializes in tracking the money in state elections and works for reforms aimed at making people matter more than money in politics. During his time with the Democracy Campaign, Mike was a leading government whistle blower and earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best political money trackers.
Mike is also a Wisconsin native and raised on his family’s dairy farm in northern part of the state. Mike has made more than 1,500 presentations to a wide range of audiences over his professional career.
(Dan Peak writes the twice weekly Commoner Call column ‘Russia Monitor’. You access the archive of past columns here.)