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  •  In Wisconsin, (3+ / 0-)
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    dragonlady, Eric Nelson, northerntier

    the Republican Rampage in Madison has already reached its Big Gubmint hands into Milwaukee County to slash the pay and benefits of the Board of Supervisors and turned it into a part-time board so now it's going after itself (or, rather, non-oligarchic backed Democratic Legislators) by cutting pay and benefits.

    The power grab of Republicans and use of state authority to impeded local governments is stunning.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 11:04:49 AM PDT

    •  This is surprising, coming from a Democrat (2+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, Eric Nelson

      I had always thought Dr. Wasserman was a very good legislator. He must have changed somewhat during the last few years that he has been out of politics. This was a bad idea for the County Board and is a bad idea for the legislature.

      •  He sees the world through the tiny lens (2+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, Eric Nelson

        of plutocracy.  Others don't have his life, his flexible work schedule, or need for a decent salary.

        Far too many Democrats have moved further and further to the right to take up the space vacated by Republicans.  He's one of them.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 12:40:58 PM PDT

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    •  Part-time legislatures vary (1+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat

      Here in RI, many of the members are either lawyers (court ends by 4:00 when the leg convenes, apparently) or work for unions or other entities where their official title is something like "Government relations officer." In other words, they're lobbyists as their day job, and legislators on second shift.

      In NH, on the other hand, there were very few lawyers; hearings and sessions were during the day. A few were small businessmen (insurance agencies, construction that's slow during the winter, nurserymen ditto). Many were retired; many of the rest were women whose husbands could support them, often not in especially lavish fashion. (Jeanne Shaheen got her start that way.) It's one reason there were so many women in the body, back from the days when a lot of very capable women did not have paying jobs.

      My major objection to part-time legislatures, as to term limits, is that they increase the likelihood that the real work of preparing legislation (and the research behind it) gets done by staffers and especially lobbyists, who gain power at the expense of The People. I suspect that's the real goal in WI.

      •  No public office should ever be made (0+ / 0-)

        out of bounds for an average citizen.  Making offices so low paid and without benefits to limit their potential officeholders to the rich or retired is wrong.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 01:10:37 PM PDT

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