Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ethically Challenged

The Wisconsin legislature, is desperate need of ethics reform.

Last year, several lawmakers from both political parties, received jail-time in what has become known as the Wisconsin Caucus Scandal. Basically the leaders in the Assembly and the Senate illegally used state employees as campaign workers for legislators in competitive districts.

The story was dug up by Dee Hall of the Wisconsin State Journal, in 2000, but the issue resurfaced in the news when several important legislators went on trial and landed in prison.

In the wake of the these lawsuits, the Wisconsin State Senate drafted legislation that would add some teeth to the current ethics boards, but the legislation was blocked by the Republican leadership in the Assembly.

While the Republicans maintained their majority in the Assembly after the election, much of the leadership has left ( John Gard, the former speaker, lost a bid to take the 8th congressional district around Green Bay and had to vacate his Assembly seat). We can only hope that this new assembly will be more accepting of ethics reform.

This cartoon is a pretty simple evaluation of the situation but it is accurate. (it is actually quite accurate to depict the Assembly Republicans as a fussy baby) The drawing is not bad, but I always hate having to use a half-tone like I did on the elephant. It feels like I'm cheating. I should be able to get the type of feeling and tones I want with pen and my brush, but sometimes when your one deadline you have to resort to Photoshop to get a drawing to work.

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