• WisPolitics

2015-16 Legislature: Printable directory | Leadership rosters | New faces


Saturday, November 7, 2015

 1:47 AM 

Olsen: 'We own this thing'

Dems have raised concerns their GOP colleagues could manipulate the proposed system to create a partisan advantage for Republicans.

But Sen. Luther Olsen, one of the GOP senators who pushed for the inclusion of retired judges on the Ethics Commission, said that wouldn't make any sense. Olsen said the public has lost faith in the GAB, which is what's driving the GOP effort.

Republicans have no incentive to sabotage the possible success of the new commissions because then it would reflect poorly upon them, Olsen said.

"We own this thing and we want it to work," Olsen said. "You may not want it to work, but we do."

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said he trusts Olsen. But he wasn't so sure about future legislatures. Among other things, he pointed out the possibility a GOP majority would vote down a Dem nominee, for example, leaving an imbalance on the commissions. Nothing in the proposal would stop the commissions from continuing to meet even if they're short a member, he said.

"It's going to fail miserably once a majority party votes down a minority party's nominee, and it's going to happen," Erpenbach said.


Comments: 0

Post a Comment

Back to Quorum Call main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

Quorum Call site feed
Advertisement
Advertisement

wispolitics.com Social News

Follow Us

ABOUT THE BLOG

WisPolitics coverage of news from the Wisconsin Legislature.

BLOG CONTRIBUTORS
Editor: JR Ross
Reporters: Chris Thompson, David Wise

LINKS
· Quorum Call site feed
· Quorum Call on Twitter

LEGISLATIVE LINKS

SESSION INFO
· InSession: Senate | Assembly
· Audio/video coverage
· Session calendar

SEARCH
· Bill database
· Lobbying information
· Notification service

LEGISLATORS
· Download a printable directory
· Leadership rosters
· New faces in 2013
· Find your legislator
· Senate home pages
· Assembly home pages

ARCHIVE

· December 2009
· January 2010
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· December 2010
· January 2011
· February 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· July 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· May 2013
· June 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· June 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· November 2016
· December 2016
· January 2017
Copyright ©2012 WisPolitics.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisBusiness.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications