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Fair maps

April 17, 2020

To the Editor:

I can think of no better argument to vote yes on the two referendums facing citizens in Vilas and Oneida counties April 7 than Congressional action (recently). Every Republican legislator from Wisconsin voted NO on an aid package for the American people because the bill extended sick leave to workers missing work due to the COVID-19 crisis. Sen. Ron Johnson was at least honest enough to admit this. But Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner said the bill was just too long to read before the vote. Huh? That’s why representatives have staffs.

Because of gerrymandering by our majority Republican legislature, these “elected” representatives rarely face election defeat by Democrats so they don’t feel the need to vote in the best interests of their constituents. Gerrymandering also makes these politicians more extreme because their main threat is being beaten in the primary by someone farther to the right. So our current Republican legislators take their cues from the far-right wing of the party which then solidifies their hold on wealthy campaign donors. This relationship also weakens their commitment to represent their citizen constituents.

As a concerned citizen, you can be part of a growing grassroots movement to restore power rightfully to the people. Please vote yes for the Fair Maps proposal, which would create a nonpartisan commission to draw districts after the 2020 census and the proposal to overturn Citizen’s United, which allows unlimited dark money political contributions that make our elections a “pay to play” system.

Erik Larsen




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