The difference between Sen. Mary Lazich's words and her actions are insultingly hypocritical. Here is a sampling of quotes from her guest column in last Sunday's newspaper:

  • "People have a basic, fundamental right to participate in government and government decisions."
  • "Passionate citizen participation in government is the driving force that keeps our country strong and free."
  • "People become increasingly reliant on government to make decisions for them."
  • "The best remedy is to leave the process in the hands of the people..."

These paint a picture of a senator who would welcome a public hearing where citizens' voices and popular opinion could be heard.

Yet she continues to refuse to schedule a public hearing on SB 163. As the State Journal editorial board stated in last Sunday's editorial: "All of Wisconsin deserves a full debate."

-- Matthew Harper, Madison

Letters editor for Wisconsin State Journal

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bookman21
bookman21

All of the finger pointing and claims that the other side does it too only reinforce the argument for a truly nonpartisan method of redistricting.

Lorem Ipsum
Lorem Ipsum

X2, Bookman.

witness2012

The Democrats did have the chance to turn the redistricting process over to a non-partisan board in Doyle's last term and failed to do so. I suspect they were assuming that we would continue to have the divided government, with both parties in control of different bodies, that we've have for most of our 'purple state' history.

I think after the way the Republicans shamelessly manipulated the redistricting process in 2010 to attempt to create a permanent Republican majority in both houses, the Democrats see the error of their ways.

It's time to reform this process and find a way to allow the voters to choose the candidate and not the candidate to choose the voters if we have any hope of getting back to running our state in a pragmatic and not ideological way.

firefightn15
firefightn15

These arguments against the Republicans are laughable at best....it would be truer to admit that either party in control will take the same road; to the victor goes the spoils. While it may or may not be moot as to who began the process of redistricting, facts show that the Democrats are just as much culpable in it's flagrant use.

Currently the same argument is being plied against Emanuel and his Machine administration in Chicago. Being as that ruling party redistricting occurs nationally, are our local Wisconsin Democrats just as repulsed by Chicago's new ward maps as they are with our own?

Here's the same article with a 180 degree twist....one cannot help but admit that redistricting is neither a Democratic or Republican ploy, it is an amorous perk used by both!

http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/22119839-418/judge-dimisses-lawsuit-seeking-to-overturn-citys-new-ward-map.html

Right or wrong, both parties will continue to use this tool to their benefit until the rules change. If and when the Democrats take Assembly and Senate control within the state of Wisconsin, I doubt that their priority will be to make these rule changes...their attempts would be half hearted at best and legislation would only be brought when the Republicans are in control...they wouldn't have the nerve to bring it to vote when they had the majority. As much as they abhor redistricting by Republicans, they couldn't bear the loss of this tool when they get to drive.

Lorem Ipsum
Lorem Ipsum

@firefight. See bookman21 for a brief response to your letter.

Nav

Hypocrisy is the middle name for most Republicans. They preach one thing and do something very different themselves.

I don't know when all people will figure this out as some don't want to. However, I think more and more people are finding this out and this bodes well for the Democrats.

bluffsinview

When will people figure this out: The Republicans don't CARE what any of us think. We don't give them enough money to care.

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