Ballot measures across the country passed on November 8th highlighting the fact that progressive values still resonate with the U.S. electorate. Gains were made even in the face of industry deception and big dollar ad campaigns.
The nonpartisan Move To Amend Rock River Affiliate group is petitioning in Watertown from now through Nov. 24 to get a question on the ballot for the April 7, 2015, election. The group is collecting signatures at Veterans Memorial Park, Riverside Park, around town and door-to-door. They will also be outside the polls during the Nov. 4 election asking for signatures.
Move to Amend is beginning a petition campaign in the City of Watertown on September 26 to gather signatures to place the question of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment on the Watertown ballot April 7, 2015.
The Move to Amend amendment basically states:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, unions, non-profits, or other such organizations are entitled to personhood rights, and
2. Money is not speech.
The Milwaukee County Board decided to let the voters have a voice on the subject of money in politics by overriding County Executive Abele's veto.
In November 2014, the County will be voting on whether there should be a U.S. Constitutional Amendment stating that money is not speech and a corporation is not entitled to Constitutional Rights. A yes vote will mean you want to reverse the narrow 5:4 Citizens United Decision by the Supreme Court, not change the Constitution, as some want us to believe.
Wisconsin is aiming to become the 17th state to pass a resolution in favor of amending the constitution. Move To Amend, a nationwide coalition, is leading this pursuit and focusing specifically on overturning Citizens United.
Currently, the US government recognizes corporations with Constitutional rights and privileges. Move To Amend describes this as equating money to political speech under the First Amendment. With Constitutional rights, corporations’ vastly exceeding resources undermine the voices of individual citizens.
On Thursday, a resolution was introduced by Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan that would put the Move to Amend referendum on the November ballot. The resolution passed through committee today and will appear before the entire County Board on April 24th.
This is not the first go around for the Move to Amend referendum in Milwaukee County.
Waunakee voters overwhelmingly supported passage of a village board resolution favoring campaign finance reform last week.
But whether the Waunakee Village Board will actually adopt a resolution supporting passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution remains unclear.
In a voice mail message to the Tribune, Village President John Laubmeier noted that the Move to Amend resolution would probably appear on a board meeting agenda for debate in the near future.
LAKE MILLS — Voters in the City of Lake Mills and Town of Waterloo handily approved two separate ballot measures Tuesday voicing their support for a national constitutional amendment.
Edgerton residents will have the opportunity on April 1st to vote YES to ask our leaders in Madison to have Wisconsin join the 16 states that want to get the influence of money out of our elections.
On the fourth anniversary of the Citizens United Decision, the Janesville Gazette published a letter that mentioned four towns in the area that had recently passed the Move to Amend resolution: Spring Valley, Avon, Porter and Plymouth.
Vote "Yes" on April 1st for the city of Edgerton to adopt the Move to Amend resolution. It supports an amendment to the United States Constitution that states:
1. Only human beings- not corporations, unions, non-profits or similar associations- are endowed with constitutional rights, and 2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech.