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Madison is a (one) Party Town

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin insists his new 'show us your papers' proposal for would-be city vendors is not an attempt to stifle political engagement or free speech.

David Blaska thinks otherwise.

Hizzoner the mayor of this One Party City has plans to ferret out vendors who might not share his political world view.

"I think it would be a good idea to know if the bidders are contributing to political efforts which go into organizations that may be lobbying for certain kinds of outcomes or working against the interests of the city," Havana Paul told the credulous Patricia Schneider at The Cap Times.

"If they’re supplying the city while they're behaving like the Koch brothers, it would be good for the public to know it."

Soglin's aide says a resolution requiring companies bidding on city contracts to disclose contributions to advocacy organizations, including political action committees (PACs) and lobbying groups, is being introduced to the City Council at it's meeting Tuesday, and he hoped it would be passed by the end of the summer.

For the record (cue Nixon speaking into the hidden microphone: "but it would be illegal"), Soglin says the city would continue to award bids to the "competent" low bidder. (Wink and a nod.)  Read the rest.

How long before Tom Barrett adopts a similar mandate?

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