MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If Democrat Mary Burke is elected governor this fall, she vows to do what Wisconsin governors have not done for eight years -- let us know where she would be a week in advance.
Most top officials and candidates used to release weekly schedules which had at least most of their scheduled appearances -- with the assumption that they could change due to last minute circumstances.
However, former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle dumped the practice in his second four-year term.
Republican Governor Scott Walker put out a pair of general schedules until his controversial limits on public union bargaining began attracting protesters almost everywhere he goes. Now, Walker does what Doyle did in his second term -- put out individual notices of appearances a day or two in advance, while leaving it to out of state groups and candidates to publicize his appearances on behalf of them.
Walker's office says his schedule is constantly in flux -- and things can change even on the morning of an event. Both the Walker and Burke campaigns put out notices of their political appearances just a day or two in advance.
However, Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she's willing to put out a weekly schedule of her official appearances if she's elected.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)