Bradley: Walker should veto open records changes

Republican leader Julian Bradley joined a chorus of opposition on the right opposing provisions in the state budget that make drastic changes to Wisconsin’s open records laws.

“We have to have transparent and open government…I don’t know where the idea came from, but I certainly don’t support it,” Bradley said on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning.

Bradley also called on Governor Walker to veto the changes if they make it through the legislature. “Hopefully it won’t make it all the way out” of the legislature, he said.

Bradley is the first representative of the actual Republican Party that I’m aware of to publicly oppose the provisions.

This is not a right versus left issue, host Joy Cardin pointed out. Leading conservative pundits and operatives join people like Bradley, Brad Schimel, and the conservative MacIver Institute, Citizens for Responsible Government and others in vocally opposing the move.

The vice chairman of the 3rd District Republican Party and popular speaker is often asked to share his perspective on the Cardin show and in other venues.

I also lambasted the proposals, calling the changes “Darkness Provisions” earlier today.

These Darkness Provisions strip Wisconsin taxpayers of their right to see legislative records that belong to them. It’s time to fix this.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.