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Capitol City Sunday celebrates 100th episode this weekend

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Since April of 2012, 27 News has striven to bring you an in-depth look at the week's big stories on our public affairs show Capitol City Sunday.

This weekend's episode is the 100th and to celebrate, we will take a look back at its most memorable moments.

With the turbulent political winds of 2011 blowing into 2012, 27 News decided the time was right to launch a weekly show devoted to state politics. It kicked off during the height of the recall campaigns for governor.

From there, we launched into coverage of the fall 2012 elections, featuring races for Congress and President.

Along with campaign politics, we also had our share of spirited debates over the biggest legislative topics and featured interviews with the biggest names in state politics.

Along with taking a look back at some of our most memorable moments this weekend, we'll also look at some possible changes to campaign finance laws currently being considered in the state legislature.

On Thursday, a senate committee amended and passed a bill that would allow lobbyists to donate directly to political campaigns starting on April 15th of an election year, instead of the current start date of June 1st.

But another bill that would legally protect special interest groups from disclosing donors who fund so-called "issue ads" may be dead.  It has not yet been taken up for a vote in committee.

"Its a matter of whether we're going to have disclosure of campaign ads masquerading as phony issue ads or we're going to just have secret dark money totally dominate our elections," said Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause Wisconsin, which is opposed to the bill.

Heck debates James Buchen, a Capitol lobbyist, who says donors should have the right to keep their identities hidden.

"We've seen it here in Wisconsin where leading legislators who have powerful positions have caused people to lose their jobs because they enacted political retribution on them," said Buchen.

 You can hear more from their debate on Capitol City Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.


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