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WisconsinEye Set to Start Cable Broadcast Next Week

wieye.jpg According to today's Wisconsin State Journal, WisconsinEye could start broadcasting gavel-to-gavel coverage from the state Capitol to cable-television viewers as early as next Tuesday. WisconsinEye began broadcasting from its web site about a month ago.

From the article:

[Chris] Long, president and chief executive officer of WisconsinEye, sees the network becoming a state-based C-SPAN by providing an unfiltered look at state government, and by producing original programming about Wisconsin life, culture and community.

"One of the primary contributions we can make is to be a statewide platform for the circulation of ideas," Long said. "It's a very old-school idea."

Lawmakers say they welcome the coverage because they expect it to spur more participation in government by state residents.

And after several years of strained relations between Democrats and Republicans -- evidenced by occasional shouting matches, name calling and even the yanking of a microphone to end debate -- they hope it's a catalyst to improve lawmakers' manners.