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 What is LeaderEthics-Wisconsin?

 LeaderEthicWisconsin is a non-partisan/non-profit organization dedicated to promoting integrity in the American  Democracy through ethical leadership practices among elected officials. Ethical leaders are:

  1. Truthful.
  2. Transparent with public information.
  3. Unifiers rather than dividers, and
  4. Willing to represent the collective interests of their constituency.

In The News

 Misinformation and a Deadly Turn of  Events.

 There is no question, countering misinformation can be difficult. It  may mean running counter to the beliefs of family, friends and  neighbors. But it is important to take the first step.

La Crosse Tribune, May 8, 2022

                       How Important Is Truth?  

  "If we fail to seek truthfulness in elected leaders, we are likely moving on a downward slopeEthical leaders must be truthful and they must be  unifiers if we are to triumph over conflict." 

                                 La Crosse Tribune, April 10,  2022: How Important Is Truth

                                 Ethics in Politics and Business (featuring Lee Rasch)

 "This episode puts an exclamation point on the subject of trust and  accountability in the workplace as Lee  Rasch will  discuss trust (or lack  thereof) in the political arena. Listen in to see how historically low levels of  trust in politicians and political institutions can have the potential to negatively  influence trust in the  office." Dr.Andrew Temte, CFABalancing Act Podcast

 Billings, Rude Selected as 2022 LeaderEthics Award Recipients

 Each year, LeaderEthics-Wisconsin recognizes current or former elected officials who exemplify ethical  leadership in practice...are truthful, transparent with public information, unifiers and committed to serving  the  entire constituency.

 LInk: La Crosse Tribune, March 30, 2022


 Jill Billings and Brian Rude Receive the 2022 LeaderEthics Award 

The legislative careers of Jill Billings and Brian Rude did not overlap, yet they both conveyed a sincere commitment to service throughout their careers...to their constituents and the state. Lee Rasch suggests, "Our political process will be in a much better position with more people like Jill Billings and Brian Rude".       Link: WKBT News     

 What Do We Expect? What Do We Accept?    

 "If we expect ethical leadership in business, education, health care and other fields, why would we  accept  that it cannot occur in politics? Can elected leaders work to support their entire constituency, not just the  simple majority that voted for them? Can elected leaders recognize that supporters of  the  other political  party are not the enemy, rather they are people with different needs and views? Apparently, Americans believe, in general, these things are possible."

Article by Lee Rasch, La Crosse Tribune, 2-27-22 link: What Do We Expect? What Do We Accept

You Just Don't Know Who to Trust!

 Maria Ressa is a co-recipient for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Ressa leads a news organization in the  Philippines and has dedicated her career and risked her freedom to promote truth. She is a model for ethical journalism. To state it plainly. Maria Ressa believes facts are important. She summarized the challenges we face in her statement, "Without facts, we can't have truth. Without truth, we can't have trust." Maria Ressa does not accept half-facts and neither should we. Article by Lee Rasch; La Crosse Tribune 1-30-22

     Pay It Forward in Politics?

 "We don't know whether elected officials (or anyone else for that matter) will use these examples as a reason to do the right thing for someone else. Yet, over time, the practice of paying it forward does have a measurable positive impact."

                               published in the La Crosse Tribune 12-26-21, Link: La Crosse Tribune, Pay It Forward

  Americans Are Tired of the Gerrymander Dance  

 "Gerrymandered districts when coupled with a climate of hyper-partisanship is a deadly combination  for  the integrity of the American democracy."

  published in the La Crosse Tribune 11-28-21 Link: The Gerrymander Dance


 The Third Congressional District Race Should Get The Third  Degree...an  editorial in the La Crosse Tribune, 10-24-21

 "If we are committed to demanding ethical leadership in the 3rd Congressional District,  the third degree is warranted in the 2020 election"  

Link: The Third Degree

Common Ground Is Higher Ground...an editorial in the La Crosse Tribune, 9-26-2021

 "Think about how much more powerful this could have been if Congressional members  could work  together on behalf of the people of Wisconsin and the country in doing what  they were elected to  do."      

  Link: Common Ground Is Higher Ground


 Final-Five Voting in Wisconsin...an Open Dialogue

 Available via live-stream on the Facebook pages of LeaderEthics-WisconsinDemocracy Found and the Chippewa Herald.

 Preview: Final-Five Voting in Wisconsin


 Hyper-partisanship Must End for the Good of the Country

 "How can we expect good results using a playbook with half the pages missing?"

  An editorial on WIZM Radio. Link: As I See It


 Chipping Away at the Wall

 "Bipartisanship isn’t pretty. It is built on trust. It can be hard to sustain because trust is  fragile."  

                                     La Crosse Tribune 8/1/21 link: Chipping Away at the Wall


 Final-Five Voting in Wisconsin

 Journalist, Tom Milbourn, led a conversation with panelists Sara Eskrich, Austin  Ramirez and  Rep. Joel Kitchens regarding the Final-Five Voting legislation being  considered in Wisconsin.

 link: WXOW Final-Five Voting

Representative or Partisan

 "As voters, are we able to support the concept of a representative government as the  American founders intended. Are we satisfied (or dissatisfied) with the outcomes of  government? And do we vote accordingly for our elected representatives? Or are we  caught up in the partisan conflict and surrender our vote to political party leaders? Do we expected elected officials to represent us...or handpicked political party leaders? The question remains, as citizens and voters, what do we expect?"

Editorial published in the La crosse Tribune, June 6, 2021 Link: Representative or Partisan


Debating the Facets of Hell

 "If leaders contribute to the structural conflict, or fail to take steps to address the  conflict,  the  conflict  will grow, often uncontrollably. In other words, all hell breaks  loose. And in the  resulting  debate, we  can find ourselves arguing over the symptoms of the conflict, essentially 'debating  the facets of hell'. There may be little dialog about how we got here and, more importantly, how we move out of this  dynamic."  Lee Rasch

Editorial published in the La Crosse Tribune, May 2, 2021 La Crosse Tribune, May 2, 2021


 Our Electoral Process...a Vicious Cycle

 "While in a vicious cycle, we are not protecting the status quo...rather we are protecting  the worsening of the situation".

 Published in the La Crosse Tribune, April 11, 2021 link to article


 Rep. Steve Doyle and former Rep. Lee Nerison selected  as the  2021 LeaderEthics Award recipients


  WKBT -  LeaderEthics Award Recipients


The La Crosse Tribune Endorses Final Five Voting in Wisconsin

LeaderEthics-Wisconsin is pleased to see support for Democracy Found and the bipartisan-sponsored bill...Final Five Voting. As stated in the editorial by Lee Rasch, "We believe this is a serious effort designed to curtail the hyper-partisanship we are seeing in politics today."

March 21, 2010  Final Five Voting Deserves Support

 Caught in the Vortex of Misinformation

 Many believe we are in an infodemic, as misinformation on social media becomes  a greater influence. Published in the March 7, 2021  issue of the La Crosse  Tribune. 

Caught in the Vortex of Misinformation

Change Starts With Our Expectations

In the January 31, 2021 issue of the La Crosse Tribune, Lee Rasch discusses the importance of establishing expectations for ethical leadership.

Change Starts With Our Expectations

Becoming a Candidate on an Ethical Leadership Platform

 "We need to expect ethical leadership from elected officials. It's as applicable in politics as it  is in business, education, healthcare or any other area."...Lee Rasch        

                                            WKBT News 8000 video, ethical leadership 

 Local candidates asked to show ethical leadership

 LeaderEthics-Wisconsin announces the release of the video, "Becoming a  Candidate on an  Ethical Leadership Platform"

WXOW ethical leadership video


 It's Never Too Late to Recognize the Right Thing

 In this La Crosse Tribune editorial, the focus is on recognizing ethical leadership in practice  as a way of  encouraging elected officials to consider "doing the right thing".

 Inspired Minds Podcast: LeaderEthics-Wisconsin

 Lee Rasch is engaged in a conversation with Sam Scinta, President and Founder of IM  Education, and Rick  Kyte, Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at  Viterbo University.

Inspired Minds Podcast

 Disinformation on Social Media

 Lee Rasch is interviewed by Tyler Job of WKBT regarding concerns about disinformation    in social media  in advance of the November 3rd election.  Link:Disinformation on Social Media

Bipartisanship is more than just splitting the difference

Lee Rasch provided a guest editorial in the La Crosse Tribune.

Link: La Crosse Tribune Editorial

 Bipartisan Ethics

 The release of the 2020 Citizen's Guide 2.0 is announced. WXOW October 6, 2020, link: bipartisan    message


 Resources to Fight Misinformation

  WKBT News8000 October 6, 2020, link: helpful resources

 The Cap Times Max Witynski & Jessica Christoffer - Wisconsin Watch

 "One Answer is to avoid liking or sharing suspicious or inflammatory content, according to Lee Rasch, the  executive director of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, a La Crosse, Wisconsin-based nonprofit that promotes  integrity in American democracy."  Wisconsin Watch - Cap Times 



Ethical Leadership Podcast - LeaderEthics-Wisconsin

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/25850600

 


 A Big Breath of Fresh Air

 A guest editorial was written by Lee Rasch supporting the announcement of the SafeVote  Wisconsin  Coalition...a bipartisan effort to promote safe opportunities to vote in Wisconsin  elections during the  pandemic. - La Crosse Tribune 7/26/20 A Big Breath of Fresh Air


Poll looks at ethical performance among elected officials at local, state and national level - WKBT 7/17/20 https://t.co/pdL51FaphW

 

 Expect Elected Officials to Collaborate - La Crosse Tribune 5/24/20 Expect Elected Officials to Collaborate

 


COVID-19 and the Principles of Ethical Leadership

As elected officials, ethical leaders are truthful, transparent, unifying and representing all constituents...

La Crosse Tribune March 22, 2020               Principles of Ethical Leadership   



 WXOW Report: Local Leaders Speak Out About Preventing    Election Interference

https://wxow.com/2020/03/11/local-leaders-speak-out-about-preventing-election-interference/


WKBT Report: Local Group Fighting Back Against Social Media Disinformation 

https://www.news8000.com/local-group-fighting-back-against-social-media-disinformation/

 Lee Rasch was a guest on the WKOW  program, Capital  City Sunday. The  topics? Trust in Government and  Disinformation on Social Media.

 https://wkow.com/capital-city-sunday/https://wkow.com/capital-city-sunday/

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 Group Calls For Ethical Leadership

http://www.leaderethicswi.org/Presentations/Articles/

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  As Disinformation Online Grows, WI  Group  Hopes To  Educate Voters http://www.leaderethicswi.org/Presentations/Articles/

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 Wisconsin organization aims to  empower voters  against  disinformation Victor Jacobo

https://www.cbs58.com/news/wisconsin-organization-aims-to-empower-voters-against-disinformation

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 An Ethical Approach to Leadership

  "Leadership" and "Ethics." Putting those words together in the same sentence may seem  like an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms given today's political climate.

 http://www.leaderethicswi.org/Presentations/Articles/

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 As Disinformation Online Grows, Wisconsin  Group Hopes To Educate Voters Ahead Of 2020  Election


 New 2020 Citizens Guide Offers Voters Practical Tips On Asking Candidates About Ethics, Spotting False Information Online

                                                                                                  By Hope Kirwan - Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 5:55am

https://www.wpr.org/disinformation-online-grows-wisconsin-group-hopes-educate-voters-ahead-2020-election

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 WXOW La CrosseLeader Ethics-Wisconsin releases guide to  help citizens advocate for ethical leadership in politics

 https://wxow.com/2019/12/04/leader-ethics-wisconsin-releases-guide-to-help-citizens-advocate-for -ethical-leadership-in-politics/


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Ethics in politics is behind the push from a Wisconsin group as the 2020 season starts to ramp up.


WEAU - Eau Claire


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 WKBT News La Crosse - 2020 Citizen's Guide 

 LeaderEthics-Wisconsin released the 2020 Citizen's Guide to Ethical Leadership Among Elected Officials. the  2020 Citizen's Guide provides background information and practical suggestions for citizens who wish to  heighten the awareness of ethical leadership.

             https://www.news8000.com/news/politics/leader-ethics-wisconsin-unveils-its-2020-citizen-s-guide/1148213083


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 WKBT News - Millennial Panel Conversation Hopes To  Prepare Leaders for Tomorrow

  The Leader Ethics-Wisconsin La Crosse Chapter host a panel of next generation leaders. The topic: Ethical  Leadership Among Elected Leaders

  https://www.news8000.com/news/millennial-panel-conversation-hopes-to-prepare-leaders-  of-    tomorrow/1123825145


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 Wisconsin Public Radio - Central Time

 Listen to Rob Ferrett, host of the WPR program, Central Time, interview Lee Rasch. The topic is: Wisconsin  Group Working to Ensure Ethics in Government.                                                                                                            https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-group-working-ensure-ethics-government

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 WKBT News: Local group grades the ethical  leadership of  elected leaders

  https://www.news8000.com/news/politics/leaderethics-wisconsin-gives-trump-failing-  grades/1089359023



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 La Crosse Tribune - Tribcast: LeaderEthics-  Wisconsin

 Listen to LeaderEthics-Wisconsin's Executive Director Lee Rasch and Rusty Cunningham  of the La Crosse Tribune as they discuss the principles of ethical leadership, the need    for ethics in the political world, and the mission of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin!

https://lacrossetribune.com/7rivers/podcast-leader-ethics-wisconsin-executive-director-lee-rasch/article_6e3ffaf6-767b-5bc2-bd5b-4ae394bb6e97.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

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 WXOW Daybreak Program: LeaderEthics-Wisconsin  Promotes Ethical Leadership among Elected Officials

   https://wxow.com/news/daybreak/2019/01/22/verify-your-vote-through-local-non-partisan-group/




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