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03.19.2014 | 29 days ago | Posted at 02:24 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Is it a good thing if your job reference is the target of/subject of interest in one if not two John Doe investigations? I mean, shouldn’t you use someone who hasn’t spent more than $400,000 of other people's money on criminal defense attorneys?I guess that doesn’t matter to Jim Villa, the ethically challenged friend of and former top aide to Scott Walker, who's on the short list for a job w...
02.27.2014 | 49 days ago | Posted at 05:49 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Remember when the John Doe investigators were looking into potential bid rigging on a deal for county worker’s office space? Well, this email from John Hiller—a real estate developer, government relations specialist and Scott Walker’s longtime campaign manager—shows why the DA might have been interested:   Note that Jim Villa, who’s cc’ed on the email via his personal email ...
02.21.2014 | 55 days ago | Posted at 03:06 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Buried in the middle of the 16,172-page John Doe document is a curious note sent by Jim Villa.  Villa, at the time of the emails, was (and still is) the head of the powerful Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW). Villa was Walker’s chief of staff at the county between May 2002 and June 2007. I don’t think he had an official role with Friends of Scott Walker—prosecutors ca...
08.15.2013 | | Posted at 04:57 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
In this week’s Shepherd I wrote about Scott Walker’s inner circle of campaign and county aides that were working together to burnish his image (and do a lot of damage control) while he ran for governor in 2010. In that article I focused mostly on his county aides—some of whom were prosecuted for committing crimes while working for taxpayers. But who, exactly, are the politicos who were ma...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Witnesses are free to speak out about what they know

 When Judge Neal Nettesheim signed an order closing the three-year John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County executive office, he required that the secrecy
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Voters may go to the polls with incomplete information about his role in alleged misconduct

With just two weeks before the June 5 recall election facing Republican Gov. Scott Walker...

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