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05.07.2014 | 86 days ago | Posted at 11:56 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Does Gov. Scott Walker have nine lives or what?  Yesterday, his ally, ultraconservative Federalist Society member and U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa totally halted the John Doe investigation into alleged coordination between Walker’s campaign committee and sympathetic right-wing groups. Randa quickly did so after prosecutors on Monday asked the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ...
03.19.2014 | 135 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...
03.12.2014 | | Posted at 04:24 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Well, at least one John Doe figure is no longer on the public payroll.  Brett Davis, Scott Walker’s preferred candidate for lieutenant governor, is leaving his position as the state’s Medicaid director as of March 21 to work in the private sector. Davis, of course, was one of Kelly Rindfleisch’s employers in 2010. She was also working for Walker as a policy advisor and deputy chief o...
02.27.2014 | | 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 | | 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...
02.21.2014 | | Posted at 12:33 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
On Nov. 1, 2010, the John Doe prosecutors asked for a subpoena of Milwaukee County records apparently related to the contract for courthouse cleaning in 2009, newly released documents show.  Scott Walker privatized those services—and was able to shut out the county board—because “an ordinance change done before the privatization issue came up established definitions of professional ser...
02.20.2014 | | Posted at 02:17 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
I’m beginning to wonder if the job descriptions for county workers included the requirement that they had to be in touch with Scott Walker’s campaign aides at all times.  Walker’s spokeswoman, Fran McLaughlin, was one of the conduits between the county and campaign staff. When she got a question from a reporter, she immediately had to send it to a personal email account, then cover her...
02.20.2014 | | Posted at 11:06 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Buzzfeed dug up one choice email forwarded by Walker’s former chief of staff, Tom Nardelli: “THE NIGHTMARE … ‘I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted Jewish homosexual … but please, oh dear God, don’t make me a Democrat.’” Seems that Nardelli just can’t help himself. Here's another crazy email he felt he needed to share with others:   ...

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