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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

You Be The Judge

We’re back with the latest installment of You Be The Judge, where our team of independent fact-checkers looks at a claim, puts it in context, goes beyond the carefully worded claim to break down the issues
09.04.2014 | 50 days ago | Posted at 03:54 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals did the right thing and decided that Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.  It was originally struck down by U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Crabb in June. Then state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Gov. Scott Walker decided to appeal that decision. The three-panel court found that both Wisconsin’s and Indiana’s bans were unconst...
09.04.2014 | 50 days ago | Posted at 09:11 AM

Documentary out on DVD

By David Luhrssen
Money always mattered in statewide and national elections. From the 1970s through the ‘90s, the realization that too much spending by large donors was warping democracy spurred a bi-partisan drive for campaign finance reform. Those days seem to be over. In the Citizens United decision (2010), a case of what the right wing otherwise denounces as “judicial activism,” the U...
09.03.2014 | 51 days ago | Posted at 12:09 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
This morning, a pro-solar energy resolution sponsored by Ald. Tony Zielinski and Common Council President Michael Murphy was sent to the Judiciary and Legislation Committee for a hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15.  The resolution takes aim at We Energies’ proposal to make solar and other renewable energy sources more expensive so that they don’t become a threat to their monopoly. ...
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Recall fundraising at odds with his call to disclose donors

How times have changed. As a lightning-rod governor facing a recall in 2012, Gov. Scott Walker raised unheard-of sums for his campaign. And, thanks to revelations in the new John Doe investigation
08.27.2014 | 58 days ago | Posted at 01:41 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Showing that Wisconsinites’ attitudes toward Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke have hardened, the new Marquette University poll shows Burke leading Walker 48.6% to 46.5% among likely voters, but Walker leading Burke among registered voters, 47.5% to 44.1%.  Both numbers are similar to earlier findings, and both are within the poll’s margin of error. And you won...
08.26.2014 | 59 days ago | Posted at 03:49 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
New court documents briefly made public in the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s alleged “criminal scheme” revealed how the governor solicited funds for an outside group—the Wisconsin Club for Growth, controlled by his own campaign operative, R.J. Johnson. Walker admitted to doing this very thing, but says he did nothing wrong. Wisconsin campaign finance law may say otherwise...

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