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09.15.2014 | 97 days ago | Posted at 05:15 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Late Friday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which has been on hold for years.  That’s a big deal. A bigger deal is that the election is only weeks away.  “The decision has thrown everything into chaos,” Kristin Hansen of the ACLU told me. She said that she was concerned that elections workers would take the opportunity to overly scrut...
09.09.2014 | 103 days ago | Posted at 04:52 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Right now, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is hearing oral arguments about whether the John Doe investigation into alleged illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Club for Growth (and other organizations) is legal.  Reporters aren’t allowed to bring in electronic devices, so very little information is seeping out. Instead, Twitter is aflame with ...
09.09.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 12:10 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
I’m not in Chicago today for the oral arguments in the John Doe investigation into Scott Walker’s coordination with conservative political groups, primarily the Wisconsin Club for Growth.  But the information that’s already coming out is fascinating. The Wisconsin Club for Growth and its leader, Eric O’Keefe, are suing Wisconsin prosecutors for investigating their activities. They ...
09.08.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 04:24 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
The state’s structural deficit will climb to a projected $1.76 billion in the next term, according to new numbers released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau today.  That’s a huge jump from the LFB’s estimate in May that the state would face a projected $642 shortfall in the 2015-2017 biennial budget. That means that the state will need to come up with almost $2 billion to ...
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 | 108 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 | 109 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 | 110 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

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