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03.19.2014 | 32 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 | 39 days ago | 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 | 52 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 | 58 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...
02.21.2014 | 58 days ago | 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...
02.19.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Just scrolling through the new emails released today (thanks, Progressive!) it’s clear that there was no separation between Scott Walker’s county administration and his campaign for governor.  Here’s one example. During the campaign, Walker and Democratic candidate Tom Barrett were having a spat about roads maintained by the county and the city. Walker’s team sent out a press rel...
02.13.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 04:24 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
I know I shouldn’t make predictions, but it’s hard to resist not contemplating what will turn up in the documents to be released next Wednesday in the case of Kelly Rindfleisch.  Rindfleisch, you may remember, was a top Scott Walker aide when he was Milwaukee County executive. At the same time—literally—she was fundraising for Walker’s preferred lieutenant governor candidate. Aft...

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