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  • Rewind: Your week in review
    Posted by David Wise on December 15, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    On this week's episode, WisPolitics.com's JR Ross and WisconsinEye's Steve Walters discuss the GOP leaders' call for Ethics and Elections commission Administrators Brian Bell and Michael Haas to resign; reports this week that House Speaker Paul Ryan's stepping down in 2018; and the Dec. 19 special elections. […]

  • Walker mum on whether Ethics, Elections commission administrators should resign
    Posted by David Wise on December 15, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Gov. Scott Walker Friday repeatedly declined to weigh in on whether the administrators at the Ethics and Elections commissions should step down following the DOJ’s John Doe leak report. Walker answered a series of reporters’ questions on the topic this afternoon with variations of “I think the report speaks for itself.” He said although legislative […]

  • DC Wrap: Baldwin calls on Trump to advance ‘Buy American’ report; Pocan backs delaying tax vote until Jones sworn in
    Posted by Briana Reilly on December 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Welcome to our weekly DC Wrap, where we write about Wisconsin’s congressional delegation. Sign up here to receive the newsletter directly. Quotes of the week The nature of life on Capitol Hill necessitates long hours in close proximity to lawmakers and staff that can create power dynamics of which young people are not fully aware. […]

  • Ethics Commission, DOJ spar over Doe leak report
    Posted by David Wise on December 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    The state Ethics Commission Tuesday countered DOJ’s investigation into leaks from the John Doe probes, saying the report failed to accurately describe the agency’s efforts to cooperate or the steps it took to secure records after replacing the GAB. But AG Brad Schimel fired back, saying questions the Ethics Commission raised were nothing more than […]

  • Shilling defers to Milwaukee on whether Coggs should resign as city treasurer
    Posted by JR Ross on December 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, the top elected female Democrat at the Capitol, is deferring to Milwaukee leaders on whether former Dem Sen. Spencer Coggs should resign as city treasurer despite her call for state Rep. Josh Zepnick to step down. “I think former Sen. Coggs should do what is best for his constituents that […]

  • ‘UpFront’: Vukmir says GAB kept her personal emails for political reasons
    Posted by David Wise on December 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    State Sen. Leah Vukmir says the now-defunct Government Accountability Board’s keeping of some of her personal emails was politically motivated. The Brookfield Republican said that because she authored legislation revamping the agency — a combined ethics and elections oversight agency — that put her “in the sights of the GAB.” “I’m certain this is politically […]

  • Ethics Commission chair: Will provide clarifications on DOJ Doe report
    Posted by JR Ross on December 8, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The state Ethics Commission will provide “clarifications” to the DOJ report on how agency staff handled John Doe records and will seek the release of sealed court documents to back up the contention employees acted properly, the commission chair tells WisPolitics.com. David Halbrooks, speaking after the agency called an emergency meeting today, also said the […]

  • Rewind: John Doe leak report; guv’s race; Capitol sexual harassment cases
    Posted by David Wise on December 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    On this week's episode, WisPolitics.com's JR Ross and WisconsinEye's Steve Walters discuss the John Doe leak report, the governor’s race and sexual harassment allegations at the Capitol. […]

  • Nass says four Elections, Ethics commission employees named in DOJ John Doe leak report should quit
    Posted by David Wise on December 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    GOP state Sen. Steve Nass is calling on four Elections or Ethics commission employees to quit following a DOJ report that accused the old GAB of mishandling documents related to John Doe probes that touched Gov. Scott Walker or his associates. Of the four, only Nathan Judnic, an Elections Commission attorney, was among those AG […]

  • DOJ recommends contempt proceedings over John Doe leak, mishandling of evidence
    Posted by Briana Reilly on December 6, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    At least one person illegally removed documents from the old GAB and leaked them to The Guardian, but the needed proof does not exist to convict anyone, the state DOJ concluded in a report released today. Still, the 92-page document paints the Government Accountability Board as being sloppy in its handling of the records. That, […]