Taxpayers on the hook up to $25,000 for GAB’s legal maneuvers

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin taxpayers will pay for the Government Accountability Board’s failed attempt to intervene in a civil rights lawsuit that directly involves two of the agency’s actors – a lawsuit in which GAB could find itself a defendant.

The bill could max out at $25,000 to defend an agency that critics claim was intricately involved in an illegal investigation into conservative organizations, but the price tag could be more.

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Appeals court orders release of some John Doe documents

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A ruling by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals maintaining some documents under seal and opening up others for public consumption is a “vindication” of conservatives’ charges of prosecutorial abuse in Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation, according to an attorney for targets of the probe.

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Political group alleges Dane County DA violated campaign finance laws

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Finances, News, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Citizens for Responsible Government Network didn’t want to sit on its hands and wait for a politically charged John Doe investigation that likely would never come.

So the Milwaukee grassroots political watchdog has filed a petition of enforcement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice alleging one of the area’s top law enforcement officials has violated state campaign finance laws.

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Polling places could stay in Greendale schools — for now

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Elections, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Greendale Village board of trustees very much wants to rid itself of request to remove polling places from schools.

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Walker administration saves taxpayers $134 million in fraud fight

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The fight against government waste, fraud and abuse has intensified under Gov. Scott Walker.

The Walker administration on Wednesday announced that the state Department of Revenue over the past four tax seasons has stopped $134 million in tax refunds related to fraud and adjustments.

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Marquette University weeps for slain alumnus, journalist James Foley

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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As the world struggles to come to terms with the tragic and brutal death of journalist James Foley, his adopted family at Marquette University weeps for one of their own.

It was supposed to be a life-affirming day for the Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Milwaukee. Instead, Marquette welcomes 2,000 freshman on “move-in” day with a mixture of joy and profound grief.

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