Matt Rothschild

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Op Ed: Law Stacks Constitutional Convention
Op Ed

Law Stacks Constitutional Convention

Wisconsin 28th state to approve convention; 7 of 9 state delegates would be Republican.

Campaign Cash: Walker Says He Fears “Outside Money”
Campaign Cash

Walker Says He Fears “Outside Money”

But he’s been a huge beneficiary of donations from outside the state.

Campaign Cash: Hunters, Wildlife Groups Oppose Wetlands Bill
Campaign Cash

Hunters, Wildlife Groups Oppose Wetlands Bill

Bill threatens 1 million acres of wetlands, pushed by state’s largest business lobby.

Op Ed: How Legislature is Bypassing the Courts
Op Ed

How Legislature is Bypassing the Courts

Foxconn law builds on 2013 law that restricts court review of state legislation.

Op Ed: 24 Counties Have Voted for Fair Maps
Op Ed

24 Counties Have Voted for Fair Maps

They passed resolutions calling for nonpartisan redistricting to end gerrymandering.

Op Ed: High Court Buries Recusal Decision
Op Ed

High Court Buries Recusal Decision

Rejection of recusal petition by 50 judges quietly released on July 4th weekend.

Op Ed: GOP’s “Riot” Bill Is Unconstitutional
Op Ed

GOP’s “Riot” Bill Is Unconstitutional

Aimed at college students, infringes freedom of speech, assembly

Op Ed: Disclose All Donations to Judges
Op Ed

Disclose All Donations to Judges

Bill requires prompt disclosure of donations by parties to a case.

Op Ed: High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal
Op Ed

High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal

Dumps proposal by 54 retired judges, assures big money influence.

Iowa Copies Walker, Kills Unions

Iowa Copies Walker, Kills Unions

Following his advice, state's GOP legislators end public union rights.

Campaign Cash: Bill Gives Public Waters to Fish Farming
Campaign Cash

Bill Gives Public Waters to Fish Farming

Two lawmakers proposing it got donations from fish farming industry.

Campaign Cash: Big Agriculture Rewards Legislators
Campaign Cash

Big Agriculture Rewards Legislators

Industry wants high capacity wells, gives $220,000 to key committee members.

Campaign Cash: Walker Would End State Property Insurance
Campaign Cash

Walker Would End State Property Insurance

Local governments then must buy from private insurers, who donated to Walker

Campaign Cash: Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage
Campaign Cash

Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage

State isn’t enforcing weight limits. Big donors support bigger trucks.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors

UW doctors under contract with Planned Parenthood targeted.

Constitutional Convention, No Dems Allowed

Constitutional Convention, No Dems Allowed

State bill says GOP picks all delegates to convention championed by Kochs.

Campaign Cash: $28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races

A new record, 66% more than 2014, huge special interest spending.

Campaign Cash: Big Ag Wants High Capacity Wells
Campaign Cash

Big Ag Wants High Capacity Wells

$152,000 campaign donations, $183,000 lobbying by potato, vegetable growers.

Campaign Cash: Justice Gableman’s Conflict of Interest
Campaign Cash

Justice Gableman’s Conflict of Interest

Will speak at GOP fundraiser with right-wing leader helped by his Doe decision.

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

In non-public meeting they approve 31% raise in their per day expenses.

Campaign Cash: Walker Donors Oppose Fire Safety Proposal
Campaign Cash

Walker Donors Oppose Fire Safety Proposal

Construction industry gave him $5 million, oppose safety proposal backed by fire fighters.

In Remembrance: The Legacy of Ed Garvey
In Remembrance

The Legacy of Ed Garvey

A corporate dragon-slayer, the Wisconsin Democrat helped pave the way for Bernie Sanders.

Campaign Cash: For-Profit Colleges Love Walker
Campaign Cash

For-Profit Colleges Love Walker

They give him $56,000 campaign cash, he wants to kill state watchdog over colleges.

Campaign Cash: Who Are Donors in Superintendent Race?
Campaign Cash

Who Are Donors in Superintendent Race?

Evers backed by unions, Democrats, his opponents by Republicans.

Campaign Cash: Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors
Campaign Cash

Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors

And their high capacity wells are draining rivers and lakes in state.

Campaign Cash: Campaign Clout of Anti-Abortion Groups
Campaign Cash

Campaign Clout of Anti-Abortion Groups

They support only Republicans, and want to end abortion coverage for state workers.

Campaign Cash: Tavern League Favors Drunk Driving Bill
Campaign Cash

Tavern League Favors Drunk Driving Bill

Big donor to politicians wants tougher penalties but easy on first-time offenders.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Penalizes Sanctuary Cities
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Penalizes Sanctuary Cities

Milwaukee and Madison won’t change immigration policies, would be fined.

Campaign Cash: GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors
Campaign Cash

GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors

Lawyers paid $2.1 million to defend gerrymandering, give $76,000 to politicians.

Senators Want 31% Hike In Expenses

Senators Want 31% Hike In Expenses

Republicans want per diem pay raise, but oppose minimum wage increase for state workers.

Campaign Cash: How Realtors Association Gains Clout
Campaign Cash

How Realtors Association Gains Clout

$10 million in campaign donations, heavy lobbying wins it favored legislation.

Campaign Cash: Michigan Donors Get State Contract
Campaign Cash

Michigan Donors Get State Contract

$42,500 for Walker concealed donors' identities, traced to company getting contract.

Campaign Cash: Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill

They spent $24 million on campaigns. Bill targets union construction projects.

Campaign Cash: Kochs Support Food Stamp Crackdown
Campaign Cash

Kochs Support Food Stamp Crackdown

Walker champions it, got $13 million from Kochs and WMC, who support policy.

Campaign Cash: Evers Leads In Superintendent Race’s Cash
Campaign Cash

Evers Leads In Superintendent Race’s Cash

Incumbent has about $117,000, two challengers together raised $36,000.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Benefit Special Interests
Campaign Cash

Bill Would Benefit Special Interests

GOP legislators get $325,000 from special interests; would kill state rules.

Campaign Cash: Business Groups Back Pay Hike For Judges
Campaign Cash

Business Groups Back Pay Hike For Judges

Roggensack wants 16% raise for judges, gets support of special interests.

Campaign Cash: Please Reform the Courts, Judges Ask
Campaign Cash

Please Reform the Courts, Judges Ask

54 retired judges urge Supreme Court to require recusal for cases with big donors.

Campaign Cash: GOP Lawmaker Wants More Mining
Campaign Cash

GOP Lawmaker Wants More Mining

Tom Tiffany, a favorite of special interest donors, seeks to repeal mining moratorium law.

Op Ed: The Pro-Pollution Legislators
Op Ed

The Pro-Pollution Legislators

Tiffany and Jarchow get big payoffs from special interests, and rural folks get tainted drinking water.

Dems Look to Solve Gerrymandering

Dems Look to Solve Gerrymandering

Federal court struck down state's legislative districts. Hansen offers solution.

Campaign Cash: Sand Mining Project Targets Wetlands
Campaign Cash

Sand Mining Project Targets Wetlands

Meteor Timber donates $23,000 to state politicians, wants to destroy 17 acres of forested wetlands.

Campaign Cash: Betsy DeVos Buys Influence Here
Campaign Cash

Betsy DeVos Buys Influence Here

Trump’s pick for Education Secretary and her family spent $500,000 on WI candidates.

Op Ed: Nass’s Cheap Shot At UW Course
Op Ed

Nass’s Cheap Shot At UW Course

Legislator’s stance on "whiteness" course puts him in league with white nationalists.

Campaign Cash: Child Support Tax Exemption Returns
Campaign Cash

Child Support Tax Exemption Returns

Controversial proposal for the wealthy was traced to donor to Walker, Kleefisch.

Campaign Cash: AG Brad Schimel Seeks Reelection
Campaign Cash

AG Brad Schimel Seeks Reelection

Attorney General got $1.7 million in special interest funding in 2014 and delivered for them.

Campaign Cash: Big Contributors Seek Factory Farm Permit
Campaign Cash

Big Contributors Seek Factory Farm Permit

Wysocki family of companies, big Walker donors and lobbyists, seek DNR permit.

Campaign Cash: Green Bay Mayor Gets Off Easy
Campaign Cash

Green Bay Mayor Gets Off Easy

He faced up to 27 months in jail for campaign finance violations, but gets $4,000 fine.

Campaign Cash: WMC, Big Agriculture Pushes to Privatize DNR
Campaign Cash

WMC, Big Agriculture Pushes to Privatize DNR

They spent more than $47 million on campaigns and DNR becomes passive on pollution.

Campaign Cash: Who Runs the Jobs First Coalition?
Campaign Cash

Who Runs the Jobs First Coalition?

It’s spent $1 million on elections, was started by Scott Jensen, mostly targets Democrats.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?
Court Watch

Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?

Decision gives police leeway on home searches; Justice Bradley joins liberals in dissent.

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Spend $9 Million on Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

Special Interests Spend $9 Million on Legislative Races

Led by Greater Wisconsin Committee, Democratic-leaning groups spent more, 53% of money.

Why Federal Court Overruled State Map

Why Federal Court Overruled State Map

Republicans gerrymandered districts so that whatever the vote, they never lost control.

Campaign Cash: Five States Vote for Democratic Reforms
Campaign Cash

Five States Vote for Democratic Reforms

Including ranked choice voting (Maine) and credit program to publicly finance candidates (South Dakota).

Campaign Cash: NRA Arms Republicans With $3.6 Million
Campaign Cash

NRA Arms Republicans With $3.6 Million

Walker and 44 legislators (just one Democrat) have gained that in campaign donations.

Campaign Cash: 18 Referendums Opposed Citizens United
Campaign Cash

18 Referendums Opposed Citizens United

96 communities in state have now voted to overturn court ruling allowing corporate donations.

Campaign Cash: North Woods for Sale?
Campaign Cash

North Woods for Sale?

Timber industry gives big campaign donations, gets more state forestland to cut.

10 Reasons Why Trump Won

10 Reasons Why Trump Won

Trump’s strengths or Hillary’s mistakes?

Special Interest Groups Pounding Feingold

Special Interest Groups Pounding Feingold

Republican-leaning outside groups have almost 6 to 1 advantage in spending.

Record Elections Spending by Special Interests

Record Elections Spending by Special Interests

$7.8 million spent so far, with more by Democratic-leaning groups.

Op-Ed: Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform
Op-Ed

Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform

Their Clean Elections Act seeks to fix broken campaign finance law.

Op-Ed: All the Way With the WMC
Op-Ed

All the Way With the WMC

Wisconsin Manufacturers honors 65 legislators who followed their dictates on 100% of votes.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Open for Bribery
Op-Ed

Wisconsin Open for Bribery

State Ethics Commission allows GOP legislator to create his own PAC, ignoring “bright line” in the law.

Op-Ed: Supreme Court Decision a Gift to Walker
Op-Ed

Supreme Court Decision a Gift to Walker

Decision not to hear John Doe case a blow to democracy and legal precedent.

Op-Ed: Schimel’s Southern Strategy on Voter Rights
Op-Ed

Schimel’s Southern Strategy on Voter Rights

His “states rights” argument echoes segregationists like George Wallace, gets rejected.

Op-Ed: Top 10 Victories Over Walker
Op-Ed

Top 10 Victories Over Walker

10 policy changes Gov. Walker and Republicans failed to pass in the last year.

Pro-Bradley Groups Had 4-to-1 Spending Edge

Pro-Bradley Groups Had 4-to-1 Spending Edge

Secretive outside groups spend four times more on Bradley than those supporting Kloppenburg.

Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Anti-Kloppenburg ads could be funded by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Club for Growth

Op-Ed: High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal
Op-Ed

High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal

Scalia's death means Supreme Court's four liberals could accept case, can't be outvoted.

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

Lawyers for those investigated take steps to block appeal of Doe case to U.S. Supreme Court.

Op-Ed: GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks
Op-Ed

GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks

Point by point, he refutes lead attacker, GOP state Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Op-Ed: How GOP Misread Campaign Finance Law
Op-Ed

How GOP Misread Campaign Finance Law

Republicans' proposed changes to law violate -- grossly -- Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

$1,000 Per Hour Lobbyists Roam Capitol

$1,000 Per Hour Lobbyists Roam Capitol

WDC analysis finds 47 groups spent at least that lobbying legislators in Madison.

Op-Ed: Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case
Op-Ed

Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case

State Supreme Court had huge conflict, Schmitz should appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.