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Your Right To Know: Check Candidates’ Stance on Open Records
Your Right To Know

Check Candidates’ Stance on Open Records

If they want your vote, shouldn’t they support transparency in government?

Op Ed: Please Rescind Walker’s Open Records Award
Op Ed

Please Rescind Walker’s Open Records Award

Letter to state Freedom of Information Council cites governor’s poor record on “Openess."

Op Ed: How Act 10 Hurt State Education
Op Ed

How Act 10 Hurt State Education

New report shows far-reaching impact of Walker’s “modest requests” for change.

Your Right to Know: Don’t Chip Away at Open Records Law
Your Right to Know

Don’t Chip Away at Open Records Law

Access to public information should not be limited based on who's requesting it.

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Race for Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Race for Supreme Court

Look carefully. Both candidates are not what they claim to be.

Back in the News: Menard Hit With Class Action Suits
Back in the News

Menard Hit With Class Action Suits

One of the world’s richest plutocrats faces multiple suits for chiseling his workers.

Your Right to Know: Opees Honor Good Deeds and Bad
Your Right to Know

Opees Honor Good Deeds and Bad

Freedom of Information Council's awards go to Gov. Walker and several journalists.

Your Right to Know: Officials Must Provide Electronic Records
Your Right to Know

Officials Must Provide Electronic Records

They are covered by open records laws and often easier to use.

Your Right to Know: New Battles Over Open Records
Your Right to Know

New Battles Over Open Records

Suits by citizens now trying to restrict public information.

Your Right to Know: Legislators Can Destroy Public Records
Your Right to Know

Legislators Can Destroy Public Records

Because they exempted themselves from the open records law they passed.

Gilman Halsted, retired Wisconsin Public Radio reporter, named Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog
Press Release

Gilman Halsted, retired Wisconsin Public Radio reporter, named Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog

Over the course of two decades, Halsted became a familiar voice to WPR listeners.

Your Right to Know: Public’s Trust Abused on Police Videos
Your Right to Know

Public’s Trust Abused on Police Videos

Flynn, Barrett gave misleading statements on Sylville Smith video, yet it still hasn’t been released.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court

From a state with countless judges, he picks a crackpot lawyer named Daniel Kelly.

Your Right to Know: Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy
Your Right to Know

Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy

Some routinely destroy correspondence and other materials, making government less open.

The Mystery of Abele’s Domes Committee

The Mystery of Abele’s Domes Committee

Who’s serving on his advisory committee? So far, he won’t say.

Back In The News: John Menard’s Anti-Union Rules
Back In The News

John Menard’s Anti-Union Rules

A Menards manager leaks a copy of adamantly anti-union contract used by the company.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names “Opee” winners
Press Release

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names “Opee” winners

The awards recognize extraordinary achievement in the cause of open government.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Secretive Governing Style
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Secretive Governing Style

Since he was County Executive, Walker has devised ever more ways to operate in secret.

Your Right to Know: A Tough Year for Transparency
Your Right to Know

A Tough Year for Transparency

State leaders have worked to restrict open records and succeeded in several ways.

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

Two cabinet members say Huebsch instructed them to use private channels for state business.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Assault on Open Records
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Assault on Open Records

Walker and Republicans are methodically working to end any scrutiny of their actions.

Your Right to Know: Back Open Government? Prove It!
Your Right to Know

Back Open Government? Prove It!

Assembly voted 96-1 for resolution backing open government, but legislators continue to look for ways to limit it.

Back in the News: Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records
Back in the News

Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records

Fitzgerald says governor involved and Walker’s office admits his role. Legislative drafting notes hid the authors.

Your Right to Know: UW Shouldn’t Hide Finalist Names
Your Right to Know

UW Shouldn’t Hide Finalist Names

Provision slipped into budget allows universities to hide names of top candidates for key positions. No other state agencies enjoy this exemption.

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Big loser was state Department of Administration; one winner was Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

Cruel and Unusual: Journalists Sue State Dept of Corrections For Records
Cruel and Unusual

Journalists Sue State Dept of Corrections For Records

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism requested records on inmate treatment under open records but state won't release them.

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

Republicans' constitutional amendment to end seniority as method to choose chief justice is a shot at Shirley Abrahamson, opponents argue.

State Spending on Outside Services Soars

State Spending on Outside Services Soars

Spending on outside contracts was $451 million in 2014, up 56% since 2010, when Gov. Walker took office.

Cruel and Unusual: State Prisons Reducing Use of Solitary Confinement?
Cruel and Unusual

State Prisons Reducing Use of Solitary Confinement?

New policy outlined by state official says prisoner "segregation" not effective for disciplining or rehabilitating inmates.

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

They defend GAB leader Kevin Kennedy, criticize Vos and say no legislative changes in ethics and elections board are needed.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Gives $650,000 to State GOP

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Gives $650,000 to State GOP

Most of last minute campaign donation may go to Gov. Walker, who made trip to Las Vegas to woo the casino magnate.

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

New FCC rule may make it easer to track the many thousands of ads that will run this fall.

Attorney General Race Could Be a Sizzler

Attorney General Race Could Be a Sizzler

Happ's dramatic victory sets up clash between two county DAs.

Brett Hulsey’s Crazy Campaign for Governor

Brett Hulsey’s Crazy Campaign for Governor

The unorthodox Democrat says he will be the next governor, but he's invisible in the polls.

John Doe Probe is Not About Good vs. Bad

John Doe Probe is Not About Good vs. Bad

It's really a legal issue that courts must settle: can campaigns coordinate with outside advocacy groups?

Mary Burke, Underdog Millionaire

Mary Burke, Underdog Millionaire

She's raked in $1.8 million but is still far behind Walker in fundraising.

Making Sense of John Doe II

Making Sense of John Doe II

A guide to all the players, issues and judges' rulings.

Streetsblog: Why America’s Roads Are More Dangerous
Streetsblog

Why America’s Roads Are More Dangerous

U.S. and Wisconsin have seen less decline in traffic fatalities than other countries. Why?

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

Except the WMC business lobby and Realtors Association, who are glad Walker signed it.

Why Reform of Unemployment Comp Failed

Why Reform of Unemployment Comp Failed

Health care lobbyists kill bill that would have cut program's medical costs.

Why Open Records Are Important

Why Open Records Are Important

Moves to make government records less accessible are well-meant -- but wrong.

Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

92% of poll respondents favor it, but a high percentage of Wisconsin legislators disagree.

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Murphy’s Law

Police Scam Artists

Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?

Murphy’s Law: Don’t Mess with the Press
Murphy’s Law

Don’t Mess with the Press

The state budget bill has huge consequences, but the media is most concerned about its impact on... the media.

The Roundup: Primary Feud
The Roundup

Primary Feud

Kohlenberg & Kennedy Stir it Up