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Schwantes for Judge campaign announces first 100 endorsements from community leaders
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Schwantes for Judge campaign announces first 100 endorsements from community leaders

Endorsers including Rep. Evan Goyke, six judges and more than 80 local attorneys

Giannis Protest Mural Planned for Bay View Bar

Giannis Protest Mural Planned for Bay View Bar

Mural is designed to keep focus on protest marches.

State Will Soon Mail 2.7 Million Absentee Ballot Applications

State Will Soon Mail 2.7 Million Absentee Ballot Applications

After weeks of discussion, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has approved the ballot application language.

Elections Commission Approves Vote By Mail Plan

Elections Commission Approves Vote By Mail Plan

2.7 million registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.

Elections Commission Stalls Vote By Mail Plan

Elections Commission Stalls Vote By Mail Plan

Wisconsin Elections Commission delays voting on a plan to mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters for November election.

Thousands of Absentee Ballots Might Not Count

Thousands of Absentee Ballots Might Not Count

Wisconsin Elections Commissions deadlocks on what to do about unpostmarked ballots.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Risk Public Health With Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

Refusal of Vos and Fitzgerald to postpone election could cause more disease, deaths.

Elections Commission Deadlocks on Pandemic Guidance

Elections Commission Deadlocks on Pandemic Guidance

Proposal would have reprimanded clerks in Dane and Milwaukee counties.

Federal Judge Won’t Delay Spring Election

Federal Judge Won’t Delay Spring Election

City of Green Bay sued, saying it couldn’t hold election safely, judge dismisses suit.

Will April Election be Postponed?

Will April Election be Postponed?

Preparation for election raises health concerns due to COVID-19.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Considering a Public Shaming

Wisconsin Elections Commission Considering a Public Shaming

Commission considering publicly calling-out communities with outdated election security software.

Court Watch: Police Officer Denies Stepping on Sterling Brown
Court Watch

Police Officer Denies Stepping on Sterling Brown

But video shows he did. More testimony from controversial 2018 arrest of Bucks player

Does Court Ruling Mean No Voter Purge?

Does Court Ruling Mean No Voter Purge?

Appeals court decision and Elections Commission vote may defeat effort to purge voting list for 2020 election.

Murphy’s Law: Why a Voter Purge Is So Critical
Murphy’s Law

Why a Voter Purge Is So Critical

The goal is to reelect Trump. Even if that means purging some Republican voters, too.

Judge Holds Election Commissioners in Contempt

Judge Holds Election Commissioners in Contempt

Will be fined $250 per day until they approve purge 209,000 names from voting list.

WILL Asks Court to Hold Wisconsin Elections Commission in Contempt
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WILL Asks Court to Hold Wisconsin Elections Commission in Contempt

State elections agency refuses to comply with court order.

Elections Panel Deadlocks Again on Voting List Purge

Elections Panel Deadlocks Again on Voting List Purge

While court decision ordering purge appealed, state elections commission’s members evenly divided by party.

Court Watch: Officer Threatened to Tow Brown’s Car
Court Watch

Officer Threatened to Tow Brown’s Car

In testimony police sergeant admits no legal basis for threats against Bucks player Sterling Brown.

Elections Commission Splits on Judge’s Ruling

Elections Commission Splits on Judge’s Ruling

Ruling would purge 234,000 names from voting rolls, commission ties 3-3 on how to respond.

The Sterling Brown Case: More Details on Tasing of Bucks Player
The Sterling Brown Case

More Details on Tasing of Bucks Player

Officer Bojan Samardzic says he understands why Sterling Brown got upset by police treatment.

The Sterling Brown Case: ‘Could Have Been Dead People in Walgreens.’
The Sterling Brown Case

‘Could Have Been Dead People in Walgreens.’

One year later police officer still defends his handling of Bucks player Sterling Brown.

Election Commission Will Fund Election Security Measures

Contribution to Marina Dimitrijevic of $250

Election Commission Will Fund Election Security Measures

Election Commission Will Fund Election Security Measures

Grant program with $1.1 million is available to cities and municipalities to improve elections security.

City Hall: Council Okays Settlement to Sterling Brown
City Hall

Council Okays Settlement to Sterling Brown

City would pay $400,000. But the Bucks guard isn't expected to accept the offer.

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Contribution to JoCasta Zamarripa of $500

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Contribution to Marina Dimitrijevic of $500

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Common Ground seeks apology for treatment of two black pastors, and reviewing actions by other suburbs.

Brown Files Suit Against Milwaukee Police

Brown Files Suit Against Milwaukee Police

Bucks player files federal civil rights suit, claiming wrongful arrest and excessive force.

Election News: Update on Federal Election Security Funding
Campaign Cash: Screnock Outspending Dallet in Court Race
Campaign Cash

Screnock Outspending Dallet in Court Race

Together two candidates’ campaigns spending $1.2 million

Meagan Wolfe Selected as Elections Commission Administrator
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Meagan Wolfe Selected as Elections Commission Administrator

Wolfe, who has been assistant administrator since April 2017, will begin work immediately.

Thomsen Calls on Wisconsin Senate to Confirm Haas
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Thomsen Calls on Wisconsin Senate to Confirm Haas

The current commissioners unanimously support his confirmation.

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Rage of Scott Fitzgerald
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Rage of Scott Fitzgerald

His call to fire elections commission leader defies the law and common sense.

Update on Wisconsin Elections Cyber Security
Press Release

Update on Wisconsin Elections Cyber Security

In 2016, Russian government cyber actors unsuccessfully targeted Wisconsin’s voter registration system.

Wisconsin Notified of Unsuccessful Russian Hacking Attempt
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Wisconsin Notified of Unsuccessful Russian Hacking Attempt

Wisconsin is one of 21 states notified by Homeland Security that their voter registration systems were targeted by Russians.

King Resigns from Wisconsin Elections Commission
Press Release

King Resigns from Wisconsin Elections Commission

Speaker Vos will appoint a replacement for Commissioner King at a later date.

Elections Commission Chair Responds to Federal Request for Wisconsin Voter Information
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Elections Commission Chair Responds to Federal Request for Wisconsin Voter Information

"We are confident that the results are accurate and do not contain any statistically significant number of votes cast by persons who were not eligible to vote."

The State of Politics: Republicans Will Review Recount Process

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

The State of Politics: Republicans Will Review Recount Process
The State of Politics

Republicans Will Review Recount Process

Though it went smoothly, Vos and Walker may want changes in the law.

Wisconsin Recount Completed Ahead of Schedule With Relatively Small Changes to Final Totals
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Wisconsin Recount Completed Ahead of Schedule With Relatively Small Changes to Final Totals

Trump’s margin over Clinton increased by 131 votes.

Murphy’s Law: Schimel Patrols Only Democratic Voters?
Murphy’s Law

Schimel Patrols Only Democratic Voters?

AG’s “Election Integrity Unit” will monitor polls, but targets urban or Democratic areas.

Wisconsin Elections Commission leaders go ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School
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Wisconsin Elections Commission leaders go ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School

The November election will be the biggest test yet for the new Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Amid Media Reports of Legal Voters Being Denied Voter ID, State Legislative Committee Considers Voter ID Rules
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Amid Media Reports of Legal Voters Being Denied Voter ID, State Legislative Committee Considers Voter ID Rules

Instead of Debating Rules They Can’t Be Trusted to Follow, Legislature Ought to Suspend Voter ID Law

The State of Politics: New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess
The State of Politics

New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess

Partisan Elections Commission replaced state GAB; how will it perform?

One Wisconsin Institute Files Notice of Appeal in Voter Rights Case
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One Wisconsin Institute Files Notice of Appeal in Voter Rights Case

‘We Will Do All We Can to Ensure the Fraud Committed by Scott Walker Against Voters Ends in Wisconsin’

House Confidential: Atty Mark Thomsen’s Tudor Mansion
House Confidential

Atty Mark Thomsen’s Tudor Mansion

New appointee to state Elections Commission overhauled his East Side mansion.

Governor Walker Appoints Beverly Gill and Julie Glancey to Elections Commission
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Governor Walker Appoints Beverly Gill and Julie Glancey to Elections Commission

Gill is the Wisconsin Legislature majority party nominee, and Glancey is the Wisconsin Legislature minority party nominee.

Plenty of Horne: Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice

Contribution to Justin Bielinski of $250

Plenty of Horne: Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice
Plenty of Horne

Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice

Claims AM conservative talk radio is "racist" and "hateful." Is liberal talk radio possible?

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $500

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee
Plenty of Horne

De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

New York's mayor and crew of handlers and security came for his speech to state Democrats. Later he partied with local pols and local brews at Nick's House.

Plenty of Horne: Get Your Vote On
Plenty of Horne

Get Your Vote On

Early voting already underway for spring election, and memorials planned for Debra Usinger and Donna Schlieman.

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

The Other Mandela

The Other Mandela

The fundraiser for Rep. Mandela Barnes, just two days before his namesake Nelson Mandela died, had a big turnout.

Supreme Court Decisions Favor Lawyers Who Donate

Supreme Court Decisions Favor Lawyers Who Donate

Study shows justices don't recuse in 98% of cases involving attorneys and Abrahamson gets the most money.

Plenty of Horne: Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse
Plenty of Horne

Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse

Court Commissioner Barry Slagle electrocuted in scary, unreported incident at courthouse.

The Roundup: At it Again
The Roundup

At it Again

Alderman asked to make big money decision on 24 hour notice.

The Roundup: The Jewish Judge Who’s a Quarter Irish
The Roundup

The Jewish Judge Who’s a Quarter Irish

Governor James E. Doyle told about 75 people at Mo’s Irish Pub last Friday that “there are a number of good things I can do as governor. … I get to appoint people to the bench. As a lawyer and the son of a judge, I take this seriously.” What does the governor look for […]

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Mess
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Mess

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager’s drunk driving arrest last week removes her from behind the wheel of her state-owned vehicle for a year, and puts Governor Jim Doyle in the driver’s seat. The two had squabbled, privately, over terms of the Governor’s jobs bill, with Lautenschlager threatening to use her authority to see that the law […]

The Roundup: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.