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Audio of John Doe raid contradicts claims by longtime Scott Walker aide


Cindy Archer, a longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker, has described a 2011 police raid on her home in which officers screamed at her, threw a search warrant at her without reading it, barred her from stepping outside to smoke and failed to inform her of her constitutional rights. Newly unsealed audio of the three-hour incident tells a different story.

That recording details tense but mannerly exchanges between Archer and Aaron Weiss, an investigator with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, as he led a team of officers during an early morning raid on Archer's home as part of a now infamous John Doe probe.

"I'm sort of doing you a courtesy by letting you get a coffee and smoke a cigarette just because I imagine being woken up at six in the morning by a bunch of people in black suits is not the way you want to wake up in the day," Weiss said at one point. "Thank you," Archer responds.


In the recording, Weiss acknowledged to Archer just how expansive the probe had become since it launched in May 2010. It eventually led to the convictions of six individuals, including three former Walker aides, an associate and one major campaign giver. Archer was never charged. "This investigation has been going a long time," Weiss said. "I heard you say outside that's why they forced you out. We touched a lot of people in this. It's a pretty broad net."

Wisconsin: Now we know who tried to gut open records law — and failed


They show it was Gov. Scott Walker and staff who added language exempting "deliberative process" documents from public records. This would have allowed elected representatives — and bureaucrats — to bury records revealing lobbying, opinions, analyses, recommendations, negotiations, suggestions and other notes that precede a decision.

They show it was Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and staff who sought language that would have granted lawmakers broad new privileges to hide most legislative documents, even when sued, and to ban their staffs from discussing issues even after leaving their jobs. No other state provides such an expansive legal privilege.

These restrictions not only would have applied to the governor and Legislature, but also to town, village, city and county boards; to state and local agencies and department heads; to anyone in government worried there just might be something in the files that could bring a bit of embarrassment, an objection, a call for improvement.


The records released last week reveal that a lawyer in the Legislative Reference Bureau was researching legislative privilege language last September. Vos had the drafts written on special legislative privilege sometime before June 15. By that time, Walker had approved language to hide records on all unresolved matters under review.

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Ron "Sunspot" Johnson (Idiot-Wisconsin) introduces his most meaningful legislation to date

from my email ....

Johnson Leads Bill to Name Fond du Lac Post Office for Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas

Magellas is a deserving veteran; the local American Legion is already named for him.

Johnson, on the other hand, is an imbecile who has produced nothing for the people of Wisconsin or this nation. His most significant accomplishments are marrying a rich man's daughter and using prison labor to staff his factory.

Scott Walker vows that if elected President he will immediately break the law


Scott Walker, in an interview Monday on NPR, upped the ante on his Iran policy and said he wouldn’t wait until his inauguration to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal and would instead start acting the day after his presumed election while he is still a private citizen.

In an incredible show of hubris, Walker told John Harmon, guest host of On Point Radio (link is external), as he has in prior interviews, that he would “terminate the deal on day one” and added “but I wouldn’t wait for the first day, I would be on the phone on the day after the election working with our allies around the world because this is not only a long-term threat, they are a short-term threat, certainly to Israel.”

If Walker hadn’t dropped out of college perhaps he would have learned about the Logan Act which prohibits private citizens from meddling in foreign affairs. A violation of the act is a felony.

Being a president-elect does not confer any special status. A president-elect is just a private citizen up until the day of the inauguration. But again, he was absent that day in school.

Groundwater: Diminishing Resource, Increasing Conflict

Scott Walker's DNR limits its own power to regulate high-capacity wells.


Wisconsin’s waters have been protected since before it was a state. The concept of the public trust doctrine, or the state holding navigable waters in trust so they remain forever free and open to the public, was passed down from the Northwest Ordinance to the Wisconsin Constitution, article IX, section 1.1 State statutes have since been crafted to protect Wisconsin’s groundwater and surface water and to give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) primary responsibility for overseeing this resource.

But Wisconsin’s waters are facing a threat: they are being dried from the bottom up. As high-capacity wells proliferate in Wisconsin, water in groundwater-fed streams and lakes is being diverted to these wells beneath the surface, reducing surface water levels and stream flows. At the same time, the DNR has been working to implement Lake Beulah Management District v. DNR, the 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that held the DNR “has the authority and a general duty to consider whether a proposed high capacity well may harm waters of the state.”2


Both the number of well applications and the amount of water pumped have increased over time. In 2013, total withdrawals for irrigation statewide were 101 billion gallons; in 2012, which saw a summer drought, withdrawals reached 135 billion gallons.11 Research has connected these withdrawals to flow reductions and drying of streams and lakes in the Central Sands, beyond effects attributable to climate or natural fluctuations. For example, Long Lake in Plainfield, which previously had a maximum depth of approximately 10 feet, dried completely in 2006. The Little Plover River, a high-quality trout stream, was near dry in 2003 and has dried annually in stretches since 2005.12


Yet the DNR contended that it lacked authority to consider cumulative impacts in individual permit decisions. The agency’s chief argument cited the “modified reasonable use doctrine” in State v. Michaels Pipeline, a public-nuisance case filed on behalf of homeowners who experienced property damage and dried wells as a result of dewatering for a sewer pipe installation project.19 The decision rejected the prior rule of nonliability for virtually any use of groundwater, instead holding that withdrawals may trigger liability if they cause unreasonable harm by lowering the water table or reducing artesian pressure. Because the case discussed and recognized liability in terms of substantial harm caused by an individual water user, the DNR argued it could not deny a permit based on harm caused by multiple other water users.

Republican candidates love to park their campaign money at a Virginia bank with one branch


Chain Bridge Bank’s single ­location is next to a wine store and a café on the ground floor of a luxury condo building in suburban McLean, Va., about a half-hour outside downtown Washington. It looks like any small-town bank. Tellers keep bowls of candy at their windows, and staff members talk to customers about no-fee checking accounts. But right now, Chain Bridge, which has about 40 employees, is responsible for more of the hundreds of millions of dollars flooding into the 2016 presidential race than any other bank in the country.

According to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings, Chain Bridge is the sole bank serving Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, which reported raising $11.4 million as of June 30, and his allied super-PAC, Right to Rise, which says it’s raised $103 million so far. Donald Trump’s campaign banks at Chain Bridge, and it’s listed as the primary financial institution for the campaigns of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. It’s also the only bank used by super-PACs supporting neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former technology executive Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, all Republicans.

Founded in 2007, Chain Bridge served John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008 and Mitt Romney’s in 2012. House Speaker John Boehner keeps ­fundraising accounts there; so does the Republican National Committee. It’s also served political action committees for Altria Group, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. “The largest issue that we would always have with people is that they’d be like, ‘Why would we use this Podunk little bank in McLean, Virginia?’ ” says Bradley Crate, Romney’s 2012 chief financial officer. He routinely refers clients of his consulting firm Red Curve Solutions to the bank, including both Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Trump. Chain Bridge offers services tailored to the idiosyncrasies of campaigns, which deposit and then spend enormous sums quickly, with no credit history to lean on. “I know I can call my contacts at Chain Bridge Bank and have an account open in like 15 minutes,” Crate says. “If you go to a much larger bank, you have a ­bureaucracy you have to deal with.”


None are as dependent on their political business as Chain Bridge. Its deposits tend to swell in election years and dissipate as soon as ballots are cast. Its 2013 annual report made reference to the phenomenon to explain one reason its earnings fell 3 percent that year: “Average earning assets in 2012 were inflated due to seasonal deposit balances.” The bank’s recovery comes earlier and earlier with each campaign cycle. In the fourth quarter of 2014, deposits fell 13 percent. By March the bank had more deposits and had grown larger by assets than at any point in its history. “It’s the rise of the super-PACs,” says Fitzgerald, who was one of only a dozen Senate Republicans to vote in favor of McCain’s 2002 campaign finance reform. Co-authored with former Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, the legislation barred corporations and wealthy individuals from making large contributions to party committees.

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One kills people quickly, the other kills them slowly.

At ALEC meeting in California, Scott Walker touts Wisconsin laws


In California on Thursday, presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed the annual meeting of a conservative state lawmakers' group, touting laws adopted in his state that the group is working to pass elsewhere.

The American Legislative Exchange Council has backed a number of the policies passed by Walker and GOP lawmakers, such as limiting liability for businesses in lawsuits and prohibiting unions and employers from requiring labor dues as a condition of employment, also known as right-to-work.

ALEC brings together lawmakers and outside groups such as corporations to advance a conservative agenda in statehouses around the country, drawing praise from Republicans and criticism from Democrats. "I'm for real reform in Washington. I know it can work. It's worked in our state," Walker told a cheering audience Thursday.


Walker also touted his support for taxpayer funding for private voucher schools, a longtime priority for ALEC.

Scott Walker says public has no right to some records on key issues


Madison— State documents show Gov. Scott Walker's administration contends it doesn't have to release some internal discussions on four key issues even though the White House hopeful has said trying to rewrite the open records law to allow holding back documents in such cases was a "huge mistake."

According to newly released documents, the Republican governor's office and his Department of Administration in May issued a dozen letters to news organizations and others denying access to records because they claimed doing so could inhibit the free exchange of ideas. State law does not explicitly recognize that as a reason for withholding records. In the following weeks, aides to Walker — who is now running for president — worked with GOP lawmakers to try to rewrite the law so they could use that rationale for keeping the public from learning about internal deliberations.


Administration records have been withheld because they included internal deliberations 12 times, according to newly released records. Most of them related to a provision of the state budget that would have removed from the mission statement of the state university system the Wisconsin Idea, the venerable notion that says the university's aim is to improve the lives of people in all corners of the state.

But three other sets of records are being held back on the same grounds. One deals with emails to or from then-Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch regarding the state Department of Public Instruction. Another deals with a proposal to change how property assessments are done. And the last relates to the Walker administration's attempt to make changes to the long-term care program known as IRIS, which stands for Include, Respect, I Self-Direct.
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