(WORT) — On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice raided the Lincoln Hills School for Boys in Irma. The raid was part of a secret John Doe criminal probe looking into sexual assault, physical abuse and child neglect at the Wisconsin juvenile detention center. According to recently unsealed court records, Lincoln County Circuit Judge Robert […]
“What a mess this court has wrought!” Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote in a dissent to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s refusal to reopen the John Doe investigation against Scott Walker and its decision to fire special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, preventing him from filing further appeals. Tony Castaneda talks with Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin […]
What is going on at the capitol? Today, Jay Heck from Common Cause talks with Carousel Baryd on the bills at the capitol limiting political corruption inquiries, eliminating the Government Accountability Board, and reducing campaign finance laws. Jay Heck has been the executive director of Common Cause since 1996. Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization […]
(WORT) — Election watchdog Mike McCabe finds the silver lining in the GOP bills making their way through the Wisconsin legislature this week.
Next week, the full Assembly will vote on legislation that limits the scope of secret John Doe investigations. The other two bills make significant changes to state election law and how ethics laws are enforced. As part of the reform package, the independent Government Accountability Board would be scraped for two commissions compromised of partisan appointees.
As part of our monthly partnership with the fine folks over at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Managing Editor Dee Hall spoke with Brian Standing about the latest in the open records debacle, more trouble with businesses who received WEDC loans, and new information regarding the now-closed John Doe probe.