Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Waukesha Freeman Page A6 Opinion 7/9/15 Open records change backfires on legislators The end of the state budget process at the Joint Finance Committee is notorious for the insertion of last-minute policy items. Both parties are guilty of the tactic over the years. Both parties are guilty of complaining when the other side does it. […]

As if the changes in the open records law were only limited to concealing the identities of constituents who contact legislators. Interestingly, Senator Jon Erpenbach, who lost the lawsuit, defended MacIver’s right to open records: Print this entry

Somebody was incredibly stupid for trying to pass the changes to the open records law, and the Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee did themselves no favor voting for it. Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin […]

WILL and MacIver Institute Statement on JFC changes to open records law: Proposed Changes to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government Changes made to transparency inappropriately made with little transparency Milwaukee and Madison, WI – July 3, 2015 – The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy and the Wisconsin Institute […]

I got falsely accused by the former Town of Waukesha Chairman Angie Van Scyoc of, “But now that his job is to discredit he takes issue that the husband and wife running for public office in the town will vote alike and agree on everything.” Coherent thought is not Van Scyoc’s strong suit, nor is […]

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a story on an interesting open records issue involving an old friend of this blog, John Washburne. Washburn is seeking to get the open meetings law applied to the vote counting process for elections. “This is one of the core processes of an election, the canvass,” Washburn said in a […]

The city of Waukesha’s relatively new city administrator Ed Henschel has issued a memo to the Common Council explaining his actions in taking over the functions of the Business Improvement District and attempting delay forever the appointment of new board members. The memo was included as a late addition to the Common Council packet for […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Jul 19, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A Schimel got it wrong again on open government BID decision latest in growing list of missteps by district attorney I’m told that some people downtown did not understand what I meant when I referred to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel as “gelded” in last Thursday’s […]

In this morning’s Waukesha Freeman (just a buck on Saturday), Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima said people should question my motives for referring to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel the open records issue with Waukesha Business Improvement District (BID) President Norm Bruce. Scrima said, “Since Mr. Bruce turned over the records free of charge, people should question the motives […]

Norm Bruce, the owner of Martha Merrill’s Bookstore and the President of the Business Improvement District, is under investigation by the Waukesha District Attorney’s office. Waukesha DA Brad Schimel is investigating Bruce’s alleged attempt to artificially increase the cost of an open records request made by me in February. This is from an email from […]