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Weekly commentary from Bill Lueders, Money & Politics Project director.

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors
Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

Justice Shirley Abrahamson was the top recipient of support from attorneys whose cases reached the Supreme Court, pulling in $188,650 over the past 11 years, a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analysis shows. Overall, justices tended to rule in favor of clients whose attorneys contributed to the justices’ election campaigns.

Supreme Court justices and their attorney donors: About the analysis
Supreme Court justices and their attorney donors: About the analysis

How the Center analyzed the relationship between campaign finance data and Wisconsin Supreme Court case outcomes, and a summary of the main findings showing that justices tended to favor their attorney donors.

Center’s possible eviction from UW: Summary and resources

A summary of what happened, news coverage and the Center’s response to the budget provision that would have evicted the Center from the University of Wisconsin.

Jailers get downgraded, fight back

By Bill Lueders
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
One day last October, Sgt. Louise Hackel of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department was summoned to deal with an emergency.
A distraught woman at the central Wisconsin county’s Community Services office was being involuntarily committed for mental health reasons. Hackel, one of four jail workers who arrived on the scene, [...]

State weapons law conceals information
State weapons law conceals information

More than 4,000 applicants were denied a Wisconsin concealed carry license and more than 400 had their licenses revoked or suspended in the program’s first 14 months, records show. These included dozens of felons, domestic abusers, illegal drug users and “fugitives from justice.”

Walker vows veto of same-day voter registration ban

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday apparently drove the final nail into the coffin of calls to end same-day voter registration in Wisconsin, vowing to veto any such bill that imposed additional costs.

Tammy vs. Tommy: a spending tsunami

The $78 million total adds up to more than $20 per vote, and more than doubles the previous record for a Wisconsin federal election.

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