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Lobbyist bill draws sharp reactions

“No one outside of the Capitol Square in Madison has been clamoring for increasing the ability of lobbyists to make campaign contributions to legislators,” declared Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

State overlooks past, hires Accenture

Walker’s Department of Administration has signed a $58.6 million contract with Accenture to implement a massive state information technology project called STAR. Accenture was essentially booted from another state project in 2007.

Beat was busy in 2013

In covering a beat like money and politics, there is no break in the action. A glance back through a year’s worth of weekly columns confirms it.

Talk is cheap in John Doe probe

“I think there has been a very coordinated effort to undermine the investigation and smear the investigators,” says Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog. He notes that almost no probe details are public, aside from what one of its subjects leaked to the Wall Street Journal.

Walker’s book is bluntly revealing

With a Nov. 19 release date, in time for Christmas and the next presidential election, “Unintimidated” is a work of unapologetic self-promotion. Walker lays claims to his status as a national leader and a politician of extraordinary courage — both undeniably true.

Your Right to Know / Don’t shield donor employer info

Grothman’s bill would raise the threshold for when donors to state and local campaigns must disclose their occupations and eliminate the requirement that the donor’s principal place of employment be disclosed.

Cash is key to Burke’s bid

Burke’s slick three-minute video announcing her candidacy never mentions Walker, her school board position, or the fact that she’s running as a Democrat.

GOP pressed on redistricting

Wisconsin’s last redistricting, after the 2010 Census, was done in secret and cost taxpayers more than $2 million. Ruling Republicans strategically carved districts to maximize their electoral prospects, much as Democrats would had done had they been able.

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