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TV campaign spending now easier to track with Political Ad Sleuth

Quick: How much was spent by all parties in the historic 2012 recall election between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett? A recent Associated Press article gave the generally accepted answer: $81 million. >More
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John Doe II ruling alters campaign donation and coordination terrain in Wisconsin

There seemed to be no doubt about it: The conduct that Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) was recently caught on tape discussing -- creating an outside group to attack his Democratic opponent -- is against the law. >More
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Making sense of the John Doe II investigation in Wisconsin

The ongoing John Doe probe into alleged illegal activities concerning Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign is nothing if not complicated. Here's an attempt to make it understandable. >More
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Slaying the Gerrymander: Here's a solution to Wisconsin's rigged legislative districts

Winning the governorship plus majorities in both houses in 2010, Republicans seized the golden opportunity to dominate the decennial process of redistricting the state as never before. >More
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Talk is cheap in the John Doe probe of Walker's recall election

A lot of folks -- perhaps too many -- are spouting off about the John Doe probe launched by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office into the campaign of Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and more than two dozen conservative groups, among others. >More
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Gov. Scott Walker's Unintimidated celebrates himself, puts down unions, makes mistakes

Gov. Scott Walker's new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, has been faulted for what it omits. Attention is also due to what it delivers: A vast portal into the mindset of Wisconsin's most controversial politician. >More
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One year after Gov. Walker's recall victory, Wisconsin GOP continues to push changes in election law

Recall elections "are not a privilege, but a right," said Orville Seymer of Citizens for Responsible Government. The public's fatigue from a round of recall elections during 2011 and 2012 has created enough animosity toward recalls, he added, making legislation unnecessary. "[Lawmakers] should make room and time for other issues," he said. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Walker can be beat in 2014, and here are some potential candidates

The conventional (pun intended) wisdom has been that Walker is unbeatable and the party has a weak slate of potential candidates. I have pretty much believed those two things myself. But after giving it some reflection, I'm not sure that either assumption is at all true. >More
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Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget is even more radical than his last one, belying his new 'moderate' mask

Ever since the recall election, the media has worked to paint a curious portrait of you as some kind of "moderate," stressing always your someday-hopes of a bid at the presidency -- assuming all that John Doe stuff goes away. Just this week, USA Today even found a UW-La Crosse professor to say that you've "been moving toward the middle and sounding more conciliatory." On the eve of your budget address, I'm writing to say we can see right through these phony new clothes. >More
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Gov. Scott Walker voices support for limits on political fundraising

Scott Walker isn't anybody's idea of a champion of campaign finance reform. He was elected governor in 2010 after outspending the competition in what was then the costliest statewide race in Wisconsin history, at $37.4 million. That record was shattered in this year's recall election, when an estimated $81 million was spent, including $36 million by Walker's own campaign. >More
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