Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's Justice Department investigators seized material from the Ethics Commission this month as part of its investigation into the leak of material damaging to Gov. Scott Walker.(Photo: File/AP)
MADISON – The state Department of Justice seized material from the Ethics Commission this month as part of its investigation into the leak of material damaging to Gov. Scott Walker, records show.
The development is the latest sign GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel is seeking to uncover who leaked records from the investigation to the Guardian U.S.
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Last week, state agents reviewed documents in the clerk’s office of the state Supreme Court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reported.
Weeks earlier, on Feb. 1, Department of Justice agents collected documents from the Ethics Commission, according to emails released this week under the state’s open records law.
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Randy Unger (left) and Bill Snyder in December 2016. Bill's sons placed an ad in the Feb. 19 Journal Sentinel to honor their father, who died suddenly of a heart attack Feb. 7.(Photo: Family photo)
Two sons who penned a heartfelt open letter to honor their father, a classic Green Bay Packers fan, ignited members of the Packer Nation who responded with tributes of their own.
Steve and Jeff Snyder placed an ad in the Feb. 19 Journal Sentinel to honor their father, Bill Snyder of Hartland, who died suddenly of a heart attack Feb. 7 one day after his 65th birthday. That ad, combined with a Facebook page, Twitter account and blog, The Greatest Packers Fan, attracted international attention.
"I came up with the cockamamie idea" while sitting at the airport in New York, wait for the flight home for his father's funeral preparations, Steve Snyder said. "I didn't know how it would be received.
The voter ID law Gov. Scott Walker signed in 2011 requires people to show photo ID at the polls, but also made state IDs free to those who said they needed them for voting purposes.(Photo: AP)
CHICAGO – Three federal judges expressed deep skepticism Friday over claims that Wisconsin Republicans had deliberately made it harder for minorities to vote, raising the prospect they would reinstate limits on early voting.
Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said those challenging Wisconsin’s voting laws were contending that Democrats can expand voting rules to help their party at the polls but Republicans can’t tighten them to their advantage.
“That can’t be right,” he said during arguments in a pair of Wisconsin cases.
His colleagues on the panel — Judges Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes — showed they had just as many doubts about lower court rulings that struck down voting rules set by GOP Gov.
Schrap(Photo: Courtesy of Brown County Jail)
GREEN BAY – A Suamico man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading no contest last year to cutting off a woman’s finger as part of a ritual to honor a fellow rap music fan.
Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan Schrap was sentenced Friday on one count of second-degree reckless injury and mayhem.
A complaint says Schrap and his friends were staging a “ritualistic memorial” at his house in August to commemorate a deceased member of the Juggalos, the name given to fans of the Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse.
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The woman allowed Schrap to cut her arm with a machete. She also let Schrap cut off her right pinky finger. The mother of the woman’s boyfriend convinced her to go to the hospital where staff called police.
Attorney General Brad Schimel is appealing a ruling that struck down election maps for the Wisconsin Assembly.(Photo: Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo
MADISON – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reinstate election maps that a panel of three federal judges found unconstitutional.
Last year, the panel ruled 2-1 that maps of state Assembly districts were so pro-Republican that they violated the voting rights of Democrats. The judges ordered the state to put in place new, more neutral maps by November so they could be used in the 2018 elections.
New maps would give Democrats a shot at improving their lot in the Assembly. Republicans control the chamber 64-35.
States must redraw congressional and legislative maps every 10 years to account for changes in population. Republicans controlled all of state government in 2011 and they drew maps that greatly favored them.
A group of Democratic voters sued in 2015 and the judges found Republicans had gone too far by effectively helping keep Democrats out of power in the Assembly.