Sunday, January 21st

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Todd and Angela Nelson talk to their 10 guests upon arrival Saturday at Jet Air Group at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay. The Nelsons, who are from the Los Angeles area, flew their friends and family members from Madison to Green Bay for the Packers game against the Minnesota Vikings. On days the Packers play at home, the aircraft service company is inundated with planes that need to parked and refueled so they are for their return flight after the game. Jet Air also provides catered food and drinks. It even offers a "tailgate party" for pilots waiting to fly their passengers back to their destination.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

GREEN BAY - Some football fans travel to Packer games in Toyota Corollas and minivans and some show up in Gulfstream 4s and Citation Sovereigns.

As traffic on Oneida St. and Lombardi Ave. backs up before every game at Lambeau Field, the private plane terminal at Jet Air located at the east end of Austin Straubel International Airport gets really busy, too.

Foxconn Technology Group plans to build a large flat-panel display manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.(Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS)

MADISON – Foxconn Technology Group may as well be on Wisconsin ballots next fall.

The top Democrat in the state Assembly said he will use the state’s $3 billion incentive deal with the Taiwanese company against Republicans in next year’s campaign. His GOP counterpart said that strategy marks a political mistake that will backfire.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) said he is working on compiling a list of highway projects that will be delayed so work can be done on roads near Foxconn’s planned liquid crystal display panel plant in Mt. Pleasant. He’ll report his findings to Assembly Republicans and their constituents, he said.

“We’re going to go directly into their districts once we get those lists of projects and we’re going to call them out for supporting a project that takes money directly out of their districts to hand to a company that we’ve already given $3 billion of taxpayer commitment to,” Hintz said in an interview.

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The state Ethics Commission has decided that its six-member board can continue to make donations to partisan candidates.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - The top staffer of the state Ethics Commission said Friday he has been unfairly maligned and asked his bosses to investigate him to clear his name. 

Administrator Brian Bell made the plea during a meeting of the bipartisan commission after members from both parties praised his work. 

The development marked the latest escalation of the ongoing fight over Bell, an elections official, a pair of John Doe investigations of Republicans and the conduct of the now-disbanded Government Accountability Board. 

"I believe that an objective review of my conduct in service to the state would definitively show that I have consistently conducted myself in a nonpartisan and impartial manner," Bell told the commission. "Such an investigation would also refute baseless allegations that have been made against me.

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The state Ethics Commission has decided that its six-member board can continue to make donations to partisan candidates.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - The top staffer of the state Ethics Commission said Friday he has been unfairly maligned and asked his bosses to investigate him to clear his name. 

Administrator Brian Bell made the plea during a meeting of the bipartisan commission after members from both parties praised his work. 

The development marked the latest escalation of the ongoing fight over Bell, an elections official, a pair of John Doe investigations of Republicans and the conduct of the now-disbanded Government Accountability Board. 

"I believe that an objective review of my conduct in service to the state would definitively show that I have consistently conducted myself in a nonpartisan and impartial manner," Bell told the commission. "Such an investigation would also refute baseless allegations that have been made against me.

Milwaukee County Courthouse.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

It's not been all bad news for Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney David Robles,one of the lead prosecutors in the lengthy John Doe investigations of Gov. Scott Walker.

State Attorney General Brad Schimel recently recommended disciplinary action against Robles, among others, in a recent court filing on leaks in the lengthy and complicated secret probe.

In his 91-page report, Schimel argued nine individuals associated with the John Doe investigations should be held in contempt for not following court orders. Robles is the only Milwaukee prosecutor called out by the Republican attorney general, even though both probes of the GOP governor and his allies started with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm,a Democrat.  

What the report doesn't say is that Robles recently retired from his job with the county.

As part of his retirement package, he received a lump-sum payment of $811,148 from the county — the second highest so-called "backdrop" bonus paid out in Milwaukee County this year.