Walker plays Fox to Hillary

We all knew it was coming. How would Scott Walker handle questions about Hillary Clinton’s “secret email server” and “pay-to-play” deals? The paintings adorning the Governor’s Conference Room (pictured below right) may just as well be replaced with the images of convicted felons and pay-to-play loyalists who sent Walker around the world posing as a presidential candidate.

The moment arrived on Fox News during a April 25 interview. Tremors of facial nuance travel across Walker’s head piece as he is set up to walker_emailanimate the classic cliche, will the pot call the kettle black? The saying dates back to the 1600’s when open fire cooking blackened all cooking utensils a sooty but equal darkened char. And as could only be expected, Walker pitched forth with a pretense of being a stainless steel colander as he shamed Hillary Clinton’s behavior as the smudge pot duplicability. The U tube video of carbon encrusted governor, whose office was located just 30 feet away from the secret email network that was employed in his original election for governor, calling out Hillary Clinton for her email server.

Early in the interview, when Walker is introduced as a “possible” candidate for President of the United States, he does an eyebrow twitch that seems to say,”Yeah, how about that?” or “That’s me, President Walker”?

Then later when the example of the Virgina Governor convicted of provided political favors in exchange for money and gifts – Walker actually swallows like it keeps him awake at night – “Running for higher office has its risks.”?

It wasn’t enough that Walker sullied himself with calling Hillary’s pan blacker than his pot, but he also seeks to portray himself as a friend to the American Worker?

We should be looking after the American worker in whatever we do. I’m gonna stand for the American worker.

Thus far the national media has focused on the news-grabbing guffaws, shift and skip, flip and flop half truths and lies as his “positions” on immigration, ethanol production, abortion, and even evolution pop and dodge like the wack-a-mole. Warning. He will play this game of sound bite bobble with all the finesse of card shark in a casino. walker_nose_workYou are probably dealing with a “type A” sociopath. He will win this game every time. He has no moral foundation for his views and can and will say anything to further the message of money lenders. You will not win the “gotcha” game with Scott Walker. It is all a distraction or a slight-of-hand to pull attention away from his obvious incompetency and from the black hole where his ethics are supposed to be. It is very tempting to play his game, but in the end you will be “sound-bite” suckered. The photo depicts the most recent in Walker’s long list self serving shifts and flops. Just before the election for his second term he said he would not sign Right to Work legislation – the photo is taken of the moment of signing the bill just three months later.
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It is a mistake to assume you are dealing with an ethical human being. He will say anything. Instead, just look at the obvious results of his leadership when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of budget, jobs, and administrative incompetence. The most blatant example of this incompetence is just behind the curtain. You want to know where Walker will take Executive Branch of Government? Ignore the sound bites and take a peek at the department he created – the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Many people across the nation are getting to know Scott Walker for the first time, and are listening to what he says and the manner in which he presents himself to form an opinion. This post is for folks living in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other primary states, and presented to save you a boat load of time. You cannot trust – you cannot believe anything he says. What’s more, most of his boldest and most controversial polices will be enacted only after he is elected.

He will never mention them during his campaign.walker flip flop Do you know that during his campaign for first term governor, he never mentioned his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public workers? Never bothered to even hint at the action during his campaign. Likewise, none of the drastic cuts to public schools, the university system, senior care, and the DNR were revealed in his campaign for his second term. So, no matter what he is saying… it has nothing to do with his real plans.

What does that mean for all the voters out there who are watching and listening to Scott Walker regarding his plans to reshape the country? A waste of time. Please Take a lesson from the voters of Wisconsin and don’t waste your time listening to what he says, since he has demonstrated how the policies and promises he pontificates on the campaign stump are irrelevant to the action he will take once the election is over. Please do not believe what you hear, or at least be aware – you will not hear so much as a whisper of any controversial actions he intends to impose. Not a word.

Walker is already being tagged a flip flopper. Below are some specific examples of how his stump speeches, are totally incongruous to his real history. Even the New York Times chooses the word “pitch” to describe the snake oil sales job of the Governor of Wisconsin

He is tailoring his pitch to his audiences — wearing pullover sweaters in earth-tone colors in one early primary state, New Hampshire, and discussing the power of prayer in another, here in South Carolina. He has reined in his rambling speeches, at least compared with his recorded remarks over the years. He is trying to listen more and opine less, associates say, and he is easygoing with voters — a contrast with his pugilistic reputation from his successful battle against Wisconsin labor unions, which made him a hero to many conservatives.New York Times

A few drops of snake oil

Walker on the stump:

“One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” Walker said. “Because really if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s about the voter. It’s about how to help people’s lives be better.Scott Walker

Below is an email from his Deputy Chief of Staff when he was County Executive in Milwaukee. Oh, the email was held on a secret email network (you know the same type he admonished Hillary for) which is held in evidence for the ongoing John Doe Investigation.

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“One of the things I’ve stressed…in the last few days as I’ve looked at the possibility of running is you have my firm commitment walker_nose_respectthat I’m going to focus on making sure that the people on my team should we go forward are people who respect voters.”

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On the stump Walker boasts how his reforms have made Wisconsin “more free and prosperous”. It could be true if you happen to fit into an special category he likes to call: “stakeholders” like Bill Gardner of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad who got over 14 million dollars in grants after an illegal contribution $160,000 to his campaign. Or Diane Hendricks, the richest women in Wisconsin who contributed $500,000 to his campaign with the request, “will we become right to work?”. Or John Menard who contributed 1.5 million to his campaign and got it all back in tax breaks for his lumber/hardware company. Otherwise, if you are not one of the wealthiest in your state, take a look at the side bar at the right showing the high number of mortgages under water in Wisconsin when compared to the rest of the country.
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Mortgages under water
The national average is 16.9%

Milwaukee 35%
Marquette 28%
Racine 25%
Kenosha 25%
Rock 21%
Pierce 20%
Juneau 20%
Sheboygan 19%
St Croix 19%
Dodge 18%
Manitowoc 18%
Walworth 17%

Warning Label – Excite Pressure Release NOW

Walker predicts his own demise

In a statement for a radio station in Iowa, Walker was asked about the John Doe case that is before the Supreme Court: Rich people vs. Democracy

“I said even if you’re a liberal Democrat, you should look at (the raids) and be frightened to think that if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody, and more often than not we need protection against the government itself,”

Ok. And if you are a “Stand With Walker” Republican you should look at (Act 10, Budget Cuts, and Union Attacks) and be frightened to think that if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody, and more often than not we need to protect against the government itself.

Wow. Truer words were never spoken from the mouth of Scott Walker. Since he has suddenly experienced some sudden epiphany of compassion, he must know that liberal Democrats can be pushed too far, and he is standing on very thin ice and has fueled the fire of discontent for far too long. If – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” (Martin Luter King) – than he is tempting his own fate.

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If you’ve ever pried too hard against the handle of a shovel, you know that it can snap. After the bend and break follows another quote from Dr. King: “A riot is the language of the unheard”. Is anybody listening? Because, right now, in the State of Wisconsin the “liberal Democrats” are left with no platform for redress, or discussion. Not within the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches of government. Yes, Mr. Walker, Sir – “if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody”! But, since you have defined your government as the villain in your own words, where or where do we go for redress? The very fabric and function of democratic government in Wisconsin has been undermined into dysfunction, and if that was your Koch driven goal. Good job!

But remember that bending arc? It is about to snap. It isn’t really political or predictable, it is just plan physics. Something like, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. All that reactive energy of the Act 10 protest, the recall elections, that has gone unheeded and unheard lies dormant. Worse, it has been repackaged and branded to become the very foundation of the political message that, somehow, entitles you to become president of the U.S.! But be warned. Read the label. The energy of discontent did not suddenly vanish. No. That is not the way physics works. It has moved into a very dangerous and volatile molecular movement beneath the surface. Do you feel it?

This is not a message to incite a riot, but a warning to avoid one. All it will take is one crystallizing event or happenstance. After years of finding every pathway into civil debate shut down at the bang of gavel, observing a physical attack in the chambers of the Supreme Court, seeing election laws broken by dark money organizations that go unpunished – Yes. Mr. Walker, Sir, “we need protection against the government itself”. But you have left no civil platform of redress open to the people. The “government” that was instituted to provide that platform, now has a very high price tag and closed to all but “stakeholders”.

Warning – Excite Pressure Release NOW.

The Hunt for “John Doe”

Two wasting diseases have spread through Wisconsin in recent years, one affecting White Tail Deer herd and the other affecting the Stand with Walker gaggle. The affected deer have been quarantined until their inevitable end, while many of the Walker political operativeswalker_ deerhunt have been allowed to run wild and are seeking protection of the courts as an endangered species. But, oh what a long and arduous hunt aptly known as John Doe.

The disease is caused by a miscreant protein affecting the brain and nervous system often causing the afflicted to run in circles as captured in the time lapse trail cam. (above). The hunt for the wasted John Doe has been a long safari leading the pursuers through the most impassable brambles, and thickets that a million dollar legal defense fund can construct. The pursuit of John Doe by prosecutors Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, a self-described Republican, has been side-tracked with false scent and tricks and twists of mitigatory undulation. Any brief description of events leaves one stuck in a matrix of legalese – an intentional and expensive tangle leading far in the deep woods of confusion, until only a metaphor might serve to discover the simple fact of common sense. A very simple function of a healthy brain has been obfuscated by the crippling wasting disease of the “Stand with Walker gaggle” to cover the simplicity of a basic deduction:

Walkers closest advisers and associates have been convicted of campaign violations involving a secret email network within 30 feet of Walker’s Milwaukee office. Does anyone really believe it is possible that Scott Walker had no knowledge of the crime – that he did not have a hand in its operation.
Simple answer. Point, aim, and shoot.

Ah, but the wasting disease of the affected brain of the gaggle have created a circular story, a maze of legal double-speak to shelter and hide John Doe by creating and giving legal credence to a yarn, a “wag the dog” drama that only Koch, and Bradley Foundation money can buy.

It is easy to get lost in the woods! The obfuscation is intentional. It is a ploy by the wasted “Stand With Walker gaggle” to lead simple common sense into the trap; a repetitive circle created by operatives of dark money listed in the pink column below.

Each time John Doe is cornered in a blind canyon, he has escaped by some new endowment of legal intervention orchestrated through one or all of the dark money organizations at the right. Finally, Doe has been pursued into the state’s highest court. But the wasted gaggle is crying foul regarding the searches conducted into their nefarious activities financed by the dark money “entities”. The claim

Petitioners’ personal capacity claim that they were subjected to an intrusive, harassing, and damaging criminal investigation in retaliation for their First Amendment protected advocacy and association, holding instead that liability could lie only where officials seek to enforce state law that itself violates clearly established federal law.

Just as this new drive is closing in as the Wisconsin Supreme Court is due to hear the cases in secret over the next few days, shots have rung out in the woods of Iowa. District Attorney John Chisholm, who usually stalks his Doe with light footed silence, actually spoke out publicly. The highly unusual public statement was in response to Walker.

John Doe target groups

A few of the 29 groups targeted
Walker’s campaign

Wisconsin Club for Growth

Republican Governors Association

Republican Party of Wisconsin

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Family Action

League of American Voters

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“I said even if you’re a liberal Democrat, you should look at (the raids) and be frightened to think that if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody, and more often than not we need protection against the government itself,” Walker told the radio station.

Which prompted this fiery response from Chisholm:

“As to defamatory remarks, I strongly suspect the Iowa criminal code, like Wisconsin’s, has provisions for intentionally making false statements intended to harm the reputation of others,” Chisholm said in a statement Saturday responding to Walker’s comments.Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe JS

And a challenge from the Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz

“His description of the investigation as a ‘political witch hunt’ is offensive when he knows that the investigation was authorized by a bipartisan group of judges and is directed by a Republican special prosecutor appointed at the request of a bipartisan group of district attorneys,” Schmitz’s statement said.
I invite the governor to join me in seeking judicial approval to lawfully release information now under seal which would be responsive to the allegations that have been made,” his statement said. “Such information, when lawfully released, will show that these recent allegations are patently false.”Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe JS

Stop hiding in Woods

The warrants were not issued as harassment as Walker suggests. It is not a “witch” hunt, it is a response to any number of documented nefarious activities before and during the Senate and Walker recall elections. It is not the a “right” for these organizations to send out misleading vote registration forms. It is not “ok” for county clerks to leave false information regarding Voter ID on their official web sites. Too many questions surround the recall election with vote counts that were statistically impossible. Not “ok”.

Club for Growth provides its own evidence of the fabricated and exaggerated accounts of searches of their property. This is funny. The right leaning blog Watch Dog (linked below) actually ran the photo below with the story about the raid on the homes and offices of conservative targets – read the caption. Remember the palm trees footage run by Fox News during the Act 10 protest? Well Watch Dog used a photo from the Furgeson protests.

Against a backdrop of flood lights from police tactical vehicles, protestors stand their ground in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, refusing to leave despite police orders early Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

Against a backdrop of flood lights from police tactical vehicles, protestors stand their ground in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, refusing to leave despite police orders early Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

Police didn’t draw their guns. They didn’t have to. Garish light blinded the groggy targets of the secret probe, startling neighbors. The uniforms, the lights, the early hour got everybody’s attention. One of the targets says police threatened to use battering rams to break down the front door, but the targets let them in.

Wisconsin Watchdog

Yep. More circular fabrication of entities in the final stages of a brain wasting disease.

The hunt goes on resting on one truth rising out of the ashes of many destroyed careers in the history of man.

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GOP got you down? How to survive as an activist.

How easy it is for the glass to appear “half empty”.

I listen to many people who simply admit they cannot talk about politics. I ask them, “Why?”, and I get an answer something like, “I just get too upset and after awhile, I get so angry, I just need to drop it all together”.

If we look at the activists that weDennis pictures listen to and admire, (For me Rachel Maddow comes to mind) we see them day after day. It appears they never need to drop out for long periods of time and they seem to be able to keep an “up” flavor to the never-ending stories and examples of greed, hypocrisy, lies, cheating, injustice, sexism, racism, homophobia, and…and…and…I am hyperventilating here.

So how do some activists do it? How are they able to read, research and report on all the ills of the world the flesh and the devil, day after day, while maintaining a lightness, and even a smile?

It is because they are able to stay in touch with a certain playfulness behind the dark cloud of an insane world. You can bet that this same attitude of playfulness is not only expressed in their moments before the camera or debate, but this same lightness is part of “who they are”. It pervades all the moments of their life.

So, do you have this attitude? How do you deal with the constant negativity that comes with observing lies and injustice? Take the quiz below. It is not the least bit scientific or meant to be taken too awful seriously. Yet, it may give you a glimpse at your own attitude of playfulness in your life.

Try it and see. You can only score “ok” at the very worst. So, take the quiz and enjoy yourself.

What we play is life.
– Louis Armstrong

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I’ve been teaching and working with improvisors for forty years while observing and searching for the spark, the tick, the itch of playfulness. Cover9-12The result is the book “Secrets of ‘funny’ – Meet Your Playful Self”. It is all about bringing your playful self into your daily life without ever walking on a stage to perform.

Now, when I announce a Meet Your Playful Self workshop, I state that it is not necessary for you to want to perform in front of an audience in order to participate. We will take the quote of Viola Spolin a step further and edit out: – in the theatre and learn to become stage worthy. In fact, she predicted in a later interview for Public Radio, that a time would come, even though she may not be around to witness it, when people would get together to play these games. The focus of this book, is to provide you with a working guide.
Another implication of the title of this book is: since you are about to meet your playful self, you may not really know that part of yourself very well. You and your playful self may have noticed each other from time to time, or you may have experienced playful moments on occasion, but never been formally introduced. This book is about making that introduction – You will Meet Your Playful Self while waving across the room at funny.
Everyone can enjoy becoming more aware, intuitive and playful through the paths detailed in this book. Everyone can locate, develop, and create intuitive and playful moments in their lives and relationships.

You can look inside the book on Amazon, or download it for $3.99.

You can join the on-going workshop in Madison, Wisconsin. ARK Improv at Tempo Dance Studio

Endorsed by a “Son of a Birch”

Sons of Birchers. That is exactly what Charles and David Koch are, and they are passing on their legacy in a way that only money can buy – no, they already have passed on the legacy to Scott Walker, who, in turn, has charmed most of the people in Wisconsin into a myth, a fabrication that the Birch way is best for “freedom”, a delusion that the fetid political philosophies of the dark decades of racism, homophobia, and Ayne Rand narcissism are, somehow, the stuff of the American Dream.birchkoch But, what is a Bircher? A believer in the ideas and political philosophies of the John Birch Society, and believe me, those ideas are not the Wisconsin Idea. But, maybe that is why Scott Walker choose to edit that idea, as he has “edited” collective bargaining rights, women’s rights, public education, transparency in government… oh, but the list goes on, and it is long.

Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher

The roots of the “Birch” legacy go to back to Fred Koch, the father of Charles and David Koch, and those tangled roots have been visited into Wisconsin by Scott Walker. The Birch landscape is dark, the ideas extreme, but it’s amazing what a billion dollars can do to dress up a wolf into the cutest little kitty you ever saw. Meow, meow, meow and unions are bad, teachers are lazy, and abortion is always bad in every case, divide and conquer, and the ends justify the means.

Guess who billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have settled on as top choice in the 2016 election? No surprise for middle class folks who’ve been caught in the petri dish of plutocratic experimentation for the past five years. The Bothers Koch remain in the background pulling the strings attached to marionettes, puppets, and moppets. Secrecy and anonymity was always the “Bircher” way, and the Koch Brothers are the peddlers of the John Birch Society goals under brave new brands, super pacs, boasting a poet’s choice of names peppered with words like, prosperity, growth, free, patriot, America. Franklin, which are all smoke and mirrors for the same old idea – John Birch Society.

Enter Scott Walker stage right. The national press speaks to the announcement as though it is news worthy, but it is not breaking news to the middle class of Wisconsin, it’s just more of the “insult to injury” that has already broken Wisconsin and unions, and women rights, and public schools, and the Wisconsin Idea itself.

Conspiracy theory? No. A real conspiracy.

The message and tactics are the same.

Today, as announced on Amy Goodman’s DemocracyNow!, the Progressive Inc. and the Center for Media and Democracy are publishing new information and analysis documenting that billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member birchbillboardof the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its active campaigns against the civil rights movement.The Progresssive July 2014

The photo depicts billboards and pamphlets paid for by the John Birch Society when Charles Koch was an active and high ranking member. Look at the “King is Communist” bill board compared to the vote fraud bill boards that appeared in Milwaukee. Bradley Foundation “BOO” Billboards

With the new aggression of the right, the level playing field for campaign contribution has been on “tilt”, allowing the privileged to vote with dollars. bradley einhornThe Einhorn Family Foundation (Daniel Einhorn in the photo below far right) is funneled money from the Bradley Foundation (Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation pictured top) to support “a public education project”.

Connections of tactics and message of The John Birch Society and Walker policies abound. But what little difference that makes now, as he has all but abandoned the state for a bigger and better political future. The sons of birchers have named their man to sell their extremist bag of tricks on the national stage in the Great Freedom Prosperity and Growth of Patriots” show. Funny, how none of the national media mentions the John Birch Society connection to Charles Koch. Plutocracy marches on.

The Trickle Down of “Sour Grapes”

Walker’s cuts in taxes to the wealthiest slice of folks, including the two richest people in Wisconsin, John Menard, and Diane Hendricks, have yet to open any channel that might “trickle” some advantage to the middle class. Read Candidate Walker’s Stakeholders Instead, Walker’s anti-union, anti-education, anti-women, anti-Obama Care has put Wisconsin at or near Walker_sour the bottom of all economic indicators including jobs, median income, and evaluations of a good place to live. Finally, his popularity polls are beginning to reflect that dissatisfaction – even among republicans, and his most ardent supporters.

Finally, Sour Grapes are trickling Down

It’s easy to disregard unethical tactics when you agree with the policies. So what if Walker cheated, he lowered my property taxes. Remember the TV adds before Walker’s Recall Election – the teachers against the black background suggesting the whole effort was “sour grapes” after Barret lost the gubernatorial election?
Sour Grapes Ferments Cheap Whining

“A man who says what he means, and means what he says?” says Kristi

Now, 78% of people disapprove of Walker’s cuts in aid to public schools. That’s a big number, and one that must include many who blindly supported him in spite of his tactics. The things he was saying, his bold reforms held the promise to carry the day. Walker was a reformer, a doer, a man who dared to step up an put unions in there place. The national media and tea party republicans are now tantalized by that same false enchantment as he leads the polls among presidential candidates. Ok, it took five years for the sour grapes to trickle down into the wine of state republicans. Now that the first bottles of “Walker de fume” are meeting lips, they are spitting it out like a bug in the mouth.

Walker’s approval rating dropped to 41%, down from 49% in the last poll on Oct. 26

Since Marquette’s polling began in January 2012, Walker’s lowest job approval rating was 46% in September 2012.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, 53% of registered voters said the state is now headed down the wrong track, while 43% believe it’s headed in the right direction.

78% of voters opposed Walker’s plan to cut aid to schools by $127 million.

70%, oppose Walker’s plan to cut $300 million to the University of Wisconsin System.

50% said they oppose the Right to Work law
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A total of 60% said they oppose plans by Walker to take away the policymaking powers of the seven-member DNR board.
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Pass along the tainted wine

Funny how the national media loves to recite the mantra “Scott Walker won 3 elections in 4 years”. Pretty impressive – except they fail to mention that he remains under walker_cain_ kochinvestigation for, at least two of those elections. But, Walker just dismisses the negatives as local politics or “sour grapes”. Oh, and he was out of Wisconsin a his “trade mission” when the poll came out.

He is currently at the point that another Koch supported presidential candidate was in the early months of his run. Remember Herman Cain? He was running high until all those sour grapes regarding his sexual indiscretions came to light. And Walker has other skeletons in his closet beyond the rattling bones of John Doe, like the abandoned child he left behind when he was a student at Marquette, a fact that was first brought to light before his recall election. Now, the identity of the child and the mother are known, but the information is being withheld at her request.

The poll holds some long awaited promise for progressives who have struggled to enlighten Walker’s staunch supporters through protest, recalls, and social media. In politics, the ends do not justify the means. When unethical political maneuvers are ignored or dismissed in favor of message, the very foundation of all politics and democracy remains compromised. Eventually, the slow moving arc of the moral compass bends back and the same corrupted morality that was dismissed, now leaves all – republicans, democrats, men, women, black, white – with no recourse. The advance toward plutocracy may seem a sweet ride until your child’s public school is faltering, and tuition at the state universities is beyond middle-class means, and it is too late. The democratic process dependent on one person one vote, and a vigorous debate of issues by opposing interests – is gone. It’s been given away in favor of momentary favorable wind which seemed so sweet at the time. Soon, it is too late. The old bridge of democracy has been burned in favor of “freedom” on the other side, and we stand back, powerless. Now, it is all so many “sour grapes” to a new brave world.

John Doe goes to Washington

“Wisconsin used to be the laboratory of democracy. Now we’re the laboratory of plutocracy.”

The quote above is from Matthew Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director, from an address ““Let’s Give the Pendulum a Shove” on Saturday, April 11, in Milltown, Wisconsin, at the Jefferson-La Follette-Dueholm Dinner.

The laboratory of plutocracy and John Doe

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The last breath of hope to end Scott Walker’s devastating reign on Wisconsin is to reveal the truth behind his rise to power in order to indict him. Oh and how people long for justice to fall on Scott Walker. All is contained within the secret John Doe investigation. So, why is it so difficult to get to the the truth when it is so glaringly obvious – that Scott Walker did know about and had an active hand in the secret email network within a few yards of his Milwaukee Executive office? Because Citizens United has morphed and metastasized into a vertical and horizontal corporate machine – a plutocracy. Not only are unlimited funds being flooded into miscreant election activities, but into new and nefarious activities to control the courts.

At the time of “Wisconsin Uprising” sparked as a reaction to Act 10, progressives held on to hope that the arc of the moral universe would bend toward justice – until it sprung back and hit us in the face causing a concussive injury from which the body politic is still reeling. As you remember, Act 10 survived the injunction on June 14, 2011 by a ruling of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It came like a sting, a slap in the face, to understand that the judicial branch of government was every bit as partisan, biased, and bigoted as the Walker administration, and the legislature.

Citizens United – including the Koch Bros., Bradley Foundation, Club for Growth, Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce were given a seat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Actually it was one year before the ruling on Act 10 when the ground work was laid to open the floodgates for money to poor in and corrupt the judicial process.

On July 7, 2010 – Justice Roggensack and the three other conservatives on the bench ruled that, “a judge shall not be required to recuse himself or herself in a proceeding based solely on any endorsement or the judge’s campaign committee’s receipt of a lawful campaign contribution, including a campaign contribution from an individual or entity involved in the proceeding.” The ruling, which was met with an angry dissent from Chief Justice Abrahamson and the other liberal justices, dictates that a justice can rule on a case—or at least cannot be forced to recuse himself—even if one of the parties in the case contributed to that justice’s campaign committee.Daily Beast

Now, the justices were no longer expected or required to recuse themselves from rulings that directly involve individuals or entities who contributed big money to their election campaigns. Little did we know the million dollars contributed to the campaigns of Prosser, Roggensack, Gableman, and Ziegler by Club for Growth would become blood money in the John Doe case. Sweet! Whether the non-recuse ruling back in 2010 was made in anticipation of a future hearing of the John Doe case or it was just another power grab from the tea party right, is of little importance now. It is done and the high court will rule on three separate cases pertaining to John Doe. But before we get into the specifics, let’s look at how the three cases got into the hands of the high court by manipulation of the pultocracy, and specifically the one bombastic ruling of one Federal Judge. (The complete evolution of John Doe 2 through the courts is outlined in the post John (I’m not saying anything) Doe

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (below)_ RULES!

How does this sound for a Rudolf ruling?

“The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, kochrandaand permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa wrote at the end of his 26-page decision. “Plaintiffs and others are hereby relieved of any and every duty under Wisconsin law to cooperate further with Defendants‘ investigation.”TPM

Wow. It is almost as if the words were inspired by an angry mom screaming from the back door.”Rudolf get in this house right now! Except it was more like David and Charles Koch (above) doing the yelling “Rudolf, threaten them with the Guillotine and the Gulag!”. Perhaps the screaming parent analogy is a little strong, but not far from the truth. The Koch Brothers bought Randa.

Financial disclosure forms examined by the center show that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has been a regular attendee at “judicial junkets” organized by George Mason University and financed by groups including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Randa attended the all-expenses-paid judicial seminars in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. The seminars are privately-funded, and the backers also include corporations like BP, Exxon Mobil, and Dow Chemical.

Just another little experiment in the laboratory of plutocracy… aka Wisconsin.

It was the Randa ruling that effectively halted the John Doe investigation. Even though the ruling was overruled on Sept. 24, 2014 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago as an “intrusion”, it didn’t make any difference. By this time the Koch, Club for Growth, Bradley Foundation – well let’s just say plutocracy, had effectively split the case into a litigator’s jig saw puzzle, and finally the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to sort out the mess. But they won’t sort out anything. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear arguments as it decides whether to allow a secret, or “John Doe,” investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and his 2012 recall campaign to continue.

A majority of the court agreed in a three-page order that after considering all of the parties’ positions and “bearing in mind the very unique nature” of the case, that it is “neither legally nor practically reasonable” to hold arguments.Washington Examiner

And then – “The prospect of oral argument creates severe tension between important and conflicting priorities,” the order states.”

What say you? WTF!?

So, what is the purpose of the judiciary? You think that a child custody, police shooting, or any other case brought before any court in the country, or the world for that matter, isn’t fraught with oral arguments which create severe tension between important and conflicting parties? I think that is your job! If we are expected to accept that reasoning for hearing – yes hearing – a case. You had better pack up you robes, and framed law degrees and go home. That is your job! What does it really mean? What are the majority justices really saying:

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In some short span of time on an appropriate news dump day, probably Friday May 22 or the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, the ruling on John Doe will be released. Any guesses? Will the laboratory of plutocracy finally prove full control over all three branches of government in Wisconsin. Happy Memorial Day!

Oil Pipe Line Plug in Dane County

The Keystone Pipeline has become the “smoke and mirrors” distraction from the real threat in our own back yard –
Enbridge’s Clipper/Southern Access/Southern Lights aka “Line 61”.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is rejecting calls for environmental review of the increased capacity, despite the fact it would make the pipeline significantly larger than the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Minnpost

The whole project is currently plugged. It is stalled as it awaits a decision from the Dane County Zoning and Regulation Committee. Who knew?

Below is a graphic of the full project as drawn in 2008.

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Actually, two pipelines are being put in: a 42-inch pipeline that will carry crude oil mostly from Western Canada but also from Montana and North Dakota. There also is a 20-inch pipeline for light hydrocarbons — called diluent — STOP Hold for clarificatrion

Condensate is the most often used diluent in transporting crude oil in western Canada.
Condensate is considered a “dangerous good”, and is classified as a highly toxic substance by the federal government. It is highly flammable, and under certain conditions, explosive. It is toxic in its liquid form, and vapours are extremely toxic also.
Enbridge and Pembina Pipelines have both proposed to transport condensate through pipelines crossing Northern
British Columbia.Diluent and Condesate Fact Sheet

CONTINUED FROM ABOVE …from the refineries and other suppliers in the Chicago area to be shipped to Western Canada.There it will be blended with the heavy crude oil produced up there to dilute it enough to make it transportable by pipeline. (What could go wrong?)
“So it will be like one big recycling loop.”

The first 321 miles of that dual pipeline that runs in Wisconsin from Superior to a pumping station in Whitewater was completed last April. (2008) The section from Whitewater to the Flanagan terminal north of Pontiac is scheduled for completion by Wednesday, April 1.

Enbridge bores under major highways, roads and even rivers to install the pipeline.The completed 42-inch pipe will have the capacity to transport 400,000 more barrels of crude oil per day.
Look for “Spring completion seen for oil pipeline” sqwalk

400,000 barrels of crude oil on the wall, what should happen if one should fall?
So how much oil is 400,000 barrels? The tanker trucks you pass the expressway hold about 250 barrels. So, 100 x 250 is 20,500 barrels or 100 trucks full. So now think of 400,000 barrels moving just beneath the surface.The pipe line will move two million gallons per hour (50 million gallon per day) and is working under a 2007 environmental review which only considered the the former 16.8 million gallons per day of oil that the pipeline initially carried and which was pumped a lower pressure.

The 2007 environmental review only considered the original 16.8 million gallons per day of oil that the pipeline initially carried, not the 50 million gallons per day that will flow through it by 2016. It also took place before the Kalamazoo River spill, which provided many lessons about pipelines, rivers, and the sticky tar sands oil flowing through it, which seems to sink in water.

Pipeline companies have introduced expansion projects on existing pipelines in a covert manner, working on the idea that since the line has been in place for years, it can be enlarged and upgraded with little resistance – as long as the new threats of the much larger capacity pipe are kept quiet. Line61siteThe recent pipe line rupture near the Yellowstone River caused people in the St Croix river watershed new alarm. And big mining and big oil company lawyers are master of manipulation. The pipe is already in the ground. All the work was done long before the permitting process was finalized. The photo above was pulled from google maps and was taken in 2007. You can go there and “walk around” the site as it was then. Chances are that now, all of the piping, trenching, and any other sign of their pipeline is long since buried below the ground and just above the water table.

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A CUP is the Conditional Use Permit being considered.

PETITION: CUP 2291 APPLICANT: WISCONSIN ELECTRIC POWER / ENBRIDGE ENERGY LOCATION: 5635 CHERRY LANE, SECTION 14, TOWN OF MEDINA CUP DESCRIPTION: pumping station for an existing petroleum pipeline See Dane County Zoning and Regulation Committee – PDF doc

Multi big money project pluged by Dane County

You can bet the Dane County Zoning and Regulation Committee is under more pressure than a molecule of Condensate in a Enbridge pipeline. Walker’s DNR has washed their hands of the matter, and it is more than unlikely that an administration that has outlawed the use of the words “climate change” are going to come to the aid of people concerned with a watershed. You can learn more about actions and meetings to oppose the permitting of Wisconisin’s Keystone Pipe line at Stop the Expansion of Enbridge's Tar Sands Line 61 in Wisconsin Community on face book.

Walker’s trade mission details uncovered

Walker is making plans for an extended trip to Wisconsin. “Sometimes people forget that any Governor of Wisconsin is an employee of the people and the Governor wants to reinforce that message by a four day extended Wisconsin visit.” a spokesman said.

The people of Wisconsin paid for his visit to China ($300,000 half charged to taxpayers) inWorldmapwis2 2013, his recent trip to London ($138,200), and his up-coming stay in Germany, France, and Spain,($200,000?) and he hopes to express his sincere gratitude to the people who pay for his travels abroad during his four day visit to Wisconsin.

While in Wisconsin, Walker is scheduled to make a short stop at the Governor’s Mansion, which he and his family have vacated. They prefer to live in Wauwatosa. He needs to pick up more brown bags for his lunch. He wants to thank the people of Wisconsin for the 3.9 million dollar residence on the shores of Lake Mendota and for his annual budget for the tax supported housing of $270,000 even though he spent only 2.7 nights a month there, which works out to about $8,258 a night. By contrast, a midweek suite with king bed and whirlpool at the Hilton Monona Terrace goes for $259. But, hey, thanks.

Day 2 will center around a tribute to his protectors, the Wisconsin State Patrol, with a noon ceremony at Diane Hendricks State Park.

Walker will express his regrets that the 17% pay raise for the State Troopers did not go though. Even though protection for the Governor Hendricksparkand Lt. Governor Kllefisch and family members totaled $611,000 from November 2010 to August 2011 or a nine month period including the time when the Walker’s were often residing in the executive residence, and before the governor stepped up his national travel raising money for the recall election. But even at that time, Walker’s employment maintenance was more than twice as much as the $259,000 it cost to protect Gov. Jim Doyle for a whole year, from November 2009 to August 2010. Now, of course it is much, much, more. But, still he reaffirmed his promise to reward the troopers with the 17% raise, and that he would find a way to funnel it through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Day 3 will is slated as Walker’s “Talking Points Seminar”. The Governor and his closest operatives will meet on the state airplane and fly on an undisclosed route to address issues that have arisen that could prove embarrassing to the administration and his efforts to become president of the United States. When asked why the meeting was aboard a airplane a spokesman said, the Governor is more comfortable aboard the plane. After all, the number of miles he has flown since becoming Governor is a higher number than jobs created. Governor Walker has flown 128,509 miles since he took office, costing Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $1 million. The review also discovered Governor Walker used the taxpayer funded aircraft for at least 34 flights under 40 miles, and 87 “empty” flights from Madison to Milwaukee without the Governor.Mark Pocan released data

One of the concerns in the meeting will be the photo 0f Scott Walker posing in women’s lingerie atop a Nazi rug. This is “embare assing” one spokesman said with a snicker.

It should also be noted that the image originated onwaker_nazi2 Russian websites. While it is not impossible for a college photo of Scott Walker to make its way overseas before hitting the American web, that circumstance is highly unlikely. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the man pictured in the photo is Scott Walker other than his bearing (baring) a passing resemblance to the Wisconsin Governor: Snopes

Day 4 – the activities have been cancelled. The Governor was unable to extend his stay in Wisconsin as he was forced to meet with important stakeholders in Iowa and then New Hampshire.

John (I’m not saying anything) Doe

The John Doe Investigation has been going on and on in Wisconsin since 2012 and has taken twists, turns, while moving in fits and starts. It is easy to lose track, walker-hourglasspartly because of irregular pulse of activity, and partly because by its very nature it is secret – so many of the details of who, what, and where remain in the closet. What is happening behind the door? We can only guess and conjecture from occasional leaks or from public legal actions as Doe moves through the legal system. Frustrating and confusing. – Almost like lady justice is a skipping and singing that seven-year-old chant, “I know something you don’t know – And I’m not going to tell you”.

This post offers a guide from the day District johndoe_johnchisholmAttorney John Chisholm (left) concluded the investigation of Walker’s activities as Milwaukee County Executive to present.

March 1, 2013 Walker will not be charged

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) March 1, 2013 — Governor Scott Walker will not be charged in the nearly three-year-old investigation into his former aides and associates, according to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

“After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded,” Chisholm said in a statement. “As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has granted, the closure of the John Doe investigation.”

October 3, 2013 – RAID!

Ok. This is funny. The The right leaning blog Watch Dog (linked below) actually ran the photo below with the story about the raid on the homes and offices of conservative targets – read the caption. Remember the palm trees footage run by Fox News during the Act 10 protest? Well Watch Dog used a photo from the Furgeson protests.

Against a backdrop of flood lights from police tactical vehicles, protestors stand their ground in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, refusing to leave despite police orders early Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

Against a backdrop of flood lights from police tactical vehicles, protestors stand their ground in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, refusing to leave despite police orders early Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

Police didn’t draw their guns. They didn’t have to. Garish light blinded the groggy targets of the secret probe, startling neighbors. The uniforms, the lights, the early hour got everybody’s attention. One of the targets says police threatened to use battering rams to break down the front door, but the targets let them in.

Wisconsin Watchdog

The search warrants were issued to discover evidence connecting Club for Growth along with some 20 other political organizations wolf_eric_okeefecarrying an Americans for Prosperity brand, to illegal collusion with the Walker campaign during the Senate and Walker’s recall elections. And thus began the entangled and beleaguered legal battle – to release or not to release – going on to this day.

The central characters on the wolf john-connorsconservative side are John Connors (left)who is Franklin Center’s “Director of Special Projects” and Eric O’Keefe (above) of the Wisconsin Growth who has close ties to many of the groups receiving funding (9.1 million dollars!).

By the very nature of Capitalism the guy with the capital gets the favor. Never before has so much secret money, and the organizations those funds support, moved into the electoral process as was demonstrated in Wisconsin in the past two years.

October 30, 2013 – Doe Judge very suddenly quits

Johndoe_barbara Kluka

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Barbara A. Kluka (above) has stepped aside, throwing off the proceedings, scheduled for Tuesday.Wisconsin Reporter

One day hearings were scheduled for a new phase of the investigation, and the Doe Judge, Barbara Kluka very suddenly cancels out. She makes some snap decision to retire. Why? She would not say anything about anything – “I cannot tell you anything. Bruce LandgrafThere is a secrecy order and I will abide by it.” Conjecture anyone? 100 people had been subpoenaed to testify. When special prosecutor Francis Schmitz was asked about the sudden departure. You’ll never guess what he said: he is not commenting on “anything regarding anything dealing with an alleged John Doe investigation, in accordance with the law. Conjecture anyone?

Nov. 19, 2013 – Here come da New Judge!

Kluka is replaced.

Former state Appeals Court Judge Gregory A. Peterson (left) became johndoepeterson-gregorynew presiding judge in the secret criminal investigation into campaign fundraising and spending during the recall elections, which had spread to five Wisconsin counties.

“I can confirm that I’m the John Doe judge,” Peterson said when reached by phone Monday evening. “But that’s all I’m going to say.” Retired Eau Claire judge to oversee John Doe investigation
By Daniel Bice

January 10, 2014 – Peterson Pounces

Two months after Peterson is secretly assigned by some secret process as the new Doe Judge, he rules in favor of the money –

MADISON, Wisc. – In a serious body blow to a Democrat-driven secret investigation into dozens of Wisconsin conservative organizations, including Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, a judge has quashed some subpoenas, ruling that they were issued improperly, according to a newly published opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

“Now we learn that Judge Gregory A. Peterson ruled on Friday that at least some of those subpoenas were improper,” the Journal’s editorial board broke Friday evening in a piece headlined Wisconsin Political Speech Victory.Judge Deals Blow

Speial Prosecutor Schmitz asked the Madison-based District 4 Court of Appeals to review that ruling, arguing the John Doe judge misinterpreted campaign finance laws. Walker’s campaign in April asked the state Supreme Court to take the case from the appeals court. (Note this will come to be on Dec. 16, 2014)

May 6, Tuesday 2014 Judge Rudolph Kills Doe (but not really)

Judge Rudolph Randa (H.W.Bush Appointee) granted a johndoerudolphrandapreliminary injunction to stop Doe in its tracks, “saying any attempt to obtain compliance by any Defendant or John Doe Judge Gregory Peterson is grounds for a contempt finding by this Court. The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” wrote Randa, federal judge for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sept. 24, 2014 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago

Judge Randa’s ruling called an “intrusion” and overruled
The three-judge panel consisted of Diane Wood, William Bauer, and Frank Easterbrook (below)

“What we have said shows not only that an (Judge Randa’s) injunction was an abuse of discretion but also that (as prosecutors) all defendants possess qualified immunity from liability in damages,” wrote Judge Frank Easterbrook (right)in the decision.
johndoe_frankeasterbrook Federal Court

The federal judges were set to decide if prosecutors could be allowed to revive their investigation, as well as whether to unseal court documents that have been fully or partially blacked out because of the secrecy of the underlying investigation. They expressed skepticism about making public the prosecutors’ evidence in the case, which typically remains private unless charges are filed. Federal judges question John Doe isssue.


Catch 22 – Prosecutors’s evidence

You will notice that nearly all of the photos above are of legal entities, judges and prosecutors, that hold the prize – the evidence! The 7th court had the option to release this evidence – but NOOOoooo (with best John Belushi inflection). Do you think that the Koch – Club for Growth – Franklin Center folks are really concerned about violation of their 1st amendments rights, or are they investing millions in lawyers and litigation to keep “the evidence” secret? Do you believe that Scott Walker had no knowledge of the secret email network across the hall from his office, the network that sent his closest aids to jail? That is the question, the link, “the evidence” which hold the promise of ending the reign of Scott Walker once and for all. The advancement of money let loose by Citizens United has allowed endless litigation and manipulation of the judicial branch to hold the people hostage.

Intermission

We need “the evidence” released, once and for all. I don’t know what, if any, criminal acts may have been discovered in the searches and raids in five Wisconsin counties, but I do know that the Walker had a defense fund, employing the best and most expensive lawyers and public relation firms to hold “the evidence’ secret.

We can remember how these same groups hired questionable thugs from across the country to collect recall signatures so they could be trashed. Remember?

I do know of documented election fraud, when registration forms were sent to voters across the state from “Americans for Prosperity” aimed at disenfranchising voters before the Senate recall elections. Rememeber the Wisconsin Sportsmen grant? The application, award, and cancellation of the $500,000 grant to the group. Well, that money is tied to those fraudulent mailings.

I do know for a fact, and first hand, the election materials from the Walker Recall election were discarded before the 21 days required by law. Read Command Central machines don’t like recalls ReadFOIA does not apply

I do know for a fact, and first hand, that GOP county clerks “mysteriously forgot” to update websites to inform voters that no ID would be required for the Walker Recall election. Official web sites said “Voter ID WILL be required”.Read photo ID

Want to know what happened in Wisconsin in 2010 to elect Walker and Ron Johnson? The truth is in “the evidence”.Nathan Sproul is also RJ Johnsontied to Club for Growth and with R.J. Johnson. Sproul has been investigated for election fraud in states across the country. The Club for Growth is aptly named since it invaded the state with covert and fraudulent actions to promote and implement a cancer deep within the body politic.

Dec. 16, 2014 State high court to take up Doe

Madison — The state Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted three cases stemming from a long-running John Doe investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups backing him.

Four of the justices have benefited from political ActJusticesspending by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the groups at the center of the investigation. Some legal experts have argued that at least some of those justices should not hear the cases because of actual or perceived biases from that political help.

The court’s action comes six weeks after the Republican governor handily won a second term, and as he is considering running for president. The special prosecutor has said Walker was not a target of the investigation.State High Court

Above are the faces of the four Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges that denied collective bargaining rights injunction June 14, 2011. Wait. Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth? .

In the illustration above they are from left to right:
David Prosser appointed 1998 current term expires 2021
Pateince Roggensack Her current term expires July 31, 2023.
Justice Michael J. Gableman His current term expires July 31, 2018.
Annette Kingsland Ziegler Her current term expires July 31, 2017

What about “the evidence”

The parties’ names are sealed in court records, but, according to sources they are the Wisconsin Club for Growth, R.J. Johnson and Deb Jordahl (right). Johnson in the 2010 and 2012 campaigns was a top adviser to both the Wisconsin Club for Growth and Walker’s campaign. Jordahl was an adviser to the club.

A separate challenge was filed directly with the Supreme Court over thejohndoe_debra Jordahl investigation. That lawsuit — also accepted Tuesday — was brought by Johnson and Jordahl, according to sources.

Much of the court record in that case is sealed because of the secret nature of the investigation, so the particulars of the challenge are not known.

Many of the records in the other cases are also being kept from the public, but some of those documents were made public in one of the federal lawsuits.

Those records revealed prosecutors had developed a theory Walker was at the center of “criminal scheme” to bypass campaign finance laws. Walker has stressed that he was never charged, and two judges rejected that theory.

Abrahamson (Chief Justice?) noted that some records in the court file are not available to some of those who are bringing the legal challenges.Patrick Marley Journal Sentinel

Looking at the words in bold above, we can begin to see what the oligarchs have accomplished over the past five years. They have taken the John Doe investigation secrecy and turned it to an advantage that only money can buy. You can read the litigation slice and dice at the link above, and probably never understand it. That is the point. Now, they have three separate cases – the details of which are not only secret to the public but to the litigants themselves! All played out in a high court that has been fraught with in-fighting (literally) and is stacked 4 to 3 in favor of the oligarchs. OH what sweet justice money can buy!

March 27, 2015 State high court won’t hear arguments in John Doe cases

Now we’ve arrived at the dreary liaison of Money, Power, and Election Fraud

Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday it would not hear arguments — in secret or in public — as it considers whether to allow an investigation to continue that has looked into whether Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign illegally worked with conservative groups in recall elections.

“The prospect of oral argument creates severe tension between important and conflicting priorities,” the court wrote, citing the long tradition of open courts and the secrecy of the John Doe.

Instead, the court will decide the matter based on hundreds of pages of briefs that have been filed in the cases, mostly in secret, because the court also rejected a special prosecutor’s argument that the secrecy genie has already largely escaped the bottle.State high court won’t hear arguments

In short, we are back where we started. Let me repeat.

Now, we have three separate cases much of which are not only secret to the public but to the litigants themselves! All played out in a high court that has been fraught with in-fighting (literally) and is stacked 4 to 3 in favor of the oligarchs. Well it is even worse, since Justice Bradley, who just won her election, has recused herself. Make that 4 to 2 in favor of the oligarchs.