Walker's Wisconsin – job killer list

Walker #Fails

Walker’s complete failure to create jobs paints him as one of the most ineffectual leaders in Wisconsin’s History – and the 2014 election is right around the corner. Like George W., who would never admit to hiswalker wins1 mistake of selling a war based on false intelligence reports, Scott Walker takes no ownership of the dismal job numbers in Wisconsin which put his performance at the bottom of the list compiled by Business Journal of all other governors in the country. Walker ranks 44th on the list. Instead, he points his finger of blame on a “list of weapons of job destruction” that are as mythical and out of reach as all those centrifuges for enriched uranium of George W..

Centrifuge and subterfuge indeed

The governor inadvertently opened up the jobs can of worms all by himself. It wasn’t the big union bosses from out-of-state, or protestors in the rotunda, or even some legislator from the opposing party. It was Scott Walker. He did it all by himself when he went off script in Merrill, Wisconsin last Monday and was recorded by WTMJ TV on video saying, “It’s not about jobs.” and was seen as backing away from his big campaign promise of bringing 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin by the end of his term.

Wisconsin elected a “reformer”. A man who looks to the far future rather then just the next election. Some states elect leaders with college educations and a varied resume of experience across a spectrum of disciplines. Not Wisconsin. They elected a governor with no college diploma, and whose experience was limited to political maneuvering. It was to be a “learn on the job” administration, because people liked the way he sounded and believed in what he said. Walker was a “reformer” and Wisconsin became his “reform school”. His statement regarding his misstatement on WTMJ, rambles through words to form a sentence in the fitful pattern that leaves quotation marks struggling to contain the non-thought:


What we’re trying to stay focused on is not hitting a magic number as much as making sure everything we did — that our overwhelming focus of this administration — is how do we help the people of the state get more jobs? Walker said.

Business Journal Updated: Aug 30, 2013, 5:02am CDT

And the blame goes to…

The fickle finger of Walker is ever searching for the weapons of job destruction in Wisconsin when it might serve him well to replace his frantic fickle finger with a mirror.

His latest list of culprits:

1) Employer concerns caused by protests in Madison,
2) The recall elections
3) The Affordable Care Act.

The most recent estimates are that the state has added less than 85,000 jobs since Walker was sworn in as governor in January 2011.

Walker reiterated earlier statements that Wisconsin had lost about 131,000 jobs in the years before he took office, a figure he blamed partly on the state’s policies and direction under his predecessor Democrat Jim Doyle. Of course, the Great Recession caused extensive job losses before 2011 in Wisconsin and the rest of the country.
Business Journal story by Rich Kirchen Senior Reporter linked above.


If politics is going to play a higher priority than getting people back to work, it’s a sad day,” Walker said.

In fact, Doyle left the door for new jobs in Wisconsin wide open with the contract with Talgo the Spanish train company. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who played politics worst of all?

It was Scott Walker who had a King of job creators kneeling at his feet. Talgo, the Spanish train-maker had already opened a plant in Milwaukee and was working on two trainsets for the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha service. Wisconsin was awarded eight hundred and ten million dollars to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin. Walker said “No”. The reason he gave was one of the first in the long litany of lies he would unleash on the people of Wisconsin over the following year.

Why did Walker reject high speed rail?

If not Doyle, it must be the protests and recalls

What has hurt his efforts to create more jobs has been the one-two-three punch of Capitol protests, the recall elections he and state senators faced in 2012 and now employer concerns about the Affordable Care Act, Walker said.

Protesters swamped the area in and around the state Capitol for weeks in opposition to plans by Walker and Republican legislators to reduce the power of public-sector labor unions and require most public employees in Wisconsin to contribute to their pensions and health care benefits.Business Journal story by Rich Kirchen Senior Reporter linked above.

Protestors or his stubborn inability to compromise?

Before the protests began in February of 2012. Long before the Senate and Gubernatorial recall elections that followed, Scott Walker was presented with a compromise from the unions.

Good Morning America Gov. Walker Rejects Compromise as Wisconsin Union Protests Continue

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC Anchor: Governor, they already said they were willing to give up on the pensions and on the health care. They already said that. They have already made those concessions.

GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R-Wis.): But that’s a red herring.
PBS ANALYSIS AIR DATE: Feb. 21, 2011 with video

Whatever effect protests and recall elections may have had on Scott Walker’s ability to create jobs, is trumped by his own inflexibility; to hold onto his disingenuous strategy to “divide and conquer”. Just one word of compromise to unions back in February of 2012 would have ended the protests, and the recall elections. Who is really at fault?

The Affordable Care Act is the Cuprit

“Many small and midsize employers say it’s the uncertainty,” Walker said. “They haven’t figured (the ACA) out and they don’t know the impact and until they do, that’s the part that concerns them the most.”
Business Journal story by Rich Kirchen Senior Reporter linked above.

Businesses in every state have been dealing with the Affordable Care Act at the same time as Wisconsin – even states that have also been subjected to protests and recall elections like Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Yet, Wisconsin remains at the bottom of the job creation numbers. So what is the common denominator? What is it that Wisconsin has in place that no other state has – Governor Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is not on the list?

The the entire Department of Commerce, that functioned without major problems for 35 years, was dismantled, “reformed”, and restructured by Gov. Scott Walker in February 2011. Commerce was replaced with the new and streamlined Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and branded as a public-private agency, to boost job growth. This was the flag ship of “Walker Reform” boasting an $83 million budget. The regulatory, big government, impediments of the Commerce Department would be striped to make room for the Neoconservative efficiency of WEDC – the flagship of the new Walker reform to allow for the lofty goal of creating jobs, jobs, jobs.

A few headlines reveal the story of administrative failure of the WEDC

The initial Promise? “WEDC will create 50,000 jobs by June 2012″

The Old Commerce Department was abolished in favor of WEDC with a single purpose – (Please mark this well) Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie told how the Governor was working closely with the WEDC and was getting regular updates from chief executive officer, Paul Jadin, and it would retain or create 50,000 jobs by June 2012.

The July 18 2012 Shake up – WEDC Bidding suspended!

Before a year had passed, Gov. Scott Walker was shaking up the leadership of the state’s flagship jobs agency. You see, there was a problem. The bidding process was mishandled. Skyward, an information technology company of Stevens Point, was offered a sweetened deal.

July 2012 – the WEDC is summarized: Ryan Murray makes things “clear”

At this time, under the most reliable measure, Wisconsin’s WEDC created 19,551 jobs overall in 2011, lagging behind the nation and the 33,660 jobs that were created in 2010.

Murray made clear that the Walker administration would not be repeating the maneuver because it had the appearance of violating the competitive bid.

September 26, 2012- WEDC Oversteps Authority

The old Commerce Department, with all of its regulations, secured loans agreements from the Federal Government for 35 years. Walker simply transferred them to the “streamlined” WEDC even though the oversight of the the disbursal of loans was so lax that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) threatened to cancel them.

October 19, 2012 – Lost 9 Million Dollars?

Just three months after the communication and oversight problems had been fixed by his trustworthy appointee Ryan Murray, Gov. Scott Walker called for “dramatic moves”. In the wake of revelations that his flagship jobs agency had lost track of $9 million in past due loans with due dates going back more than a year, the reformer did another shift and shuffle of staff.

It is always someone else to blame

It is always everyone else who is wrong, including the people whose names appear on the communications recently made public like:

Tim RussellJohn Doe Russela former deputy chief of staff to Walker, pleaded guilty Nov. 29.

Kevin Kavanaugh – convicted of stealing more than $50,000 from Operation Freedom and other veterans funds and sentenced in December to two years in prison.

Kelly Rindfleisch – who worked for Walker in the county executive’s office in 2010, was sentenced Nov. 19 to six months in jail for campaign fundraising at the courthouse using a secret email system installed there.

Darlene Wink – Walker’s constituent services coordinator at the county, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for doing campaign work while on the county clock.

Daily news stories flash through the media, blogs, face book, and twitter. The progression of problems with WEDC encompass the time line of Walker’s first day in office through yesterday. The attempt is to show some patterns over a longer period than a day, week, or month. What is most striking to me, are all those who have hit the water in the wake of Walker’s passage – all of those who were once trusted associates and are now convicted as felons or tossed overboard because of this action or that. Through all this only one person, one common denominator stands in an obvious and prime position.

Are we to believe the fault remains with those cast aside? Experience and history tell us this cannot be true, and it is time to follow the three fingers pointed back at the one who points.

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Walker's Wisconsin – FDR or John Doe?

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be causally related.

Just such a meaningful sync of time and place witness walkerarrived last week to paint Scott Walker in yet another paradox of his true identity, when new documents from the John Doe investigation were made public, even as he was portraying himself as the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

July 30, 2013

FDR…

Comparing himself to FDR, Walker rationalizes curtailing collective bargaining


Walker likened his public union philosophy to that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt July 29, 2012.

Walker states position at Governmental Research Association conference at UWM

“The position I pushed is not unlike the principle that Franklin Delano Roosevelt — not exactly a conservative — pushed as well when it came to public sector collective bargaining,” FDRWalker remarked at the annual Governmental Research Association policy conference. “He felt that there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people. We are the people. And so what we’ve done is to be able to empower our great employees, to affirm them.”By Steve Schultze Journal Sentinel

Speaking from the ornate Governor’s Conference Room, Walker calmly laid out his position for state employees to pay a higher share of their fringe benefits, and his more controversial proposal to eliminate most of their bargaining rights.

Walker invoked FDR’s name frequently during the 2011 protests, even going so far as to host a fireside chat. Feb. 22, 2011

Walker said state employees were the state’s partners in economic development.

He dubbed his speech a “fireside chat,” calling to mind Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous radio broadcasts to a Depression-ravaged nation. By Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel

…or John Doe?

Prior to assuming the governor’s office in 2011, Walker spent eight years sparring with union leadership in Milwaukee County as the county executive, an experience he said readied him to take on public sector unions statewide and to “make some tough, but I would say looking back now, prudent decisions.”

Most of the emails and documents related to the John Doe investigation centering around Walker’s friends and appointiees would be kept secret because nature of the proceeding, yet one element of scrutiny involved the accidental death of a teenager who was on his way to Summerfest in 2010. Jared Kellner of Greenfield, died at the s/cene June 24 after being struck by a 27,000 pound slab of concrete fell from the structure, which is located along Lincoln Memorial Drive immediately west of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Since the case of his accidental death is coming to trial and portions of the evidence are contained within the John Doe materials, some have been released. Below is a video account of the tragedy produced shortly after the incident:

Harkening back to the famous come back from the vice presidential debate of 1988 when Senator Lloyd Bentson laced Dan Quayle with the remark, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy”:

Oh, Scott, you are no FDR

July 30, 2013
By Daniel Bice, Dave Umhoefer and Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel
Gov. Scott Walker worked simultaneously with his campaign staff and county aides in coordinating responses to media inquiries, open records requests and news stories about the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy, according to newly released emails.

The records show that Walker was integrally involved in the efforts to challenge any negative publicity after a concrete panel fell from the Milwaukee County-owned O’Donnell parking structure, killing a 15-year-old boy on June 24, 2010, on his way to Summerfest. The incident occurred in the middle of the 2010 gubernatorial campaign

The jewel of synchronicity that speaks to Walker’s self comparison to FDR is contained in his accusation of his critics at the time of the tragedy:

“It is despicable that anyone would use this tragedy for political purposes.Biz Times

It is always everyone else who is wrong, including the people whose names appear on the communications recently made public like:

Tim RussellJohn Doe Russela former deputy chief of staff to Walker, pleaded guilty Nov. 29.

Kevin Kavanaugh – convicted of stealing more than $50,000 from Operation Freedom and other veterans funds and sentenced in December to two years in prison.

Kelly Rindfleisch – who worked for Walker in the county executive’s office in 2010, was sentenced Nov. 19 to six months in jail for campaign fundraising at the courthouse using a secret email system installed there.

Darlene Wink – Walker’s constituent services coordinator at the county, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for doing campaign work while on the county clock.

Walker, our new FDR, knew nothing of these despicable acts, and anyone who would use the tragedy of the demise of these people for political purposes has no right to be compared to FDR.

The released communications read like the notes of a Walker speech writer

You can find the 300 plus pages of released documents at Wisconsin Politics LINK Email Search Set “Donnel” Wisconsin Politics

Along with the news of the tragedy came a fact: the County Executive had cut the budget for for scheduled maintenance of the structure and the funds were transferred to a general fund that would reflect well on Walker’s budget slicing prowess. All this while he was in the midst of his campaign for Governor. Remind you of anything?

And the scramble was on for damage control, a hunt for “good ink”, and spin, spin, spin.

Fran McLaughlin, director of communications for Walker’s office,
issued the following response:
“Public safety was the sole concern for acting quickly and that is precisely why the Chairman of the County Board announced the inspection team plan with the County Executive in a joint statement on June 30. The County Board was given a written report on the
process proposed by structural engineers at the county. The lead firm on the inspections was NOT involved with the construction of the parking structure at O’Donnell Park. This is one of the many inaccurate statements in the release.” JS Online

Posted: June 25, 2010 10:26 a.m

County Executive Scott Walker said Thursday he’d seen no evidence that deferred
maintenance played any role in the accident and he criticized County Board Chairman Lee
Holloway for calling for a safety review of all county buildings
From:Thomas Nardelli
To:Scott Walker

Holloway, apparently grasping at straws, also told Mester to give media a copy of a 2006 report the Parks Department on Deferred Maintenance through out the Parks System that had been requested by the County Board. 17 items of deferred maintenance were identified at the O’Donnell Parking Structure. None of those items dealt with façades, which is what I told Diamant!

The I-Team dug, too, and found a long list of deferred maintenance onthe parking garage.” After going through the list again, finally Diamint said in the voice-over, “On Friday, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker reported that the parks department, which runs the garage, had recently made the repairs and is convinced that none of them caused the
collapse.” Diamint asked Walker, “How can you be so sure that none of these
deferred maintenance items on that list didn’t play a role in it?”
“Right. Because the bottom line is that none of them have anything to do with the façade,” said Walker.

Then you can find this little tidbit of warning going to Walker’s threat to women’s health.

Green Bay Press Gazette
July 4, 2010
Neumann, Walker wrong choice for women’s health

GREEN BAY — The upcoming election for governor could spell disaster for women’s health. Republican candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker believe that politicians and the government, not women and families, should make personal, private health-care decisions about birth control and abortion. Don’t believe me? Just last week, Neumann and Walker
sought and accepted the endorsement of Pro-Life Wisconsin, an extreme organization that works to make birth control and abortion illegal. Neumann even highlights this endorsement on his website.

Meanwhile Walker and his staff discuss how to handle the freedom of information act requests that were pouring in. Ignore them? Slow them? Shuffle them like cards?

From: carcher
To: Kelly Rindfleisch(now indicted)

Subject:
open records requests
Date:
Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:46:01 AM
I just sent an email to the breakfast group. Based on what Keith is telling me about the Mayor’s Office we may want to slow our process down. I know it seems like we are taking our time, but in comparison to the Mayor’s Office we are operating a lightening speed.
I am only talking about the ones related to SKW (Scott Walker), not O’Donnell park. My sense from Keith is that we should be operating one step above ignoring them….

Only in Walker’s Wisconsin will we find a scandal laced with scandal, when in the midst of spin and cover up questions arise around awarding inspection contracts to campaign donors. Remind you of anything?

We are also concerned that Graef-USA Inc, a firm that has contributed to County Executive Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, was awarded a no bid contract. Even though a lot of the work is being subcontracted, the fact remains that County dollars are being funneled through Graef, which was one of the contractors involved in building the O’Donnell Parking garage in the first place. How can we expect them to provide unbiased reports in light of that fact? Biz Times

Walker kept saying he spent $730 million on maintenance and replacement of county properties. He kept saying it much like he keeps saying he just balanced the state budget, like he says he is just like FDR.

p. 232 doc of document linked above

Fran McLaughlin, director of communications for Walker’s office, issued the following response:

“Public safety was the sole concern for acting quickly and that is precisely why the Chairman of the County Board announced the inspection team plan with the County Executive in a joint statemention June 30. The County Board was given a written report on the
process proposed by structural engineers at the county. The leadb firm on the inspections was NOT involved with the construction of the parking structure at O’Donnell Park. This is one of the many inaccurate statements in the release.”

Larson said Walker’s move was a case of a “shift of long-term dollars for short-term gains. Obviously, that’s not a recipe for success.” Walker strongly denied the Weishan and Larson assertions, and said both critics are using a tragedy to try to score political points. “We have over the last eight years spent $730 million dollars from the
capital budget on maintenance and replacement and construction and other things,” Walker said. “These (charges) are just wild accusations with no basis.”

“The things (the investigators) are identifying in terms of pieces not being installed correctly are not things that could have been found with a normal inspection,” Walker said in an interview.

Of the $730 million that Walker said the county has spent on capital maintenance under his watch, Larson said half was for “tax-levy-neutral work” at General Mitchell International Airport, which was planned for the decade before Walker took office.

Today we now know of the word and tactics of the creator of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation but see nothing that approaches or resembles the administrative talents of FDR.

p.236 doc linked above
“I don’t know that this tragedy would have happened if part of that $113.4 million had been spent on capital maintenance,” said Weishan, a consistent Walker critic. “He chose to divert that money into that part of the budget instead of raising taxes.”

p. 246
to: Keith
Subject: JS (Journal Sentinel)
Umhoefer and Schultze (Investigative Journalists) have been hounding skw (Scott Walker) to release o’donnell records (they have open records requests). Skw is anxious to get them what they want. We are still trying to determine what can be released. Last night, I had Fran call Schultze and walk through their requests to determine if info provided
fullfilled their request and what they still needed. Goodwill gesture so they know we aren’t holding out. Skw seemed pleased with that.


Not only did Walker veto the funding, but stood for applause. How very FDR of him!

p. 149 doc
The critical engineering position was approved by the Milwaukee County Board for the 2008
budget, but Walker vetoed the $150,000 in funding. Walker’s veto message from November 7,
2007 on the item: “I have vetoed this amendment entirely because there are sufficient resources in the Department of Public Works to continue work on this initiative. My veto of this item results in a tax levy savings of $150,000.” Walker’s veto required a two-thirds majority to override and fell one vote short and the oversight funds were cut.






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John Doe STILL OPEN

MADISON, Wis. (AP) –
Walker said on Tuesday that he hoped the so-called “John Doe” investigation would end as early as this week. But retired Waukesha County Judge Neal Nettesheim told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home Wednesday “that would be pure conjecture.

The judge overseeing the investigation into former aides of Gov. Scott Walker says the probe remains open.
News 8000

Not Complete – Who is left?

Judge Nettesheim says, “The John Doe is not completed. It is still open.News 8000

Russell is the fourth Walker aide or associate convicted of misconduct in office as part of the ongoing John Doe investigation.

Walker’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Rindfleisch (far right) was sentenced in November to six months in jail and probation for doing political fundraising while at her county job.

Kevin Kavanaugh (second from left) was sentenced in December to two years in prison
after stealing more than $50,000 from Operation Freedom and other funds intended to benefit veterans and their families. Walker had appointed Kavanaugh to the county Veterans Service Commission.

Additionally, Walker’s constituent services director, Darlene Wink (second from right), was sentenced in January to one year’s probation for doing campaign fundraising in 2009 while working in her taxpayer-funded county job.

Other indictments surrounding Walker campaign:

In April 2011 William Gardner (third from left), president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., agreed to plea guilty to two felony counts

Brian Pierick,(third from right) was Tim Russell’s roommate and partner. He was charged ( with child enticement and exposing himself to a 17 year-old boy.

walker PATH

John Doe Investigation Continues bouncing from associate to associate

If we are defined by the company we choose, than the sooner Governor Walker is unseated as Governor of the State the better. Unfortunately he is too big to jail. If any business leader, educator, or board member were to be so deeply associated with the likes of those pictured above, they would be dismissed. Why is it that a governor is held to a different set of rules?

Walker is an emperor without clothes. The evidence presented in the course of the John Doe investigation has diminished any attraction to this man as a leader. Everyone knows that his County Executive office was just yards away from the secret email network that was used, on the tax payers dime, as a tool as he campaigned for governor. So we wait and wonder when the axe will fall.

John Doe "OPEN FOR BUSINESS" "IT IS WORKING"

Judge Nettesheim “IT IS WORKING”

“The John Doe is still open and I have received no indication from the prosecutors that they are going to ask me to close it down as of yet,”

-Neal Nettesheim, a retired state appeals court judgeJS Online

Karma – Yin-Yang – Walker’s slogans arise to form his epitaph

Today. Thursday November 29th, this afternoon. Tim Russell appears in court to unveil the next piece in the puzzle of the 2 and a half year investigation into malfeasance (remember that word from the GOP speeches defending Walker in the Recall Election?) and an assemblage of despicable deeds that a murder of crows would not care to lite upon.

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
Al Capone

For most of the people, those that Walker refers to when he says, “most people, like I, would be happy and hopeful that it might be done this week.”, the investigation is about the headline story: the secret email network operated on the taxpayers dime.

Of course, that one allegation is a felony; a criminal offense that has put Kelly Rendfliesh behind bars. But the underbelly of dastardly deeds associated with the cadre of criminals that found their way into into the positions of Walker’s highest regard and confidence have been buried in the understory, partly because the story has wound on, but more so because the crimes of Tim Russell, Brian Pietrich and Kevin Kavanaugh are so seedy and “R” rated that, well, reporters just don’t want to talk about them.

Walker for President

I hope Walker enters the primary election process for president and opens his past to the vetting process of the media so his true nature is spread, in no uncertain terms, across the county.

Child Enticement Associations

Scott Walker placed his full trust and offered the highest responsibility to men who are accused partners in child enticement. The former Chief of Staff for hopeful presidential candidate, Scott Walker, were playing cyber sex with an underage boy who was looking for a sexual adventure. The following day these men were in the office working for the current governor of Wisconsin. And Republicans are questioning the integrity of Pamela Rice for reading an official statement on Sunday morning talk radio shows?

Stealing From Families of Fallen Veterans

Russell is accused of one of the smelliest, low down, inhuman embezzlement schemes in the annals Wisconsin dirty deeds. It is one thing to steal money by cooking the books, it is another when you are taking that money from moms and dads who lost children in war. What could be more heartless or more disingenuous to all that we call America?

My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way.
Al Capone

Since the power point presentation during the trial of Rindfleisch, even the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel is slowly backing away from its documented “Stand With Walker” voice.It has gone from:

“We recommend Walker; his removal isn’t justified”

before the Recall Election to,

“We have no idea if there is more here than meets the eye. But what’s clear from the emails is that Walker’s campaign staff was helping to manage county government for the benefit of only one citizen — Scott Walker. How is that acceptable conduct?”

No, the John Doe Investigation is not over, and will not be over by the end of the week. Walker’s – “It’s all about me” – approach to governance has reached new heights with the revelation of his total lack of comprehension that his hopes for national candidacy would die in its tracks and only be written with his own slogans forming the epitaph of his political career.

The man who failed to realize that the John Doe investigation “Is Working” and the long line of proof leading to his downfall is “Open for Business”.

The Evolution of Walkergate – #3 The Day of Indictments

The Trial of Kelly Rindfeisch October 15

The last of the the long line of obstructions, pleas, and motions to delay the trial of Kelly Rindfeicsh is finally over. Walker is on the list of witnesses.

The John Doe investigation has gone on since he took office over 18 long months ago, and many of the hot new stories that broke over all those months have cooled, so now might be a good time to revisit some of the major breaks in the investigation so as to make clear the whole scope of malfeasance that falls beneath the label of John Doe. This is about a lot more than a secret email network stuck in a closet in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.

Yes. This is about much more.

The Day of Indictments January 5, 2012

Just as the year turned the graphic below appeared on the front page of many newspapers across the State of Wisconsin.

WALKER Aides Charged

At the time, a photo of Kathy Rindfleisch was hard to come by and so she occupies the last frame of the graphic as a “shadow person”. Now, with her trial just one week away she will be out of the shadow as she sits out in the open light of day under the scrutiny of the people and the press in the seat of the accused,

Top of the timeline

Exactly and to the day – just six months later on July 5, Walker faced a recall election, in which turnout records were broken. I learned, early in the evening, that the race was called and Scott Walker had made history – He had survived the recall.

And Judge Hansher tells us”….

“Scott Walker’s not on trial here. I’m going to emphasize that to the jurors,” Judge David Hansher told attorneys for the prosecution and defense at a pre-trial hearing for Kelly M. Rindfleisch. “It’s just a by-product that she was working for Scott Walker at the time. La Crosse Tribune

I object Your Honor!

The rule of law is not a yard stick measuring the distance between two points. It is a magnet drawing to itself any and all evidence that brings truth to power. Are these proceedings to be conducted as a lab experiment where the twitching of an appendage is attributed to some mysterious electrical impulse? The rule of law holds that a man is innocent until proven guilty and it is an inherent, necessary evil of this concept that provides the advantage for money and power to obstruct and delay the time and place of a trial. The motions and pleadings of the rich and powerful have finally run there course and the parties of those responsible for breaking the law are finally here assembled to speak the truth under oath and against the penalty of perjury.

Your honor, let us not allow these proceedings to become a fantasy acted out as a satire of common sense. The defense has bought and paid for the long months of obstruction and delay of these proceedings which is granted them under law, let us not be further blinded by money and power in the conduct of determination of truth. To do so is to place the weight of gold on the balance of justice. No, your honor, let the rule of law run like water and as it will, to wet those who have slipped and spare those of sure footing.

Citizens have waited patiently and for months and have endured through political battles of historic proportion, and now they are asked to were special glasses with which to slant the view to the path to the simple truth? The people need no direction as to who, why, or what is at stake here, but seek only the direction of the ultimate truth in a straight forward manner as provided by the rule of law.
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The Circle Tightens – More Arrests on the Horizon

BREAKING TODAY (Back on January 5, 2012)

Email Network operated out of Walker County Exec Office

“In the course of the investigation, it was learned that a private e-mail network was established and operated out of the County Executive’s office and that the private network was used to communicate both political campaign and government work related information to select individuals,” said a press release from District Attorney John Chisholm.

Walker’s state office and his campaign had no immediate comment.

Read Rindfleish Crimminal Complaint


From Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel

Bice is doing a meticulous job of reporting the details of the investigation with the precision of a surgeon.

A new round of criminal charges is coming soon against at least a couple of Gov. Scott Walker’s former county staffers for doing extensive campaign activity while on the taxpayers’ dime, sources say.

The charges – which should be filed by District Attorney John Chisholm’s office in the next week or two – will be part of the long-running John Doe investigation of Walker’s aides and associates during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel On Line

BREAKING TODAY

Two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive were charged Thursday with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.

Kelly Rindfleisch, deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, faces four felony counts of misconduct in office for working for then-Rep. Brett Davis’ 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor while on the county clock. Davis, who lost in the Republican primary, is now Walker’s state Medicaid director.
Daniel Brice Ex-Walker aides accused

The next round of charges will serve to draw an ever tightening circle around Scott Walker as the investigation is destined to move into his campaign for Governor.

The time line at the right suggests that legal darts have been tossed to the near left and the right of the Governor while he has assured voters that he has the values and integrity of an Eagle Scout. He is often described as a polarizing figure which is like saying that many people are starting to giggle at the emperor’s new clothes.

The next round of darts will strike ever closer to the Governor as Darlene Wink, his constituent services coordinator, resigned after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time. Gardner has already made a guilty plea to the charges of illegally funding Walker’s campaign. Oh, and this is interesting – Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. received 14 Million dollars in state grants! Read “Walker Rail $$$$ Whoooooops!”

Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money.

The darts are striking fast and furious toward the middle of the target. Of course, it is possible that Darlene was campaigning for Walker on the tax-payers dime without his knowledge or encouragement. It is possible that Gardner funneled 60k into Walker’s campaign without the Gov suspecting anything. Oh, and the 14 million in grants to Gardner’s railroad? Well, he probably would have been awarded the same cash even if he had not been a contributor to the Walker race.

Do you see where this is going? How many maybe’s, could have’s, and possible’s can be thrown through the air without a bulls eye?

Timeline

The Investigation began on May 5 of 2010
Check the benchmarks of the events below with the most resent at the top. The name Walker is highlighted to demonstrate his close proximity to the suspect parties.

July 5, 2012


Walker Wins Recall Election

January 5, 2012
Prosecutors charge Russell and veterans official Kevin Kavanaugh with multiple felonies for stealing more than $60,000 from Operation Freedom, a program honoring veterans. Russell’s domestic partner, Brian Pierick, is charged with child enticement.

December 13, 2011
Jensen is arrested and jailed for refusing to cooperate with the John Doe investigation.

November 1, 2011
Real estate executive Andrew Jensen asks an appeals court to allow his grant of immunity to be given in secret. The court later rejects the request.

September 28, 2011
Walker says he is safe from the John Doe probe, citing the fact that he is a former Eagle Scout and the son of a Baptist minister.

September 14, 2011
Authorities execute a search warrant of the house of Cynthia Archer, a former top-ranking county administrator for Walker. Archer had been moved out of her state job as deputy administration secretary shortly before the raid.

July 21, 2011
Tom Nardelli, Walker’s former county chief of staff, resigns his state job abruptly, but Nardelli said his decision was not due to the John Doe probe.

July 7, 2011
Gardner is sentenced to nine months’ probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of violating state election laws.

April 14, 2011
Nettesheim grants immunity to Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker and a former campaign staffer.

April 11, 2011
Gardner, the railroad executive, is charged with two felonies for election law violations for funneling more than $60,000 in campaign donations to Walker and other politicians. Gardner agrees to plead guilty to the charges, and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. agrees to pay a $166,900 fine.

December 7, 2010
Nettesheim grants immunity to Rose Ann Dieck, a retired teacher and Milwaukee County Republican party activist.

December 21, 2010
Authorities conduct raids of Russell’s Milwaukee home and West Milwaukee business office.

November 15, 2010
Chisholm and his staff meet with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and others at the state Department of Justice to ask for their help with the John Doe investigation. Van Hollen eventually rejects the offer.

Nov 1, 2010
Authorities subpoena emails from Walker’s campaign – one day before the general election. Walker campaign hires former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic of Michael Best & Friedrich to handle the request.

August 20,2010
Authorities seize work computer of Tim Russell, county housing director and Walker’s former deputy chief of staff.

August 9, 2010
Authorities execute a search warrant of Wink’s house.

May 18, 2010
Nettesheim agrees to expand the investigation to include allegations that railroad executive William Gardner improperly funneled campaign donations to the Walker campaign and others through Gardner’s employees.

May 13, 201
Darlene Wink, Walker’s constituent services coordinator, resigns after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time.

May 5, 2010
Former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim authorizes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his office to conduct a John Doe investigation.

John Doe – More Charges Loom

The Circle Tightens – More Arrests on the Horizon

BREAKING TODAY

Email Network operated out of Walker County Exec Office

“In the course of the investigation, it was learned that a private e-mail network was established and operated out of the County Executive’s office and that the private network was used to communicate both political campaign and government work related information to select individuals,” said a press release from District Attorney John Chisholm.

Walker’s state office and his campaign had no immediate comment.

Read Rindfleish Crimminal Complaint


From Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel

Bice is doing a meticulous job of reporting the details of the investigation with the precision of a surgeon.

A new round of criminal charges is coming soon against at least a couple of Gov. Scott Walker’s former county staffers for doing extensive campaign activity while on the taxpayers’ dime, sources say.

The charges – which should be filed by District Attorney John Chisholm’s office in the next week or two – will be part of the long-running John Doe investigation of Walker’s aides and associates during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel On Line

BREAKING TODAY

Two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive were charged Thursday with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.

Kelly Rindfleisch, deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, faces four felony counts of misconduct in office for working for then-Rep. Brett Davis’ 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor while on the county clock. Davis, who lost in the Republican primary, is now Walker’s state Medicaid director.
Daniel Brice Ex-Walker aides accused

The next round of charges will serve to draw an ever tightening circle around Scott Walker as the investigation is destined to move into his campaign for Governor.

The time line at the right suggests that legal darts have been tossed to the near left and the right of the Governor while he has assured voters that he has the values and integrity of an Eagle Scout. He is often described as a polarizing figure which is like saying that many people are starting to giggle at the emperor’s new clothes.

The next round of darts will strike ever closer to the Governor as Darlene Wink, his constituent services coordinator, resigned after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time. Gardner has already made a guilty plea to the charges of illegally funding Walker’s campaign. Oh, and this is interesting – Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. received 14 Million dollars in state grants! Read “Walker Rail $$$$ Whoooooops!”

Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money.


The darts are striking fast and furious toward the middle of the target. Of course, it is possible that Darlene was campaigning for Walker on the tax-payers dime without his knowledge or encouragement. It is possible that Gardner funneled 60k into Walker’s campaign without the Gov suspecting anything. Oh, and the 14 million in grants to Gardner’s railroad? Well, he probably would have been awarded the same cash even if he had not been a contributor to the Walker race.

Do you see where this is going? How many maybe’s, could have’s, and possible’s can be thrown through the air without a bulls eye?

Timeline

The Investigation began on May 5 of 2010
Check the benchmarks of the events below with the most resent at the top. The name Walker is highlighted to demonstrate his close proximity to the suspect parties.


January 5, 2012

Prosecutors charge Russell and veterans official Kevin Kavanaugh with multiple felonies for stealing more than $60,000 from Operation Freedom, a program honoring veterans. Russell’s domestic partner, Brian Pierick, is charged with child enticement.

December 13, 2011
Jensen is arrested and jailed for refusing to cooperate with the John Doe investigation.

November 1, 2011
Real estate executive Andrew Jensen asks an appeals court to allow his grant of immunity to be given in secret. The court later rejects the request.

September 28, 2011
Walker says he is safe from the John Doe probe, citing the fact that he is a former Eagle Scout and the son of a Baptist minister.

September 14, 2011
Authorities execute a search warrant of the house of Cynthia Archer, a former top-ranking county administrator for Walker. Archer had been moved out of her state job as deputy administration secretary shortly before the raid.

July 21, 2011
Tom Nardelli, Walker’s former county chief of staff, resigns his state job abruptly, but Nardelli said his decision was not due to the John Doe probe.

July 7, 2011
Gardner is sentenced to nine months’ probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of violating state election laws.

April 14, 2011
Nettesheim grants immunity to Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker and a former campaign staffer.

April 11, 2011
Gardner, the railroad executive, is charged with two felonies for election law violations for funneling more than $60,000 in campaign donations to Walker and other politicians. Gardner agrees to plead guilty to the charges, and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. agrees to pay a $166,900 fine.

December 7, 2010
Nettesheim grants immunity to Rose Ann Dieck, a retired teacher and Milwaukee County Republican party activist.

December 21, 2010
Authorities conduct raids of Russell’s Milwaukee home and West Milwaukee business office.

November 15, 2010
Chisholm and his staff meet with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and others at the state Department of Justice to ask for their help with the John Doe investigation. Van Hollen eventually rejects the offer.

Nov 1, 2010
Authorities subpoena emails from Walker’s campaign – one day before the general election. Walker campaign hires former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic of Michael Best & Friedrich to handle the request.

August 20,2010
Authorities seize work computer of Tim Russell, county housing director and Walker’s former deputy chief of staff.

August 9, 2010
Authorities execute a search warrant of Wink’s house.

May 18, 2010
Nettesheim agrees to expand the investigation to include allegations that railroad executive William Gardner improperly funneled campaign donations to the Walker campaign and others through Gardner’s employees.

May 13, 201
Darlene Wink, Walker’s constituent services coordinator, resigns after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time.

May 5, 2010
Former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim authorizes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his office to conduct a John Doe investigation.

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John Doe Stew – Simmers This Week

All the Makings of a Thick John Doe Stew.

UPDATE Russell’s arraignment is set for Feb. 16.

A Milwaukee County court commissioner decided Monday that there is enough evidence to send Timothy D. Russell, a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker, to trial on charges that he embezzled more than $25,000 from a veterans group and two political candidates.

Timothy D. Russell, 48, the former deputy chief of staff for Walker when he was county executive, was charged earlier this month with two felony counts and one misdemeanor theft count by prosecutors as part of a 20-month John Doe investigation of activities of Walker’s current and former aides.

Commissioner Barry Slagle bound Russell, 48, over for trial after three individuals testified against Russell during the hourlong preliminary hearing.

Slagle rejected a request from Russell’s attorney, Andrew Franklin, to reduce the two felony counts to misdemeanors. Franklin noted that the charges would then have to be dismissed because his client’s alleged actions occurred outside the statute of limitations.

Afterward, Franklin noted that the standard for a judge to bind someone over for trial is “very low.” A judge must find that there is probable cause that an individual committed the crimes listed in a criminal complaint.

“Are we disappointed?” Franklin said afterward. “Of course, we are.” Journal Sentinel On Line

Preliminary Hearing for Russell Today

A preliminary hearing on Russell’s two felony embezzlement charges was set for Jan. 23.
A former Milwaukee County official appointed by Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive is pleading not guilty to theft and fraud charges.

Scheduling Conference for Kavanaugh Next Monday

According to online court records, he also waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial Friday. A scheduling conference was set for Jan. 30.

Add in a governor on the precipice of a recall election, a teaspoon of politically charged environment and a dash of the divided electorate, and you see simmering journalism in a crock (crook) pot.

The main course of the John Doe stew has been thickened by the submission of 1 million signatures demanding his recall. As the stew simmers, many are salivating over the possibility of being served a just dessert.

The John Doe stew simmers on the front burner as many unanswered questions fill the room and steam the windows with a curious aroma:

Over the course of the last few days, I’ve learned more things, things which might or might not be part of the official investigation being conducted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, which is starting to make this whole stinking mess seem more like a redux of the caucus scandals which rocked the state ten years ago, when Walker was still a state legislator himself. The caucus scandals involved dirty politics at its dirtiest, done by both the Republicans and Democrats. The scandal, if I may oversimplify it, involved staff doing extensive politicking on the taxpayers’ dime and collusion with third party groups.Congnitive Dissidence Walkergate

No doubt the first is: How many other groups was Russell allegedly embezzling from? He was after all, a fixture in Milwaukee County Republican circles for years. Russell’s criminal complaints not only single out the funds he took from “Operation Freedom,” but also mentions discrepancies and charges related to campaigns of two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Chris Kuwaja and Larry Spicer. It would be only natural to wonder if there are other campaigns and committees that were unknowing victims.

Second: Is that why Rose Ann Dieck, an officer in the Milwaukee County Republican Party, was given immunity in the course of the investigation? Was she protecting herself while investigators built their case against Russell and the others?

No one has said being granted immunity means anyone is guilty of anything. Sometimes you’re lucky and have a lawyer smart enough to look out for any possible contingency.

A third question is: What were the motives behind Russell and Kavanaugh’s alleged embezzling? Greed? Were one or both allegedly trying to prop up failing business endeavors? If so, what businesses?
State House On Line Article

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