Citizen Recall Recount – BLOCKED

Wisconsin Citizens’ Groups are mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore.

The early rumblings of this storm began in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election when Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus found 14,000 votes a day after the election to give the race to Prosser over Kloppenburg. Yes. There was an investigation of Kathy Nickolaus and a recount of the election. What election observers of the recount observed was a culture of protection of County Clerks actions, right or wrong, much like the culture of protecting pedophiles within the ranks of the Catholic Church. In the case of Wisconsin elections the Bishop is Kevin Kennedy and the Diocese is the Government Accountability Board the abusers are County Clerks like Kathy Nickolaus and her anointed brethren of the election process in your state, your county, your ward, your polling place.

After observers where stymied, blocked, and ignored in the Supreme Court recount, a decade of denial broke down deep within them, resulting in the realization that the culture of protection surrounding Wisconsin elections was far more threatening than the result of any single race. It was a threat to democracy itself. Since all of the rules and procedures for conducting a recount were enforced and administrated by Bishop Kennedy in the GAB Diocese, the abuses to the vote bags, chain of custody, and falsely dated poll tapes would never reach the light of day. Just as in the long battle to bring child abuse to light, the press would not give voice to the one or two victims who came forward for fear of the repercussions if the allegations proved to be false. Like the many victims of abuse from priests and coaches, the cries of foul play from election observers have gone unreported, dismissed, and unanswered. Oh, there are lists, docs, and photos of these allegations that have been brought to the attention of the press, but in the interests of offering a drink of election fraud lite, below is just one video. It is 9 minutes and is the second half of Barb With’s testimony before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign reform on June 11, 2011, just months after the Supreme Court recount. You can witness for yourself how Barb With’s breakthrough of denial of election fraud carries its affect to a passion to be heard by the bishops who have protected the clerks of their system for years. The video has been “viewed” a little over 3,000 times. The allegation of the falsely dated poll tape has never been answered or explained in any of the recorded minutes that document the proceedings of the Supreme Court Recall Election. County Clerk Kathy Nicholaus was reprimanded months later, in a report prepared by Tim Verhoff Verhoff – “News at Last” for the GAB. She remains in her position of County Clerk of Waukesha County. “I Don’t Think We Are in Wisconsin Anymore”

A Very Fast Forward

Here we are today, up to minute, breaking, breaking, breaking….

Many of the very same folks who were observers of that Supreme Court Election and who stood toe to toe with Barb With and watched each of their recorded objections denied in that recount of yesteryear…well they are back. (Many refer to the video above as that old “hearing video”)

These Wisconsin Citizens, (who are volunteers and unpaid) who felt the bend of the learning curve of election fraud like a ruler across the knuckles, are back. This time, they prepared themselves with an “end around” strategy, after learning the bishops (who are positioned and paid) would continue to protect their vote abusers (who are positioned and paid). This time the plan was to conduct an oversight of the votes in the June 5 Recall election through the Freedom of Information process. Letters were sent to County Clerks across the state asking to inspect, ballots and election materials with the goal of actually counting the votes.

Most people are shocked to learn that the paper trail that is spit out by a machine when they vote is never actually used to verify the digital machine count! It has also been discovered that some County Clerks sent the cartridges (card, prom packs) that hold the digital election count, out of state, before the 21 days after the election in violation of election law statutes.Cartridges, Clerks, and Men in White Suits These cartridges were sent to the offices of Command Central near St. Cloud, Minnesota – the corporation that programs and tabulates them in the first place!

The Block – The Denial – The Fix

Bishop Kennedy sent out an edict to the citizens who are attempting an accurate accounting of the June 5 election, in which he spells out rules and regulations by which these requested election materials can be viewed. Below is just item #14 from the list and is singled out to demonstrate the absurdity with which this Bishop will entangle himself in order protect his clergy:

14. If the voted ballots are made available for inspection, they may not be given to the requesterto handle. The custodian must present each individual ballot to the requester in a manner that enables the requester to view the ballot without touching the ballot. This is necessary to protect the integrity of the voted ballot.

The full letter can be read here on face book Kennedy’s letter

Analogy time: Ok. I have custody of a child and I send that child on a ride with a stranger out of state. An agency discovers this irresponsible act and demands to examine the child. I hold that you can examine the child but you cannot touch the child and you will need to pay for my time while the child is examined.

Substitute cartridges for child and that is the logic of the current situation.

All Citzens Want is to Count the Vote

What are Bishop Kennedy and the Clergy Clerks afraid of? Is the fear and obstruction analogous to that of real Bishops and Clergy of the Catholic Church in the earliest cases involving abuse of children? All the citizens want to do is count the vote and verify the paper record with the digital tally or determine the truth. That’s it. If Kennedy is confident in the process, why not cooperate with these volunteers who are offering their time and energy to verify election results. Why…indeed.

Looking ahead – John Doe Sentencing

Too Connected to Fail

The John Doe Investigation has netted the first of its big fish of its haul. All of the felonious fish traveled in a school off the reef of Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County Executives office – and the net has been recast into ever deeper waters. The word on the street is that “Scooter is going down within the week”.

How will the catch be processed as it is hauled into the courts? Will the prize trophies of the day, be thrown back after experiencing the pain of oxygen deprivation during the sorting process? Will the penalties match the offense or are we to expect the kind of hand slapping that the GAB and Tim Verhoff imposed on Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus?

The Kathy Nickolaus verdict does little to offer much hope for a sentencing outcome that matches the offense. If she were a South Side Milwaukee black woman selling pot, she would have been in a correctional facility for years, instead of continuing to keep her job while continuing to count the votes in Waukesha County.

Let’s not fool ourselves. Our system of justice has a miserable lack of empathy for non-white street criminals, and the soft hand of a angelic proctologist when it comes to the white, well connected felons who steal, entice, and manipulate votes, funds and money.

Case in point. Just days ago, Republican Secretary of State in Indiana, Charlie White was finally sentenced. Did he get jail time for 6 felony counts of vote fraud. No he did not, anymore than Kathy Nickolaus, anymore than any and all of the fish in the John Doe net are likely to expect. After all, they are all white, politically elite, former officials who “lost their way”. It is easy for a judge of the bent of Prosser or Gableman to see themselves in the suits of the convicted, and will look at the indicted and convicted through the rose colored glasses issued to wealthy and powerful. They are likely to issue the same kind Charmin wrapped sentencing as Charlie White got in Indiana.

Below are two examples of sentencing, that point up the divide, or shall we say the disconnect of the reflection of the empathy of a mob to the victim of a hanging.

Big Fish

One Year Home Detention
Republican Charlie White, Secretary of State of Indiana was sentenced to one year of home detention, a $1,000 fine and 30 hours of community service for 6 felony convictions. Indiana Home Detention

Prosecutors contend that White voted in last May’s Republican primary after moving out of his ex-wife’s home in Fishers and the town council district he represented. White has previously acknowledged the voting error, chalking it up to his busy schedule and new marriage.

He is charged with theft for allegedly continuing to collect a salary from the town council after he was no longer eligible to serve on it. The financial fraud charge pertains to White’s allegedly lying under oath about his address on loan documents, Dowd said.

Dowd said the grand jury wasn’t sure where White had actually resided, “but the grand jury didn’t believe it was where he claimed.”Huffington – Charlie White

Little Fish

Indiana’s Acknowledgment

The final policy recommendation was in the area of public safety. Research showed that community-based substance use treatment programs are not available to many offenders under supervision and responses to probation violations are slow and ineffective, making re-offense more likely.
Indiana Sentencing

Top Story 2011 – Deep Throat Speaks

This was the most read post on the “Free Wisconsin” blog last year.

It was posted Saturday, June 18, 2011 and was read by 2,898 people. The issue of mis-dated poll tape was not addressed by Tim Verhoff, whose opinion was the sole basis for the determination that Waukesha County Clerk, Kathy Nicholaus was innocent of any wrong doing in the Spring Supreme Court Election. She remains in her position today.

A slip of paper is the “deep throat” of the Supreme Court Election Fraud


It is peculiar how the smallest, most innocent, observation can become the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”.

Barb With was volunteering as an observer at the Waukesha recount when she made a glaring discovery. The poll tape that was being counted and matched for votes cast in the April 5 election for Supreme Court Justice was dated March 30, 2011. When she brought the suspicious date to the attention of election officials, they could not come up with any reason for the mis-dated poll tape.

Weeks later Barb appeared before the Assembly Committee for Election and Campaign Reform. This is a portion of her testimony:

An observer of the Waukesha County recount noticed such a small, innocent piece of paper that was spit out of a voting machine in Pewaukee. It was a poll tape from a voting machine on which is recorded your vote. But what caught her eye was the date at the top of the tape: 03-30-2011 or March 30. That was six days before the Supreme Court election of April 5!

I recall the face book messages in the group Election Integrity as she communicated the finding to the group. “Get a picture!”, and she did.

Probably a test?
Ok. You must admit this is well…..suspicious. Her first inquiries about what it was, what it was doing there, and how it came to be in the official recount material, was met with the response, “It was probably a test.” I guess this goes along with the “human error” defense of all that is Waukesha, but look the time stamp on the tape Mary spotted was: 01:40 a.m.!

I know there are dedicated election officials out there, but who would run a test of a voting machine in those wee hours of the morning? Can you imagine the scenario? A person leans over to his/her mate and says: “Honey, I can’t sleep. I’m going down to the Court house and do a quick test of the voting machines”.

No such machine in Pewaukee

The other explanation for the poll tape was something like, “There were no electronic votes cast in Pewaukee,” Response? “Oh. Ok. My mistake. I must not be seeing a poll tape from a voting machine that clearly says, “Pewaukee”. “I must change my medication.” Come on. If there are no such machines in Pewaukee, how did such a poll tape record materialize?

Trying to bury the photos

The people in the Election Integrity group have posted and shared the photos with friends, newspapers, and media and have found something fishy. The links and posts have been deleted from postings or reported to the face book admin as being “inappropriate”. Is someone pulling a “Scott Walker stealing all the papers from his College election” action? There seems to be an attempt to keep the photos out of view and the story hushed.

When this story was first shared on face book – 3:15 p.m. May 26 it was blocked.
The message below appeared on a Bloggers Link:


We are on to something……..????

Another Unanswered Question

To date, no one has come up with a plausible explanation for the poll tape that appeared during the recount process in Waukesha, not even the Government Accounting Board GAB (That is BAG backwards!) See GAB Behind the Curtain post.

So why hasn’t the GAB demonstrated some concern in the highly irregular March Poll tapes findings?

It turns out that any questions about the integrity of the Wisconsin electronic voting system strikes deep into the heart and history of GAB Director Kevin Kennedy.
Jim Mueller has been looking at the integrity of Wisconsin elections for many years, and had this to say about GAB’s Kevin Kennedy.

“The fear is that these companies throw money around is such a way that we do not know that people who are in positions of trust have been compromised. Since the Accenture deal occurred, I haven’t felt good about Kennedy’s performance”

The Accenture Deal

Article By Mike McCabe

November 26, 2004

Can you believe it?

They want to privatize our highways, our university, our museums and now our elections. Egad! Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the state of Wisconsin’s Elections Board, signed a contract with a multi-national calling itself Accenture (it was part of Enron-tainted Arthur Anderson) to create “a total management package to run our elections.” Hello? See Bill Lueders’ column in Isthmus for the full, disturbing story, and then ask, What in the world is wrong with Kevin Kennedy?/

No public hearings were held on the outsourcing of our elections to a company–one that is based in Bermuda to avoid taxes in this country. When I called the Elections Board on Wednesday, I was told that it is, in essence, too late to complain because the contract has been signed. Really? Is it too late to fire Kennedy, appoint a new board, and cancel the contract? I don’t think so.

Call the elections Board and demand that they cancel this contract. Believe it or not Mr. Kennedy, the citizens of Wisconsin are quite capable of managing our own elections.

Kennedy’s Vested Interest

Kennedy has a long history of chummy ties with the Accenture and Electronic Voting Systems. He pitched the system to the legislature. Do you really think he is going to be fair and impartial in answering questions about poll tapes?

The Brad blog has been investigating elections in the country for years, and this is what Brad has to say about the pesky poll tape.

“Worse, if the results printed on the poll tapes are the ultimate proof of the accuracy of results, what happens when — as discovered among poll tapes from the City of Pewaukee in Waukesha County late last week — the “recount” uncovers “Official Results Report” poll tapes dated a full seven days before the actual election was held?’

Prosser was the certified winner of the Supreme Court election and cast a deciding vote on the decision to end collective bargaining rights for workers and families in Wisconsin.


He was certified as the winner before evidence from the recall was published.

1) To date, the GAB has not published the court reporter minutes of the Waukesha recount.

2) The GAB has not published the number of total votes cast in the Supreme Court election.

3) The GAB will not acknowledge whether there is an on-going investigation of the events leading up to the “found vote” by Kathy Nickolaus. They cite the need for confidentiality since Kloppenburg filed a formal complaint. Confidentiality or hiding behind the curtain?

4) The GAB has never said what happened to Kathy Nickolaus’ private computer that held the official vote tabulation for Waukesha County.

5) The GAB has not explained why it gave Kathy Nickolalus “special software” to tabulate the Waukesha County vote.

The information for this post has come through intensive hard work and investigation by the people of the Election Integrity Group, many of whom have been advocating for fair “every vote gets counted ONCE” elections in Wisconsin for years.


Look at the Wisconsin SC Recount BALLOT / POLL TAPE Anomalies

A permanent, online web cache of photo stills revealing just *some* of the GLARING and ALARMING ballot “irregularities” recently seen during the STATE WIDE (VIRTUAL) HAND RECOUNT of the SUPREME COURT ELECTION, held on April 5th, 2011. The following was recently compiled through the collective efforts and shared documentation from many wonderful citizen observers from all over the Great Badger State of WI. The Election Integrity community commends them for all their diligence, tenacity and hard work, and thanks them for the important contribution it’s lending to *all* American Voters. This kind of real time photographic documentation of evidence in real time is, to our knowledge completely unprecedented. EI can use all the Facebook love we can muster…thanks!

The WI Citizens for Election Protecion will deliver a petition to the Government Accountability Board to demand a hand-count of the upcoming recall election votes. It is the Board’s current policy to dissuade clerks for counting ballots by hand. Help protect your vote.

Please sign petition link

Please share this. Please demand an independent investigation of the GAB and Kathy Nickolaus. Another election is right around the corner, just waiting to be stolen.

The Wisconsin ACLU mission

As part of its mission to ensure the integrity of individual ballots as well as election results in Wisconsin, the Board continues its commitment to working with municipal and county election officials and local and statewide law enforcement agencies to prevent errors and opportunities for voter fraud and to detect and prosecute cases of illegal voting which may occur.

ACLU—–207 East Buffalo Street
Suite 325 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone (414) 272-4032
Fax (414) 272-0182
liberty@aclu-wi.org

Wis. GAB

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Call us at (608) 266-8005 for general inquiries. Call our Help Desk at (608) 261-2028 for technical assistance.

Call us toll-free at 1-866-VOTE-WIS

E-mail us at gab@wi.gov or visit our G.A.B. Staff page for a directory.
web mail GAB
Send us a fax at (608) 267-0500.

Department of Justice

E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

Department of Justice Main Switchboard – 202-514-2000

Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555

Waukesha KOOL AID

Want to steal an election? Mount a frivolous law suite? Do you want to BE somebody? Drink the Waukesha KOOL AID!

Where did Prosser go to find 7,000 votes when he was in danger of losing the Spring Supreme Court Election? Where will you find a County Clerk who stole an election and remained in office? Where would you go to find Judge J. Mac Davis to challenge Walker’s recall? Welcome to the Branch (as in Davidian) Club System in Waukesha County!

The birth of the Branch Club system over 40 years ago was an innovation and a departure from established political procedures. It came about because Republican leaders recognized the need to expand the base of the party and to bring the Party closer to the precinct level.
Waukesha GOP

The latest offer to drink of the Waukesha Kool Aid comes from Judge J. Mac Davis. The judge is one of those who likes to hide his face from the public on the net, but that is the judge pictured left.

His background would suggest that he might just have it “in” for any and all Democrats. Davis was a Republican state Senator over 20 years ago, and during the final years of the Bush administration, he was nominated for a federal circuit judgeship, but the nomination was never taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Perhaps, his loss of a federal judgeship that ended his rise in the judiciary might be a reason to preside over a frivolous lawsuit presented by Walker stating, of all things, that Walker’s 14th Amendment Rights have been stomped on. After all, the governor is just a poor, powerless, citizen without voice or resource to protect his right to foist the wishes of the Koch Bothers, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) down the the throats of the families of Wisconsin.

Once you drink of the Waukesha Kool Aid, this kind of justice will make perfect sense!

When asked for comment, the state GOP sent TPM this comment from communications director Ben Sparks: “The Republican Party of Wisconsin is committed to ensuring that Wisconsin electors are not disenfranchised during this recall process. The Democrats have shown they are committed to preserving the status quo, where a man is able to sign a recall petition 80 times, and their frivolous attempt to intervene in this lawsuit only reinforces their willingness to force this baseless recall on Wisconsin voters at any cost. TMP Article


The word “Disenfranchised” induced a Waukesha KOOL AID Overdose Flashback

During the recount in Waukesha the “disenfrnachised” word was repeated by the attorney’s representing Prosser, who went to Delafield to find out “what the hell was going on”. It was argued that the votes in ripped, torn, and mis-labeled bags should be counted so as not to “disenfranchise” Republican voters.

Evidence and documented proof of election fraud was ignored or dismissed by Tim Verhoff, who was given full and final say over the fate of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicholaus. The following account is just one of many of the blatant anomalies that were dismissed by Verhoff.

The reoccurring pattern of open, winged, and improperly marked bags became a disturbing merry-go-round, time after time, in the Waukesha recount. Each time the an objection came around retired Judge Mawdsley (the replacement County Clerk for recused Nickolaus) gave the brass ring to Prosser and ordered the votes to be counted.


Item C

Friday 4/29
Town of Delafield Wards 3 & 4

2 Ballot bags were placed on the ballot counting table.
Bag 1 of 2 was closed, tagged and labeled on the inspector’s Statement with seal #3167633.
Bag 2 of 2 was closed, tagged and labeled with seal #3164850. Seal #3165447 was originally listed on the inspectors’ Statement. See picture.

The Chief Inspector who signed the document, testified that she “just wrote the ‘wrong number’ down on the Inspectors’ Statement” and then corrected it.

We objected to the ballots in bag #2 being counted; the BoC determined that the Chief Inspector had given sufficient enough explanation for the overwrite and proceeded to open and unpack the ballots. Our objections were noted and the report was entered into the record as an exhibit.


Saving the best Delafield example for last. The Bag Within A Bag story.


Item D

Town of Delafield Wards 7 & 8

When this bag was placed on the ballot counting table, it was immediately apparent that the original seal number – #3166588 – had been crossed out on the label. The new tag seal #3165444 closing the bag matched the new number on the label, initialed by Town of Delafield municipal clerk Mary Elsner.

However, the Inspectors’ Statement originally showed Seal tag #3167090 (not # 3166588) crossed off and replaced with #3165444.

The Municipal Clerk offered the following written explanation:

“When the Chief Inspector delivered the ballot bags to the Town Hall on the evening of

4/5/11, it was discovered that the weight of the ballots caused a slight tear in the bag. We [she and her deputy town clerk] replaced the seal, crossed out the original seal number, initialed the cross out and entered the new number on the ballot bag and resealed it with the new number.”

She submitted a written statement to that effect, for the record. But that statement, made no sense for two reasons:

1)it did not explain why the original seal #’s were 3166588 on the bag, but 3167090 on the Inspectors’ Statement, and

2) it did not explain how or why the actual ballots were found in a clean ‘extra’ ballot bag inside the original ballot bag.

So the JK recount team asked the Town Clerk to explain how that could happen. Upon further questioning, she settled on the following story:

A ballot bag was prepared, filled and sealed at the polling place on election night. When it was delivered to the Town Hall, the Municipal Clerk decided that it had been improperly sealed (the edges had not been folded under.) So she cut off the tag, folded the bag properly, and attached a new seal.

Before she could write the second seal # on the label and the Inspectors’ Statement, she decided the bag was too heavy. So she clipped the second tag seal, took out all the ballots, repackaged them into a clean, unused ballot bag and placed that back into the first (original, supposedly torn) ballot bag. She then sealed and put a new, third seal tag on the original bag, duly noting the number on the label and the Inspectors’ Statement.

So, Prosser’s “what the hell is going on in Delafield” begins to take the shape of a tampered ballot bag

Through all tragi/comedy of bag errors – ballots appear to be stuffed. What does all this Delafield stuffing have to do with the 14,000 votes “found” in the City of Brookfield? You know the old adage about a skunk does not scent it’s own hole? It would be too obvious to ransack the bags in the ward where the votes were “found”, but it might serve as a diversion for all the the activity in Genesse and Delafeild. New Spring Election Fraud Details

Occupy Waukesha KOOL AID PARTY

What are you doing on Friday, January 6?
Go to Albanese’s Roadhouse and drink the KOOL AID!

Attention: All Waukesha County Republicans
Join us for January’s’s Pints & Politics

Friday, January 6, 2012

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Waukesha, WI 53186

Time: come on over any time from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Statewide Offices and US Senate/Congressional Office Holders:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor:
Scott Walker
Rebecca Kleefisch

US Senate:
Ron Johnson

Attorney General:
J.B. Van Hollen

State Treasurer:
Kurt Schuller

Congressional Seats:
District 1
Paul Ryan

District 5
Jim Sensenbrenner

State Legislature:

5th Senate District:
Leah Vukmir
8th Sentate District:
Alberta Darling
11th Senate District:
Neal Kedzie
13th Senate District:
Scott Fitzgerald
28th Senate District:
Mary Lazich
33rd Senate District
Rich Zipperer
14th Assembly District:
Dale Kooyenga
24th Assembly District:
Dan Knodl
31st Assembly District:
Steve Nass
33rd Assembly District:
Chris Kapenga
38th Assembly District:
Joel Kleefisch
83rd Assembly District:
Dave Craig
84th Assembly District:
Mike Kuglitsch
96th Assembly District:
Bill Kramer
98th Assembly District:
Paul Farrow
99th Assembly District:
Don Pridemore

If Waukesha were Khabarovsk?

Election Fraud in Russia?

Hillary Clinton’s State Department is up front and center to underscore the allegations of election fraud in the recent parliamentary elections. Tens of thousands protested in Moscow and cities like Khabarovsk. They alleged widespread fraud in last week’s parliamentary elections and had angry words for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose party dominates the parliament.

STEVE INSKEEP It’s MORNING EDITION from NPR News
I am really far away from the capital. I’m in the city of Khabarovsk (Map left), But speaking to people out in the streets today in this city, the voice that really stuck with me, Steve, was a woman named Natalia Alexandrovna. She didn’t give me her full name out of fear for her job. She’s a 42-year-old mom. Russian Election Protests Biggest in 2 Decades

What About the U.S.A.? What About Wisconsin? What About Ohio, Florida? What About Waukesha? (Map right)

If Waukesha County or the States of Ohio and Florida where in Russia, would the State Department and the Justice Department step up to the issue of election fraud? Unfortunately, we know the answer. A long and slow NOOOooooo. The hypocrisy of the spontaneous outcry of Russian election fraud swirls blizzard like, while Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicklaus sits in her cozy office unscathed. Well, Kathy did get a nasty reprimand for her mishandling of the election returns in her county over the past ten years, which finally resulted in the “find” of 14,000 votes in the Spring Supreme Court Election.

If Waukesha, Wisconsin were Khabarovsk, Russia?

If it were so, would the Tim Verhoff (pictured on map at right) report been accepted as the final determination in the matter of Waukesha and Kathy Nickolaus? Apparently not. Not if the evidence of documented election fraud were to occur in Khabarovsk. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (pictured on map far right) would have issued strong words as to the need to expose and investigate evidence of election fraud in Khabarovsk. But not Waukesha.

Christmas came early to Waukesha County Clerk Nickolaus this year.

Jolly Old K Nickolaus

Lean your ear this way

Don’t you tell a sing soul

What I’m going to say

MADISON, WI – Based upon an extensive independent investigation into the actions of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus after the Spring Election, the Government Accountability Board found probable cause to believe that she violated the state law requiring county clerks to post all returns on Election Night, but concluded that the violation was not willful and therefore did not constitute criminal misconduct.

Santa came in the form of Investigating Attorney Verhoff with the backing of his trusty elf GAB Directory Kevin Kennedy (pictured above ho ho ho)

They confirmed that all of the officials in Waukesha County were good little boys and girls who would never cheat, lie, or do anything naughty with voting software, vote bags, or inspector sheets. HO HO HO

They said it on a more official and lawyerly way of course.

Hear Yea! Hear Yea!

Public trust in the election process is essential. The poor condition of ballot bags and
potential breaks in the chain of custody of ballot bags can foster an environment where
members of the public begin to doubt the integrity of an election and begin to engage in
conspiracy theories. But given the number of individuals in addition to Ms. Nickolaus who would have to be involved in a conspiracy to engage in the type of fraudulent election practices described above, it appears highly unlikely to have occurred. The likelihood of a conspiracy also is negated when one looks at the results of the election. The vote totals for the City of Brookfield were provided to a reporter on election night and published to the public by BrookfieldPatch. These are the same vote totals ultimately reported to the state Canvass Reporting system the morning after the election, certified by the Waukesha Board of Canvass and confirmed during the statewide recount.

Ah….highly unlikely. Ah…of course.


Because this sort of highly unlikely consortium of conspiratorial collaboration has never been seen else where.

Yet all it takes is a little journey into a Christmas past. to prove that just such a conspiracy is not only likely, but has occurred in the recent past….

The verdict capped the latest phase of a federal investigation that has blown a hole in the power structure that held sway in Manchester and Clay County for years.

Jury convicts all 8 defendants in Clay vote-buying case

By Bill Estep — bestep@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — Some of the most powerful public officials in Clay County corrupted elections in recent years, buying and stealing votes in pursuit of power and money, a federal jury ruled Thursday.

Posted: 12:00am on Mar 26, 2010; Modified: 6:20am on Sep 17, 2011
2011-09-17T10:20:18Z
By Bill Estep

Chronology

Other significant events in the long-running federal investigation in Clay County:

Oct. 25, 2005: Jennings B. White, who served two terms as county clerk, admits laundering money for a large-scale drug trafficker. He said he got involved with the man while in office. He is sentenced to 90 months in prison, fined $25,000 and forfeits $650,000 to the government.

Feb. 5, 2007: Vernon Hacker, a former Manchester council member and director of the local 911 system, pleads guilty to being involved in drug trafficking. A drug dealer said Hacker tipped him off about police activity. He is sentenced to 120 months in prison.

April 27, 2007:D. Kennon White, whose father, Manchester Mayor Daugh White, created a job for him as city manager in 2004, pleads guilty to extorting kickbacks from a contractor and involvement in paving private driveways with taxpayers’ money for political gain. The charges remain sealed for months as he helped federal investigators. He has not been sentenced.

Aug. 13, 2007: Daugh White, who served 28 years as Manchester mayor before losing in 2006, pleads guilty to extortion and paving private drives. He is sentenced to 84 months and a $100,000 fine.

Aug. 15, 2007:Darnell Hipsher, former Manchester city council member , pleads guilty to taking part in the scheme to pave private drives. He is sentenced to 46 months.

Aug. 17, 2007: Todd Roberts, a former assistant police chief in Manchester, pleads guilty to involvement in having a drug dealer burn down a vacant house so the city could buy the property for construction of a new police and 911 building. He is sentenced to 87 months in prison, a $15,000 fine and restitution of $25,000.

Nov. 20, 2007: Magistrate Fred Clinton Johnson pleads guilty to buying votes in the May 2002 primary. He is sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined $10,000.

March 17, 2008: Charles “Dobber” Weaver, Manchester fire chief, pleads guilty to stealing votes in 2006 when he was a precinct officer. The scam involved duping voters into walking away from new, unfamiliar voting machines before completing their choices, then switching the votes. He has not been sentenced.

March 19, 2009: Authorities arrest eight people on vote-fraud charges in the latest phase of the continuing investigation, including longtime Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams and county Clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Magistrate Stanley Bowling is charged later.

May 29, 2009: Paul Bishop, a former precinct worker charged in the case, pleads guilty to buying votes. He has not been sentenced.

The jury convicted all eight people on trial, including former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, 66, and former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams, 58, on a charge that they engaged in organized criminal acts to rig elections.

After a seven-week trial, jurors deliberated about nine hours before convicting the defendants on all the charges they faced, which included vote-buying, mail fraud, extortion and money laundering.

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They face up to 20 years each on some charges.

It took a federal investigation to uncover the eight year long conspiracy of election fraud in Clay County

Santa Verhoff and his Elf Kennedy are satisfied with unlikely?

This would not stand in Khabarovsk

Recalling Wisconsin

Oh,not so long ago
Music in the air
Scents of bakery,melons
And flowers here and there
All of a circling Saturday
Around the State House Square

Not so long ago, I would go to my face book page and read posts about new babies, a friend’s favorite music but only an occasional mention of the politics of Wisconsin. That was before Walker, Fitzgerald, and the GOP control of the legislature. Yes. That was before. Why was I so unaware of the first rumblings of the massive quake about to devastate a pattern of fair play, compromise, and respect that I had grown up with in my home State of Wisconsin? The media and the polls began to suggest that Feingold and Barrett were in trouble and this news was reinforced by an inordinate number of green “Johnson for Senate” signs along the highways and by ways of my travels. Somehow, I could not or would not believe it. Would Wisconsin really give up a leader like Russ Feingold? Would this pale, uneducated, candidate for Governor ever get more votes than Barrett? No. I would not believe it.

Election day the numbers left us pale
Swallowing hard against the news
Did I somehow fail?
Pray wisdom so not to lose
Acceptance or hope of silver linings

So, the people went over the loses, as after a poor round of golf, checking the score card of their district and State. We all had lost Russ Feingold to a barrage of attacks that, we thought surely, no one would believe. Some districts did fair better than others: Ron Kind over Kapanke was the saving grace of my little world. We all had to face the loss of Barrett to Walker and met the facts with attitude; we would grin and bear it. We had survived Thompson and other Governors. This would pass. We would be more watchful, and surely this would pass.

Between Valentine’s Day and The Truth
A line was crossed
Like an arrow through the heart
Cupid’s aim was lost
Amid cold threats falling as snow

Then it got scary. The refusal to accept the federal funding for rapid rail, and stoppage of the clean burning incineration project could almost be expected. Then came the unimaginable. The slap in the face of all that was Wisconsin; Walker’s budget repair bill that would hinge on the curtailing the collective bargaining rights for most public employees; a threat which came with a icy authoritarian stab of calling out the National Guard to curtail any public protest. At first, it was like a punch in the gut taking the wind right out of the air itself. A shock was followed by a moment of quiet disbelief. After the quiet, came the storm of unity, solidarity and protest that rocked the State.

Total Recall
When no words remain
A spirit is loosened
To tend to our pain
With Arc bending to justice

And no words can capture a manifestation of human truth, although we may come close from time to time, yet the scientific expression of eternity is not a digit but a looped, bow-tie symbol. Some called it “The Awakening of a Sleeping Giant” or defined the unity of spirit with slogans; “We Are Wisconsin”, “This is What Democracy Looks Like”. New worlds were created, “Fitzwalkerstan” and “Walkerville” where palm trees flourished as fire fighter’s bag pipes, and a contentious circle of drums declared the new boundaries for a longing for freedom that stretched all the way to Egypt. All I know is that times such as these, these moments, open a portal of light and hope when it is a gift to be alive.

Fool me once…
Ripped and ill marked and torn
Human error to a missed moment
All lost in an approaching morn
Within our grasp another day

I was so anxious get behind Joanne Kloppenburg in the first election since Walker, that I miss spelled her name in my first post. The goal was set high; to defeat a long time incumbent Supreme Court Justice. Finally, the solidarity and new activism could be put to a unified purpose to win an election against all odds… and the election was won, but only for hours, before an off hand prediction of Walker, “Votes found out of the blue”, came to pass. An apologetic County Clerk from Waukesha, found 14,000 votes…somehow. The “somehow” raised the eye brows of the national press and sparked a state-wide recount. The discovery of ripped and torn vote bags, gaping breaks in the chain of custody, and impossible comparative voter turn out numbers left questions, suspicions, and anomalies that remain unanswered to this day. The air of fraud and incompetence surrounding the Waukesha vote count seemed to trip into another dark dimension of a hidden cloak room of the Government Accountability Board, and hand to hand violence in the chambers of the highest court. Attorney Verhoff filled months with a few pages of explanation that a did not rise to remedy but left a want for justice to be reckoned with on another day.

Faces of Recall
Looking out for you
You looking out for…
Nothing is left to do
But save precious grace

By some secret stroke of irony the “open meetings – collective bargaining ruling” of July came after a violent encounter behind closed doors in the Supreme Court Chambers, that we would only hear of days later. Even as Walker signed his bill into law, any celebration of victory was hushed. It was a hollow fantasy of words on paper, having won the battle but lost the war, and the trumpet sounded to carry the theme of fantasy forward, before the ink had dried on paper. Dr. Seuss might have written the script. Let’s have a fake election! We will get fake GOP’s to run as fake Dems or fake candidates in a fake election. The whole fake idea failed when each Dem Candidate beat each fake in each district in every case to the tune of a wasted a non-fake $400,000. Now the real history is upon us. The real 1st in the long story of Democracy. There is no precedent for the decision of August 9. The greatest number of state legislators ever to face recall on a single ballot was two, we look at six Statewide!

Oh, so near at hand
Music in the air
Scents of bakery, melons
And flowers here and there
All of a circling Saturday
Around the State House Square

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Recall looms – GOP Poised to Steal the Election

THE HOPE

THE REALITY

Kathy Nicholaus remains the Clerk of Waukesha County

Remember Your Outrage? Nothing Has Changed

Santa came in the form of Investigating Attorney Verhoff with the backing of his trusty elf GAB Directory Kevin Kennedy (pictured below ho ho ho)

MADISON, WI – Based upon an extensive independent investigation into the actions of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus after the Spring Election, the Government Accountability Board found probable cause to believe that she violated the state law requiring county clerks to post all returns on Election Night, but concluded that the violation was not willful and therefore did not constitute criminal misconduct.

They confirmed that all of the officials in Waukesha County were good little boys and girls who would never cheat, lie, or do anything naughty with voting software, vote bags, or inspector sheets. HO HO HO
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Thirty-one million dollars.

That’s the amount of money that has been spent on the recall elections in Wisconsin, according to MAPlight.org. In fact, five of the nine recall races exceeded the previous record of $3 million spent on a legislative race in the state.

Do you need to be a conspiracy theorist to understand that when that kind of money is floating around in the legal sphere, that a portion of that largess is falling down into a darker sphere?

Tim Verhoff Lean Your Ear This Way!

Verhoff’s report a is a huge disappointment and a great disservice to the people of Wisconsin. It is a fact that electronic voting machines can be hacked. This is no longer a conspiracy theory or the machinations of malcontent libel loving liberals.

Mr. Verhoff, what if you heard it from a GOP member of the Assembly? Do you dismiss Representative Priedmore as a conspiracy theorist?

Priedmore’s admission that he KNOWS Electronic Voting Machines can be Hacked.

All cued up and ready to go. Just hit play.

The Recall Walker action looms. Thanks to Tim Verhoff, the man behind the curtain, nothing has changed.

Occupy DOJ mailbox – Demand Waukesha Investigation

The GAB Report “Fulfills the promise”?

Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B., said he believes Attorney Verhoff’s independent report and the accompanying staff report fulfills the G.A.B.’s promise to give the public a complete accounting of exactly what happened in Clerk Nickolaus’ office on Election Night and in the following days.


If the report is “a complete accounting” then the hole in my sock is the moon.

After reading the full report, one can only wonder why it took five months to complete. Are investigating Attorney Tim Verfhoff and GAB Director Kennedy really this naive about computer technology and programing?

Laptop not subject to audit?

The laptop on which Ms. Nickolaus stores the spreadsheets/templates and the Access 2007 database was not one of the computers that were the subject the audit. Ms.Nickolaus indicated she did not have security concerns with this laptop because it is used to gather unofficial results in an election. She also stated the laptop must be on the network to send the data to the Canvass Reporting System.

We are to be satisfied that nugget of testimony?

She was not concerned about the security of a laptop that was connected to Canvass Reporting System Network? What? A computer that is on the network is on the network. It doesn’t make any difference what the function is for the individual user, it is on the network. The networks of major banks and CIA have been hacked, and we get an explanation that her computer, that was on the network, was not subject to audit because it was used to gather “unofficial election results”? We are supposed to find this naive, donkey pong, overview of the vulnerability of computer networks…”satisfying”?

Engaging in “conspiracy theories”?

Public trust in the election process is essential. The poor condition of ballot bags and
potential breaks in the chain of custody of ballot bags can foster an environment where
members of the public begin to doubt the integrity of an election and begin to engage in conspiracy theories. But given the number of individuals in addition to Ms. Nickolaus who would have to be involved in a conspiracy to engage in the type of fraudulent election practices above, it appears highly unlikely to have occurred.


Highly Unlikely to Have Occurred

Since Verhoff and Kennedy have spent the last five months focused on questions of election fraud, do you think they might be aware of other instances where “the number of individuals” were involved in a conspiracy to engage in “the type of fraudulent election practices” they were investigating? In Clay County, Kentucky Some of the most powerful public officials including a Circuit Judge, County Clerk, and School Superintendent corrupted elections over a period of years, buying and stealing votes in pursuit of power and money. This was the ruling of a federal jury in March of 2010.

The report expects us to “be satisfied” that a conspiracy of individuals to engage in election fraud in Wisconsin, here, in the midst of this heightened atmosphere of sharp partisan politics where millions of dollars were poured into the recent recall elections from private interest groups – is unlikely?

Here Come the Conspirators

The likelihood of a conspiracy also is negated when one looks at the results of the election. The vote totals for the City of Brookfield were provided to a reporter on election night and published to the public by BrookfieldPatch. These are the same vote totals ultimately reported to the state Canvass Reporting system the morning after the election, certified by the Waukesha Board of Canvass and confirmed during the statewide recount.

Labeling Conspirators

Here is the ultimate and sweeping label to place on activists who threaten the status and power of the privileged; just call them a cult of conspiracy theorists. Before, Verhoff and Kennedy pull out the “conspiracy” card, it might be wise to look at their motives; what they have to gain, and what money they are following.

Many of the observers of the Waukesha recount were unpaid volunteers who gave of their own time and provided their own meals and transportation to participate in the process. They gathered evidence, took pictures of open vote bags, and produced videos and power point presentations to demonstrate their findings – all with no financial support from any organization or corporation. So, what was the motive then and now? It is clear, that Kloppenburg will not be declared the winner of the election. So why do they continue to conspire? Because they are convinced that they hold hard evidence of election fraud. The two most blatant examples:

1) A poll tape that was counted which bears a date of March 30 – two days before the election
2) An inspection report that is clearly falsified as a copy, when it clearly is not a copy.

Another, equally likely, scenario for withholding the election night report of the Brookfield vote from AP, might be the scenario presented in the article Prosser’s Delafield Mission.

It Appears Unlikely – Again

By failing to include the City of Brookfield in the unofficial results Waukesha County posted on election night, it appears Kathy Nickolaus violated the state law that requires her to post all returns. Her actions, however, do not appear to be the result of an intentional act, the refusal to perform a statutory duty or willful neglect. Therefore, her actions do not likely rise to the level of criminal misconduct.

Investigation Report is Riddled with Uncertainties

The major determinations of the investigation report use words “appears likely” and “appears Kathy Nickolau violated state law”. We are expected to be “satisfied” with this “kind of- sort of- maybe” language? The use of this uncertain language suggests the determinations are questionable. If the preliminary investigation is riddled with questions, then obvious action would be to appoint a special prosecutor armed with the judicial powers to examine evidence, bring the matter to trial, and reach a verdict.

Occupy the DOJ Mailbox – Demand an Investigation

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a great public outcry of economic injustice in this country. Yet, if the new energy of the evolving movement abadons the steps of the past in the dust, then activists are only chasing their tails. Activists have worked and organized to develop and document real evidence of election fraud in the Spring Supreme Court Election. Unless this evidence is presented, and further investigated by the Justice Department, it will be lost with the result of leaving us to begin all over again with the next time, the next election, the next instance of “found vote”.

In the two hours after Kathy Nickolaus’ press conference more than 10,000 people signed an on-line petition calling for a federal investigation. In the past two days, about 50 people signed the on-line petition at this most critical time. It is important to demonstrate that even after months of a GAB investigation, we demand the truth.

Please sign the petition

Nickolaus Investigation Moves Forward

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has been the subject of an on-going investigation since April.



Tim Verhoff, who was assigned to investigate Kathy Nickolaus has now completed his assignment and filed his recommendations with the Government Accountability Board.

Melissa Mulliken, manager for the Kloppenburg campaign, announced back in July that she had been notified by attorney Tim Verhoff that he was following up on the complaint she filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. His work is complete.The next step is for the GAB to take further action based on his report.

Six full months have passed since her press conference two days after the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election. Her “found” 14,000 votes in the City of Brookfeild excited national attention as one of the most bizarre turns in events in recent election history, and as a result, lead many to suspect foul play. Even though she apologized for the finding, calling it “human error”, the door was open for deep concern, suspicion, and demands for an immediate investigation. The GAB sent staff to Waukesha to investigate her vote tabulation process. Not long after that, the GAB itself was called into question since the board was alleged to have supplied her with unique software, not given to any other County Clerk in the State, to use for tabulating the vote, and of all things, on her personal lap top computer.

More than 10,000 concerned Wisconsin citizens called for a bipartisan investigation by Attorney General JB Van Hollen in less than 48 hours.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (now candidate for Senator) wrote a letter to the Justice Department.

From letter to Justice Department – Eric Holder

“To ensure that the April 5 election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is free, fair and transparent, and to uphold faith in our democracy for ourselves and future generations, I ask for your immediate assistance in investigating these election inconsistencies in Wisconsin. Specifically, I urge you to immediately assign the Justice Department Public Integrity Section, which oversees the federal prosecution of election crimes, to investigate the questionable handling of vote records in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.”

As one of a handful of attorneys across the state of Wisconsin to be named to the prestigious “Rising Stars” award (originated by Law & Politics), Attorney Timothy R. (Tim) Verhoff defends people accused of crimes and drunk driving offenses.
Outstanding Record

Attorney Tim Verhoff began astounding people with his abilities during his secondary education, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, the highest recognition. His comprehension and quick-thinking skills were again recognized during his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison where he graduated Cum Laude, and once again affirmed when he earned his law degree and graduated with honors.

Attorney Verhoff began his legal career as an assistant district attorney for Dane County. In short order, he graduated from trying low-level shoplifting cases to trying very complex murder, sexual assault and felony battery cases.
criminal defense trial attorney

In January 2011, Attorney Verhoff left the Dane County Prosecutor’s Office to further his passion for protecting the rights of people charged with criminal offenses. He joined Attorney Corey Chirafisi, and together they formed Chirafisi & Verhoff, S.C.
outstanding results

As was true for Attorney Corey Chirafisi, who had also served as a prosecuting attorney prior to entering private practice, Attorney Verhoff possesses a very unique advantage in criminal cases: he has tried every level of criminal case from the other side of the courtroom and possesses a unique insight into the prosecution’s legal strategies and methods.
Felony & Misdemeanor Trial Litigation

Attorney Tim Verhoff brings to each case a tremendously vast and in-depth knowledge of criminal case work and trial experience from thousands of cases ranging in degree from low-level misdemeanors and drunk driving charges to very complex multiple-defendant high-level felony cases.

We Need Answers

Director Kevin Kennedy and the GAB are on notice; pubic confidence in the Election process has been severely shaken.

We just witnessed how the appointment of the Special Prosecutor” Bradley to bring light to the choking incident in the Chambers of the Wisconsin Supreme Court lead to nothing more than casting an even darker shadow over the actions of Justice Prosser, who just happens to be the beneficiary of the found vote by Kathy Nickolaus! The long list of questions, anomalies, and new proof of election fraud surrounding the Waukesha recount must be answered. A real special prosecutor must be appointed to examine the mountains of evidence that resulted from the the Waukesha recount.

* Nickolaus dismissed an independent audit commissioned over concerns there are massive security threats in her current system. Nickolaus, who maintains a secret system for keeping public voting data, condescendingly laughed off the audit, drawing an irate reaction from the Waukesha County Board chair.

* Nickolaus was an employee of the Assembly Republican Caucus when Prosser was the Republican Assembly speaker, and she was one of two database experts for Assembly Republicans, spending 13 years becoming one of the state’s leading partisan experts on manipulating voter data.

* Nickolaus was in charge of developing a computer program that “averaged the performance of Republicans in all statewide races for the previous eight years in each ward and then averaged that information for each city, township, county and district.

* Nickolaus waited over 24 hours after the time she claimed she discovered the vote change before publicly reporting it. Two conservative media members reported the change prior to Nickolaus’s late afternoon announcement.

* Nickolaus withheld critical information from the the Waukesha Board of Canvassers. One member says Nickolaus invited her to be at the press conference, but had not given her a full picture of the problem. Also, Nickolaus curiously demanded the canvass begin on Wednesday instead of Thursday, and that the problem with the more than 14,000 additional votes were never brought up at the Wednesday or Thursday canvass by Nickolaus.

*Nickolaus was responsible for the vote tabulation in a county

-where she tabulated the votes for the Supreme Court election on her personal laptop with little or no transparency.

-where she tabulated the vote on special software provided by the GAB or, as has come to light more recently, the Department of Administration, which is subject of its own John Doe investigation.

-where the vote bags were open and “winged”, slit open with a sharp instrument and repaired with duct tape, and the numbers on the seal on the bags did not match the report sheets.

-where a poll tape was discovered and counted that bore the date of March 30 or six days before the election.

-where all of the bags, poll tapes, and election materials of the recount where stored in her office throughout the entire recount process.

-where statistical analysis suggests impossible anomalies in the low return vote of Democrats who voted in the presidential election and, who would have needed to switch parties in in the Supreme Court Election for Prosser to win.

We need answers

Walker/ Archer.covert

How does a top aid to the Governor avoid being pictured in a photo? And why?

Just yesterday around 9 a.m., a reporter saw four FBI agents – two of them wearing latex gloves – talking in Archer’s backyard before going into her house. Later, one removed a large box and put it in the trunk of an FBI car. They left about 10 a.m.

Archer recently left her job as Walker’s aid. Her departure coincides with a growing John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County, started last year after the disclosure that a Walker staffer at the county had posted political commentary on websites while on her job in the county executive’s office, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Why so secretive?
As a blogger I like to put a picture of the subject of a piece with the words. Normally you can find a picture of a government official by a simple search of google images. Not Cindy Archer who is a top aid to Walker. After hours of searches I was finally able to come up with just the one image of Cindy Archer (below right).

It is understandable that some people are more protective of their privacy and tune their face book settings and web presence to preserve that privacy. But how do you accomplish this when you are one of the top aides to the Governor of Wisconsin? It would take a concerted effort to keep all pictures of a person in such a position away from the the crawling search engines. Yet, Cindy Archer, was able to do just that. The absence of a web presence suggests a effort to remain covert, which leads to the question: Why? It might suggest her role in the Walker cadre was as a covert operative.

More Interesting Tidbits

Archer’s Garage Sale Computer

One of the more peculiar coincidences of yesterday’s search of Archer’s home was the discovery of her discarded computer.

The FBI also seized the hard drive from a computer that a neighbor had bought from Archer six to eight weeks ago at a garage sale.

Next-door neighbor Dale Riechers said he had never turned on the computer because he was planning to work on it later in the fall. He told the agents about the hard drive and they asked to take it, Riechers said. Read Article

So, the FBI stumbled on more evidence from, of all things, a garage sale transaction.

Funny Who Turns Up to Explain “John Doe”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Archer said she was “not involved in any way in the John Doe investigation.”

A John Doe is an investigation in which witnesses give testimony in a closed proceeding before a judge to determine if any laws were broken.

Local attorney Tim Verhoff, (pictured) who is not involved in the case, explained how the secret John Doe proceedings work.

“They call it a John Doe proceeding because sometimes the district attorney has an idea that a crime has likely been committed but may not know who all is involved,” said Verhoff. “So part of the John Doe is to determine who it is that the prosecution should be focusing on.”

The report doesn’t say why Attorney Tim Verhoff was the one who explained the meaning of a John Doe investigation, but it is interesting what his role is in the investigative climate that has pervaded Wisconsin since Walker became Governor. Verhoff is the attorney who was finally appointed by the Government Accountability Bureau to investigate Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ vote tabulation of the the Spring Supreme Court Election. Was he just standing around and available to explain things for us? Read July 13th post “Waukesha Investigation – News at Last

Strange Bedfellows

From what you know about Scott Walker and the people he surrounds himself with, would you ever imagine that one of his top aides could ever in a million years turn out to be an “out” lesbian?

I stopped by to snoop around Cynthia Archer’s place just on the odd chance that an FBI agent was still hanging around. I happened upon her neighbor Dale Riechers who was being interviewed by TMJ4 of Milwaukee and WKOW TV of Madison.

I became one of the circling media hoping to catch information to share with the salivating public. What I learned was that neighbors Dale and his partner Julie Rheault consider Cynthia Archer to be innocent until proven guilty. They see Cynthia and her girlfriend as great, helpful neighbors who even assisted Dale when he was weak after a surgery. I also learned that Cynthia is an “out” lesbian.

This business about her sexual orientation is relevant because Scott Walker is not only against gay marriage, he became the poster boy for a right wing anti-gay group. He put himself and his family in a matching sweater set and enlisted them to serve as the image for National Marriage Week for the right wing Christian group National Organization for Marriage.
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Fast and Loose with Ethics. What is John Doe? Who is John Doe? Secret. On-going. Covert

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A source told Wispolitics.com that the FBI was involved Wednesday for its expertise in computer analysis.