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Daniel Bice, a reporter for the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, stated on WTDY radio this morning that there are unconfirmed rumors that the John Doe investigation is moving some of its focus to the Wisconsin state government.

This is from the progressive political blog Badger Democracy:

The most obvious connection to Walker staffers in Milwaukee County and current Walker staff in Madison is obvious – the possibility that campaigning is being conducted on the taxpayer dime. Recent emails from high level Walker staff regarding the mining bill drafting process may confirm that this type of activity is occurring, and thus confirm Bice’s “unconfirmed rumors.”

An email from then – Walker Chief of Staff Keith Gilkes pgs 11-12 of the document) on January 30, 2011 from his Champion Group email to his new government email account references campaign fundraising to a lobbyist for Gogebic Taconite.

The email is follow-up on contact information for Marc Holtzman, a well-known GOP and conservative supporter and politician from Colorado, as well as Larry Wolk. Wolk is head of “Correctional Healthcare Companies,” heavily involved in nationwide privatization of state correctional facilities’ healthcare systems.

The email from Wolk to  lobbyist Rogowski, then forwarded to Gilkes, refers to “Scott and Keith” (Walker and Gilkes, respectively), and states:

    “Hopefully he will be interested in helping and/or contributing to Scott’s campaign…let me know if you hear anything more from Milwaukee County and anything else we can do to help.”

On September 30, 2011 Gilkes resigned as Walker Chief of Staff and took a “lead job” with Friends of Scott Walker.

I saw a link to the Badger Democracy report on Lisa Mux's Twitter feed, and I'd figure I'd share this latest development in the ongoing John Doe investigation in Wisconsin.

It looks like the John Doe investigation is heating up, to say the least. Comments are welcome, as always.

UPDATE #1: Wisconsin Kossack Puddytat has posted a diary about the latest developments regarding the Kelly Rindfleisch, and here's the link to it.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  These rumors have been out there (6+ / 0-)

    for a while as well as considerable speculation.  We'll have to be patient and wait for aolid and confirmable information as difficult as that is.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:04:00 PM PDT

    •  There's a reason I included a question mark (2+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, confitesprit

      ...in the title of the diary, and it's because this is an unconfirmed rumor. Obviously, this is a notoriously slow investigation, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:10:43 PM PDT

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      •  I'm getting antsy pantsy over it, too (3+ / 0-)
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        confitesprit, peptabysmal, rosarugosa

        It's been all too easy to get excited over this rumor or that one - particularly when they come from a reliable source.  The latest one this past winter was that Walker was just weeks away from an indictment was a serious let down when it didn't happen.

        I just didn't want you to get your hopes up too high.  

        The wheels of justice turn very slowly.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:15:12 PM PDT

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    •  I'm tired of being patient.... I want my framed (2+ / 0-)
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      Mike Kahlow, Puddytat

      photo of Scott W. being frogmarched out of the Capitol...:)

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

      by CTMET on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 06:53:25 PM PDT

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      •  I want a framed picture... (2+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, CTMET

        ...of Peter Barca, Jon Erpenbach, Lori Compas, Kathleen Vinehout, Tom Barrett, Tom Nelson, Ron Kind, Mahlon Mitchell, or whoever else Wisconsin Democrats run as the 2014 gubernatorial nominee in the Wisconsin Governor's Mansion!

        Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

        by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:47:58 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:59:20 PM PDT

  •  I'm more interested in what happens re: (1+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat

    the release of records over the redistricting... please please please find something actionable to: 1) halt or reverse and 2) prosecute...

    Nationally, if everyone that could, voted, and gerrymandering were illegal, there would be virtually NO Republicans ever elected again... except in small pockets that will be starved off economically as a result of their own collective ideology.... IMHO of course...;)

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:08:31 PM PDT

    •  The only WI Redistricting file that is released... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...that I am aware of shows that State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-SD-5) had her hands in the redistricting cookie jar.

      According to WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison:

      In one email, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa suggested keeping parts of her district that are Republican and jettisoning those that are more Democratic.
      Here's the Vukmir email that the WISC article referenced, as republished by the Wisconsin State Journal:
      "Western Wauwatosa — yes (more GOP)," "West Milwaukee — No (forgot to mention this part of current district — VERY Dem" and "Milwaukee — cop wards if needed."
      It would be real nice if Mark Miller had set up a specific webpage for the released redistricting files.

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:30:52 PM PDT

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      •  Vukmir is a twit (1+ / 0-)
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        In fact, she's my State Senator - elected because of all the RW money she got.  She ran television ads in 2010.  Television ads!  The first time EVER that a state senate candidate ran television ads.

        Mailers came to the house nearly every day touting her as the jobs candidate (along with many on her "pro - life" (until you're born) ideology.  

        State Sen. Sullivan, a good guy, just didn't have access to the boatloads of cash and, as a result, only sent 1 mailer.

        As a result, people not paying attention voted for her.  A first time political candidate with a brain the size of a pea.  RW money bought her the job.

        Now we're stuck with her.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:10:54 PM PDT

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        •  Saw your diary on Reindfleisch (1+ / 0-)
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          I'll post a link to it in this diary in a few minutes.

          Also, Leah Vukmir is textbook example #1 when it comes to influence of money in politics.

          Here in Illinois, the first time I saw campaign ads for a state legislative race was in 2006 in IL-SD-52, which, prior to the Citizens United SCOTUS decision, was the second-most expensive state legislative campaign in Illinois history. Republican Judy Myers faced Democrat Mike Frerichs in an open-seat race after the Republican incumbent, Rick Winkel, decided not to run for a second term in the Illinois State Senate. Frerichs defeated Myers in a nailbiter, and, although I wasn't old enough to vote at that time, I fondly remember Frerichs and Myers ads being plastered on TV stations in the Champaign, Illinois media market almost non-stop until Election Day. Frerichs beat Myers by only a few hundred votes. Frerichs won re-election easily in 2010 after Republicans ran an Paul LePage-type nutcase by the name of Al Reynolds against Frerichs, and, thanks to redistricting (in Illinois, Democrats controlled redistricting this time around, additionally, in Illinois, state senators serve either 2 or 4 year terms in either 2-4-4, 4-2-4, or 4-4-2 arrangements, district numbers that are divisible by three use the 4-4-2 arrangement, all arrangements are set up so that all 59 seats are up in the first election cycle after redistricting) that made IL-SD-52 more Democratic than before and also gave it a bizarre shape resembling how a supercell thunderstorm would look on a weather radar, and Frerichs is strongly favored against Republican political blogger John Bambenek.

          Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

          by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 06:12:55 PM PDT

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          •  It was all that RW money that caused the (2+ / 0-)
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            rosarugosa, DownstateDemocrat

            red tide in the 2010 elections.  The monied interests bought themselves some states to go along with all the Congressmen and US Senators they already own.  This is why the Repubicans feel free to be extremist and nutty.  They know the money is there to fool the unalert and dull brained into voting for them.

            Until we get the money out of politics and elections, nothing meaningful will happen.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 11:49:09 PM PDT

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      •  There was a little news today (1+ / 0-)
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        Creosote

        about what's in the redistricting correspondence: GOP lawyer warned legislators about redistricting plan. A few highlights:

        Republicans might have prevailed in a lawsuit over election maps if their redistricting team had listened to one of its lawyers, new records show.

        Attorney Jim Troupis argued in July 2011 for maps that took into account citizenship when calculating Latino voting strength on Milwaukee's south side, but another attorney - Eric McLeod - rejected the idea and Republicans ultimately did not go along with it. Eight months later, the state lost a lawsuit on that very issue, resulting in a court-drawn map and nearly $200,000 in additional costs for taxpayers.

        and also:
        Some of the emails appear never to have been released before. If they were not, it could spell legal woes for Republicans because of a raft of court orders to release material earlier this year. During that earlier fight over records, a panel of federal judges fined attorneys for lawmakers about $17,500 for filing frivolous motions to block the release of records.
        And Fitz is still being a petty bastard:
        Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) asked Miller to make available all redistricting records for about $300,000 in work done for Democrats since 2007.

        "If Senator Miller truly believes in the public's right to know, he'll disclose those records," Fitzgerald said in a statement.

        Miller said he would make records from 2007 and 2008 available. He did not say he was releasing records from 2009 and 2010, noting both parties had redistricting attorneys at that time and he had not sought material from that period for Republicans.

        I do love seeing "Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald" though.

        "I kept the faith and I kept voting Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand For theirs is a land with a wall around it And mine is a faith in my fellow man." -- Billy Bragg

        by kideni on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:17:52 PM PDT

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