open-government

Speaker Shut Down at Brown Co. Meeting

A citizen attempting to speak at a Brown County Board of Health meeting in July was stopped after the board’s chairman raised concerns that a board member might be slandered. An open government specialist tells Media Trackers that such prior restraint of public speech at a governmental meeting is unconstitutional. William Acker was attempting to […]

Milwaukee Co. Election Glitch Caused By State Election Commission Software Error: UPDATE

A misreporting of the vote totals in the Democratic Primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff can be traced to new software being used by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. “The Wisconsin Elections Commission used a new, more secure system for county clerks to report official election results for the August 14 Partisan Primary,” said Reid Magney, the […]

Investigations into Green Bay City Officials Continue

A pair of investigations into Green Bay city officials continue, according to Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney. Toney is serving as special prosecutor investigating the complaints; one against Mayor James Schmitt and one against five aldermen who asked for an investigation into Schmitt’s actions in the Hotel Northland redevelopment project. Brown County […]

GOP Files Complaint Over Campaigning at Mandatory Milwaukee County Training

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has asked the Wisconsin Ethics Commission to investigate Democratic congressional candidate Thomas Palzewicz regarding alleged campaigning while conducting a seminar for the Milwaukee County Department of Aging. First reported by WISN’s Mark Belling on August 1, Palzewicz allegedly asked Milwaukee County employees to vote for him during the seminar. Palzewicz is the […]

Brown County Board Candidate Tried to Erase Public Input

A candidate for a Brown County Board of Supervisors seat on April 3, who is a county Board of Health(BOH) member, is accused of attempting to erase from the public record comments two citizens made at a BOH meeting last year. Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE) has been advocating for county residents […]

How Wisconsin Courthouses Pose Identity Theft Threat

If you were divorced in Wisconsin before July 1, 2016, or were involved in virtually any civil litigation before that date, your social security number, driver’s license number, bank account numbers and other information could be in court records that are open to the public in courthouses around Wisconsin. But there are steps you can […]

Schimel Pushes Back on Media “John Doe III” Claim

Attorney General Brad Schimel pushed back Monday on media claims that a Government Accountability Board investigation he revealed in a report on leaks to a British publication was not a John Doe probe. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Monday that Schimel “erroneously” referred to the investigation as John Doe III, even though the investigation, the […]

Docs Show ACLU, DRW Closely Involved in Obama DOJ Milwaukee Voucher Probe

New documents obtained by Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty indicate that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) were running parts of the Obama DOJ’s investigation into the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. WILL obtained the documents through a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ). In August 2011, […]