By Alexandra Hall, Wisconsin Public Radio and Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism As an administrative law judge hearing worker’s compensation cases in Wisconsin for three decades, Joe Schaeve said he often knew how certain doctors hired by employers and insurance companies would rule even before opening their reports. “It winds up with the doctor saying […]
Eleven gubernatorial candidates, including 10 Democratic hopefuls, will be in Eau Claire next Monday (Dec. 11) for a candidate forum at the VFW Club 305, 1300 Starr Ave. The forum is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m., with registration starting at noon. This will be the first time such a forum has been held in […]
The three Democratic candidates for Wisconsin’s 10th District Senate seat will be on The West Side next Monday (Dec. 11) at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Candidates Rueben Herfindahl of River Falls, Patty Schachtner of Somerset, and John Calabrese of Glenwood City will join host Rich Kremer […]
The petition by 54 retired circuit judges asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require all state judges to step away from cases involving large donors to their election campaigns reflects broader concerns among lawyers and judges about the way the state’s highest court is functioning, according to retired Circuit Judge Thomas Barland of Eau Claire.
By April Barker, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a very welcome executive order regarding the state’s open records law.
It notes that “the American republic and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the basis of broad accountability of government to the people.” And it declares that ”the free flow of information from the government to the people instills trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable, and open.”
By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Beverly Walker doubts that the governor’s plan to abolish the Wisconsin Parole Commission will add efficiency to a sluggish system, and she suspects it would make qualifying for parole even more difficult. Her husband, Baron Walker, has been imprisoned for nearly 22 years on a 60-year […]