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Senate Republicans Block Wisconsin's Open Record Laws PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Monday, 14 March 2016 17:31

capitol-nightMADISON, WI – After leading the charge to gut Wisconsin's open record laws last summer, Senate Republicans have continued their fight against clean, open and transparent government. In the final days of the legislative session, Senate Republicans are once again blocking action on legislation (AB873/SB704) to expand access to open records.

"Elected officials should work for Wisconsin families, not out-of-state special interests," said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. "Instead, Senate Republicans continue to wage war on transparency and accountability to hide their misguided political agenda and special interest influences."

Last summer, Several Finance Committee members including Senators Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) voted to gut Wisconsin's open record laws and exempt legislators from public scrutiny. Additionally, a recent report by the Associated Press found that the Senate Republican Leader failed to fully comply with a routine open records request last month.

"This year's Sunshine Week is a powerful reminder of the importance of government transparency," added Ullsvik. "Special interest influence at WEDC, large campaign donors getting preferential treatment and the cost of Gov. Walker's presidential campaign were just a few of the major stories revealed thanks to Wisconsin's open record laws. Rather than more Republican attacks on transparency, residents heading to the polls this year should demand more accountability and reject Republican secrecy."

GOP All Talk, No Action On Student Loan Debt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 14 March 2016 17:08

uwgb-studentMADISON – Senate Republicans are planning to adjourn the legislative session after tomorrow’s floor period leaving dozens of bills to wither and die in committee. Several proposals that would address Wisconsin’s $19 billion student loan debt crisis are among the proposals that Republicans have refused to take up.

jennifer-shilling“After all of the talk, it is disappointing that Republicans are still refusing to tackle Wisconsin’s student loan debt crisis," said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "Rather than handing out millions in tax breaks to special interests and out-of-state corporations, we should be targeting relief to hardworking Wisconsin families who are burdened by student loan debt."

"Simply allowing individuals to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates could save families thousands of dollars a year," Shilling concludes. "Other states like Minnesota are helping borrowers save thousands by refinancing student loans, but Republican opposition continues to hinder economic growth and prevent Wisconsin families from getting ahead.”


Legislative writer Tony Palese contributed to this story.

Newspaper Confirms Bradley Provided Phony Records to Open Records Request PDF Print E-mail
Written by One Wisconsin Now   
Monday, 14 March 2016 16:19

rebecca-bradley-walkerInterview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirms Justice Rebecca Bradley violated the state’s open record laws by providing falsified calendars. One Wisconsin Now Considering Legal Action Over Bradley's ‘Deceptive, Dishonest Records Denial’.

Bradley Extramarital Affair, Role in Child Placement Case Questioned PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 11 March 2016 15:59

rebecca-bradleyRomantic relationship and possible unethical representation in a 2005 child placement case are surfacing as Bradley campaigns for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court against Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg. Court is responsible for policing the professional conduct rules of attorneys, and much of the justices' time is spent determining if lawyers treated their clients appropriately.

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