MADISON, Wis. - For the first time since a $102.8 million settlement a result of a lawsuit brought by 39 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia against the for-profit college company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) was announced back on November 16, Attorney General Brad Schimel has revealed that some Wisconsin student loan borrowers will receive modest relief. This news comes, despite the “complete indifference” of Gov. Scott Walker and Schimel, who refused to enter Wisconsin into the lawsuit.
Wisconsin Students to Miss Out on Their Share of $102 Million Settlement With For-Profit College Chain Over Shady Business PracticesOne Wisconsin Now ·
Madison - Gov. Scott Walker has rushed to join politically motivated lawsuits to try to advance his own ambitions -- directing the Attorney General to sue to try to undo the Affordable Care Act, halt regulations to protect our clean air and undermine federal immigration policy. But when it comes to helping students ripped off by a for-profit college chain, Walker was nowhere to be found and now Wisconsin students will miss out on their share of the over $102 million settlement.
Madison - Scott Walker’s gubernatorial calendars for the months of August and September show he largely ignored his duties as governor as he mounted a historically inept presidential campaign. However one bit of state business was important enough for Walker to take a break from his campaign - signing into law a bill that gave himself a special exemption from investigations of political corruption under the state “John Doe” law.
Voters overwhelmingly support a specific component of the Democratic Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill plan to allow student loan borrowers the ability to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage, at no cost to taxpayers, according to results from the latest Marquette University Law School poll. The results show 61 percent support the central piece of the plan with only 15 percent opposing it. This is the first time the MU Law poll has tested the issue of student loan debt and the refinancing solution.
Assembly Republicans Hold Public Hearing on Legislation to Discriminate Against Transgender School StudentsOne Wisconsin Now ·
Singling out transgender youths and students is the latest giant leap backwards being considered by the Assembly Republican legislative majority. The legislation, Assembly Bill 469 (AB 469), before the Assembly Education Committee for a public hearing today comes courtesy of State Representative Jesse Kremer, who also advocates for segregated grocery stores for low income Wisconsinites receiving public assistance.
Gov. Scott Walker’s new crony pick for the state high court has multiple conflicts and ought recuse from hearing a case before the Supreme Court regarding Walker’s attempted education power grab, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. Rebecca Bradley, who Walker has appointed to three successive courts, including the state’s top court, has refused to recuse herself from the case, Coyne v. Walker, despite the glaring conflict of interest.
While the world remained stunned and grieving in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, France, which claimed at least 120 lives, Tea Party Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke publicly called for Republicans to exploit the tragedy for political gain. One Wisconsin Now is calling for three-time Walker appointee Rebecca Bradley, who has been using Clarke to raise money for her Supreme Court campaign, to condemn the actions and return campaign funds she received from his help.
A Question of Judgment: Does Rebecca Bradley Endorse the Radical and Repugnant Views of Her Campaign Fundraiser David Clarke?One Wisconsin Now ·
Days before authoring a letter seeking campaign donations on Rebecca Bradley’s behalf, Tea Party Sheriff David Clarke declared that, “... blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in criminal behavior instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle — because they're uneducated, they're lazy, and they're morally bankrupt." But this is not the only, just the most recent, outrageous comment from Clarke. The close association with a politician like Clarke, who routinely expresses dangerous views far outside the mainstream, calls into question the judgment of Bradley said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.
As the Republican Presidential carnival travels to Wisconsin in advance of another debate, several contenders were not competing for the support of Gov. Scott Walker and the statistical zero percent of the GOP primary voters he commanded upon his exit from the race. Instead, According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the hopefuls are seeking the backing of the right-wing Bradley Foundation run by his campaign co-chair Michael Grebe.
If Republican presidential candidates are eager to take up substantive issues in their upcoming Wisconsin debate, they ought to engage on the elephant in the room for 43 million Americans, the $1.3 trillion student loan debt crisis. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the Badger state, recently ranked third highest in the nation for percentage of 2014 graduates with student debt, would be a fitting site for the GOP candidates to engage on a critical economic issue that they to date have almost completely ignored.
Gov. Walker, Unable to Dial Phone to Try to Save 1,000 Wisconsin Jobs, Hits Send on Fundraising Solicitation to Pay Off Presidential Campaign DebtOne Wisconsin Now ·
Gov. Scott Walker and his administration failed to make so much as a phone call in advance of Kraft-Heinz announcement the company is shuttering the Madison-based Oscar Mayer operation, leaving 1,000 Wisconsin workers out of jobs. Yet after doing nothing, Walker was able late this week to hit send on a fundraising solicitation to try to pay off the estimated $1 million debt his bloated presidential campaign racked up in a mere 71 days.
When seeking judicial appointments from Gov. Scott Walker, right wing Federalist Society lawyer Rebecca Bradley was asked in her written application if she, "ever held a position or played a role in a ... partisan political campaign, committee, or organization." Her answer was no, despite it having been widely reported that she was a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Efforts to help Wisconsin borrowers deal with the crushing burden of student loan debt were rebuffed today by the Republican majority in the State Assembly. A motion to take up the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act, Assembly Bill 272, failed on a party line vote.
With the news from a national report that the Badger state ranks third among the fifty states for percentage of 2014 graduates with student loan debt, the time for excuses and gimmicks on crisis in Wisconsin is over, according to One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher. She issued a call for the Republican-controlled state legislature to take up and approve the common sense reforms in the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act (Assembly Bill 272 and Senate Bill 194) to allow borrowers to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage.
Records, Video Show Rebecca Bradley Misleads Public With Claims She Left Her ‘Political Inclinations’ in the PastOne Wisconsin Now ·
In an interview on UpFront with Mike Gousha broadcast October 25, Gov. Scott Walker’s newly-appointed crony Rebecca Bradley claimed, "When I became a judge I set aside all of my political inclinations and that was in the past." One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted Bradley for being untruthful as state campaign records show she both personally donated to the Republican Party of Milwaukee County while a judge and, based on video of the event, just hours later was featured at a Milwaukee County Republican Party event.
There’s a mystery at the taxpayer-funded Executive Mansion – provided to Gov. Scott Walker and his family – as at least five months of visitor logs appear to have vanished. In response to a request for the log of comings and goings at the mansion made by One Wisconsin Now under the state open records law, first filed in April 2015 but not receiving a response until late October 2015, Gov. Walker’s administration is claiming they have no records for November 2014 through early April 2015.
The percentage of Wisconsinites with student loan debt continues to rise compared to the rest of the nation according to the results of a new study released by The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS). The results of their comprehensive 50 state study on student loan debt for 2014 finds seventy percent of Wisconsin’s graduates have student loan debt, the third highest percentage in the nation, and the average debt load of over $28,800 they carry ranks Wisconsin seventeenth nationally.
Rep. Paul Ryan had a series of demands he required his GOP colleagues to agree to before announcing he would run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, including making sure he had adequate time away from work to spend with his family. While Rep. Ryan is willing to negotiate for time with his own family, as a member of Congress he hasn’t even been willing to cast a vote to help other Americans to spend more time with or help care for their loved ones.
As part of a comprehensive agenda to open Wisconsin for corruption, Assembly Republicans are scheduled to vote to gut state laws that protect state employees from improper political pressure on the job and help prevent cronyism in state hiring. The Assembly action comes after Republicans last week voted for giving themselves special privileges making it harder to investigate political corruption and control of the purse strings for funding investigations of allegations of their ethics and election law violations and to undo Wisconsin’s over century old ban on direct corporate contributions in elections.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe will be stepping down from his post no later than June 30, 2016.
The Republican Plan on Corruption in Wisconsin: Hide It From the Public, Prevent It From Being InvestigatedOne Wisconsin Now ·
Legislative Republicans have come up with their solution for the cronyism and corruption running rampant in state government: hide it. The State Assembly is set to act on measures fast-tracked by Republicans to eliminate a requirement that big campaign donors disclose employer information, allow themselves to shut off funding for investigations of their potential ethics or election law violations and even end Wisconsin’s hundred year plus ban on direct corporate contributions in campaigns. The action today comes on the heels of party line approval to exempt political corruption from crimes that can be investigated by prosecutors using the “John Doe” process.
Gov. Walker’s Crony Court Pick Rebecca Bradley Refuses to Recuse Herself From Case Involving Walker CroniesOne Wisconsin Now ·
Gov. Scott Walker’s new crony appointment to the state Supreme Court, Rebecca Bradley, in response to a media question, would not commit to recuse herself from any reconsideration of a high court decision halting the investigation into alleged illegal coordination between the campaign of Gov. Walker and outside groups. One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne blasted Bradley for inviting new campaign spending on her behalf from outside groups while potentially participating in decisions on cases in which supporters of her previous campaign are involved.
Mere days after her crony appointment by Gov. Scott Walker to the State Supreme Court, inexperienced jurist Rebecca Bradley wasn’t hitting the books to get up to speed on her new job, she was hitting the campaign trail. Bradley was in attendance at a right wing gathering in Ozaukee County hosted by Christian Leadership and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and featuring GOP U.S. House Representative Glenn Grothman, State Senator Duey Stroebel.
With the removal of anti-corruption protections for state workers and in state law on the legislative fast track in the State Assembly, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented the fall forecast in the Republican-controlled state legislature is “mostly corrupt.” In the Assembly today a public hearing is being held on a bill to repeal state laws protecting state government from rampant cronyism and corruption while another committee votes on measures to allow corporate money to flow directly into Wisconsin politics, cripple investigations of ethical and election misdeeds by state officials and even make it harder for voters, especially seniors citizens and students, to register.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements following the first Democratic Presidential candidate debate held in Nevada this evening.
In their continuing quest to give themselves an unfair, partisan advantage in elections Republican-controlled Assembly and Senate committees are holding a public hearing on a trio of bills that would gut campaign finance laws, cripple ethics and election law enforcement and even make it more difficult for senior citizens and students to register to vote. Since seizing power in 2010, Gov. Walker and GOP majorities in the Senate and Assembly have imposed numerous impediments making it harder and more complicated to vote including a voter ID law, elimination of weekend voting and reduced hours for early voting and gerrymandered legislative districts.
Putting political advantage and cronyism before qualifications, Gov. Scott Walker announced today he has appointed Rebecca Bradley to the open seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. Bradley, an announced candidate for the court in 2016, has been appointed by Walker to the only other judicial positions she has held and was one of only three applicants for a position on the high court.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced he has lured a hired gun attorney with no background in Wisconsin or Wisconsin state law to serve in his office in the newly created Office of Solicitor General. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted what Schimel’s new hire, Misha Tseytlin, does have is a background with the Washington, D.C. office of an international, silk-stocking law firm that has worked on behalf of large polluters and has ties to the right-wing Federalist Society. Tseytlin most recently worked in West Virginia, helping the state government there oppose efforts to regulate global climate change causing pollution.
The ‘Fix’ Is In: Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans Introduce Latest Scheme to Manipulate the Rules to Gain Unfair, Partisan AdvantageOne Wisconsin Now ·
Republican legislative leaders, with the support of Gov. Scott Walker, are unveiling their latest scheme to manipulate election and ethics laws in Wisconsin to gain an unfair, partisan advantage for themselves.
Want More Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence from Gov. Walker’s Administration? Republican Fast Track Effort To Gut State Anti-Corruption Laws Will DeliverOne Wisconsin Now ·
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted the latest fast track Republican efforts to gut state anti-corruption laws, saying it is a prescription for more of the kind of cronyism, corruption and incompetence Wisconsin has endured from Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).