Open Records Category Archive


  • Village of Waterford May Have Violated 1st Amendment by Blocking Citizen on Facebook

    A federal judge ruled in January that Vos... violated the First Amendment when they blocked liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

    Racine Journal Times, 11/24/2019
  • Plain Talk: Nygren Attacking Evers on Openness Is the Pot Calling the Kettle Black

    And, let's not forget Nygren's role in blocking the liberal group One Wisconsin Now from following him on Twitter.

    Capital Times, 11/22/2019
  • State Budget Blunder Shines Light on Brian Hagedorn’s Dim View of Open Records

    Brian Hagedorn was at the center of some of the most notorious efforts to evade and gut Wisconsin’s open records law.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/14/2019
  • Robin Vos: The Secrecy Speaker

    Robin Vos has shown he doesn’t like leaks in either his professional or private life, based on recent media reports and public records.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/02/2019
  • Please Rescind Walker’s Open Records Award

    We urge you to rescind the “Openness” award you gave to Gov. Walker earlier this year.

    Urban Milwaukee, 08/22/2018
  • Will Brad Schimel Fire Himself?

    Attorney General Said He Terminated Employee for Violating Open Records Law, But Brad Schimel Himself Sought to Hide Records of Junket to Hate Group Conference.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/13/2018
  • Is Brad Schimel More Interested in Protecting the Big Corporate Lobby Than Crime Victims?

    Today, One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin blasted DOJ’s response as, “wholly inadequate.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/16/2018
  • Records Runaround: In Wisconsin, Long Delays Are Common for Those Requesting Documents

    “Walker had a political problem because of what happened with the open records debacle a couple of years ago,” said Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 04/11/2018
  • The Dark Days of Open Government

    As Matt Rothschild and Scot Ross pointed out in a joint column, Walker has generally been a hostile force to transparency for much of his tenure as governor.

    Lakeland Times, 03/16/2018
  • Devil’s Advocates Radio: March 12, 2018

    Scot Ross joins the Devils to criticize Scott Walker for his Open Records Award.

    WRRD-AM, 03/12/2018
  • Matt Rothschild and Scot Ross: Open Records Watchdog FOIC’ed Up With Walker Award

    The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council could not have picked a worse recipient for its political openness award than Scott Walker.

    Capital Times, 03/11/2018
  • Open Records Watchdog FOIC’ed Up With Scott Walker Award

    The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council could not have picked a worse recipient for its political openness award than Scott Walker.

    Scot Ross, 03/08/2018
  • Dee J. Hall: Public Officials Shouldn’t Block Social Media Users

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, said that is exactly what is happening with his organization.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 09/05/2017
  • DOJ Denies Group’s Request for Swag Costs

    Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's Dept. of Justice has denied a liberal group's request for records detailing promotional purchases during his tenure.

    Associated Press, 06/26/2017
  • Brad Schimel Swag Update: Attorney General Denies Request to Provide Details on Purchases of Promotional Material Using Public Funds

    “He’s spending our money to buy things like commemorative coins, travel mugs and towels and he owes us a complete accounting of it.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2017
  • Scott Walker, Robin Vos Spar in Newly Released Personal Text Messages

    Tensions between Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are evident in personal text messages between the two, newly released under Wisconsin’s open records law, in which they spar over the...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/08/2017
  • Text Messages Show Tension Between Walker, Vos

    Text messages between Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released Friday reveal private tensions over the state budget, adding another layer to increasingly terse inter-party bickering over the...

    Associated Press, 04/07/2017
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Keeps Public in the Dark on His Whereabouts

    A simple request to Milwaukee County’s top law enforcement official has yet to be fulfilled as constituents are left in the dark about his whereabouts.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/16/2017
  • Attorney General’s Open Government Office Gets Knocked From Left and Right

    Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now has waited more than a month for calendars for Schimel and department spokesman Johnny Koremenos.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/15/2017
  • Cloud Over State Attorney General Brad Schimel’s Office for Sunshine Week With Failure to Respond to Simple Open Records Request

    We’re shining a light today on the failure of the Attorney General who nearly two months later has yet to provide us with the requested documents.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/13/2017
  • Walker Orders State Agencies to Improve Records Access

    Scot Ross, director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, called the executive order an “empty gesture.”

    Iron Mountain Daily News, 03/10/2017
  • Scott Walker Issues Order Making It Easier to Find State Public Records

    Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday issued an executive order making it easier for the public to find state government notices and meeting minutes. Walker in his order also asked state agencies to...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/10/2017
  • Walker Orders State Agencies to Increase Access to Records

    Scot Ross, director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, called the executive order an "empty gesture."

    Associated Press, 03/09/2017
  • Supreme Court: Attorney General Schimel Doesn’t Have to Release Training Tapes

    The people of Wisconsin deserve to know how elected officials are doing their jobs. And Brad Schimel - at the time these videos were recorded - was an elected official.

    WKOW-TV, 12/28/2016
  • Scott Walker Sought Changes to Wisconsin Idea, Emails Show After Judge Orders Release of Records

    Records released Friday by Gov. Scott Walker’s office in response to a judge’s order make clear he sought controversial changes in 2015 to the University of Wisconsin System’s mission statement, known as...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/28/2016
  • Keep an Eye on State Public Records Board

    Among the critics were conservative and liberal groups including One Wisconsin Now, as well as ordinary citizens with no political ax to grind.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/20/2016
  • Rebecca Bradley, JoAnne Kloppenburg Pledge Transparency on Supreme Court

    One group that has requested records from Bradley disagreed. The liberal group One Wisconsin Now requested Bradley's calendars in September.

    Capital Times, 03/24/2016
  • The ‘me-first’ Session? 10 Ways Walker and the Republican-led Legislature Have Moved to Diminish Accountability

    The Walker administration cited the [records denial] provision... when the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now requested visitor logs to the governor's mansion earlier this year.

    Capital Times, 03/23/2016
  • Scott Walker Calls for State Agencies to Track Open Records Requests, Speed Up Response Times

    In advance of Sunshine Week, Gov. Scott Walker is ordering his administration to improve its handling of public records requests, speed up response times and provide mandatory records training for all state...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/12/2016
  • Walker Appointees at Department of Natural Resources Considered Disciplining Employee for Releasing Public Records

    Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/13/2016
  • Walker Administration Won’t Explain What Happened to WEDC Text Messages

    Jenni Dye, research director for One Wisconsin Now, said she doesn’t believe the police logs meet the definition of “transitory” records.

    Capital Times, 01/16/2016
  • Scott Walker Says DOA Decision to Not Release WEDC Text Messages Doesn’t Match His Policy

    Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday indicated a decision by his administration to not release an employee's text messages related to a questionable WEDC loan goes against his own open records policy.

    Capital Times, 01/14/2016
  • Editorial: On Open Records, Public Records Board Does the Right Thing

    The Walker administration also cited the August redefinition of “transitory correspondence” when denying a records request from the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.

    Racine Journal Times, 01/14/2016
  • Walker’s Secretive Governing Style

    Then there was the open records request by One Wisconsin Now, asking for visitor logs at the governor’s mansion from November 2014 through early April 2015, during the time Walker was planning...

    Urban Milwaukee, 01/12/2016
  • Public Records Board Under Intense Scrutiny

    The action drew objections from groups on both sides of Wisconsin’s partisan divide, such as the as the liberal One Wisconsin Now .

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 01/11/2016
  • Records Board Backtracks Amid Public Outcry on Access

    The change drew criticism from conservative and liberal groups alike, including the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and One Wisconsin Now.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/11/2016
  • Records Board Must Reverse Bad Decision

    Concealing a list of people who visit a public building, presumably to meet with the state’s most powerful leader, is arrogant and immediately suspect.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/10/2016
  • Closed to the Public

    Then there was the open records request by One Wisconsin Now, asking for visitor logs at the governor’s mansion from November 2014 through early April 2015, during the time Walker was planning...

    Isthmus, 01/07/2016
  • In Other News, Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Is Still As Crooked As Ever

    A liberal watchdog group, One Wisconsin Now, filed an open-records request for the office calendars from Bradley's days as a judge in a lower case.

    Esquire, 01/06/2016
  • Wisconsin Board Reboots, Holds Hearing on Changes to Open Records Law

    The changes also appear to address a records request from the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. The organization repeatedly requested records which would show who visited the governor’s mansion before and after...

    PRWatch, 01/04/2016
  • Liberal Group Alleges Justice Rebecca Bradley Skirted Wisconsin Open Records Law

    A liberal group is alleging state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley violated the state's open records law and says it is exploring options for legal recourse.

    Capital Times, 12/22/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Believes Bradley May Have Falsified Calendars

    One Wisconsin Now says that based on her comments in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Rebecca Bradley, violated the state’s open record laws.

    Wisconsin Daily Independent, 12/22/2015
  • In TV Interview, Bill Lueders Decries ‘culture of Contempt for the Public’s Right to Know’

    Lueders’ group last week filed a verified complaint against the state Public Records Board, which it contended violated the open meetings law at its Aug. 24 meeting, when it voted to expand...

    Capital Times, 12/20/2015
  • Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Meetings Calendars Empty for 2 1/2 Years

    Either Rebecca Bradley wasn't working very hard or she's hiding who she was meeting with and what she was doing on taxpayer time," Ross said in a written statement.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/20/2015
  • Complaint Filed Over Walker’s Denial of Requests for Public Records

    The rule changes also were raised in response to a request from One Wisconsin Now, a liberal group seeking a list of visitors to the governor’s residence.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 12/15/2015
  • Wisconsin Public Records Board Head: We Didn’t Change Transitory Records Definition

    Gov. Walker’s administration cited the “transitory” record provision when it denied a records request for text messages by the Wisconsin State Journal, and when the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now requested...

    Capital Times, 12/15/2015
  • Open Government Group Files Complaint Against Public Records Board

    He noted that Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has already used the new definition of “transitory” records to justify denying records that existed at one time, but were not maintained. One of those...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/15/2015
  • Watchdog Calls Rules Cited by Walker Administration Improper

    The rule changes also were raised in response to a request from One Wisconsin Now, a liberal group seeking a list of visitor's to the governor's residence.

    Associated Press, 12/14/2015