Open Records

Brad Schimel tackles open government in wake of controversy

Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, said he would look at Schimel’s effort to update the laws “without prejudging, but just seeing how these folks have operated I think something that involves the Legislature and the governor at this point, people should have huge skepticism, given what they tried […] [Wisconsin State Journal]

Open records proposal scrapped

[M]embers of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on party lines to adopt a measure which included a provision that would have greatly altered the state’s open records law. The liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now and the conservative think-tank the MacIver Institute for Public Policy each issued statements critical of the JFC’s decision. [DeForest Times-Tribune]

‘Bad, bad idea’: A plan to change Wisconsin’s open records laws was met with swift, strong opposition

Despite being introduced and passed at the start of a holiday weekend, the proposal sparked outrage among constituents, journalists and good government advocates. The opposition transcended party lines, with groups like the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, One Wisconsin Now, the MacIver Institute and the Center for Media and Democracy united against it. [Capital Times]


Scott Walker's political philosophy can be summed up in three easy steps: (1) Reward my donors, (2) Increase my power, and (3) Punish my enemies.

Gov. Walker’s Administration Continues Secrecy with Wisconsinites

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker continues engaging in a pattern of secrecy with the public he was elected to serve. His administration recently refused to fulfill a simple request for email communications between the Governor and his chief of staff. In Milwaukee County, Scott Walker’s administration went to great lengths to limit public scrutiny of […]

Legislators May be Schooled by FOIA Revelations

Why, despite a dismal track record in Milwaukee, does Vos and his conspirators continue to push for an expansion of the voucher program? A private advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now is  investigating this question using a Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. We picked up on the story from Wispolitics which reported the following: [Politiscoop]

Wisconsin Governor Rebuffs FOIA Requests

One Wisconsin Now, a progressive, nonprofit advocacy group, also has requested the emails, it said in a statement. The group said that Walker’s administration told Isthmus and the AP it would charge $31,000 to fulfill their request for the records. [Courthouse News Service]