With a goal to significantly modify the state campaign finance laws, Republicans have introduced a three-part bill to the Wisconsin State Legislature on which the Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday. Despite receiving much criticism from Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, have laid out a comprehensive plan that would enable political action committees to spend an unlimited amount of money on campaigns and allow donors to give unlimited amounts of money to campaign committees. While the bill mainly focuses on tweaking state campaign finance laws, the piece of legislation also exonerates politicians from John Doe corruption investigations, according to a Common Cause press release. Some have claimed that the John Doe investigations, which look at extortion, corruption and other violations, have been detrimentally unnecessary for politicians. “The Wisconsin John Doe shows how campaign-finance laws have become a liberal weapon to silence political opponents.
With the sudden death of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks last week, Gov. Scott Walker is seeking applicants for appointment to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, introduced a proposal Monday that would enable Gov. Scott Walker to appoint the superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with consent of the state Senate.