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Gov. Scott Walker passed over more than a dozen candidates to appoint outgoing Attorney General Brad Schimel to a Waukesha County judgeship, according to records released by the governor’s administration. Walker handed Schimel the job on Nov. 20, a day after the Republican attorney general conceded defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul. > Wisconsin State Journal
When Democrat Sarah Godlewski is inaugurated as the state’s new treasurer in 2019, she’ll be taking up the mantle of an executive office that was nearly eliminated. But the treasurer-elect said Wisconsin needs the office to serve as a fiscal watchdog, and that she’s unearthed more than a dozen other duties that haven’t been fulfilled in recent years. > Wisconsin Public Radio
The midterm elections ushered in a record number of LGBTQ people to elected office. But long before that “rainbow wave” — and before it was even a ripple — Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, an out lesbian, was slowly chipping away at glass ceilings once thought unbreakable. > NBC News
Last week, Gov. Scott Walker negotiated a $28 million deal with Kimberly-Clark and had his WEDC rubber stamp it — before signing a bill taking away the next governor’s power to do the same thing. Apparently Walker wasn’t confident he could get it by the Joint Finance Committee where his own party holds 12 of 16 seats.> Isthmus
Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy and Glenn Grothman took to the talk radio airwaves this week in support of President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, issuing warnings on the threat posed to America by illegal immigrants. > Wisconsin Radio Network
All of Paul Ryan’s ideological and moral conviction that were the foundation of his previous popularity and power seemed to fall apart when it hit the cinder block wall that was President Trump. “I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made,” Ryan has said. Given what we’ve seen and been through as a nation, that’s beyond disturbing. > Washington Post