Walker passed over 13 applicants to appoint outgoing AG Schimel as judge


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

Treasurer-elect Sarah Godlewski identifies more responsibilities for office

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

Long before the ‘rainbow wave,’ Tammy Baldwin was blazing a trail


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

Walker’s final insult

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

Duffy, Grothman issue dire wall warnings


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

What happened to all that ideological and moral conviction, Paul Ryan?


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

Fitzgerald walks back comments on Medicaid expansion


Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is walking back comments he made that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid. The Republican said on WISN-AM radio Friday that he “went too far” when he said Thursday: “I don’t want to be presumptuous and rule it out.” > AP News