Speaker Vos took free trip to London with lobbyists and leaders from other states

The Wisconsin Assembly’s top leader, Speaker Robin Vos, was among a group of lawmakers from several states who took a free trip with lobbyists to London — an August excursion that contributed to the resignation Tuesday of his counterpart in Ohio. But Vos says he followed state ethics laws in accepting it. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker says he won’t remove Chisholm as district attorney


Gov. Scott Walker says he has no intentions of removing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm – who led the John Doe investigation – from his job, despite calls from the chairman of the state Ethics Commission to do just that. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Senate’s power play shows money’s grip on state


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was acting not unlike a Mafia don when he pushed out two administrators against the wishes of the commissions those administrators headed. > Cap Times

State Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald trying to neuter the watchdogs

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The Senate Majority leader, still smarting from a GAB investigation, is misusing his power to cripple the state’s oversight of ethics and elections. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ethics commission stands down after state Senate vote to fire top administrator


The Wisconsin Ethics Commission won’t try to re-hire Brian Bell as its top administrator after Republican state senators voted to fire him earlier this week. The move marks a departure from Wisconsin’s Elections Commission, which re-hired its ousted administrator over the adamant objection of the Senate’s top Republican. > Wisconsin Public Radio

A HuffPost explainer on Wisconsin ousting its ethics, elections chiefs


Wisconsin Republicans voted Tuesday to remove the state’s top election and ethics officials, despite looming state and federal elections. A watchdog group is calling it “one of the most grotesque abuses of power that has occurred in Wisconsin’s history.” > HuffPost

Ethics, elections heads take different paths to try saving their jobs


The heads of the state’s ethics and elections commissions took different paths to try to save their jobs this week, with one of them criticizing the former agency where they worked and the other defending it. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Senate has scheduled confirmation votes for the embattled leaders for Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio