Wisconsin Supreme Court leaves John Doe II case to lower court judge

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday it would stay away for now from lingering litigation over a now-closed probe into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, leaving a Brown County judge to sort out the legal fight. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Federal appeals court rules against conservative group, dismissing John Doe lawsuit

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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against investigators and former state officials involved in the now-halted John Doe secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. The court agreed with a lower ruling that tossed out the lawsuit by the conservative John K. MacIver Institute. > AP News

John Doe judge peppers attorneys with questions over Walker probe

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A judge gave attorneys 60 days to file briefs on a host of questions that will determine whether the years-long John Doe proceedings can continue. The matter started as an investigation into Wisconsin Republicans but has developed into an attempt to find prosecutors and investigators in contempt of court. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker says he won’t remove Chisholm as district attorney

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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

State Elections panel edges closer to showdown with GOP Senate

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State Elections commissioners have edged closer to a showdown with Republican state senators over whether elections chief Michael Haas should continue to lead the state’s elections agency. Elections commissioners voted 4-2 Wednesday (including one Republican) to take no action on the administrator issue until March 2. >

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

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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