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


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


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


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. >

Wisconsin State Journal

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

Fitzgerald says election chief vote was illegal, heightening showdown with bipartisan commission


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is ramping up his clash with the state Elections Commission, saying its decision to rehire its chief administrator, Michael Haas, in spite of a Senate vote to remove him was illegal. > La Crosse Tribune