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

AG Schimel reflects on election loss and lame-duck bills


Ousted Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says in his first post-election interview that his defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul was “kind of a death by a thousand cuts.” The interview was also his first since the Republican-controlled Legislature passed lame-duck bills to take powers away from the AG’s office before Kaul takes over. > AP News

Kaul calls lame-duck bills ‘terrible legislation’ and weighs in on opioid epidemic

Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul will take office in about three weeks, but he’ll assume the role with less power than his predecessor, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul recently spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” host Rob Ferrett, and you can read or listen to the conversation here.

Walker appoints Schimel to Waukesha court

As he prepares to leave office, Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday appointed outgoing AG Brad Schimel to a judgeship in Waukesha County. Schimel — like Walker a Republican — will take the job relinquished last week by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney, after having reportedly considered private and federal opportunities. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brad Schimel concedes to Josh Kaul

Attorney General Brad Schimel conceded defeat Monday to Democrat Josh Kaul, saying the margin between them is too great to overcome through a recount. The Associated Press did not call the race on Election Day because it was too close, and Schimel had delayed conceding, leaving open the possibility that he would seek a recount. > AP News

Brad Schimel to decide on possible recount by Monday

Attorney General Brad Schimel will decide Monday if he will seek a recount in the race against Democratic candidate Josh Kaul. The development comes after the state Elections Commission on Friday afternoon released preliminary statewide vote counts showing Kaul ahead of Schimel by a margin of 0.65 percent. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin rape kits generate 560 DNA matches, half from new potential suspects

Wisconsin authorities have identified at least 560 DNA matches by analyzing evidence from sexual assault kits that had been left untested for years, according to new state figures. The DNA matches include 224 “cold hits” pointing investigators to people who weren’t previously named as suspects in sexual assault cases. > Appleton Post Crescent