Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn’s campaign manager said Monday the candidate is the subject of a “smear campaign” as he faces calls from Wisconsin women’s groups to drop out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. At issue is Flynn’s representation of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against victims of sexual abuse by priests. > Cap Times
Former Democratic Party chairman Matt Flynn became the first candidate for governor to file his nominating papers Wednesday while fending off calls that he drop out because of his previous role representing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against priest sex abuse lawsuits. > Wisconsin State Journal
While an attorney for Quarles and Brady, Matt Flynn became the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s lead defender in the sex-abuse case with the nation’s fourth-largest number of alleged victims. As a result, claims against his conduct in that case would likely fuel numerous GOP attacks if he earns the Democratic nomination. > Wisconsin Gazette
Gov. Scott Walker, in response to a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin investigative report, said Thursday that he supports “strengthening” a law requiring police to send rape kits to state crime labs for testing. > Appleton Post Crescent
In 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers passed a law that ordered police to swiftly submit rape kits for DNA tests if the evidence could help identify a suspect. But a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin investigation has found that for years after that law took effect, police agencies all over the state shelved hundreds of untested kits.
Attorney General Brad Schimel’s efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated 20 DNA hits during the last half of 2017, according to data the Wisconsin DOJ submitted to the federal government. Interestingly, efforts are underway to speed up testing as Gov. Scott Walker and AG Schimel face re-election in November. > AP News
Two Wisconsin communities have been awarded nearly half a million dollars each from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve response to sexual assault and domestic violence crimes. The U.S. DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women awarded more than $30 million to 50 applicants nationwide, including the city of Superior and Sauk County.