Walker passed over 13 applicants to appoint outgoing AG Schimel as judge

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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

Walker’s final insult

Last week, Gov. Scott Walker negotiated a $28 million deal with Kimberly-Clark and had his WEDC rubber stamp it — before signing a bill taking away the next governor’s power to do the same thing. Apparently Walker wasn’t confident he could get it by the Joint Finance Committee where his own party holds 12 of 16 seats.> Isthmus

Should Walker be the next Department of Interior chief? Former DNR heads weigh in.

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With Gov. Scott Walker on the short list for the U.S. Department of Interior secretary position, what is his record on conservation issues? Two former secretaries from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources weighed in on Walker’s eight years in the statehouse and whether he would be qualified for the Cabinet position. > Channel 3000

Evers picks Milwaukee leaders for top Cabinet slots

 

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Gov.-elect Tony Evers named four Milwaukee-area leaders to his Cabinet on Wednesday, including a former campaign manager to Mayor Tom Barrett and a 30-year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. The picks drew criticism from Republicans, who accused Evers of not looking outside of Wisconsin’s largest city for appointments. > AP News

‘I’m seeking talent’: Tony Evers rolls out first cabinet picks

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers has named his first four picks to lead state agencies, including a Natural Resources Secretary whose appointment drew praise from outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. > Wisconsin State Journal

If Wisconsin and other states succeed in ending the Affordable Care Act, what’s their Plan B?

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A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled in favor of 20 states, including Wisconsin, that asked the court to declare the ACA unconstitutional. The ruling came on the same day that Gov. Scott Walker signed lame-duck legislation that bars Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul from withdrawing the state from the lawsuit. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Could Scott Walker join the Trump Administration?

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Gov. Scott Walker flew to Washington D.C. Monday for the White House Christmas reception, according to his office. On Saturday, Walker was listed as one of eight potential candidates to fill the recently created vacancy for U.S. Secretary of Interior, but the day before, the governor said he was staying put in the dairy state. > CBS 58 Milwaukee