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Author Archives: James Briggs, [email protected]

Spinning the wheels of justice

The 115th paragraph of a July 8 Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion consists of a single sentence: “… Justice MICHAEL J. GABLEMAN joins this concurrence.”

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Milwaukee’s bid preference questioned

A Milwaukee lobbyist is accusing the city of violating the spirit of a new state law that bans local bid preferences. Richard Wanta, executive director of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, said the Legislature clearly meant to ban local preferences in the 2011-13 state budget bill. The city attorney’s office mostly concurs with Wanta’s opinion. According to the budget bill, ...

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Milwaukee’s bid preference law ends

The Milwaukee attorney’s office Monday reported the state budget bill had rendered unenforceable a two-year-old local bid preference ordinance. The budget, which passed in June, includes language mandating that “except when necessary to secure federal aid, a political subdivision may not use a bidding method that gives preference based on the geographic location of the bidder or that uses criteria ...

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State to rent law office for $950,000

A state lawmaker said he was concerned Wisconsin wasn’t getting the best possible deal on a new lease for the State Public Defender’s office in Racine. The state has agreed to pay $950,000 over 10 years for a 5,298-square-foot office that will house 24 staff members. The office is in a strip plaza at 420 Sixth St. Sen. Fred Risser, ...

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Senate bill targets eminent domain

State Sen. Fred Risser might have more firsthand knowledge of eminent domain than any other member of the Wisconsin Legislature. Dane County in 2002 forced the Madison Democrat to sell his law office, at South Hamilton and West Wilson streets, for $728,800 so the county could build a new courthouse. Risser fought the sale and asked for twice as much ...

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