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Bill Lueders

Sep 28, 2022

Republicans file 2 open records lawsuits

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a pair of lawsuits six weeks before the election that seek records from the administrations of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson related to issues that have been campaign fodder for conservatives.

Jun 7, 2022

Wisconsin Supreme Court says COVID records can be released

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday said the state health department can release data on coronavirus outbreak cases, information sought two years ago near the beginning of the pandemic.

Feb 16, 2018

Democratic lawmaker sued over alleged open-records violation

A conservative law firm has sued a Democratic state lawmaker for supposed violations of the Wisconsin open-records law after charging more than $3,000 for requested records, opening the latest front in an ongoing battle over whether emails must be provided electronically or on paper.

Aug 19, 2016

Reporter sues lawmaker over electronic records

A reporter has filed a lawsuit demanding a judge force a state lawmaker turn over more than 1,000 pages of records in an electronic format.

Mar 20, 2016

Analysis: Many court clerks charge for copying

Many court clerks in Wisconsin are charging citizens for court records — even though a 2014 attorney general's opinion says people are allowed to use their own cellphones to photograph court records for free.

Sep 19, 2014

Book rips into both political parties

Any lingering doubts about the nonpartisan bona fides of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state campaign finance watchdog, should be annihilated by Mike McCabe’s new book, “Blue Jeans in High Places.”

Jul 18, 2014

John Doe probe perceptions vs. reality

A recent column I wrote on the stalled John Doe probe into allegedly illegal campaign activities drew an impassioned email from a reader in Appleton.

May 23, 2014

John Doe ruling alters campaign terrain

There seemed to be no doubt about it: The conduct that state Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, was recently caught on tape discussing – creating an outside group to attack his Democratic opponent – is against the law.

May 16, 2014

Voting bills get little lobby support

Some Republican state lawmakers, upset by a federal judge’s ruling against the state’s voter identification law, are vowing to introduce new legislation.

Apr 11, 2014

Big money backfires in local races

One day before the U.S. Supreme Court opened new spigots of campaign cash, well-backed groups seeking to sway elections in two northern Wisconsin counties, Polk and Iron, inadvertently drove home another point: Throwing money into the process can hurt as well as help.

Mar 21, 2014

State needs openness advocates

Careful readers may have noticed that while many papers carry this column on their opinion pages, it is not an especially opinionated column.

Feb 21, 2014

Redistricting isn’t going away

Few legislative causes have drawn as much interest and as little momentum as redistricting, the drawing of new voter boundaries after each 10-year census.

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