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Reporter. Formerly: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Soon: Washington Post.
Jun 23 9 tweets 2 min read
The attorney hired by Wisconsin Republicans to review the 2020 election performed his initial work on a computer at the New Berlin public library because he didn’t have a computer of his own.

He was paid $11,000/month by taxpayers soon afterward. The attorney, former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, disclosed his work habits in court this morning.
Jan 13 11 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: A Waukesha County judge bars the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in Wisconsin. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Mark Bohren ruled Thursday absentee ballot drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin, potentially upending aspects of the spring elections and the fall's high-profile contests for governor and U.S. Senate.
Jan 13 8 tweets 3 min read
An attorney for Green Bay refused Thursday to provide Assembly Republicans with private information about voters and questioned their ability to legally continue their review of the 2020 election. Daniel Lenz, an attorney for Green Bay, questioned whether Gableman can continue his review given that his contract with the state appears to have expired at the end of December.
Jan 13 4 tweets 1 min read
Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn declines to consolidate two open records cases over the GOP's election review.

She says she wants to make sure the cases don't slow down.

"We need to move these cases. They're urgent cases," she says. The liberal group @weareoversight has filed three open records lawsuits against @repvos and other Republicans.

Two are being handled by Bailey-Rihn and one by Judge Frank Remington.
Jan 12 13 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING: On a 4-3 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denies @repvos' request to avoid a deposition.

He is slated to take questions under oath on Wednesday from @weareoversight.

Story coming soon. @repvos @weareoversight
Nov 11, 2021 12 tweets 10 min read
On the Assembly floor, Democratic Rep. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez says maps drawn by @GovEvers' commission were "a con." @GovEvers She criticizes @EricHolder, @DemRedistrict and @NationPR, saying they put getting Democratic seats ahead of drawing Black and Hispanic majority districts.

"How did a national agenda get into these maps?" she says.

More here:…
Nov 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on Wisconsin lawmakers to take over elections and tell local officials to ignore the work of the bipartisan state Elections Commission.… — via ⁦@BillGlauber⁩ and me .@SenRonJohnson: "I think the state Legislature has to reassert, reclaim this authority over our election system.”
Nov 10, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
In his opening testimony, Michael Gableman goes after Democrats as he reviews the 2020 election for Assembly Republicans.

"Whoever Tony Evers and Josh Kaul are serving in this matter, it is certainly not the public," Gableman says. Gableman tells the Assembly Elections Committee that his interim report has been posted on

The report so far has not been uploaded.
Nov 10, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
.@SenRonJohnson just went into a meeting with @SenatorDevin and @jimsteineke in the Wisconsin Capitol. The meeting is closed to the public. .@SenMarklein just walked into the meeting too.
Nov 9, 2021 10 tweets 7 min read
Wisconsin election officials may not set rules on ballot drop boxes Today's hearing on Wisconsin's election audit is streaming here:
Oct 31, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
On “Upfront,” @vos says @deanknudson made a “bad decision” with the policies he set on nursing home voting along w/ other members of @WI_Elections.

Vos appointed Knudson to the commission.

Vos is calling for the resignation of commission director Meagan Wolfe but not of Knudson .@WI_Elections was created in 2015 by Vos and other Republican lawmakers.

Asked by @AdriennePed if it should be disbanded, @repvos says, “I don’t know if disbanding is the right word, but we have to reform it.”
Oct 31, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
State Sen. @KathleenBernie8 says her committee will conduct a review of an election audit in public.

That differs from an election review by Assembly Republicans and Michael Gableman that is being done in secret.

Bernier made her comments to @AJBayatpour on “Capital City Sun.” Bernier says “that’s not for me to say” when asked if she thinks @WI_Elections broke the law regarding how it advised clerks on voting in nursing homes.

“I don’t necessarily agree with that but my opinion doesn’t matter,” Bernier says, noting lawmakers don’t enforce laws.
Oct 11, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
@repvos signals he won't back off on his subpoenas for his election review, even though attorney Michael Gableman has already scaled back some of them.

“In order to restore confidence in our election system, Justice Gableman will continue his investigation," Vos said. @repvos .@repvos, con't: "The subpoenas have been issued correctly – a fact backed up by the nonpartisan Legislative Council in a memo requested by Assembly Democrats."
Oct 11, 2021 20 tweets 21 min read
AG @JoshKaulWI tells reporters there are several flaws with former Justice Michael Gableman's subpoenas to election officials.

He says lawmakers are purporting to act as prosecutors, which they are not allowed to do. @JoshKaulWI Kaul says Gableman can't interview officials in private, as he has suggested he would. Kaul says Gableman has to conduct interviews in front of the Assembly Elections Committee.

Kaul calls the subpoenas "dramatically overbroad."
Oct 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
“If what comes to my desk is gerrymander 2.0, I’ll veto it,” @GovEvers tells @mattsmith_news.

Evers says he’s doubtful he and Republican lawmakers will reach a deal on redistricting but leaves open the possibility. .@GovEvers calls the last wolf hunt “a disaster.”
Oct 10, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
Turning his sights on Evers, Gableman in new video makes election allegations without offering evidence… Gableman is going after @GovEvers for comments the governor made nearly two weeks ago.

Gableman is putting attention on Evers after facing criticism from the left and right for subpoenaing election officials and then walking back those subpoenas.
Aug 27, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
Top Assembly Republican Robin Vos is leaving it to an investigator to decide on subpoenas for the election investigation… .@repvos says:
— won’t sign @RepJanel’s subpoenas; will let Gableman come up with his own
— will let Gableman choose investigators and “cyberforensic” team
— scope of investigation is being finalized
— will spend up to $680K in taxpayer funds; won’t allow use of private funds
May 28, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
Wisconsin election investigator Vos hired has partisan past In 2008, then-Milwaukee Police Detective Mike Sandvick wrote a report on the 2004 election that prompted a partisan brawl.

His supporters used his findings to highlight the threat of voter fraud, while his detractors noted his report was disavowed by prosecutors.
May 27, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Republican lawmakers plan to earmark a new $500 million for schools but then set $350 million of it aside.

That means schools would be guaranteed of getting $150 million. .@JonErpenbach said lawmakers were planning to put $350 million into a “Republican slush fund.”
May 6, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Sen. @JonErpenbach tells Republicans they are shaming people by referring to the Medicaid program BadgerCare Plus as welfare.

@repborn shoots back: "This is basic English words that are used to define these programs. ... I will tell it like it is and that is what this is." Expanding Medicaid would boost Wisconsin's budget by $1.6 billion over two years because the federal government would pay for more of the state's health-care costs.

Born says Republicans who control the Legislature won't accept "a billion-dollar bribe."…
Apr 20, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
.@GovEvers says the new Foxconn deal will save the state $2.77 billion compared to the one @ScottWalker cut.

Under the new deal, Foxconn can receive subsidies of up to $80 million — compared to $2.85 billion under the previous arrangement. The initial deal was worth about $4 billion in all when accounting for other state sweeteners and local incentives.