Was Scott Walker Behind The Move To Gut Public Records Law?

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The big question remains as to who inserted the language into the budget bill in the first place and whether Gov. Scott Walker (R)—who was already facing a lawsuit challenging him to release certain legislative documents—was involved in pushing the changes.

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A Very Telling Silence

The immediate threat to Wisconsin's public records law seems to have passed, but the question of who was behind the move to essentially eliminate it remains very live.

We now have the state legislature's Republican leaders admitting they knew about it in advance, but Gov. Scott Walker still mum on the subject -- which may tell you everything you need to know.

Here's the latest on who know what and when.

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To be clear, in this case, I'm not saying Scott Walker's wife and kids aren't telling the truth. I'm sure they are. But politically, I think the message is: 'Look, I can't be that big a hater. Even my family doesn't oppose this!' Not only does it soften the pol's image. It's an implicit signal, for those who want to receive it, that the candidate probably doesn't believe it either. He's just stuck in this position out of political necessity or inertia.

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The Latest from Walksconsin

Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s 2015-17 budget, which passed the Legislature’s budget committee on a party-line vote late Thursday. The budget bill next goes to the full Assembly and Senate."

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