Value of Gableman’s legal services disputed


The specific provision of the judicial ethics code defines gifts as something that is received “without valuable consideration.” The contract that gave Michael Best a possibility of recovering legal fees was “valuable consideration” and thus the legal services were not a gift, Gableman attorney Viet Dinh of Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to the Journal Sentinel.


Stephen Gillers, a New York University Law School professor who specializes in legal ethics, took issue with that characterization.

“Under no circumstances, win, lose, or draw, would Gableman ever have to pay a nickel for the services, regardless of their value and putting aside disbursements,” Gillers wrote in an email. “That’s the very meaning of ‘free.’

“When a client gets representation and will never have to pay for it no matter what happens in the case, the client got free services. Any other characterization of the arrangement is wrong.”

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Via UW-Madison ranked No. 41 among world’s top universities in new rankings @ JS School Zone Blog.

Resting on the shoulders of giants

BuzzFeed reported late Thursday that Burke’s plan, called “Invest for Success,” includes nearly verbatim passages from the economic development plans put forward by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, Ward Cammack of Tennessee in 2009 and John Gregg of Indiana in 2012. Cammack withdrew from his race, and Gregg was defeated.

Via Burke jobs plan copied portions of proposals from other Democrats @ JS No Quarter Blog

$750 from opposing lawyer


Via AG candidate Susan Happ to dump donation from lawyer in sexual assault case @ JS No Quarter Blog

Badgers BB on TV

Via ESPN, CBS love Bo Ryan’s team @ JS Badgers Blog

Long, disappointing game

Via Game Blog: Brewers suffer crushing loss in 13 innings, 3-2 @ JS Brewers Blog.

Friday Catblogging: The Alley Cats of Japan



FightingBob shuts down


Here’s the leading candidate


Via The Worst Person In The World @ Eschaton.

On Scotish independence

Via Aye @ Eschaton.

Rock County GOP’s complete negligence in picking teenage, racist candidate

Via On Vetting Candidates: Be Sure to Check “Social Media.” You Know, on the Inter-Webs @ FREE WHITEWATER

Crime even without intent

But after speaking with the kid, it appears that neither the school officials nor the police thought that the kid was planning anything untoward. The school made a point of telling parents that it “did not and does not pose any threat or risk to the safety and security of our campus.”

So why the pending criminal charges and expulsion from school? The other kids are safe and were never in danger. The kid made a mistake bringing his weapon – unloaded and in his vehicle – to the school parking lot. If the goal is to deter him from doing it again, wouldn’t a simple ticket and/or detention – not to mention the hours of police questioning already endured – do the trick?

Via Boy Faces Expulsion and Criminal Charges for Rifle in Car @ Boots & Sabers

Debate no-show


Via Why is Van Wanggaard afraid of Randy Bryce? @ Blogging Blue

Clemson requires submission


Via “Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action” @ Althouse.

Not enough green & gold

Via Walker ad seems to claim mystery stadium is Lambeau Field @ JS No Quarter Blog.

Wisconsin lags America

Via State’s private-sector job growth ranks 33rd, report shows @ JSOnline.

Bloodbath for Bonzo


Via “When parties of males encounter single individuals from other communities, they sometimes launch brutal assaults that leave victims gravely wounded or dead” @ Althouse.

Key role holding the keys

Via Why the U.S. opposes Scottish independence (though we can’t say much about it) @ Althouse.

Walker Hits Burke on Lie of the Year

Cards win at home

Via Game Blog: Adam Wainwright outduels Mike Fiers as Brewers fall, 2-0 – @ JS Brewers Blog.

Disgraced WISGOP bigot quits Assembly race, says election has been hard on him

This week, bloggers surfaced comments on YouTube videos that included derogatory statements about black people. Dorsey also used a curse word in a YouTube comment referencing Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s first Republican president. When the Gazette contacted Dorsey about the posts on Thursday, he told the paper he was withdrawing from the race.

“I have decided to withdraw from the race due to insensitive remarks that have surfaced from years past,” Dorsey said in a statement to The Gazette. “This race has been extremely hard on my family and myself.”

Via Assembly candidate drops out of race after anti-gay, racist comments @ JS All Politics Blog.

‘Just how worried are these guys?’

Via GOP ballot suit a waste of time and money @ JS Across the Board Blog.

Poverty up significantly among Wisconsin single mothers

Four of every 10 single-mother households in Wisconsin with children under age 18 were living in poverty in 2013, according to the latest American Community Survey numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state’s 42.5% figure is up from 39.4% in 2012, a change the Census Bureau flagged as statistically significant.

Via Poverty rising among Wisconsin single mothers, Census Bureau reports @ JSOnline.

Elections Board on Voter ID Law

Most ever

Via Fox Sports Wisconsin will carry 80 Bucks telecasts in the regular season @ JS SportsDay Blog.

A medium-sized city’s worth

Around 300,000 Wisconsin voters don’t have the forms of identification required to vote under the law, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Opponents of the law have asked the full 7th Circuit to review the September 12 ruling, but if the order stands, all voters will now have to bring identification to the polls, which they have not needed in the past.

Via WI Election Officials and Advocates Scrambling After Voter ID Reinstated @  PR Watch.

Truly, madly…

Via “Deeply… it’s such a poser word” @ Althouse.

Torturer-killer to get off easy

The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Vogelsberg  ended abruptly Tuesday when Vogelsberg pleaded no contest to a lesser form of homicide.  Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said that under the agreement, he would seek up to 12 years in prison for Vogelsberg, followed by seven years of extended supervision. Defense lawyer David Karpe agreed to ask for no less than eight years in prison for Vogelsberg.

Let us not forget what happened to Vogelsberg’s brother, Matthew Graville, who was autistic and idolized Jeffery.  Jeffery tortured his brother over and over, finally killing him and then buried him in the woods like one might do for a dog.  Jeffery Vogelsberg then stood by and did nothing while people were searching for Matthew, and even intimidated witnesses to prevent his torturing and killing from coming to light.

Via Dane County DA Ozanne Needs To Explain Why Justice Not Served In Jeffrey Vogelsberg Case @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Where you can even put the mayor’s picture on a t-shirt

On Monday, September 15th, announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of, Alder Skidmore, Alder Demarb, and Alder Subeck to accept the award. The folks at Livability, along with the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute, looked at several factors including a city’s economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.

Via Madison Named the Most Livable City in America @ Paul Soglin’s Waxing America.

For every problem, a solution

There are obvious fixes here:

*  Just get rid of the Democratic candidates’ names. The ballot will be shorter and simpler and help move the state in a Right direction.

* Voters still beholden to the outdated Two-Party system – – Wisconsin 1.0 – – are free to write in the name of a Democrat.

Via WI Republicans say ballot doesn’t make them pretty enough @ The Political Environment.

Fears of Flaws

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin – through Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald – filed a complaint in Waukesha County Court against the Government Accountability Board (GAB) seeking to improve the deeply flawed and confusing standard ballot for the 2014 General Election in November.

Via WisGOP Files Lawsuit Against GAB for Flawed Ballot @ WISGOP.

Circling the Drain

To casual observers, the Sunday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks like a gold mine: all those advertising inserts that tumble out from the paper. But they are actually a bad sign, because these are all advertisers no longer willing to buy display ads within the paper and only paying the much cheaper “insert” fee to be tucked into the paper. “From the advertiser’s point of view,” [NYU Professor Clay] Shirky writes, “the nation’s newspapers have become little more than a blue-bag delivery service, with a horoscope and enough local sports inside to get people to open the bag.”

Via The Inevitable Decline of the Journal Sentinel @ Urban Milwaukee’s Murphy’s Law.

Cups in hands

Via Wisconsin’s Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget @ MacIver Institute.