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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Ryan-challenger just scraping by

Via Fundraising Numbers Shows Liberals Giving Up on Zerban @ MediaTrackers.  

From the Left, opposing a technical college spending referendum

I’d like to think that we’re all up against a real funding problem, but we’re not. The deliberate cuts in state aid, the tax credits to his business donors, the tax cuts built on a projected surplus and then the plan to wrest away local control in trade for a restoration of state funding appears to be a well-planned and deliberate agenda of no fault to local officials or those local institutions. We can expect to see this play out again and again if Scott Walker wins re-election in November. It’s not the Wisconsin way.

Via Starve Them First, Then Trade Food For Control. Works Every Time @ Rock Netroots.

On the road, again

The family of a 9-year-old West Bend boy is “concerned” about possible charges they may face because for the second time in a month the child was driving with a 4-year-old passenger.

The kid was going eastbound in a westbound lane!

He poses a serious threat to the safety of the community.

How could this happen again?

Via West Bend 9-Year-Old Boy Driving AGAIN @ FREEDOM EDEN.

Walker Admin plans increase in state control of tech schools

A special committee is looking to remove local control of technical schools in favor of state control and more funding from the state, not property taxes. The awkwardly named Study Committee on the Review of Wisconsin Technical
College System Funding and Governance committee meets July 24, 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol in Madison.

Via Realtors and manufacturers plan to overhaul Wisconsin’s technical school system @ blue cheddar


Via AFSCME adds more than 90,000 new members in 2014 @ Blogging Blue.

Perhaps Wisconsin

It is only natural for those of us who have engaged in the fight so Wisconsin would allow for all loving couples to be treated fairly not to then feel a twinge of hope that it might be our state that produces the right case for the Supreme Court to make a final decision for same-sex marriage.

Via What If Wisconsin Made Legal History With Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage? @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.


Via 50 years ago today: Barry Goldwater, accepting the GOP nomination, said: “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue” @ Althouse.


Via Lucroy: I didn’t approve ad attacking Molina @ JS Brewers Blog.


Via In-game blog: AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3 @ JS Brewers Blog.

Baseball to Soccer

Is the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty a legitimate public interest law firm?

Established in 2011, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advertising itself as seeking to “advance the public interest in the rule of law … in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations.”

In reality, the right-wing Bradley Foundation has been the almost exclusive underwriter of WILL’s activities. For the years in which Federal IRS records are available for both the Bradley Foundation and WILL, 2011 and 2012, Bradley funds accounted for over 90 percent of the total money WILL reported raising. (NOTE – WILL has released their 2013 990, however at this time the 2013 990 for the Bradley Foundation has not been released.)

….A review of available records from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reveals that the Bradley Foundation has been the nearly exclusive funder of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

In 2011, according to their IRS Form 990, WILL disclosed raising $505,000 in contributions and grants. The 2011 IRS Form 990 filed by the Bradley Foundation reports a grant of $500,000 to WILL to “support general operations.” WILL’s 2012 IRS Form 990 reveals that the organization received $653,128 in contributions and grants. A review of the Bradley Foundation’s IRS Form 990 for the same year indicates that they provided or had approved a total of $500,000 to WILL to again support “general operations.”

In total, WILL reported raising $1,158,128 in gifts, grants, contributions and membership fees in tax years 2011 and 2012. The Bradley Foundation reports having provided or approved $1 million in funding for WILL general operations over the same time.

Via Where There’s a WILL, There’s a Way… to Promote Gov. Walker’s Best Interests @ One Wisconsin Now.



Via Daily Adams.

Mixing politics and charity

Burke’s website directs those wishing to ride in the Boys & Girls Club event to register on her website, prompting riders to give Burke’s campaign their name and contact information. Oddly, Burke does not direct those wishing to ride with “Team Burke” to the Boys & Girls Club website, where they can easily register to participate in the ride with Burke without providing Burke’s campaign with their contact information.

Via Burke Uses Charity Event to Glean Data for Campaign Lists @ MediaTrackers


Via Walker raised almost $8.3 million in first half of 2014 @ WisPolitics Election Blog.


Via Scott Walker Makes WisGOP’s One Millionth Voter Contact Call @ WISGOP

WisDems say Ron Johnson’s an unknown

The reason that you don’t remember Johnson is because he doesn’t remember you. In his term, Johnson has done, for all intents and purposes, nothing. He doesn’t headline discussions, he’s not a leader, and he has failed at every turn to fight for legislation that would aid the people of Wisconsin. That lack of activity-that void of doing anything worthwhile-is most likely why 40% of Wisconsinites, according to the most recent public poll, don’t know him or his policies well enough to have an opinion on them.

Via Senator Ron Who? @ WisDems

Half-a-billion for lobbyists

This isn’t your father’s Farm Bill. That’s the finding of “Growing Influence: Lobbying and the 2014 Farm Bill,” a three-day series on the nearly $1 trillion spending plan signed into law in February by President Barack Obama.


Lobbying on 10-year Farm Bill reached $500 million, new analysis shows @

WISGOP Congressional candidates fact-check each other

Fact-checking Glenn Grothman is like cholesterol-counting a 32-ounce cheeseburger. With a side of ribs.

Via Leibman v. Grothman, Meow @ The Political Environment.

Establishment GOP scorned

Pro-Life Wisconsin (the even more conservative version of Right to Life Wisconsin) came out with their list of endorsed candidates this week and Van Wanggaard and Robin Vos found themselves shut-out of contention when their rightier-right-wing opponents got the endorsement nod from the group.

Via Pro-Life Wisconsin Endorses Wanggaard & Vos OPPONENTS! @ Root River Siren.

Eventually vindicated

Via Marquette Philosophy Professor Reprimanded for “Sexism” for Using the Phrase “Girls Night Out” @ Marquette Warrior.

Residents’ heavy burden

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute.

Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked a close second at $408, while Iowa had the lowest regulatory cost in the Midwest at $282 per capita.

Via Report: Federal Regulations Cost Wisconsin $2.4 Billion in First Six Months of 2014 @ MacIver Institute.

The Broadest Brush

Penzey, owner of Penzeys Spices, continues to rip his customers, calling the governor of Wisconsin a segregationist and his supporters living outside the city of Milwaukee segregationists.

Via Penzey Calls Walker and His Supporters Segregationists, Racists @ FREEDOM EDEN.

Marketing where one’s mouth isn’t

.speaking of little diversity, local blogger Tom McMahon decided to take a deeper look at Penzey-land. He emails:

Bill Penzey mentioned “places with little diversity” in his firm’s Summer of Love 2014 catalog. But I went through all 64 pages of that catalog and could not find a single photo of an African-American in the whole thing. Sure, I found lots and lots of photos of white folks doing white people stuff, but no African-Americans. Why? Is he afraid they might scare off his lily-white clientele?

Via Bill Penzey’s Idea Of Diversity: Lots of White People in Volkswagens -@ Sykes Writes.

A more politically-congenial law

New documents indicate that just weeks after the first subpoenas were issued in Wisconsin’s “John Doe” criminal campaign finance probe in October 2013, senate Republicans had begun working to change state law to legalize the activities under investigation.

Via Exclusive: After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law @ PR Watch.

WEDC funds other states’ misfit castoffs

Failing to land enough funding in Maine, Klapmeier began seeking other sources of public money and apparently found a willing participant in newly-elected Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“Note the quote where people in Maine were happy that Wisconsin won this battle,” Hackett says of the report in the Forecaster, a weekly published in Falmouth, Maine.

Via Report: WEDC-backed Kestrel had financing issues in Maine before moving to Wisconsin @


Via UW Hospital top in state, U.S. News says @

Question No. 6

Via 6. Does Aaron Rodgers remain the one-man difference in the NFC North? @ JS Packers Blog

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch on Broadband

Happy Anniversary

Via Caffeinated Politics Is 8 Years Old Today @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Wisconsin Supreme Court: warrant not required

Justice David Prosser wrote a separate dissent, joined by Abrahamson and Walsh.

“The defendant’s question may not have been perfect but it should have alerted the officer that the defendant was challenging a “consent” search of his briefcase,” Prosser wrote.

” It would be difficult to articulate what other objective the defendant might have had when he asked about a warrant.  The defendant had just witnessed the officer dig through the car like a police dog on assignment.  He knew that his briefcase was the next target.”

Via Court upholds warrantless search of briefcase, despite owner’s question about warrant @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog

Personal vacation and campaign events at issue

Via Dems chief says Scott Walker should reimburse state for security costs @ JS All Politics Blog.

Burke slams, Walker praises voucher schools

Via Mary Burke and Gov. Scott Walker on voucher schools @ JS All Politics Blog.