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Wisconsin doubles GPS monitoring despite five years of malfunctions, unnecessary jailings

Offenders, many in rural areas, say they have been jailed due to technical problems with bracelets; some experts question value of lifetime monitoring.

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Secret cash aided politicians who rewrote Wisconsin law to block claims of lead-poisoned children

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Wisconsin’s campaign finance system: A summary

Wisconsin might not have the most money in its elections, because there are some states with no limits at all on individual campaign contributions. But critics say it is awash in “dark money,” contributions that are not required to be reported to any governmental agency.

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Perhaps no other political issue receives so little attention, relative to its importance, as open government. Elections come and go without candidates addressing this fundamental tenet of a democratic society. That’s because virtually all candidates, when asked, will say they are big fans of transparency. It’s an easy position to take, a harder one to live up to. But in Wisconsin’s fall elections, fidelity to open government has come up in several races, for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate.

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Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism celebrating its 10-year anniversary

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Tripp Commons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union! The celebration will take place on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Highlights include:

— A lively conversation about the future of local and state investigative journalism, featuring Washington Post Associate Editor David Maraniss, Wall Street Journal reporter Cara Lombardo and UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication Associate Professor Mike Wagner. Jessica Arp, award-winning chief political reporter and assistant news director at WISC-TV News 3, will serve as master of ceremonies. — Music by pianist Dave Stoler

— Heavy appetizers

— Cash bar

… followed by an after-party at the Terrace!

We get the democracy we deserve

Congratulations to Nicole Ki and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for the excellent story on the decline of democracy in Wisconsin. The essence of the decline can be traced to Scott Walker’s use of “divide and conquer” style of governance. Upon taking office Walker declared that teachers and public employees had not suffered as much as those in the private sector as a result of the Great Recession. Instead of policies to raise the levels of living for all Wisconsinites; he declared teachers to be the enemy and disparaged and demeaned them; pitting them against the rest of the workers in Wisconsin. He cast teachers as somehow complicit in the hard times that had befallen many families and began a drumbeat about failing schools in Wisconsin.

The press belongs to you, not the President

The following statement was written by Sue Cross, CEO and executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, in response to a call last week from The Boston Globe, to remind readers of the value of America’s free press. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a founding member of INN, a network of more than 170 independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit news organizations dedicated to strengthening the sources of trusted news for thousands of communities.