- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014
Walker official questioned investigators’ motives

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The motives of prosecutors who conducted a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s aides while he was Milwaukee County’s top official were questioned privately, even though Walker has said he cooperated fully with the probe, documents released Friday show.

The documents also include a list of people interested in serving in Walker’s gubernatorial administration and a memo titled “War Room” with internal directions for driving home policies, making key contacts and influencing the media.

The documents were in the latest batch of data released by the county in response to a judge’s order after the investigation concluded last year. But they amount to only a sliver of the data collected from county employees’ computers as part of an between May 2010 and 2013 that resulted in six of Walker’s aides and associates being convicted on various charges.

Walker was never accused of wrongdoing, but the probe and a second now-halted investigation have hounded the governor, who is up for re-election in November and considering a 2016 presidential run.

A document from Walker’s then-chief of staff Tom Nardelli’s computer is titled “Chisholm,” a reference to John Chisholm, the Milwaukee County district attorney who launched both of the secret investigations known as John Does. The unsigned document directly questions Chisholm’s reasons for using the procedure.

“Again John, why is this a secret John Doe? Why are you going this route?” it says. “What is the motive?”

Republican backers of Walker, who served as county executive from 2002 to 2010, have accused prosecutors of using the investigations as a partisan witch hunt.

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Police union drops last union challenge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state’s largest police union has dropped its challenge to Gov. Scott Walker’s public union restrictions, ending the last legal fight over the contentious prohibitions.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the restrictions violated its right to free speech, association and equal protection. A Dane County judge dismissed the case last year, saying the law doesn’t take anything away from workers to which they’re constitutionally entitled.

The WLEA appealed but the odds were stacked against a reversal. The prohibitions have survived three other court challenges and last week the state Supreme Court upheld them in a fourth case that raised similar issues as WLEA’s lawsuit.

Court records show the WLEA dropped its appeal on Friday.

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