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Will backing Wisconsin’s Maricopa-style ‘fraudit’ hurt legislators’ contributions? 

BY: - September 14, 2021

Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) is making a name for herself. Out of the 99 members of the state Assembly, few representatives are recognizable to the general public. But as the chair of the Assembly elections committee who successfully pushed to launch a massive “Arizona-style audit,” Brandtjen’s office confirms that her emails, phone calls and […]

Pro-Trump rally with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol Dec. 7, 2020 (Photo by Luther Wu)

Republican senator schools colleagues on election falsehoods

BY: - September 9, 2021

The state Senate elections committee informational hearing held Wednesday afternoon was quite boring. There were no allegations, voiced by elected officials and Trump lawyers, that votes were stolen with the help of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, as has happened previously at Assembly election committee meetings. There was no meltdown by a CEO of a pillow […]

Vos’ moves to appease conspiracy election-fraud seeking groups appear to be failing

BY: - September 1, 2021

With no public hearing or public meetings — using merely a paper ballot distributed by Republican leadership to members’ offices — the committee that sets the Legislature’s agenda voted along party lines 5-3 to hire staff and officially begin an election audit under the direction of Speaker Robin Vos. The brief 5-line ballot did not […]

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Conservative think tank connected to former Gov. Walker calls to end Wisconsin Elections Commission

BY: - August 23, 2021

A conservative think tank — run by a former staffer for then-Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and connected to former Gov. Scott Walker — has called for abolishing the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) and moving the administration of state elections to the elected secretary of state.  The think tank, the Institute for Reforming Government, called […]

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Trump’s valentine to Brandtjen as Vos-Gableman are “going off the rails”

BY: - August 13, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has found a new Wisconsinite worthy of his praise — and taken another shot at beleaguered Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos is fast becoming a scapegoat for the QAnon-wing of the Republican party despite his having waded very deep into the falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 presidential election, spreading  them […]

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Trump allies’ lingering election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

BY: - August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year’s presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots. Yet supporters of former President Donald Trump are still attempting to follow Arizona’s lead by pushing for so-called audits in several […]

A member of the Senate's election audit team demonstrates how auditors will manually tally each of the 2.1 million ballots cast in the presidential election in Maricopa County in 2020. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Speaker Vos caves on new election audit after another scolding

BY: - July 30, 2021

Last Tuesday, Speaker Robin Vos swatted aside a request for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the Wisconsin election that was being initiated by Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls). Vos responded that he was already conducting such an audit and she should take a look at his scope statement if she had any doubts. He also […]

Rep. Janel Brandtjen speaking on the Assembly floor into a microphone

Wisconsin Elections Commission refutes Rep. Brandtjen

BY: - July 28, 2021

“Representative Brandtjen’s statement is factually incorrect.” Given that Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) has claimed that Donald Trump won the presidency in 2020 and massive fraud caused the election to be stolen from him — something she wrote in a newsletter to her constituents — the above quote is not surprising.  What makes that sentence […]

An audit employee on June 9, 2021, works at a station that images ballots to detect alleged counterfeit ballots.

Elections chair initiates a forensic Arizona-style audit in Wisconsin

BY: - July 27, 2021

Apparently Speaker Robin Vos’ hiring of former law enforcement officers to conduct an election investigation, under the direction of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, is not sufficient for some members of his Republican legislative caucus.  Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), who chairs the Assembly Campaign and Elections Committee, announced Monday she has decided […]

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Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

BY: - June 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to […]

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Robin Vos plays with slimy GOP chew toy

BY: - May 31, 2021

When Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos announced on Wednesday that he was hiring three retired police officers and an attorney to look further into allegations of improprieties during the last election, he brought further disgrace upon himself. He just cannot let go of that slimy GOP chew toy. “A sizable chunk of people believe the election […]

Election committee members schooled during latest non-public hearing

BY: - April 1, 2021

The Assembly continued its partisan “investigation” into the 2020 presidential elections with a third invite-only hearing before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Wednesday.  While Democrats and voting access advocacy groups have labeled past hearings a “sham,” the answers from the sole invited guest were in marked contrast to the first two hearings […]