Gov. Scott Walker's top aides and a powerful lobbyist pressed for a taxpayer-funded loan in 2011 to a financially struggling Milwaukee construction company that lost the state half a million dollars, created no jobs and raised questions about where the money went, a State Journal investigation has found.
The extraordinary steps led the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in 2011 to award a $500,000 unsecured loan to Building Committee Inc., owned by William Minahan, for a proposed project to retrofit bank and credit union buildings for energy efficiency.
Gov. Chris Christie has spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office -- more than 80 percent of which, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor's office.
Some of Christie's most notable expenses happened during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, where the Giants and Jets play their home games. Christie used a debit card, on 58 occasions, to pay a total of $82,594 for concessions at MetLife, according to the report.
On April 1, two state representatives and two state senators met with Health & Welfare officials and the Attorney General's office to air their concerns that a child support enforcement law, SB 1067, would potentially lead to Idaho having to enforce child support decisions rendered under Sharia law, Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer writes today. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, said he thought the lawmakers' concerns were routine; nine days later, on the final day of this year's legislative session, the committee voted 9-8 to table the bill, endangering $46 million in federal funds and potentially cutting off Idaho's access to the federal system it uses to enforce $200 million a year in child support payments for Idaho kids.
A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker is set to report to jail Wednesday. Kelly Rindfleisch, who worked as Walker's deputy chief of staff while he was Milwaukee County executive, was convicted of misconduct in office and sentenced to six months for doing campaign work at her taxpayer-funded job. Rindfleisch is one of six people convicted as a result of a secret John Doe investigation into Walker's aides and associates. Walker was never charged in the probe.
A county Republican organization in Idaho distributed a newsletter with an article that claimed Muslims are "infiltrating" the state, that have been taught to "be ready to rise up and kill" non-Muslims and have learned how to be "two-faced" to hide their evil intentions. Idaho State University professor Daniel Hummel, a Muslim who teaches political science, condemned the newsletter and said, "This is the same garbage that we've been hearing forever. ... We're seeing hate crimes go up year by year, and so stuff like this read more