Lawsuit: Wisconsin Elections Commission Let Electors Change Votes After Submitting Ballots

Lawsuit: Wisconsin Elections Commission Let Electors Change Votes After Submitting Ballots

Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections (RITE) filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) last week over its unlawful guidance allowing absentee voters to change their votes after their ballots are cast.

In an Aug. 1, 2022, memorandum sent to all Wisconsin municipal clerks, WEC instructed that after a voter submits an absentee ballot, he can request to “spoil” that ballot and receive a new one if he changes his mind or makes a mistake. Furthermore, in an Aug. 2 memo, WEC allows clerks to “invalidate” a “spoiled ballot” on behalf of the voter.

Such guidance violates Wisconsin statute, which states that a voter possesses the exclusive authority to spoil his absentee ballot before it is submitted, not after. If the voter spoils his absentee ballot before he casts it, he must return the ballot to the clerk (who then destroys it) and request a new one. 

With WEC’s new guidance, however, a clerk may invalidate a “spoiled” ballot on behalf of the voter, thereby increasing the potential for fraud or abuse in the absentee voting process.

“RITE is working to protect Wisconsinites from unfair and unequal election procedures,” RITE’s President and CEO Derek Lyons said in a press release. “Once a vote is cast, it is cast. Period. WEC is breaking the law and courting disaster by allowing individuals to retrieve their cast ballots and alter their votes. The discretion WEC gives to local officials undermines the integrity of the ballot box and disrupts the uniform and transparent administration of elections throughout the Badger State.” 

RITE is asking the Waukesha County Circuit Court for immediate injunctive relief “prior to the start of absentee ballot voting for the November 8, 2022, election.” The election integrity group is suing on behalf of Wisconsin voter Nancy Kormanik and her right to fair and equal treatment. 

During the 2020 election, Wisconsin processed nearly 2 million absentee ballots statewide.


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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Lawsuit: Wisconsin Elections Commission Illegally Used Unauthorized Voter Registration Forms

Lawsuit: Wisconsin Elections Commission Illegally Used Unauthorized Voter Registration Forms

A Wisconsin-based legal group is accusing the state’s elections commission (WEC) of illegally using a voter registration form not authorized by state law.

Filed in the Waukesha County Circuit Court by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) on behalf of a state resident, the lawsuit “urges the court to declare” that the use of the National Mail Voter Registration Form in Wisconsin “is illegal and orders WEC to withdraw its approval of the Form.” WILL also contends that “[t]he Form adds extra criteria not authorized by statute or rule” and “simultaneously fail[s] to include all items mandated by Wisconsin statute (Wis. Stat. § 6.33(1)).”

As described by the U.S. Election Assitance Commission, the National Mail Voter Registration Form “can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party.”

According to a WILL press release, “WEC’s Election Manual states that the Form is approved for voter registration in Wisconsin.” But while “most states accept the Form, made available by the United States Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin is not required to allow the form to be used in [the] state.”

“[T]he Form does not request information required by state law—such as information relating to residency and criminal record, among others,” the press release explains. “Additionally, because the Form requests information- relating to race and political party- not authorized by state statute, WEC must engage in rulemaking before approving these additional items.”

WILL originally sent a letter to WEC in late July that explained why use of the form in Wisconsin was illegal, with the legal group also requesting records under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law “showing when and by whom the Form was approved for use in Wisconsin as set forth in WEC’s Election Administration Manual.”

“[G]iven that the Form fails to comply with Wisconsin law, the letter warned that absent either a legally sufficient explanation from WEC or withdrawal of approval of the form, a lawsuit would follow,” the WILL lawsuit reads. “To date WEC has not provided the records requested by Plaintiff’s counsel. WEC did send an email on 9/14/22 responding to the Open Records Request but WEC did not identify or produce any documents showing when and by whom the Form was approved for use in Wisconsin. WEC has provided no other substantive response to the letter.”

“Wisconsin law is abundantly clear on the required content of voter registration forms in Wisconsin, yet WEC has somehow approved the use of a form that fails to meet those requirements,” said WILL Deputy Counsel, Anthony LoCoco in a statement. “It is a shame that, once again, a voter has to go to court simply to ensure that WEC follows the Legislature’s lawful commands.”


Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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Voters File Legal Complaint Accusing Wisconsin Election Commission Of Violating Federal Election Law

Voters File Legal Complaint Accusing Wisconsin Election Commission Of Violating Federal Election Law

Wisconsin voters filed a legal complaint against the state’s elections commission on Thursday, accusing the body “and its members of violating the federal Help America Vote Act by its contracted use of [the] Electronic Registration Information Center [ERIC].”

Filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of the Wisconsin Voter Alliance, the complaint alleges that “in violation of the federal Help America Vote Act, the Wisconsin Election Commission [WEC] has contracted with Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. to maintain and implement WisVote” and that the “delegation of this government function to an outside entity has enabled the potential rigging of Wisconsin’s federal elections towards particular federal candidates.”

According to a Thomas More Society press release, the Help America Vote Act “requires that the Wisconsin Elections Commission and its officials, by itself and by themselves, respectively, maintain and implement WisVote, the state’s voter information database.”

Also included in the legal complaint are details on “how, rather than complying with the Congressionally enacted Help America Vote Act, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has entered into a membership agreement with [the] Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc., authorizing ‘the transmission of information and data related to the registration of electors in this state [by the Wisconsin Elections Commission] to the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc., for processing and sharing with other member states and governmental units.’”

As reported by Federalist Staff Writer Victoria Marshall, ERIC was “[s]tarted in 2012 by far-left activist David Becker and the left-leaning Pew Charitable Trusts” and “sold to states as a quick and easy way to update their voter rolls.”

“ERIC shares voter roll data — including records of unregistered voters — it receives from the states with [The Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR)],” one of the “two leftist groups used to funnel Mark Zuckerberg’s $419 million that funded the private takeover of government election offices in 2020,” Marshall wrote. “CEIR then develops targeted mailing lists and sends them back to the states to use for voter registration outreach. As part of their agreement with ERIC, states are not allowed to disclose any data they send to nor receive from ERIC, however, ERIC is not under the same constraints and is able to work with CEIR.”

In essence, ERIC acts as a cover for left-wing operatives to “accomplish their partisan goals and drive Democratic voter turnout” in dozens of states across the country.

“Under the Help America Vote Act, the United States Congress deemed that maintaining the statewide voter registration system database is seen as such a core governmental purpose that it cannot be delegated to any other organization, including the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc.,” said Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal in a statement. “As every Wisconsinite knows … some things must be done by oneself, if at all possible, even if done badly, like our elders eating, dressing, and going to the bathroom. Similarly, the Help America Vote Act requires the Wisconsin Election Commission to maintain WisVote by itself, even if it does so poorly.”

“The commission has made a catastrophic mistake by allowing the Electronic Registration Information Center into Wisconsin’s database management. Wisconsinites will never be satisfied until they get control of their voter database back,” he added.


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Ron Johnson Is The Left’s No. 1 Midterm Target Because He Hits Swamp Elites Where It Hurts

Ron Johnson Is The Left’s No. 1 Midterm Target Because He Hits Swamp Elites Where It Hurts

For years, American elites and bureaucrats have strategically skirted accountability and dodged tough questions, but not even a Democrat-controlled Congress has been able to stop Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., from exposing the corruption plaguing U.S. institutions.

Johnson first joined Congress in 2011, but it’s in recent years that he’s become one of the few Republicans willing to take on the tyrannical Covid regime, Big Tech censorship, lack of vetting for Afghanistan refugees, Spygate, and the FBI’s laundry list of malfeasance.

His zeal for calling out corruption is not lost on Democrats and the corporate media. That’s why they’ve worked overtime to smear Johnson ahead of his re-election race against radical Democrat challenger Mandela Barnes in November. Politico claims Johnson is “in a bind.” The Guardian questions whether he is “on the chopping block.” Vanity Fair says the Republican’s “Road To Reelection Is Getting Bumpy.”

But for Johnson, his effort to keep the regime’s duplicity at the forefront of Americans’ minds is just the first step on the long road to true accountability and action that voters are demanding when Republicans win back some congressional power.

Big Tech Collusion

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted last week on an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” that his company was pressured in October of 2020 by the FBI to throttle so-called Russian disinformation — i.e. the explosive Hunter Biden laptop story, which wasn’t disinformation. Facebook complied with these requests for information suppression by “reducing [the New York Post’s story] distribution on our platform.”

In a letter written with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Johnson demanded that both Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray provide the documents and communications that corroborate Zuckerberg’s claims.

“The FBI’s consistent efforts to falsely paint information relating to Biden family misconduct as Russian disinformation continues to draw serious concerns, and those concerns are magnified by the FBI’s consistent failure to answer congressional inquiries,” the Republican duo noted.

Johnson and Grassley also petitioned Zuckerberg for more information about the Department of Justice and FBI’s pressure campaign ahead of the 2020 election.

“The American people deserve to know whether the FBI used Facebook as part of their alleged plan to discredit information about Hunter Biden,” the senators wrote. “If so, Congress and the American people require clarity with respect to the extent the FBI communicated with Facebook during the 2020 election about Hunter Biden-related information.”

Whistleblower Reports

Since Johnson knows the FBI and DOJ are intentionally difficult when it comes to answering requests for more information, he opened the door for whistleblowers within those agencies to come to him with their worries about corruption.

As a result, multiple government employees with concerns about the DOJ and FBI’s conduct shared that their agencies were being unfairly weaponized for partisan reasons. Several whistleblowers also shared their strongly evidenced allegations that the FBI “intentionally undermined efforts to investigate Hunter Biden.”

That news, Johnson pointed out — compounded with Garland, Wray, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s attempts to “intentionally discredit” Johnson and Grassley’s investigations into Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings — does not bode well for either agency’s credibility.

Hunter’s Foreign Entanglements

Speaking of Hunter, it was Johnson and Grassley who, despite smears from the corrupt corporate media and a lack of transparency from the DOJ, led the investigation into the president’s son’s financial entanglements with foreign enemies.

Even after an “unnecessary briefing” from the FBI and a subsequent partisan leak that framed Johnson and Grassley as pursuing “Russian disinformation,” the pair continued releasing key receipts and reports showing just how deep the Biden family’s profiteering with overseas oligarchs, including those linked to the Chinese Communist Party and the wife of the Moscow mayor, truly goes.

Even when Garland feigned ignorance about whether the DOJ used “extraordinary surveillance tools” on one of Hunter’s former Chinese business partners Chi-Ping “Patrick” Ho, who was convicted in December 2018 for international bribery and money laundering, Johnson didn’t stop asking questions.

He also demanded the White House answer why President Joe Biden shared official business with Hunter via non-government email during the Obama administration, something the same FBI and DOJ that raided Trump’s home over “classified documents” seem to have no interest in exploring.

Political Violence

When violent abortion activists took responsibility for the firebombing and vandalism of several pro-life organizations shortly after the Dobbs v. Jackson leak in May, Johnson demanded to know why federal law enforcement and the DOJ hadn’t stepped in.

“There are currently mobs outside of the residences of the Supreme Court Justices appointed by Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump … and, once again, DOJ, FBI, and DHS have yet to condemn these activities,” Johnson wrote in a scathing letter. “I want to reemphasize that your silence on this abhorrent attack against a pro-life organization is deafening and your continued silence could be construed as a tacit endorsement.”

Spygate

Last but not least, Johnson’s attempts to hold the corrupt deep state accountable largely started with his relentless evisceration of the Russia-collusion hoax and Trump’s Ukraine phone call.

Once again, Johnson was one of the only congressional Republicans who rejected claims that Trump was colluding with Russians to steal the 2016 election. He spent years investigating and documenting the deliberate failures by the FBI and political motivations that fueled Democrats’ two impeachment attempts. He also spent years blasting deceitful intelligence officials for stonewalling Congress on Spygate oversight.

“Had the public known what the FBI knew at that time, it’s hard to imagine public support for continuing the investigation, much less the appointment of a special counsel four months later,” Johnson said.

He was right, which is why the FBI and DOJ allies in the Democrat Party and the corporate media are gunning for Johnson’s Senate seat. If Johnson isn’t using his congressional authority to ask the hard questions and shake down corrupt bureaucrats, who will?


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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Dead Heat in Wisconsin: Poll Shows Tight Governor, Senate Races in Badger State

Dead Heat in Wisconsin: Poll Shows Tight Governor, Senate Races in Badger State

The gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in Wisconsin are within the margin of error, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released Sunday evening, 72 days before election night in November.

The independent poll commissioned by the Trafalgar Group and conducted from August 22 to 25, with a 2.9 percent margin of error, showed that the Democrat and Republican nominees for Wisconsin gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races are nearly tied.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers during the governor’s State of the State speech at the state Capitol on Feb. 15, 2022, in Madison, WI. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

When the 1,091 likely general election voters were asked whom they would vote for in the gubernatorial race, 48 percent said they would vote to reelect incumbent Democrat Gov. Tony Evers, while 47.5 percent said they would vote for the Republican challenger, Tim Michels.

The numbers are potentially a bad sign for Evers but well within the margin of error. The gubernatorial race poll also had 1.8 percent who said other and 2.7 percent who said they were undecided.

Additionally, when the same group of respondents was asked whom they would vote for in the U.S. Senate race, 47.1 percent said they would vote to reelect incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. In contrast, a slightly higher number (49.4 percent) said they would vote for his Democrat challenger, Mandela Barnes.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks at a news conference with Republican senators to discuss the origins of COVID-19 on June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. The senators claim companies like Facebook have censored information regarding the origin of the coronavirus and treatment methods. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks at a news conference with Republican senators to discuss the origins of COVID-19 on June 10, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The poll shows a potentially ominous sign for Johnson but, again, well within the margin of error. The Senate race poll also had 3.5 percent who said they were undecided.

Out of all of the respondents, 45.4 percent were Republican, 43.2 percent said they were Democrat, and 11.4 percent said they were “no party” or “other.”

The Trafalgar Group poll was conducted from August 22 to 25 with 1,091 likely general election voters as respondents and a 2.9 percent margin of error. The poll also saw a 95 percent confidence level.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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‘You Will Not Look At That Hunter Biden Laptop’: Johnson Whistleblowers Reveal More FBI Corruption In 2020

‘You Will Not Look At That Hunter Biden Laptop’: Johnson Whistleblowers Reveal More FBI Corruption In 2020

A new whistleblower report from Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s office revealed new allegations of FBI misconduct over the Hunter Biden laptop during the 2020 election.

According to multiple whistleblowers, Johnson wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday, agency officials “intentionally undermined efforts to investigate Hunter Biden.”

“After the FBI obtained the Hunter Biden laptop from the Wilmington, DE computer shop, these whistleblowers stated that local FBI leadership told employees, ‘you will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop’ and that the FBI is ‘not going to change the outcome of the election again,’” Johnson wrote. “Further, these whistleblowers allege that the FBI did not begin to examine the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop until after the 2020 presidential election–potentially a year after the FBI obtained the laptop in December 2019.”

Johnson’s report comes one month after another whistleblower report published by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office made similar allegations against FBI leadership related to their handling of the computer abandoned by the president’s son. Contents from the laptop’s hard drive published by the New York Post weeks before the 2020 election revealed then-candidate Joe Biden lied about never speaking business with his son, “or with anyone else,” and actually stood to personally profit from foreign adversaries.

Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault and Director of Election Crimes Branch Richard Pilger, whistleblowers alleged to Grassley’s office, coordinated to amplify defamatory information against President Donald Trump while giving cover to Hunter Biden, dismissing intelligence about Biden as disinformation.

“Multiple FBI whistleblowers, including those in senior positions,” Grassley’s office explained, “are raising the alarm about tampering by senior FBI and Justice Department officials in politically sensitive investigations ranging from election and campaign finance probes across multiple election cycles.”

Johnson’s latest whistleblower report comes as the federal law enforcement agency faces heightened scrutiny over its overt weaponization against political dissidents to the incumbent regime. Six years after the launch of Crossfire Hurricane, the deep state surveillance operation to smear Trump as a Russian agent, more than two dozen FBI officials raided the former president’s Florida residence at Mar-a-Lago. Attorney General Merrick Garland claimed at a press conference earlier this month the search was “narrowly scope[d],” though examination of the warrant shows authorization to confiscate any and all documents Trump may have come into contact with as president.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Two Years After Kenosha Riots, Why No August 23 Committee To Investigate The Big Lie That Stoked The Flames?

Two Years After Kenosha Riots, Why No August 23 Committee To Investigate The Big Lie That Stoked The Flames?

Aug. 23, 2020 is a night Kenosha residents can’t help but remember — but would rather forget. At the hands of vindictive Black Lives Matter groupies and other self-described racial justice activists, the Wisconsin town went up in flames two years ago today. 

Rogues started fires at government buildings. They set ablaze garbage trucks and torched upwards of 100 vehicles in the car lot owned by an Indian immigrant, smashing the windows of those who escaped the inferno. They vandalized the post office and a high school, and their flames completely consumed a century-old camera shop.

That’s only a fraction of what followed the justified police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Boarded up windows were scrawled with messages begging rioters to pass over them: “PLEASE, KIDS ABOVE” and “THE ELDERLY LIVE HERE.” Demonstrators taunted the scant law enforcers posted outside the courthouse. And when Wisconsin’s Democrat Gov. Tony Evers refused to send enough National Guardsmen after a full 24 hours of rioting despite locals’ pleas for help — he sent more troops to Milwaukee during the NBA finals — armed citizens stepped up to defend property and ultimately themselves, resulting in the deaths of two people.

That was two years ago. Now we’re watching the House Jan. 6 Committee’s Stalinist show trial for Americans who participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol — and many who didn’t — on Jan. 6, 2021. Last November, we witnessed a courtroom drama for a 17-year-old kid who defended his life with a firearm during the riots but was slandered by legacy media as a white supremacist and a murderer.

Now, after more than 60 people have been charged with crimes related to the Kenosha riots, with supposedly many more to come, why has there been no large-scale investigation into these deadly riots, the players behind them, and the destructive ideology that sparked it all? Despite Democrats’ constant talk about Donald Trump’s “big lie,” they fall silent when confronted with evidence their race obsession can spur lethal race revolutions.

That obsession and its effects are based on a lie. And it’s a big one.

The Big Lie

The entire Kenosha scene was sparked by one police shooting, which corporate media and other leftists instantly branded evidence of racism. Celebrities claimed, contrary to available evidence, that police “shoot first & detain second” and that Blake “could have been grabbed…he could have been tased….He could have immediately been stopped when he started walking around the car.” LeBron James characterized it as “police brutality towards my kind.”

Evers framed the incident as yet another “Black man or person” “shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement.” Joe Biden escalated the race-baiting with the same framing.

Of course, this was all a lie. Police were actually responding to an emergency call from Blake’s girlfriend, who said he wasn’t permitted on the property and had snatched her keys. Before officers even arrived at the scene, they knew Blake had a warrant out for his arrest for charges of disorderly conduct connected to domestic abuse, third-degree sexual assault, and trespassing. Before they ever fired a gun, officers had Tased him twice to no avail, and Blake had reached into the vehicle, where a weapon was later recovered on the floorboards and three kids were in the backseat, which police knew because their mom reportedly “kept screaming that.”

But this lie — that the Blake shooting represented routine police brutality toward black people — is not surprising because it’s all part of the left’s much bigger racism lie.

They lied about knife-wielding black teen Ma’Khia Bryant. They lied about armed 13-year-old Mexican-American Adam Toledo. They lied about Michael Brown. They lied about Bubba Wallace and Jussie Smollett. And they lie by omission when they refuse to cover violent crimes by black perpetrators against other racial groups, as with Pakistani immigrant Mohammad Anwar, who was brutally murdered by two black teenage girls when they violently carjacked him in D.C. in the middle of the day.

They perpetuate these lies with catchphrases, such as “hands up, don’t shoot.” They spread them in ahistorical accounts such as the “1619 Project” and profit from them with lectures lamenting “white fragility” and “systemic racism.” And they amplify them with clever branding such as “Black Lives Matter,” making violent demonstrations tricky to condemn for those afraid of false racism smears.

Corrupt media are the worst offenders, and Democrat politicos are nearly as bad. As I wrote last year about the left’s response to riots:

They said, ‘Destroying property … is not violence.’ They said protests don’t need to be peaceful and called riots a ‘proportionate response.’ They denied evidence of anarchy. They said violence works. They condemned the term ‘riot‘ as ‘loaded,’ instead calling it ‘democracy.’ They released a documentary claiming ‘Riots Built America.’ And they flat-out pretended cities weren’t being ravaged, with Gov. Jay Inslee saying ‘That’s news to me!‘ when asked about the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, and Rep. Jerry Nadler calling Antifa a ‘myth.’

It’s this endless stream of lies that incites the sort of violence that overtook Kenosha. Years later, why hasn’t it been investigated?

We Need Answers

I’m not talking about the type of local investigations that led to charging a few dozen people with riot-related crimes. That should be a given. I’m talking about a large-scale probe that drags in media defamers, a negligent governor, elite race-baiters, and riot organizers to investigate their role in this violent scene, which has played out time and again with impunity across the country.

After all, there’s precedent for that sort of trial. It arose from a riot on Jan. 6, which was far less deadly than Kenosha and was used to destroy top political opponents whose hands are clean, unlike those of Wisconsin’s dud governor.

First, we still don’t know who was responsible for the rioting because it appears to be more than just individual Kenoshans. Kenosha locals were the first to tell The Federalist that the perpetrators were “out-of-towners.” As one local, Alvin, told The Federalist at the time, “All this destruction didn’t come from Kenosha. People came in here and did this.”

Police reports bear this out. According to a media release one week after the riots began, of the 175 people who had been arrested, 102 were out-of-towners. Leftist media, of course, sicced their fake fact-checkers on the information, with USA Today saying those figures are “missing context” because most of the arrestees were from other parts of Wisconsin or Illinois, “the border of which is about 6 miles from the heart of the protests.”

Leftist media discarded this “context,” however, when they attacked Kyle Rittenhouse for traveling “across state lines” from Illinois with a gun (This was a lie anyway. He didn’t bring the firearm across state lines, and both Rittenhouse’s father and lifeguarding job were reportedly in Kenosha.).

As Empower Wisconsin reporter Matt Kittle detailed, police also stopped a bus containing Seattle-based group Riot Kitchen in Kenosha after they filled up multiple gas cans. While media were quick to parrot the group’s excuse that they needed the gasoline to power generators, that leaves bigger questions unanswered.

“Police say the vehicles contained various items, including helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks, and suspected controlled substances. Nine individuals were arrested for disorderly conduct and are awaiting charging decisions by the Kenosha County district attorney, according to the incident report,” Kittle reported at the time. “…What the [media] stories couldn’t explain is why members of the organization were loading up so many cans of gas, and why the Riot Kitchen crew in the minivan fled from police.”

Sure sounds like something a Select Committee on Aug. 23 might want to get to the bottom of. What was Riot Kitchen really doing in Kenosha, what percentage of the rioters came from out of state, and who funded their activities? What about the rioters who descended from Oregon, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Indiana, and California? Where else did demonstrators come from, and did someone send them?

If it’s true, as Molly Ball admitted in a jaw-dropping Time magazine article about the rigged 2020 election, that alliances of left-wing activists and corporate power players can control so-called “protests,” which of these puppet-masters were involved in coordinating the Kenosha riots? If none of those people actively instigated these riots, why didn’t they work to “curtail” them, as Ball says they’re able to do, before they turned violent?

Furthermore, partisans on the Jan. 6 Committee squeezed every last salacious soundbite possible out of texts to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to tell the president to stop the riots. But what about Evers’ text messages? Who advised the governor to twiddle his thumbs rather than call in reinforcements? What was the chatter like after that negligence led to shots fired?

And how about communication among members of the slanderous media? Which editors and producers greenlighted the framing of the Blake killing as police brutality and the ensuing violence as “fiery but mostly peaceful“? Which publishers have so far been held accountable for printing that Rittenhouse is a murderer? Perhaps President Joe Biden should be called to testify before a committee for labeling the teen a “white supremacist” — or have his home raided to fish for any scrap of paper where he might have scribbled a Kenosha-related note.

Justice for All

As the Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas fellow lawmakers, indicts political opponents, and throws 69-year-old grandmothers with cancer into federal prison for trespassing, two years have passed without any probe of the big racism lie that incited mob violence in Kenosha.

It’s clear what ideology led to the riots. It’s not clear to what extent individual players are responsible. Perhaps it’s time to assemble an Aug. 23 Select Committee that, instead of engaging in partisan theater, actually gets to the bottom of the violence to provide justice for victims and to prevent this nightmare from repeating itself.

The American people might actually tune in to a trial like that. They’ve been waiting a while for answers.


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Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Appointed A Violent Felon To The State Juvenile Justice Commission

Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Appointed A Violent Felon To The State Juvenile Justice Commission

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat running for re-election in a key swing state, picked a convicted felon who also faces open armed robbery and gun possession charges to serve on his Juvenile Justice Commission before reversing course and dropping him once the media started asking questions about the appointment.

In late July, Evers selected Aundray Evans, 24, to serve as a “youth member” of the governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission even though he was charged in 2019 with armed robbery, theft of movable property, possession of cocaine, resisting or obstructing an officer and, in a separate case, being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a criminal complaint, Evans and a codefendant arranged for a man to sell them his handgun in a Walmart parking lot. When he showed up, the two stole his car, gun, wallet, and cell phone and then drove in the stolen car to meet another man for a purported gun sale a few blocks away. They robbed him as well and took off in the stolen car. 

When Milwaukee police pulled them over a short time later, Evans took off on foot, tossing one of the stolen guns as he ran. Officers recovered the gun and arrested Evans, who allegedly had 1.7 grams of cocaine in his pocket.

Because of the Covid-19 lockdowns, the case was adjourned for several months in 2020 and will proceed to trial in October.

The case is remarkably similar to Evans’ first criminal conviction. In 2015, when he was a juvenile, he was charged as an adult with theft of movable property after setting up a gun sale and then robbing the would-be seller. He pleaded guilty and spent 10 months in prison.

In 2016, while still on probation, he was arrested and charged with theft of movable property. His probation was revoked, and he was remanded to prison. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an additional six months in jail. He remained on probation at the time of his 2019 charges.

Evers has not yet said whether he was aware of the open cases against Evans when he appointed him to the commission, which Evers restarted shortly after he was sworn into office in 2019.

“I am excited to recreate the Juvenile Justice Commission as a space for discussing innovations and best practices that Wisconsin should adopt across the entire spectrum of the juvenile justice system,” he said at the time. “In addition to focusing on system-based reform, we must invest in front-end reforms that prevent our kids from becoming part of the juvenile justice system in the first place.”

Twenty percent of the commission is comprised of youth members like Evans who are under the age of 28, and three slots are reserved for members who are or at one time had been in the juvenile justice system themselves.

Although juvenile records in Wisconsin are sealed, a spokesman for Evers confirmed that Evans was in the juvenile justice system before he was first charged in adult court in 2015 and that this experience formed the basis for his selection to the Juvenile Justice Commission.

However, law enforcement officials immediately objected to the pick, raising concerns behind the scenes about a felon facing open gun and robbery charges serving on a state justice commission, but these were ignored. Only when members of the media began asking questions about the appointment did Evers rescind it. He has not publicly commented on the controversy.

“This is outrageous,” said Tim Michels, the Republican gubernatorial nominee who will face Evers in November’s election. “It’s just the latest outrageous example of his soft-on-crime mindset. Communities in Wisconsin will never become safer with Tony Evers as governor.”

In June, Evers asked for and received the resignation of his Parole Commission chairman, John Tate, amid a firestorm of outrage over Tate’s approval of parole for a man convicted of the murder of his wife Johanna Balsewicz in front of their two young children in 1997.

Doug Balsewicz had served fewer than 25 years of an 80-year sentence, and he was considered so dangerous that the trial judge took the extraordinary step of writing a letter to future parole boards urging them not to let Balsewicz out of prison.

Tate ignored this advice and ordered Balsewicz to be released in May. Balsewicz’s family immediately launched a public crusade to have Evers reverse Tate’s decision, which he did later that month. When the controversy did not die down and became a major talking point in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Evers demanded Tate’s resignation in early June.

Michels, who won the primary in early August, said both the Tate and Evans affairs prove that Evers lacks the judgment to keep Wisconsinites safe.

“Violent crime is as bad as we can remember,” he said. “Tony Evers can’t or won’t crack down on criminals. I will.”


Dan O’Donnell is a talk show host with News/Talk 1130 WISN in Milwaukee, Wis. and 1310 WIBA in Madison, Wis., and a columnist for the John K. MacIver Institute.

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