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He’s a Lame Duck You Say?

Welcome to “Lame Duck Status” Governor Jim Doyle —  a wholly-owned subsidiary of WEAC, about to be replaced by a newer model — it must really be having an effect on your ego.

Yeah, too bad the only waning effect Jim Doyle won’t have is if a properly-run Republican campaign for Governor is able to use him as an anchor to bury Tom Barrett with.  Is there really any issue that Barrett has tried to distance himself from Doyle from since announcing his run last November?

That’s going to be something I really need to look at for the next couple of months.

Democrats in charge of the Legislature and the governor’s office couldn’t pass signature priorities at the end of the legislative session on energy, education and transit, revealing how much outgoing Gov. Jim Doyle’s clout has waned.

The death of major pieces of legislation – including a bill meant to curb global warming – also could be attributed to a weak economy, a record budget deficit, a poor political climate and thin majorities in both houses, according to legislators and political observers.

“There is little doubt that this governor, at this stage in his term, is not at the peak of his power,” said Democratic political strategist Evan Zeppos. “And not running for re-election further weakens him.

“But when you start with a rocky relationship with the legislative leadership, an election coming and you’re dealing with difficult issues, well, it’s hard to get business done up there, for any governor.”

Other major bills that fell by the wayside would have created or expanded regional transit authorities and allowed people to register to vote online. The transit bill would have allowed the sales tax in Milwaukee County to increase by up to half a cent, to 6.1%.

Doyle and other Democrats said while they didn’t get everything they wanted, they made major progress in the two-year legislative session by providing tax credits to businesses that create jobs; expanding access to health care; cracking down on drunken driving; regulating payday loans; and passing a smoking ban that takes effect in July.

Another bill that passed grants the state superintendent of public instruction more power to fix failing schools.

But education reform fell far short of what Doyle and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wanted. Doyle spent months asking the Legislature to give the mayor the authority to appoint the Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent. But his fellow Democrats rebuffed him, even though Barrett is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.

Many expected Democrats to accomplish more, but they were doing what controlling parties often do. With elections looming in the fall, “to a certain extent, you are playing defense,” said Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic legislator and a professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“It’s sort of like in football when you sit on a lead. You want to give the opposition few opportunities to attack,” he said.

But Doyle has lost significant power. He can no longer dole out budget favors and has fewer appointments he can give away.

“The power of a governor is that they have both a carrot and a stick, and a lame duck has neither,” Lee said.

It’s not Doyle’s fault alone the Democrats in the legislature completely shot this opportunity.  Word is that Speaker Sheridan and Majority Leader Decker loathe each other, and had no real intent on getting along in the first place.  So, it’s always hard when you have sort of personal animosity going on to get a legislative agenda through.

With the legislative session pretty much over other than the clean-up, the focus of each side is now November.  Each side is or has already put together their targeted list of seats in trouble, seats they can capture and on and on (By my math, I’ve got already 4-5 GOP pick-ups, and 1 likely Dem pick-up in the Assembly; 1-2 GOP pick-ups in the Senate, a possible Dem pick-up), so that has to be taken into account with many of these pieces of legislation.

How many of these bill died because; truthfully, the votes weren’t there?  How many of these bills died because of lack of Doyle leadership as well as in-fighting between Assembly and Senate leadership?  How many of these bills died because; for pure political reasons, were not taken up because of how hard a vote it would be to defend come Election Day?

The bigger question voters must look at, will be who will be keeping these ideas alive for the next legislative session, and how determined they will be to make them the law of the Badger State.  That will be more likely to determine who is in the majority in Madison next January.

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Doyle on Zoo SNAFU: “Don’t Blame Me”

When you’re a weasel of a politician, you go all out don’t you.

People of Wisconsin: I give you James E. Doyle, Governor of the State of the Wisconsin.

Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday that the decision to rebuild the Zoo Interchange after work on I-94 south from Milwaukee to the state line was made before he became governor in 2003.

He said he tried to move up the timetable for the Zoo Interchange project but had to put it back on its original schedule because of budget problems.

In his first public comments, he noted the project was still years away because of advance design work that needs to be done.

“I hope everybody understands that even if somebody two years ago said, ‘Do the Zoo Interchange, here’s 3 billion, let’s do it,’ it would take six (or) seven years of . . . engineering work to be done.”

Doyle made his comments after the emergency closure Friday of the Highway 45 bridge in the Zoo Interchange. The bridge is expected to be closed for two months for repairs, causing detours and delays for thousands of commuters.

Some Republicans and others have blamed the Doyle administration for the bridge falling into disrepair.

Doyle is right in the sense that engineering on the project would have taken time.  Engineering on the Zoo would have taken a few year, but it would have been either completed or possibly expedited if the type of damage now seen on the Zoo had been noticed in late 2005 or 2006 when WisDOT engineers first would have had a chance to look at the project.  This would have happened in the case of the Zoo; especially if we had a Governor who wanted to see the project done.

Sadly, it took a highway bridge collapsing in Minnesota and deterioration of the Zoo noticed by engineers last year to even get us to where we now are.

In fact, in 2001-02, former Governor Scott McCallum did a series of commercials for his DOT promoting public input on the upcoming Marquette Interchange project.  If memory serves, the Doyle Campaign at the time attacked the ads as a waste of taxpayer resources and McCallum using them to boost his public profile for the 2002 race.

(I now wait for 2002 Doyle Campaign Manager and uber-liberal blogger Bill “Xoff” Christofferson to tell me I’m lying.)

The truth is Doyle has never given a damn about Milwaukee’s interchanges and consistently opposed any means to replace them.  He only got on-board the Marquette after it was announced the were going to be both under-budget and ahead of schedule — a rarity in a public works project of that size — and he could use it to his advantage as a public relations victory.  Beyond that, Doyle has shown he doesn’t view transportation projects as vital to the state.

Raiding the transportation fund budget after budget and using it as a slush fund during his tenure as Governor only enhances that image.

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“Zoo Interchange” Bridge Closed Indefinitely

Just think, we’re gonna have some really nice highways to Illinois…

State authorities closed the Highway 45 bridge carrying traffic northbound over I-94 in the Zoo Interchange shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, fearing that overweight trucks could collapse the deteriorating span.

The bridge, which carries an average of 42,000 vehicles per day, will remain closed until its replacement is completed. That work, started in January as part of an emergency repair project, is expected to be done by Memorial Day.

“This is a public safety action,” said Ryan Luck, construction manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “There’s no room to gamble on this.”

After inspections detected dangerous cracking and deterioration of the bridge in the summer of 2009, the DOT imposed weight limits on three bridges in the interchange. They then acted to replace them, under an emergency contract.

Officials said that overweight trucks continued to travel on the northbound bridge, compounding the deterioration and creating a danger of collapse.

Northbound traffic will be detoured east onto I-94 and returned to the freeway via 84th St. and the westbound freeway.

This is the heaviest traveled highway in Wisconsin, even more so then the recent replaced “Marquette Interchange” in Milwaukee of I-43/I-94.  How this doesn’t have an effect on the Governor’s race given the history of it (Doyle and Milwaukee Democrats pushed repairs on the Zoo for YEARS because of the urging of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is running to replace Doyle.) is beyond me?

Somewhere, a bunch of Democratic spokes-flacks are huddled in a room in Madison (with a conference call to a room in Milwaukee for good measure) trying to figure out a way to deflect blame.

UPDATE: The Walker Campaign was nice enough to post a map of the detour the Zoo will now be undertaking.

Both the Neumann and the Barrett campaigns have chimed in as well on the Zoo Interchange issue as well.  Neumann comes off like he’s reading you the history of the problem (countless  transportation fund raids, in-fighting from Milwaukee politicians, and poor DOT planning).  Barrett sounds like they know they’re backed in a corner on this one and are lashing out; particularly at the Walker campaign.

Also, in what is a sure sign of the “Oh, $#!+” status for Barrett on this issue, it’s 4:15 CT — admittedly on a Friday — and I have yet to see a post from the usual set of liberal bloggers in the Cheddarsphere trying to spin this one.

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Of Course It’s About the Money, Not Real Reform

(Sung to the tune of “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees)

Whatever WEAC wants…WEAC gets.  And little tax dollar, little WEAC wants you.

When you have WASB; the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, calling foul on something, it’s usually a good time to realize WEAC has gone even too far for their local puppets.  Which what they appear to have Governor Jim Doyle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WEAC, and the state legislature about to do in this ‘reform’ of the state’s teaching laws designed to get more federal stimulus money.

A prohibition on using student test results to evaluate teachers would be removed under a proposal backed by Gov. Jim Doyle as a way to ensure Wisconsin can qualify for federal Race to the Top stimulus money.

While the bill before state lawmakers would remove the prohibition on using the data, teachers could not be disciplined or fired based on the test results.

That limitation caused the state’s school board association to oppose the change Monday. It also resulted in questions from state lawmakers about whether the change goes far enough to meet eligibility requirements under the federal grant program.

The state teachers’ union supports the measure as written and opposes student test data being used to evaluate teachers.

(Emphasis Mine)

Of course the state teachers’ union supports the measure as written.  They were likely in the room writing it.

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Obama to Madison Next Week

<sarcasm>Boy, this won’t play into the Governor’s race speculation at all.</sarcasm>

Bring out the tape recorder and set the DVR.  Things are gonna be fun for the next week or so.

President Obama will visit the Madison area on Nov. 4 to speak about education, the White House announced Tuesday.

It will be Obama’s first visit to the immediate area since a February 2008 campaign stop at the Kohl Center prior to the Democratic primary.

Presidential candidate Obama was scheduled to return in October 2008, but canceled a planned Madison rally to visit his ailing grandmother, who died a short time later, in Hawaii.

Details about the location or content of the president’s address in Madison next week are not available, a White House spokeswoman said.

Somewhere, Dan Bice is smiling.

(Wonder if any ambitious reporter in Madison Obama will bring up the @$$-kicking Democrats took in Virginia the previous night.)

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Daily Cardinal: Barrett Decision in Weeks

How is it that a college newspaper (and not even the best on the UW-Madison campus!) gets this sort of scoop, but the Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Gannett Wisconsin papers can’t pick up the phone?

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will announce his decision on whether he will run for Governor in 2010 in the coming weeks, a campaign representative said Thursday.

Steve Chernof, Barrett’s finance chair, said Barrett is “weighing the decision.”

“I expect that we will have a decision within a couple of weeks,” he said.

As of right now, Barrett is keeping his focus on city issues, but he is still “taking the opportunity seriously,” Chernof said.

Officially, Barrett is currently pursuing a general mayoral campaign. Chernof said they “are certainly not geared up to run a mayoral campaign,” and did not rule out the possibility of the current campaign turning into a gubernatorial campaign.

Alright, good to know.  The last thing we need is some sort of wrench in the gears.

Uh oh…

This statement comes on the heels of Gov. Jim Doyle’s expression of “second thoughts” to Wispolitics.com about not running for re-election in 2010.

The Barrett campaign had no response to Doyle’s comments. However, Chernof said that while he did not want to speculate on how that would affect Barrett’s decision, Barrett’s initial consideration rested on Doyle not seeking re-election.

“The opportunity was presented because the Governor announced that he was not going to run,” Chernof said.

Me thinks that second part maybe Team Barrett’s subtle way of telling Doyle to “Back Off Baldie!”

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BizTimes Reports What Most Already Speculated

Congrats to Steve Jagler, he’s the first official member of the Milwaukee press to put to web page what most had already speculated as Summer turned to Fall and the leaves changed color without so much as an announcement: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s likely not running for Governor.

Democratic insiders believe Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will decide not to launch a campaign to be Wisconsin’s next governor, and some say Gov. Jim Doyle is “shopping” for another candidate to challenge Barbara Lawton for the party’s nomination.

Lawton, who is Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, picked up her most impressive endorsement yet Monday, when former Democratic Party of Wisconsin state chair and congressional candidate Matt Flynn announced he will support her bid for governor.

“The next governor of Wisconsin needs to be someone focused on creating new jobs. Barbara Lawton will be that governor. She is a strong leader who will fight for the economic security of our families and focus on keeping people on the job,” Flynn said.

Barrett has not yet declared publicly whether or not he will run for governor.

So what is the “Plan B” for Wisconsin Democrats if Jagler’s report is true?  (My own Democratic sources have been confirming this as well, multiple times.)

After all, we’ve seen more reports out of Barrett’s office about his medical recovery from his attack at State Fair than we have announcements whether he’s running for the Governor’s Mansion or not.

Finally, what does it say if Doyle — who’s been selling Barrett in every media market he’s in — can’t get his preferred candidate to run after weeks and months of puffing him up and singing his graces.

Is this the end of the Democratic Primary process if Barrett is in fact a no?  Hardly.  There will be shopping, both in Wisconsin and in Washington DC as the Obama Administration positions itself for 2012.  Despite his big win last fall, Wisconsin very likely remains in the “Swing State” category for a number of political strategists.

UPDATE: Well that brush-back was quick…

Dan Bice of the Journal Sentinel reports Barrett is “50/50” about throwing his hat in the ring for Governor.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Mayor Tom Barrett remains undecided on whether to enter the race for governor in 2010, sources close to the second-term Democrat said today.

They put him at 50-50 on getting into the race. That’s exactly where he was nearly a month ago, shortly after Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would not seek a third term.

Some prominent Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, are strongly urging Barrett to throw his hat in the ring, sources tell No Quarter. Other Democrats, including former Party Chairman Matt Flynn, have lined up with Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton, the top Democrat in the race.

But those closest to Barrett said the Milwaukee mayor won’t make a decision until later this month – at the earliest.

“Who Matt Flynn endorses in this race will have no impact on what decision Tom makes about running for governor,” said a source close to Barrett.

Until we hear something — hell anything — the speculation (and now with the Jagler piece, the belief he won’t run) continues.

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Cartoon of Last Week

Heller_Doyle and Barrett

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Doyle Not Running for Re-Election

Mind you, this is off an email from the Politico, but this just made 2010 extremely interesting here in the Badger State.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) will announce this week that he won’t seek a third term in 2010, sources familiar with his decision tell POLITICO.

I’ll have thoughts on who will get in on the soon-to-be Democratic Primary tomorrow, family matters notwithstanding.

UPDATE: Okay the story from the Politico is up.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has told associates he will announce this week that he won’t seek a third term in 2010, POLITICO has learned.

By deciding against a run, Doyle, a Democrat, sets off what could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country next year.

The governor has been coy for months about his intentions, stockpiling money but at the same time not saying publicly whether he would run for re-election.

But sources familiar with his decision not to seek a third term say Doyle recognized the difficulties he may have faced next year.

He’s had to raise taxes and fees while furloughing state workers to help plug a $6.6 billion budget deficit. In doing so, his approval numbers have fallen below 40 percent. And just this week, he faced the embarrassment of seeing his legal counsel quit because she hadn’t passed the state bar.

“His legal counsel resigns, poll numbers have been in the tank, the state’s unemployment rate is hovering above 9 percent, he’s bickering with Dem lawmakers on the Finance Committee, and he’s taking shots from the Madison media over one of his appointments to the Dane County bench,” wrote the popular state political site Wispolitics.com in their insider “Stock Market” column last week. “And there’s continued heartburn among Dems because he still hasn’t officially announced if he’s running for governor next year. It all adds up to a rough patch for the guv, insiders from both sides say.”

National Democratic strategists privately expressed concern about Doyle’s re-election prospects, especially in the face of a strong GOP field that includes Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Rep. Mark Neumann.

Doyle’s office and the Democratic Governors Association did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.

With Doyle retiring, a slew of Wisconsin Democrats are likely to consider the race. That list is topped by Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, who has already indicated she would run if Doyle does not and who would be the state’s first female governor.

By next year, though, Lawton may be running as an incumbent.

For months, buzz has circulated in Wisconsin and national political circles that Doyle is in line for an Obama administration post. The governor got behind the president early in the Democratic race, well before the Wisconsin primary in which Obama thumped Hillary Clinton.

When asked about a prospective Obama post by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel last month, Doyle issued a statement with ample wiggle room.

“I have never ever asked for any [Washington] position,” the governor said. “I’ve never asked anybody on my behalf to ask for any position. I have no intention of doing anything but serving out this term.”

But both Doyle, 63, and his wife hail from prominent political families and an administration job may represent a capstone to a career that has included time in the Peace Corps, as Dane County (Madison) attorney and as state attorney general.

In addition to Lawton, other potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Rep. Ron Kind and state Sen. Joe Erpenbach.

I could potentially see a five-way Democratic race.  Frankly, Doyle leaving is the only way the Democrats even have a shot of keeping the Governor’s Mansion.

UPDATE II: The Journal Sentinel is doing constant updates on the story.  They report the following:

Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, said he would not comment on the report.

Tate spent the better part of last year working as Doyle’s “Campaign Manager / Fund Raiser” when he wasn’t running front group PACs to help Democratic State Senate candidates.

UPDATE III: The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin may be tongue-tied, but Reince Priebus, Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman has issued the following statement.

“Whether or not Governor Doyle runs again, Republicans will be well-positioned to take back the governor’s office next year and get to work making Wisconsin great again.
With a common-sense, positive plan for job growth and controlling health care costs while maintaining consumer choice, our agenda is a welcome contrast to the Democrats’ record of higher taxes and bigger government. We look forward to taking that message directly to the voters.
Better days are ahead for the working families of Wisconsin.”
Time will tell us all what’s going on in the next week I suppose.
UPDATE IV: Statement from Doyle’s office is out.  In short, announcement on Monday. (From Fox 11 in Green Bay.)

According to a report out of Madison, Governor Jim Doyle has told associates that he will announce this coming week that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

Doyle’s office released a statement saying he plans to make an announcement about his future on Monday.

Sources tell our sister station in Madison that Doyle will not try for a third term as governor. POLITICO is also citing unnamed sources that Doyle will not seek re-election.

While Doyle has not said whether he would seek a third term, the 63 year-old Democrat has been widely expected to seek re-election. In April he had already raised more than one million dollars for the 2010 race.

UPDATE V: Sources to Wispolitics.com confirm what is assumed.  The announcement Monday will be Doyle announcing he will not seek re-election, but he will stay on for the remainder of his term in office.

Gov. Jim Doyle, the first Wisconsin Democrat to win re-election as governor since Patrick Lucey in 1974, will not seek a third term, sources confirmed to WisPolitics.com today.

Doyle spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner said Doyle will make an announcement about his future on Monday but Sensenbrenner wouldn’t elaborate further.

One source said Doyle is expected to serve out the remainder of this term, which ends in January 2011. Doyle turns 65 in November 2010.

UPDATE VI: “Wisconsin Interests Now,” the Doyle Recall group is declaring victory over the Doyle news.  I say…yeah, whatever.

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This Gets Weirder and Weirder

So why take the bar exam, if you appear to never wished to be a licensed, practicing attorney in the State of Wisconsin?

With the Doyle Administration, we very well might never know…

Gov. Jim Doyle’s chief of staff knew the person hired to be the governor’s chief legal counsel had not taken the Wisconsin bar exam, according to e-mails released Tuesday under the state open records law.

Chandra Miller Fienen was given the title of chief legal counsel when hired last year even though she had not taken the state exam, e-mails provided to The Associated Press showed.

Miller Fienen resigned abruptly on Friday amid questions over whether she was a licensed attorney. Doyle’s spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner said she passed the Wisconsin bar exam after being hired, but for an unknown reason did not get licensed as an attorney.

Miller Fienen did not immediately return a message left Tuesday at her home.

The state Republican Party filed a complaint last week with the Office of Lawyer Regulation alleged Miller Fienen violated the rules of professional conduct for attorneys. The complaint cited a rule barring people from describing themselves as an “attorney” or “counselor” if they do not have licenses.

Sensenbrenner said last week – after Miller Fienen resigned – that the governor’s office knew she had practiced law in California and hired her with the understanding that she would pass the bar exam and get licensed.

The e-mails bear that out.

An e-mail from Doyle’s chief of staff Susan Goodwin to Miller Fienen on June 29, 2008, mentions that the two needed to discuss “taking the bar.” Goodwin wrote that “I don’t see any problems and we will employ you full-time even though I know you need some time off to study for the bar.”

Before the governor’s office hired her, Miller Fienen worked as an executive assistant with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. An April 2007 Commerce newsletter announcing her hiring said she returned to Madison on July 1, 2006, from California and “planned to take the Wisconsin bar and return to practicing law.”

Neither the Wisconsin Bar Association nor the Board of Bar Examiners will release the names of people who have taken the bar exam.

Admittedly, that last part seems odd to me.  The State Bar doesn’t release the names of those who take the test?  Perhaps I should once again consult the blogging law firm on Soglin, McAdams, Foley, and Esenberg one more time.

Of course, is it a little strange the lawyers in the Quesosphere have been a tad too quiet on this scandal.

UPDATE: Read the Journal Sentinel version of this story, and I have to admit, they raise an entire new level of questioning here.

Miller Fienen was expected to get licensed to practice law after starting the job, according to e-mails released Tuesday under the state open records law.

“We can talk this week about your schedule, your duties, taking the bar, etc. but I don’t see any problems and we will employ you full-time even though I know you need some time off to study for the bar,” Doyle chief of staff Susan Goodwin wrote to Miller Fienen on June 29, 2008.

A month later, Miller Fienen e-mailed Goodwin, saying that her law school transcripts were being rushed to the state Board of Bar Examiners.

To be licensed in Wisconsin, one must pass the bar and pass a character and fitness screening.

Sensenbrenner has said Miller Fienen passed the bar exam, though the results of those tests are confidential and have not been released. He said she didn’t get a license because there was “something left undone” but he didn’t know particulars.

Miller Fienen could not be reached Tuesday.

One sentence in there, describing the qualifications of people who attended out-of-state law schools to be licensed in Wisconsin (Recall, Wisconsin is the only state in the nation which has “Diploma Privilege” for the State Bar.  Attend and graduate from UW-Madison or Marquette’s law school and you initially are a member.  Maintaining is another story), caught my attention:  To be licensed in Wisconsin, one must pass the bar and pass a character and fitness screening.

Since, the Doyle press flack is telling us Miller Fienen did one of those requirements — she passed the bar (Allegedly, the State Board of Bar Examiners only releases the names of those who pass the test, so far they’ve released nothing.) — the other ones should now come into question.  Did something happen in her character and fitness screening (Think ethics evaluation.) that we may never know about?

Was there something in California — where she was a licensed attorney — that could have effected her ability to get a similar license in Wisconsin?  These are all things which may come up in the coming days and weeks; and it’s also bull in my opinion that Doyle himself didn’t know any of this until last Thursday.

Frankly, I don’t blame Miller Fienen for not commenting to the press.  She’s in a heap of trouble in a profession where ethics and credibility are everything.  She’s not just fighting a public relations war here, she could be fighting for her professional livelihood after years of dedication and schooling to be an attorney.

This whole situation could strip that from her for years or her entire life.

Miller Fienen was expected to get licensed to practice law after starting the job, according to e-mails released Tuesday under the state open records law.

“We can talk this week about your schedule, your duties, taking the bar, etc. but I don’t see any problems and we will employ you full-time even though I know you need some time off to study for the bar,” Doyle chief of staff Susan Goodwin wrote to Miller Fienen on June 29, 2008.

A month later, Miller Fienen e-mailed Goodwin, saying that her law school transcripts were being rushed to the state Board of Bar Examiners.

To be licensed in Wisconsin, one must pass the bar and pass a character and fitness screening.

Sensenbrenner has said Miller Fienen passed the bar exam, though the results of those tests are confidential and have not been released. He said she didn’t get a license because there was “something left undone” but he didn’t know particulars.

Miller Fienen could not be reached Tuesday.

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