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BARABOO NEWS REPUBLIC: WMC ad needs reality check

I'm sure most people have seen the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce ad on TV that makes it look like jobs in Wisconsin are taking off for the stars.

Much of the ad is phony. But when something is wrapped up in shiny bright paper and a ribbon, it makes it hard to refute when talking to our friends and neighbors.

Borrowing heavily from the Reality Check that WISC-TV did on the WMC ad, here is what you need to know.

State Journal: WMC tells the same lie until people believe it's true

There's an old adage that Americans should know well by now — tell a lie enough times and people will believe it's the truth.

Our largest state big business lobby — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce — has obviously bought into that truism in spades. It is in the middle of a million-dollar TV advertising campaign, more than a year before the 2014 election, claiming that Gov. Scott Walker has done wonders for Wisconsin's economy and is creating thousands of jobs to boot.

CAP TIMES: New WMC ad makes misleading claim about WI economic growth

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce today replaced their spaceship Wisconsin ad with a more conventional paean to Scott Walker.

In the new offering — which since WMC recently purchased more than $400,000 in air time ($828,000 since Sept. 11) you're sure to see if you watch local news — job announcement headlines flash across the screen as a narrator says:

WPR: WMC seeks rollback of Wisconsin's Family Medical Leave Act

The state's largest business group wants to do away with parts of Wisconsin's Family Medical Leave Act, saying it's redundant to federal law and makes Wisconsin less competitive.

CAP TIMES: Chamber pays Walker to impose its policies, ranks Wisconsin 44th in economic performance

(Originally published May 3rd, 2013)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week for America’s Small Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

There, Walker appeared on a special panel titled “How to Lead Enterprising States,” joining with the governors of Maine and Pennsylvania.

MJS: Arrest made in John Doe investigation of current and former Walker aides

Another major shoe has dropped in the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's current and former aides.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested Andrew P. Jensen Jr., a commercial real estate broker with Boerke Co. and a past president of the Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin.

Fran McLaughlin, spokesman for Sheriff David Clarke Jr., confirmed that Jensen was behind bars on Tuesday night. But McLaughlin said no one had filed a criminal complaint against the 50-year-old Milwaukee resident.

The sheriff's website states that charges are pending against Jensen.

CAP TIMES: Madison lawmaker seeks to expose ties between Walker, mining interests

Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, submitted an open records request Monday to Gov. Scott Walker, seeking all communications with Gogebic Taconite regarding the 183-page Republican mining bill released Thursday.

"Many conservation leaders believe this bill is a massive handout to big corporate polluters and the mining industry," Roys said in a prepared statement. "Secret corporate-drafted bills are bad for Wisconsin and the public deserves to know how much influence lobbyists for out-of-state mining companies had in drafting this bill."