INVESTIGATIONS


recordsTheo’s passion is holding government officials accountable. He’s questioned mayors about illegal spending and questionable hiring, and he’s even been shoved by members of former Sheriff David Clarke’s entourage. He is a proud defender of journalists’ rights. Several times, he has objected to the improper closing of governmental meetings.

▼Where in the world is Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke? After seven months and two shoves by the sheriff’s security entourage, I finally had some answers.

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▼Many months of research, countless interviews and records requests culminated in a story of how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s once-largest jobs deal went wrong, costing taxpayers.

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▼Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett never went to referendum for the controversial downtown streetcar project. But as I found through an open records request, he got an earful from constituents anyway.

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▼I discovered that Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for Kentucky governor in 2015, had been late to pay his property taxes multiple times. After a second story revealed even more problems, Bevin claimed I was working for his opponent.

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▼A tip and multiple open records requests revealed shady dealings at city hall in one of Louisville’s suburbs, and a mayor less than excited to talk about it. The story led to multiple follow-ups and a state audit.

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▼Records and a county clerk in North Carolina say one thing. Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says another about his past votes — as a Democrat.

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▼A month of records requests and chasing down public officials led to a story about problematic pasts for nearly half of one Kentucky city’s police officers. I followed up after discovering that the department’s second-in-command also had faced trouble.

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▼Madison officials made banning problem panhandlers a focus in 2012, with one city alderwoman telling me they could make $30 an hour to spend on drugs and booze. We went undercover to find panhandling in Madison can be more lucrative than the jobs of many people who donated. The story won a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow award.

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