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Senator apologizes for retweeting derogatory reference to Walker

Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen has apologized to “anyone offended” by his retweet of a message that included a profane, derogatory reference to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Hansen said this week he was trying to share a tweet about new limits on political corruption investigations when he inadvertently posted the a Twitter message that’s derogatory to the governor and people with disabilities. 

Hansen says it’s not the message he wanted to retweet. 

The governor’s office had no immediate comment.

Wisconsin taxpayers ordered to pay overtime costs for Scott Walker’s 24/7 security on campaign trail after he fails to report their hours

Federal authorities are ordering retroactive overtime for Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials, a television station reported.

The U.S. Department of Labor is requiring the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to award overtime pay dating to May 19, 2013, to nine State Patrol officers, WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1N1j1MN ) reported Friday. Those officers make up Wisconsin’s Dignitary Protection Unit, which provides security for Walker 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes the Republican’s protection on the presidential campaign trail. Since the State Patrol is a division of the state Transportation Department, the officers are paid out of that agency’s budget.

WISDOT spokeswoman Peg Schmitt told WKOW the agency was notified of the decision Monday but said that officials have not yet determined how much it will cost state taxpayers.

Rhonda Burke, a Labor Department spokeswoman in Chicago, told the station she did not yet know if the decision was handed out in response to a complaint. If a complaint was filed alleging overtime was not being correctly paid, federal wage and hour investigators would ask to examine payroll records, including hours worked and rates of pay, to ensure the state was paying overtime in accordance with the law, she said.

Burke did not immediately reply to Associated Press email requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Walker referred comment to Schmitt, who did not immediately respond to an email request Saturday.

The cost for Walker’s security detail jumped from $1.6 million in 2011 to $2.4 million in 2014, WKOW reported. The out-of-state portion of that 2014 tab was $89,454, a number which is expected to rise in 2015 with his run for the GOP presidential nomination.

State Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, and state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, announced a new legislative proposal last week that would require any state elected official who is running for — or even considering running for — higher office to submit a monthly travel form with the Government Accountability Board that explains what costs were incurred and who paid for them. Any campaign costs incurred by taxpayers would have to be reimbursed in a timely manner.

Both Shankland and Hansen cite the Labor Department’s overtime decision as an example of a lack of transparency associated with Walker’s security expenses.

“Instead of waiting for the federal government to step in, the state should have paid these officers the overtime pay they were owed to begin with,” Shankland said.

Green Bay Senate candidate denies smoking crack

David VanderLeest, the Republican running against state Sen. Dave Hansen in tomorrow’s Wisconsin recall election, denies reports that he smokes crack cocaine, Talking Points Memo reports. VanderLeest has been dogged with questions about his personal finances and domestic violence charges.

“I read a social services report yesterday that says I smoke crack,” VanderLeest recently told Wisconsin Public Radio host Joy Cardin. “None of it’s true. I don’t smoke rocks, and that’s the truth.”

Crack cocaine is frequently referred to as “rock” by users. VanderLeest said the allegation that he smoked crack comes from a report filed by a social worker in relation to a domestic violence charge filed against him.

VanderLeest has been arrested at least four times, including for child abuse and beating up his ex-wife. He has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

VanderLeest said the debate over his police record and shady past is being used by Democrats to distract voters from the party’s stances on such issues as abortion, gun rights and documentation for immigrants.

VanderLeest did acknowledge that he was “drunk and under the influence, and I flipped out” at the time of a domestic abuse incident. He’s refused to discuss whether he’s paid taxes or received financial assistance from the state.

“You know, I sleep well at night, and that’s the reality of the situation,” he said.

The GOP’s preferred candidate to run against Hansen was state Rep. John Nygren, who failed to submit the 400 valid petition signatures required to get him on the ballot. Republicans gathered 18,000 signatures to trigger the recall election

Republican recall candidate denies that he “smokes rocks’

David VanderLeest, the Republican running against state Sen. Dave Hansen in a July 19 Wisconsin recall election, denies reports that he smokes crack cocaine, Talking Points Memo reports. VanderLeest (pictured here with Gov. Scott Walker) has been dogged with questions about his personal finances and domestic violence charges.

“I read a social services report yesterday that says I smoke crack,” VanderLeest recently told Wisconsin Public Radio host Joy Cardin. “None of it’s true. I don’t smoke rocks, and that’s the truth.”

Crack cocaine is frequently referred to as “rock” by users. VanderLeest said the allegation that he smoked crack comes from a report filed by a social worker in relation to a domestic violence charge filed against him. VanderLeest has been arrested at least four times, including for child abuse and beating up his ex-wife. He has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

VanderLeest said the debate over his police record and shady past is being used by Democrats to distract voters from the party’s stances on such issues as abortion, gun rights and documentation for immigrants.

VanderLeest did acknowledge that he was “drunk and under the influence, and I flipped out” at the time of a domestic abuse incident. He’s refused to discuss whether he’s paid taxes or received financial assistance from the state.

“You know, I sleep well at night, and that’s the reality of the situation,” he said.

The GOP’s preferred candidate to run against Hansen was state Rep. John Nygren, who failed to submit the 400 valid petition signatures required to get him on the ballot. Republicans gathered 18,000 signatures to trigger the recall election.