Three bills are moving to decriminalize the behavior at the heart of the John Doe investigation, to exempt politicians from similar corruption probes and to defang the nonpartisan agency that aided the investigation.
There is a "sucker punch" aspect of this entire episode, that has been used in the past, that makes it doubly despicable. The now dead open records issue was so completely outrageous and unexpected that it served its intended purpose – to draw attention away from the many other very contentious and controversial aspects of this budget. And that was exactly what Walker and the majority Republicans wanted to happen.
--Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin